Today's best bets: May 4

May 4, 2013 

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 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 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 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.

Magician Variety Show: Sunny Shores Community Center, 3827 116th St. W., Bradenton

Chandler and Dan Tong, the magician "dream team," will present their Mind Illusions and jaw dropping magic with a brand new 7 p.m. May 4. Tickets: $15. Reservations and information: 941-705-9244.

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.

Food and Wine on Pine: Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island

The third annual Food and Wine on Pine will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 4 featuring unique food selections offered by over 25 locally-owned, independent restaurants, a variety of wines and craft beers, and live music by local bands and artists performing jazz, folk, reggae, bluegrass, classical, blues, in addition to acoustic guitar, percussions, wind instruments and a bag pipe performance. The event includes artwork by various artists, art demonstrations, chalk art, minstrels and a children's interactive activity area and a special student art exhibit. Entrance to the event is free with wine glasses and plates available for purchase for $3, food and beverage tickets are $1 each. Proceeds will benefit local art and children's charities. Information: 941-778-8705 or www.foodandwineonpine.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.

West Marine Nautical Expo and Second annual Manatee Children's Services Band Slam Musical Event: Regatta Point Marina, 1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto

Join taking a stand against abuse of children within the community at the West Marine Nautical Expo and Second Annual Manatee Children's Services Band Slam Musical Event 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 4-5 featuring a powerboat and sailboat show, nautical market, boating demo rides, boating seminars, fishing stations, a wide variety of marine outfitters, suppliers, services and other exhibitors and children events, including fishing lessons. Live entertainment will be provided by No Vacancy, a "kid" rock band, 10:15 a.m., Blue Mason Barter Company 11 a.m., One Night Rodeo with Kim Betts at noon, Sher Nadelman 1:15 p.m., Collaboration 2 p.m., FUSE 3 p.m., The Kara Nally Band 4 p.m., The Lauren Mitchell Band 5 p.m., Saturday and The Tracks teen rock band, 10 a.m., Julie and Geno Marino with Greg "the fiddler" Holt 10:45 a.m., Melanie Massell and Company 11:45 a.m., Twinkle 12:45 p.m., Sudie and CCL Band 1:15 p.m., Lady Katt and the Howlin' Doggs 2 p.m., Deja Vu 3 p.m., Come Back Alice 4 p.m., The Matthew Facciola Band 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds will benefit Manatee Children's Services. Information: Gina Spicer at 941-504-5208 or Phil Atkinson at 941-729-6021 or www.TheNauticalExpo.com.

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