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Pasco Things to Do

Published Oct. 9, 2014

Our picks

A tribute to the Beatles: BritBeat performs a musical, visual and theatrical tribute to the Beatles at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. $35, or $30 for members and students. For more information, call (727) 942-5605

Bike Fest is back: The Cotee River Bike Fest is 5 to 11 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., and around downtown New Port Richey. It features live music, stunt shows, bike shows, Harley-Davidson demo rides and contests. For a complete list of entertainment and a schedule of events, visit For other information, call (727) 842-7651.

Family fun

Make your own scarecrow and more: A Scarecrow Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Make a scarecrow, pick a pumpkin out of a patch, touch a truck, ride a train and have your face painted. The event also features a spelling bee and concessions. No pets or coolers. Admission is $5, or free for children 5 and under. For more information, call 352-567-0262.

Ride that Halloween train: Halloween train rides are planned for 7-10 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Spring Hill. Be prepared to be scared by goblins and tricks in total darkness as the train takes you through the woods. Participants who drive to the park from State Road 52 should be mindful of the construction that has closed part of Shady Hills Road. For a detailed map of a detour, visit $5, free for children 2 and younger. For more information, call (727) 639-7639.

Snakes alive: The 48th annual Rattlesnake Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at City Park, 12202 Main St., San Antonio. The event features educational live snake shows and wooden gopher tortoise races, free admission and parking, free live country and folk music, handmade fine art and crafts for sale, a pioneer village and a food truck rally. Children's games, pony rides and bounce houses will be accessible for $1 to $4. The festival is the primary fundraiser for community projects organized by the Rotary Club of San Antonio. For more information, call (352) 588-4444 or visit

On stage

Not for retirees only: The musical Ain't Retirement Grand will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays Oct. 17-Nov. 16 at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. It's billed as being for retirees, those about to retire and "anyone who wants a fun time at the theater." The four-member cast sings about early bird specials, driving, wills, doctors, HMOs, pets and exercise. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Tickets are $25, including tax. Call (727) 409-0293.

Curtain call: Auditions for Stage West's upcoming production of The Sound of Music will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 18 and at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the theatre, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 683-5113.

Back to the '60s: Hairspray is on stage weekends through Oct. 26 at Stage West Community Theatre, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m.; matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

All kinds of art

Take a walk on the artistic side: The Altered Minds Group, the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, the Pasco Arts Council and the West Pasco Arts Guild will host an Autumn Art Walk from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 on the sidewalks along Grand Boulevard, Missouri Avenue and Nebraska Avenue in downtown New Port Richey. See original fine art in all media and enjoy live music, artist demos, merchant discounts, arts and crafts for kids and face painting. For more information, call (727) 848-6500 or email

Go with the flow: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery's October exhibition is called "Water: The Essence of Life" and is on display through Nov. 1 at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., downtown New Port Richey. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, call (727) 848-6500 or e-mail

Beer and wine

Take a stroll: The Tarpon Springs Merchants Association Wine Walk will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday throughout Tarpon Springs. Participants will receive a souvenir wine glass and visit more than 35 merchants for wine tastings, appetizers, prizes and special offers. The event starts at the Chamber of Commerce, 111 E Tarpon Ave., or Wine at the Docks, 828 Dodecanese Blvd. A shuttle is available to transport participants to the various destinations. Tickets are $20 in advance at or $25 the day of the event at the Chamber of Commerce or Wine at the Docks. For more information, call (727) 942-9463.

Celebrate Oktoberfest: An Oktoberfest celebration will be 6-11 p.m. Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 18 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 on Orange Street between Safford Avenue and Alt. U.S. 19 in downtown Tarpon Springs. The event will feature a German biergarten tent, German and American food and beverage vendors, live German and contemporary music, dancing and games. Browse or buy goods from arts and crafts vendors on Oct. 18-19. Admission is free. For more information, visit