FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Lynx Museum Ship: Harborage Marina, at First Street Southeast and 13th Avenue, St. Petersburg
The historic replica of the 1812 sailing ship "Lynx," will be open for public tours, sailing and student educational excursions 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through April 14. Ship tours: $6 adults, free to children ages 4-12. Two-hour sailing excursions are $65 adults, $35 children ages 4-12. Information and reservations: 866-446-5969 or visit www.privateerlynx.com/calendar.
"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 through 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.
"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. April 4. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
Florida Wine Fest Sip and Soar: Premier Sport Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch
Join the Florida Winefest 1-4 p.m. April 7 for an afternoon of casual alfresco wine tasting under the Winefest tent. Visitors will get a chance to taste a huge selection of wines and enjoy live music by Ben Hammond. Tickets: $25, includes five tastes of wine and festival wine glass. Information: http://floridawinefest.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 by Soul R Coaster. 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.
Discover Pinta and The Nina: Regatta Pointe Marina, 1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto
The "Pinta" and the "Nina," replicas of Columbus' ships will be open for tours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily April 5-April 14. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced "sailing museum" for the purpose of educating the public and school children. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students 5-16. Children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. No reservations necessary. Information: 787-672-2152.
Artwalk and Ninth Annual Garden Walk and Children's Literary Event: 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. In conjunction with the Artwalk the Village will host a Children's Literary Event at noon-3 p.m. April 6 featuring children's authors reading and signing books at participating shops and galleries. Galleries and shops will be open for business with extended hours. Information: 747-8056 or e-mail: email@example.com.
DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Festival: along Main Street and Barcarrota Boulevard, Bradenton
De Soto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest will be 5-10 p.m. April 5, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. April 6, and noon-7 p.m. April 7 featuring some of the best seafood around with tasty offerings from area restaurants and food vendors. There will be area artisans and craft vendors and other activities for the whole family, and continuous entertainment on two stages by various national, regional and local bands including Kettle of Fish, Highway to Hell AC/DC Tribute, Boss Hawg and The Dweeps on Friday; SoulRCoaster, GatorNate and the Gladezmen, The Dweebs, Big Daddy, Uncle Kracker, Shotgun Justice, Renegade, Kettle of Fish, Whiskey Blind and Wikked Jester April 6, and Steve Arvey, The Boneshakers, The Dweebs, Del Couch Foundation, Gator Nate, and Big Daddy on Sunday. Admission: $2 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. A portion of the admission fee will be donated to MOTS and FELT. Information: 941-747-1998.
Fourth Annual YouthArts Fest: Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota
The Arts and Cultural Alliance invites the public to attend YouthArts Fest 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. April 6 featuring more than 500 students showcasing their talents and various performances throughout the day and will include a hands-on arts and crafts area with varied activities provided by the Sarasota Orchestra, G-Wiz 2.0, the Ringling Museum, Sarasota ArtCenter, Selby Library and art teachers and teaching artists. Local arts and cultural organizations will be exhibiting and offer information on the summer and after-school programs, workshops and scholarships opportunities they offer to students. Information: 941-365-5118, ext. 304 or www.sarasotaarts.org.
Anna Maria Island Art and Craft Festival: Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
The Anna Maria Island Art and Craft Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7 featuring an array of fine art and craft, food and more. Music will be provided by local favorites Larry Wilhelm, Saturday and Karen Greenley, Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds will benefit the North American Butterfly Association. Information: 352-344-0657 or www.tnteventsinc.com.
Florida Wine Fest Balloon Festival: Premier Sports, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch
A Balloon Festival will be held 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 6 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 7 featuring tethered balloon rides, continuous music, upscale arts and craft vendors, gourmet food trucks, beer and wine tents, kids zone, and a car show. A launch of balloons, weather permitting, will be 7:15 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and a Balloon glow Saturday evening. Admission: $15. Information: http://floridawinefest.org.
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 7. 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 Beach Market: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7 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.
Tampa Theatre "Family Favorites": 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Tampa Theatre will present "Family Favorites," a classic movie series for children who will get the chance to see some of their parents most beloved childhood films on the big screen, including "The Princess Bride" April 7, "Babe" April 14, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," April 21, "Annie" April 28, "The Muppet Movie" May 5, "The Neverending Story" May 12, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" May 19. All movie times are 2 p.m. Tickets: $9 adults, $7 children and Tampa Theatre members. Information: 813-274-8981 or www.TampaTheatre.org.
Pulled Pork Challenge: The Bridge Street Market, along Bridge Street, Anna Maria
The Bridge Street Market and Heroes on the Water will host a creative Pulled Pork Cook-Off competition 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 7. The event gives the public a chance to sample some of the most delicious traditional and inventive pulled pork recipes from acclaimed local chefs and culinary aficionados form Anna Maria Island. Live music will be provided by the Tangled Mangoes. Tickets: $5. Proceeds will benefit Heroes on the Water, a mission helping wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Information: 941-778-8705.
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. Opera: "Madame Butterfly," Opera House, Sydney, Australia, 2 p.m. April 6, encore performance 7 p.m. April 9. Ballet: "La Fille Mal Gardee," Royal Ballet, London, 2 p.m. April 7, encore performance 7 p.m. April 9. Opera: "Eugene Onegin," Royal Opera House, London, 2 p.m. April 14, encore performance 7 p.m. April 16. 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 "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.
Concert in the Grove: Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
Bring the whole family to Mixon's Concert in the Grove 6-9 p.m. April 10 featuring live music by Yesterdayze. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission: $5. Parking is free. Information: 941-748-5829.
"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. 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: Village of the Arts, 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
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. Honor Guard and Riders Group pulled pork sandwich dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. and music 6-9 p.m. April 6. 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
Karaoke with Jim and Dee, 7-10 p.m. April 6. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m. Fridays; $6. 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.