Tampa's Casper clan, the founding family of McDonald's franchise owners for the Tampa Bay area, will put on a fireworks show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first golden arches in Tampa, then found on South Dale Mabry, near the MacDill Air Force Base. Fritz Casper's family now owns 51 of 188 Tampa Bay locations. Fireworks will light the sky on Saturday at 9 p.m. outside the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. in downtown Tampa. The show will be about 18 minutes long and set to the soundtrack of — wait for it — McDonald's commercials.
Whether you're an art connoisseur or just looking for a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, the Largo Artist Market in the Park offers plenty of distractions in a nice setting at 101 Central Park Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.
Shawn McConneloug and Her Orchestra are not what you would think. McConneloug is a choreographer from the Twin Cities, and her "orchestra'' is a modern dance company, which performs a new work this weekend in the Shimberg Playhouse of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Force/Matter uses six performers and tells an intertwined story about couples who meet, attract, repulse and move through three worlds — "one level, one sloped and one turned at a 90 degree angle.'' Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. $24.50. (813) 229-7827, toll-free 1-800-955-1045; www.tbpac.org.
The seventh annual Dali Fest gives the public a free surreal outdoor event to celebrate the Salvador Dali Museum and its picturesque waterfront park next to the museum. There's hands-on arts and crafts, live entertainment from the Urban Gypsies, Bogus Pomp and others, and reduced museum admission ($7 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger.)
Exhibitionist fame seekers, take note. There is a casting call for NBC's new reality show I Can Do That!, which is billed as Survivor meets Amazing Race. Players will be on a 50-day, cross-country challenge and must be 18 or older and able to give up six weeks of their time. Athletic and competitive people who are oozing personality are urged to race over to Green Iguana, 1200 N Westshore Blvd. in Tampa on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Set your taste buds to stun for the annual Chili Blaze, the Pinellas Park Fire Fighters chili cook-off and motorcycle show, with live music by Tropical Brain Freezes and the Glenn Evans Band. It benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association and it's from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday at the England Brothers Bandshell, 5121 80th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free admission; all-you-can-sample chili armband, $7. (727) 687-4494. www.chiliblaze.com.
Keep litterbugs at bay on Saturday with Tampa Bay Watch and Keep Pinellas Beautiful teaming up for the Great American Cleanup on Saturday. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will be stationed at Fort De Soto, trash bags in hand. Large groups should meet at Shelter 12 by the bay pier and dog park, and individuals should meet at Tampa Bay Watch headquarters on Cunningham Key, just before the Fort De Soto tollbooth.
Bookworms from across the state travel to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair held every year at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. More than 100 dealers from the U.S. and Canada sell rare and out-of-print books, fine bindings, paper collectibles and more. Free book appraisals in lobby (1 to 4 p.m. Saturday only). Fair hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10 Fri. (good for all days), $6 Sat.-Sun. (727) 822-3278. www.floridabooksellers.com/bookfair.html.
There may be drunken Irish parties going on, but it's also the lead-up week to Easter next Sunday. Kid City's annual Springtime Eggstravaganza will have with egg hunts, sack races and egg-relay races, crafts, Noah's Ark Petting Farm, a magic show and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 7550 N Boulevard, Tampa. $5 advance, $7 at door. (813) 935-8441, www.flachildrensmuseum.com. Or you can have Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday and help the St. Petersburg Junior Woman's Club raise money. There are seatings at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. at the Chick-fil-A, 4241 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $5 per child. Reservations, (727) 384-5065.
The Tampa Bay Boat Sale helps some cure their spring fever with expensive water toys. See new boats and watercraft and take Gulf & Bay Florida Fishing School with St. Petersburg Times outdoor writer Terry Tomalin and friends (Sun. only). With tackle, fishing gear and supplies, expert tips. Boat sale: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. All at Tropicana Field, First Avenue S and 16th Street, St. Petersburg. $3, 16 and younger free. (727) 893-8523. www.tampabayboatsale.com.