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  1. Music and Movies in the Park

    Editor's pick

    North Straub Park

    Downtown St. Petersburg : Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This weekly series features musical talents from Florida who entertain before a classic movie screening. Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view. The music starts at 6 p.m., and the films start at dark. Families are encouraged to ride their bicycles to the films. Free and secure valet bicycle pa …

    This week features music by Rich Whitely and Company followed by a screening of Napoleon Dynamite.

    Price: Free (donations appreciated).

  2. Halloween Horror Nights

    Editor's pick

    Universal Orlando

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    On select nights through Nov. 1, Universal Studios is transformed into a nightmarish labyrinth of eight haunted houses, multiple street experiences and live shows. Highlights this year are houses based on Halloween, Alien vs. Predator and The Walking Dead. Costumes, make-up and masks are not all …

    Remains open until 2 a.m.

    Price: $95.99 general, $41.99-$72.99 add on to daily admission ticket, $45.99-72.99 Florida resident.

  3. Dumpstaphunk

    State Theatre

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    The New Orleans band will bring their funky sound to the St. Petersburg stage.

    Price: $18.

  4. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

    Editor's pick

    Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music delights audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. It has it all-the pumpkin, the glass slipper, favorite songs including, In My Own Little Corner-plus surprising new twists.

    Price: $56-$82.

  5. Howl-O-Scream

    Editor's pick

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Busch Gardens' Halloween celebration with haunted houses, scare zones, roller coasters in the dark and spooky live shows. This year brings "Dead Fall," a new haunt in which ghosts of our memories reach into the present to never be forgotten. Remains open until 1 a.m. Not recommended fo …

    Price: $45-$65.

  6. Radley Haunted House

    Editor's pick

    Radley Haunted House

    St. Petersburg : 3900 19th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33714

    This elaborate haunted house set up in a residential neighborhood has a new theme: Dr. Radley's Nightmare Machine. Blood will be used in the outdoor, eerie environment and touching is not allowed. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Benefits the Cancer Research Institute.

    Price: $5.

  7. Jorma Kaukonen

    Editor's pick

    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    A pioneering architect of rock, he created the psychedelic sound and was inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame for his days founding The Jefferson Airplane. Mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff will also perform, accompanying Kaukonen using a variety of stringed instruments. 

    Price: $28-$42.

  8. Ringo Starr

    Editor's pick

    Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Clearwater : 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 33759

    The Beatles star is bringing his classic rock revue, the All-Star Band to Clearwater.  These concerts take a round-robin format, with each artist including, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Santana's Gregg Rolie, Toto's Steve Lukather, drummer Greg Bissonette and multi-instrumental …

    Price: $56-$153.

  9. RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships

    Editor's pick

    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Last year's competition, held in Italy, attracted  athletes from 17 nations on four continents. This is the first time this international event has been held in the U.S. and more than 100 domestic and international athletes are expected to compete. All of the competitors are 18 and under, a …

    Price: Free for spectators.

  10. Vegetable, Herb and Tropicals Tour

    Florida Botanical Gardens

    Largo : 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 33774

    Explore the vegetable garden, compost demonstration area, and learn how to grow food in a home garden. Best for adults. Registration required.

    Price: Free. Best for adults.

  11. Tour of Ofrendas

    Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican & Vegetarian

    Dunedin : 365 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Take a self guided walk tour of the downtown shopping district and view Dia de los Muertos ofrendas (altars) created by area businesses. Traditionally, the altars are made from candles, flowers, leaves, photos and colorful paper as a dedication to lost relatives or pets. Merchants will have thei …

    Price: Free.

  12. EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2014

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    From Sept. 19 through Nov. 10, take your taste buds on a trip around the world to sample tapas-sized treats, learn culinary secrets and sip exotic beverages while touring World Showcase. Other events include Food and Wine pairing dinners, Wine "Schools'', the Eat to the Beat Concert series  …

    Today's Eat to the Beat concert features Jim Brickman.


  13. Fit for the Cure

    Dillard's at Westfield Countryside

    Countryside : 270001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, 33761

    For every woman getting a bra fitting at participating Dillard's locations, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research. Also, they will donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapeware piece or b.tempt'd bra purchased.

    Price: Free.

  14. Pumpkin Patch for Dogs

    Humane Society of Tampa Bay

    Tampa : 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33607

    Bring your children and your pets for photos among thousands of pumpkins and gourds and festive Halloween decorations. Pick out a plump pumpkin or a painted jack-o-lantern to take home. Pumpkin sales benefit homeless pets.

    Price: Cost of pumpkins only.

  15. Garden Tour, Taste and Lunch

    Pine Avenue Edible Garden

    Manatee beaches : 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 34216

    In conjunction with Tour d' Agri-Culture, take a tasting tour through the gardens, followed by a lunch at the nearby Sandbar Restaurant. Proceeds benefit All Island Denominations Roser Food Pantry food bank.

    Price: $30.

  16. Zumba Gold

    Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center

    Dunedin : 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 34698

    A fitness program designed specifically for older adults using Latin and international rhythms and easy to follow moves.

    Price: $4, $3 with I.D. card.

  17. Lunch and Learn: Florida's Food Editors in the 1950s and 1960s

    Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum

    Tarpon Springs : 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Author and historian Kimberly Wilmot Voss explores Florida's 'Golden Era' of 'women's page' journalists of the 1950s-60s, with her new book: The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community.

    Price: $17, $15 members and students.

  18. Oktoberfest Health Fair

    Manor Care of Dunedin

    Dunedin : 870 Patricia Ave, Dunedin, 34698

    This health fair for seniors includes an Oktoberfest lunch, live music, beer samples and giveaways.

    Price: Free.

  19. Kiss Me, Kate

    Show Palace Dinner Theatre

    West Pasco : 16128 U.S. 19 , Hudson, 34667

    Cole Porter and Sam and Bella Spewack's tribute to the theater features two divorced, egocentric performers who find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Taming of the Shrew.

    Price: $49.50 for dinner and show, $38.45 for show only; $24.95 and $19.95, respectively, for children under 12.

  20. World Paddle Association Paddle Championships

    Sirata Beach Resort

    South Pinellas beaches : 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    A weekend of vendors, clinics, yoga sessions, board demonstrations and world class paddle board racing.

    Price: TBA

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