FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
"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.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. April 18 featuring live music, and 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.
"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 18. 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": 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.
International Hot Rod Association's "Nitro Jam": Bradenton Motor Sports Park, 21000 S.R. 64 East, Bradenton
The International Hot Rod Association's Nitro Jam series returns to Bradenton for two days of thrilling and must-see drag racing action April 19-20 featuring Nitro Jam racing at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each day and the debut of the drag acing Grave Digger monster truck. Sportsman racing will take place throughout the day and fireworks and pyrotechnics will close the evening. Gates open 9 a.m. April 19 and 7 a.m. April 20. Tickets: $30 adults, $10 children. For more information and a detailed schedule of the races visit www.bradentonmotorsports.com.
Film Fridays Series "They Came From Outer Space": South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The South Florida Museum will host the Film Fridays Series "They Came From Outer Space," featuring the history of space invaders on film and includes the following titles: "It Came Form Outer Space" April 19, "The War of the Worlds" April 26, "It: The Terror From Beyond Space" May 10, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" May 17, "Little Shop of Horrors" May 24, "The Blob" May 31, "Contact" June 7, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" June 14, "District 9" June 21, and "Attack the Block" June 28. No movie May 3. All film screenings are at 6 p.m. Tickets: $5 general admission, $3 museum members. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Information: 941-746-4131 or www.southfloridamuseum.org.
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.
DeSoto Landing re-enactments: DeSoto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton
Join DeSoto National Memorial and witness history as Hernando de Soto boats make landfall, claiming the land of La Florida for the crown of Spain at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 20 near the monuments along the cove. Walk through time and watch unique weapons and demonstrations and follow the footsteps of history on guided tours and join living history park rangers and re-enactors as they recount life during the 16th Century. There will be activities for kids. Event admission and all activities are free. Information: 941-792-0458 or www.nps.gov/deso.
DeSoto 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.
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. April 20 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21. 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.
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 "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.
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.
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 21 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.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Benefit Car, Truck and Bike Show: Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez Road, Bradenton
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a Benefit Car, Truck and Bike Show 1-4 p.m. April 21 featuring various classes with awards for first and second place in each category and a complimentary dash plaque to first 50 entries. There will be a prize drawing and door prizes. Music will be provided by DJ Hootie J. All proceeds will benefit the Privateers' associated youth activities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 214-714-3953.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Spring Scholarship Fundraiser: Ace's Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a Spring Scholarship fundraiser 5:30-9 p.m. April 21 featuring auctions, prize drawings, pirate merchandise and more. Live music will be provided by the Gumbo Boogie Band. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Privateers Scholarship Fund.
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: "Esmeralda," Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow, 2 p.m. April 21, encore performance 7 p.m. April 23. Opera: "Il Trovatore," Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain, 2 p.m. April 28, encore performance 7 p.m. April 30. Ballet: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Royal Ballet, London, 2 p.m. May 5, encore performance 7 p.m. May 7. Opera: "Nabucco," Royal Opera House, London, 2 p.m. May 12, encore performance 7 p.m. May 14. 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 "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": 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.
Summer Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair: Mixon Fruit Farm. 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
Mixon Fruit Farms will host a Summer Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27 and every fourth Saturday of the month through September. The event will feature various artists, collectors and antique dealers and vendors. Visitors will be able to tour the groves by tram and the wildlife rescue preseve. Information: 941-748-5829.
DeSoto Historical Festival Grand Parade: various locations, Bradenton
Ranked as one of the largest and most prestigious parades in the South, the dazzling and exciting De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. and will end 10 p.m. April 27. The parade, featuring over 150 illuminated parade floats and vessels, lighting up the night with color music and fanfare will start at Manatee High School, goes west on Ninth Avenue, north along 39th Street West to Manatee Avenue and turning east toward downtown Bradenton and Ninth Street West. The event is free. Information: 941-747-1998 or www.desotohq.com.
"Painting in the Park": Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE., St. Petersburg
Unleash your inner Monet outside in the park at the annual "Painting in the Park," hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts 1-4 p.m. April 28. The event will be held on the north lawn at the museum and features unique methods of painting with hands-on activities for everyone, including giant-box painting, kite-flying, tricycle mural, and more. Painting in the Park is free, admission to the museum is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 65 and older, $10 for students ages 7 and older, including students with current ID. Children ages 7 and younger and museum members are admitted free. Information: 727-896-267 or www.fine-arts.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. 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 Big Night Out. 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.
Inaugural "Rockin' the Midway at the Funshine Music Festival": Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US 301, Tampa
Bring the family to the inaugural "Rockin' the Midway at the Funshine Music Festival 4 p.m.-midnight May 3, 11 a.m.-midnight May 4 and 11 a.m. 10 p.m. May 5. The event features more than 30 acts spread over six stages and more than 60 state of the art thrill rides and attractions, including helicopter rides in the original Bat Copter from the Batman TV show, sky rides, and a zip line. There will be many kid friendly rides including a Carousel, Wacky Worm Roller Coaster, Lolly Swings and more. Live music will be performed by Phillip Phillips, Train, Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Good Old War, Youngblood Hawke, Dead Confederate, Roadkill Ghost Choir, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Ted Nugent, New Found Glory, Chris Carrabba, We The Kings, Bad Books, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, The Weeks, Pitbull Toddler, Hell's Bells, Tallhart, Gary Allan, Kix Brooks, The Wallflowers, Josh Thompson, The Lone Bellow, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Sticky Fingers, and Yesterday. General admission: $25 daily, $65 3-day pass, $15 children ages 6-11, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Concert seating tickets are $60 May 3, $55 May 4, and $45 May 5. For a full schedule and stage locations for all acts call 800-745-3000 or www.floridastatefair.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. May 4 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5. 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.
Braden River Music Festival and Gumbo Cook Off: Linger Lodge, 7205 85th St. Ct. E., Bradenton
Bluegrass, Americana, Roots, and Country music will all be featured at the Braden River Music Festival and Gumbo Cook Off 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 4. Participating performing artists and bands will include Hwy 41 South, Generations, Mitch Lind and The Lagerheads, Gamble Creek, Roy Schneider, and The Schmitz Brothers. The Gumbo cook off tasting is included in the price of admission. Tickets: $15. Information: 941-755-2757 or www.southwestfloridabluegrass.com.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. May 10 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. May 10-12 featuring dealers offering some of the finest gem, jewelry and bead collections for sale in the United States. Tickets: $4. Information: 941- 954-4165.
Mother's Day Garden Tour: Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton
The Manatee River Garden Club will host a Mother's Day Garden Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11 featuring five Bradenton gardens open for self-guided tours. At the clubhouse visitors can enjoy a plant sale, boutique and vendors. Lunch will be available. Tour tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of tour. Information: 941-721-8376.
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 with Frank Allen, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Dance: Jack Tamburin, 7 p.m. April 19. 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. Post Italian Sausage and Peppers dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 20. 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 Fridays, 5-7 p.m. and Night of Blues with Hason Haram 8-11 p.m. April 19. 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.