Today's best bets: Feb. 1

February 1, 2013 

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

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

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