FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
"Art after 5": John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy a beautiful sunset, wander the art museum and play in the circus museum as you experience Art after 5 5-8 p.m. Aug. 23. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
Art and a Movie: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
The program Art and a Movie: "Modern Life," combines a self-directed gallery tour followed by a film and discussion of themes shared by the art and the film 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Admission is included with ARt after 5. Free for museum members. Information: 941-359-5700.
Spay-getti with "No Balls" Spay/Neuter Awareness Dinner: Westminster Manor, 2100 17th St. W., Bradenton
The Animal Network and No Kill Manatee will sponsor a spay/neuter awareness Spay-getti with "No Balls" dinner 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 24, featuring spaghetti with sauce, garlic bread, dessert, and a drink of choice. Meatballs cost extra. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction. Advanced tickets only: $20 Information: 941-729-8631.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": At Fruitville Road and Central Avenue, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24 and every fourth Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota's premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries, and salons.. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or www.DSAsarasota.com.
Film Fridays at the South Florida Museum: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
Visit the museum on Film Fridays for an exploration of how American films have portrayed female characters through the years and across genres with the following line-up of movies: "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" Aug. 24, "The Color Purple" Aug. 31, "Thelma and Louise" Sept. 7, "Bridget Jones' Diary" Sept. 21, and "Winter's Bone" Sept. 28. No films on July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14. All movie times are at 6 p.m. A selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Tickets: $3 members, $5 nonmembers Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. Information and reservations: 941-746-4131, ext. 11.
Arts and Crafts at Mixon's: Groveside Market at Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
An Arts and Crafts market, featuring some antiques and homemade American products will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 25 and every fourth Saturday of the month through September. Information: 941-748-5829 or visit www.mixon.com.
"Blues and BBQ": Peggy's Corral, 4511 US 41 N., Palmetto
Peggy's Corral will host a "Blues & BBQ" 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25 featuring live music by Mumbo Jumbo, The Blues Casters and Master of Ceremony Patti of Rider Now magazine. There will be a bike contest, games and a barbecue. Information: 941-729-5442.
Monday Night Movies at the Ringling: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Monday Night Movies at the Ringling: "Jefferson in Paris," 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Tickets: $7. Information: 941-360-7399.
Royal Palm 20 "Opera in Cinema" and "Ballet in Cinema": 5125 26th St. E., Bradenton
The "Opera in Cinema" and "Ballet in Cinema," is a continuing series of sophisticated, exciting and alluring performance live from some of the famous opera and ballet houses in Europe. These broadcasts are presented in high definition video live via satellite and include:
Ballet: La Source," Paris Opera Ballet, 2 p.m. Aug. 26; encore performance, 7 p.m. Aug. 28.
Opera: "Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci," from the Teatro Regio di Torino, Torino, encore performance 7 p.m. Sept. 4.
Tickets: $25 opera, $20 ballet. Information: 941-752-3796.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. every first Friday of the month featuring live music by Wild Ginger. Beer, wine and food sales benefit HOPE Family services. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit www.mainstreetatlakewoodranch.com.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Palm Avenue Main and First streets, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7 and every first Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota's premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or www.DSAsarasota.com.
Van Wezel FridayFest: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Kick back on the Sarasota bayfront at FridayFest and listen to live music by the Bird Street Players, 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. The event takes place in rain or shine. Bringing in food and drink from outside the Fest is prohibited; coolers and weapons of any kind are also prohibited. Information: 941-953-3368 or visit www.vanwezel.org.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Sept. 14 and every second Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota's premier entertainers and performing arts organizations and enjoy shopping at a unique mix of boutiques, galleries and salons. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or www.DSAsarasota.com.
First Fridays Car & Bike Show: Slick's Garage, 923 Fifth St. W., Palmetto
Slick's Garage hosts a First Fridays Car & Bike Show and community party 5-11 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The event features live music, food and drink vendors, children's entertainment, charity auctions and more. Information: 941-776-7298.
Get Down Downtown: Main Street, Bradenton
Get Down Downtown is 5-10 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Visitors can enjoy live music, arts and crafts. The event is free an open to the public. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the revitalization of downtown's merchants and culture. Information: 941-201-6228.
Mainly Art: Main Street, Bradenton
Mainly Art is a monthly downtown arts and craft market. Every third Saturday, Mainly Art will host dozens of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their creations. Art, crafts, live music, and food will all be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fourth Avenue West, where it connects to the weekly Bradenton Farmers Market on Main Street. Downtown parking is free on weekends, and dogs on leashes are welcome. Information: email MainlyArt@RealizeBradenton.com or go to www.BradentonFarmersMarket.com.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. every first Friday of the month featuring live music. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Sarasota Film Society. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free.
