FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Riverwalk on the Manatee River, Bradenton
The following events will take place at or around the newly opened Riverwalk in the month of October:
n Drum Circle, interactive drumming for all ages, 5-6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 18 at the Regatta Plaza.
n Yoga in the Park with instructor Preston Whaley Jr., 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 1 in the Outdoor Living Rooms area.
n Music in the Park: Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Amphitheater.
n Taste of Manatee, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 3 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 4, at the Pavilion and Family Fun Zone.
n Pioneer Round Up, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Tower Plaza.
n History Cruise, noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Nov. 4, departing from the Day Dock. Tickets: $15. Reservations: 941-780-8010.
For a full schedule of events, hours and admission prices, call 941-840-0113.
Sarasota Chalk Festival 2012 "Circus City": Along Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota
The 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival, themed "Circus City," starts 10 a.m. daily through Nov. 6, is a cultural performance event with more than 250 world-famous artists transforming Pinapple Avenue into a museum in motion using the street surface as their canvas and chalk as their medium. Artist Kurt Wenner will create a large 3D masterpiece. Street performers and musicians participate with dozens of circus performers giving you the feel of being at the greatest show on earth. One city block is just for kids. There will be appearancess during the festival there will be appearances by legendary daredevil Nik Wallenda, Cirque du Soleil La Nouba, Ringling Brothers Circus Acts and Animals, local musicians, singers, street performers and much more. Information: https://chalkfestival.org.
"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. Nov. 1. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
Manatee Technical Institute's 16th annual Chili Cook Off: Manatee Technical Institute, 5603 34th St. W., Bradenton
Manatee Technical Institute's annual Chili Cook Off "No benches. No half-times. No time-outs. Game On!" will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 1 featuring MTI crews representing their favorite game. There will be a foot race battle in hand-crafted, cardboard vehicles, and live music by the Gumbo Boogie Band. Tickets: $5. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Manatee County. Information: 941-751-7900, ext. 2243.
"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. Nov. 2 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Nov. 2 featuring live music by the Shotgun Justice. Beer, wine and food sales benefit Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. 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.
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.
Westminster Manor "Treasure House": Westminster Manor, 1519 19th Ave. W., Bradenton
Westminster Manor "Treasure House" will be 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 2 featuring sale of Christmas decorations, collectibles, housewares and much more. Information: 941-745-0167.
Village of the Arts Seventh Annual Dia de los Muertos "Festival of the Skeletons": Village of the Arts, between Ninth st. W. and 12 St. W., Bradenton
Village of the arts celebrates the Seventh Annual "Festival of Skeletons," 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 featuring life size artist decorated skeletons and family shrines, Mexican food and music, a celebration of life and a look-alike contest of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Information: 941-746-4556 or visit www.villageofthearts.com.
The Powel Crosley Estate "House of Horrors": Powel Crosley Estate, One Seagate Dr., 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Explore the ghastly and ghoulish as the Crosley Estate Foundation presents the "House of Horrors," based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe 7-11 p.m. Nov. 2-4. Revelers will have the opportunity to tour 13 rooms of Gothic gore, creep through the Crosley Cemetery and squirm through terrifying performances as the Master of the Macabre himself recounts his hauntingly horrible tales in the Coffinbox Theater. Enjoy poisons and potions as well as a few snacks to nourish your courage as a cast of spooks and spirits accompany you through the nightmares and dreams of this horrible haunt. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Information: 941-729-0177, ext. 243 or visit www.powelcrosleyestate.com.
"Flight to the North Pole" Third annual Benefit Car and Motorcycle Show: Manatee County Sheriff's Department, 600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton
The Third Annual Benefit Car and Motorcycle Show "Flight to the North Pole," will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3 featuring prize drawings, door prizes, 50/50 jackpot, silent auction, show trophies, DJ and music, food and beverage vendors, face painting and a kids arcade. Proceeds will benefit programs for terminally ill children. Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: 941-747-3011, ext. 2273.
