Today's best bets: Feb. 2

February 2, 2013 

First Fridays Artwalk: Village of the Arts, 12th St. W. and Ninth Ave., Bradenton

The Village of the Arts will have "Sweethearts" Artwalks 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

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. 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 1 p.m. 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:

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 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.

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