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5 things to do under $5: USF Summer Plant Festival, Bridal Show, free show by AnastasiaMax

People at a plant sale. (Shutterstock)
People at a plant sale. (Shutterstock)
Published Jun. 19, 2018

1 Summer Plant Festival: If you think you can't get anything to thrive in Florida's brutal summers, check out the vendors with fruit trees and advice on how to grow them, along with hundreds of blooming butterfly plants, herbs and tropical and exotic plants. Talks include Native Plants (11 a.m. Saturday), Butterfly Gardening with tour (noon Saturday) and Beekeeping Basics with an apiary tour (noon Sunday). Bring a decorated pepper to the Pepper Beauty Contest Sunday for one free admission. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. $5, ages 12 and younger free. (813) 974-2329.

2 Tampa Bay Bridal Show: More than 125 local bridal professionals in one place for you to see the latest in fashion, flowers, photography, caterers and more. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $5. (727) 893-8134.

3 AnastasiaMax: The South Florida sibling duo will have a free show Friday at Daddy Kool record store. The band, known for merging alternative indie, rock and blues, is on tour in support of new album The Haunt. 7 p.m. 666 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

4 Zephyrhills Summerfest: The pet-friendly festival features a large children's area, bounce houses, face painting, music by DJ Express, watermelon-eating and dance contests, food vendors and fireworks over the lake at dusk. Benefits the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills. A patriotic stroll at 7 p.m. will benefit Gulfside Hospice. 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Free. (727) 674-1464.

5 Tampa Bay Boat Show: This three-day sales event features the area's top boat dealers and manufacturers, as well as the latest in boating and fishing supplies and accessories. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free. (727) 893-8523.


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