American Legion Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Public welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, except for Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 5 due to Hall renovations. New progressive game. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Information: 941-580-5044.
Casa Loma Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 105 52nd Ave. E., Bradenton
Bingo, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Licensed food vendor available. Information: 941-761-7788.
Tideview Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 4214 11th St. Court E. (off U.S. 301 N.), Ellenton
Bingo, doors open at 5 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. Fridays. Information: 941-722-2557.
Bradenton Woman's Club: 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Dance to live music 8-11 p.m. Fridays. Cost is $8. Lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. Open to the public. Singles are welcome. BYOB, sodas available. Smoke-free facility. Proceeds will benefit renovation of the clubhouse, built in 1921. Information: 941-773-0177 or www.bradentonwomansclub.com.
Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom: 5702 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Friday group lessons are 7-8 p.m. Cost: $7.50. Friday Social Dance is 8-10 p.m. Cost: $7.50. Complimentary beverages and snacks. Information: 941-465-1031.
Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Counties: Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E. Laurel St.
Dance with live bands, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays; $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Public is welcome. Information: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.
Sara Dance Center: 5000 Fruitville Road, Sarasota
Ballroom dancing lessons 7-8 p.m. and general dancing 8-10 p.m. Mondays. No partners necessary. Admission: $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Call for complete schedule 941-685-7026.
Enterprise Flea Market: 2408 U.S. 301, Palmetto
Indoor flea market featuring new and used items, furniture, household items, collectibles, antiques, pet cages, home medical equipment, a large selection of DVD/VHS and more. Merchandise added daily. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Information: 941-723-9424.
Red Barn Flea Market and Plaza: 1707 First St. E., Bradenton
Features more than 600 booths, farm-fresh produce, plants, antiques, new and used merchandise, jewelry and two food courts. Parking and admission are free. Hours (entire market) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Plaza area retail stores open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Information: 941-747-3794.
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton
Wear your favority crazy hat to the "Crazy Hat County Night" with The Jimmy Keith Band 7-10 p.m. Aug. 24. Veteran Relief Fundraiser "Red White and Blue Blowout," with Bodie Valdez and Whodoo Band, 1-5 p.m. Aug. 25; $5. Old-fashioned dance party with the Bob Dewart Band featuring Eddie Tobin 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Burgers and dogs 5-6 p.m. and bingo 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Ballroom dancing with music by Tanya and Matt, door prizes, free snacks and a cash bar 7-10 p.m., Wednesdays; $7. Lunch in the lounge, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (public welcome). Information: 941-794-3489.
American Legion Post 312: 1610 67th Ave. E., Oneco
Bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; dinner 5-7 p.m. and music 7-11 p.m. Fridays; hamburgers and hot dogs 1-5 p.m., music 3-7 p.m. Saturdays; and breakfast 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and bingo 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-758-6616.
American Legion Post 325: 3420 U.S. 301, Ellenton
Karaoke with Benny, 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Ladies Auxiliary dinner 5 p.m., with music by Jesse James at 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Hot dogs on Wednesdays. Feather Your Nest 1 p.m., hamburgers 2-4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-981-3819.
AmVets Post 301: 2443 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton
Tacos, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Cheeseburger night, 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Karaoke on Friday nights. Music 5-8 p.m. Sundays. Back arcade open daily. Information: 941-722-0393.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18: 111 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton
Enjoy music 7:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. Karaoke first Saturday of every month. Bar Bingo 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-755-5425.
Fraternal Order of Eagles Chapter 3171: 5831 15th St. E., Bradenton
Breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. and euchre at 1:30 p.m. Sundays; euchre at 7:30 p.m. Mondays; spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays; and bingo 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every first and third Saturday of the month. Information: 941-756-2113.
North Manatee American Legion Post 309: 2419 Bayshore Road, Palmetto
Bingo, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Soft-tip darts 8 p.m. Thursdays. Feather your nest 1-3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-722-8689.
VFW Post 2488: 810 Sixth St. W., Palmetto
Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Fridays. Karaoke with Bob Dunn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Fish fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Information: 941-722-9588.
VFW Post 9226: 3511 12th St. E., Ellenton
Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Bar poker 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 10141 67th St. W., Bradenton
Burgers, hot dogs, 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Home-cooked dinner, 5 p.m. Mondays. Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Dinner 5-7 p.m. Monday. Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon Sundays. Bingo, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Entertainment, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-794-6394.