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Top things to do for the week of Oct. 21-27 in the Tampa Bay area

Big Halloween parties and more murals are going up around St. Petersburg, plus Post Malone, Wynonna and comedian Bill Engvall will be on local stages.

Halloween: Since the actual day for trick or treating falls on a Thursday next week, this weekend will have the biggest parties, including one hosted by Entourage star Jeremy Piven at the Godfrey Hotel featuring a $10,000 costume contest on Saturday. Also, Al Lang Stadium will be a “Stadium of Screams” with a scare zone on Friday and a more kid-friendly vibe on Sunday to benefit local charities ($8).

Shine Mural Festival: The annual festival that brings muralists to locations all over St. Petersburg is in full force this week and there’s a grand finale party on Saturday with an Indie Flea Market during the day and a reveal of a mural of some 200 portraits of community members. It runs 2 p.m. to sunset at 28th Street and Fairfield Avenue S in St. Petersburg. You can find a lineup of talks and parties surrounding the festival at

Artists Chad Mize and Jay Hoff in front of their Pride and Love mural they completed with LGBTQ youth as part of this year's Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg
Artists Chad Mize and Jay Hoff in front of their Pride and Love mural they completed with LGBTQ youth as part of this year's Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg [ Courtesy of Annie West Ellzey ]


Music: Face-tatted Texas rapper Post Malone plays Amalie Arena on Thursday with Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh in tow ($49.75 and up). Singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters performs in the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center Monday ($30.50). Alt-rock titans Alter Bridge and Skillet on Tuesday join forces at Jannus Live ($38.50). Los Angeles alt-rock band Badflower plays the Orhpeum in Ybor on Tuesday alongside Weathers and Dead Poets Society ($18-$89). Florida-born ’90s country star Aaron Tippin plays the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall on Tuesday ($25-$35). On Wednesday, British indie-pop singer Bishop Briggs plays Jannus Live ($27). The Kentucky hardcore punk band Knocked Loose performs alongside Rotting Out, Cand, and SeeYouSpaceCowboy on Thursday at the Orpheum ($23-$40). Wynonna & The Big Noise, the multi Grammy Award-winning country music star and her band, play the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on Thursday ($29-$72). On Friday, Grammy-winning EDM artists The Chainsmokers play Amalie Arena ($25.75 and up). On Friday you can meet the creator of Tampa Bay Bustdown the 2019 summer anthem we deserve, when Yung Gravy plays Jannus Live ($24.50). Fans are encouraged to dress in mustard gold and bring a fake flower to contribute to the ambiance when pop-rock’s the Maine plays the Orheum on Friday ($25.50). Squirrel Nut Zippers swing through The Attic in Ybor on Friday ($35 and up). The Rumours of Fleetwood Mac tribute band is celebrating over 50 years of Mac tunes Friday at the Capitol ($39.50-$65.50). Former YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman visits as part of his “Grumpy Old Rock Star” tour on Saturday at the Capitol ($49 and up) . R&B singer Sabrina Claudio plays the Ritz Ybor on Sunday ($27.50).

The Florida Orchestra: The orchestra brings a program of Latin Pops with popular Latin beats from the past 75 years, from bossa nova to mambo to Santana and Gloria Estefan. Matt Catingub conducts, with vocalist and actor Christina Souza on Friday at the Straz Center, and two shows Saturday at the Mahaffey ($18-$48). Then at 2 p.m. Sunday, the orchestra will return to the Straz Center with One Giant Leap!, a family-friendly and affordable celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, featuring music from Holst’s The Planets and John Williams’ E.T. score as space footage scrolls across the stage. $8-$10, ages 3 and under free.

Bill Engvall will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Oct. 24.
Bill Engvall will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Oct. 24. [ Marleah Leslie and Associates ]

Comedy: Moms can get some recognizable laughs from Cat and Nat on Tuesday when they bring their podcast #Momtruths Live to the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre ($28-$53). The blue collar comic and sitcom star Bill Engvall makes his 10th appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday ($50.50 and up) and Funny Women of a Certain Age featuring Carole Montgomery, Kerri Louise and Leighann Lord, coming off the success of their 2019 Showtime special, will be at the Palladium in St. Petersburg on Friday ($35). The mind of Carlos Mencia will be at Side Splitters in Tampa Thursday through Saturday ($25).

A Thanksgiving Play: The new Jobsite Theater production is a satire about a group of “woke” teachers who attempt to throw a pageant that honors the holiday and Native American Heritage month. It opens Wednesday through Nov. 17 in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center in Tampa. $18-$29.50. 8 p.m.

If I Cry: The Tampa City Ballet will present a production inspired by Frida Kahlo’s diaries on Friday and Saturday at the theater at the HCC Ybor City campus ($30). 7 p.m. Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Mainstage Theatre, 1411 E 11th Ave., Tampa. (813) 558-0800.

Stone Crab: The season has begun and two of the biggest stone crab festivals will be on Clearwater Beach this weekend. The 26th annual Cooters Crab Fest will be a huge four-day party starting Thursday. And it is the 35th year for Frenchy’s Stone Crab Weekend, one of the biggest block parties on Clearwater Beach, with a live music lineup Saturday and Sunday starting at noon.

Progressive Tampa Boat Show: Check out nearly 500 boats set up Friday through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. You’ll also find a fishing simulator, yacht club lounge and there is a lineup of fishing and on-water sailing classes. $12, free for kids 12 and younger. Sunday’s family day is $20 for two adults and two kids.


Hillsborough County Fair: The second week of the fair brings more of the midway and rides, and Sunday at 3 p.m. is the popular demolition derby. $7, $5 students, $4 seniors, 5 and younger free. Thursday-Sunday at the fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover.

Oktoberfest: The second week of the Oktoberfest under a big top at Tampa Bay Downs brings an adorable contest of corgi racing to the racetrack on Saturday. The festival also features a carnival, arts and crafts, German food, drinks, music, dancing and contests for log sawing, stein holding and keg hurling.$5, 12 and younger/military free on Friday 5-11 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

SPIFFS International Folk Festival: Ever since 1975, the annual festival has been showcasing food and culture from around the world. Get your passport stamped Friday through Sunday in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. $10, $6 students.


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