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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Oct. 13


Sweet autumn fun: The annual Sweetfields Farm Fall Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Mondays through Oct. 30 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 5. The farm is at 17250 Benes Roush Road, east of Masaryktown. The annual event typically features a corn maze, but the maze was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The festival will go on with hayrides, a hay maze, a hay play area, farm animals, pig racing, a pitcher pump duck race, a spider maze, a tree house, a storyteller, tumble weed rolls, crafts and a U-pick area. Admission is $9.50; $5 for ages 3 to 11 and free for ages 2 and younger. Call (352) 279-0977 or visit

Lost in the dark: A special Flashlight Night in the Maze will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14 at Harvest Moon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. This is a non-scary Halloween alternative, where groups or individuals can make their way through a 5-acre corn maze. Participants must bring their own flashlights; closed-toe shoes are required. Tickets are $10; admission is free for ages 2 and younger. The event is in addition to the ongoing Harvest Moon Corn Maze event that is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 5. The month-long event includes a petting farm, a variety of activities and a pumpkin patch. Admission for the ongoing event is $11.95. Call toll-free 1-800-373-4811 or visit

You can build a scarecrow: The annual Scarecrow Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at Pioneer Florida Museum and Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Featuring Knockerball Soccer of Tampa Bay, a Scarecrow Build, rock climbing, a petting zoo, carnival games, a bounce house, pony rides, a pumpkin patch and vendors. Admission is $5, with children ages 4 and younger admitted free. Many activities are free, but some have minimal costs. Call (352) 567-0262 or visit

Celebrating autumn: A fall festival will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Zephyr Christian Church, 5940 Dogwood St, Zephyrhills. The event will include games, bounce houses, raffles, a petting zoo and food. Admission is free. Call (813) 782-8893 or visit

Brewfest for Hospice: The festival, a benefit for Gulfside Hospice, will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills. It will include unlimited samplings of craft beers from local breweries, live music, vendors and food trucks, and a commemorative tasting glass. Must be 21 or older. $25 for a single ticket, $45 for two or $125 for six. Call (727) 845-5707 or visit

Foods of the world: The annual Ethnic Festival hosted by St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church kicks off Oct. 19 and continues through Oct. 22 at 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The event will feature a variety of ethnic foods, continuous entertainment, carnival rides, karaoke, music and demonstrations. Free admission and parking. Advance unlimited ride tickets are available at the church office, with the cost $20 for Thursday, Friday and Sunday and $25 for Saturday, if purchased before noon Oct. 19. Tickets are an additional $5 if purchased later. Call (352) 688-0663.


Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Bring a telescope or use one of the group's. Call (727) 255-3083.

On Stage

Magic, comedy and baldness: Give Mobility, a fundraiser for Free Wheelchair Mission, will host two shows featuring magician Fred Moore to raise money to purchase wheelchairs for the needy in developing countries. Both shows include 90 minutes of comedy and magic. The first will be a dinner show at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $80 each, or $125 for two, and include a gourmet dinner. The second show will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 14 and younger or $50 per family (up to two adults and six children). Call (727) 244-6480 or visit

Leapin' lizards!: Live Oak Theatre kicks off its season with the Broadway musical Annie, with weekend shows Oct. 13 to 22 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. The show features songs such as It's the Hard Knock Life and Easy Street and Tomorrow. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show. Tickets are $20; $5 for students ages 13 and younger. Tickets include coffee, tea and dessert. Visit or call (352) 593-0027.


Concerts for a Cause series: Concert attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or cash donations to be distributed to Feeding Tampa Bay. C'Nergy will perform tunes from the 1980s to today. 6 to 9 p.m. Bexley Clubhouse, 16950 Vibrant Way, Land O'Lakes. (813) 425-7500.

'That's What Friends Are For': The benefit concert for local entertainer John Timpanelli, which was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The show will feature a variety of performers, such as Johnny Petillo, Stan Prinston and Leesah Stiles. Hors d'oeuvres will be included and there will also be a silent auction and cash bar. Funds raised will benefit Timpanelli, who has been in show business for more than 40 years. He has myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease; a surgery in April left his vocal cord paralyzed and he continues to receive treatment. Timpanelli and his wife have two young children. Tickets are $30 and reservations are needed at least three days in advance. Call (727) 597-0948.

Afternoon of music: Tin Pan Alley will present Leesa Stiles and Johnny Petillo at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. Stiles has been described as a cross between Bernadette Peters and Bette Midler, with a dash of Patsy Cline. Petillo's career spans four decades in a number of genres. He recently toured with Tony Orlando. A cash bar is available. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance. The cost is $27 for dinner and show, $15 for children 13 and younger. Call (727) 457-4899 or visit


It's a scream: The annual Halloween event Scream-A-Geddon continues through Nov. 4 at 27839 Saint Joe Road, west of Dade City. The event is open from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets start at $19.95. Call (813) 452-5412 or visit

Haunting tour: Fantasy Escapes will offer a Fantasy Hallow Haunt Tour throughout October at 7136 State Road 54, New Port Richey, with haunted house tours every 15 minutes from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. $5 per person or $10 per family. Call (727) 312-3280 or visit

Art events

Where the wild things are: The West Pasco Art Guild will host a reception for the "Animal House" art show from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Call (727) 842-7732 or visit

It's a jungle: The "Zooper" art exhibit continues through Nov. 3 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council's center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. The exhibit includes artwork of a variety of mediums with a theme of wild or zoo animals. Visit or call (727) 845-7322.

Look ahead

Camping with the Blues: The annual music festival will be Oct. 20 to 22 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. For details and tickets, visit or call (941) 758-7585.

Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 at Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. Camping available. For details, visit or call (813) 763-2118.

San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at San Antonio City Park, State Road 52 at Main Street, San Antonio. Visit or call (813) 782-0000.

Barktoberfest: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Oct. 22 at Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park, 8737 U.S. 19, Port Richey. The festival is free, but there is a $2 state park entry fee. For details, visit or call toll-free 844-344-4490.

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