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. Feb. 7. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
Soiree Romantique: Selby Five Points Park, at First Street and Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota
A free winter concert series "Soiree Romantique" will be 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7 featuring a French themed concert with Michelet Innocent. Bring blankets and chairs. The event is free and open to the public. Information: www.DSAsarasota.com/events.
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 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.
Holmes Beach Art Distric Artwalk: various locations, Holmes Beach
Island Gallery West, The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island, Restless Natives, Libby's Jewelry and Gifts, Beach Life AMI, and Island Tattoo will host public receptions 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at their individual locations as part of the monthly Holmes Beach Artwalk. The public is invited to enjoy fine art, free resfreshments and the opportunity to meet some of the lcal artists that make up the vibrant Arts Community of Holmes Beach. Call for addresses. Information: 941-778-6648
Annual Village of the Arts Open Studio Tour: Village of the Arts, 12th St. W. and Ninth Ave., Bradenton
The public is invited to visit Village artists at work in their studio and get a better understanding of the creative process during the Annual Village of the Arts Open Studio Tour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 8-9. Painters, sculptors, jewelers, fiber artists, chefs and more will be demonstrating their unqiue and wonderful talents. Information: 941-747-8056 or visit www.villageofthearts.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: "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.
Second Annual Valentine Chocolate Eating Contest: Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
Mixon Fruit Farms will be holding the Second Annual Valentine Chocolate Eating Contest 2 p.m. Feb. 9. Who can unwrap and eat the most chocolate candy kisses. The contest features men, women and children divisions. ADults win $35 gift certificates, children win $10 gift certificates. Information: 941-748-5829.
International Food and Music Festival: St. Frances X Cabrini Church, 12001 69th St. E., Parrish
An International Food and Music Festival will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9 featuring music and food from Germany, Portugal, Hungary, the Philippines, Polynesia, Poland, USA and more. There will be live dance performances, great music, carnival games, 18 ft. slide, obstacle course, bounce houses, international craft tables for the kids, sporting events for the whole family and much more. The free daytime event will be followed by a candlelit Italian dinner and live musical entertainment by Musikong Kawayan Bamboo Orchestra and Beautiful Sei of Polynesia 5-9 p.m. Tickets for the evening event are required and are $15. Information: 941-776-9097.
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. BYOB. Coffee and ice tea available. 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. Information: 941-322-1000 or visit www.cmncfl.org.
Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade: various locations, Ybor City, Tampa
Illuminated floats will light up the streets of Ybor City beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. The parade, will run along Seventh Avenue, from Nuccio Parkway east to 22nd Street and will last approximately two hours. The parade features an array of illuminated floats, costumed participants, marching bands, lively music, and lots of beads. Information: 813-248-3088 or visit www.knightparade.com.
Anna Maria Island Valentine 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10 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.
Variety Show "Solid Gold": Terra Siesta Mobile Home Park, Woods Hall, 8200 Nancy Lane, Ellenton
Terra Siesta Mobile Home Park will host a variety show "Solid Gold," a song and dance salute to America 7 p.m. Feb. 10 featuring Re-Creation USA, a non-profit organization whose main service is to America's Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and State Veterans Homes. Since 1983, Re-Creation has provided the only continuing, live, therapeutic entertainment presence in our nation's VA Medical Centers. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Information: 941-721-8628 or 802-279-3060.
Beach Market: Coquina Beach, 1504 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the Beach Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10 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.
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 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.
Royal Palm 20 "Opera in Cinema" and "Ballet in Cinema" and London Globe Theatre Shakespeare "Globe on the Big Screen" broadcasts: 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. 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.
"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.
Annual Bazaar: Colonial Mobile Manor, 900 Ninth Ave. E., Palmetto
Colonial Mobile Manor will hold its annual Bazaar 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 featuring collectibles, clothing, furniture, bikes, and baked goods. Coffee and donuts will be served. Information: 941-400-8290.
Sidewalk Astronomy: location?
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.
Eighth Annual Jazz Fest: Sandbar Restaurant Pavilion, 100 Spring St., Anna Maria
The Eighth Annual Jazz Fest will be 3-5 p.m. Feb. 21 featuring live music by the Gulf Drive Band and special guest artist KoKo Ray Hansen. Tickets: $8. Refreshments at additional cost will be provided. Information: 941-778-8585 or 941-795-2370.
"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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. March 1 featuring live music by The Lauren Mitchell Band. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Florida Wine Fest. 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. March 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 First Friday Artwalks 6-9:30 p.m. March 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2. Galleries and shops will be open for business with extended hours. Information: 941-747-8056 or visit www.villageofthearts.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.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 420 67th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Information: 941-794-6394.
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 Dance Center: 6006 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bradenton Tropical Palm will host a dance in the Beall Auditorium 7 p. m. Feb. 9 with live music by Patrick Marchella. Cost: $5. 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.
Colony Cove: Harmony Hall, 7615 Lakeshore Dr., Ellenton
Colony Cove will host a dance 7-10 p.m. Feb. 7 with live music by a 13-piece big band. Tickets: 5 at the door. Information: 941-447-0153.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dance party, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 8 , featuring live entertainment by Patsy and Majella. . "Legendary Ladies of Song," 7 p.m. Feb. 8. Valentine's Day Dance, 7 p.m. Feb. 14. 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. 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. Men's Auxiliary Valentine's Day Steak Dinner 5-7 p.m., with music by Solaris 6-9 p.m. Feb. 9. All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 a.m., bar poker 4:30 p.m. Sundays. 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
TC and The Troublemakers, 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 4:30 p.m. every third Sunday. 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. Sweetheart Dance 7 p.m. Feb. 15 with Smokey Daniels Band. The public is welcome to all dinners and events. Information: 941-794-6394.