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5 things to do under $5: Free admission at Glazer Museum, Nickel Ride launch

Courtesy of Nickel Ride will start offering rides in St. Petersburg in August.
Published Jul. 31, 2018

1 Nickel Ride Launch Party: A free, eco-friendly taxi service is coming to St. Petersburg. Friday's launch party at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill will show off the electric cars that will offer rides to five people at a time through most of downtown. It's funded by partnerships with local businesses through advertising. The eight electric vehicles used in St. Pete will have TV screens inside that display advertisements, and drivers, who work for tips, will pass out business swag and coupons to riders. 6-8 p.m. at Ferg's, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-4562.

2 Bromeliad Bash: Tour the bromeliad gardens and get inspiration for your landscape. Colorful bromeliads, from common favorites to extraordinary and unusual types, will be for sale, and experts will provide care advice and ideas for planting location and designs. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 974-2329.

3 National Watermelon Day: The East Lake Community Library will celebrate National Watermelon Day with free watermelon, watermelon-themed giveaways and a drawing for a watermelon beach ball. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. 4125 East Lake Road S, Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 773-2665.

4 Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo: Kids, parents, coaches and sports administrators can sharpen their skills while getting ready for school. Activities include interactive skills zones, live demonstrations, DJ dancing, games, food, vendors and a backpack giveaway. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Skills Center, 300 E Sligh Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 703-1324.

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 from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. This month features a character appearance from PBS by Daniel Tiger. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.


  1. The 53rd-annual Rattlesnake Festival will be held Oct. 19-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The weekend event, kicks off with a prelude concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers on Friday, and raises money for the Thomas Promise Foundation. The foundation provides meals for Pasco County school children who do not have regular access to nutritional meals on weekends when school is not in session. "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The annual festival offers a family-friendly outing while raising money to feed school children in need.
  2. Kathleen Hudak, historian with the Brooksville Cemetery, tells the story of William Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Quitman Varn during a walking tour of the historic Brooksville Cemetery on Tuesday as part of Brooksville's Founders' Week celebration. The boy died from appendicitis in 1913 at the  age of 9. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
  3. MICHELE MILLER | Times 2018
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will roll into downtown New Port Richey for the Cotee River Bike Fest held Oct. 11-13. Times (2018)
    The weekend event brings thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to town while benefiting local charities.
  4. Bigger. Taller. Glitzier. A $720 million expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has added a 14-story hotel, right, next to the casino's original hotel on the left. Richard Danielson
    Nicole Kidman and Christie Brinkley walked the red carpet, and two members of the Wallenda family walked a high wire strung between the casino’s two hotel towers.
  5. The Cotee River Bike Fest will be held Oct. 11-13 in downtown New Port Richey. Times
    Local offerings abound for those wanting to get out and about.
  6. The African American Heritage Trail in St. Petersburg begins at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    It has been five years since the historic trail celebrated its grand opening, but many still don’t know it’s there.
  7. The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride combines dapper duds and vintage-inspired bikes on a ride to raise money for men's health charities. Mari Sabra
    The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride returns to Tampa Bay as local motorcyclists join a worldwide run to raise money for men’s health charities.
  8. Natalie D'Alessandro and Izaac Deal break out into dance during the inaugural Pride Festival in 2018 in downtown New Port Richey. MICHELE MILLER  |  Times (2018)
    New Port Richey gathering will feature a week of lead-up events.
  9. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. MICHELE MILLER  |  Michele Miller
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  10. The Tampa Bay Lightning has tapped Cigar City Brewing to bring its Jai Alai, Guayabera, and Florida Cracker beers to Amalie Arena as the team’s official craft beer partner. (Photo via Tampa Bay Lightning) Tampa Bay Lightning
    Cigar City also will move its popular annual Hunahpu’s Beer Festival to Amalie Arena starting next March.