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. 31. 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. Feb. 1 featuring live music by The Venturas. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the V Foundation. 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. Feb. 1 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.
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.
First Fridays Artwalk: Village of the Arts, 12th St. W. and Ninth Ave., Bradenton
The Village of the Arts will have "Sweethearts" Artwalks 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 2. Galleries and shops will be open for business with extended hours. Information: 941-747-8056 or visit www.villageofthearts.com.
Southern State Bull Riding Finals: Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto
Hang on tight, the Southern State Bull Riding Finals will be held 7 p.m. Feb. 1-2 featuring some of the top bull riders. There will be goat roping at 2 p.m. and live music by Bulls Eye Ride 3:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Gates open at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 and 1 p.m. Feb. 2. Tickets: $15. Information: 941-755-8531 or visit www.conleyssbrfinals.com.
Film Fridays at the South Florida Museum: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
South Florida Museum celebrates the films of 1948 commemorating the museum's 65th anniversary with the following movies: "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.
Sixth annual Craft Beer Festival "Mardi Gras": Old Main Street, Bradenton
The Sixth annual Bradenton Craft Beer Festival "Mardi Gras" will be 4-8 p.m. Feb. 2 featuring more than 80 beers from around the craft beer scene and 10 food trucks serving Creole food and more. Live music will be provided by the Gumbo Boogie Band and the Mumbo Jumbo Band. Tickets: $30 beer samples, $10 food tickets, VIP tickets are $50. Proceeds will benefit No Kill Manatee. Information: www.CraftBeerExpo.org.
Monster Jam: Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, the world's premier monster truck series, will roar in to Raymond James Stadium for two shows at 7 p.m. Feb. 2. The events feature a Party in the Pits 2-5 p.m. in the parking lot giving the fans an opportunity to get a view of the trucks up close and meet the drivers. Free Pit Passes are available at participating Southern Ford Dealers through Feb. 2 while supplies last, or purchase them at www.ticketmaster.com at $10 when purchasing event tickets. Pit Passes will also be available for sale the day of shows at the stadium box office. Event tickets are $15 and up. Information: 800-745-3000.
Beach Market: Coquina Beach, 1504 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the Beach Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 3 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.
24th annual Car, Bike and Truck Show: Lamb Park, 950 Sixth St. W., Palmetto
Vintage Wheels of Manatee will host the 24th Annual Car, Bike and Truck Show 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 3 featuring quality show cars, bikes and specialty vehicles. There will be prize drawings, food and beverage vendors and live music by Tom's Traveling Tunes. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs. Information: 941-748-2767.
Charity Chowder Challenge: along Bridge Street, Anna Maria
The Bridge Street Merchants, the Bridge Street Market and Sea-renity Spa and Boutique will host a creative chowder cook-off competition, the "Charity Chowder Challenge," 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 3. Visitors can sample tasty entries from both restaurants and home cooks. There will be live music by the Tangled Mangos 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tasting tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society 2013 Relay for Life team. Information: 941-906-0668.
Classic Movie Series: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
The historic Tampa Theatre is showing "Sex Symbols of the Silver Screen," a new series of classic movies including "The Seven Year Itch," Feb. 3, "The Lady From Shanghai," Feb. 10, "To Catch A Thief," March 3, "It," a silent movie featuring live accompaniment by Dr. Steven Ball on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, March 10, and "Roman Holiday, March 17. All show times are 3 p.m. Tickets: $9 adults, $7 members. Tickets for the silent movie "It," are $12 adults, $10 for children, seniors, military and members. Information: 813-274-8981 or visit www.TampaTheatre.org.
Special screenings: 5125 26th St. E., Bradenton
The "Opera in Cinema" and "Ballet in Cinema," is a continuing series from some of the famous opera and ballet houses in Europe and productions from the restored Elizabethan playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. 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. Ballet: Les Troyens, Royal Opera House, London, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, encore presentation 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $15. Information: 941-752-3796.
