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. Sept. 27. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
"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. Sept. 28 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 movie "Winter's Bone" 6 p.m. Sept. 28. 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.
Progressive Tampa Boat Show: Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin St., Tampa
The 2012 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 28-30 featuring the marine industry's newest boats and marine accessories for sale and aquatic attractions for all ages. There will be interactive features for families and boaters of all levels, scuba lessons for anyone ages 10 and older, and complimentary boating courses and Fred's Shed DIY seminars and interactive learning center classes for free professional advice and hands-on clinics on boat maintenance, repair and upgrade techniques. Tickets; $12 adults, youths ages 15 and younger are admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Information: 941-441-3220 or visit tampaboatshow.com.
"Oktoberfest 2012": The German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N., Pinellas Park
The German American Society of Pinellas County will host "Oktoberfest 2012" 4 p.m.-midnight Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-13 at. The event is a faithful representation of the real Munich Oktoberfest featuring authentic German beers, food, folk dancers, bands, vendors, costumes, decorations and atmosphere based on history, tradition and activities such as the Parade of Flags and Keg Tapping ceremonies. Admission: $6, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: 813-625-1274 or 727-548-5234 or visit www.germantampa.com.
"Red, White & Blues" Veterans Relief Fund Benefit: American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St., Bradenton
The American Legion Riders of Post 24 will host "Red, White & Blues," 1-5 p.m. Sept. 29 featuring live music by Steve Arvey and Friends. Proceeds will benefit the local Veterans Relief Fund. Information: 941-794-3489 or visit www.americanlegionpost24.com.
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. Opera: Verdi's "La Traviata," on Syndney Harbour, Australia, 2 p.m. Sept. 30, encore performance 7 p.m. Oct. 2. Tickets: $25 opera, $20 ballet. Information: 941-752-3796.
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 beginner group lessons 6-7 p.m. Cost: $7.50. Friday group lessons 7-8 p.m. and social dance with complimentary beverage and snacks, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $7.50 each session. Information: 941-465-1031.
Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Counties: Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E. Laurel St., Sarasota
Dance with live bands plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays; $8 members; $10 nonmembers. Complimentary snacks. BYOB. 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.
Farmer's Market at San Marco Plaza: 8215 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch
The San Marco Plaza Farmer's Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays featuring products from more than 25 local farms and vendors, including fresh produce, fresh seafood, cut flowers, coffees, pottery, herbs and much more. Information: 941-799-4213.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The grand re-opening of the Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. October 3 featuring live music by the Sarasota Concert Band 10-11 a.m., and product giveaways. The market features locally-grown fruits and vegetables from local groves and farms including herbs, plants, cut flowers, prepared foods, seafood, ice cream, kettle corn, barbecue and multiple organic products. Local arts and craftsmen will be selling soaps and essential oils, organic treat for pets, fabric fantasies, books and much more. The midweek market runs through May 29. Information: 941-366-1323 or visit www.farmhousemarket.org.
Sarasota farmers market: Lemon Avenue at the intersection of Main Street, Sarasota
Fresh produce, plants, coffee, crafts, food and more are available 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-951-2656.
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
Friday night variety dance with Karen Greenlee, 7-10 p.m. Sept. 28. "Red, White and Blues," benefit for local Veterans Relief Fund, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 29, with music by Steve Arvey and Friends. Old-fashioned dance party with the Bob Dewart Band featuring Eddie Tobin 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Burgers and dogs 5-6 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. Sept. 21. Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Feather Your Nest 1 p.m., hamburgers 2-4 p.m. Sundays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Mondays. Hot dogs on Wednesdays. 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.