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Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Oct. 25-27

Big Halloween parties, the second weekend of the Hillsborough County Fair, a rodeo and the return of the SPIFFS folk fair.
The Hillsborough County Fair, shown here in 2012, will continue in Dover with the popular demolition derby on Sunday. [Times (2012)]
Published Oct. 23


Since Halloween falls on a Thursday, this weekend is the big one for parties.

Emmy-winning Entourage star Jeremy Piven (who is also trailed by sexual misconduct allegations) appears at the Leather & Laces Halloween Party, hosting the poolside pre-Halloween party at the Godfrey Hotel’s WTR Pool and Grill featuring a $10,000 costume contest, a guest DJ and prizes including a trip to the Super Bowl in Miami. $39 and up. 9 p.m. Saturday. 7700 Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa. (813) 281-8900.

New this year at Al Lang Stadium is Stadium of Screams and Fall Festival. An adult-oriented scare zone opens at 6 p.m. Friday with some of Hollywood’s most horrific creations. There will be a kid-friendly vibe at 1 p.m. Sunday with Halloween family classics on the field, face painting and soccer drills. It all benefits the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and the Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer Fund. $8, $5 kids, 2 and younger free. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-5353.

The beautiful organ at Christ United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg gets put to spooky use again for Pipe Screams, a concert of scary organ pieces performed by several organists, with a sing-along to pumpkin carols. Costumes are encouraged. Free. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 467 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

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The second week of the Hillsborough County Fair brings more of the midway and rides. Sunday at 3 p.m. is the popular demolition derby. Daily entertainment includes pig racing and a Family Thrill Show. $7, $5 students, $4 seniors, 5 and younger free. 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover. (813) 737-3247.

Livestock competitions and exhibits are part of the Hillsborough County Fair, as the Dover event heads into its second week. [Times (2009)]


An annual tradition, the Pinellas Park Public Works BBQ Cook-Off and Rodeo returns to England Brothers Bandshell Park on Saturday for an afternoon of live entertainment, children’s activities, inflatables, food and beer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and a rodeo with bull riding followed by fireworks. Free. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday. 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park.


Since 1975, the SPIFFS International Folk Festival has been showcasing food, music and cultures from around the world. The event traces its beginnings to America’s bicentennial and has changed over the years but still has more than 30 ethnic organizations. They participate in the Grand Parade of Nations, and there will be a swearing in of new American citizens. 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. $10, $6 students. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 552-1896.

Guests attend the SPIFFS International Folk Festival in 2015. The annual event will hit St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park this weekend. [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2015)]


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