1 Fall Fly at T.I.: The beach behind Treasure Island's Thunderbird Resort will be filled with sport kites this weekend as they duel for judges' favor and show newbies how to get into the sport. Kite competitions are like figure skating, with competitors being judged on their performance, how well they fly, prescribed compulsory figures, as well as a "ballet," which involves artistic interpretation of music. Hint: The best spot for spectators is behind the flier. Competition runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be big and small kites, kite aerial photography rigs, as well as kids' activities, food and raffles. The city is offering $5 all-day parking at the Treasure Island Community Center near Gulf Boulevard at 106th Avenue.
2 $5 Day at MOSI: This $5 Day at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry will have a Safety Saturday theme, where families can learn how to stay safe with the help of Safe Kids Tampa, the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Exhibit galleries include the Amazing You exhibition, Kids In Charge!, the largest children's science center in the nation and more than 450 hands-on, interactive exhibits. Admission to $5 Day also includes entrance to the IMAX film Great White Shark. MOSI is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
3 Festival of Flight: All things that fly come together to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Tampa North Aeropark and Happy Hangar Cafe. There will be hot air balloon launches and tethered rides, kite and bubble demos, cadet performances, parachute demos and live music. It runs Saturday and Sunday, with hot air balloon launches both days at 7 a.m. It runs until 8 p.m. Saturday with the hot air balloon night glow, and Sunday will have a plane fly-in at 9 a.m. and the festival runs until noon. See festivalofflightwesleychapel.com for a schedule. Free at Tampa North Aeropark in Lutz, 4241 Birdsong Blvd.
4 Author Katherine Boo: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers will give a free talk Wednesday at Eckerd College where she will discusses her dramatic account of living in the slums of modern India and her exploration of the issues of poverty, class, globalization and environmental sustainability. The talk is 7:30 p.m. at the college's Fox Hall, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free.
5 San Antonio Rattlesnake and Music Festival: The small Pasco County town has been putting on this festival for more than four decades, with live snake and reptile shows and mechanical gopher turtle races ($1 per heat) and hundreds of handmade craft booths, a children's area, live entertainment on two stages, a Western wear contest, the Rattlesnake Run, car and truck shows, a corn toss tournament and food and refreshments. It runs 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, with free admission and parking in San Antonio City Park in east Pasco, 32810 Pennsylvania Ave.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer