Plan your weekend
Tampa's Oktoberfest The biggest draw at Tampa's party in Curtis Hixson Park this weekend is the games, which range from stein races to grain sack tossing. Raise your stein Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive in Tampa. Three-day passes are sold out online, but one-day tickets are still available for $10 at oktoberfesttampa.com. Vendors will be selling acrylic liter steins for $20 that come with your first beer free. German food vendors Lager Haus and Brat Sensations will be on site.
Into the Woods Freefall Theatre's season opener brings Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 1987 Tony Award-winning musical about intertwining fairy tales. It opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 9 at Freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. $21-$48. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.
Florida Orchestra The season kicks off Friday with a program of Adams' Lollapalooza, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances conducted by Joshua Weilerstein, with New York City pianist Shai Wosner. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday at the Straz Center in Tampa, 8 p.m. Saturday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $15-$45. For tickets and information, call (727) 892-3337 or visit floridaorchestra.org.
Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color Color is the organizing principle of this exhibition of French Impressionists, built around 49 paintings from the Dixon Gallery that include artists Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, and post impressionists such as Paul Cezanne and Henri Matisse. The exhibition opens Saturday at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, and runs through Jan. 11. See tampamuseum.org or (813) 274-8130.
Chef Off at Sunday Market The Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market kicks off its season with its second annual "Chef Off" competition. Chefs and their teams from Mermaid Tavern and Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe use market mystery basket ingredients to create a winning dish. It's free to watch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but there are limited $10 sampling plates for a people's choice vote. Hillsborough High School, 5000 N Central Ave., Tampa. tampabaymarkets.com.
Dixie's Tupperware Party This is an honest-to-goodness Tupperware party, execpt the Rectangular Cake Taker is used for Jell-O shots. But it's also a (mostly) scripted theatrical show of sex, stereotypes and comedy by Dixie Longate (Kris Andersson). There's lots of audience participation, free giveaways and funny tales from Dixie's life in the trailer park. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and run through Oct. 19 at Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $37.50. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Radley Haunted House Funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign, this will be the eighth year that artist Cody Meacham has created a technically lavish haunted house, one that he still hand-builds as a sprawling maze in the front yard of his parents' suburban home. The Radley Haunted House, 3900 19th St. N, St. Petersburg, runs most weekends (Thursday through Sunday) until Nov. 1. Hours are 7:30-11 p.m. $5. May not be suitable for smaller children. For more information, go to radleyhaunt.com.
Take the family
Pumpkin Patch for Dogs: Bring children and pets for photos among pumpkins and gourds and Halloween decorations. Pumpkin sales benefit homeless pets. Cost of pumpkins only. Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-4150. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday.
NineBullets.net 8th (and final) Anniversary Party An email to Bryan Childs' Nine Bullets radio program found a WMNF-88.5 reader lamenting the "guy whining into a mic" and the "super terrible" music. Childs, 41, continued to play the often sad-sack, 100 percent American music he programs week in and week out. On Saturday, he's staging one last party in honor of Nine Bullets' website. He's reunited Gainesville alt-country outfit the Takers, who'll be joined by a healthy roster of local legends (Have Gun, Will Travel; Will Quinlan) as well as NoFla pickers Big Shoals. It starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 248-4969.
Roboticon Full-scale robotics competition has scrimmages, practice games, pit tours, demos, vendors and the opportunity to learn more about technical, math and science-oriented careers. Kelley Jones, a fluid systems design engineer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, will be there, along with prosthetics, robotics and industrial displays from businesses and the University of South Florida. Free for spectators at the Bob Martinez Sports Complex, 312 N Blvd., Tampa. Runs 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
Tampa Bay Boat Show It's at the Florida State Fairgrounds , 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (727) 893-8523. Runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.