India excitement: Tampa’s India Festival returns to the Florida State Fairgrounds for a day of Indian culture, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Entertainment and Expo Halls at 4800 U.S. 301 N.
Hosted by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, the event features colorful dance competitions along with vendors providing a variety of food, cultural items, fashion and jewelry.
Admission is $8, and $5 for children ages 3 to 10. Parking is $6 for cars, and $12 for RV or bus. For details, go to www.indiafestivaltampa.com.
Festive event: Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School hosts its annual Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 304 Druid Hills Road in Temple Terrace. The event includes live German music, brats, arts and crafts, vendors, a rock climbing wall, bounce houses and more.
For information, call (813) 988-4025.
Spirit Saturday: Tampa Theatre’s “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” film series continues its countdown to Halloween with Spirit Saturday, a screening of the 1995 family film “Casper” at 2 p.m., followed by the original “Ghostbusters” at 4 p.m.
Single show tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors, military and Tampa Theatre members, and double-feature tickets are $15/$13.
At 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre welcomes experts from Tampa Paranormal and Ybor City Paranormal Research, who will conduct a lights-off paranormal investigation of the historic theater. The four-hour experience includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, use of paranormal investigative equipment and a meet-and-greet with Tampa native Angela Alderman, one of the investigators on television’s “Ghost Hunters International.” Tickets are $150, or $140 for Tampa Theatre members.
All tickets are available at the Tampa Theatre box office, at 711 N. Franklin St., or by calling (813) 274-8286. For a list of remaining “A Nightmare on Franklin Street” events, go to tampatheatre.org.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Horsing around: Horse Power for Kids presents its sixth annual Fall Festival Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at 8005 Race Track Road. There will be pony rides, hayrides, farm animals, face painting, inflatables, music and a pumpkin patch. Admission is $10.
For details, call (813) 855-8992 and visit www.horsepowerforkids.com.
Trunk or Treat: Forest Hills Methodist Church, 904 W. Linebaugh Ave., will have its “Trunk or Treat,” a wholesome Halloween alternative for children, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the church parking lot between North Boulevard and Edison Street. The lot will be full of decorated car trunks filled with candy and other treats.
For information, call (813) 932-8081 or visit foresthillsumc.com.
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