5 things to do under $5 for Nov. 29-Dec. 5

There are 5 boat parades this weekend, as well as Snowfest, a Cigar Heritage Festival and a final water ski show at Tower Lake.
Published November 28

1 Snowfest: The city of St. Petersburg is shaking things up this year, separating the Santa Parade to a week earlier. So the snow play area that marked the end of the parade now gets its own day to sparkle. Some 65 tons of snow will be blown into St. Petersburg’s North Straub Park for Florida kids to play in, with toboggan slides, karaoke, inflatables, an art tent, a kiddyland, teen video gaming and charging stations. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. $5.

2 Last Tower Lake Water Ski Show: For more than 25 years, crowds have gathered every Saturday for a free choreographed show by the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show. But this week will be its last until the team can find a new home, as the landlord is ending the team’s lease. The finale will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, with concessions and covered seating available. Bring a chair or blanket for seating. Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar.

3 Boat parades: This weekend brings an armada of beautifully lit boats parading through the channels of Tampa Bay. Five parades on Saturday, all beginning at twilight around 5:30 p.m., include the Alafia Boat Parade (Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive, Riverview); Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade (Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey); Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting (Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St.); Pass-a-Grille Holiday Boat Parade and Festival (Merry Pier, 801 Pass a Grille Way, St. Pete Beach). All are free for spectators.

4 Cigar Heritage Festival: Cigar aficionados will descend on Centennial Park on Sunday to find some “boutique” cigars, with the leading cigar industry families in attendance, Arturo Fuente Cigar Company and J.C. Newman Cigar Company. This is a free family-friendly event, but remember there will be cigar smoking throughout the park. There will also be food trucks, arts and crafts and music by the Black Honkeys. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Free.

5 Free Tuesday at Glazer Museum: The hands-on museum and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County join for this event offering free admission. Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday. Glazer Children’s Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

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