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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Oct. 18-24

After a long delay due to COVID-19, the Reggae Rise Up Florida Festival will finally rock St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley is among the headliners of the 2021 Reggae Rise Up Festival in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park this Thursday through Sunday.
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley is among the headliners of the 2021 Reggae Rise Up Festival in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park this Thursday through Sunday. [ Brian Cross ]
Published Oct. 18

Reggae Rise Up Florida Festival 2021: Big-name reggae artists come to Vinoy Park, including Damian Marley, Slightly Stoopid, Soja, Dirty Heads and Iration. The performance lineup is subject to change. $5-$240. 5-10 p.m. Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

The FIXX: The alternative rock and MTV pioneers join forces with Fastball. $39-$59. 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg will host the Suenos de Dali fundraiser  Saturday.
The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg will host the Suenos de Dali fundraiser Saturday. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

Suenos de Dalí: The museum and its grounds transform into a themed experience (“The Art of Fashion”) with surreal surprises, live music, themed bars, cocktails and treats. Surreal costumes are encouraged at the Dalí's annual fundraiser. $150, $140 members. 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

Nimesh Patel: Patel, a writer for NBC’s late-night show A Little Late With Lilly Singh and a standup performer who has opened for Chris Rock and Aziz Ansari, comes to Tampa. $32. 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave. 813-864-4000.

MercyMe will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday.
MercyMe will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday. [ The Media Collective ]

MercyMe: The Grammy-nominated Christian band performs. $25-$161. 7 p.m. Thursday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

A Nightmare on Franklin Street: The historic, and haunted, movie theater’s annual Halloween horror series continues with:

  • Mommy and Me screenings: Take in family favorites in the afternoon. This portion features Hocus Pocus. 3 p.m. Monday.
  • Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn: In the 1987 comedy horror, a woman becomes possessed by demons after listening to an audiotape that contains voices reading from The Book of the Dead. 7:30 p.m. Monday.
  • Death Cast: In the 2019 horror, lines between a film and its cast become blurred when they find themselves in real life and death situations. 7 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Raw: In the 2016 horror, a vegetarian strays from her principals and eats meat. She soon finds it awakens something horrible within her. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Them: In the 1954 sci-fi film, a horde of atomic bomb irradiated giant ants wreaks havoc on a small town. 7 p.m. Thursday.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show: In the 1975 sci-fi musical, a Transylvanian mad scientist in lingerie attempts to make a life form. The film is shadow cast, and audience participation is encouraged. Bring toilet paper, cards, newspapers and toast. 7:30 p.m. and midnight Friday.
  • Psycho: In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 suspense, a serial killer slays his victims in an attempt to make a skin suit. 3 p.m. Sunday.

Films are $10, $7 for members. 12 and younger free for the Mommy and Me screening. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Monarch Butterfly Festival: The Dade City Youth Council and the Dade City Garden Club combine for this family event aimed to educate and celebrate the monarch butterfly. Includes environmental educators, informational booths, presentations, native plant sale and hands-on activities for children. Current health and safety protocols will be followed. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Hibiscus Park, Seventh Street and Bougainvillea Avenue, Dade City. 908-890-4630.

Darius Rucker headlines the 10th annual Tampa Pig Jig Saturday.
Darius Rucker headlines the 10th annual Tampa Pig Jig Saturday. [ AL WAGNER | AP ]
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Tampa Pig Jig: Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker headlines the 10th annual festival with performances by indie-pop favorites Judah and the Lion and Wilderado and country singer Brett Young. There will be plenty of barbecue and beer for purchase. Benefits NephCure Kidney International. $40-$60, 10 and younger free. 1 p.m. Saturday. Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 N Boulevard, Tampa. 813-259-1610.

Haunted Hike: Guides lead visitors on a 1-mile walking tour down creepy alleys and brick paved streets to old homes and landmarks where costumed characters tell spooky stories. Tours depart every 15 minutes. $8, $5 ages 2-12, 1 and younger free. 6:15-8:45 p.m. Saturday. Euclid/St. Paul, 13th Avenue and 13th Street N, St. Petersburg. 727-823-0393.

Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail: This outdoor attraction features three haunted trails, an escape game, laser tag, live entertainment, food vendors and merchandise. $25-$45. 7:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, 2837 S Frontage Road, Plant City. 844-754-7900.

The Amazing Acro-Cats: Watch as cats take giant leaps, walk tightropes and ride skateboards. The Amazing Acro-Cats are joined by the Rock Cats, a troupe of music-performing house cats. $35, $45 VIP. 7-9 p.m. Friday, 3-5 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. 512-378-3952.

Join a Nerf battle Saturday and help fight pediatric cancer.
Join a Nerf battle Saturday and help fight pediatric cancer. [ Tampa Bay Times (2011) ]

Take Aim Against Pediatric Cancer: Bring the family and take aim in this daytime Pop-A-Nerf battle and tournament with a barbecue lunch, desserts, snacks and entertainment. All equipment will be provided. Children 4 and younger may attend but cannot participate in the battles. Benefits the Lawrence A. Martucci fight against pediatric cancer. $45, 4 and younger free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Rotary’s Camp Florida, 1915 Camp Florida Road, Brandon. 813-653-7200.

Halloween at the Primate Sanctuary: Kids ages 3 to 12 can trick-or-treat at the sanctuary’s Halloween event with a costume contest, activities, trail tours and educational talks. $15, $10 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. 727-943-5897.

Tall Tales of Old Florida: Tour guides will lead you by lantern through the seasonally decorated grounds to meet six “tellers” who share uniquely Florida stories about skunk apes, misbehaving trains, cow-hunting giants, pirates and other legendary creatures. Includes a snack and a drink. $14. 6:45-9 p.m. Saturday. Cracker Country, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-627-4225.

The poolside bar at the Postcard Inn hosts a beachfront market Sunday.
The poolside bar at the Postcard Inn hosts a beachfront market Sunday.

“Toes on the Sand” Market: Breathe in the ocean air and sink your feet into the sand as you shop at this beachfront market with items from local artists, crafters and businesses, live entertainment and food and drink specials from the hotel’s tiki hut and restaurant. No cover (food/drink additional). 2-7 p.m. Sunday. Postcard Inn, 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-367-2711.