Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks, from the high-powered racing boats in Clearwater to a flapper party at the Plant Museum.
AT THE MOVIES
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's acting career is red hot, but now we'll see how the “Dark Knight Rises” and “Inception” star fares in the director's chair with the release of “Don Jon,” the low-budget film starring Levitt as a self-centered ladies' man whose porn addiction gets in the way of a relationship with a romantic-comedy-loving woman (Scarlett Johansson).
If you're the type who can't wait for October to start getting your fill of zombies, ghosts and other Halloween ghouls, you can get your adrenaline going in the haunted houses at Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream or Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. Got young kids? Check out Zoo Boo at Lowry Park Zoo or Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World. All four events kick off for their seasonal run this weekend.
GET INTO MENCIA'S MIND
(Friday to Sunday)
After a three-year hiatus from showbiz, comic Carlos Mencia is ready to bring on the laughs when he takes the stage at the Tampa Improv. Tickets are $28.
REALLY FAST BOATS
(Friday to Sunday)
Satisfy your need for speed when dozens of off-shore power boats hit Clearwater Beach for three days of racing, a block party, seafood festival, live entertainment and more during the Super Boat National Championships. Visit clearwatersuperboat.com for more info.
BREAK OUT THE LEDERHOSEN
(Friday to Sunday)
Stop by the German American Society of Pinellas County's annual Oktoberfest celebration to sample some homemade sweets, fresh-baked pretzels and imported German beers while taking in the festive dancing and oompah music. Start prepping your arm now for the masskrugstemmen, aka the beer mug holding contest. It's open to all ages. Admission is $6.
Gotham City's Dark Knight is the catalyst for “Legends of the Knight,” a documentary that explores how the Caped Crusader brings out the superhero in us all, playing at the Tampa Theatre. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. screening are $9.
DAY AT THE MUSEUM
Discover culture during National Museum Day, a Smithsonian-sponsored event offering free admission to a long list of local museums including the Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, and the Museum of Fine Arts and Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg. For a full list of museums and a free downloadable ticket visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
PARTY LIKE GATSBY
Flappers and Prohibition period-appropriate food, drinks and games will be on display when the '20s roar back to life at The Great Gatsby Party at the Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa. Tickets, which include an open bar and unlimited food, start at $100.
FALL OUT BOY
Superstar pop-punk band Fall Out Boy shocked fans with a sudden breakup in 2008, then shocked them again by secretly reuniting to release a new album this year. The album was a hit, now we'll see if Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump and the rest of the band still have their chemistry on stage. Panic At the Disco and Twenty One Pilots open the show at the Sun Dome. Tickets are $27 and $37.
ON THE CHEAP
Free coffee: Stop by a participating Krispy Kreme location on Sunday for a free, 12-ounce hot brewed coffee, no purchase necessary; Sunday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; free; http://KrispyKreme.com
Corn maze: Get lost in a five-acre corn maze and enjoy other fall fun such as hay rides, baby farm animals, pig races and more; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $4.50 to $8.50; Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Brooksville; (352) 279-0977
Free comedy show: Enjoy a night of comedy with Roy Wood Jr. as he riffs on old school cartoons, prank calls and Girl Scout cookies; Friday 10:15 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.; Free when you make a donation of nonperishable food items to benefit Metropolitan Ministries; Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa; (813) 960-1197.