1Streetcar Fest: Clang! Clang! Clang! went the trolley fares — plunging to just a quarter on Saturday for Tampa's annual Streetcar Fest. To celebrate the 11th anniversary of the streetcar line, you can take the kids for a fun and cheap day riding Tampa's historic streetcars until 2 a.m. There will be live performances by the high-stepping Distinguished Men of Brass, Green Sunshine and the Commoners. Catch the trolley at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City.
2 H&R Train Show: This huge display of model trains encourages play but it's also a great place to pick up supplies at one of the largest train stores in Florida. The 64th installment of H&R Trains' well-known judged layout competition will have exhibits of every scale of model railroading. There will also be vendors, how-to classes, seminars, demonstrations, children's activities and door prizes. It's free at H&R Trains, 6901 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. (727) 526-4682.
3Eat at Joe's Lunch and Concert Series: This month the lunch and concert party in the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square is being turned into a Lightning pep rally. Downtown workers and hockey fans are all invited to "be the thunder" by spending their midday break with live music by Alan Darcy, the Lightning Girls, team mascot Thunderbug and Lightning-branded giveaways, including free tickets to a future game. It runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Free at the square at Kennedy Boulevard and Morgan Street in downtown Tampa.
4Tampa Bay Boat Show: They may be getting out their sweaters up north, but we have a three-day boat show here in sunny Florida with pieces of envy on display, as well as boating and fishing supplies and plenty of other seaside accessories. It runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free. (727) 893-8523.
5Gulfport's Birthday Bash: Wish a happy 103rd to funky Gulfport, which celebrates in Gulfport style with a mullet toss, children's games, bounce house, sidewalk art contest, music, free birthday cake and a fish fry. The party admission is free, food and drink additional, at the Gulfport Historical Society Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S. It runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer