There's been so much attention paid to adults snatching Halloween from the kids with their sexy nurse costumes and ironic pop culture sendups (Just how many yellow Breaking Bad jumpsuits will we see this year?). But seriously, what about the dogs? People just adore putting tutus on their bulldogs, which now makes pet Halloween parties a scene all their own. There's a Dog-A-Ween costume contest every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Kitchen at Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg, and even the grand opening of Tarpon Springs' new dog park at 9:30 a.m. Saturday will have a dog costume parade with prizes. This week alone we have:
Woofstock:Pet contests, demonstrations, pet adoptions, animal blessings, an auction and live music at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dunedin's Highlander Park. Free. (727) 213-2032.
Barktober Fest: Costume, talent and cutest/ugliest dog contests, plus vendors, food, beer and wine for purchase, all at noon Saturday at Spring Hill's Rotary Centennial Park. Free admission; $1 parking; $2 per contest.
Dogtoberfest: Costume contest, on-site pet adoptions and the Doggie FunZone obstacle course at noon Sunday at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 994-2242.
Stride for Strays: Dogs can take their owners for a 3K walk around the Raymond James Stadium's north lot in Tampa. Then there's a pet tailgate party with dock diving, live music, a doggie fun zone, pet costume contest, an adoptable pet parade and massages for both people and pets. It runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; $25 with $100 fundraising minimum, $5 non-walker; (813) 760-1568.
For humans, Halloween is fully in play this week. Pages 22-23
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Join our virtual pet parade by using #tampabaydogs in your Twitter pics and Instagram photos. Then go to tampabay.com/things-to-do for a cute overload.
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MarineQuest on the waterfront
Nerds are taking over St. Petersburg's Bayboro Harbor on Saturday as the annual MarineQuest open house at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and the adjacent Science Festival at the USF St. Petersburg campus turn the waterfront into a science playground. Thousands of people will turn out for the free events to check out the 100 exhibits and to see the work of scientists at MarineQuest. You can work on a Lego robot, pet a stingray, see how they get electricity from spinach, operate a remotely operated underwater vehicle - and don't miss the touch tanks, where you can find out what a shark's skin feels like and touch horseshoe crabs, sea stars, spiny lobsters and other marine critters. There will be food trucks, and visitors can board a research vessel in the harbor. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Ave. SE, in downtown St. Petersburg. Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer
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DISCOVER THIS: Jessie Ware
Despite collaborations with Miguel and A$ap Rocky, Jessie Ware may not be well known to U.S. fans just yet - but that could change soon. The charming Londoner, who turned 29 this week, has won acclaim around the world for her seductive debut album Devotion, a smart and stylish blend of indie pop, electronic flourishes and '80s- and '90s-influenced R&B. Ware has found herself among a class of singers (Miguel, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd) who are redefining modern make-out music for the Millennial generation, her breathy voice earning comparisons to Sade, Annie Lennox and Feist. Her first tour in Florida will feature opener Mikky Ekko, a similarly silky-voiced singer best known for his appearance on Rihanna's hit single Stay. The show is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. $19.50. (727) 895-3045.Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer
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Beatles & Pops
Last week Beethoven. This week Beatles. Don't you just love what the Florida Orchestra can do? On Friday, its popular rock series resumes with the Classical Mystery Tour, a night of spot-on singers re-creating 30 Beatles hits, including Penny Lane, Yesterday and Eleanor Rigby. Fab costumes, too. It's 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; $35-$75; (727) 892-3337. But few things are more popular than the orchestra's free Pops in the Park concerts. On the program are classics and movie and show music, always ending with the 1812 Overture and fireworks (Vinoy concert only). It's quite the scene. Gorgeous weather. And don't be surprised when your neighbor pulls out a white tablecloth, foie gras and nice bottle of red. If you don't bring a picnic, shown above, you'll feel left out. Two performances: 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park and 7 p.m. Sunday at Tampa's River Tower Park.