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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 16-22: Howl-O-Scream, The Who

Free Museum Day is coming, Howl-O-Scream opens at Busch Gardens, Billy Ray Cyrus plays for the Bucs Beach Bash and Tho Who will be at Amalie Arena.
A Zombie Bride is one of the characters found in one of Busch Gardens' open-air scare zones at Howl-O-Scream, which opens for its 20th year on Friday.
Published Sep. 15
Updated Sep. 18

Howl-O-Scream: The Busch Gardens haunted house and scare zone event returns for its 20th year on Friday through Nov. 2. You can ride thrill rides with zombies and goblins, tour haunted houses and drag your wretched body through scare zones. Tickets start at $24.99.

Bucs Beach Bash: Celebrate, or maybe just try to pump up, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a free party and performances by Billy Ray Cyrus and Parmalee starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the TradeWinds on St. Pete Beach.


Free Museum Day and Arts Alive 2019: Inspired by Smithsonian magazine, venues throughout the country are participating on Saturday, including 20 in the Tampa Bay area. Get a ticket online first Meanwhile, St. Petersburg’s Arts Alive returns on the same day, offering free admission to city museums such as the James Museum, Morean Arts Center and the Dali Museum (for Pinellas residents only).

Music: Legendary rock band The Who consisting of members Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey play the Amalie Arena on Sunday with special guest Reignwolf. Tickets start at $63. Grammy nominated, multi-platinum rock band Disturbed will be at Amalie Saturday ($45.75 and up). Bad Religion brings a nearly 40-year track record of writing raging, philosophical punk songs to Jannus Live on Wednesday ($29.50 and up). Edgy emo band PUP will be at the Orpheum on Tuesday ($20). Naples singer-rapper Dominic Fike has caught the music world’s ear and he will be at the Orpheum on Wednesday ($30-$35). On Monday the all-girl garage punk band Coathangers performs at Ybor’s Crowbar ($15), and on Thursday So-Cal based garage band The Growlers will be there ($35) . On Thursday Classic Albums Live: Abbey Road brings a note-for-note recreation of the Beatles’ classic album for a 50th anniversary celebration at Clearwater’s Bilheimer Capitol Theatre ($35-$50). Clearwater-born up and coming pop singer Caroline Kole will be at the Attic on Thursday ($15-$25). British rapper scarlxrd brings his fusion of trap music (along with a distaste for the letter "o") to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Friday ($17). The politically charged band Fever 333 plays Crowbar on Friday ($16.66), the same day the Grammy-winning Euro folk fusionists the Gipsy Kings samba into Ruth Eckerd Hall ($46-$105.75). Israeli DJ Borgore brings the dubstep scene to the Ritz Ybor on Friday ($15). New Jersey emo outlet Senses Fail will be at the Orpheum on Saturday ($20-$35). Sunday Leoni Torres: The Cuban pop singer/songwriter performs. $47.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4050. Longtime jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham Saturday plays with Randy Brecker at Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center ($34.50-$49.50). Socially conscious indie folk singer and activist Xavier Rudd will be at Jannus Live on Saturday ($25). And Cuban pop singer/songwriter Leoni Torres performs Sunday at Ritz Ybor ($47.50 ).

The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience on Sunday will have a full orchestra and a outsized visuals and scenes from the HBO show. [HBO]

Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience: Before the epic HBO show fades from our memories, take in a full orchestra accompanied by outsized visuals and scenes from the show on Sunday at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre ($18-$65).

Area 39: Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa celebrates its 39th anniversary on Saturday with a 12-hour party that starts at 12 noon and features 12 bands and cake. Free.

Comedy: Popular YouTubers Danny Gonzalez and Drew Gooden have teamed up for a tour of comedy, songs, sketches, roasts and improv. Only VIP tickets remain at $164.50 Wednesday at the Straz Center. For jokes only a mother could love, The Pump and Dump Show with Angela Peel and Molly Kirk offers a multimedia evening Wednesday at Tampa’s Improv ($25).

Food truck rally: The monthly food truck rally in Albert Whitted Park on Friday will be the Flavors of Asia. The first 300 people get free Asian fan or chopsticks and more than 30 food trucks serving up Asian inspired dishes on Bayshore Drive in St. Petersburg.

Spymonkey’s Hysteria: The comedic theatrical stars kick off the Straz Center’s Broadway series for a seven-week run starting Thursday. It’s a twist on a pulp novel and heavy on physical comedy, so fans of British comedy won’t want to miss it. $45 and up.

Crossing the Bay: From the creator of Webb’s City the Musical, the musical goes back to 1880s Tampa Bay, telling the story of the founding of St. Petersburg, inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. $29-$39. Friday-Sunday at the Palladium.

The Studio@620 Dance Hall Festival: This weekend the festival presents "Triggered,” an evening in a brain with Rogue Dance Company. Saturday-Sunday at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg.


IronKids: IronMan bring this family friendly edition with races ranging from a baby Diaper Dash to a Mile Fun Run for teens to ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Also includes zoo admission. $30, $20 members. 8 a.m. Saturday.

The Adventure Island Endless Surf wave pool and beach as seen from above. [Adventure Island]

Slide-In Movies: After you’ve spent the day sliding, swimming and sunbathing at Adventure Island water park, wind down with a movie. Friday features Aquaman and Saturday features Shazam at 7:30 p.m. The wave pool and main pool will be open. Included with park admission, which is on sale this month for $25.99.


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