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Free and cheap fun this week: 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 13-19

1 Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest: Sweet! This popular fundraiser for the Morean Arts Center brings out bakers of all skills to submit their best cupcakes to be judged, at $1 per vote, by the public. Past years have brought out intriguing flavor combinations such figs and goat cheese (a winning cupcake called Gettin' Figgy With It) and one year there were cupcakes topped with small waffles and pieces of chicken. Winners receive bragging rights and a glass cupcake sculpture. Free to attend from noon to 3 p.m Saturday at the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

2 Perseid Meteor Shower Night Walk: All this week, star gazers have been waking up early to catch the annual summer light show in which of dozens of meteors per hour streak across the night sky. The view is better if you can escape the city lights, so head to the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park on Friday where participants will set up lawn chairs and blankets and watch for shooting stars, weather permitting. Bring something to sit on, insect repellent and a flashlight. And don't forget to listen for bats, owls, frogs and other night creatures while you are there from 8 to 10 p.m. at 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. $3 per vehicle park entrance fee, $2 bicyclist or walk-in.

3 Brews and Bites: The Sail Pavilion on the Tampa Riverwalk on Friday night will have a lively party with food trucks, live music and craft beers at the 360-degree waterfront bar. The food trucks this month include Cajun In a Truck, The Dude and His Food, I Wanna Wok, Jimmys Slider Truck, Just Smokin' BBQ and Trucktober Fest. It's free, but food and drinks are additional from 6 to 11 p.m. at 333 S Franklin St., Tampa.

4 Gulfport Art Walk: Beach Boulevard will be buzzing on Saturday with independent artisans, craftsmen, authors and entertainers setting up their wares along Gulfport's main drag at this pet-friendly art walk. You can take a classes at the Industrial Art Center in specialized areas and find live musicians at venues throughout the waterfront district. There is no admission or parking fee, and Gulfport Trolley gives courtesy trolley rides from off-site parking areas starting at 6 p.m.

5 Family Fun Day: Sunday will be a day of splashing fun at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center that includes pool bingo, music and prizes from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is $3, $2 kids and seniors at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer, swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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