1Let's Draw Underwater Exhibit: It will be a festive grand opening party at 7 p.m. Friday for this unusual art exhibit by 21-year-old multimedia gonzo artist Hunter Payne. It features hundreds of drawings he created underwater, as well as a documentary of his adventures in the Florida Keys. Friday's event will include, according to Payne: "Free admission, chocolate milk, a lot of weird art, the very first look at the documentary and other awesome secret things that would be anticlimactic if I gave them away." Free, reservations suggested, (727) 895-6620. [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Exhibit runs through Feb. 18.
2Touch a Truck/Florida Clown Day: Kids will be able to climb on a wide range vehicles while more than 100 clowns from the Uptown Clown Alley entertain the family in Largo Central Park. It starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and it's free admission with $5 activity wristbands at 101 Central Park Drive, Largo.
3Blast Friday: Jacksonville sons Molly Hatchet will be performing at this free street party in downtown Clearwater. The family-friendly block party will also have vendors, food, family activities and contests starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at 433 Cleveland St. in Clearwater.
4Pet Tail Gate Party: Like a doggie Olympics, bring your pet for dog relays, canine agility tests, live music, a fire pit with s'mores roasting, Frisbee toss, "waterworks" and the break-an-egg run. Free admission, $1 per activity. It's 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo.
5Gala Parilla: This pre-Gasparilla party on Friday is a costume party at the Cuban Club in Ybor City with contests, live music, Caribbean cuisine and a cash bar. There's no cover charge, but you do need a ticket to enter, and you must register to be eligible for the giveaways (the deadline to sign up online is noon Friday). Pirate dress is encouraged from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. To register see galaparilla.com. For more on the many Gasparilla parties this weekend, see Page 16.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer