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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Oct. 24-30

There’s more than Halloween going on this week. Demi Lovato is set to perform in Tampa Friday, and Rocktoberfest brings the thunder to St. Petersburg’s Williams Park.
Singer Demi Lovato is set to perform at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa Friday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Singer Demi Lovato is set to perform at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa Friday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) [ CHRIS PIZZELLO | Invision/AP ]
Published Oct. 24, 2022

Demi Lovato: The Grammy-nominated and award-winning musician, actor, advocate and New York Times bestselling author brings the “Holy Fvck Tour,” featuring rock band Dead Sara. Starting at $75. 8 p.m. Oct. 28. Seminole Hard Rock, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. 813-627-7625.

The Black Honkeys perform at Rocktoberfest in St. Petersburg Saturday. Photo by Barry Lively
The Black Honkeys perform at Rocktoberfest in St. Petersburg Saturday. Photo by Barry Lively [ Courtesy of Barry Lively ]

Rocktoberfest: A music-heavy three-day Oktoberfest with beer, family activities and a selection of German foods fit for a king. Bands include Paisley Craze, Abraham/Billings Band and Soul Circus Cowboys (Friday); Kara Nally Band, Memphis Lightning, Igor and the Red Elvises, Black Honkeys Band and Goodbye June (Saturday); and Randy Stephens and the Groove Makers, Ronnie Dee and the Superstars and 22N (Sunday). This event is pet friendly. $5-$7. 4-10 p.m. Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 29-30. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. 941-487-8061.

Greta Van Fleet: The Grammy award-winning rock band is touring in support of their second album, “The Battle at Garden’s Gate,” which was released last year and debuted as No. 1 Billboard rock album. Starting at $45.75. 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Alaska 5000: The “Drag Race All-Stars” winner has a new album, “Red 4 Filth,” and a new drag show, as well as a podcast and a book. $25-$95. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. 813-241-8600.

Morning Coffee Concert: Poetry in Music: When beautiful music says more than words ever could. Featuring Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” William Grant Still’s “Poeme,” Liszt’s Symphonic Poem No. 3 and more. Stuart Malina conducts. $25-$47. 11 a.m. Oct. 27. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

Country musician Travis Tritt performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday.
Country musician Travis Tritt performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday. [ FRAZER HARRISON | Getty Images North America ]

Travis Tritt: Travis Tritt’s albums, seven of which are certified platinum or higher, have led him to two Grammy Awards, four CMA Awards, a Billboard Music Award and an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. $53.25-$128.75. 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Nimesh Patel: Nimesh Patel is a comedian and Emmy-nominated writer based in New York City, where he has performed standup comedy for more than 10 years. He is currently a writer on NBC’s late-night show “A Little Late with Lilly Singh.” $32. 7-8:30 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m. Oct. 27. Tampa Improv, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 813-864-4000.

Real to Reel: The Invisibles: The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast and Temple B’nai Israel join forces to present a film telling the stories of four Jews who go underground, dye their hair, forge passports and do anti-Nazi projects to save themselves and others from annihilation. Includes a complimentary dessert and a talkback after the film. $12. 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Studio Movie Grill Seminole, 7718 113th St. N, Seminole. 727-530-3223.

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An Evening With David Sedaris: The bestselling humorist presents a selection of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and book signing. $35-$55. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Horticulture Extravaganza: Learn about alternatives to grass for any area of your yard. Take an in-depth look at our pollinators and learn which is the best suited for pollinating in your area. Discover little known area gardens through a photographic tour. Then, go outside and shop for plants. $20. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28. Garden Club of St Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S, St. Petersburg. 727-215-6666.

The Drowsy Chaperone: In the play, a theater fan plays the record of his favorite 1920s music and makes wry comedic comments. $27. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-386-6173.

Wallflowers: For the past 30 years, the Jakob Dylan-led act has stood as one of rock’s more dynamic bands. $44.50-$79.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 28. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Listen to German music while you eat bratwurst or hot dog meals at Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church's Oktoberfest Saturday.
Listen to German music while you eat bratwurst or hot dog meals at Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church's Oktoberfest Saturday. [ MINDY SCHAUER | The Orange County Register ]

Oktoberfest: A celebration of everything fall includes a German oompah band, an obstacle course, bounce houses, children’s games, a cakewalk, face painting, more than 20 vendors, bratwurst ($10) or hot dog ($8) meals and a souvenir cup. No cover (food/drink additional). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29. Christ Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace. 813-988-4025.

Romeo Santos: The “king of Bachata” and global superstar is the headliner of El Zol’s first official and exclusive concert. $35 and up. 8 p.m. Oct. 29. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

St. Pete Shuffle: The historic shuffleboard courts are open for public play. Club volunteers will help you get set up on a court and show you how to play while a fun music playlist keeps things lively. You can pack a cooler of your own food and drinks, but no glass containers are allowed on the courts. $10. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28. Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-2083.