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Weekend best bets

Cool things to do on your time off.

By WILMA NORTON
Published January 26, 2007


IT'S TIME TO PARTY WITH THE PIRATES

The pirates invade and parade in Tampa Saturday during the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. The flotilla starts arriving at the Tampa Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. The street festival runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. along Florida Avenue south of Kennedy Boulevard. The parade begins at 2 p.m. along Bayshore Boulevard. Free. (813) 353-8108 or www. gasparillapiratefest.com.

Choose your fest

Historic Heritage Village is the perfect setting for the Pinellas Folk Festival on Saturday, showcasing traditional folk, country and bluegrass music. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 11909 125th St. N, Largo. (727) 582-2123. Free. In Dade City, check out the celebration of a small citrus fruit at the Kumquat Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Dade City. (352) 567-3769. Free.

Lovely to look at

Hot styles from fashion capitals around the world take the stage during the Ebony Fashion Fair at 5 p.m. Sunday, Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $30. (813) 231-1340, ext. 252, or www.ebonyfashionfair.com.

Beth-El art fest

About 150 artists exhibit paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood and metal at the Temple Beth-El Art Festival, a juried fine art show and sale. The preview cocktail reception at 7 p.m. Saturday is $20. Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 347-6136.