5 things to do under $5: Showcase of community bands, Beer and Burger Throwdown, Eco Fest, Friday Concerts in the Park

Cheeseburger with mug of beer. (Shutterstock)
Cheeseburger with mug of beer. (Shutterstock)
Published April 12

1 Beer and Burger Throwdown: This dog-friendly festival in Safety Harbor on Saturday with free local craft brew samplings will have 40 burger options from local restaurants and food trucks. Includes live entertainment and music, a dog park, pet supply vendors and water stations for dogs. Benefits the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy Youth Foundation. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Admission is $5, 11 and younger free; food additional.

2 Spring Eco Fest: Itching to get in the garden? This annual festival at Wilcox Nursery in Largo will have exhibits, vendors and food trucks, with programs that explore edible native plants for your garden, sustainable living design and the importance of native plants, plus a children’s tour of plants that shows which plants are beneficial to butterflies, birds and other creatures. A portion of sales benefits the Native Plant Horticulture Foundation. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Wilcox Nursery, 12501 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Free. (727) 595-2073.

3 Festival of Community Bands: The band shell in Williams Park in St. Petersburg will be a showcase Saturday for the 80-piece St. Petersburg Community Band, the 50-piece Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble, the 60-Piece Dunedin Concert Band, the 60-piece Eastern Hillsborough Community Band and the 300-piece Greater St. Petersburg Area Second Time Arounders Marching Band. They’ll join together for a 400-plus-piece finale. Family and pet friendly. Food trucks on site. 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Free, donations accepted.

4 Friday Concerts in the Park: With a new name, the series celebrates 31 years of live music from jazz and country to reggae and classic rock in Tampa’s Water Works Park. This week brings Dick Rumore’s Jazz Cellar Orchestra, formed in 1991 in the basement of Ybor Square at Dick Rumore’s infamous Jazz Cellar. 7 p.m. Friday. 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. Free. Concessions available.

5 SunLit Festival: The fourth annual celebration of the local literary community continues with a host of events, most of them free. Among them: The Pink Beneath Our Feet: Poetic Installations, an interactive installation featuring the work of artist Katee Tully and St. Petersburg poet laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace at Behar + Peteranecz Architecture, 2430 Terminal Drive S, St. Petersburg, at 5 p.m. Saturday. Also, St. Petersburg Ballet Company performs Peter and the Wolf at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. For more information about events and tickets, go to facebook.com/SunLitFestival or keepstpetelit.org/sunlit-festival.

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