Best bets: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

January 31, 2013 


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

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.

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


Gamble Plantation Festival: Gamble Plantation, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton

The Gamble Plantation Arts & Crafts Show is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 2 and until 4 p.m. Feb. 3. Various arts and craft vendors will display and sell their work. Lions, Tigers & Bears Wildlife Sanctuary will featuring exotic animals. Food item for purchase include funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, kettle corn and more. Free admission. Information:

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:


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.

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