Colony Cove Dean Martin Variety Show: Harmony Hall, Colony Cove Lakes, 4313 Kings Dr., Ellenton
The Lakes Association at Colony Cove will host Coz Serrapere and "The Dean Martin Variety Show," 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Coz combines his talents as a comic and a singer as he interacts with his audience, creating a warm, friendly atmosphere. Tickets: $6. Information: 941-722-8867 or 941-729-6764.
Craft and Bake Sale: Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton
Kirkwood Presbyterian Church will host a Craft and Bake Sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 3 featuring coffee and cake and holiday shopping. Information: 941-794-6229.
Community yard sale: Manatee Oaks, at 46th Plaza E. and 37th St. E., Bradenton
The Manatee Oaks will hold its community yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3 with over 100 households partaking. Information: 941-758-2434.
Taste of Manatee: The 26th annual Taste of Manatee is 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 3 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the all new Bradenton Riverwalk at Rossi Park. Two days of tasting fine cuisine from local restaurants, live entertainment from area bands, including Mark Wright Band, Trevor Bystrom, MSA Jazz Band, The Northwest, Koko Ray and The Soul Providers, The Jake Castro Band, Shaman, Matt Waldon, Cordova, Gamble Creek Band, Big Daddy, and the Tony Tyler and Come Back Alice bands, arts and crafts, children's stage and other activities for the entire family. The Taste of Manatee is hosted by the Rotary Club of West Bradenton and supports many local charities and non-profits. Information: 941-773-2126 or visit www.TasteOfManatee.com.
Second annual "Military Families Are Heroes Too" Poker Run: The Hob Nob, 1701 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota
The Second Annual "Military Families Are Heroes Too" Poker Run will start with breakfast at 6 a.m., registration at 9:30 a.m. and last bike out at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 4. The route's stops are at Clancy's Irish Sports Pub, Tarpon Pointe grill and Tiki Bar, Woody's River Roo, and the last stop and party at Peggy's Corral. Cost: $10 per hand, $20 for three. There will be prizes, contests and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Professionals Assisting Military Families and Friends organization. Information: 941-705-2320 or 941-809-7536.
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: "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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 9 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.
Shakespeare for all "Macbeth": Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota
The Asolo Repertory Theatre will present its New Stages Tour, an FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, of "Macbeth," 8 p.m. Nov. 9. The show is designed to appeal to a younger audience, but is suitable for all ages. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students, free to children ages 12 and younger. The performance will take place outdoors in the courtyard and patrons are invited to bring a picnic. Information: 941-894-6469 or visit www.wslr.org.
Sarasota Film Society 2012 Cine-World Film Festival: multiple locations
Sarasota Film Society has announced the schedule of films for its 23rd annual Cine-World Film Festival which will take place Nov. 9-Nov. 19, featuring a wide range of quality films from all over the globe, including movies from the USA, Israel, Germany, Australia, South Korea, France, the United Kingdom, Chile, Brazil and more. The line up includes "Quartet," 'Silver Linings Playbook," "The Fitzgerald Family," "Christmas," "Head Games," and "Amour." Screenings will be held at Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, and special screenings at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Dr. #8, Lakewood Ranch. Tickets: $8.50 members, $11 nonmembers. Multiple film passes are available. Information: www.filmsociety.org.
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: "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.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Nov. 15 featuring live music by the , 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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. NOV. 16 and every third 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.
Sidewalk Astronomy: Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota
The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes 7:30-10 p.m. Nov. 17, weather permitting. Participants will be treated to up-close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 342-9632.
"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. Nov. 23 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.
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. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit www.mainstreetatlakewoodranch.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.
Bayshore Recreation Center: 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton
A senior dance will be held 10 a.m.-noon Fridays through April. Music will be provided by Ernie Litz. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Admission: $4. Information: 941-753-0313 or 941-756-9255.
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.
Sahib Shrine Center: 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota
Dance to the music of The Noblemen 5-7 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. Tickets: $7. Proceeds will benefit Sahib Shrine activities. Information: 941-330-0109.
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.
Farmers Market at San Marco Plaza: 8215 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch
The San Marco Plaza Farmers 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 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 seafood, prepared foods, organic products, arts and craft vendors, live music and cooking demonstrations. The market expands to welcome Mainly Art, a gathering of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their handmade goods. every third Saturday of the month. 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.