Ribfest: Ribs, music including Daughtry and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Survivorman Les Stroud. Need we say more? We will anyway: It's in the lovely waterfront Vinoy Park from Friday to Sunday. $16-$25. (727) 528-3828.
Veterans Day: Many museums offer military members free admission Tuesday. Several places are also honoring vets with ceremonies, including at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center and National Cemetery at Bay Pines with live music, a parade of colors, the posting and retiring of the flag, a firing salute, taps performance and more. Free. (727) 398-9426.
India Festival: Tampa Bay's Indian community has been in the spotlight this year, and this huge annual fest draws some 10,000 to the Florida State Fairgrounds for food, a dance competition and vendors of all kinds. $9, $5 ages 3-10. (863) 287-7970.
Music: You can't go wrong this week or even Tuesday alone with American Idol Phillip Phillips at the Mahaffey Theater ($39.50-$59.50), Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famers Heart at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($49.50-$99.50) and singer-composer Randy Newman at the Capitol Theatre ($35-$75). It continues with 13-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris at the Tampa Theatre on Wednesday ($50-$90), singer-songwriter James Taylor at Amalie Arena on Friday ($31.75-$96.25), Celtic Thunder's traditional Christmas songs Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall ($55-$79) and soul diva Patti LaBelle at the Mahaffey Theater on Sunday ($59.50-$99.50).
Evil Dead the Musical: This splatter-fest of camp features one-liners so bad they'll kill you before the demons the college kids accidentally unleash. Catch it Thursday to Saturday at the Straz Center's Ferguson Hall. $35.50-$79.50. (813) 229-7827.
Kids and family
Brain Bowl: Now that Halloween is over, rest assured this is about using brains, not eating them. Hillsborough students compete in science and trivia contests Tuesday at the Museum of Science and Industry. $22.95, $20.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 6-12. (813) 987-6000.
Greater Pinellas Country Fair: The themed fair Wednesday to Sunday in Pinellas Park's England Brothers Bandshell Park features animal shows, 4-H activities, a lumberjack show, rodeo, live music and fair food. $8, $5 ages 6-12. (727) 541-0805, ext. 1442.
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