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5 things to do under $5 March 14-20

BRENDAN FITTERER | TimesMermaid Whitney blows a bubble-filled kiss to the audience as she performs during the morning show of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" Tuesday (6/28/16) at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. As they have for decades, mermaids still perform daily for guests in the park's theater, which is embedded in the spring and sits 16 feet below the surface. For more information about the park, including the water park, Buccaneer Bay, as well as summer schedules and hours visit
Published Mar. 13

1. 97X Freebie Weebie: The free concert series on Friday brings indie pop's Lovely the Band (Broken) and the duo I Don't Know How But They Found Me to Jannus Live. Tickets are available at ticket drop locations. Visit for details. Gates open at 7 p.m. 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

2. Florida Mermaid Festival: Florida's most famous celebrities, let's face it, are the Weeki Wachee mermaids. This two-day festival celebrates their history with a huge play area for children, an array of food and craft vendors, live bands, kayak competitions, a mermaid costume contest and dragon boats on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Hernando County Parks and Recreation. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $5 admission.

3. Marc Broussard: He's only in his 30s, but soulful Southern artist Marc Broussard is the headliner for the first free AARP Rocks show at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa. Three local bands will compete for a chance to win $5,000. Broussard, the son of acclaimed Boogie Kings guitarist Ted Broussard, has attracted a loyal following thanks to the authentic and painfully raw songwriting on his 2017 album Easy to Love. 7 p.m. Friday. 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa.

4. Bloom-N-Chalk Fest: This weekend is the 11th year Safety Harbor invites artists to draw on the streets and sidewalks of its downtown with chalk. There will also be live entertainment, vendors and a kid's garden for chalk art. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 750 Main St., Safety Harbor. Free.

5. Clearwater Comic Con: The sixth annual comic convention will have artists, a costume contest and nearly 50 guests and vendors. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Clearwater Public Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Free. (727) 562-4970.


  1. USF student Gabriela Young is the owner of Earth and Ivory, an online jewelry business with items made out of clay.  [Special to the Times | Sarah Foster] SARAH FOSTER  |  Special to the Times | @sarahtheartiste
    Gabriela Young went from selling bracelets to friends to making clay wares for customers with her business, Earth and Ivory.
  2. Third Eye Blind will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Thursday. Courtesy of Danny Nolan
    Jannus Live welcomes a performance by Third Eye Blind, watch ‘Signature Move’ in Gulfport and the Gallery at Creative Pinellas brings the Arts Annual.
  3. Kevin Smith, left, and Jason Mewes pose during an interview on Sept. 25 in Los Angeles to promote "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot." WILLY SANJUAN  |  Invision/AP
    A daylong music festival aims to preserve a Tampa landmark, Jay and Silent Bob visit Tampa Theatre and Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens.
  4. Theo Tamborlane's oil on canvas, "City Scape XII," is one piece of art that will be shown during the Studio Waltz in Dunedin and Palm Harbor on Nov. 16. Theo Tamborlane
    Tour some art studios, gaze at the stars or cuddle puppies while you get a firefighter’s autograph.
  5. Pieces of jewelry by Cindi Samaha, who will be a featured artist at the Tampa Museum of Art's Holiday Shopping Event. Courtesy of Cindi Samaha
    Plus, the Dunedin Arts and Crafts Festival, Tampa Bay Holiday Market and Booze and Boutiques shop hop.
  6. Julie Andrews will appear in conversation at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. Courtesy of Andrew Eccles
    Julie Andrews pays a visit to Ruth Eckerd Hall, a St. Petersburg pool hosts aqua yoga and Sustainable Buzz takes over the Tampa Riverwalk.
  7. On Tuesday, the Straz Center will host the Super Scientific Circus. Times
    The Super Scientific Circus visits the Straz, plus Titus Andronicus perform at Crowbar and Vintage Trouble at Ruth Eckerd.
  8. There will be numerous salutes to the military today and Monday for Veterans Day.
    Veterans Day, Julie Andrews talks about her practically perfect career and country stars line up for Q-105′s Guitar Pull.
  9. Two Disney employees and a former middle school assistant principal are among the 17 accused of possessing and sharing child porn. JOHN RAOUX  |  AP
    Polk County Sheriff’s Office charged more than 600 felony counts of child pornography possession to the 17.
  10. Eric Andre arrives at the world premiere of "The Lion King" in July at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. JORDAN STRAUSS  |  Invision/AP
    Eric Andre appears at Tampa Theatre, plus the Veterans Day Fall Fly in Treasure Island and AJR plays the Yuengling Center.