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5 things to do under $5: Wiener dog racing, Streetcar Festival, Clearwater chalk art, postcard show

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne
An entry in the costume contest from 2015's annual Dia de los Muertos Fiesta, or Day of the Dead Festival, hosted by Casa Tina's Mexican Restaurant. photo courtesy Mikell Herrick

Editorís note: This story has been updated since it was originally published. The Dunedin festival of Dia De Los Muertos originally announced to be held on Saturday has been canceled.

1Wienerfest: They had us at wiener dog racing. This day devoted to dachshunds features racing, a dog costume contest, food trucks, photo booth and raffles at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday. Leashed dogs of all breeds welcome. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free admission. (407) 463-1786.

2Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Oktoberfest: More wiener dog racing! The celebration at Tampa Bay Downs added wiener dog racing and a Volkswagen show to the Oktoberfest party that includes a giant Munich-style tent, German music, dancing, food, a midway carnival and competitions including stein holding, log sawing, barrel rolling and keg tossing. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday. 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. $5, 12 and younger/veterans free. (813) 855-4233.

3Streetcar Fest: Ding. Ding. You can take the kids for a free ride on Tampaís historic streetcars all day Saturday. There will also be live music, entertainment and activities at most of the stops. Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. (813) 254-4278.

4Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: More than 40 chalk artists will adorn the sidewalks and promenades as they compete for prizes and awards. There will also be a kids zone, arts and crafts vendors and music. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Beach Walk, 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. Free. (727) 447-7600.

5Postcard Club Fall Show: Deltiology, or postcard collecting, is the third-largest collecting hobby in the world, behind coins and stamps, but postcards offer a rich treasure of images of old-time tourism and vacations of another era. Nearly 20 dealers offering antique and collectible postcards, paper and ephemera. $3, $5 two days, 11 and younger free. Tampa Stadium Hotel, 4750 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (941) 779-7151. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.