Clearwater Jazz Holiday: While its gotten musically far afield of its jazz roots, the weekend brings a strong lineup to Clearwater’s Coachman Park with Boyz II Men headlining Thursday and New Orleans fave Trombone Shorty on Friday. Saturday brings Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears, while Alison Krauss headlines Sunday. $20. rutheckerdhall.com
Nightmare on Franklin Street: The Tampa Theatre is shaking up its annual Halloween film festival with two live shows — the popular horror-comedy podcast The Last Podcast on the Left on Friday and Barry Bostwick, the star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, giving a talk before a screening of the cult classic Saturday at 7 p.m. and midnight. $26-$101. Plus there’s loads of scary films and ghost tours of the historic movie house. Find the lineup at tampatheatre.org.
Music: After four previously canceled or postponed shows in recent years, ZZ Top returns for a 50th anniversary tour with Cheap Trick on Saturday at Tampa’s MidFlorida Amphitheatre. Then on Sunday, country rock titans the Zac Brown Band play MidFlorida as well ($40-$108). On Monday, the Tampa Jazz Club’s Art Blakey Tribute salutes the late jazz drummer and band leader at the USF Concert Hall in Tampa ($20; $10 students). Bea Miller, the 20-year-old pop singer from the U.S. version of the X Factor, plays The Orpheum in Ybor on Wednesday ($17 and up). California punk rockers Face To Face & Lagwagon are teaming up on their latest tour, stopping at the Ritz Ybor on Thursday ($26.50). Halloween season is a good time for the macabre folk songs of Amigo The Devil playing Thursday at Ybor’s Crowbar ($15). Classic Albums Live: Tom Petty Thursday brings a note-for-note replay of Tom Petty & the Heartbreaker’s Damn the Torpedoes for a 40th anniversary celebration at Clearwater’s Bilheimer Capitol Theatre ($35-$50). St. Petersburg College is kicking off its “Jazz on the Lawn” event series on Friday with a Latin Jazz Night at SPC’s Gibbs Campus in St. Petersburg. Award-winning hip-hop artists Young Thug & Machine Gun Kelly play the Yeungling Center Friday ($25.75 and up). Modern reggae talent Iya Terra performs along with Guam’s For Peace Band and Tampa’s own Ries Brothers at Jannus Live on Saturday ($18). Denver-based artist Nick Miller, known professionally as ILLENIUM plays the Yuengling Center on Saturday. The Red Elvises bring their unique blend of Russian folk and American rock to Skipper’s Smokehouse on Saturday ($12-$15).
Comedy: Tennessee comedian Nate Bargatze opened for Jimmy Fallon at the Tampa Theatre in 2013. He’s back in same room on Thursday — only this time, he’s the headliner ($38.50 and up). MadTV’s Anjelah Johnson has a sold-out series of shows Wednesday and Thursday at the Tampa Improv. Heather Land, the Southern comedian known for her viral “I Ain’t Doin It” videos and her sarcastic observational humor, plays the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall on Thursday ($29.50-$99.50) and YouTube superstar Randy Rainbow brings his popular mix of political humor and song parodies to St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater on Saturday ($37.50 and up).
Pops in the Park: The popular picnic and free concert by the Florida Orchestra will feature film scores, Broadway hits and symphonic favorites. Bring plenty of canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest. Daniel Black conducts. Saturday at 7 p.m. St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park and Sunday at 7 p.m. at Tampa’s River Tower Park.
Shine Mural Festival: The annual festival that brings muralists to locations all over St. Petersburg kicks off with a street party on Saturday called Burn, to illuminate the power of art in public spaces. It runs through Oct. 26 and you can find a lineup of talks and parties at shinemuralfest.com.
Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention: More than 400 tattoo artists from around the globe will be at the Tampa Convention Center Friday-Sunday to share their art, see circus side show style acts and see celebs from Ink Master, Tattoo Nightmares and How Far Is Tattoo Far and Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers. $20, $40 three days, 11 and younger free.
The Merry Widow: St. Pete Opera takes on Franz Lehar’s operetta Friday through Oct. 21 at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. ($15-$95). stpeteopera.org.
Oktoberfest: Another German party, this time at Tampa Bay Downs racetrack for two weekends starting Friday. There will be a family friendly big top with a carnival, arts and crafts and of course lots of German food, drink, music, dancing and contests like log sawing and stein holding. $5, 12 and younger/military free.
Taste of Latino: Food, Wine and Music Festival: Bask in the scents, sounds, and flavors of Latin foods, wine, art and music. There will also be a Kids Chef Showdown and a Latino Chef Contest. Free; VIP $25-$275 on Eventbrite. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday in Ybor’s Centennial Park.
KIDS AND FAMILY
John’s Pass Seafood and Music Festival: The 38th annual festival brings the crowds to Madeira Beach to the fishing industry, showcase live music and a Halloween block party and costume contest on Saturday. It’s free admission and runs Friday-Sunday at John’s Pass Village,
A Night at the Museum: Pirates, soldiers, ghosts and other historical Florida figures come alive in the exhibits to pass out candy to costumed children. Trick-or-treat sessions at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10 children at the Tampa Bay History Center.
St. Petersburg Science Festival and Marine Quest: The annual festival of hands-on exploration of science and technology returns to the waterfront of USF’s St. Petersburg campus and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. It’s all free on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
Open Streets St. Pete: Bayshore Drive will be closed to traffic on Sunday from Al Lang field to Albert Whitted Park to create a bike, pedestrian and skate-friendly zone with live music, yoga sessions, food trucks and appearances by local team mascots from 11 a.m.-4 p.m..
Hillsborough County Fair: The fair opens opens Thursday through Oct. 27 with the usual mix of carnival games, animals, pig racing and more. $7, $5 students, $4 seniors, 5 and younger free. hillsboroughcountyfair.com.
MORE TO EXPLORE
Find date night ideas and things to do with kids at tampabay.com/things-to-do.