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Plan your weekend Sept. 15-17: Lightning Fan Fest, Art and Fashion Week, Rays return, dinner cruise deal


Halloween Horror Nights returns for a 27th year this weekend at Universal Orlando.

Courtesy Universal Studios Florida

Halloween Horror Nights returns for a 27th year this weekend at Universal Orlando.

Plan your weekend

Hurricane Irma brought with it a flurry of cancellations of shows and events this weekend that were brought on by power outages and travel disruptions. Here are the things we have confirmed that are still a go for this weekend so you can finally get out of the house.

Music

Brad Paisley: The West Virginia country star plays Saturday at 7 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds. With special guest Dustin Lynch and Chase Bryant, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $149-$749 Megaticket. (813) 740-2446.

Hockey fans

Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest: With hockey season just around the corner, the Tampa Bay Lightning welcomes back fans with this free event. There will be player autograph sessions, team scrimmages, selfie stations with players, food trucks, a used hockey equipment sale and activities in the Lightning Kids Zone. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. It's free, but tickets are required. Get them at tampabaylightning.com/fanfest. (813) 301-2500.

Take the kids

Glazer Children's Museum: The museum reopened this week, just in time for stir crazy families to get out of the house. And in addition, the museum will offer $7 admission for the rest of September. The hands-on museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Baseball

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays return home to Tropicana Field on Friday following the relocation of the three-game series against the New York Yankees to Citi Field because of the hurricane. The Rays host the Boston Red Sox Friday through Sunday and the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs next Tuesday and Wednesday in the five-game homestand. Fans holding tickets to the relocated Rays-Yankees games that were held earlier this week may exchange them for an equivalent number of free tickets to any one of the Red Sox games this weekend or Baltimore Orioles games (Sept. 29–Oct. 1). For details, see visit raysbaseball.com/irma. They play the Red Sox 7:10 p.m. Friday and on Saturday 6:10 p.m. — when the first 15,000 fans get a free Blake Snell Bobblehead. Sunday's 1:10 p.m. game is Family Fun Day with free parking for all cars with four or more people and post-game family activities. Kids ages 14 and younger get a free Hooded Bath Towel. Prices vary. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 1-888-326-7297.

Stage

Webb's City: The Musical: Produced in 1999 for the Pinellas County Millennium Celebration, the musical based on the life and times of St. Petersburg pioneer J.E. "Doc" Webb has been revived several times. Webb was the legendary entrepreneur who created Webb's City, the downtown drugstore that became one of Florida's first tourist attractions. The book by Bill Leavengood and the music and lyrics by Lee Ahlin offer both an intimate look at Webb's life and a broad view of St. Petersburg's gestation. $29-$39. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590. 8 p.m. today-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Football:

FAMU Tampa Classic: While football games across the state were canceled this week, Raymond James Stadium will be the site of three games this weekend: University of South Florida will meet Illinois on Friday, the FAMU Tampa Classic game Saturday and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open their delayed NFL season on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. For Saturday's battle between the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the Tennessee State University Tigers, all first responders will be given free tickets, along with their families. Donations for relief efforts will also be accepted. The FAMU game brings with it high-stepping field shows by the Marching 100 and the Aristocrat of Bands. $29-$139. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 350-6500.

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 maze this year based on The Shining. It opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. Tickets run $69.99-$80.99, and get more expensive closer to Halloween. Toll-free 1-888-467-7677.

Fashion

St. Pete Art and Fashion Week: The event's VIP Opening Night Party was moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 7 p.m. at Raw Studios, 2338 Emerson Ave S St. Petersburg. $79. But the trunk show Friday and fashion show Saturday will go on as planned. The Art Inspired Designer Trunk Show lets you shop exclusive art and designer duds, along with live art presentations 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Gallery, 200 Central Ave. The Runway Fashion Show is the main event 6-10 p.m. Saturday, featuring designers' spring and summer collections, and complete with red carpet photos, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, designer meet and greets, and vendors. St. Petersburg Women's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Admission to each of the events varies from free to $25 for general admission. A limited number of VIP wristbands are $79. The wristbands guarantee access to all events throughout the week, along with front row seating at Saturday's main event. stpeteartandfashionweek.com.

Date night

Dinner cruise: The Yacht Starship out of Clearwater Beach and downtown Tampa is offering a deal for Florida residents this weekend. Enjoy a dinner cruise for two for $49.95, that's a 50 percent discount on their Savor the Summer Special of $49.95 per person. "It's our way of showing Tampa Bay our appreciation for 16 great years of business and support." You must cruise by Sunday. Enter the source code RLF when booking. Limit eight people per reservation. Must present Florida resident ID when boarding. Cruises are running Thursday through Sunday. Make reservations at (813) 223-7999 or online at yachtstarship.com.

Theme parks

Busch Gardens and SeaWorld: The Tampa and Orlando theme parks opened Wednesday and are offering a buy one, get one free deal on admission through Sunday. The single-day ticket offers are valid for Florida residents only, and must be purchased and redeemed between Wednesday and Sunday. Full price adult ticket at SeaWorld Orlando is $99.99 and Busch Gardens is $104.99. The second single-day ticket is free. Find details and tickets at buschgardenstampabay.com and at the ticket window at the front of the parks.

Plan your weekend Sept. 15-17: Lightning Fan Fest, Art and Fashion Week, Rays return, dinner cruise deal 09/13/17 [Last modified: Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:19pm]
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