By Barbara Ann Kelley,

We’ve got the scoop on the events that are guaranteed to help you blow off your work week stress. From haunted houses and country concerts to football and tailgating; there’s something to do for everyone in the family this weekend around Tampa Bay.

2012 Howl-O-Scream
Thursday – Saturday, Sept 27 – 29
Busch Gardens
10165 North McKinley Drive | Tampa, FL 33612

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Howl-O-Scream is Back for the unlucky 13th year and it’s more terrifying than ever! Times: Thursday – 7:30pm – 1am. Friday & Saturday – 7:30 – 2am. Admission price: Walk up – $79.99. Save $25 ( $54.99) with an advance on line purchase or $44.99 with Taco Bell, Applebee’s visit  or buy Fanta products at participating Walgreens and a promo code to save $35 on admission.


Brad Paisley with The Band Perry & Scotty McCreery
Friday – September 28 4:30pm – 11pm
1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
The Florida State Fairgrounds | Tampa, FL

Florida State Fairgrounds gates open @ 4pm | Doors open at 4:30 pm to get into Amp

The ‘Virtual Opry’ Stage Lineup
5:00 pm – Kristen Kelly
5:35 pm – Jana Kramer
6:10 pm – Love and Theft

Main Stage after 7pm
Scotty McCreery
The Band Perry
Brad Paisley


ZooBoo – $10 Shriek Peek Weekend
Friday – Saturday | September 28-29
Lowry Park Zoo
1101 West Sligh Ave.| Tampa, FL 33604

Shriek Peek weekend admission: September 28 – 29 $10 adults (ages 12 & up). $10 children (ages 3 – 11). Hours: Friday & Saturday 7-11pm.

Blast Friday Street Part & Concert
Friday, Sept. 28 From 5:30 –  10pm
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Cleveland Street
Downtown Clearwater , FL

“Blast Friday” Presents the St. Petersburg Times Super Boat Parade, Block Party with Southern Rock legends Atlanta Rhythm Section.


Brighthouse Superboat Races & Seafood Festival
Friday – Sunday, Sept 28-30
Clearwater Beach

5:30-10pm • Boat Parade at Blast Friday downtown Clearwater.

Baystar Race Village at Coachman Park • 10am to 10pm – Free admission

Sunset at Pier 60 • 6pm to 9pm with Fireworks display

Star spectacular concert – Coachman Park • 7pm to 10:30 pm
Starring Boulder County Conspiracy & The Belloise Brothers Band And Michael Dan Ehmig.

SUNDAY – Race Day – Watch the Races from Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. Tickets Available Day of the Race at Pier 60 only. $5 and $20 Tickets

Race Times –


Tampa Boat Show
Friday – Sunday September 28–30
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin St. | Tampa, FL 33602

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Dreaming about the day your ship will come in? Start here…See a stunning assortment of luxury & motor yachts, sportfishers, and family & sport cruisers, 40′ or larger! Try scuba in a heated pool! DIY Seminars & interactive learning center. Fishing center seminars. Free power boat rides & new boat owner clinic.


4th Friday Food Truck Festival & Karaoke
Friday – Sept. 28  from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Corey Avenue – Downtown St Pete Beach
400 Corey Avenue | Saint Petersburg, FL 33706


The Price Is Right Live!
Friday, Sept 28 at 7:30 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL 33759

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to “come on down” to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show. Must show up at least 3 hours early to sign up to be contestant. For contestant rules and info click HERE.


Bulls Tailgating Association Party
Corner of Woodlawn Ave & Glenn Ave
2pm – 6pm

DJ and live music, BBQ, Corn Hole, flip cup, Beer Pong, 50/50 drawing, parking $15. walk-ins $2
Woodlawn Ave & Glenn Ave Across from the Stadium


Florida State University – Fear The Spear Tailgate Party
Across from stadium at HCC campus
Saturday, Sept 29 from 2:30pm – 6pm

Live music – unlimited BBQ, beverages & beer. Cost – $30 | VIP – $50 |Youth 10 – 21 – $15 |Kids 9 under – free.

For more events around Tampa Bay click HERE.


South Florida Bulls vs. Florida State Seminoles
Saturday, September 29 | Kick off 6pm
4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy | Tampa, FL 33607

This game will surely be the biggest non-conference, most anticipated game the Bulls play this season. FSU is looking for revenge when they lost on their home turf during the 2009 meeting in Tallahassee. TV: ESPN Radio: 98.7 The Fan

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins
Sunday, September 30 at 4:25 pm
Raymond James Stadium
4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy | Tampa, FL 33607

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Public parking lots open at 1pm. Cars – $25 at all parking lots. Buses/Campers: $75 – $100 depending on space taken. Limousines – Drop-off and limited parking available at mass transit.