FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Dakin Dairy Farms season: Dakin Dairy Farms, 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City
"The Maze" seven acres of winding fun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22; $7. Bring a flashlight; participants receive free ice cream if all posts/questions are answered. "It's A Country Christmas" with Christmas Carol hayrides; $5, live Manger family photo opportunities; $5 Nov. 23-Dec. 22. Farm tours are noon Wednesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and a special Sunset tour at 5 p.m. through Dec. 22; $10. The newest event is an Old Fashioned Country Picnic featuring an "It's All About The Cheese" menu. Information: www.DakinDairyFarms.com or 941-322-2802.
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 Yoga in the Park with instructor Preston Whaley Jr., 8-9 a.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 1 in the Outdoor Living Rooms area.
n The Blues Appetizer Concert, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30, in the Pavilion and Family Fun Zone; free.
n The Bradenton Blues Festival, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1, in the Pavilion and Event Area; $25 adults, $20 students, $10 children ages 5-12, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free.
n Kid's Create, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 8, in the Great Lawn and Tower Plaza.
n Reels at Rossi Movie: "Arthur Christmas," 7 p.m. or dark Dec. 21 in the Pavilion and Event area.
For a full schedule of events, hours and admission prices, call 941-840-0113 or visit.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Nov. 21 featuring live music by the Glass Onion Band, 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": 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.
"Red, White & Blues V" Volunteer Jam and Bike Show: Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St., Bradenton
"Red, White & Blues V," a volunteer jam and bike show will be 1-5 p.m. Nov. 24 featuring food, vendors, cash bar, prizes, games, 50/50, karaoke and raffles. Bike show registration is noon-1 p.m. with judging at 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the local Veterans Relief Fund. Public riders are welcome. Information: 941-209-2212 or visit www.americanlegionpost24.com.
Beach Market concert: The Beach Market, 1504 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach
Singer, songwriter, entertainer, Karen Greenley will perform 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Beach Market. Come out and enjoy the beach, grab some great food at the remodeled Coquina concession stand and stroll the market where you will find fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, sand sculptures, purses, wood works and more. Information: 941-518-4431.
Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser: Ace's Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton
Ace's Lounge will host a Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser noon-midnight Nov. 25 featuring various local bands performing all day, raffles and prize drawings and auctions. Proceeds will help victims in Long Island, N.Y. Information: 941-796-3886 or visit http://aceslivemusic.com.
Royal Palm 20 "Opera in Cinema" and "Ballet in Cinema" and London Globe Theatre Shakespeare "Globe on the Big Screen" broadcasts: 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 and productions from the restored Elizabethan playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. All broadcasts are presented in high definition video live via satellite and include:
Ballet: An Evening with Kilyan, Inger, and Walerski, from the Netherlands Dance Theatre, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2 p.m. Nov. 25, encore performance 7 p.m. Nov. 27.
Ballet: The Pharaoh's Daughter, from the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow, Russia, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, encore performance 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
Opera: "La Cenerentola," a film by Andea Anderman, 2 p.m. Dec. 16, encore presentation 7 p.m. Dec. 18.
Ballet: "The Nutcracker," from the Royal Ballet, London, England, 2 p.m. Dec. 23.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $15. Information: 941-752-3796.
"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. 29. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
SCF Annual Holiday Ceramics Sale: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, 5840 26th St. W., Building 14, Rooms 147-148, Bradenton
One-of-a-kind ceramics made by State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota art students and faculty will be for sale 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30. The sale will feature hundreds of unique, functional and sculptural pieces of high-fired stoneware and porcelain clay. Ceramics were produced in the Art and Design Building that offers students the use of car kilns for high temperature glaze firings, a fast-fire raku kiln, electric kilns, a salt kiln and a studio for handbuilding and wheel-throwing. Information: 941-752-5251.
"Made Here" Craft Show: Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto
A unique craft show "Made Here," will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 30 featuring crafts made by local and regional crafts, including ceramics, home accessories, jewelry, paper good, photography, baby gifts, girls' dresses, fabric bags, knitting, paintings, soaps, baked goods and more. There will be a "hands-on" craft area for all ages. There will be live music by local musicians. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: 941-518-2109 or visit www.palmettoartcenter.com.
Sugar Plum Shoppes Gift Market: The Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
The annual Sugar Plum Shoppes Gift Market will be 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 30 featuring local vendors offering jewelry, home decor, fashion accessories and gifts for sale. The 9th Street Bistro will feature gourmet appetizers and drink specials all day. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-749-0100.
Palmetto's Christmas in the Park: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
Start your holiday festivities with an old-fashioned Christmas at Christmas in the Park 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 with arrival of Santa at 6 p.m. each night. This free event offers something for everyone from vintage toy exhibits, creatively decorated buildings, kids' crafts, entertainment to activities including Letters to Santa, letters to soldiers, recipe collecting in park buildings, a "Memory Tree" in the Military Museum and photo opportunities with Santa. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned food items for needy families. Information: 941-721-2034.
