Forty-six women bring beauty, brains and talent to the stage for the Miss Florida Pageant at the Mahaffey Theater on Saturday. The winner will represent Florida in the Miss America pageant. This is the final round, at 7 p.m., 400 First St. S, St. Pete. $67. (727) 892-5798; mahaffeytheater.com.
Fan favorite Flowers flies in for fierce fun
A finalist on the reality show RuPaul's Drag Race, Nina Flowers was a fan favorite with her elaborate costumes and gravity-defying hair - and she was called the hottest import from Puerto Rico since Ricky Martin. You can see the exotic flower yourself at 10 p.m. Friday at Georgie's Alibi, 3100 Third Ave. N in St. Pete. No cover charge. (727) 321-2112.
Isn't jazz surreal?
Great jazz in groovy surroundings makes the Surreal Fridays: Dali Jazz Nights a fun date night. Enjoy a cash bar, cigar bar and complimentary tapas, plus hear smoky jazz with the Jim Morey Band at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Pete. Museum admission is half price ($8.50) after 5 p.m. (727) 823-3767; salvadordalimuseum.org.
We love free stuff
You may have to humiliate yourself a bit, but who doesn't love free stuff? First up is Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A on Friday. If you dress like a cow from head to toe, you will get a free meal from participating restaurants. If you wear just a little something with a cow print, then you get an entree. This would be a good time to have your "I'm bored" kids come up with a costume that would get them a free meal. Then on Sunday, treat the whole family to a free Slurpee when 7-Eleven celebrates its 83rd anniversary on July 11 (the date is 7/11, get it?) with free 7.11 ounce Slurpees. It might not be enough for a brain freeze, but it will keep you cool for a little while.
These cool dogs jump over the moon
You and your dog can join in on a fun day of jumping, flying, splashing and swimming canines at the Fun in the Sun Jumpon Saturday in Lutz. Inexperienced dogs can join experienced DockDogs to find out if they want to participate in the sport too. Dogs of all sizes will catapult themselves off a 40-foot dock into a 28,000-gallon pool to retrieve their favorite floatable object. There will be multiple contest and events starting at 8 a.m. at Courteous Canine, 3414 Melissa Country Way, Lutz. $15 advance, $20 day of. (239) 464-1859; courteouscanine.com.
Line dance for a cure
Support breast cancer research and country music fun at the Pink 'n Boots Breast Cancer Fundraiserat 4 p.m. Saturday at the Waterin' Trough, 12333 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. There will be raffles, line dancing and live entertainment, all for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Team Naughty Nodes. A $10 donation is requested. waterintrough.com.
Little kids, big ship
With the tall ships in town (See Page 27), it's also a special day for kids at the American Victory ship. For Calling All Kids!, ages 4-12 get free admission Saturday, freeze pops and make-and-take crafts with one paid adult. Limit two kids per adult. It starts at 10 a.m. at theSS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $10 adults, $8 ages 65-up and veterans. (813) 228-8766; americanvictory.org.
Lace up and sweat
In this heat, the Run Thru Hell 5K race on Saturday certainly has an appropriate name. But there will be an after party and food including soda, juice, water, hotdogs, chicken and snacks. It starts at 8 a.m., at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. $25 advance, $30 race day. (813) 874-7223; tampagov.net.
Dog it at the day spa
One Sunday each month, Dunedin Brewery turns into a dog spa mecca for Suds on Sunday. The Dunedin Doggie Rescue's monthly fundraiser includes a dog wash, ear washes, nail trims by volunteer dog groomers, live music, treats for dogs, a Doggie Depot and more. It starts at noon at Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave, Dunedin. Washes $6-$12 depending on the dog size; nail trims $7; ear cleaning $3. Owners receive a Dunedin brew for every dog wash. (813) 205-0156; dunedindogs.com.
5 under $5
FREEThe Studio@620 now has an annex, an artsy shopping and entertainment space at 645 Central Ave. in St. Pete. At 5 p.m. Saturday, the place will be teeming with robots, rockets and strange creatures as artists tackle the theme of Sci-Fi in July. Featured artists include Peter Abrami, CyberCraft Robots, Wendy Durand, Alicia Pixie Head, The Crafty Hag and Timm Mettler. It's free, but be prepared to shop. studio620.org.
FREEChildren in grades pre-K to 12 can get free ballet classes at the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Both beginner and intermediate classes are offered this Saturday, Aug. 18 and Aug. 24. Registration is required by calling (813) 222-1263.
FREEHave a horse lover in your house? It's free parking and admission to watchtheFlorida State 4-H Horse Show. Kids from around Florida compete at various disciplines and speed events; qualifiers move on to the Southern U.S. regionals. It starts at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. floridastatefair.com.
$5The USF Botanical Gardens will help you replenish your landscape with heat-loving roots at the Tropical Plant Fair. There will be growing tips, tons of vendors and foods and drinks for sale. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the gardens at 12210 USF Pine Drive in Tampa. It's $5, free for kids under 12 and members. On Sunday, they're holding a Pepper Beauty Contest. Bring in a decorated pepper for the contest and get in free, with prizes for the winners. cas.usf.edu/garden.
DONATIONSGulfport's Tuesday Fresh Market is holding a special clothing swapTuesday. In addition to the usual live music, vegetables and fruit, baked goods, and crafts, from 9 a.m. to noon, shoppers are invited to bring up to five gently used summer clothing items. For each piece of clothing, you get a voucher to use to shop for someone else's castoffs. Any leftover clothes will be donated to CASA. The market is held along Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. gulfportma.com.