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5 things to do under $5 Sept. 12-18

1 Free Family Day: Visit the Tampa Museum of Art Sunday for a free day in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. It's also the final day to see the swooningly beautiful "Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman" and "Miradas: Ancient Roots in Mexican Modern and Contemporary Art," a compelling survey of Mexican and Mexican-American art created from 1920 to the present. There will be kids' activities, live music, scavenger hunts and docent tours at 1 p.m. in English and Spanish. The Sono Cafe will offer special Latin fare for sale. The museum is at 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. tampamuseum.org or (813) 274-8130.

2 Fiery food: This is a good weekend for spice lovers. The I Like It Hot Festival in Largo turns up the heat with fiery foods, searing sauces, salsas and more, including a pepper-eating contest, a spicy lolly lick-a-thon and other challenges. It's $5 admission, 12 and younger free at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo, (727) 423-8433, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. In Seminole, this weekend brings the Pit Boss and Hot Sauce Festival with live music, a barbecue cookoff, food samples, a bike show and a meet and greet with motorcycle daredevil Bob Gill at Screwie Louie's Famous Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd. The party benefits CASA and other charities for battered women, children and homeless teens. Free on Saturday; $5, $3 veterans on Sunday. It runs from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday.

3 Sci-Fi and Sky Night: This event at a top Pinellas science center includes telescope viewings, planetarium shows and a movie. In this portion, Charles Girard, creator of the world's most technologically advanced portable classroom, will discuss the concept and why it's important to consider the earth when building. The outdoor movie is scheduled to be Star Trek: Into Darkness. It all starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Science + Technology Education Innovation Center, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 384-0027.

5Splish-Splash-Splat Water Carnival: Bring your bathing suit and a towel for some water- and land-based carnival games, water activities and a treasure hunt starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Stick around for open swimming after the carnival. $3. St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. (727) 363-9264.

4Art on the Water: See the work of more than 60 artists set up on the waterfront next to Jackson's. There also will be live music and food and beverages for sale at this pet-friendly event, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. Free.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Sept. 12-18 09/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:32pm]
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