CLEARWATER — If you're searching for something fun and (mostly) free this weekend, Clearwater has you covered as the 57th annual Fun 'N Sun Festival continues into its second and final weekend.
Saturday morning, from 8 to 11, Brunch with the Birds offers an easy escape into the wild and natural beauty of Moccasin Lake Nature Park. Take a guided hike with a park staffer who will serve up plenty of bird banter with a continental brunch on the side.
Then fly off into the wild blue yonder at Clearwater Airpark, where you can take an airplane ride and meet Clearwater's homegrown astronaut, Nicole Stott.
Barbara Cooper, manager of the airpark, said everyone there is thrilled Stott will pay them a visit during Saturday's open house from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
"She's a hometown girl, a graduate of Clearwater High," she said. "She took some of her first flying lessons here at Clearwater Airpark. We're proud and honored to have her back."
The ceremony to honor the astronaut who walked in space and worked aboard the International Space Station begins at 11 a.m.
During the open house, airplane and helicopter rides will be offered at reduced rates. There will be kids' activities (including a moon walk bounce house) and canine unit demos by the Clearwater Police Department. Free hot dogs and soft drinks are offered while supplies last.
After that, settle into Coachman Park and soak up the sounds of classic rockers Eddie Money (8:30 p.m.), Blue Oyster Cult (6:30 p.m.) and Foghat (4:45 p.m.). Invasion and Greg West also play.
Admission is free, with reserved seating is available. The show begins at 2:30 p.m.
There are two more events to keep the family amused during this weekend, both taking place Saturday and Sunday.
Join the Hispanic Outreach Center as participants create a mural at Señor Bubbles on Cleveland Street.
And there's the Disc Golf Tournament at Northeast Coachman Park organized by the Tampa Bay Disc Sports Club. Registration is closed but you might want to stop by to watch this game, played like golf only with discs and baskets.
"We love spectators," said Curtis Minton, tournament director. "This is the fastest growing sport in the country. Any age group can play, and it's free to play in city parks. There are no greens fees."