You can always tell when fall arrives here in the St Petersburg Tampa Bay Florida area because there is such an increase activities besides the usual water related ones. I just don’t have time to post them all or participate in as many as I would like. Here’s a sampling. Go forth and have fun!!

St Petersburg Municipal Pier 2

Sunshine City Antiques and Collectibles Show   Friday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.

    Coliseum  535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg  with more than 100 dealers selling art, jewelry, furniture, books, pottery, glass and vintage clothing. Appraisals available noon to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun. for $5 per item.   $6, 11 and younger free.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday   Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.

Coachman Park  301 Drew St., Clearwater FL      Here’s the schedule for the weekend

Thursday, October 18 – 4:30pm Gates Open 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Carol Stein and Friends 6:30pm – 8:00pm – Maia Sharp  8:30pm – 10:00pm – Bonnie Raitt
Friday, October 19th  – 4:30pm Gates Open 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Common Ground Reunion 6:30pm – 8:00pmDown To The Bone 8:30pm – 11:00pm – Mindi Abair & Friends featuring Jeff Golub and David Pack

Saturday, October 20th – 1:30pm Gates Open 2:00pm – 3:15pm – Pat Close & The Groove 3:45pm – 5:00pm – El Nino Garcia and the Latin Knights,  5:30pm – 6:45pm – Tia Fuller Quartet,  7:15pm – 8:45pm – Kurt Elling,  9:15pm – 10:45pm – Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society 10:45pm Fireworks

Sunday, October 21st  – 2:00pm Gates Open 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Jazz Band with Special Guest Mindi Abair 4:00pm – 5:00pm – The Cave Dwellers featuring the Reinhardt Brothers
5:30pm – 7:00pm –
Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds  7:30pm – 9:30pm- The Avett Brothers  

** Schedule and Artists subject to change

Dia de Los Muertos Fiesta  Friday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.

    Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican & Vegetarian   365 Main St., Dunedin  with traditional ”Ofrendas” altars honoring loved ones, maps at Pan y Vino, visit participating businesses and sample five fine tequilas. Dress inDia de Los Muertos costume and earn a free tequila for an extra toast. Maps available while supplies last. Part of weekend-long celebration topped off by Fiesta in the Park, in Pioneer Park. $15 tastings.

 St. Pete Oktoberfest   Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

Grand Central District  2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg   3rd annual Oktoberfest in the Grand Central District with craft beer, food and live music by bay area bands. Special admission to the Homebrewers Challenge includes unlimited samples of beer from Bay area homebrew clubs, appetizers, live music and the opportunity to vote for the “people’s choice” beer. The Oktoberfest Experience includes unlimited beer for two days, T-shirt and a limited edition hand-blown beer glass.  $25 advance, $35 at the gate, $45 Homebrewer’s Challenge, $55 two days, $100 Oktoberfest Experience.

Square Dancing in Largo  Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

    Largo Community Center 400 Alt Keene Road, Largo   Resident caller Allen Snell. No alcohol permitted. $6.

Art After Dark: Five by Five  Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

Tampa Museum of Art 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa

This month features 5-inch by 5-inch artworks made by local and international artists, with proceeds benefiting the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. The exhibit and sale will include works embodying photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson’s concept, “the extension of the eye,” in honor of the museum’s current exhibit.   $10, free for museum members; cash bar.

Florida Orchestra Rock Series: Music of Simon and Garfunkel     Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

      Mahaffey Theater 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg   Vocalists AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle join guest conductor Michael Krajewski and the Florida Orchestra for a musical salute to one of the most popular folk-rock duos. You’ll hear favorites like

Feeling Groovy, America, April Come She Will, Bleecker Street, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Cecilia, Hazy Shade of Winter, The Sounds of Silence and more. $35, $55 and $75 individual concert; $230 for series, includes VIP seating, hospitality and a post-concert musician meet-and-greet.

Now here’s an interesting one–  Hysteria   Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

        American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg This play is based on a meeting between two of the world’s most eccentric men: Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí. Set in London in 1938

Hysteria springs from Freud’s mind as he juggles unexpected visits to his home by the famous surrealist painter Dalí and a mysterious young woman named Jessica. Through Oct. 21.  $39-$49; $29 previews and Wednesday matinees; students $20 advance, $10 rush 30 minutes before show.

The Colored Museum  Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

Stageworks Theatre 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa   This 1986 George C. Wolfe play uses stereotypes and satirical sketches to follow 200 years of African-American history. Through Oct. 21.    $26.

******Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading  Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.******

      University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg  The annual book festival celebrates its 20th year with a roster of more than 40 authors.


Greek Food & Wine Festival   Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m.

    St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral 36 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs   First annual celebration of Greek culture, wine, beers and cuisine, and live music, entertainment and dancing. Free

Rally Our Way Forward with Gloria Steinem   Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m.

          Jannus Live 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg  This rally brings feminist activist and founder of


        Magazine Gloria Steinem to rally for I Am Choice. Reps. Kathy Castor and Rick Kriseman and others also speak. Free.

The Bette Set – A Musical Journey to Midler Earth  Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.

    Freefall Theatre  6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg  After a sold-out run last year, local cabaret favorites (and Bette Midler fanatics) Sara Delbeato and Michael Raabe celebrate and interpret the music of Midler, from retro-tastic covers and camp classics to power ballads and movie hits. Feather boa and fabulous shoes optional. Ticket proceeds benefit the Trevor Project.  $15.

NBC Today Show Filming   Sunday, Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

      University of Tampa Plant Hall 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa In their coverage of the 2012 presidential election, the NBC

Today Show with anchor Lester Holt will broadcast from the University of Tampa. The filming is open to the public, but parking on campus is limited. Free.