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5 things to do under $5, April 11-17

1 Chasco Fiesta: This festival in New Port Richey continues through Saturday, featuring an Indian powwow, carnival midway, festival food, vendors, live music nightly and other events that raise money for numerous local nonprofits. On Saturday there will be 50 wildly decorated boats parading down the Pithlachascotee River starting at 1 p.m. Spectators free. There's a $25 boat entry at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. The Chasco Fiesta is free to attend, but wristband for carnival rides is $15 today, $20 Friday and Saturday. Fees apply to certain events at Sims Park. It runs 5 to 10 p.m. today, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

2 Spring plant festivals: Getting spring fever? Two local green thumbs are eager to help you get dirt under your fingernails this weekend. The Spring Native Plant Festival runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wilcox Nursery, 12501 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Browse through a selection of Florida native plants and spring wildflowers and check out craft vendors, native orchids, pond demonstrations and seminars. It's free. Also this weekend is the Spring Plant Festival at the USF Botanical Gardens in Tampa. Find orchids, bougainvillea, carnivorous plants, garden accessories, decor, farming workshops and more from about 70 vendors and plant clubs. Admission is $5, kids under 12 and members free at the garden, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

3 Drill Team Performances: The award-winning Purdue Drill Team will perform followed by performances by the Admiral Farragut Academy High School and Middle School exhibition drill teams at 1 p.m. Saturday. All of the teams will then combine into one mass team to perform the grand finale including Purdue's signature "Rala, Rala" maneuver. Free. Admiral Farragut Academy, 501 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 384-5500.

4 Friday Extra Concert Series: Bring blankets, low back chairs, coolers and dogs on leashes for an outdoor concert in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park. Alcohol is prohibited. This week features Kate Reuter opening for the Urban Gypsies at 7 p.m. in the park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8221.

5 Brews and Bites: This rolling celebration on Tampa's Riverwalk features a fleet of food trucks, a beer garden and live entertainment from local musicians in a waterfront setting from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. It's free to soak in the atmosphere, but extra for food and drink. Head for the Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-7317.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5, April 11-17 04/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 3:16pm]
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