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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Tampa heads up the entertainment this week with the Hillsborough County Fair, Adam Sandler and an early Veterans Day parade.
Find livestock shows and a rodeo at the 2022 Hillsborough County Fair, which opens this week in Dover.
Find livestock shows and a rodeo at the 2022 Hillsborough County Fair, which opens this week in Dover. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Oct. 31, 2022

Hillsborough County Fair: Enjoy an old-fashioned country carnival with midway rides, games, K-9 demonstrations, fireman shows, arts and crafts vendors, live music, food, livestock shows, a rodeo (Friday-Saturday), truck and tractor pull (Nov. 11-12) and demolition derby (Nov. 13). $10, $7 students, $4 seniors, 5 and younger free. 5-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover. 813-223-1111.

Rob Schneider, left, and Adam Sandler are pictured in a scene from ''50 First Dates." Sandler will perform at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Nov. 6.
Rob Schneider, left, and Adam Sandler are pictured in a scene from ''50 First Dates." Sandler will perform at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Nov. 6. [ Courtesy of Columbia Pictures ]

Adam Sandler: The actor-writer-producer brings his unique blend of comedy and songs to Tampa. $35.75-$195.75. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Marc Anthony: The Grammy-winning singer and four-time Latin American Music Awards nominee performs. $61-$191. 8 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

India Festival Tampa Bay: The 33rd annual festival celebrating Indian arts and dance includes showcases, competitions, exhibits and food vendors. This year’s event is expected to draw more than 12,000 participants. $12. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-621-7821.

St. Pete Reads!: Lit Fest: The inaugural outdoor festival in the Legacy Gardens features story time, workshops, poetry, art activities, panel discussions, live music and book signings with established and emerging #kidlit writers. Authors include Greg Neri (Concrete Cowboy,” “Polo Cowboy,” “Grand Theft Horse,” “Yummy”), Antwan Williams (Mansa’s Little Reminders,” “Mansa’s Little Reminders: Money Workbook for Kids”) and Jamecia Buggs (I Can Yoga”). There will also be book signings from L.B. Anne, Lola Morgan, Calvin Reynolds, Victoria Saunders, Iva Price, Tiara Spann, Tameka Harris, Takeya Trayer, Javin Le’Count and Stephanie Claytor. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-323-1104.

More than 250 luxury cars will be on display this weekend.
More than 250 luxury cars will be on display this weekend. [ Courtesy of Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club ]

Cars and Coffee: Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club and Ferrari of Tampa Bay join forces to showcase more than 250 luxury cars. There will also be a cigar lounge, live art displays, a kids zone, food, drinks and vendors. Bring nonperishable food and bottled water to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. 727-370-4678.

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Bob the Drag Queen: Bob the Drag Queen, who won Season 8 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” was featured on HBO’s “We’re Here” and starred in MTV’s “Drag My Dad,” performs. $35.50-$45.50. 7:30 p.m. Friday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Savor St. Pete: The Grand Tasting Village features celebrated local chefs, acclaimed restaurants, popular breweries and a fine selection of wines. $95. 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg.

99.5 QYK Guitar Pull: The seventh annual show features some of Nashville’s new country hit makers playing acoustic sets together while swapping stories. This year’s lineup includes Jackson Dean, Priscilla Block, ERNEST, Elvie Shane, Niko Moon, Lainey Wilson and Jimmie Allen. $62 and up. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000.

“The Colored Museum”: Watch 11 vignettes detailing satirical experiences of African American culture come to life on stage. $45. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. 813-520-0083.

Art Over Erasure: This night of remembrance honors the histories of Oaklawn, Evergreen and Moffett cemeteries in St. Petersburg with reflection, visual art and spoken word, raising awareness of the erasure of historic Black cemeteries in the bay area. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Center for Health Equity, 2333 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. 813-974-6882.

Jim Breuer: This Ruth Eckerd on the Road show features the New York-bred comic-storyteller who made the list of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time.” $29.50-$49.50. 7 p.m. Friday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-791-7400.

The Florida Orchestra presents Scheherazade on Saturday and Sunday.
The Florida Orchestra presents Scheherazade on Saturday and Sunday. [ MATT DINE | Courtesy of The Florida Orchestra ]

Florida Orchestra: Scheherazade: Celebrate the power of women in this story of the clever sultana who saves her own life through storytelling. British pianist Alexandra Dariescu performs Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, which she finished by age 16 at a time when women simply did not compose. A pre-concert conversation about the story behind the composers starts one hour before the concert. $18-$60. 8 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-300-2000. Also taking place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: The three-time Grammy-winning group, whose first major hit came in 1971 with “Mr. Bojangles,” performs. $49-$59. 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Veterans Day Parade: The community of Town ‘N Country hosts its giant annual Veterans Day parade. The 2022 honoree is James “Jim” R. Price Jr., who served in the U.S. Navy and is now 95. Free. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Town ‘N Country Park, 7002 W Hanna Ave., Tampa.