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5 free and cheap things to do under $5

1 Passion For Fashion: Three Tampa Bay area makeup artists and three clients will compete today for the best runway face. You know, that couture look of super-thick winged-out eyeliner or that fierce pale face with stunningly red lips. The first 50 women get a free bag of swag but there will also be other giveaways as well as massages and jewelry by Lia Sophia. It's at 9:30 tonight at Lodge, 516 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $5 men, ladies free. (813) 784-9949;

2 Get Downtown: The monthly "first Friday" throw-down means Central Avenue in St. Petersburg is closed to traffic and all the bars and restaurants are open for the crowds that show up for the free block party with drink specials and live music. This time it's popular jazz artists Suzette Jennings and Moodswingz starting at 6 p.m. on Central Avenue between Second and Third streets. Free.

3 Beertopia: Many say Tank's Tap Room is already utopia with its seemingly endless line of beers on tap. This Saturday the Beertopia celebration of beer will have free samplings from brewers including Tampa's Cigar City, food specials and live music. It starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at 13150 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. It's free to get in, but food and beverages are individually priced. (813) 961-2337;

4 Free Kids Matinee: The movie this week is Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Be there at 10 a.m. Saturday at 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Free.

5 Yappy Hour: Join Anna Cooke of The New Barker Magazine for a dog happy hour with live music by Jack and Josie, raffles, drink specials and more. The Sunday gathering benefits local animal rescue groups. It runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cappuccino's Altro Posto Cafe, 733 Broadway St., Dunedin. Free admission, and a $5 donation gets free beer or wine. (727) 738-8009.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: The free kids matinee movie at the Beach Theatre at 10 a.m. Saturday is Ferris Bueller's Day Off. A different movie was listed.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 free and cheap things to do under $5 08/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 6, 2009 3:00pm]
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