1. USF’s Homecoming Week: The University of South Florida kicks off homecoming week in style with a free comedy show by rising star Michelle Buteau. The actor and comedian has drawn praise for her part in the BET reboot of the First Wives Club, as well as scene-stealing parts in Always Be My Maybe and Someone Great. You don’t have to be a student — anyone can check out the show — but students can reserve a seat at tinyurl.com/USFSTAMPEDE. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Marshall Student Center Ballroom. Check out a concert by Atlanta rapper Gunna on Oct. 10 at the Yuengling Center, and a carnival, parade and talent showcase on Oct. 11. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Find the full schedule at usf.edu/student-affairs/homecoming.
2. Pasco Pride Festival: Last year’s inaugural Pride Festival was a rousing success and this year’s gala has been expanded. There will be a block party from 4-8 p.m. Saturday in Railroad Square in downtown New Port Richey, plus food, drinks, vendors and activities for kids in Sims Park at Grand Boulevard and Main Street. The Pasco Pride Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Sims Park, with speeches by state Rep. Anna Eskamani and Carlos Smith, the first openly gay Latino in the Florida Legislature. Entertainment includes Larmani, Mr. Vyn Suazion and DJ Czaritsa and the Spheres Bubble Show. pascopridefestival.org.
3. Come Out St. Pete: A custom rainbow flag spanning one block will be unfurled during a free daytime parade in celebration of National Coming Out Day on Saturday. The parade starts at 20th Street and moves west along Central Avenue starting at 10 a.m. in the Grand Central District, with a festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event also includes Taste of Grand Central on Thursday, a vogue ball to benefit the VFW Post 39 at 7 p.m. Friday and a lip sync battle at 8 p.m. Friday at Dog Bar. For a full schedule, visit comeoutstpete.org.
4. Streetcar Live: Hop aboard the trolley for a free concert. The rolling party on the TECO Line Streetcar will have live music by the Cameron Williams Duo starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa.
5. Box Car Rally: The 10th annual race hosted by Achieva Credit Union features more than 300 heats with box cars made from unique items and gravity-powered classic soap box derby-style cars. The starting line is at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue. The finish line is at the bottom of the hill at the waterfront. Activities include a DJ, green screen photos, face painting and a kids’ fun zone. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free parking is available at the Harborview Center parking lot, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater.