Best bets: April 5

April 5, 2013 

De Soto 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 Wicked 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.

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.

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. Information: 747-8056 or e-mail:

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

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