1 Outback Bowl Beach Day: Before the big game on Monday, the Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks teams, marching bands and cheerleaders will take to Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60 for a day of live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Stick around after the festivities for the Sunsets at Pier 60 celebration. Free. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach.
2 Free movies on the beach: With the kids out of school, the typical weekend Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 series has been expanded for three days of free movies on a jumbo-sized screen on the beach. Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch The Emoji Movie (Friday), The Game Plan (Saturday) and Despicable Me 3 (Sunday). All are PG. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk at 6 p.m.
3 Outback Bowl Parade: Get ready for the game and the new year at this parade and pep rally with floats, walking units, marching bands from Michigan and South Carolina, and more in Ybor City. The parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. Sunday and runs along Seventh Avenue. Free.
4 First Day Hikes: Kick off your new year’s resolution to exercise with a guided hike. There’s a 2-mile hike that starts at 10 a.m. Monday at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free, but registration required. (352) 754-6722. Or head to the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. At 10 a.m. Monday, a park ranger will lead a two-hour hike on history and nature trails, including Fort King Road and the Pine Flatwoods Trail. $3 per vehicle park entrance or annual park pass. (352) 793-4781.
5 Hungrytown: Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson make up the acclaimed acoustic duo Hungrytown, and their music has appeared in Portlandia and The Daily Show, as well as sporting events. Their latest album, Further West, made the Top 10 on the American Folk DJ charts for two months. They perform at noon Saturday at Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park, 8737 U.S. 19 N, New Port Richey. Free with park admission ($3 per vehicle, $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist).