Is the economy cutting deep holes into your pockets? Are you are looking for cheap or free fun activities that are free or, easy on the budget? Consider these cheap things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay. 

Florida’s Fabulous Bats at Brooker Creek
These night flyers are as mysterious as they are misunderstood. Florida is home to 13 species of bats that are year-round and seasonal residents. Come see them up close at this presentation by Cynthia and George Marks of the Florida Bat Conservancy. All ages welcome. Price: Free (registration required). Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Brooker Creek Preserve 3940 Keystone Road, in Tarpon Springs. Phone: (727) 453-6500

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 and Free Film
Bring blankets, low lawn chairs or towels to sit on while you and the kids enjoy a free movie on Clearwater Beach. Concessions for sale. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk, 7 p.m. The Saturday is the PG-13 rated film Beastly. This nightly event and the movies are always Free. Pier 60 located at 10 Pier 60 Drive on Pinellas Country’s Clearwater Beach.

Watch 2 on 2 Volleyball on the Beach for Free
Saturday and Sunday the 4C Totally Light 2Go Volley America National Championship will be held on Clearwater Beach. The Men’s and Women’s 2 on 2 Open will have teams compete for $25,000 in prize money.The 4C Totally Light 2Go Big Shot Volleyball Series is the largest amateur beach volleyball program on the east coast. This is the finale for the Big Shot Volleyball Series. Price: Free for spectators. Pier 60 10 Pier 60 Drive, on Clearwater Beach.

Free St. Pete Times Festival
Thousand Bookworms will getting their book-on while they invade USF’s St. Petersburg campus on Saturday for the annual St. Petersburg Times’ Festival of Reading. The Festival features author signings, lectures and more. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the Festival of Reading is free. To view authors and vendors attending the Festival, visit

Free Zombie Movie in the Park
Gather the family and bring chairs and blankets for a free outdoor Horror movie. Concessions available. Movies begin at sundown, 7 p.m. Enjoy the classic 1968 zombie flick Night of the Living Dead. Price: Free. Land O’ Lakes Community Center 5401 Land O’Lakes Blvd. in Land O’Lakes.

Aquarium Tank Trick or Treating
It’s Guppyween at Florida Aquarium on Sunday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. with Free Candy! Your little Guppy will love this safe and fun trick or treating. Many children’s activities, amazing Aquarium exhibits and tank to tank trick or treating. Kids in costumes get in for just $2. (Limit 4 children per adult at this price.) Guests 12 years old and over only pay $12. For more information go to their website at

Haunted Hike in St. Pete
Saturday evening walk through Historic but Haunted St. Pete during this family friendly tour starting at 13th Avenue and 13th Street North in St. Petersburg. One-hour tours creepy alleys and brick-paved streets to old homes and landmarks. Costumed characters will tell scary stories including the “Gypsy Ghostbuster” and “The Vegan Cannibal”. The hike time Saturday is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and younger. Purchase at Dairy Inn, 1201 MLK Jr. St. N. Night of event is $7 for adults and $3 kids for kids 12 and younger.  For more information go to

It’s a Take a Kid To The Game For Free

Football Fan’s can walk into any Bay Area Walmart and in the electronic’s department get a pass code to get a free ticket to USF’s October 22 game against Cincinnati. The pass code will be good at any Ticketmaster Kiosk for a free children’s ticket to the Saturday game.

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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While you’re logged in, you also will be able to buy specially priced tickets for more family members and friends for USF’s homecoming contest that will kick off at noon at Raymond James Stadium.

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