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5 things to do under $5: Sand sculptors on Treasure Island, free ferry rides, CraftArt Festival

A passerby takes a photo of "On Communication," by  Benjamin Probanza of Acapulco, Mexico, at the Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival  in Treasure Island Saturday, November 23, 2013. Serious sand sculptors worked for hours to build works of art using 150 tons of sand, shovels, carpenter's levels, cake decoration tools and paint brushes of all sizes. Sand sculptures will be on display until sunset (5:37pm) Sunday, and vendors and the festival hours are 9am to 6pm.

LARA CERRI | Times

A passerby takes a photo of "On Communication," by Benjamin Probanza of Acapulco, Mexico, at the Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival in Treasure Island Saturday, November 23, 2013. Serious sand sculptors worked for hours to build works of art using 150 tons of sand, shovels, carpenter's levels, cake decoration tools and paint brushes of all sizes. Sand sculptures will be on display until sunset (5:37pm) Sunday, and vendors and the festival hours are 9am to 6pm.

1Sanding Ovations Sand Sculpting Competition: This annual competition and festival in Treasure Island brings master sand sculptors who work for hours to build works of art using 150 tons of sand. Artists this year hail from Ireland, Singapore, the Netherlands, Russia, Canada, Lithuania and the United States. There's live music each day, and there will be fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday. It runs from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. today-Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Treasure Island Beach Trail Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd. Free.

2Free ferry rides: The Cross-Bay Ferry has been journeying this month from the Vinoy Basin in downtown St. Petersburg to downtown Tampa. This Sunday through Wednesday, you can get free "Test the Waters" rides; they are first-come, first-served and cannot be reserved in advance. St. Petersburg departures, next to the Museum of History at the Pier approach, will be at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. The Tampa departures, at the Pirate Water Taxi dock next to the Tampa Convention Center, are at 12:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Regular service will start Nov. 26 when tickets will cost $10 at crossbayferry.com.

3CraftArt Festival: The juried fine craft art exhibition on Central Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets will feature handmade works in jewelry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, paper and mixed media. It also features artists' demonstrations, food trucks and local brews. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Florida CraftArt Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free.

4Pasco EcoFest: The annual festival features nature walks, live music, drumming circles, yoga, vendors and more. For a complete schedule, go to pascoecofest.com. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Sunday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 385-5375.

5Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers group, which will provide telescopes for viewing, or bring your own at 7 p.m. Saturday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park. Free.

5 things to do under $5: Sand sculptors on Treasure Island, free ferry rides, CraftArt Festival 11/17/16 [Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2016 1:21pm]
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