1 Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: For three days, more than 40 artists will transform the Beach Walk on Clearwater Beach's sidewalks into spectacular canvases, allowing the public to see the way art is produced. You can vote for your favorite artist and the "People's Choice Award" will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The festival also includes a kid's zone, arts and crafts vendors, music, a silent auction and more. Benefits the Visual Arts Scholarship. Free at the Beach Walk, 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. See BeachWalkChalkWalk.com for information.
2 All British Car Show: In one of the largest shows of its kind in the Southeast, Main Street in Safety Harbor will be filled with more than 200 British cars, both new and classic. And Young Girl singer Gary Puckett (of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap) will be there at 11 a.m. to autograph his CDs, with sales supporting the Special Olympics. Free. It runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
3 Planetarium Shows: Families with children ages 7 and older are invited to a great way to learn about the night sky: the "star theater" at St. Petersburg College that can accurately simulate the night sky at any time or location on Earth. There's also telescope viewings from the rooftop observatory after the free shows. This week is called Legends of the Fall, and for October there's a Haunted Planetarium filled with ghosts, ghouls, zombies and other creatures of the night. Shows are at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Friday at St. Petersburg College's Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The planetarium is in the Natural Science Building. For information about other free astronomy events, see spcollege.edu/planetarium or call (727) 341-4320.
4 John's Pass Seafood Festival: For 34 years now, seafood lovers and fun lovers have crammed John's Pass for this annual weekend with more than 100 seafood options, a fishing tournament, a Halloween block party, costume contests, crab races and this year the "World's Largest Bloody Mary Toast" attempt. There's also arts and crafts and live music from country to reggae. The first grouper sandwiches start rolling out at 3 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, bring the kids in costume for the costume contest. The festival, which is free to attend, is open from 3-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, when the Sunday Brunch hosted by Bubba Gump will attempt the Bloody Mary toast for the world record. It all takes place at John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, Madeira Beach.
5 Big Shot Volleyball Tournament: It's free for spectators to watch 200 teams from across the East Coast compete in a 2-on-2 beach volleyball tournament this weekend on Clearwater Beach. Top players include Piotr Marciniak, Skyler McCoy, Peter Doubravsky and Martin Caban. The sand starts flying at 8 a.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach.