1Treasure Island Kite Fest: The sky behind the Thunderbird will be a rainbow of colors as kites of all shapes and sizes take flight in a weekend-long show. See tricks set to music, precision flying, huge themed kites and amateur fliers. Bring your own kite to join the fun or vendors will be on site selling kites and supplies. It's free Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. behind the Thunderbird Resort, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island.
2Florida Manatee Festival: Downtown Crystal River pays homage to the sea cow that draws divers and tourists to this little fishing town with the clear spring water. There's a fine arts show, craft show, manatee education, manatee boat tours, entertainment, vendors, food, children's activities and tours of Three Sisters Springs, a major wintertime habitat for the Florida manatee. It runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in downtown Crystal River at U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue. $3, 12 and younger free. See floridamanateefestival.com.
3Tampa Bay Lightning's Rolling Thunder Tour: With the hockey season finally back on, Thunderbug and his troops will pull up outside Dinosaur World in Plant City on the Rolling Thunder Truck to bring street hockey games, Lightning gear and visits with the Lightning girls at 11 a.m. Sunday at 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City. Free. Park admission not included.
4See Monster trucks: With Monster Jam making the first of two visits to Tampa on Saturday (see Page 31) you can get up close to the ginormous trucks on Friday for free. Several Advance Auto Parts stores and Ford dealers around the bay area are hosting meet and greets with the 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound trucks. Get pictures in front of Grinder at 2 p.m. Friday at the store at 4010 N Nebraska Ave. in Tampa or Gunslinger at 3 p.m. at Elder Ford of Tampa, 9545 N Florida Ave. Get all six locations and times at tampabay.com/things-to-do.
5Suncoast Arts Fest: This fundraiser for Arts for Kids in Pasco County keeps growing every year at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. Now in its eighth year, the event is expected to draw more than 120 fine artists and crafters, as well as entertainment, chalk artists, a Kids Art Garden and more. Adults will also have the opportunity for hands-on art experiences in the tents set up outside the mall at 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel. It runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. See suncoastartsfest.com. Free.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer