Best Bets for Bradenton area entertainment Feb. 15-17

February 14, 2013 

Film Fridays: South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton

The South Florida Museum celebrates its 65th anniversary with a look back at the blockbusters filling Bradenton movie houses the year it opened. The Spring Film Series continues with the 1948 classic "A Foreign Affair." Billy Wilder, the brilliant filmmaker who would go on to make "Some Like it Hot," "The Seven Year Itch," "Sunset Blvd." and "The Apartment," delivers a pitch perfect satire featuring Jean Arthur as a congresswoman looking to eradicate the "moral malaria" caused by cabaret singer (Marlene Dietrich). Each movie is screened in the museum's all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater.

Tickets: $5 (nonmembers); $3 (museum members). Information: 941-746-4131 or

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 fish, organic tea, jewelry and craft vendors, and live music and cooking demonstrations. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit

Farmers Market: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Shop fresh and help growers at the Main Street Farmers Market 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through April 14. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit

The Beach Market: Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki Bar, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach

The Beach Market, a weekly market at the beach, will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 29 featuring vendors offering fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, original artwork, apparel, purses, skin care, candles, holiday items, seafood, olive oil, fresh baked bread, food and more. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase. Part of the proceeds will be donated to local charities. Information: 941-799-2181.

Bridge Street market: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach

The Bridge Street Market on Historic Bridge Street will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through April 28. The market will feature area produce and plant vendors, arts and craft vendors, funky beach style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home decor, food, fun, music and more. Information: 215-906-0668.

Big Cat Habitat Animal Extravaganza: Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary will hold its annual Animal Extravaganza fundraiser Jan. 21-Feb. 24 featuring entertaining, educational 2-hour animal demonstrations at 2 p.m., with gates open at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in January, and evening performances 5:30 p.m., with gates open at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays in February. Visitors who come prior to the demonstrations may order food, visit close-up with all of the habitat's animals including three baby tigers and a children's petting zoo, and take camel, elephant and pony rides. Donations: $15 adults, $7 children 12 and younger. Information: 941-371-6377.

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