FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Riverwalk on the Manatee River, Bradenton
The following events will take place at or around the newly opened Riverwalk:
n Music in the Park: Marc Mannino Jazz Quartet, 6-8 p.m. March 1-2, at the Mosaic Amphitheater.
For a full schedule of events, hours and admission prices, call 941-840-0113 or visit.
"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. 14. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
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.
Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Show: 2650 Coquina Beach, Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach
The Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Show will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21 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: 352-344-0657.
"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.
Lent Fish Fry Dinners: Holy Cross Church, 504 26th St. W., Palmetto
The Knights of Columbus Council 7414 will host Friday Fish Fry Dinners during Lent, 4:30-7 p.m. through March 22. Cost: free will donation. Information: 941-722-8253.
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: "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.
Manatee Service Club 48th Annual Antique Show and Sale: Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Manatee Service Club 48th annual Antique Show and Sale opens with a reception 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 22. The show continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 23 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24 and will feature 50 local and regional dealers offering fine antiques, silver, fine china, vintage collectibles, jewelry, furniture, linens, decorative accessories and more. Crystal repair provided on site. Admission: $6, tickets are good for Saturday and Sunday. Information: www.manateeserviceclub.com.
Sarasota Exotic Car Fest: Lamborghini Sarasota; 5145 Clark Road, Sarasota
The Sarasota Exotic Car Fest will be Feb. 22-24 and will feature a James Bond "Casino Royale" theme. The upscale event showcasing Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Maseratis, Aston Martins, Bugatis, and rare luxury cars will include a Jetport Reception at Rectrix Aerodrome Center at SRQ, a show of over 100 cars at the St. Armands Circle, and a road rally of exotic cars that ends at the The Founders Golf Club for brunch. For event ticket information, call Lea T. Mei at 941-348-9039. For detailed time and venue information, visit www.SarasotaExoticCarFest.com.
Annual Flea Market: Palma Sola Harbour Condos, 9400 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton
Palma Sola Harbour Condos will host their annual Flea Market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 23 featuring small and large appliances, furniture, clothing, sporting equipment, jewelry, bikes, plants, shells and more. Lunch will be available for purchase. Information: 941-792-3475.
Meadowcroft Bazaar and Bake Sale: Meadowcroft clubhouse: intersection of 59th Street West and 15th Avenue, Bradenton
The Meadowcorft Bazaar and Bake Sale will be 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 featuring good used furniture, jewelry, clothes, tools, kitchenware and much more. Baked good are available for purchase. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Annual Fine Art Show and Sale: The Village clubhouse, 6023 Arlene Way, Bradenton
Well-known local artist Bill Darrah will hold the third annual Fine Art Show and Sale 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23-24. Information: 941-755-5147.
Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
The 35th Annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival will be weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 23-April 6 and Festival Friday, March 22. Attendees can journey back in time as more than 100 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of a charming 16th century village and experience 12 stages of entertainment, shopping, and fun and food for the whole family. Themed weekends are Buccaneer Beer Fest: Feb. 23-24, featuring pet fest with vendors and entertainment, and arm wrestling championships; Highland Fling: March 2-3, featuring Highland games and dancers, Celtic village; Wine, Chocolate and Romance: March 9-10, featuring wine and chocolate festival, cupcake wars, free vow renewals, and a grape stomp; Shamrocks and Shenanigans: March 16-17, featuring Highland heavy games, Celtic village, and kilt competitions; Wonders of the World: March 23-24, featuring longbow competition, world market, and Middle Eastern dance competitions; Fiesta Festival: March 30-31, featuring fencing competitions, Flamenco dancers, Mariachi bands, and a Latino market; High Seas Adventure: April 6-7, featuring BBQ championships, longbow competition, and tattoo expos and contests. All themed weekends include free beer and/or wine sampling. Other events include a live mermaid, live armored jousting, live human combat chess, and free crafts in the children's realm daily. Tickets: $18.95 adults, $14.95 seniors, $10.95 children ages 5-12. Parking is free. Information: www.BayAreaRenaissanceFest.com
Coquina Beach Market: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24 featuring fresh produce including organic produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, scarves, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and live music by area favorite, Larry Wilhelm. The market does not allow any dogs at Coquina Beach. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
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. Ballet: Les Troyens, Royal Opera House, London, England, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, encore presentation 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Ballet: An Evening with Crystal Pite, Nederlands Dans Theater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2 p.m. March 3, encore presentation 7 p.m. March 5. Ballet: Notre-Dame de Paris, La Scala, Milan, Italy, 2 p.m. March 10, encore presentation 7 p.m. March 12. Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, La Scala, Milan, Italy, 2 p.m. March 17, encore presentation 7 p.m. March 19. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $15. Information: 941-752-3796.
