FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix: various locations, Sarasota
JULY 4: A special Independence Day Fireworks will be at dusk, with viewing along Sarasota Bayfront Park.
JULY 5-6: Powerboats by the Bay display noon-5 p.m. July 5 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 6 featuring live entertainment and food vendors at Centennial Park, 10th and U.S. 41; free.
JULY 5: Festival Parade of Boats and "Boats by the Bay" Downtown Block along Main Street, 5 p.m.-midnight. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Food and beverage vendors and live entertainment.
JULY 6: "Meet and Greet Who's in the Drivers Seat" reception, 10 a.m.-noon featuring participating race teams and special guests at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota; $5 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free.
JULY 6: "Finz Finds Scenic Bounty Ride" with registration at 9:30 a.m. at Jennette Properties, 5899 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota.
JULY 6: "Miss Super Boat Grand Prix" Bikini Contest, 3-4:30 p.m. at Centennial Park.
JULY 6: "Pre-Race" Party and Fashion Show, 6-11 p.m. at Hyatt Regency; $15.
JULY 7: The annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race will be held in two heats, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., off Lido Beach between New Pass and Big Pass.
For tickets, admission, registration and a full schedule of events, visit www.suncoastoffshore.org
Independence Day Celebration: Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria
The Chiles Restaurant Group will host its annual Fireworks Extravaganza shortly after dark July 4. The event is free and open to the public. Seating and parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. VIP Party packages are available and include specialty beverages, parking passes, front row seating, and a buffet-style dinner. Information: 941-778-8709 or www.groupersandwich.com/events for both locations.
Summer Kid Series Movie Combo: Carmike Royal Palm 20 Cinemas, 5125 26th St. E., Bradenton
Carmike Royal Palm 20 Cinemas will host a Summer Kid Series Movie Combo Thursdays through Aug. 15 featuring the following movies: "Ice Age Continental Drift" July 4, "Rio" July 11, "Horton Hears a Who" July 18, "Madagascar" July 25, "Happy Feet II" Aug. 1, "Yogi Bear" Aug. 8, "Disney's Chimpanzee" Aug. 15. All movie times are 10 a.m. Tickets: $4. Information: 941-727-7469.
Selby Gardens "Tropical Fourth of July": Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave. Sarasota
Celebrate America's birthday in a tropical setting beginning 6 p.m. July 4. Guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor fare and refreshments for purchase and join activities for kids of all ages. Live music will be provided by Impulse. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs and lawn blankets for prime firework viewing. Coolers are not permitted. Admission: $17 members, $20 nonmembers and member guests, free for children ages 11 and younger. Information: 941-366-5731.
Annual Fourth of July Fireworks and Pig Roast: Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton
Bring the entire family for the most awesome waterfront Fourth of July party in town and Rock-the-River with live music 6-10 p.m. July 4. The event features a pig roast and fireworks right after dark. Cost: $49.95 adults, $14.95 children ages 11 and younger. Reservations are required. Seating is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. Valet parking is available. Information: 941-748-8087.
July Fourth Fireworks: various locations, Manatee and Sarasota Counties
Fourth of July Fireworks displays can be viewed shortly after dark at the following locations:
"A Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay," at Bayfront Park and Island Park, Sarasota
Siesta Key Fireworks Display, at Crescent Beach, south of Siesta Public Beach, Sarasota
Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July Parade: Coquina Beach and Bay Front Park
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold their annual Fourth of July Parade starting at 10 a.m. at Coquina Beach and travels the entire length of Anna Mria Island to Bay Front Park. There will be an after parade gathering noon-4 p.m. at the Cafe on the Beach 4000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach featuring live music. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: http://amiprivateers.org
July Fourth Concert and Fireworks: Lamb and Sutton Park, 1006 Sixth St. W., Palmetto
A free Fourth of July concert will be 4 p.m. July 4 featuring classic rock group The Guess Who, The Village People, followed by fireworks shortly after dark. There will be craft vendors. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-723-4988
Sail Pavilion Fourth of July Weekend Celebration: 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
Sail Pavilion will be celebration the Fourth of July with a long weekend of fun and excitement 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4 and July 6 with live entertainment and Red Bull Wake Open practice sessions, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 5 with live entertainment, food trucks and Red Bull Wake Open followed by fireworks. The Red Bull Wake Open features 36 riders from seven countries competing in a variety of wakeboarding and watersport events. Information: 813-373-1193.
"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. July 5 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. July 5 featuring live music by The Distractions. Beer, wine and food sales benefit The Players. 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 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.
