5 things to do under $5: Richard Elliot concert, home show, Kumquat Festival

Published January 24
Updated January 25

1 Blast Friday: The family-friendly block party will have a free concert by smooth jazz star Richard Elliot a sax hitmaker since the 1980s. There’s also a food and craft vendor festival and a beer garden. Free. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. 400 Block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.

2 Tampa Bay Home Show: Get out your honey-do list. The largest home show on Florida’s west coast brings the area’s top home improvement experts to Tropicana Field. There will be more than 600 exhibits on home improvement, home entertainment and landscaping. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-8523.

3 Kumquat Festival: One of Dade City’s most charming events, you can discover the spirit of "Old Florida’’ at this festival devoted to the tart little fruit that looks like a miniature orange but with a sweet rind. Even though farmers reported a meager harvest this year thanks to the freeze and other issues, you can sample pies, cookies, ice cream and salsas among the many kumquat creations. There’s also food trucks, farmers market vendors, arts and crafts, antique car and truck show, a quilt display, health and wellness exhibits, a children’s area and local entertainment from country music to cloggers and dancing. No pets. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Meridian Avenue and Seventh Street in downtown Dade City, with a shuttle to nearby parking.

4 Media Issues: The challenges of the media, the impact of social media and the state of public trust in the news will be discussed at a panel with NPR TV critic Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith and Times news researcher Caryn Baird. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Road, St. Petersburg.

5 Mastry’s Brewing Chili Cookoff: This inaugural chili competition is free for chili entries and $5 for tasting the results as fans vote for the ultimate Chili Champion. Judging starts at 6 p.m., along with music from DeshunMusic. Awards for Chili Cookoff Champion announced at 9:30 p.m. Tasting fees benefit local charity. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (727) 202-8045. Register at bit.ly/MBCcookoff.

 
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