1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. /
  3. Fun

Top things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend: Scream-A-Geddon returns to the Dade City woods

You can also catch a talk from Dick Vitale at St. Petersburg theater the Palladium.
Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2015. [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 11


Now in its fifth year, the monster midway and zombie paintball assault with multiple scare zones known as Scream-A-Geddon opens Friday. Located in a remote part of Pasco County, the setting alone is creepy in one of the area’s better indie haunted house attractions. It boasts six haunted houses, including Bozo’s Beer Garden, Rage 3D, Demons Revenge, Blackpool Prison, Deadwoods and Infected: Ground Zero. For those who would rather fight back against fright, Zombie Paintball Assault has guests board a militarized school bus and head out to the former hayride trail. Zombies have taken over the town and it’s your job to clear them out. Fitted with about two dozen paintball guns and a series of ultraviolet lights, every round fired at the walking dead glows in the dark. As many as 140 scare actors work in the park each night so you never know when they will jump out at you. $21.95-$35.95. 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and then every day Oct. 1-Nov. 1. 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. (813) 452-5412.

An actor stirs up scares at the Bedlam 3D haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2015. [Luis Santana | Times]


As part of the Poynter Community Conversation series, ESPN commentator and college basketball’s top analyst Dick Vitale will be at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. Known by fans as “Dickie V” and for his trademark “It’s awesome baby,” his thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate, sometimes controversial — but never boring — style. Former Tampa Bay Times sports columnist Tom Jones, now a senior media writer at the Poynter Institute, will serve as moderator for a conversation that will explore Vitale’s insights as a player, coach and a commentator who has called more than 1,000 games. There’s a VIP reception at 6 p.m. ($100). The community conversation ($35) is at 7:30 p.m. 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-9494. Ticket sales benefit the nonprofit, educational Poynter Institute, which owns the Times.

ESPN commentator and basketball analyst Dick Vitale has called more than 1,000 games. [CARLOS OSORIO | AP]


  1. A scene from a balcony cabin on a 2017 Alaskan cruise. BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Tampa Bay Times
    You can have the trip of a lifetime without paying for it for the rest of your life.
  2. Margaret Loflin leads Maggie on the Move, one of the local food trucks set to serve at Flavors of Asia. Tampa Bay Times (2012)
    Food trucks offer Flavors of Asia in St. Petersburg, plus the Palladium presents ‘Crossing the Bay’ and Howl-O-Scream invades Busch Gardens.
  3. REO Speedwagon will perform at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on March 1, 2020. Courtesy of Randee St. Nicholas
    REO Speedwagon, Gladys Knight, Kidz Bop, Art Garfunkel and more.
  4. Michael Francis leads a community chorus during one of the Florida Orchestra's Sing Out Tampa Bay sing-alongs. MICHAEL FRANCIS  |  Florida Orchestra
    The music director is entering his fifth year with the orchestra, which has a Beethoven-heavy season opening Sept. 27 in Tampa.
  5. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. MICHELE MILLER  |  Michele Miller
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  6. On Thursday, Spymonkey's "Hysteria" will bring absurdity and physical comedy to the Straz Center through Nov. 3. Courtesy of Jane Hobson
    Spymonky’s ‘Hysteria’ opens at the Straz, the Capitol Theatre celebrates ‘Abbey Road’ and a banned books drag show hits St. Pete Shuffle.
  7. A model walks the runway during Tampa Bay Fashion Week in 2016, wearing a dress by Elizabeth Carson Racker. LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times (2016)
    Stylists are here to help you look good. Plus, it’s time for the Dress for Success sale.
  8. St. Petersburg native Bill DeYoung, the author behind "Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down." Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Bill DeYoung will also talk about ‘Skyway,’ his book about the 1980 Tampa Bay disaster.
  9. Tampa Museum of Art features this work and others on display as part of the exhibition "Purvis Young: 91." Courtesy of  Philip LaDeau
    Free Museum Day is here, plus there’s a new show at Mize Gallery and Creative Pinellas showcases emerging artists.
  10. "Rambo: Last Blood" stars Sylvester Stallone. YANA BLAJEVA  |  Lionsgate
    ‘Villains’ and ‘Ambition’ also open, plus Gigglewaters features ‘Mars Attacks!’ before the “storming” of Area 51.