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. March 28. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
DeSoto Heritage Festival Children's Parade & Party in the Park: downtown Palmetto
The De Soto Heritage Festival Children's Parade & Party in the Park is March 29. The Children's Parade featuring floats engineered and built in Manatee County schoolrooms and at home with wholesome themes and bright colors begins at 10 a.m. See the kids parade along the historic avenues of Palmetto, from the Manatee County Fairgrounds, south on 10th Avenue West and then along Fifth Street West to Lamb Park. Food and fun activities for children, including games and a magic show, will fill the day after the parade ends in Sutton and Lamb Parks until 2 p.m. The parade will feature awards for "Best Performance" as well as "Best Cheerleading Performance" and a non-float "School Spirit" cash award. There will also be a $1,000 award to the participating school who's float entry best represents this year's theme. Information: www.desotohq.com.
Riverwalk events: Riverwalk on the Manatee River, Bradenton
Music in the Park: Dean Johanesen and The Human Condition, 6-8 p.m. March 29 in the Mosaic Amphitheater.
Art in the Park: live demonstrations and art jam sessions, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays in the Mosaic Amphitheater.
For a full schedule of events, hours and admission prices, call 941-840-0113 or visit.
Manatee County Historic Boat Tours: Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton
The Manatee County Department of Historical Resources in partnership with Island Pearl Excursions will host a heritage water tour as part of March Manatee Heritage Days, a month-long focus on the county's history. The tours, with historic narrative by Cathy Slusser are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 29. Tickets: $30 per tour. Seating is limited. Reservations: 941- 780-8010 or visit www.amishuttleservice.com.
Music in the Park: City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach
Join the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra 5-10 p.m. March 29 for a night of blues, popular and country music by Karen Greenley 5-6 p.m., Steve Avery 6-7 p.m., Blues Pig 7-8 p.m. and One Night Rodeo 8-10 p.m. Vistors can enjoy shopping, and have dinner at local restaurants or purchase from food and beverage vendors. Proceeds from the event benefits AMICCO. Bring a chair or blanket. No coolers allowed. Information: 941-799-2181.
Jungle Gardens "Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails: 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Sarasota Jungle Gardens will host its 12th annual Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29, an Easter event featuring continuous egg hunts, a petting zoo, and a great chance to help the community. Among animals represented, the petting zoo will feature baby sheep, goats, chickens, a llama and a donkey. Local 4-H groups "Hare Raisers" and "South County Ag" will bring bunnies, guinea pigs and more for interaction. Visitors are encourages to bring non-perishable foods as donation to the All Faiths Food Bank. There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny for a small fee, a prize drawing and food and beverages will be available for purchase. To participate in the egg hunt, children must either bring their own Easter basket, or purchase one in the gift shop for $2. Candy will be passed out to children after completing the Easter egg hunt. Admission: $15 adults, $5 annual pass holders of all ages and for children who bring in one non-perishable food item. Information: 941-355-1112, ext. 306 or visit www.SarasotaJungleGardens.com.
Fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt and Parade: along Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island
The Pine Avenue businesses in Anna Maria will host the Fourth Annual Easter Parade starting with an Easter Egg Hunt 9 a.m. at the Sandbar followed by the Parade and Roll down Pine Avenue. There will be activities and lots of surprises for the children, including the Third Annual Easter Bonnet Contest at 10:30 a.m. for adults and children. Photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny will be available at the Sandbar only. Information: 941-778-8710.
Second annual "Egg Drop -- Parrish": Buffalo Creek Park, 7550 69th St. E., Palmetto
Woodland Community Church will host the second annual "Egg Drop -- Parrish," 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30 featuring music, local organizations and businesses, games, crafts, a colossal Easter Egg hunt with over 40,000 Easter Eggs dropped from a helicopter and scattered in the park fields at 12:30 p.m. Families can preregister at www.EggDropParrish.com. Information: 941-753-8588, ext. 224.
Anna Maria Island Heritage Day: 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
The Ole City Jail in Anna Maria will be the focal point of Island Heritage Day 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 30, staged by the Anna Maria Historical Society and will feature the Island Privateers invading the museum, historical characters in Belle Haven Cottage, guided tours, toe tapping bluegrass music by State Road 64 at 4 p.m., arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry, ceramics and collectibles. There will be craft demonstrations, prize drawings and a variety of food and beverage vendors. Island authors will be selling and signing their books. Island Beach Monkeys Shuttles will pick up festivalgoers at CrossPointe Fellowship at Gulf Drive and 85th Street and transport them to the museum complex; tips will be accepted. Information: 941-778-0492 or visit www.AMIHS.org.
Levi Dakin Second annual Memorial Ranch Rodeo and Bullriding Event: Circle S Rodeo Arena, 32450 Clay Gully Road, Myakka City
Come out to the Circle S Rodeo for the Levi Dakin Second Annual Memorial Ranch Rodeo and Bullriding event 1 p.m. March 30 starting with the Ranch Rodeo and featuring activities for kids, including bounce house, pony rides, calf scramble and an Easter Egg scramble. The day will end with an exciting bullriding event. Bring lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12. Information: 941-322-4005
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. 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. 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 Easter Beach Market: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 31 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.
"Embracing Our Differences" Art Exhibit: Anthony T. Rossi Waterfront Park, 808 Third Ave. E., Bradenton
"Embracing Our Differences," an annual juried art exhibit will be on display March 31-April 29 featuring billboard-sized images created by artists, writers and students from around the world reflecting their interpretation of the message, "enriching lives through diversity." Information: 941-323-1010 or visit www.embracingourdifferences.org.
Special film screenings: 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: Ballet's Greatest Hits-YAGP Gala-Youth America Grand Prix, 2 p.m. March 31, encore performance 7 p.m. April 2. Ballet: "La Fille Mal Gardee," Royal Ballet, London, 2 p.m. April 7, encore performance 7 p.m. April 9. 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 "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.
"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. April 5 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. April 5 featuring live music. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund. 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.
Artwalk and Ninth Annual Garden Walk: Village of the Arts, 12th W. and Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton
The Village of the Arts ArtWalk and the Ninth Annual Garden Walk are 6-9:30 p.m. APril 5 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 6. Visitors can take a tour of some of the various gardens throughout the Village. Galleries and shops will be open for business with extended hours. Information: 747-8056 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.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 12 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.
Gem and Jewelry Show: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
A Gem and Jewelry Show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 12-14 featuring dealers offering some of the finest gem, jewelry and bead collections for sale in the United States. Tickets: $4. Information: 941- 954-4165.
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. April 13 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.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. April 18 featuring live music by , 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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. April 19 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.
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. March 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17. 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.
"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. April 26 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.
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. May 3 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4. 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.
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 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.
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. April 4 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
Bingo, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Karaoke, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Dance Line: Gumbo Boogie Band, 7 p.m. March 22. 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.
Marine Corps League Bunker: 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton
Honoring Vietnam Veterans from all Military branches and their guests, 3 p.m. March 29, food and drink specials. All military veterans and guests are welcome. Information: 941-744-0332.
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. Mens Auxiliary Seventh Annual Pork Butts and Blues Outdoor Concert, poker run, live music, vendors and auction, March 30. 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
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.