1Blast Friday: The family-friendly street celebration this month brings the radio-friendly '70s band Firefall for a free show (You Are the Woman, Just Remember I Love You). The street party features vendors, fun food, family activities, contests and entertainment in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. This version of the remixed band is helmed by the band's original lead guitarist, Jock Bartley (above), though they are often joined by Florida native Dave Muse, who was the band's multi-instrumentalist who played the saxophone, flute, harmonica and keyboards. Free. (727) 464-7200.
2Cotee River Seafood and Blues Festival: Grouper, seafood gumbo, shrimp and crab. If it's seafood, you're likely to find it at this event with live blues music, a boat and water sports show, kayak demonstrations, a photography contest, Weeki Wachee mermaids and fair food items. It runs 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission (food additional) at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-8066.
3Cook Your Butt Off Barbecue Challenge: Enter that time-honored family pork butt recipe for cash prizes, or just taste your way through the entries at this Barbecue Challenge, where tasting wristbands cost $5. Play old-fashioned games like sack races, horseshoes, explore craftmaking or just browse the vendors. The event runs 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. Free parking and admission; $25 contest entry fee; other foods, beverages extra. To enter the contest, call (727) 893-7326 or email [email protected]
4St. Pete Bike and Eat: Bike from stop to stop on a restaurant hop with free samples at each place. Meets at Trek Bicycle Store at 3 p.m. Saturday and continues on to 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse, Ricky P's Orleans Bistro, Jonny Reno's, Old Northeast Tavern, Westshore Pizza and back to Trek (5:30 p.m.) for a party designed to promote physical fitness, mental well-being and economic growth within the St. Petersburg community. Free, but call to reserve a spot at (727) 498-8655. Trek Bicycle Store is at 3169 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.
5YMCA Healthy Kids Day: This free day aims to encourage children and families to get moving and learning. The day includes bounce houses, fitness demonstrations, arts and crafts, water safety tips, healthy snacks and sports giveaways from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. There will also be appearances by mascots like the Rays' Raymond and the Lightning's Thunderbug.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer