Best bets: March 7-13

March 7, 2013 


Annual Pineapple Antique Show: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise will host the 37th Annual Pineapple Antique Show and Sale beginning with a preview party 5-8 p.m. March 7. Daytime shows are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 8 and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 9. The event will feature over 30 local and regional antique dealer, crystal and glass repair, and more. Preview party tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at door. Show dates tickets, $6. Information: 941-954-4165.

Nineteenth Annual Spring Break Shootout: Bradenton Motorsports Park, 21000 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton

The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals and Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords will once again join forces with the NMRA to feature the Spring Break Shootout races and activities noon-5 p.m. March 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8-9, and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 10. This event features a car show and some of the fastest street-style Mustangs in the land competing for the honor of Spring Break Shootout champion. Tickets: $25-$95, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. For a full schedule visit


Riverwalk on the Manatee River, Bradenton

The following events will take place at or around the newly opened Riverwalk:

n Music in the Park: The David Smash Band, 6-8 p.m. March 8.

n Music in the Park: R.J. Howson Band, 6-8 p.m. March 15.

For a full schedule of events, hours and admission prices, call 941-840-0113 or visit.


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

Palmetto Heritage Day: Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto

Palmetto will celebrate "Coming Home" during Heritage Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 9. This free event will feature an open house, blacksmith, spinner and quilter show, petting corral, free train rides for children, storyteller Windell Campbell, a photography exhibit "The Water's Edge" featuring works by local photographer/artist Ed Parker, pie contest with celebrity judges at 1 p.m., and a book signing by Circuit Court Judge Gilbert Smith, author of "Lawyers & Legends of Manatee County." The public is encouraged to bring old photos and will have the opportunity to help identifying people on photos from the Palmetto archives. The 1880 Post Office will be open for business with a special 2013 cancellation. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-721-2034 or 941-723-4991.

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. through 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 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:


Coquina Beach Market: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach

Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10 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.

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