Today's best bets: May 5

May 5, 2013 

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. 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 $45 May 5. For a full schedule and stage locations for all acts call 800-745-3000 or

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 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.

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.-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 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 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

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: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Royal Ballet, London, 2 p.m. May 5, encore performance 7 p.m. May 7. Tickets are $15. Information: 941-752-3796.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg

Cinco de Mayo, a Latin American celebration will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 5 featuring live music by Son Salvaje, O Som Do Jazz, Orquesta Infinidad, Orquesta Sol Caribe and many more. There will be gourmet food trucks, including the 2012 and 2013 Cuban Sandwich Festival Winner Michelle Faedo's On the Go, along with tasty treats from street vendors and area restaurants, Latin dance group lessons, a car show, monster trucks and much more. Tickets: $10-$13, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. VIP tickets are $50 and include food, drinks and preferred seating close to the stage. Information: 800-514-3849 or

Sustainable Shindig: Bradenton Riverwalk, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

The fourth annual Sustainable Shindig will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5. The festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face, all in a fun environment with music, food and various sustainable educational and business booths. The event is free and open to the public. Information:

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 "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

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