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5 things to do under $5: Typewriter Day, Tampa's Fourth Friday, Japanese festival

Celebrate World Typewriter Day on Friday.
Celebrate World Typewriter Day on Friday.
Published Jun. 21, 2017

1 World Typewriter Day Type-In: Because no laptop can match the satisfaction of the plunk of a typewriter key and the ping of a return, the Paper Seahorse store celebrates World Typewriter Day on Friday with an array of machines to peck on. They have restored typewriters from the 1920s through the 1970s, including a Remington with an art deco font. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at 211 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 251-8096.

2 The Kristin Beck Story: Just in time for Pride, the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay is hosting Kristin Beck, the Navy SEAL veteran who came out as a transgender woman. At 6 p.m. Friday, Freefall Theatre will screen the 2014 documentary Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story at 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Then on Saturday there's a book signing and art reception at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay at Gaslight Square, 6798 Crosswinds Drive N, St Petersburg.

3 Downtown Tampa's Fourth Friday: Museums and performing arts venues around downtown Tampa offer extended hours with free, special or added value admission deals. This month brings a free tour of the century-old Le Meridien Tampa Hotel, home of Bizou Brasserie. Meet in the lobby via Zack Street to view the architecture and design 5:30-6 p.m. Friday. Take the tour and get 10 percent off your bill for dinner in Bizou. Le Meridien Tampa Hotel, 601 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 221-9555. Find all of this month's deals at

4 Tampa Natsumatsuri Japanese Summer Festival: Now in its 12th year, this local take on the traditional Japanese summer festival will have games, treats, crafts, martial arts demonstrations, traditional dance performances and a cosplay contest 5-9 p.m. Saturday. This year it benefits earthquake victims in Japan. Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free.

5 Multicultural Family Day: There will be a tapestry of nations in Tampa's Water Works Park. The festival will have Chinese dragon dancers, tropical Paradise dancers, children's activities, multicultural food trucks, vendors and performances by Caribeno Tropical, Trinity 7 and STP Freddo. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. Free (food/drink additional).