Greek Glendi, a Greek Festival: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church is celebrating its 29th Greek Glendi, a Greek Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 7-9 and noon-8 p.m. Feb. 10 featuring Greek food, music and culture. The St. Barbara Hellenic Dancers will perform 5 and 6:45 p.m. Feb. 7, 3:30, 5, 6:15, and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, folk dancing performances are hourly Feb. 9-10. Guided church tours are every hour starting at 1 p.m. daily. Proper dress required, no food or drink allowed. Admission: $4, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: 941-355-9434 or 941-232-3910 or visit www.stbarbarzgoc.org.
The 109th Annual Florida State Fair "Discover the Fun": Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa
The 2013 Florida State Fair "Discover the Fun," a salute to the state's best in the agriculture and equestrian industry, will be Feb. 7-18, and will include an abundance of exciting shows, thrilling rides, food, shopping, and a concert series on select nights featuring top bands, including LeAnn Rimes, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, and the Bellamy Brothers. Gates open daily at 9 a.m. and closing time varies by the day of the week and weather conditions. Admission tickets: $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-11, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Ride armbands: $25. Parking is free. Information, call 813-621-7821 or toll-free 1-800-345-3247.
"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.
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. Feb. 9 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.
Las Vegas Style Variety Show "Sinatra Sings": Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Holmes Beach
"Sinatra Sings," a Las Vegas style entertainment by Rob Satori will be 7-9 p.m., with a fill Italian buffet served dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 9. Tickets: $30. Reservations are required. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 0.
Southwest Florida Heritage Festival: various locations, Manatee County
The Southwest Florida Heritage Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9 at Crowley Museum and Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota and Old Miakka United Methodist Church, 1620 Myakka Road, Myakka City. Both venues will feature some of the following demonstrations and activities: blacksmithing, wild west shootout, whip cracking, cracker open-fire cooking, butter churning and soap making, log-splitting, preparing swamp cabbage, Civil War re-enactment, revival and church wedding, Sunday School program, old-time picnic and games, tours of the Old Miakka cemetery, antique steam engines, pony rides, nature and history tours, panning for gold, antique car displays and more. Guests are welcome to move between the two venues. Both venues will have live music 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Performing artists are, at the Crowley: Brian Smalley, The Dunn Deal, Bob and Sheila Everhart, Jackson Creek, John French Connection, The Anderson Brothers; at the Methodist Church: Myakka, Austin Truax, The Johnsons. The events are free, parking is $2, includes raffle ticket.
Anna Maria Island Arts and Crafts Show: Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach
The Anna Maria Island Arts and Crafts Show will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 2 featuring fine arts and crafts, food and live music by Patchouli. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Information: 941-799-2181 or visit www.tnteventsinc.com.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15 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.
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. Feb. 16, 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.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Feb. 21 featuring live music by the SoulRCoaster, 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. Feb. 22 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.
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.
Anna Maria Irish Ceili: Mannatee Sport Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave., Bradenton
The Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers will begin their winter program 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays through 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 Palm will host a dance in the Beall Auditorium 7 p. m. Feb. 1 with live music by the Sig Harder Band. Cost: $8. 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: 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.
Sahib Shrine: 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota
Big Band dances at the Sahib Shrine are 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7 and each first and third Thursday of the month through April. Information: 941-366-4449.
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.
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.
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.
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-Wednesdays. 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. and Thirsty Thursdays: beer and hotdog specials. Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and All You Can Eat Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. Honor Guard/Riders Group Taco Night 5-7 p.m., with music 6-9 p.m. Feb. 2. All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 a.m., bar poker 4:30 p.m. and Super Bowl Party featuring prize drawings and free food, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest 4:30-6:30 p.m.; $2 crockpot meal Mondays. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Sunday breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon. Monday night dinner, 5-7 p.m. Thursday night burgers, hot dogs, sausage, 5-6:30 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m. Every third Sunday TC & Troublemakers at 4:30 p.m. Sweetheart Dance 7 p.m. Feb. 15 with Smokey Daniels Band. Information: 941-794-6394.