1MarineQuest and Science Festival: The annual family-friendly Marine Quest, an open house at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, brings science to life with hands-on exhibits and activities for adults and kids. Visitors can touch sharks and rays, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, spiny lobsters and other marine critters commonly found in Florida's waters. You can also create "fish prints" (gyotaku), catch fish in a barrel, and get your face painted. At the same time, the nearby USF St. Petersburg campus is hosting the St. Petersburg Science Festival with nearly 100 hands-on exhibits celebrating the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. There will also be food trucks on hand. They both run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Marine Quest is at the institute's campus at 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg and the USF campus is a block away on Seventh Avenue. Free.
4Blast Friday: This monthly street party brings an '80s treat: a free concert by the Romantics. The Detroit new wavers rocked MTV in its early days and brought us clap-along crowd-pleasers like What I Like About You and Talking in Your Sleep. The block party starts at 5:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. Free.
3Circus McGurkis: The peace festival and people's fair returns to Lake Vista Park and community center Saturday with art, crafts, musicians, dancers, storytellers, community action groups, kids' activities and food. Wear a costume and add to the fun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, 1401 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free admission.
2Fall Dance Happening: A crowd favorite at the University of Tampa, more than 100 students will show off their dance moves in a show that literally dances around to different locations. It starts each night at Falk Theatre and ends at Plant Hall. Highlights of this year's program include a Halloween-inspired tap piece, an original musical composition by a senior music major and the re-creation of an ancient traditional African dance. It's free at 8 p.m. today through Saturday at the Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
5Hyde Park Village Art Fair: This popular art market is in its 23rd year at the South Tampa shopping village. It features the talents of more than 150 artists showing a wide range of works from life-size sculptures to photography and jewelry. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1621 W Snow Circle, Tampa. Free admission.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer