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. Jan. 3. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
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 Shaman. 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. Jan. 4 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.
44th annual Suncoast Antique Bottle and Tabletop Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The 44th Annual Suncoast Antique Bottle and Tabletop Show will be 4-7:45 p.m. Jan. 4 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 5, featuring local, national and international dealers offering antique bottles. Other items will be offered, including insulators, stoneware, fossils, artifacts of various kinds including military, glass rolling pins, witch balls, pottery, advertising signs, jewelry and more. Admission: $15 for both days, $4 for Saturday only. Information: 941-722-3244.
Annual Sarasota Orchid Society Show and Sale: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The annual Sarasota Orchid Society's "A Symphony of Orchids" Show and Sale will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 5 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 6 showcasing thousands of award-winning orchids in the displays created by orchid vendors and local orchid societies. A variety of orchids and orchid-related accessories will also be available for purchase and there will also be free educational classes given by our local growers. Tickets: $5 general admission, $1 students with valid ID, free to children ages 7 and younger. Information: 941-954-4165 or visit www.auditorium.sarasotagov.com.
Chowder Challenge Benefit: Bridge Street, Anna Maria
A creative chowder cook-off, the Chowder Challenge on Bridge Street, will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 6. Attendees can sample some of the most delicious traditional and inventive chowder recipes from acclaimed local chefs and culinary aficionados form Anna Maria Island. Tickets: $5. Profits will benefit the American Cancer Society's 2013 Relay for Life team. Entry to the Bridge Street Market and the Tangled Mangoes music jam are free. Information: 215-906-0668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beach Market: Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach
The Beach Market at Coquina Beach will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 6 featuring fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, sand sculptures, apparel, purses, scarves, pottery, furniture, collectibles, woodworks and more. Karen Greenley, singer, songwriter and entertainer, will perform. Information: 941-518-4431.
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, or prerecorded, 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:
Opera: "Carmen," from the Royal Opera House in London, 2 p.m. Jan. 6, encore presentation 7 p.m. Jan. 8.
Ballet: "Sleeping Beauty," performed by the Royal Ballet of England, 2 p.m. Jan. 13, encore presentation 7 p.m. Jan. 15.
Opera: Lohengrin, La Scala in Milan, Italy, 2 p.m. Jan. 20, encore presentation 7 p.m. Jan. 22.
Opera: La Boheme, Royal Opera House in London, 2 p.m. Jan. 27, encore presentation 7 p.m. Jan. 29.
Ballet: An evening with Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, Netherlands Dance Company, Amsterdam, 2 p.m. Feb. 3, encore presentation, 7 p.m. Feb. 5.
Opera: Don Carlo, La Scala in Milan, Italy, 2 p.m. Feb. 10, encore presentation 7 p.m. Feb. 12.
Ballet: La Bayadere, Bolshoi Balet, Moscow, Russia, 2 p.m. Feb. 17, encore presentation 7 p.m. Feb. 19.
Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $15. Information: 941-752-3796.
World Wrestling Entertainment: Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa
World Wrestling Entertainment action returns to the Tampa Bay Times Forum 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 for the WWE Monday Night RAW. This event is one of the last RAW match-ups on the road to the Royal Rumble. Superstars scheduled to appear are Sheamus, Randy Orton, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio, The Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Ryback, Zack Ryderm the WWE Divas and more. Tickets; $20 and up. Information: 800-745-3000 or visit www.wwe.com.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Jan. 11 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.
"Brews and Bites": Tampa Convention Center, Sail Pavilion, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
Sail Pavilion's "Brews and Bites," will be 6-10 p.m. Jan. 11 featuring a fleet of area food trucks, live entertainment buy local musicians, and prize drawings. Information: 813-274-8511 or visit www.tampaconventioncenter.com.
Film Fridays at the South Florida Museum: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The South Florida Museum celebrates the films of 1948 commemorating the Museum's 65th Anniversary with the following movies: "Treasures of the Sierra Madre," Jan. 11, "Rope," Jan. 18, "Hamlet," Jan. 25, "The Red Shoes," Feb. 1, "I Remember Mama," Feb. 8, "A Foreign Affair," Feb. 15, "Force of Evil," Feb. 22, "The Lady from Shanghai," March 8, "Oliver Twist," March 15, and "Easter Parade," March 22. All movie times are 6 p.m. Tickets: $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit www.southfloridamusuem.org.
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. Jan. 11-13 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.
Susan Murphy Cancer Benefit: Hunsader's Rockin' Ranch, 23810 53rd Ave. E., Myakka City
The Susan Murphy Cancer Benefit will be noon-9 p.m. Jan. 13 and will feature activities for the entire family including bounce house, water slides, volleyball, basketball, horse shoes, and many animals for the children to pet. The Budweiser truck will be present along with food vendors. Live music will be provided by The Cherry Bombs, Triggerfish. Katalyst, Rye Road, Crossfire, Whiskey Blind, SuperBot and Black Thorn Rose. Donation: $10. Information: 941-224-3469 or visit www.ticketriver.com.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Jan. 17 featuring live music by the Billy Rice 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. Jan. 18 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.
Antique Show and Sale: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
An Antique Show and Sale will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and noon-5 p.m. Jan. 20. The event will feature 50 select, local and out-of-state dealers offering a wide range of quality antique furniture, silver, porcelain, antique and estate jewelry, bronzes, crystal, pottery, paintings, prints, Asian and much more! Admission: $6. Information: 941-954-4165.
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.
Sidewalk Astronomy: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
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 sunset-10 p.m. Jan. 19, 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. Jan. 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.
Holmes Beach "Concert in the Park": Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Holmes Beach will host "Concert in the Park" 5-10 p.m. Jan. 25 featuring live music by?? . There will be retail, arts, crafts, food and beverages. Concerts are last Fridays of each month October-May. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations. Information: 941-748-2162.
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.
Anna Maria Irish Ceili: Mannatee Sport Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton
The Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers will begin their winter dancing 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 9-March 27. Information: 941-779-1416, 941-778-1554 or 941-727-1534.
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 Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bradenton Tropical Palms will host a dance in the Beall Auditorium 7 p.m. Jan. 18 with live music by Harmony. Cost: $5. Information: 941-748-7423.
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: $8. Friday group lessons 7-8 p.m. and social dance with complimentary beverage and snacks, 8-10 p.m. Cost: $8 each session. Information: 941-465-1031.
Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Counties "New Year's Eve Dance Party": 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. 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
Breakfast 8 a.m., old-fashioned dance party with the Bob Dewart Band featuring Eddie Tobin 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Burgers, dogs, fish, chicken and shrimp, 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesadys. Karaoke every other Wednesday night. Dance party, 7-10 p.m. Fridays, featuring live entertainment from local area bands. Casino-style Arcade, 9 a.m.-midnight daily. Lunch in the lounge, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (public welcome). Spaghetti and meatball dinner, every first Friday of the month. Meatloaf dinner, every third Friday of the month. 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. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and All You Can Eat Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. Honor Guard/Riders Grilled Chicken Dinner 5-7 p.m., with live music 6-9 p.m. Jan. 5. 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.; $2 crockpot meal 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.