Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday, Oct. 27

Celebrate Henry Plant’s 200 birthday in Tampa, do galactic bowling for a cause at Seminole Lanes and watch singer Sabrina Claudio perform in Ybor City.
A portrait of Henry Plant, the railroad magnate who brought the first train to Tampa.
A portrait of Henry Plant, the railroad magnate who brought the first train to Tampa. [ Florida Photographic Collection ]
Published Oct. 26, 2019

Henry Plant’s 200th Birthday: Ring in the the railroad magnate with a special lecture, book signing and, of course, birthday cake. Free. 2 p.m. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 254-1891.

Strikes for Spays: Teams of five get two hours of unlimited galactic bowling and shoe rental. Benefits Meow Now. $25, $35 with pizza and a drink. 2 p.m. Seminole Lanes Bowling Center, 8668 Park Blvd., Seminole. (727) 203-5255.

Sabrina Claudio: The singer has seen a quick rise to fame since her 2016 EP Confidently Lost, initially uploaded to Soundcloud, shot to the top of the R&B charts. $27.50. 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-2518.

Ira Forman Lecture on Antisemitism: On the first anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, attend a lecture featuring Ira Forman, who served as the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism from 2013 to 2017. He has a profound understanding of the forces driving the resurgence of worldwide antisemitism. Free. 2 p.m. The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100.

Family Concert: One Giant Leap: This family-friendly concert brings music from Holst’s The Planets and John Williams’ E.T. score as space footage scrolls across the stage. There’s an instrument petting zoo and other activities beforehand. $8 in advance, $10 at doors, free for ages 3 and under. 2 p.m. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (800) 955-1045.

Nicole Seymour: The author’s second book, Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age, says environmentalists have acquired a reputation as killjoys. Seymour uses texts, television, film and performances that show how utilizing camp, irreverence, perversity and playfulness can address environmental issues. Free. 2 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667.

Art for Faiths Sake: The series opens with Christopher Gage presenting a pipe organ concert to showcase musical influences of the Protestant Reformation. A reception follows. Free. 3 p.m. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave., Largo. (727) 585-9969.

85 Candles Jazz Tribute: Tampa Jazz Club celebrates the 85th birthdays of two Floridian jazz legends, Kitty Daniels and Majid Shabazz, with a variety of musical tributes and a short documentary on the two. $20, $10 students. 3 p.m. Mainstage Theatre at Hillsborough Community College, 14th Street and Palm Avenue, Tampa. (727) 771-7415.

Fall Festival: A Halloween-themed family festival with hay rides, pumpkin decorating, carnival games, face painting, candy, a costume contest, Halloween cookie decorating and a caramel apple bar. Free. 5 p.m. Celebration Church, 1653 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. (813) 684-4673.

SPIFFS International Folk Festival: The 45th annual festival showcases food and culture from more than 36 ethnic organizations representing nations across the globe. $10, $6 students. 12 a.m. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 552-1896.

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Arnez J: He hosted BET's Comic View for two seasons and has a comedy special on Netflix. $25. 7 p.m. Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 864-4000.

The Thanksgiving Play: A group of “woke” teachers attempt to throw a pageant that honors the holiday and Native American Heritage month, in this satire. Held in the Shimberg Playhouse. $18-$29.50. 4 p.m. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827.

Carlos Mencia: His Comedy Central show Mind of Mencia had its moment. but he’s still touring tirelessly and hosting his own comedy podcast. $25 and up. $25 and up. 10:30 p.m. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Guppyween: Harry Otter invites young witches and wizards to join him at Codwarts School of Fishcraft and Squidery. $10 costumed kids, regular admission adults. 9:30 a.m. The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa. (813) 273-4000.

Hillsborough County Fair: A typical fair with carnival food and rides gets souped up with a rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby, pig racing and a gospel jam. $7, $5 students, $4 seniors, 5 and younger free. 10 a.m. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover. (813) 737-3247.

Stone Crab Weekend: The fifth annual festival features live entertainment, souvenirs and tons of stone crab. Free (food/drink additional). 10:30 a.m. Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater. (727) 446-2642.

Cooters Crab Fest: Cooters 26th annual Crab festival is a huge four-day party with live music and drink specials. Though stone crab is the star, they will also have king crab, snow crab and Dungeness served throughout the entire restaurant and under the big tent. Free; food and drinks extra. 11 a.m. Cooters Restaurant and Bar, 423 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater. (727) 462-2668.

Halloween Food Truck Fair: A slightly spooky gathering of food trucks with a bounce house (noon-6 p.m. both days),truck or treat (4-7 p.m. Saturday), costume contest (7 p.m. Saturday), pumpkin decorating and arts and crafts (noon Sunday). Free. 12 p.m. Food Truck Power, 5317 E Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 419-3863.

Tampa Bay Home Show: Get advice from home improvement experts and shop vendors at this showcase with exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, seminars and free gifts to the first 1,000 people each day. Free. 10 a.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg.


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