Florida Orchestra Pops: Bernstein’s Broadway: Michael Francis opens the orchestra’s pops series conducting a performance celebrating what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. One of America’s greatest composers and musicians, the show will feature some of his best loved works for musical theater, including selections from West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and more. 2 and 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $18-$48.
Gary Gulman: A Last Comic Standing winner, he has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and 2 Dope Queens and has three specials streaming on Netflix and Amazon. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$45. (727) 791-7400.
Tailgate Taste Fest: While college football games are playing on large screens throughout the park, restaurants from around the Tampa Bay area serve up tailgate foods competing to win People’s Choice. Craig Campbell headlines and they will broadcast of the Tampa Bay Lightning home opener (7 p.m.). Opens at 3 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free entry; $15-$25 (five samples), $25-$35 (10 samples); $90-$100 (VIP). (813) 342-4065; tailgatetastefest.com.
Nemr: The Lebanese-American comedian, credited with establishing the comedy scene in the Middle East, had a Showtime comedy special, No Bombing in Beirut. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $17-$20. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.
Vinnie Pastore: It’s comedy, Italian style, when Pastore, who played the role of "Big Pussy" on The Sopranos is joined by "Goumba Johnny" Sialiano, a comedian and former NFL player for the New York Jets and the New York Giants. 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m., Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $30. (813) 960-1197; sidesplitterscomedy.com.
The Fantasticks!: The world’s longest running musical features the classic song, Try to Remember. Through Oct. 21. 2 and 8 p.m., Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23-$50. (727) 498-5205; freefalltheatre.com.
Between Riverside and Crazy: The Pulitzer Prize-winning play sees ex-cop and recent widower Walter "Pops" Washington take matters into his own hands after things around him start falling apart. Through Nov. 4. 2 and 8 p.m., American Stage, 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.
Judgment at Nuremberg: The powerful story of Ernst Janning and other influential Nazi Party officials and high-ranking military officers that faced military tribunals held from 1945-1949. Through Oct. 14. 3 and 8 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30-$35. (813) 374-2416; stageworkstheatre.org.
Hops for Hospice: Grab your commemorative beer mug for tasting of more than 100 craft varieties, at the tenth annual beer fest, with games, contests, silent auction. Benefits Suncoast Hospice Foundation. 21 or older only. 4 p.m., Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $25 advance, $30 day of event. (727) 467-4457; hopsforhospice.com.
Celebrate Oktoberfest: Known as "Tampa Bay’s most authentic Oktoberfest," join the German American Society of Pinellas for live German oompah music, keg tappings, a parade, dancers, a variety of imported beers, authentic cuisine and German vendors. 5 p.m., German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. $10, 12 and younger free. (727) 238-8201; germantampa.com.
Scarehouse Pinellas: A 10,000-square-foot horror flick themed haunted house. Ages 12 and older only. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Benefits SPCA Tampa Bay. 7 p.m., Scarehouse, 12461 Creekside Drive, Largo. $15. (727) 742-1432; scarehousepinellas.com.
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. 7-10 p.m., Pirate Water Taxi, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $25, $15 children. (813) 559-1804.
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens: Get spooked by six haunted houses and scare zones and the chance to ride coasters in the dark, sometimes with a zombie sitting next to you. Includes early access to the park at 5 p.m. and remains open until 1 a.m. 7:30 p.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $39.99 and up. (813) 884-4386; howloscream.com/tampa.
I-4’s Premier Fear Park: Three dark, intense walking trails in a wooded forest. 7:30 p.m., Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, 2837 S Frontage Road, Plant City. $30, $45 VIP. (863) 944-0748; sirhenryshauntedtrail.com.
Scream-A-Geddon: Brace yourself for this one. There’s a Rage 3D, Demon’s Revenge and Zombie Paintball Assault in which you literally hunt, shoot and kill zombies. 7:30 p.m., Scream-A-Geddon, 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. $19.95-$39.95, $9.95-$19.95 paintball. (813) 452-5412; screamageddon.com.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Sesame Street Safari of Fun Halloween: Monsters and Fairies: Kids can join the fun of this Sesame Street themed party with a hay maze, pumpkin ring toss, dancing to kid friendly music, the new Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-Ween radio show. Included with admission. 11 a.m., Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. $104, 2 and younger free. Save $15 if you order online. (813) 884-4386; buschgardens.com.
Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch The Goonies (PG) free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 7:30 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. sunsetsatpier60.com.
Creatures of the Night: The Halloween event with activities for all ages. Included with admission. Also, $24.95 after 4 p.m., 2 and younger free. Runs through Oct. 27. 4 p.m., ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Zoo admission: $34.95, $25.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.
Straz Live on the River: The Open House party includes entertainment by DJ Cutty Jones, the Opera Tampa Singers and local performers, unveiling of the Art on the Walk exhibit, live painting, a KidZone, face-painting, games, crafts, a gourmet popsicle truck and backstage tours. 12 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.
Canine Estates Howl-O-Ween: A Halloween party for dogs with goodie bags, rescue groups, music, games, a "Tricks For Treats" contest, raffles, costume contest 11 a.m., East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway, East Lake. $5, dogs free. (727) 784-8576.
Pumpkin Palooza: The 15th annual family fall festival and pumpkin patch includes kids games, crafts, inflatables and a non-perishable food drive. 11 a.m., Northside Baptist Church, 6000 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free (games/food/drink additional); $15 game wristband, $10 bingo. (727) 537-6874; gfwc-spjwc.org.
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