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Top 15 events for the week of Oct. 3-9

Learn about two cultures at Super Greek Festival and Oktoberfest Tampa.
LUIS SANTANA   |   Get a taste of the Greek lifestyle at the Super Greek Festival this weekend. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
LUIS SANTANA | Get a taste of the Greek lifestyle at the Super Greek Festival this weekend. [Photo Luis Santana | Times] [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Oct. 4

This story was written before the effects of Hurricane Ian on the Tampa Bay area were known. Check with event organizers to make sure events are happening as planned.

Super Greek Festival: The three-day indoor/outdoor celebration of everything Greek includes fresh Greek food, DJ dancing in an outdoor party tent, a 7,500-square-foot taverna, youth dance groups, language lessons, beer and wine. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-345-8235.

The Florida Orchestra kicks off the 2022-23 season with Carmina Burana.
The Florida Orchestra kicks off the 2022-23 season with Carmina Burana. [ MATT DINE | Courtesy of The Florida Orchestra ]

The Florida Orchestra: Carmina Burana: The orchestra starts its season off with this musical drama, an epic that has become the inspirational soundtrack for everything from Tampa Bay Buccaneers games to commercials and movies such as “The Hunt for Red October.” Featuring the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. One hour before the concert, get the story behind the composers and their music, straight from the conductor and guest soloists. $18-$60. 8 p.m. Friday. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827; also at 8 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000; and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Scarecrow Festival: Celebrate the fall season as you visit this pumpkin patch with a festival including arts and crafts vendors, pumpkin painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, dancing scarecrows, blacksmith demonstration, soccer collies and the “Sphere Bubble Show” (10 a.m. and 1 p.m. only). $10, $5 children, 4 and younger free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. 352-567-0262.

Franzini Family Science Circus: The Franzini Family Science Circus uses circus props and transforms them into objects of scientific concern to stimulate thought, interest and a better understanding of science for grades K-5. Includes an investigation of astronomy in which Lippo arrives atop the giant rolling globe “SUN” and rides through the solar system on a unicycle. All scientific elements are demonstrated through clowning, juggling and magic. $7. 10:30 a.m. and noon Wednesday-Thursday. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. 813-922-8167.

Oktoberfest Tampa takes place in Curtis Hixon Park.
Oktoberfest Tampa takes place in Curtis Hixon Park. [ NEIL H. DAVIS | FOR | nj.com ]

Oktoberfest Tampa: The waterfront park is transformed into a giant outdoor biergarten for the 12th annual festival with live music, dancing, a Bavarian food hall, games, alp horns, contests for stein hoisting, keg stacking, tug-o-war, brat toss, carry the wench and a full lineup of German beers. $10, free military/ages 12 and younger. 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-397-8722.

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Il Volo: The superstar Italian trio is on tour in support of their new album, “Il Volo Sings Morricone,” a dedication to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. $53.75-$138.75. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Rufus Wainwright: He has written two operas and numerous songs for movies and TV. His latest Grammy- and Juno-nominated album, “Unfollow the Rules,” is a selection of pop songs and covers. $39.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Michael Colyar: Michael Colyar is best known for his starring roles in “Blackish,” “House Party III,” “The Princess & The Frog” and his role as “Mr. Whitaker” on the hit television series “Martin.” He is currently performing his one-man play, “Michael Colyar’s Momma,” and will be launching a more than 100-city tour that has caught the attention of major television, cable and streaming networks. $23. 7:45-9:15 and 10:15-11:30 p.m. Friday; 7-8:30 and 9:45-11:15 p.m. Saturday; 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday. The Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

Benise: Spanish Nights showcases classic rock anthems from Led Zeppelin and AC/DC and fuses them with Spanish guitar and dance to bring a fierce intensity to these new interpretations. Starting at $32.50. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Straz Center Block Party: The Straz Center kicks off its season with a free block party to show a sampling of the entertainment to come. There will be live music, dance, circus, visual art, local artisans, food, drinks and more. Performers include Roxx Revolt and The Velvets, selections from Opera Tampa, variety shows hosted by Matt McGee and Kidchella and a silent disco. Free. 3-6 p.m. Sunday. Riverwalk Stage at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Catch a roller derby match by Revolution Roller Derby.
Catch a roller derby match by Revolution Roller Derby. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]

Roller Derby: Revolution Roller Derby presents a battle between their mixed-gender team, Mom & Pop’s Militia, and a mashup of skaters from all over Florida. Toiletries, snacks, gently used clothing, bike lights and gift cards will be collected to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County. $10-$12. 5:45-8 p.m. Sunday. SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. 727-280-7981.

Haunted River Tours: Take a 45-minute cruise through downtown Tampa with a crew of haunted storytellers telling tales of terror and Tampa’s eerie past. Boats depart at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Starting at $30, $20 ages 2-12. 7-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. 813-390-3711.

St. Pete Pier Fall Festival: Celebrate the beginning of fall with this free festival featuring a main stage with family-friendly music acts, kids’ activities, food vendors, drinks, photo opportunities and a pumpkin patch. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Spa Beach Park, 600 Second Ave.. NE, St. Petersburg.

Scarehouse Pinellas: The warehouse turns into a haunted “scare” house after inexperienced staff cause a toxic spill. Benefits the SPCA Tampa Bay. $20-$30. 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Scarehouse, 12461 Creekside Drive, Largo. 727-371-0995.

For Halloween, the American Victory ship becomes UnDead in the Water. Spooky apparitions, scare actors and special effects haunt the World War II ship as guests travel through the cavernous cargo holds and open-air decks. Photo courtesy American Victory Ship.
For Halloween, the American Victory ship becomes UnDead in the Water. Spooky apparitions, scare actors and special effects haunt the World War II ship as guests travel through the cavernous cargo holds and open-air decks. Photo courtesy American Victory Ship. [ American Victory Ship ]

UnDead in the Water: The American Victory Ship has been rendered powerless after an electric surge in the Bermuda Triangle. Most of the crew is mysteriously dead, and a cryptic female apparition calls to the survivors. Hear their stories as you explore the ship’s cargo holds and open decks to see if you can figure out what she wants. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-228-8766.

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