BAREFOOT CONTESSA: Ina Garten
From her perch at the top of the food celebrity heap, Ina Garten — better known as the Barefoot Contessa in her bestselling cookbooks and Food Network shows — comes to Tampa's Straz Center on Wednesday. She'll dish out details of her life, her cooking and her newest book, Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which was just released. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $45-$85. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Read our interview with Garten at tbtim.es/17xf.
HALLOWEEN: Haunting grounds
It's a big weekend leading up to Monday's annual night of trick-or-treating, and you can find the highlights on Pages 11-12 or at tampabay.com/holiday. One of the most anticipated is the March of the Pumpkin King, a new parade Saturday in Ybor City that aims to get back to the kitschy origins of Guavaween with a costumed "people's parade" down Seventh Avenue starting at 7 p.m. Guavaween is now the after-party at the parade's end at 14th Street and E Seventh Avenue, where admission is $10 at the door. A $20 ticket gets you into the parade and the after-party at marchofthepumpkinking.com.
Other parties this weekend include DJ Steve Aoki headlining the Beach Bar at Rocky Point's party Sunday at 4 p.m. $25-$40 at 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway. And Helloween 13 at Jackson's Bistro brings one of the biggest costume parties in Tampa with a $3,000 costume contest and four areas of DJ dancing. $10-$20 at 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday. For the kids, the Florida Aquarium brings back Guppyween, with entertainment and goodies from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kids in costume get in for $10. Ages 12 and older regular admission: $24.95, $22.95 seniors.