Area cult classic and horror lovers get a screening of Jim VanBebber's The Manson Family and a sneak preview of his new film Gator Green with an appearance by VanBebber himself as part of the Tampa Pitcher Show's CultMovieMania.com Screaming Cinema Series. 10:30 p.m. $8. Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 963-0578.
Sandcastles in the sand
Under a 12,000-square-foot tent, more than 1,000 tons of Clearwater Beach's sugar-white sand have been transformed into an artistic walk-through sand-sculpture display at the Sugar Sand Festival. Guests can also participate in free interactive sand-sculpting experiences, watch speed-sculpting demonstrations and children can play in the Camp Hyatt Sandbox. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday trough Sunday with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Friday. $7, $5 ages 13-18/military/seniors, 12 and younger free. Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, 301 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 442-3604.
Join the Tampa Bay Jet Ski Club for its second annual charity Jet Ski Bash. Includes slalom course race, poker run, silent auction and raffle. An early check-in and scavenger hunt is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday; check in at 9 a.m. Saturday for a daylong poker run, followed by an awards party until 10 p.m. On Sunday, an open group ride begins at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit Give Kids the World Village. It's $30 for the whole weekend in advance, $40 at check in. Magnuson Hotel and Marina Cove, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane S, St. Petersburg. (727) 204-3651.
Roll out, skaters
The all-ages Spring Roll contest with divisions for ages 8 and older features skating with Lakai Team members including Riley Hawk, Miles Silvas, Stevie Perez and Raven Tershy. Open practice begins at 8 a.m. $20 advance, $25 day of. Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. (813) 621-6793.
Just beet it
Beets & Brews: Tastes from the Farm is a dinner highlighting local produce, as the Roosevelt 2.0 partners with Geraldson Community Farm to present a vegetarian meal with craft beer, organic wine and teas, music, dancing. Benefits both organizations. 6:30 to 11 p.m. $40 advance, $45 at door. The Roosevelt 2.0, 1812 N 15th St., Ybor City. (813) 248-1904.
Rev your engines
Drivers of all models and sizes of trucks can test their skills on hills, jumps, rock gardens and mud pits at Trucks on the Track. 2 to 10 p.m. $15 drivers, $10 spectators, 5 and younger free. Sunshine Motocross, 4300 126th Ave. N, Clearwater. (727) 481-8162.
Bikini party summer
The Bikini Blues Bash will offer 10 hours of dancing to live music by Latimore and others. It also includes a food court and an arts-and-crafts shopping arcade. Free. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Treasure Island Beach Access, 10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 547-4575.
The "end of the growing season" Pesto Festo celebration includes dinner and beer from Cigar City Brewing, dancing under the stars to live music, wine, organic coffee, a silent auction and raffles. 6 to 10 p.m. $20 advance, $25 at door, children 12 and younger free. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. (813) 887-4066.
Shop for offbeat items including vintage clothing, vinyl records, retro decor, vintage treasures, arts, crafts and other whimsical finds at Crafty Fest. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Free. ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878.
Run for their lives
The 5K Red Ribbon Run and 1-mile walk benefitHIV/AIDS programs of Metro Wellness and Community Centers and the AIDS Institute. 7 a.m. $25. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. (813) 258-5929.
Historic house goes digital
Tampa Theatre displays its brand-new digital setup with a free screening Tuesday of the lush, non-verbal documentarySamsara. Free. 7 p.m. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982.
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FREE The family-friendly Blast Friday street celebration this month brings the radio-friendly '70s band Firefall for a free show (You Are the Woman, Just Remember I Love You). The street party features vendors, fun food, family activities, contests and entertainment in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. (727) 464-7200.
FREE Grouper, seafood gumbo, shrimp and crab. If it's seafood, you're likely to find it at the Cotee River Seafood and Blues Festival, with live blues music, a boat and water sports show, kayak demonstrations, a photography contest, Weeki Wachee mermaids and fair food. It runs 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission (food additional) at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. (727) 842-8066.
FREE Bike from stop to stop at the St. Pete Bike and Eat, a restaurant hop with free samples at each place. Meets at Trek Bicycle Store at 3 p.m. Saturday and continues on to 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse, Ricky P's Orleans Bistro, Jonny Reno's, Old Northeast Tavern, Westshore Pizza and back to Trek (5:30 p.m.) for a party designed to promote physical fitness, mental well-being and economic growth within the St. Petersburg community. Free, but call to reserve a spot at (727) 498-8655. Trek Bicycle Store is at 3169 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.
FREE The free YMCA Healthy Kids Day aims to encourage children and families to get moving and learning. The day includes bounce houses, fitness demonstrations, arts and crafts, water safety tips, healthy snacks, mascot appearances and sports giveaways from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa.
$5 Enter that time-honored family pork butt recipe in the Cook Your Butt Off Barbecue Challenge for cash prizes, or just taste your way through the entries at this Barbecue Challenge, where tasting wristbands cost $5. Play old-fashioned games like sack races, horseshoes, explore craftmaking or just browse the vendors. The event runs 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. Free parking and admission; $25 contest entry fee; other foods, beverages extra. To enter the contest, call (727) 893-7326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.