Billy Ocean in Concert at Meadows; The Clarks Play the Palace; Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Fest (Sat., 10/19/19)

1) Billy Ocean,’ 80’s dance/music superstar, will get the crowd moving with his hits “Caribbean Queen,” “Loverboy,” “Dance Floor,” “Suddenly,” and more.  The Trinidadian-English singer’s latest album, Here You Are: The Best Of, features his renditions of songs that influenced him in his life. It should be a fun night at The Meadows Casino. 8 p.m. 210 Racetrack Rd., Washington.

2) The Clarks continue to build on their foundation of playing solid working-class rock. The group gained a strong local following in the early ’90s gigging at clubs like Graffiti (remember Graffiti?), and has remained together and active long after nearly every other band on the scene during that era called it quits. After over 25 years, 11 albums, countless gigs and zero line-up changes, The Clarks have gone from being a regional favorite to a local institution. And the band members, who formed The Clarks at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, have never forgotten their home turf. Their most recent album  is 2018’s, Madly in Love at the End of The World, released on the Clarkhouse Entertainment label. They are playing a benefit for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region at The Palace. Blended Reality Band opens. 7 p.m. 21 W Otterman St., Greensburg. (EC, RH)

3) Add in one part “Late Night with David Letterman” Show fruit drop, one part Three Rivers Regatta Anything That Floats race, and another part public art and sculpture, and you have The Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkin Festival. Occurring today and tomorrow at the Great Lawn at the North Shore Riverfront Park, the festival features, huge pumpkins, pumpkin carving, pumpkin drops, and pumpkins that are hollowed out like a canoe and will race in heats on the river and piloted by “squashbucklers.” And you can’t have  a pumpkin fest without some delicious pumpkin pie, which there will be plenty of on hand. There’s also a no hands pumpkin pie eating contest with pies supplied by Bella Christie sweets.Hopefully there will be some music playing from the band Smashing Pumpkins. There will be other fun activities as well. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. today and 10a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

4) Need some new art work for your home, business, or office? Then head over to the Carnegie Library of Lawrenceville for their 9th Annual Fall Library Party and Art Auction. Visitors can browse and bid on art work by local artists. There will also be a silent auction, food, craft beer, kid’s activities, raffle, and other fun stuff. The event is conducted by the Friends of the Carnegie Library-Lawrenceville. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The artists donate part or all of the money from the sale of their art work to the library. Proceeds from the event benefit library programs. General admission is only $5. Other ticket options are also available. For more information visit the event page. 279 Fisk St., Lawrenceville.