The temperatures may feel like mid summer, but the calendar says that the first day of fall was almost a week ago.
So it's entirely fitting that New Port Richey Main Street should hold the 15th-annual Founders Day Fall Festival Celebration on Friday through Sunday in Sims Park.
"We'll have music, boat rides, a car show, food, arts and crafts and activities for kids," said Deborah Pentivolti, executive director of NPR Main Street.
Friday night will be "nostalgia time," as the band SPF40 plays music from the 1970s and '80s from 6 to 8 p.m., and the '60s Groove band does music from the 1960s from 8 to 10 p.m. in Sims Park.
On Saturday and Sunday, the park comes alive, with 20 or more arts and crafts vendors selling jewelry, bags and purses made from recycled materials, baskets, ceramics, mosaic art made with bottle caps, miniature steel drums, candles and other things from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; festival foods, including fried candy bars, turkey legs, Italian ices and sausages and a beer garden.
In addition, the Miss Daisy pontoon boat will give rides along the Cotee River, leaving from the Sims Park boat dock every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for just $5 a person.
A special event on Saturday is the Sunset Corvette and Classic Car Club's show. Registration ($5) is from 10 a.m. to noon, and the show goes from noon to 5 p.m.
There's even a special area for kids that has a large, inflatable bounce house.
"Live music goes from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday," Ms. Pentivolti said. The Black Jack Bomber band will play classic rock from the '60s from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with headliners Absolute Queen doing a tribute to the band Queen from 8 to 10 p.m.
Sunday will be more bucolic, with tranquil rides on the Miss Daisy from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and food, arts and crafts vendors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission to the park area and the concerts is free.