1Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival: More than 20 chalk artists will adorn the sidewalks and promenades with fleeting masterpieces as they compete for $3,000 in cash prizes. There will be a Kid's Chalk area so aspiring artists can create works, too. Artists begin work Friday afternoon; judging and awards take place on Sunday. Free at the Beach Walk, 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 674-4121. It runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
2 Country Jubilee: Local country, folk and bluegrass artists will play during this giant flea market and book sale that features handmade holiday gifts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Crafts, paintings, jewelry, stained glass and wooden works will be available. Also, tours of historic homes, a food court, living history activities and traditional craft demonstrations. $2. Heritage Village, 11909 125th St., Largo. (727) 582-2123.
3 Circus McGurkis: This annual peace festival and people's fair is sponsored by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It brings art, crafts, musicians, dancers, storytellers, community action groups, kids activities and food. This year's theme is "Give Peace a Turn." It's free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Vista Park & Center, 1401 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 346-8598.
4 Sam Ash Drum Bash: This free event features 20 performers vying for more than $1,000 in prizes from Pearl Drums. It is organized by local music educator Jim Chambers, who started it three years ago as a recital for his most talented students. Chambers was in the music business for 20 years and served as vice president of sales for Octone Records, where his role in the development of Maroon 5 earned him two Grammy awards. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sam Ash Music Store, 13133 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.
5 Robocon: See a variety of robots in various stages of construction and operation, plus enjoy a competition and a college and career fair to learn more about industrial and medical robotics and tech careers in Tampa Bay. It's free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Bob Martinez Sports Complex, 312 N Boulevard, Tampa. (813) 728-2822.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer