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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Oct. 17-23

Eat your fill of barbecue as you listen to Sam Hunt at Tampa’s Pig Jig, or jump on your bike to check out the Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg.
Singer-songwriter Sam Hunt, pictured in 2017, will headline the Tampa Pig Jig on Saturday.
Singer-songwriter Sam Hunt, pictured in 2017, will headline the Tampa Pig Jig on Saturday.
Published Oct. 17

Pig Jig: Sam Hunt headlines the waterfront barbecue competition with other music by multiplatinum singer-songwriter Kip Moore and alternative artists X Ambassadors, Bahamas and Jarrod Morris. Benefits NephCure Kidney International. $75. 1 p.m. Saturday. Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 N Boulevard, Tampa. 813-259-1610. .tampapigjig.com.

Leo Gomez paints a car as part of Carmada at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa in 2022. The Carmada Street Festival took place Saturday as part of the Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg.
Leo Gomez paints a car as part of Carmada at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa in 2022. The Carmada Street Festival took place Saturday as part of the Shine Mural Festival in St. Petersburg. [ JAMES ZAMBON | Courtesy of James Zambon ]

Shine: St. Petersburg Mural Festival: The internationally recognized street art festival will bring 17 new murals to the art districts and surrounding neighborhoods of St. Petersburg’s downtown. The curated event features some of the most highly respected local, national and international muralists. For a map, go to stpeteartsalliance.org. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Various locations, downtown St. Petersburg. 727-754-6404.

Fires of Folklore: Aerial Dragons Studios brings myths, legends and monsters to life on stage through the arts of fire dancing and aerial acrobatics. More than 10 different specialty acts and stories will be featured, including Little Red Riding Hood and the Legend of the Phoenix. There also will be an artisan market and local food trucks. Free. 5-9 p.m. Thursday. Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. 224-428-5186.

Craig Ferguson: The comedian best known as the former host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and his work on “The Drew Carrey Show” performs. $40 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Beer will be readily available at Oktoberfest.
Beer will be readily available at Oktoberfest. [ AMY DAVIS | Baltimore Sun ]

Upper Tampa Bay Oktoberfest: Enter the Oktoberfest Big Top for an authentic German carnival with a midway, German food, drink, music, dancing, contests, arts and crafts and a Doxie Derby (2 p.m. Sunday only). $5. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. 813-855-4233.

13 Ugly Men Halloween Party: The 23rd annual party includes DJ dancing, a costume contest and ghoulish fun. Benefits the 1Voice Foundation and a private pediatric cancer research lab. $40. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. The Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. 813-248-2954.

Sueños de Dalí 2022: The building and gardens transform into a celestial dreamlike experience for this “Twelve Signs of the Zodiac”-themed party with live music, themed open bars, treats and gallery access. Benefits the nonprofit museum. $150, $140 members. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive at Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767.

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Oktoberfest at Starkey Market: Bring the family for this celebration of everything German with two professional polka bands, dancing, a kielbasa bus, beer, an ice cream bar, keg tappings and competitions for keg throwing, stein holding, beer chugging, brat eating and more. $10, $25 three days, 8 and younger free. 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Starkey Market, 3460 Starkey Blvd., New Port Richey.

Shimmering Lights: Take a stroll along a quarter-mile “not scary,” family-friendly walking trail with hundreds of themed lighted displays and pixel animated props moving to the music and enjoy outdoor movies, a scavenger hunt, games and crafts. New this year: an optional foam play area on select nights. $7.50-$8.50. 7-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Sunkissed Acres, 2302 N Dover Road, Dover. 813-510-7553.

St. Petersburg International Folk Fair: The 47th annual exploration of cultures from around the world includes food, art, crafts, cooking demonstrations and dancing. This year’s theme is “Unity.” $6-$12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. 727-289-3744.

Haunted Tales of Tampa Bay Eco-Tour: Join Tampa Bay Watch for a one-hour boat ride to learn what creepy animals call Tampa Bay home and hear haunted tales about murky waters and the city of St. Petersburg. Includes spooky activities and a boat-based visit to the sanctuary bird island. Tour meets at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, Gate 23, a few boat slips away from Fresco’s. $24, $16 ages 4-13, 3 and younger free. 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro, 300 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-291-4103.

Maestro Michael Francis of the Florida Orchestra will educate the audience at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Thursday on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The discussion will be followed by a full performance.
Maestro Michael Francis of the Florida Orchestra will educate the audience at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Thursday on Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The discussion will be followed by a full performance. [ MARCO BORGGREVE | Courtesy of The Florida Orchestra ]

Inside Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring: Florida Orchestra conductor Michael Francis dives deeper into the ballet work that sparked a riot in the concert hall. Concludes with a full performance. Admission is pay what you can at the door $5. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Creature Feature: Masquerade Ball: Dress in your most “hellish” or divine costume for this sexy party with live stage performances, DJ dancing, an afterglow party and more. 18 and older only. $25. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. The Castle, 2004 N 16th St., Tampa. 813-247-7547.

Beers on the Pier: Sample more than 20 beers from across the country while learning a little bit about history. Includes unlimited tastings and a souvenir cup. $40-$45. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. 727-894-1052.

More than 20 beers will be available for sampling at Beers on the Pier in St. Petersburg.
More than 20 beers will be available for sampling at Beers on the Pier in St. Petersburg. [ MARC BONA | cleveland.com ]

Euclid St. Paul Neighborhood Association Haunted Hike: Costumes and face painting are optional on this trail of spooky fun and skits. Go to espna.org for tickets. $8, $5 children. 6:15-8:30 p.m. Saturday. 13th Street and 13th Avenue N, St. Petersburg.

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