Today's best bets: May 3

May 3, 2013 

"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.

Film screening "FLOW: For Love of Water": South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton

The museum will host a special screening of "FLOW: For Love of Water," 6 p.m. May 3. The award-winning documentary is an investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century. FLOW gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies. Tickets: $5 general admission, $3 members. Information: 941-746-4131.

First Fridays Artwalk "Cinco de Mayo": 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 and commemorate the Cinco de Mayo celebration with the annual Salsa Tasting Contest throughout the Village. 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.

Anna Maria Benefit "Great American Music Event": Holmes Beach City Field, 5801 Marina Dr., Anna Maria Island

The "Great American Music Event," a three-day musical festival to raise funds for the advanced therapy for traumatic brain injury suffered by Georgia-Rose Gibbons, will be 5-10 p.m. May 3, 2:30-10 p.m. May 4 and 11:30-7 p.m. May 5. There will be a variety of musical artists covering musical styles from rock and roll to country, blues and Zydeco and activities for children and food and beverage vendors. Information: 941-527-5018.

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