Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum: Two of country music's most upbeat and crowd-pleasing acts perform Friday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. ($35.25 and up).
Super Boat National Championship: The high-speed powerboats return to Clearwater Beach. There's a parade and block party at 6:30 p.m. Friday on Cleveland Street, a race village in Coachman Park on Saturday and races start at noon Sunday near Pier 60. Free. superboat.com/clearwater.
Hooters 35th Anniversary: The wing house celebrates its 35th anniversary with a free concert by The Romantics (What I Like About You) followed by fireworks at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Florida Björkestra Buffyfest: The alternative-classical ensemble presents "Once More With Feeling," the famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander, and Emma Caulfield (Anya) will be there Saturday at St. Pete's Palladium. $28-$40.
Music: The Australian Pink Floyd Show plays all the hits Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($40.50-$70.50). Polish global fusion jazz/pop singer Basia plays Clearwater's Capitol Theatre Thursday ($35-$55). That bloomin' Aussie Troye Sivan performs Friday at the Mahaffey ($45.50 ) themahaffey.com. Dashboard Confessional plays with All Time Low on Friday at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg ($38.50). jannuslive.com. Tampa wrestler and rocker Chris Jericho brings his grunge-glam band Fozzy to the Orpheum on Friday ($22) theorpheum.com.
Florida Orchestra: Kicking off its season with Beethoven's 5th, the masterpiece will be performed Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa; Saturday at Mahaffey in St. Petersburg; and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $18-$48. floridaorchestra.org.
Tampa Bay Women's Expo: Exhibits, seminars, vendors and some of the Tampa Bay Times' favorite female writers and editors will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; parking is $8.
kids and family
Roboticon: See a variety of robots in various stages of construction. USF Yuegling Center, Tampa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Free.
more to explore
Find Halloween haunts, both gory and family friendly at tampabay.com/thingstodo.