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5 things to do under $5 for Jan. 24-30

1 Blast Friday: Candlebox will play a free show at this monthly street party in downtown Clearwater, followed by fireworks. The '90s alt rockers are touring in support of their latest album, Love Stories & Other Musings, which was released in April 2012. There will also be unique vendors, fun foods and family activities. It's free at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Cleveland Street.

2 Kumquat Festival: Celebrating its 16th year in Dade City, this ode to the quirky orange fruit is the event of the year in Pasco County and expected to draw 40,000 visitors. They take the sour fruit with the funny name seriously here. (Last weekend's recipe contest was won by Kumquat Chicken Chili, which you could down with the golden ale Kumquat Kolsch.) You can sample the wares of more than 400 vendors — from kumquat cakes to chocolate-dipped kumquats and kumquat wine — from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will also be a children's play area, live gospel, country and bluegrass music, arts and crafts and antique car displays. Admission is free, as is shuttle bus service from satellite parking areas. See kumquatfestival.org.

3 Guy Harvey Film Festival: This is the first of three Friday nights showing ocean-themed films at the Florida Gulf Coast Fishing Center and Interactive Museum in Largo. This week it's Mystery of the Grouper Moon, produced by Harvey, the marine artist and conservationist. The documentary looks at how grouper in the Cayman Islands used to congregate during the full moon in January and February at eight specific sites. Local fishermen knew about these sites for years, but then overfishing led to a rapid decline in the species. Today, one active site remains in the west end of Little Cayman. Thanks to the ban at this site and other locations, colonies are beginning to grow again. See the movie at 7 p.m. Friday at the museum at 12211 Walsingham Road in Largo. $5, $3 12 and younger.

4 Pinellas Folk Festival: Heritage Village's annual salute to traditional folk, gospel, country and bluegrass music brings out dozens of area musicians. It's 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 11909 125th St., Largo. $5, 11 and younger free. (727) 582-2123.

5 Tampa Bay Times Home Show: This is one of the largest home shows in Florida's West Coast and it's free. The area's top home improvement experts will be at Tropicana Field this weekend, along with more than 600 exhibits with everything related to Florida homes, home improvement, home entertainment and landscaping. Also includes live entertainment, seminars, demonstrations, giveaways and do-it-yourself ideas from experts. It runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-8523.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 for Jan. 24-30 01/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 2:45pm]
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