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. Oct. 11. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
Oktoberfest: Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton
Pier 22 will hosts its annual German Oktoberfest celebration 6 p.m. Oct. 12 offering attendees authentic German food and beverages, a beer tasting, beer stein holding contest for men and women, dancing, live entertainment an a best Lederhosen and best Dirndl contest. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed for the occasion. Dinner: $19.95 adults, $12.95 children ages 12 and younger. Reservations are recommended. Information: 941-748-8087 or visit www.pier22dining.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 Oct. 12-13. 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.
"Spirit Voices of Old Manatee": Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton
The Manatee County Historical Commission and the Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller R.B. "Chips" Shore will host "Spirit Voices of Old Manatee," Oct. 12-14, and 19-20, a dramatic cemetery tour of the Old Manatee Burying Grounds featuring costumed thespians bringing to life those interred with haunting graveside dialogue. Due to the interactive nature of this event, all attendees will be required to sign a waiver at the gate, prior to admission, Audience space is limited. Advance tickets purchased by Oct. 10 are $10, all tickets purchased after that are $17. The event is not recommended for viewers ages 10 or younger. Everyone is required to have ticket, including children. Information on a full schedule of shows and tours: 749-1800 or visit www.manateeclerk.com.
Film Fridays at the South Florida Museum: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
South Florida Museum celebrates the music and personalities of the American Blues movement in conjunction with the first annual Bradenton Blues Festival with the "The Blues Downtown" film series including: "The Blues Brothers," Oct. 12, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Oct. 19, "Crossroads," Oct. 26, "Lady Sings the Blues," Nov. 9, "Schultze Gets the Blues," Nov. 16, "Leadbelly," Nov. 30, "Ray," Dec. 7. A special holiday screening of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," will be Dec. 14. All screenings are at 6 p.m. No film screenings Nov. 2 and Nov. 23. 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. 27.
Terra Ceia Island Fourth Annual Arts and Craft Show: Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop Road, Ellenton
The Village Improvement Association of Terra Ceia Island will host its Fourth Annual Arts and Craft Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14 featuring a wide variety of exhibitors. There will be food, music, prize drawings, and much more to enjoy. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-721-3605.
Selby Garden's GartenFest Fall Music Series: Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
The popular GartenFest Fall Music Series will be 1-3 p.m. each Sunday in October. Guests can enjoy live music under the banyan trees while nibbling on German-themed fare and enjoying music from the best local entertainers featuring The Venturas Oct. 14, Sarasota Brass Quintet Oct. 21, and Nu Jazz Oct. 28. Admission: $17 adults, $6 children ages 6-11. The event is free to members and children ages 5 and younger. Information: 941-366-5731 or visit www.selby.org.
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:
Opera: "L'Italiana in Algeri," from the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Italy, 2 p.m. Oct. 14, encore performance 7 p.m. Oct. 16.
Ballet: "L'Altra Meta del Cielo," from the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, 2 p.m. Oct. 21, encore performance 7 p.m. Oct. 23.
Opera: "Un Ballo in Maschera," from the Teatro Regio di Torino in Torino, Italy, 2 p.m. Oct. 28, encore performance 7 p.m. Oct. 30.
Ballet: "Swan Lake," by the Bolshoi Ballet, Russia, 2 p.m. Nov. 4, encore performance 7 p.m. Nov. 6.
Opera: "Siegfried," from the teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy, 2 p.m. Nov. 11, encore performance 7 p.m. Nov. 13.
Tickets: $25 opera, $20 ballet. Information: 941-752-3796.
"A Colorful White Sale" Benefit: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton
Quality sheet sets (all sizes) and beautiful arts are offered at the "Colorful White Sale" 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17-18. All proceeds will support the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Auxiliary. Information: 941-782-2100 or visit www.lakewoodranch medicalcenter.com.
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.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 420 67th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Information: 941-794-6394.
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.
Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center: 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton
Dance to a variety of music by Klement and Michal 7-10 p.m. Oct. 13 sponsored by the German-American Club of Manatee County. BYOB, snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Admission: $7. Information: 941-761-3833.
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 Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays featuring 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.
Bradenton Farmers Market: Main Street, Bradenton
The downtown Bradenton Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays featuring locally grown produce, olive oil and bread, fresh fish, organic tea, jewelry and craft vendors, and live music and cooking demonstrations. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
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.
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
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
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.