Bridge Street Night Time Markets: along Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants will host weekly night markets 5-9 p.m. Saturdays in June and July. The market showcases area shops and restaurants, arts and crafts, live music and more. Information: MelissaEnders76@yahoo.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. July 5 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 6. Galleries and shops will be open for business with extended hours. Information: 941-747-8056 or visit www.villageofthearts.com.
Family Night "Planet Ocean": South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The entire family is welcome to "Planet Ocean," a celebration of the wondrous sea life featuring the movie "A Dolphin Tale," 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 6. Aquarium staff member Mr. Jeff will hold a biology lesson in the classroom featuring a real shark dissection and get up close and friendly with sea stars, urchins, and hermit crabs. The museum offers Family Nights at half price of regular admission and is free to museum members. Information: 941-746-4131.
Summer Classics Movie Series: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Tampa's favorite movie palace celebrates 100 years of film history from the Silent Era to unforgettable modern-day favorites, to include "Yankee Doodle Dandy" July 7, "American Graffiti" July 14, "Moulin Rouge" July 21, "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb" July 28, "Jaws" Aug. 4, "The General" Aug. 11, "Gone With The Wind" Aug. 18, "Casablanca" Aug. 24-25. All movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets: $9 adults, $7 Tampa Theatre members. Tickets for the silent movie "The General" with live accompaniment are $12 for adults, $10 for children, seniors, military and members. Information: 813-274-8287 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.
"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. July 11. 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": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. July 12 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.
Sail Pavilion "Brews and Bites": 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
Sail Pavilion will be hosting a monthly Brews and Bites Food Truck Rally 6-10 p.m. July 12 and every second Friday of the month. There will be live entertainment by local musicians, a mojito bar, summer specialty cocktails, craft beers and multiple food trucks offering something for every tastebud. Information: 813-373-1193.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. July 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.
Friday Fest at the Van Wezel: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall opens up its waterfront terrace to beach chairs, local vendors, and the finest local entertainers with Friday Fest 6-9 p.m. July 19 featuring live music by Kettle of Fish. Bring a chair. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No outside beverages and coolers allowed. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-953-3368 or www.VanWezel.org.
"Gone Fishin' Social": Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
The Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will be holding a "Gone Fishin' Summer Social" 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 20 featuring "fishy" activities and crafts including fish printing and "Fishing for a Prize," a mini fishing clinic by the North River Kiwanis Club, an exhibit of antique fishing tackle and the First Baptist Church of Palmetto will be running their train. All activities are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-722-2034.
"Summer Learning: Life on the River": Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
Take a dive into a world of fish, alligators, turtles, and herons with songs, games, stories and exciting hands-on exhibits during the Manatee County Natural Resources Department's "Summer Learning: Life on the River," 11 a.m.-noon July 24. Participants can peek inside a turtle shell, learn how to "talk" to alligators, hunt like a heron and more. The event is suitable for participants of all ages. Admission is free. Reservations are required. Information: 941- 721-2034.
"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. July 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. July 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.
Bradenton Food Truck Rally: Cortez Plaza East, 617 Cortez Road, Bradenton
Food truck rallies will 2-6 p.m. July 27, and Aug. 24, featuring 12 of the Tampa Bay Regions finest food trucks with additional entertainment for the family. Information: www.tampabayfoodtruckrally.com.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Sept. 19 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.
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
Effective July 11 Bingo will be 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. 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.
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 advanced group lessons 7-8 p.m. Cost: $8. Friday social dance with complimentary beverage and snacks, 8-9:30 p.m. Cost: $8. Information: Dwayne Biggs at 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.
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.
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
Fourth of July barbecue, noon-3 p.m. July 4. Friday night dance with live music by the Gumbo Boogie Band 7-10 p.m. July 5. Public is welcome. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Spaghetti night Mondays, 5-7 p.m. Bingo, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Karaoke with Franky Allan, 7 p.m. Wednesdays with bar menu available until 8 p.m. Breakfast, 8 a.m., dance party 2-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-794-3489 or www.americanlegionpost24.com.
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 Detachment 588: 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton
July Fourth Celebration 4 p.m. July 4, featuring a cookout and beverage specials. All past and present military personnel and their guests are welcome to the Bunker Bar for fellowship, camaraderie, entertainment, and refreshments. Bar hours: 2-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Karaoke every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Information: 941-301-4598.
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
July Fourth BBQ noon-5 p.m. featuring music by Stacy 2-5 p.m., July 4. Euchre, 6:30 p.m. and Thirsty Thursdays: beer and hotdog specials. 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
Karaoke with Dee and Jim, 7 p.m. July 6. Sunday breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon. TC and The Troublemakers, 4:30 p.m. every third Sunday. Monday night dinner, 5-7 p.m. Bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m. Fridays. New menu, bar food served 11-7 p.m. daily. The public is welcome to all dinners and events. Information: 941-794-6394.