Today's best bets: July 5

July 5, 2013 

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 Ocean Road Band. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a local non-profit organization. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit www.lakewoodranch.com/mainstreet.

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 5:30-11 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.

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.

Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix: various locations, Sarasota

JULY 5-6: Powerboats by the Bay display featuring live entertainment and food vendors noon-5 p.m. July 5 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 6 at Centennial Park, 10th Street and U.S. 41; free.

JULY 5: Festival Parade of Boats and "Boats by the Bay" Downtown along Main Street, 5 p.m.-midnight. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Food and beverage vendors and live entertainment.

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