Best bets: May 23-29

May 23, 2013 

TODAY

"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. May 23. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.

TNA Impact Wrestling: USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa

TNA Impact Wrestling, the world's most innovative experience in professional wrestling, will be 7 p.m. May 23, featuring the immortal Hulk Hogan, Sting, Bully Ray, Brooke Hogan, Kurt Angle, Velvet Sky, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and many more in action. Tickets: $17.50-$127.50. Information: 800-745-3000 or www.sundomearena.com.

FRIDAY

"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. May 24 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.

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: "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. 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.

SATURDAY

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. May 25 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 preserve. Information: 941-748-5829.

SUNDAY

"Tribute to Heroes" Parade & Festivities: Lakewood Ranch Main Street

A "Tribute to Heroes Parade" and festivities are 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Wave your American flags and strutting that red, white and blue for the fifth annual community celebration of our fallen heroes. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and the parade is at 6 p.m. Children can register their bikes, scooter, skate boards and wagons for the Decorated Bike Contest. All who enter will be part of the parade procession as a group. There are trophies by age group for cutest, most patriotic and most creative decorating. Groups, clubs and organizations are invited to enter a float, marching band or creative marching group. Trophy for best float will also be awarded. NBA Care Ambassador Bob Delaney is the 2013 parade grand marshal. Proceeds from the parade benefit the Manasota Operations Troop Support. MOTS will be outside the Publix on State Road 70 and Market Street on May 25 collecting donations. Parade attendees are asked bring one of the following items: socks, beef jerky, Slim Jims, Cliff Bars, triple-edge razors, wet wipes, Twizzlers, peanut butter, canned pop stews and pastas, single-serve drink packet mixes, and AAA and AA batteries. These are the most frequently requested items from troops overseas, and MOTS will make sure our local Bradenton and Sarasota troops receive them. After the parade there will be music, food and refreshments. Information: www.lwrcac.com.

MONDAY

Wonderful Water Lily Festival: Colonial Oaks Park, 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota

The Wonderful Water Lily Festival will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 27 featuring blooming aquatic plants, specialty ferns, and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-378-9146.

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