Monday Night Movies at the Ringling: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Monday Night Movies featuring an exceptional series of movies, including "Thelma and Louise," Feb. 25, "Boyz "N the Hood," March 4, "Philadelphia," March 11, "Groundhog Day," March 18, "Pulp Fiction," March 25, "Clerks," April 1, "The Usual Suspects," April 8, "Scream," April 15, "As Good As It Gets," April 22, "Good Will Hunting," April 29, "The Big Lebowski," May 6, "Being John Malkovich," May 13, "American Beauty," May 20. All movie times are at 7 p.m. Tickets: $7. Information: 941-358-3180 or visit www.ringling.org.
Flea Market and Collectibles Fair: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
A monthly Flea Market and Collectibles Fair will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 26. The event will feature antiques, collectibles, books, jewelry, discount postage, sharks' teeth and so much more! Over 50 vendors display their items for sale. Admission: $6. Information: 941-366-7761.
Courthouse concerts: Historic Courthouse, 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Realize Bradenton will host free live outdoor concerts 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 27 and every Wednesday through March 27 featuring live music by the Manatee Concert Band. Bring your lunch or purchase a boxed lunch catered by Renaissance on 9th. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Manatee. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the cause. Information: 744-7484.
Music Fest: Village of the Arts, 12th St. W. and Ninth Ave., Bradenton
The Artist's Guild of Manatee and VMI Media Group will sponsor Music Fest, 5:30-9:30 p.m. March 1 featuring 20 local bands and musicians performing at various venues throughout the Village. They include Brazos the Cat, Us Entangled, Steve Arvey, Cats in the Basement, Dropin Pickups, The New Graves, Elephant in the Room and more. For a full list of locations and bands performing, visit www.thevillagemagazine.net/musicfest.
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.
Horseshoe Cove Annual Spring Fine Arts and Craft Sale: 5100 60th St. E., Bradenton
The Horseshoe Cove Annual Spring Fine Arts and Craft Sale will be 9 a.m.-noon March 2 featuring fine hand paintings, knitted and crocheted items, fishing lures, St. Patrick's and Easter vests, jewelry, Afghans, candy, jams, sewing caddies, greeting cards, pillowcases, pine needle baskets and much more. Coffee and home made coffee cake will be available. Information: carolhcadirector.com.
2013 Parrish Heritage Day Festival and Parade: various locations, Parrish
The Parrish Civic Association will host the 2013 annual Heritage Day Festival and Parade March 2, starting with a parade at 10:30 a.m., traveling from 121st Avenue to Erie Road, 82nd Street, crossing Highway 301 and ending at Gulf Coast Railway Museum parking lot, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish. There will be entertainment and food and beverage vendors. Information: 941-812-5291.
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 "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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. March 8 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.
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. March 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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. March 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.
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.
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. 15 with live music by Shine On. 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. 15 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. 21 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. 22, featuring live entertainment by The Lani "C" Band. Fashion Show, 11 a.m. Feb. 23. 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, 5-7 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. and Happy Hour 5-7 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. Ladies Auxiliary ham and roasted potatoes dinner, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and music by Bruce and Cody 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23. 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
Sweetheart Dance 7 p.m. Feb. 15 with Smokey Daniels Band. Sunday breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon. TC and The Troublemakers, 4:30 p.m. every third Sunday. 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. The public is welcome to all dinners and events. Information: 941-794-6394.