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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Oct. 7-13

Tampa’s big Oktoberfest party returns, and so does Twenty One Pilots and comedians Wayne Brady and JB Smoove.
Tthe beer stein holding competition is one of the most popular games to watch at Oktoberfest at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park. The event returns for three days Oct. 11-13. [Tampa Bay Times (2012)]
Published Oct. 6

Oktoberfest Tampa: Get out your lederhosen, the 10th annual party in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park is three full days this year starting Friday, with competitions for stein hoisting, keg stacking, carry the wench, tug-o-war, grain sack toss, beard and mustache contests, a corn hole tournament and lots of beer and German food. $8, $20 three days.

Twenty One Pilots: The alt-rock heroes Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun bring their third performance to Tampa since 2017. Their Bandito Tour arrives Wednesday at Tampa’s Amalie Arena ($35.75 and up)


Music: Atlanta rapper Gunna will headline USF’s annual Homecoming concert on Thursday at the Yuengling Center ($25). The comedically exaggerated hair metal group Steel Panther will be at Jannus Live on Wednesday ($25). Steven Page, founding member of Barenaked Ladies, brings his solo tour to Clearwater’s Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Wednesday ($25 and up). On Thursday, the Las Vegas hard rock group Adelitas Way performs alongside Arizona rockers the Black Moods at the Orpheum in Ybor ($17-$30). Motown legend Smokey Robinson has a sold-out show Thursday at the Seminole Hard Rock. On Friday, singer-songwriter Kendell Marvel opens for Chris Stapleton, the five-time Grammy winner, at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre ($69.75 and up). Emmy-winning composer Benise brings his Spanish guitar on his global tour featuring dancers doing Flamenco, Cuban salsa, Brazilian samba and Parisian waltz on Friday at the Mahaffey Theater ($32.50-$67.50.) Worship music superstars For King and Country perform Sunday at Amalie Arena ($20 and up). 6 p.m. Sunday. Country’s Diamond Rio plays Stockyard Live in Hudson on Friday ($22). Terry McBride plays The Attic in Ybor City on Friday ($20). Americana great Marty Stuart will be at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday ($35). Indie rock’s Built to Spill is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album Keep It Like a Secret. on Friday at the Orpheum ($25). At last, St. Petersburg is getting the two-night treatment Taking Back Sunday has been touring around the country in celebration of their 20-year anniversary, playing albums in their entirety on Sunday and the next night, Oct. 14, at Jannus Live. $32 and up.

Set in the Philippines in the mid 1990s, the film "Billie & Emma" follows how smart, popular and pregnant Emma (Gabby Padilla, right) falls in love with Billie (Zar Donato), the new girl at her Catholic school. The film is part of this year's Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. [Courtesy of the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival]

Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: This year the festival celebrates 30 years of screening LGBTQ films. Running through Saturday, most screenings are at the Tampa Theatre with some at Metro Inclusive Health in St. Petersburg. For a list of movie titles, go to $15, $50 four.

Movies and Music in the Park: This is the 10th year that Preserve the 'Burg, formerly known as St. Petersburg Preservation, has put together a night of movies and local live music in downtown’s waterfront Straub Park every Thursday evening in October. This week brings music by George Pennington at 6 p.m. followed by the 2015 drama Spare Parts, starring George Lopez. Movies are free, but donations are appreciated. 400 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

The Florida Orchestra: This week’s Masterworks program will again make the unusual pairing of St. Petersburg painter Geff Strik — now the orchestra’s first-ever visual artist in residence — to play Strauss’ Don Quixote with a film of Strik painting scenes inspired by the music. $18-$48 Friday at the Straz Center, Saturday at the Mahaffey and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Artist Geff Strik posed for a painting inspired by Schoenberg's 'Verklarte Nacht' at his studio in St. Petersburg. Strik, now the Florida Orchestra's visual artist in residence, is producing a similar work inspired by Strauss' 'Don Quixote' for the orchestra's Masterworks shows this weekend. [Times]

Comedy: Twin brothers and Youtube stars The Hodgetwins will be at the Tampa Improv Monday ($25). Jimmy “JJ” Walker, who shot into stardom as the wisecracking J.J. Evans on Norman Lear’s Good Times with his catch phrase “Dyn-o-mite!” headlines the Jokes on Your Tour, along with veteran comics Bob Nelson and Artie Fletcher at Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center on Wednesday ($19-$34.50). Comedian JB Smoove, who played the fan favorite Leon on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, performs at the Straz Center on Saturday ($39.75 and up) and Emmy-winning improviser, singer and all-around entertainer Wayne Brady brings his new comedy tour to the Mahaffey on Sunday ($35 and up). Humorist Jeanne Robertson has will be at the Capitol Theatre on Friday ($36.25 and up).

Cotee River Bike Fest: The three-day motorcycle fest returns with two stages with continuous live music, bike shows and contests, a poker run, beer, vendors, and more. Downtown New Port Richey will be motorcycles only 5-11 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Broadway show based on Roald Dahl’s book opens Tuesday through Sunday at the Straz Center in Tampa with songs from the 1971 film as well as a new score by the songwriters of Hairspray ($41 and up).


Roboticon Tampa Bay: Students in grades K through 12 will showcase their Star Wars-themed robotic creations at this free event that also includes appearances by Star Wars characters, tours of the Team Pits and a chance to explore hands-on engineering exhibits Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Yuengling Center in Tampa.

SkyWatch: Guests can look at a variety of different cosmic objects through MOSI’s telescopes as astronomers explain what’s up there. This month see Saturn and its rings, Jupiter and its moons and Earth’s moon, which should be about 95 percent full. Free. 7 p.m. Saturday. Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.


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