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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Sept. 5-11

Amy Schumer does two shows at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, or take your taste buds on a savory excursion at Taste Fest.
Amy Schumer comes to Tampa for two shows at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa this week.
Amy Schumer comes to Tampa for two shows at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa this week. [ JAMIE MCCARTHY | Getty Images North America ]
Published Sep. 5|Updated Sep. 7

Amy Schumer: The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated standup comedian stops in Tampa on her first major tour in more than four years. $103 and up. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

A McLaren MP4-12C was among the hottest cars awaiting visitors at the 2012 Tampa Bay International Auto Show at the Tampa Convention Center.
A McLaren MP4-12C was among the hottest cars awaiting visitors at the 2012 Tampa Bay International Auto Show at the Tampa Convention Center. [ Tampa Bay Times (2012) ]

Tampa Bay Auto Show: Get a look at more than 350 new cars, trucks, crossovers and more at this show with test-drive opportunities, kid-friendly activities and high-end exotics on display. $12, $5 seniors/military/first responders. Noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. 513-404-2545.

Taste Fest: Gather with friends for the second annual festival featuring a variety of dishes from 20 local restaurants with craft beer and wine. $50-$75. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.

Nitro Extreme: Cirque Italia presents Nito Extreme, which features more than 10 custom-built motor vehicles doing high-speed spins, two-wheeled driving, obstacle jumps and more. There also will be pyrotechnic explosions and motorcycle tricks. It all takes place in the mall’s back parking lot. $10-$55. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Ellenton Premium Outlets, 5461 Factory Shops Blvd. 941-704-8572.

Billy Currington: The Grammy-nominated country music singer-songwriter performs with special guest Noah Guthrie. $53.25-$83.25. 8 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Tampa Bay Women’s Expo: This ladies’ day out feature exhibits, interactive booths, pamper sessions, giveaways and education on fashion, travel, beauty and self-care. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, 4800 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 727-893-8523.

A cluster of habanero peppers beckons fans of the spice at the I Like It Hot! Festival, which this year takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Largo Event Center.
A cluster of habanero peppers beckons fans of the spice at the I Like It Hot! Festival, which this year takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Largo Event Center. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times (2008) ]

I Like It Hot! Festival: Connoisseurs of everything spicy will love this festival, which will have amateur hot sauce, salsa and BBQ competitions, a Hot Lolly-Lick-A-Thon, a jalapeno pepper-eating contest, vendor sampling, live music and more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Largo Event Center, 6340 126th Ave. N. 727-322-5217.

WMNF 43rd Birthday Bash: Have some birthday cake and join WMNF Community Conscious Radio in celebrating its 43rd birthday with a concert by psychedelic rockers and Tropical Heatwave performers The Bright Light Social Hour. $22-$27. 8 p.m. Saturday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 813-238-8001.

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Lost ‘80s Live! This 1980s-era tour showcases some of the most recognizable acts from that decade. Includes A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Men Without Hats, Missing Persons, Musical Youth, Stacey Q and The English Beat. $49.50-$119.50. 7 p.m. Saturday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

See running model train layouts at the Toy Train Show at the Hernando County Fairgrounds Saturday.
See running model train layouts at the Toy Train Show at the Hernando County Fairgrounds Saturday. [ PATTI SAPONE | nj.com ]

Toy Train Show: There will be more than 60 tables of vendors selling various model trains, toys, die-cast cars and more. There will also be a running train layout and a “be an engineer” experience. $5, 12 and younger free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. 727-244-1341.

Sertoma Family Fun Day: Bring the family for a day of activities including relay races, stick horse rides, vendors, a Beatles tribute band and food available for purchase. $10, 12 and younger free. $5 parking. 2-11 p.m. Saturday. The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. 727-312-3881. familyhearinghelp.org.

Howl-O-Scream: SeaWorld and Busch Gardens will both have walkways with pulse-pounding scare zones, haunted houses, nighttime thrill rides, live shows and a fiendishly interactive bar. Runs select nights through Oct. 31. Check closing times at time of purchase. $34.99-$139.99. 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. 800-327-2424. Also taking place at Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Spooktacular: Children can trick-or-treat during SeaWorld’s daytime event with decorated trails and meet and greets with nautically themed Halloween characters. Included with daytime admission. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. 800-327-2424.

Oktoberfest Celebration: Get to the beer garden and covered patio and grab your commemorative stein for a free draft and $10 select drafts after that. The party includes German music, food, beer, games and more. Present the stein for $10 drafts through Oct. 3. No cover (food/drink additional). 3-10 p.m. Saturday. Florida Avenue Brewing Co., 2029 Arrowgrass Drive, Wesley Chapel. 813-452-6333.

Urinetown: The Ghostlight Young Company presents its inaugural musical production, which satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy and more. $20. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. 727-893-1070.

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