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Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay for Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Keith Urban christens the Hard Rock’s expansion, the Saturday Morning Market returns and the Florida Orchestra does the Beatles.

Saturday Morning Market opens: The St. Petersburg farmers market is back to its home in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot, with live music and more than 125 vendors selling an array of produce, food, crafts, art and plants from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Hard Rock expansion: This weekend the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will unveil a $720 million expansion including a new hotel tower, several new restaurants, an expanded spa, pool, a 24-karat gold leaf piano owned by Elvis Presley and a concert venue targeting A-list performers (First up: a sold-out show by Keith Urban on Friday).

Keith Urban has a sold-out show Friday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's new concert venue. [AP]


Music: The Ritz Ybor continues its Throwback Thursday celebrations with rapper Twista, who once held the Guinness record for fastest rapper in the world ($10). On Friday, the local blues favorite the Betty Fox Band is having an album release party at the Palladium in St. Petersburg ($20-$30). Casey Donahew, who graduated from the Texas country bar scene when his newest album, All Night Party reached No. 3 on the Billboard country charts, performs Friday at the Dallas Bull ($12-$17). Get a free concert on the Ybor trolley Saturday when Streetcar Live returns with the Cameron Williams Duo starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Centro Ybor station. Two giants of Swedish heavy metal, Sabaton with HammerFall, are teaming up Saturday at Jannus Live ($30-$35). On Sunday the acappella Toast of Tampa Show Chorus performs at the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall with guests vocal band the Edge Effect and vocal jazz quartet, Resolve ($30-$45).

Florida Orchestra Pops: Music of The Beatles: Explore the history of the Beatles in a show featuring rare photos along with principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik’s arrangements. $18-$48. 8 p.m. Friday at Tampa’s Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

Come Out St. Pete: A custom rainbow flag spanning one block in length will be unfurled on Saturday during this daytime parade in celebration of National Coming Out Day. Parade starts at 20th Street and moves west along Central Avenue at 10 a.m.

Comedy: The political satire troupe The Capitol Steps returns Saturday to the Palladium in St. Petersburg for a show they call The Lyin’ Kings." ($55-$69). A favorite from America’s Got Talent, Piff the Magic Dragon combines comedy and magic while dressed up like a dragon Saturday at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater ($32-$55).

Pirate Water Taxi brings back its Haunted River Tours every weekend in October. [Pirate Water Taxi]

Haunted River Tour: The Pirate Water Taxi is bringing back its entertaining tours filled with costumed characters telling spooky stories along the Hillsborough River. $20-$25 for 45-minute tours beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the dock at the Tampa Convention Center.

Vietgone: American Stage brings Qui Nguyen’s biographical story about his parents meeting after tragedy as immigrants coming to America. Previews Wednesday and Thursday are “pay what you can,” and the show opens Friday through Nov. 3. ($44-$54).

Tailgate Taste Fest: Saturday is game time for restaurants to line up at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to serve up samples of their signature dishes. A Fan Zone includes activities for kids and adults. Free, $25-$35 sample wristbands starting at 3 p.m. Saturday.

German American Society Oktoberfest: Lots of Oktobefest parties are under way but one of the oldest in the area is the German celebration under a giant outdoor tent by the German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 19.


Creatures of the Night: The Halloween party at ZooTampa at Lowry Park opens Friday and Saturday, running weekends through Oct. 26. This year’s event features two new scare zones, animal ambassadors and a Pumpkin Palooza. Admission after 4 p.m. is $26.95-$29.95.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure: The top-rated Nick Jr. series has a new live show with Peppa and her school friends as they head out for a camping trip. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($33.25-$43.25).

Still from Baby Shark video on YouTube. [YouTube]

Baby Shark Live: That viral earworm of a song has been turned into a live show to torture parents at two shows Saturday at the Straz Center in Tampa ($17.50-$39.50).


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