Admit it, Tampa Bay. You like to eat. These food festivals prove it: Tampa Pig Jig has 50 barbecue teams, local celebrity judging and music by the Grammy-winning Eli Young Band and Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish on Saturday in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park ($25, 11 and younger free). In its 34th year, the John's Pass Seafood Festival from Friday to Sunday in Madeira Beach has more than 100 seafood options, a fishing tournament, Halloween block party, crab races and best of all, the World's Largest Bloody Mary Toast attempt. We'll drink to that and free admission. If you forgot stone crab season started last week, the Palm Pavilion Stone Crab Festival is here to remind you Friday to Sunday with festivities on the beach, stone crab claws and live music in Clearwater (free admission; food tickets extra).
Guavaween: The street parade has died, and this year's ticketed, 21+ party with live music and a costume contest has a post-apocalyptic theme and steam punk fashion Saturday at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. $17; $75 VIP. (813) 248-2954.
13 Ugly Men: 13 Ugly Sins: This year marks the 18th annual sinful soiree that benefits charities, complete with costumes, twisted entertainment and a DJ on Friday at District 3, 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. $25 women, $35 men. (727) 744-6496.
Dia de los Muertos Fiesta: The giant Mexican celebration honoring lost loved ones includes arts and crafts, authentic Mexican food, pinatas, face painting, wearable art fashion contest and a candlelit procession Saturday in Dunedin's Pioneer Park. (727) 734-9226.
Florida Orchestra: This week, the orchestra, along with guest violinist Lara St. John takes on one of classical music's most recognizable works, Vivaldi's Four Seasons. $15-$45. Performances are Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey Theater and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. (727) 892-3337.
95.7 Beats By the Bay: The inaugural show brings new-millennium soul man Anthony Hamilton and Grammy-nominated R&B singer-actor Tyrese on Saturday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. $45.50-$250. (813) 832-1000.
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