CLEARWATER — Just about everything under the sun is going on during Clearwater's 56th annual Fun 'N Sun Festival.
It begins today with a Fourth Friday party on Cleveland Street and ends May 3 with a country music concert at Coachman Park.
In between, you can learn how to scrapbook, see a Japanese lantern festival, "gamble" Las Vegas-style, bike down Cleveland Street, raise money for cancer or hospice, brunch with the birds or attend oldies and jazz concerts.
"It's a loose collection of events around the city," said Brian Craig, Clearwater's events coordinator.
The festival began 56 years ago as a parade to keep the tourists around a little longer.
"Now, we no longer have the parade, but we've added a lot of entertainment and cultural value for the tourists and our own residents as well," he said.
The parade was dropped from last year's festival because of city budget cuts.
But don't despair.
Instead, head to the Cleveland Street District for some street partying as the Kenny McGee Band takes you back in time with hits like Brown Eyed Girl, Unchain my Heart, Walk This Way and Born to Be Wild.
Organizers have procured a fire-breathing juggler, escape artist and magician, and lined up a rock climbing wall and bounce house.
The Jolley Trolley will be providing transportation to and from the beach and more than 30 vendors will be there.
Beer, wine, soft drinks and food will be available.
"It's everything people want in a street party," said Karla Jo Helms, spokeswoman for the Clearwater Downtown Partnership.
On Saturday, get your Zen on as the Japanese Culture and Lantern Festival takes place in Station Square Park .
"It celebrates 50 years of Clearwater 's Sister City relationship with Nagano," said Chris Hubbard, the city's public art specialist.
Martial art demonstrations will include judo as well as kendo and yagyu, types of swordsmanship.
Women can learn about the proper way to wear a kimono, should the occasion ever arise.
There will be Japanese musical performances, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, and a lantern-lighting ceremony at the conclusion of the event, at about 8 p.m.
If Las Vegas is more your style, the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin will hold its first "Moonlight in Monte Carlo" casino night at the Harborview Center.
"We'll have blackjack, roulette, craps and Texas hold'em," said league spokeswoman Jill Holcomb. "It should be quite a fun night with music, dancing and appetizers."
Proceeds benefit A.N.G.E.L.S. for Foster Families, the league's signature project.
Sunday Ciclovia was rescheduled to this Sunday after nasty weather forced organizers to cancel the March 1 event.
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 miles of Cleveland Street will be shut down to car traffic and owned by bikers, skaters, joggers and dog walkers.
On May 1, a free concert takes place in Coachman Park with Tommy James and the Shondells (Crimson and Clover, Mony Mony, Crystal Blue Persuasion) and special guest Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits fame.
There's a jazz fest (a ticket event) on May 2 and a free country music concert featuring Craig Morgan and Jason Aldean on May 3.
There are some other feel-good events along the way so check out the entire schedule.