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January 24, 2013 


Manatee County Fair: Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto

The Manatee County Fair continues through Jan. 27 featuring livestock, live country music, midway madness, fabulous food and other fun stuff. Admission: $8 for ages 13 and older, $7 for age 55 and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 12; free for kids age 5 and younger. Parking is $5. Information: 941-722-8951 or


Mixon Fruit Farms "A Night To Remember" Concert: Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton

Mixon Fruit Farms will host "A Night To Remember" 7-10 p.m. Jan. 25 featuring live music by the Masquerade and Jimmy Mazz. Beer, wine and appetizers will be available for purchase. Tickets: $17-$22, includes dessert and coffee 9-10 p.m. Information: 941-748-5829, ext. 256.


2013 Winter Nautical Expo: Regatta Pointe Marina, 1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto

The Regatta Pointe Nautical Association will host its first Nautical Expo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 26-27 featuring boating seminars, demonstrations, powerboat and sailboat show, a wide variety of marine outfitters, suppliers, services and more, and live entertainment. Free admission. Information; 941-729-6021.

St. Armands Circle Art Festival: St. Armands Circle

A juried orignial art showcase featuring more than 200 artists from 30 states is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 26-27. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 561-746-6615

Third annual "Festa!" Italia: Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota

Vita Bella Productions will host the third annual "Festa!" Italia 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 26 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 27 featuring authentic Italian food, art, carnival and other rides and games, traditional dancing show, a restaurant and a novelty row. Live music by The Goldtones, Vetro Duo dueling tenors, The Reflections, Tarantella dancers, Franco Corso, Don Petra, Jimmy Mazz, J&R Music Group, a special performance by the world famous Wallendas and much more. Admission: $5 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-769-221.


Beach Market: Coquina Beach, 1504 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach

Come and stroll the Beach Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 27 featuring fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, scarves, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and more. Live music will be provided by area favorite Larry Wilhelm. Information: 941-518-4431.

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