Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of August 29-September 29. 4

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GeckoFest: Gulfport’s 22nd Annual “Game Night” themed end of summer party features arts and crafts vendors, food and drink, live music on two stages, performers from street, a parade and a “Gecko” or tropical theme costume contest. Due to the popularity of the event, it is recommended that you park in remote parking lots and walk or take the tram. Free. 10am-10pm Saturday. 3101 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. 727-322-5217.

Cheap Trick will open for British rock singer Rod Stewart at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday. [ BALAZS MOHAI | AP ]

Rod Stewart: The Grammy-winning musician whose hits include “Maggie May,” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “You’re in My Heart” performs. Cheap Trick will open. $45.75 – $496.25. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-2500.

$uicideboy$: The New Orleans cousins, whose new hip-hop album includes the single “Escape From Babylon,” perform. $35.75 – $75.75. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-974-3111.

Avenue Q: The musical featuring actors and puppets tells the story of a recent college graduate who moves into a seedy New York apartment on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. The show contains foul language and puppet nudity. $20.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

This photo provided by Alaska Premier Auctions and Appraisals shows an opal specimen.  Discover other rare gems and jewels at the St. Petersburg Colosseum from Friday to Sunday.
This photo provided by Alaska Premier Auctions and Appraisals shows an opal specimen. Discover other rare gems and jewels at the St. Petersburg Colosseum from Friday to Sunday. [ DANA FUENTES | AP ]

Gem Show: Vendors will sell gemstones, jewelry, minerals and jewelry supplies in a 15,000 square foot space. $5, 11 and under free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 419-344-9999.

A republic: The Grammy-nominated band is bringing their Never Ending Summer Tour to Tampa with special guest NeedToBreathe. 7 p.m. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, 4801 US 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween party: Families can trick or treat among costumed Disney characters at this after-hours party with the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks show, dance parties and the Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. Guests do not need to make a park reservation and can enter the park as early as 4 p.m. $99-$199. 7 p.m. to midnight Tuesday and Friday. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. 407-934-7639.

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Halloween Horror Nights: This year’s theme is “Monsters: Legends Collide”. Not recommended for children under 13 years old. Disguises and masks prohibited. Closing times vary. Check when buying tickets. $73.99. 6:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd. 800-837-2273.

The Descendants of Destruction Haunted House Maze is part of Universal's 2022 Halloween Horror Nights.
The Descendants of Destruction Haunted House Maze is part of Universal’s 2022 Halloween Horror Nights. [ UNIVERSAL ORLANDO | Universal Orlando  ]

Flip Circus: World-class clowns, acrobats, jugglers, flyers, hand balancers and daredevils display their talents right in front of you, with no seat more than 50 feet from the ring. $25 to $65. 7:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Westfield Brandon, 459 Drive from downtown Brandon. 877-829-7839.

Homeschool hours: Gastronomy in the Galleries: Find out what snacks, meals and treats can tell us about agriculture, trade routes and traditions around the world. Participants receive a learning bag with activities and games to guide them on a tasty journey through art. Included with admission. 10am-12pm Wednesday. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. 727-896-2667.

St. Pete Shuffle: Weather permitting, the historic shuffleboard courts are open for play. Club volunteers will help you get set up on a pitch and show you how to play while a fun music playlist keeps it all going. You can bring a cooler with your own food and drinks, but no glass containers are allowed on the grounds. $10. 7-10 p.m. Friday. Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N. 727-822-2083.

Take the family to play shuffleboard this Friday at Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.
Take the family to play shuffleboard this Friday at Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. [ Tampa Bay Times (2013) ]

Shine with alligators! Families can sit around a campfire, make s’mores, and do educational animal activities after exploring the sanctuary to see how the animals behave at night. $20. 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. US 19, Palm Harbor. 727-943-5897.

First Friday: Central Avenue between Second and Third Streets will be closed to traffic for this block party. There will be live music by dance rock band 22N, and money will be raised for the charity Lifting Hearts 2gether, a non-profit organization that helps medically needy people, especially the elderly. Free. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. Various locations, downtown St. Petersburg.

Tribute to Olivia Newton-John: To celebrate a life on film, the Tampa Theater presents the summer classic “Grease.” $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theater, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

The Tampa Theater pays tribute to the life of Olivia Newton-John with a screening of
The Tampa Theater pays tribute to the life of Olivia Newton-John with a screening of “Grease”. [ PARAMOUNT PICTURES/ALBUM | Zuma Press ]

Navigate to Heal: Soothe Our Souls will take anyone in need of healing and their caregivers for a free sail on a 51-foot ketch in Boca Ciega Bay. Includes calming exercises, yoga and meditation. Free (registration required). 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday. Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center, 4737 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. 727-360-7411.

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