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5 things to do under $5 Aug. 14-20

Richard Danielson   |   Times

Richard Danielson | Times

1Water Works Park Festival: Tampa's new $7.4 million park will have a grand opening celebration Saturday with fireworks, food trucks, entertainment and children's activities from 5 to 9 p.m. The 5-acre park at 1710 N Highland Ave., near the historic Tampa Armature Works warehouse, includes an extension of the Riverwalk, an 8,500-square-foot dog park, an overlook shaped like a ship's prow next to the Hillsborough River and a splash playground with a giant water bucket that will drench the kids below. Free.

2 Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest: Now in its fourth year, the Morean Arts Center's fundraiser brings out the creativity in both amateur and professional bakers who will show off their best-tasting and most artistically decorated creations for their chance to claim the coveted handmade glass cupcake trophy. Admission and samplings are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Make a $1 donation and cast your vote for the People's Choice award. It's from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the arts center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872.

3Board Game Night: An interesting trend has emerged in the gaming scene: Sales of tabletop games and role-playing board games have risen 15 to 20 percent in each of the last three years, according to ICv2, a trade publication. On Friday, Gamerz Vault, a new indie gaming store in Clearwater, is inviting fans to bring their own tabletop games or join in the store's organized game of Civilization: the Board Game. The gaming will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the store at 1530 N McMullen-Booth Road. Free. (727) 754-9750.

4 Be Your Best Back to School: Westfield malls in the Tampa Bay area are bringing teens a back-to-school celebration with antibullying education. It will feature performances by the stars of the teen pop Internet show HitStreak, a weekly made-for-mobile series. There will also be a mural artist presenting anti-bullying works, contests and giveaways. It's free from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Citrus Park mall in Tampa and 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Countryside mall in Clearwater. HitStreak, shot in three- to four-minute episodes, features four teen and tween singers hanging out in a Miami recording studio, and it's an Internet hit. HitStreak videos have had 46 million YouTube views since their October 2013 debut.

5 Hippie Fest: Feeling groovy? Tie-dye will be everywhere for this festival with a VW Bug show, live funk and jam music, beer, raffles, giveaways and a gathering of food trucks. It's free from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 244-5325.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Aug. 14-20 08/12/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:47pm]
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