Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Oct. 20

The Mexican holiday that remembers the departed will be celebrated with a Dios de los Muertos Festiva in downtown Dunedin, featuring a life-size puppet parade.
The Mexican holiday that remembers the departed will be celebrated with a Dios de los Muertos Festiva in downtown Dunedin, featuring a life-size puppet parade.
Published October 19 2018
Updated October 19 2018

Dia De Los Muertos: Join the Mexican celebration that has been organized each year since 1992 by the owners of Casa Tina to pay reverence to loved ones who have passed. The celebration includes a candlelit processional with giant traditional puppets (9 p.m.). 5 p.m., Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican & Vegetarian, 365 Main St., Dunedin. Free.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: The Doobie Brothers: 5:15 p.m., Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater.
General admission $20. Reserved $50. VIP $170/$200. (727) 461-5200; clearwaterjazz.com.

Carlos Mencia: After rising to fame doing stand up, the success of the DVD of his HBO special led to his Comedy Central show, Mind of Mencia, which ran for four seasons. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $30-$35. (727) 791-7400.

Pops in the Park: Assistant conductor Daniel Black takes over the baton for the free Florida Orchestra park concert. Pack a picnic and bring canned goods to be donated to Tampa Bay Harvest. Pre-concert performances begin at 4 p.m. including the Big Sing by the Master Chorale with a community sing-along. There will also be food trucks on site and fireworks. 7 p.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free

Felipe Esparza: The 2010 winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing is best known for his irreverent on-stage persona, wild hair and his catchphrase "What’s up, fool?" 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.

The Play That Goes Wrong: This musical comedy produced by J.J. Abrams on Broadway won the Tony for its intricate set design. 2 and 8 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $51 and up. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.

Between Riverside and Crazy: Pulitzer Prize-winning play. 2 and 8 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $44-$54; a subscription-style $15 a month for people younger than 30 and free for people younger than 20. (727) 823-7529; americanstage.org.

Tampa Pig Jig: Get your fill of music, savory barbecue and drinks, while helping fund kidney disease research. Country star Chris Young (Think Of You, I’m Comin’ Over) will headline with fellow country singers Riley Green and Carson McHone, alt-rock bands Deer Tick and Futurebirds, singer-songwriter Brett Dennen and more. 1 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $40, $125 VIP advance; kids under 12, free.

K?d: DJ and producer will perform on his Find Paradise tour. 10 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 247-2555; ritzybor.com.

Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: More than 35 chalk artists adorn the sidewalks and promenades with creative works of art as they compete for prizes and awards. Also, a kid’s zone, arts and crafts vendors and music. 9 a.m., Beach Walk, 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. Free. (727) 447-7600.

Hillsborough County Fair: The Hillsborough County Fair brings a harvest of midway rides, carnival-style foods, pumpkin patch, haunted hayride, a gospel jam, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby and a rodeo. 10 a.m., Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, Corner of Sydney Washer Road and Hwy 60, Brandon. $7, $5 students, $4 seniors, 4 and younger free. (813) 737-3247; hillsboroughcountyfair.com.

A Nightmare on Franklin Street: All Day Nightmare: A Halloween series featuring horror films, family friendly spooky movies, creepy cult favorites, ghastly ghost tours and other surprises. This portion of the "Freddy Fandom" marathon features a screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street. $10 or $40 fro all day. 10 a.m. to midnight, Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Price varies by event. (813) 274-8982.

Top of the Bay Oktoberfest: Authentic German food, music and dancing, with carnival and midway, arts and crafts, contests like log sawing, keg hurling, and stein holding. Tickets at eventbrite.com. 11 a.m., Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. $5, 12 and under, and valid military ID, free. (813) 855-4233; oktoberfesttampabay.com.

Hauntizaar: Area artists show and sell a variety of hand crafted Halloween and Day of the Dead related art work and gifts. 11 a.m., Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-6620; thestudioat620.org.

Water Ski Show: Fairytale Night: Skiers ages 6 to 60 perform theatrical water shows similar to those seen at Cypress Gardens. All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts. Come early for a pre-show. 6 p.m., Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar. Free. (727) 480-9365; tampawaterski.com.

Howl-O-Fest: This two-day family friendly event includes inflatable games, arts and crafts, hay rides, temporary tattoos, the "No Way Out" maze, cake walks, fire shows and trick-or-treat cabins. 6 p.m., Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $5, $1 hay ride, $2 spooky trail/maze. (727) 893-7813.

Haunted River Tours: A docent delivers spooky tales of ghosts as you glide along the Hillsborough River. Includes treats and a stop under the "bat bridge." Tours depart hourly. Through Oct. 28. 7-10 p.m., Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $25, $15 children. (813) 559-1804.

Streetlight Manifesto: Rock band that helped define third-wave ska will perform. 7 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22.50. (727) 565-0550; jannuslive.com.

Doyle: Guitarist from rock band Misfits will perform. 7 p.m., Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $15 and up. (813) 241-8600; crowbarybor.com.

KIDS AND FAMILY

MarineQuest: The waterfront will be loaded with science-related exhibits and activities for adults and kids. Visitors can handle animals in the touch tank and take a turn at the Japanese practice of "gyotaku," fish printing. 10 a.m., Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 896-8626; myfwc.com/marinequest.

Circus McGurkis: Peace festival/people’s fair sponsored by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) returns with a focus on area not for profits offering locally produced, homemade, fair trade goods and services, 10 a.m., Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 867-3933; circusmcgurkis.org.

Fox Squirrel Corn Maze: A fall festival including a pumpkin patch, hayride, arts and crafts vendors, country music, games and food including barbecue, Cuban sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, shaved ice and more. Gates close at 5 p.m. 10 a.m., Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City. $11, $10 children, 2 and younger free. (813) 756-8918; FutchEntertainment.com.

Tarpon Springs Outdoor Music Festival: More than 22 marching bands from across the state perform their field shows. 1 p.m., Tarpon Springs High School, 1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. $15. (650) 996-8816.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 7:30 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free.

TO WATCH

My Dinner With Hervé, 8 p.m., HBO: In the TV movie, Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) plays Hervé Villechaize, the French dwarf who starred in Fantasy Island. The film is inspired by a real-life experience of director Sacha Gervasi, who in 1993, spent one wild night in Los Angeles with Villechaize.

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