Gem and Jewelry Show: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
A Gem and Jewelry Show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2 featuring national, regional and local dealers presenting some of the finest gem, jewelry and bead collections for sale. Admission: $4. Information: 941-954-4165 or visit www.auditorium.sarasotagov.com.
Twentieth Annual Sarasota Craft Show: Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
The 20th Annual Sarasota C`raft Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. The show will feature jewelry, ceramics, wearable art, wood, leather, metal, painting, glass, sculptures, mixed media, photography and more. Admission: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students. Children ages 9 and younger are admitted free. Weekend pass: $12. Information: 941-954-2496 or visit www.sarasotacraftshow.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: "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.
Christmas Bazaar: Golf Lakes Estates, 5050 Fifth St. E., Bradenton
Golf Lakes Estates will host a Christmas Bazaar noon-3 p.m. Dec. 1 featuring jewelry, cards, quilting items, ceramics, Christmas and craft items and more. Lunch is available for purchase. Information: 941-755-7824.
Holly Berry Bazaar: Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach
A Holly Berry Bazaar will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1 featuring crafts, gifts, lightly used Christmas decorations, books, cutlery, jewelry, plants, baked good, cookie walk and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-778-1638.
Mixon Fruit Farm Events: Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
Mixon Fruit Farm will host a Local Author Book Signing 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1, featuring local authors Bill Mixon, Wayland Massey, Gladys Dorfman, Brenda Spaulding, Mary Grant, David Jaco and many others. Admission and parking are free. Information: 941-748-5829 or visit www.mixon.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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7 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.
"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. Dec. 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.
Village of the Arts "An Olde Fashioned Christmas": Village of the Arts, between Ninth and 14th streets west, Bradenton
The Village of the Arts will host "An Olde Fashioned Village Christmas," 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. Stroll through this quaint village festooned with holiday lights to the sounds of Christmas Carolers and the Barber Shop Quartet and enjoy a visit with Santa and special holiday treats and sugar plums and a Christmas Tea Room at restaurants throughout the village. Special displays of antique quilts, toys, dolls and vintage holiday fashions by Retro Rosie and the latest one-of-a-kind creations by local village artists. The 12th annual lighting of the village will be at 6 p.m. Information: 941-746-4556 or visit www.villageofthearts.com.
Second Annual Hispanic Student Festival: University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Second Annual Hispanic Student Festival will be 2-6 p.m. Dec. 8 featuring a unique opportunity for all middle school and high school students and their families to enjoy an afternoon of Hispanic culture and to learn how to prepare for education beyond high school. Students and their parents will learn how to apply for financial aid, how to write a college admissions essay, and how to enroll in postsecondary education at technical schools, colleges and universities. Attendees will enjoy ethnic food, live music, folkloric dancers and much more. The event is open to all middle school and high school students and their families free of charge. Information: 941-877-598-4466 or visit http://unidosnow.org.
Seventh Annual Hog Roast Benefit: American Veterans Post 301, 2443 US Hwy. 301 N., Bradenton
The Sons of American Veterans and the Ladies Auxiliary of The Ralph A. Bantle American Veterans Post 301 will host the 7th Annual Hog Roast Benefit 1-6 p.m. Dec. 8 in support of the Manasota Operation Troop Support and the Honor Flight of Southwest Florida. The event features a pork dinner, silent auction, prize drawing, bake sale, the Anna Maria Island Privateers and a mock jail, and live music by the Smokey Daniels Band. Meal donations: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Information: 941-981-5308.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Dec. 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.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Dec. 20 featuring live music by the Apple Butter Band, 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. Dec. 21 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: Holmes Beach
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. Dec. 22, 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.
Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, 2603 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach
The Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves Market will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 19 featuring a bake sale, housewares, tools, jewelry, antiques, fresh produce, collectibles, toys and much more for sale. Look for the pirate ship "Scullywag" with Privateers selling grilled burgers and hot dogs. Food from Big John's Famous Texas Barbecue is also available for purchase. Information: 941-798-9266 or visit www.amiprivateers.org.
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. 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 Dance Center: 6006 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
Bradenton Tropical Palms-Beall Auditorium: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Dance to live music 7-10 p.m. Dec. 7 with live music by the Mellotones. Cost: $5. Information: 941-580-5044.
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.
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
Thanksgiving Day Feast, 3-6 p.m. Nov. 22; free for members. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and All You Can Eat Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Ladies Auxiliary Meat Loaf Dinner, 5-7 p.m., with music 6-9 p.m. Nov. 23. All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 a.m., 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.