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5 things to do under $5 in Tampa Bay this weekend: Oct. 11-13

See student creations at Roboticon, find music and movies (and the Rays baseball game) in the park or check out Saturn’s rings at MOSI.
Students from across Florida will show off their "Star Wars"-themed creations at Tampa's Yuengling Center on Sunday. [Courtesy of Terri Willingham]
Published Oct. 9
Updated Oct. 9

1. Roboticon Tampa Bay: More than 1,000 Florida students in grades K-12 will showcase their Star Wars-themed robotic creations at the event, with appearances by Star Wars characters. See team members working on their robots, talk to students, explore hands-on engineering exhibits and learn about careers in engineering. High school students have built robots that weigh up to 120 pounds. Other categories and events include a tech challenge, Lego leagues, scrimmages and practice games. Free. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

2. Movies and Music in the Park: This is the 10th year that Preserve the ’Burg, formerly known as St. Petersburg Preservation, has put together a fun night of movies and local live music in downtown’s waterfront Straub Park every Thursday evening in October. This week brings music by George Pennington at 5:30 p.m. It was originally going to be screening the 2015 drama Spare Parts starring George Lopez, but the Tampa Bay Rays and the exciting Game Five of the American League Division Series has pre-empted the movie this week. The deciding game of the Tampa Bay Rays-Houston Astros series will be shown on the big screen. Depending on baseball season, the movies will return Oct. 17 with Groundhog Day and music by Funky D’s Deja Voodoo. Bring a blanket or low seat and a picnic. Or buy from vendors selling food and drinks, including beer and wine. On-site bicycle valet parking is available. Movies are free, but donations are appreciated. 400 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. See the full lineup at

This is the 10th year that you can hear local musicians and see movies at St. Petersburg's Straub Park every Thursday in October. [Times (2011)]

3. Zephyrhills Seafood Festival: This outdoor event will include multiple seafood vendors, arts and craft vendors and a beer and wine garden. There will be a designated play area for children. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills.

4. Cotee River Bike Fest: The three-day motorcycle fest returns with two stages of continuous live music, bike shows and contests, a poker run, beer, vendors and more. Downtown will be motorcycles only. Proceeds go to local charities. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Main Street and Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey.

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will roll into downtown New Port Richey for the Cotee River Bike Fest this weekend. [Times (2018)]

5. SkyWatch: Guests can look at a variety of different cosmic objects through MOSI’s telescopes as astronomers explain what’s up there. This month see Saturn and its rings, Jupiter and its moons and Earth’s moon, which should be about 95 percent full. Free. 7 p.m. Saturday. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000.

On Saturday during MOSI's Skywatch in Tampa, you can admire Saturn and its rings. [NASA]


  1. Alison Krauss will perform at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 20. Capitol Records
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns with a strong music lineup, Zac Brown Band plays Tampa and Barry Bostwick will be here to screen ‘Rocky Horror.'
  2. Festival goers move through the midway during the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church's annual Ethnic Festival. This year's festival will be Oct. 17-20 at the church on Spring Hill Drive at Coronado Drive. Tampa Bay Times | 2010
    The 28th-annual Ethnic Festival returns to St. Joan of Arc.
  3. On Sunday, Wayne Brady will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Mahaffey Theater
    Wayne Brady performs at the Mahaffey, St. Petersburg hosts the UpDog Triple Crown Challenge and Taking Back Sunday stops by Jannus Live.
  4. Nghtmre performs at the Sunset Music Festival in Tampa on May 26, 2018. LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times
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  5. Trebek made clear he plans to continue working as a host. [Associated Press]
    The longtime Jeopardy! host announced a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March, then remission in May, but now says tumors are worse than ever.
  6. Jill Ciment. Courtesy of Arnold Mesches
    The story of jurors on a Florida murder trial takes some wicked twists.
  7. The cast of "Floribama Shore." Season 3, which was shot in Pinellas County, premieres in November. Courtesy of MTV
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  8. J.B. Smoove will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Saturday. RICHARD SHOTWELL  |  Invision/AP
    J.B. Smoove takes the Straz Center stage, plus Roboticon Tampa Bay at the Yuengling Center and the St. Pete Side Lot hosts the Guerilla Art Market.
  9. Author Susan Isaacs' new novel is "Takes One to Know One." Linda Nutter
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  10. Florida Literary Legend Craig Pittman at work on the Ichetucknee River in 1999. Times (1999)
    His five books about the state and award-winning environmental reporting for the Times earned him the title.