Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 19

Jason Isbell: The former Drive-By Truckers member tours in support of his fifth solo album, Something More Than Free, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.25-$53.25. (727) 791-7400.

Schooner America: A replica of the 139-foot yacht that shocked the world in 1851 when it won the Royal Yacht Squadron's regatta, later renamed America's Cup, will be open for free dockside tours 10 a.m. to noon daily through Oct. 22. Tickets are also available for sunset sails aboard the yacht from 4:45 to 7:15 p.m. daily. 10 a.m., Harborage Marina at Bayboro, 1110 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free (tour); $85, $42.50 military/ages 17 and younger (sunset cruise). (858) 922-6007.

Tea Dances: The historic St. Petersburg Coliseum welcomes USA Dance at the season opening Tea Dance as the Suncoast Chapter of USA Dance celebrates its 25th Anniversary. 12:30 p.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $7 or $10 with instruction. (727) 892-5715.

Skinned Alive: This horror-themed escape room is set as serial killer who has abducted you with a plan to steal the skin off your face. See if you can solve clues and escape the room before he returns with his tools of the trade. Runs daily through Oct. 31. 1 p.m., Escape Thrill, 29261 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. $28. (727) 223-5983.

Signal Box Bike Ride: All ages can take a leisurely bicycle ride to check out traffic signal boxes wrapped with colorful artistic images. 6 p.m., Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. $5. (727) 461-1818.

Scream-A-Geddon: Make your way through six haunted attractions including the Cursed Hayride, Dead Woods and Blackpool Prison, where prisoners start a riot and you decide the level of character interaction. Runs select nights through Nov. 5. 7:30 p.m., Scream-A-Geddon, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. $19.95-$29.95. (813) 452-5412.

Tampa Bay Rowdies: Vs. IND: 7:30 p.m., Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. $17-$40. Toll-free 1-877-769-3437.

Ghost Tours (Tampa): A costumed walking tour to discover the haunted past of the city once described as "the damnedest town this side of Hell." 8 p.m., The Franklin, 510 N Franklin St., Tampa. $15, $10 ages 4-12. (727) 398-5200.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Puddle Jumpers: Children ages 3 to 4 can enjoy a nature story, crafts and outdoor exploration. 9:30 a.m., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 893-7326.

TO WATCH

13 Nights of Halloween, starts at 5:30 p.m., Freeform. Freeform's small screen fright fest kicks off with The Nightmare Before Christmas and continues through Nov. 1 with films like The Addams Family and Hocus Pocus.

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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 23

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 17

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 18

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 19-25

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 16

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