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5 things to do under $5 Oct. 29-Nov. 4: Orchestra for kids, Straz Live in the Park, Top Chef Pumpkin Fight

1 Florida Orchestra Family Concerts: Alice In Wonderland: The first of three moderately priced shows aimed at families this week brings the Florida Orchestra's string quartet with Alice down the rabbit hole to a world of songs, rhymes and music. Before each family concert, kids get the opportunity to play everything from violins to trombones at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Shows are at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. The next program will be held Nov. 7 at the HCC Ybor City Campus performing arts building and Nov. 21 at the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. $5. floridaorchestra.org.

2 Straz Live in the Park: The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and the Straz Center team up for an afternoon of the arts in Curtis Hixon Park. Leave the boom box at home and pack a picnic for a free show including Broadway tunes from The Lion King and familiar arias sung by the Opera Tampa singers, as well as food trucks and award-winning local visual artists. It's free from noon to 6:30 p.m. and concerts begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in the park at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

3 . Circus McGurkis: The annual peace festival and people's fair sponsored by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) returns with art, crafts, musicians, dancers, storytellers, community action groups, kids activities and food. It's free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Vista Park and community center, 1401 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

4 Conga Caliente: The annual celebration of Hispanic culture and arts features performances by Viva Mas, Tito Nieves and Bonny Cepeda; ethnic food, a health and art village, cigars, kids' activities, educational displays, domino games and a beer garden. It's free at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

5 Tampa's Top Chef Pumpkin Fight: Foodie haven Epicurean Hotel is again hosting this pumpkin carving competition among Tampa's top chefs to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay. Head to the lobby of the Epicurean today through Friday and pay $5 to place a vote for the best pumpkin. Some two dozen restaurants are competing, including Bern's Steak House, Parkshore Grill, Ulele and Roux, With big egos on the line, expect some great pumpkins. The hotel is at 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Voting ends at 5 p.m. Friday.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer, [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn

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