Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Oct. 19

Vegas veteran Brody Dolyniuk will be taking on the famed Freddie Mercury vocals from the albums classic Queen songs performed with the Florida Orchestra and a full rock band Friday at the Mahaffey.   
Photo courtesy of the Florida Orchestra.
Vegas veteran Brody Dolyniuk will be taking on the famed Freddie Mercury vocals from the albums classic Queen songs performed with the Florida Orchestra and a full rock band Friday at the Mahaffey. Photo courtesy of the Florida Orchestra.
Published October 18 2018
Updated October 18 2018

The Florida Orchestra: Music of Queen: Fronted by a full rock band and vocalist Brody Dolyniuk, the orchestra performs the legendary bandís greatest hits with power and grandeur. 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $35 and up. themahaffey.com.

The Play That Goes Wrong: This comedy produced by J.J. Abrams on Broadway, won the Tony for its intricate set design. Part of the Straz Broadway series. 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.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: A night celebrating Prince, led by proteges Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time, will be among the highlights of this yearís celebration. 2:15 p.m., Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. Two-day package $35-$90. Singe day $20. Reserved $50. VIP $170/$200. (727) 461-5200; clearwaterjazz.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 kidís zone, arts and crafts vendors and music. 9 a.m., Beach Walk, 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. Free. (727) 447-7600.

Mike Shinoda: Musician, singer, producer and rapper best known as a co-founding member of Linkin Park. Don Broco will open the show. 6:30 p.m., Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $30.50. (813) 247-2555; ritzybor.com.

Sawyer Frederick: The Voice winner will perform. 7 p.m., The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25-$40. (828) 773-9481; theatticybor.com.

Brian Kilmeade: The Fox and Friends co-host and author presents humorous commentary on todayís hottest political topics. 7:30 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $63. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.

Pepe Romero Classical Guitar Concert: World renowned classical guitarist. 7:30 p.m., Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. $37-$104. (813) 229-2214; centroasturianotampa.org.

Tarpon Springs Oktoberfest: A German biergarten will be surrounded by food vendors, arts and crafts, continuous music, dancing, games, keg tappings and contests. 10 a.m., Downtown Tarpon Springs, Orange Street Between Safford and N Pinellas Avenues, Tarpon Springs. Free. (727) 946-5610.

A Nightmare on Franklin Street: Pause-O-Ween: This Halloween series of horror films, ghastly ghost tours and other surprises tonight brings in Dr. Paul Bearer to host a special Halloween themed happy hour under the marquee with free shots, seasonal drink specials and discounted popcorn. No cover. 4:30 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Price varies by event. (813) 274-8982.

Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Oktoberfest: The large annual Oktoberfest celebration includes music, dancing, German style food, festival foods, beer, a midway carnival and games for kids and competitions including stein holding, log sawing and keg tossing. 5 p.m., Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. $5, 12 and younger/verterans free. (813) 855-4233; oktoberfesttampabay.com.

Rally Around Town: This monthís food truck rally brings zombie-themed menus with a Thriller dance flash mob by Thrill St. Pete. 6 p.m., Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. Menu prices vary. (727) 892-5715.

Mindgame: When a true crime writer tries to get an interview with a notorious serial killer, things take a wrong turn, in this thriller. Through Oct. 28. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall Murray Studio Theater, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $24. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

St. Petersburg Opera: Don Giovanni: Mozartís popular opera follows the alleged ladiesí man as he gets his just desserts. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $20-$75. (727) 822-3590; stpeteopera.org.

Dead Prez: Renowned hip-hop veterans will perform. 8 p.m., Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $22-$200. (727) 424-1809.

Felipe Esparza: The 2010 winner of NBCís Last Comic Standing is best known for his irreverent on-stage persona, wild hair and his catchphrase "Whatís up, fool?" 8 and 10:30 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.

Novaween 12: This yearís 21 and older only themed Halloween party has multiple liquor bars, photo booth, go-go dancers, tarot card readings, fire art and a costume contest. The party rolls on until 3 a.m. 9 p.m., NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $21. (727) 821-6682; nova535.com.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch Hotel Transylvania 2 on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 7:30 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036; sunsetsatpier60.com.

Hillsborough County Fair: A harvest of midway rides, carnival-style foods, pumpkin patch, haunted hayride, demolition derby and a rodeo. 5 p.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.

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.

TO WATCH

SEASON PREMIERE Marvelís Daredevil, Netflix: When we last saw Matt Murdock in The Defenders, a skyscraper had collapsed on him. Letís hope he can make a quick recovery and get back in the game when he returns today in Season 3 of Marvelís Daredevil.

Hellís Kitchen, 9 p.m., Fox: Tonight the contestants compete in a sled race. Yeah, that should really determine who the best chefs are.

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