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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2.

NP_312303_CLIF_SUPERBOAT_8 SUNDAY (10/4/2009) CLEARWATER BEACH Fan favorite Miss Geico navigates the first turn Sunday while competing in the first Clearwater Super Boat Offshore National Championship and Festival (Oct. 2-4). Miss Geico took an early lead over point leader Aqua Mania in the turbine class, which was never relinquished. "This was big time," Bob Clifford, President and CEO of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, said of the race. Clifford said the boats require copious amounts of money to subsidize and can cost upward of $20,000 to run for a day, including the cost of bringing a team to town, housing and feeding them. "My understanding is that the budget for the Geico team is $10-million a year," Clifford said. [ Douglas R. Clifford, Times]

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

NP_312303_CLIF_SUPERBOAT_8 SUNDAY (10/4/2009) CLEARWATER BEACH Fan favorite Miss Geico navigates the first turn Sunday while competing in the first Clearwater Super Boat Offshore National Championship and Festival (Oct. 2-4). Miss Geico took an early lead over point leader Aqua Mania in the turbine class, which was never relinquished. "This was big time," Bob Clifford, President and CEO of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, said of the race. Clifford said the boats require copious amounts of money to subsidize and can cost upward of $20,000 to run for a day, including the cost of bringing a team to town, housing and feeding them. "My understanding is that the budget for the Geico team is $10-million a year," Clifford said. [ Douglas R. Clifford, Times]

Super Boat National Championship and Festival: Powerboats compete in the seventh annual championship race off the shore of Clearwater Beach on Sunday. A festival on Friday and Saturday includes a Baystar Race Village at Coachman Park, a block party and parade of boats, a seafood festival and fireworks on the beach Saturday night. superboat.com.

Tailgate Taste: Celebrate the beginning of football season on Saturday at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park with food tastings from top Tampa Bay area restaurants, live music, corn hole and football. It's free to attend, with $15 five-sample wristbands, $25 10-sample wristbands and $75 for VIP. tailgatetastefest.com.

Halloween: It's almost here, and this weekend brings lots of spooky attractions to the area. Venture deep into the bowels of the SS American Victory, docked behind the Florida Aquarium and turned into the Chamber of Terror. Not recommended for children under 11 ($25-$40). Find a complete listing of Halloween events at tampabay.com/holiday.

Date night

Music: Rappers Schoolboy Q and Joey Badass take the stage at St. Petersburg's Jannus Live on Wednesday ($34.50). Saturday, blues, gospel and rock singer-songwriter Jonny Lang plays Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater ($35-$60). Agit-rock supergroup Prophets of Rage (Zach de la Rocha, Chuck D, B-Real) hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Saturday ($13-$62.50). Sunday, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Peter Frampton brings his acoustic tour to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre ($80-$95).

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: The orchestra opens its season with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Tampa's Straz Center on Friday, the Mahaffey Theater on Saturday and Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday. ($15-$45)

2016 Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: The festival begins Friday with free admission to Tampa Theatre for the opening night selection. Tickets for all remaining films are $15 per screening session, and ticket packages range from $50-$5,000 through Oct. 8. tiglff.com.

Kids and Family

Harvest Moon Corn Maze: The 5-acre corn maze at the Harvest Moon Farm in Masaryktown features more than 3 miles of twists and turns as well as a petting farm, pony rides, games and a pumpkin patch. It starts Saturday and runs through Nov. 6. $11.95, 2 and younger free. harvestmoonfl.com.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2. 09/25/16 [Last modified: Sunday, September 25, 2016 5:58pm]
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