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Top 10 events for the week of Oct. 19-26

Racing and blissful jazz: The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg roars into town and Wanderlust brings us the reimagined Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel: Experience an “Eerie Evening at the Tampa Bay Hotel” as you see the museum after dark and try to solve a murder mystery before the next victim falls. Period lighting and candles set the stage. Advance ticket purchase required. $25, $15 members. 6-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-254-1891.

Asylum 2020: Walk or drive through a historic neighborhood to experience the sights and sounds of Halloween. Please adhere to social distancing policies at all times. Free. 7 p.m.-midnight Wednesday-Saturday. Historic Kenwood Neighborhood, in areas near 2121 Dartmouth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Wanderlust: The reimagined Clearwater Jazz Holiday provides socially distanced, intimate events. Watch the sunset as you enjoy live music by Austin Vickrey Trio and Reverend Barry and the Funk from your reserved lounge chair on a private beach. Each performance includes two lounge chairs, table (between the lounge chairs), appetizer and beachfront service. Benefits the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation. $50. 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club, on the south end of the beach overlooking the Sand Key Bridge, Clearwater. 727-461-5200.

The areas around the track and grandstands were virtually empty during the opening day of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 13, 2020. This weekend, we finally get a do-over. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg: Warmup laps for racing had barely begun when the pandemic delayed the 16th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Now, drivers from across the country take over the streets of downtown St. Petersburg for the race with a 1.8-mile, 14-turn track circling Pioneer Park, Duke Energy Center for the Arts, the Dalí Museum and the runways of Albert Whitted Airport. $25-$145. Approximately 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Various locations in downtown St. Petersburg. 888-476-4479.

  • We’re Finally Racing: In conjunction with the race, the courtyard at Jannus Live sets the scene for a celebration of the Firestone Grand Prix. Highway to Hell: The Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band performs with Wicked Serenity: A Godsmack Tribute. The outdoor show is 21 and older with social distancing required and masks strongly recommended. Free. 8 p.m. Friday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-565-0550.
It's crab mania at Clearwater area restaurants in celebration of Stone Crab Weekend.

Stone Crab Weekend: Clearwater area restaurants salute the annual season that allows the harvesting of stone crab claws. Grab a cracker and slather the sweet meat in warm butter for an even richer taste. The following locations are holding festivals to mark the annual harvest:

  • Get your fill of stone crabs at Palm Pavilion’s sixth annual festival with live entertainment all weekend. This year’s event is limited to normal operating hours. Approximately 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, 10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater. 727-446-2642.
  • Frenchy’s annual festival of crabs returns for the 36th year. The block party has been canceled. 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday. Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, 7 Rockaway St., Clearwater. 727-446-4844.
  • Crab is the star of the show at Cooters' festival featuring snow, king, dungeness and other types of crab served piping hot with drink specials and live music. 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Cooters Restaurant and Bar, 423 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater. 727-462-2668.

Drive-In Concert: Gainseville’s ’90s rockers Sister Hazel bring Tampa Bay its first drive-in concert by a national touring act. Smaller cars park up front, with larger cars in the back. First-come, first-served. Masks must be worn in restrooms and at concession stands. Socializing with neighboring vehicles is not allowed. To buy tickets, go to sisterhazel.com. $149-$169 four people; $25 additional people (maximum two). 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-350-6500.

Chick Corea: Solo Piano: The multi-Grammy Award winner brings a collection of piano music ranging from Mozart to Monk. Includes admission for four, a charcuterie tray and table service. This is a socially distanced, cabaret-style performance. $160. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton Cabaret Theatre, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Barktoberfest: A Halloween party for dogs includes a doggie costume contest, K-9 demonstrations, music, giveaways, vendors and food concessions. Free. 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Rosselli Park, Capri Circle S and Second Street E, Treasure Island. 727-547-4575, ext. 237.

The Kitchen Witches: Find out what happens when two rival cooking show hosts join forces. $36. 4 p.m. Saturday. Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 3355 49th St. N, Clearwater. 727-446-5898.

Haunted River Tours: Two “dead-lightful” hosts tell eerie tales of Tampa’s ghosts on this 45-minute cruise along the Hillsborough River. Departs hourly at 6:15, 7:15, 8:15 and 9:15 p.m. Boats are limited to 50 percent capacity. $25, $20 children. 6:15-9:15 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. 813-390-3711.

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