Clearwater Jazz Holiday: The 34th annual event has taken some hits for its not so jazzy lineup, but the four-day music fest will draw thousands to Clearwater's waterfront Coachman Park. Acts include Chicago (Thursday), Jane Monheit (Friday), Tower of Power (Saturday) and Brandi Carlile, above, (Sunday). General admission: $10 in advance; $20 at gate. (727) 461-5200.
Haunted Houses: In addition to the usual theme park scare-fests, there are a few other local haunts in St. Petersburg. The creepy Radley Haunted House opens Thursday at 3900 19th St. N ($4), and Hellview Cemetery has a maze of fog, lasers, special effects, strobes and enclosed spaces starting Friday at 510 49th Ave. N (free but donations benefit the Child's Play Charity).
Nightmare on Franklin Street: Tampa Theatre starts two weeks of daily terror on Thursday. Movies include The Lost Boys, The Birds, Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, The Shining and Halloween. Most sessions cost $12 for one movie, or $17.50 for double feature. See tampatheatre.org for schedule.
Florida Orchestra: The Classical Mystery Tour returns Friday to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg with four spot-on singers doing Beatles hits, including Penny Lane, Yesterday and Eleanor Rigby ($35-$75; (727) 892-3337). Then on Saturday, it's the free Pops in the Park in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, with movie, Broadway and classical works, always ending with the 1812 Overture. Get there early and pack an elaborate picnic or you'll feel left out. It's also Sunday at River Tower Park in Tampa.
Kris Kristofferson: The 77-year-old singer-songwriter-actor will be in the area in the next couple of months to film Dolphin Tale 2, but on Wednesday he has a concert at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, presented by Ruth Eckerd Hall. $45-$65. (727) 791-7400.
Lumineers: The folk rock band had one of the inescapable hits of 2012, Ho Hey. They play the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Saturday. $22.50-$42.50. (813) 974-3004.
Michael Feinstein: One of the premier interpreters of the American songbook, he's the star performer of the Straz Center's Broadway Ball on Saturday. $55-$75. (813) 229-7827.
Kids and Family
MarineQuest and Science Festival: Nerds rule USF St. Petersburg on Saturday with these two adjacent festivals. There will be 100 exhibits, from Lego robots to touch tanks with sea critters. Food trucks, too. Free admission.
more to explore
Find a list of pumpkin patches at tampabay.com/things-to-do.