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Top Tampa Bay fun this weekend: Halloween Horror Nights, FAMU Tampa Classic

SCARE: Halloween Horror Nights The biggest theme park scare party, Halloween Horror Nights, jumps out this weekend and will run on select nights through Nov. 4, a record-long run for Universal Orlando. Leatherface will wield his favorite weapon in a living version of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and there is a new  …


  1. Saturday festival will celebrate the sweet potato


    NEW PORT RICHEY — It's harvest time for the sweet potato.

    MICHELE MILLER |  TIMESMore than 300 pounds of sweet potatoes have been harvested from local organic gardens for the inaugural Sweet Potato Round-Up and Fall Farming Festival set for this weekend in New Port  Richey. Those who go will be able to purchase sweet potatoes and get some hints on what to grow during the hot summer months, said Sylvia Spencer, shown here, manager if the Habitat garden as well as the Grand Garden Community Plot on Grand Boulevard.
  2. Musical impressionist headlines benefit comedy show in Riverview


    RIVERVIEW — The Regent, 6437 Watson Road in Riverview, will host the fifth annual Clean Comedy Night from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 29).

    Kier is set to perform at the Clean Comedy Night at The Regent in Riverview. Luis Rivera is the opening act and Brian Kleinschmidt hosts the event.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 19


    Hanson : The brothers responsible for getting MMBop stuck in your head in the '90s now celebrate 25 years as a pop band. 8 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $39.50. (727) 565-0550.

    The Hanson brothers, Zac Hanson, 14, Isaac Hanson , 19, and Taylor Hanson, 17, right, perform a free concert in Oklahoma City to promote their new album Thursday, June 29, 2000. Fans stood in lines for hours to get autographs and hear four songs from their newest album. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Sept. 18-24.


    Howl-O-Scream: Busch Gardens Tampa's festival of fright opens Friday and runs through Oct. 29. Lose your cool in houses including "Death Water Bayou," "UnEarthed" and "Motel Hell," dodge roaming creatures in five scare zones and brave thrill rides in the dark ($39.99-$44.99).

  5. Running, yoga, guided meditation: Get ready for Wanderlust 108, the 'mindful triathlon'



    It wasn't the easiest thing to chant.

    "We are the Squid Rockets, the mighty, mighty Squid Rockets."

    The 2016 Wanderlust 108 Festival in Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa drew 1,900 attendees. The event returns to Curtis Hixon Park on Sept. 24.
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 17


    David Cook: See the American Idol champion perform at an intimate venue. 5 p.m., The Attic, 1510 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $30-$75. (828) 773-9481.