Now that the rain has passed, we can proceed to get an early jump on our weekend. Two folksy festivals get under way Friday afternoon. The Zydeco/Cajun Crawfish Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg features plenty of mudbugs, fiddling and dancing to hard-driving accordion players. It's a three-day affair, but cheapest days to go are Friday and Sunday. Farther up the road in Brooksville, the 22nd annual Will McClean Music Festival will get strumming at noon and last through Sunday. This is a rustic affair, with genuine rootsy Florida folk music in a campground setting. They will even have campfires to sing around after the stages shut down each night. Cozy!
In the got-to-see-it-to-believe-it category: The Contain It! multimedia art exhibit will feature 10 PODS units decorated by 10 artists at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. It pairs nicely with Trashy Treasures, the center's artsy garage sale. It runs two days, and is free on Saturday. Friday they will charge $10 and throw in food and entertainment.
St. Patrick's Day events start up this weekend since the actual day falls on a school night. Feel righteous and party at the same time at the Shamrock 'n Run that takes place at 5 p.m. in Largo. That way you won't feel guilty when you drink all that green beer Saturday night at the Rough Riders St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ybor.
Pretty cool freebie being offered by Starbucks locations around Tampa Bay through Saturday: Get one of their new petite pastries for free when you buy a beverage. And bonus, the items, with names like cake on a stick, are under 200 calories apiece. The offer is good from 2-5 p.m. each day.
Our big deal of the day will have you whistling Sweet Georgia Brown: Get a Harlem Globetrotters ticket for one of their Saturday games for just $31, a 50 percent savings. (If it looks familiar, it is. We extended this deal from Thursday.)