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.
Marauders concert series: The Bradenton Marauders host the St. Lucie Mets at McKechnie Field for a three-game series starting April 12. The series features the first of five concerts in the first ever Marauders Concert Series, a postgame performance by Tampa rock group Pitbull Toddler after the game on April 13. A ticket to the game is required to attend the concert. Ticket prices vary. Information: McKechnie Field ticket office, 941-747-3031 or online at www.BradentonMarauders.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 through 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.
"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 11. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
"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.
Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest: Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W., Palmetto
The Seventh annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest will be 4-10 p.m. April 12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. April 13, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 14 featuring award winning grilling teams from across the nation and a line up of national and local musicians and entertainers including Boss Hawg Band and Eric Darius on Friday, Doug Demming and Dennis Gruenling with The Jewel Tones, Mitch Clark Band, The Lee Boys, Foghat, and Vince Neil of Motley Crue on Saturday, and Trinity 7, Soul Crooners, Urban Mystic and Fantasia on Sunday. A special 5K Rib Run will be 6:30 p.m. Friday with registration at 4:30-6 p.m. and free admission for all runners. Registration: $30 before April 7 and $35 at the door. Admission: $15-$40, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticket-holding adult. Information; 941-746-7470 or www.gulfcoastribfest.com.
Tampa Bay Blues Festival: Vinoy Waterfront Park, downtown St. Petersburg
The Tampa Bay Blues Festival returns to Vinoy Park 12:30-10 p.m. April 12-13 and 1-10 p.m. April 14 featuring internationally renowned musicians and performers including Dave Fields, Lucky Peterson, Janiva Magness, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Dickey Betts and Great Southern on Friday, Marquise Knox, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, Sugar Ray and The Bluetones, Curtis Salgado, and Johnny Lang on Saturday and Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Mike Zito, and Tab Benoit, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on Sunday. An official "After Show" featuring many participating Festival performers will be 9:30 p.m. April 12-13 at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. St. Petersburg. There will be food and beverage vendors, and free shuttle service on First Street North from city parking garages. Tickets: $35-$40 individual adults, $90 three-day pass on line in advance. After Show tickets are $20. Tickets purchased at the gate are cash only. Blankets and chairs are encouraged. No coolers allowed. Information: www.tampabaybluesfest.com.
Gears and Beers Classic Car Show and Festival: Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will host the Gears and Beers Classic Car Show and Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13 featuring a classic car show, live music by Mike Sales and Bill Bowdish, arts and crafts, and food and beverage vendors. Admission if free. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island. Information: 941-536-4257.
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.
De Soto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta: Southside of Palma Sola Causeway, Bradenton
Bring the family to the De Soto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13 and see teams compete in home made boats of all shapes, sizes and themes and witness various teams of friends, co-workers and children who have spent countless hours fabricating an array of exotic-looking boats that float on hundreds of plastic bottles. Teams row the bottle boats with paddles to get from start to finish line. Teams will vie for a range of awards from fastest boat to best dressed crews and more. Information: 941-747-1998 or www.desotohq.com.
Siesta Fiesta: Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road, Siesta Key Village, Sarasota
The 35th annual Siesta Fiesta will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13-14 featuring 250 of the nation's leading artists and crafters as well as superior local and regional talent offering unique original arts and crafts in a vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collages, and mixed media. Information: 561-746-6615 or www.artfestival.com.
Riverwalk events: Riverwalk on the Manatee River, Bradenton
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
Taste of South Tampa: Hyde Park Village, 1621 W. Snow Circle, Tampa
The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce will host the 2013 Taste of South Tampa 1-4 p.m. April 14 featuring samples from over 35 restaurants from the South Tampa area along with an interactive area and live entertainment. Samples of food, and water, beer and sodas are free, admission is $40 general public, $20 children ages 11-20. Information: 813-251-3500 or www.southtampachamber.com.
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 "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.
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 14 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.
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: "Eugene Onegin," Royal Opera House, London, 2 p.m. April 14, encore performance 7 p.m. April 16. Ballet: "Esmeralda," Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow, 2 p.m. April 21, encore performance 7 p.m. April 23. 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 "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.
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.
De Soto Heritage Festival Musical and Fashion Show: Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton
The De Soto Heritage Festival Musical and Fashion Show will be 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. April 20. The two performances are one of the area's premier family entertainment events featuring the 2013 Queen's Court performing skilled dance routines. The afternoon performance is free to the public. Admission to the evening performance is $8 general public, $20 reserved. Information: 941-747-1998 or www.desotohq.com.
Sidewalk Astronomy: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes sunset-10 p.m. April 20, weather permitting. Participants will be treated to up close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 342-9632.
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.
"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. May 3 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. May 3 featuring live music by SoulRCoaster. 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.
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.
Westcoast Woman's Club: H2U Facility, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton
The West Coast Woman's Club will host "Let's Dance!" a social dance 7-10 p.m. April 13 with live music by Ellsworth and Company. Light snacks will be provided. Sodas and water are available for purchase. B.Y.O.B. Admission: $10 donation. All proceeds will benefit charities throughout Manatee County. Information: 941-447-8238.
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 18 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
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 Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays; $7. Men's Auxiliary Rib Dinner 5-7 p.m., with music by Juilliard Blues Musician Lee Pons 6-9 p.m. April 13. 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
Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m.; $6, and music provided by Mike McConnell 7-10 p.m. April 12. 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.