FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Vintage Fishing Tackle Exhibit: Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum: 515 10th Ave. W. Palmetto
A Vintage Fishing Tackle Exhibit, featuring lures, rod, reels, tackle boxes and a collection of other fishing paraphernalia will be on display through Sept. 27. Admission is free, donations are encouraged. Information: 941-721-2034.
"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. Thursdays. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-7, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700.
Selby Public Library 15th Anniversary Celebration: 1331 First St., Sarasota
Bring the kids to Selby Public Library 2-4 p.m. Aug. 2 as they celebrate its 15th anniversary with family crafts and ice cream. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-861-5000 or www.sclibs.net.
"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. Aug. 2 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. Aug. 2 featuring live music by Kettle of Fish. 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.
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. Aug. 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 3. Galleries and shops will be open for business with extended hours. Information: 941-747-8056 or visit www.villageofthearts.com.
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 "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.
Model Train Swap Meet: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
The Gulfcoast Garden Railroaders will be holding a Swap Meet 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 3 featuring a G-scale model train set-up, and trains, supplies and accessories will be available for purchase. The Sugar Creek Model Railroaders will participate with N-scale trains and supplies. Information: 813-335-4808.
Commercial and Sport Fishing Presentation: Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
Nanette O'Hara of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program will present "Net Benefits: A Retrospective on Fishing For Food and Fun in Tampa Bay," 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 8, a brief and sometimes amusing history of commercial and sport fishing in the Tampa Bay area. A vintage fish and tackle exhibit will be on display. The event is free. Reservations are required. Information and registration: 941-721-2034.
2013 Manasota India Festival: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
Enjoy the mystery and majesty of India at the 2013 Manasota India Festival noon-4 p.m. or 4-8 p.m. Aug. 10 featuring cultural activities, food, shopping, and live Indian dance performances. Tickets: $2 adults, free to children ages 4 and younger. Information: 941-756-5373 or 941-556-9622.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16 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.
Classic Car Nights: Clancy's Irish Sports Pub and Grill, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton
Classic car enthusiasts, car owners and the public are welcome at "Classic Car Night" 6 p.m. Aug. 17 and every third Saturday of the month featuring a variety of classic cars, including hot rods, muscle cars, modified bikes, rat rods and fire trucks. Admission: free. Separate car for participants. Food an beverages are available for purchase. Information: 941-794-2489.
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. Aug. 16 featuring live music by Impulse. 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.
97X Second Annual Craft Beer Experience: Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg
Enjoy more than 100 types of craft beer at the 97X Second Annual Craft Beer Experience 4-8 p.m. Aug. 17. The event offers live music, prize drawings and the finest offerings from local restaurants. Tickets: $30, includes a commemorative 97X Craft Beer Festival cup. Information: 727-893-7832.
"Music and Movies": Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
Realize Bradenton and the Manatee Players will host "Music and Movies," a free series featuring a cabaret followed by a classic movie on select Sundays. The series are: Eve Caballero and "Chicago," Aug. 18 and drag queen Beneva Fruitville and "The Birdcage," Sept. 15. Cabarets show times are 6 p.m., movies are 7 p.m. The Sept. 15 performance and movie is for mature audiences only. Box office: 941-748-5875.
"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. Aug. 23 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.
Bradenton Food Truck Rally: Cortez Plaza East, 617 Cortez Road, Bradenton
Food truck rallies will be 2-6 p.m. Aug. 24, featuring 12 of the Tampa Bay Regions finest food trucks with additional entertainment for the family. Information: www.tampabayfoodtruckrally.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. Aug. 24 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.
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
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.
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.
West Coast Woman's Club of Manatee County: H2U, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton
Let's Dance! a monthly social dance will be held 7-10 p.m. Aug. 10 and every second Saturday of each month. Dance lessons are 6:15-7 p.m. at no additional charge. Music will be provided by Ellsworth and Company. Light snacks will be provided. Water and sodas are available for purchase. BYOB. Cost: $8. Information: Kelly Helm at 941-447-8238.
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
Friday night dance with live music by Kim Betts 7-10 p.m. Aug. 2. 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
Luau Party "Awesome Pork" Cookout, 4 p.m. Aug. 3; the public is welcome. 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
Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. 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
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.