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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday, Oct. 20

Sing along to Zac Brown Band in Tampa, attend Open Streets St. Pete or stuff your face at Tampa’s Taste of Latino.
On Sunday, Zac Brown Band will perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. [Courtesy of Diego Pernia]
Published Oct. 19

Zac Brown Band: The country-rock titans bring their summer trek, dubbed the Owl Tour, to town. $40 and up. 7 p.m. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 740-2446.

Open Streets: Bayshore Drive closes to traffic from Al Lang Stadium to Albert Whitted Park, turning into a haven for cyclists, pedestrians and skaters. Expect live music, bike seminars, yoga sessions, food trucks and appearances by local team mascots. Free. 11 a.m. Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. (703) 343-0450.

Taste of Latino: This food, wine and music festival embraces Latin eats, wine, art and tunes. The Kids Chef Showdown and Latino Chef Contest are also in store. Free, VIP $25 and up. 11 a.m. Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 407-7191.

Wesley Chapel Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day: A series of do-it-yourself workshops and painting demonstrations accompanies the sale of gently used clothing, art, antiques and furniture. Free. 10 a.m. Grove, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (727) 674-1464.

Beautiful and Bizarre: Poetry Potpourri: Poet laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace and friends react to the figurative ceramics invitational of sculptures that capture ideas ranging from political to playful. Stick around for the closing reception, where the People’s Choice gets awarded. On display through Oct. 20. Free. 4 p.m. Florida CraftArt Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391.

Travers Brothership: The North Carolina-based group performs a mixture of soul, funk and rock. Free. 12 p.m. Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 345-5881.

Straighten Up the World: Moderated by Katherine Pill, curator of contemporary art, this talk spotlights collector Jim Sweeny. His contribution of works by self-taught artists with his late wife Martha comprise the exhibition “Straighten Up the World.” Included with admission. 3 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667.

The Merry Widow: Franz Lehar’s operetta is full of waltzes, telling the story of recently widowed (and terribly wealthy) Hannah Glawari and the attempts by various suitors to win her affections. $15 and up. 2 p.m. The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-2040.

Shine Mural Festival: Muralists descend upon St. Petersburg to pull off art in public spaces during this annual showcase. Find the lineup of talks and parties at, plus maps at EDGE District hangouts Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails (1111 Baum Ave.) and Baum Ave Market (1113 Baum Ave.). Runs through Oct. 26. Free. 9 a.m. (727) 485-8755.

Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering: An annual pet-friendly event spotlighting flute players, singers, storytellers and the “Sacred Thunder Drum." You’re invited to down native eats like fry bread and buffalo burgers or all-American classics like hot dogs and kettle corn. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted, but alcohol is not. Camping is available as well. Free. 9 a.m. Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd, Dade City. (813) 763-2118.

Pops in the Park: Conducted by Daniel Black, this free concert highlights film scores, Broadway hits and symphonic favorites. Bring plenty of canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest. Free. 7 p.m. River Tower Park, 401 E Bird St, Tampa. (727) 892-3337.

Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention: More than 400 tattoo artists from around the globe gather at this three-day festival coming to a close. It features tattoo competitions, circus sideshow-style acts, vendors and meet-and-greet opportunities with Ink Master and other tattoo television stars. $20, 11 and younger free. 11 a.m. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. (215) 423-4780.

Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: As the festival’s three-day run comes to a close, 40-plus artists transform the Beach Walk sidewalks of south Clearwater Beach into spectacular canvases. Vote for the People’s Choice, which gets awarded at noon. Other highlights include arts and crafts vendors, a kids’ zone, live music and an open-air art gallery. Free. 9 a.m. Between Second and Fifth streets on Gulfview Boulevard.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: Alison Krauss headlines this 40th annual celebration of music’s final day. $20. 1 p.m. Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Hillsborough County Fair: A traditional showcase of carnival eats and rides featuring a rodeo, tractor pulls and a demolition derby, to name a few. $7, $5 students, $4 seniors, 5 and younger free. 10 a.m. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover. (813) 737-3247.

Sacred Heart Fall Festival: Rides, live music, games and carnival-style food drives the popular festival, hosted annually. Benefits Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Free, $20 and up armbands. Noon. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 7809 46th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 541-4447.

Oktoberfest: This bash under a big top features arts and crafts, a carnival, German food, drinks, tunes, dancing and contests for stein holding, log sawing and keg hurling. $5, 12 and younger/military free. Noon. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. (813) 855-4233.

Tim Dillon: A comic with a Comedy Central special who hosts the podcast Tim Dillon Is Going to Hell. $10 and up. 7 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.


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  2. There will be numerous salutes to the military today and Monday for Veterans Day.
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    Polk County Sheriff’s Office charged more than 600 felony counts of child pornography possession to the 17.
  4. Eric Andre arrives at the world premiere of "The Lion King" in July at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. JORDAN STRAUSS  |  Invision/AP
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  5. This Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 photo, shows a manhole cover surviving from communist times in Berlin, when Volkseigene Betriebe, or Publicly Owned Enterprises, manufactured manhole covers for East German streets. MARKUS SCHREIBER  |  AP
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  6. John C. Pelczynski of Massachusetts untangles the lines on his kite at the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. Tampa Bay Times (2014)
    Museums and aquariums are offering free admission, plus there are parades on land on sea in honor of Veterans Day
  7. The Tampa Greek Festival will return to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church this weekend. Times (2002)
    Eat around the Tampa Greek Festival or check out standup performances from Cristela Alonzo at the Straz and Dane Cook at the Mahaffey.
  8. Journey will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 21, 2020. Erik Kabik Photography
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