FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Carnival Spectacular: Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 2990 26th St. W., Bradenton
Saint Joseph Catholic School and Urgent Care Walk-In Clinics are holding a Carnival Spectacular, 5-10 p.m. Oct. 4-5 and noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6. The event features carnival rides, games and food, bingo, live music and more. One Night Rodeo, 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 4. Kettle of Fish, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 5.
Florida Maritime Museum grand reopening: 4415 119th St. W., Cortez
The Florida Maritime Museum will hold its grand repopening 1-4 p.m. Oct. 5. The event features light refreshments, live music and kids' activities all day. Admission is free but donational are appreciated. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 941-908-6121.
Dakin Dairy Farm Festival: Dakin Dairy Farms, 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City
Registration is now open for Dakin Dairy Farm's Mac and Cheese Contest and 5-Mile Ranch and Kids Run which will be part of Dakin Dairy Farm Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5 celebrating five years of farm tours, birthday parties and corn maze. There will be a calf scramble, a bean bag toss, Himalayan salt demonstrations, local artists, various "agri" vendors and exhibits, and live music by Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band. Admission is $15, children ages 2 and younger admitted free. Information, call 941-322-2802 or visit www.DakinDairyFarms.com.
Bluegrass Florida Cracker Festival: Historic Bridge Street , Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants are hosting a Bluegrass Florida Cracker Festival 5-10 p.m. Oct. 5. The free event features smoked mullet, barbecue, a full bar with beer, wine, and liquor, dancing, hula hooping, life-size Jenga and more. Local bluegrass band, State Road 64, will be playing 7-10 p.m. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org 215-906-0668
Oktoberfest: 66 St. N. Pinellas Park
The German American Society of Pinellas Park will host the Oktoberfest celebrations beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 4-5, and Oct. 11-12. The festivities begin under the big tent where guests can enjoy genuine German culture, including food, folk dancers, live music and a variety of vendors offering German merchandise. Admission: $6, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: 813-420-4204 or 813-689-0732.
"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. Oct. 4 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. Oct. 4 featuring live music by Shaman. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 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 5-11 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. Oct. 4 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5. Tie One On is the them as the Village celebrates the start of the season. Get those old ties out of the back of your closet and "Tie One On" to your favorite fence in the Village or choose one of ours from tie tables throughout the Village provided by the Manatee Memorial Auxiliary Thrift Shop in Bradenton. Ties on fences will be on display until the following weekend when all ties will be donated back to the Thrift Shop. Enjoy strolling the Village of the Arts, home to more than 20 art galleries, studios, shops and cafes. Information: 941-747-8056 or visit www.villageofthearts.com.
Manatee County Extension Master Gardeners plant fund-raiser: Manatee County Agriculture and Extension at the fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto
The Manatee County Extension Master Gardeners plant fund-raiser is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or until sold out Oct. 5. Plants include natives, shrubs, succulents, ground covers, vegetables, trees, herbs and ornamental grasses. Cash or check only. Information: 941-722-4524.
Community Yard Sale: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
The Palmetto Historical Commission is hosting a community yard sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5 in Palmetto Historical Park. More than 30 tables will be set up selling treasures and bargains of all kinds. Word of Mouth BBQ will be on site selling sandwiches and hot dogs. Alex's Lemonade Stand will be raising funds to help fight childhood cancer. The park buildings including the Agricultural Museum will be open for free self-guided tours. During the yard sale, Palma Sola Appraisals & Sales will be offering appraisals for just $5 per item. There is a limit of three items per person, no jewelry please. Proceeds from the appraisals will benefit the park's family programming fund. For more information, call 941-723-4991.
Crate Label Swap Meet: Carnegie Library Basement in the Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
A Florida Produce Crate Label Swap Meet is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5. Many Florida labels will be on display and available for trading and sale by some of the major collectors in the state. If you have labels or citrus related items, bring them to the swap as collectors will be purchasing as well as giving estimates. Come out and learn about this part of Florida history and enjoy the art and beauty the labels offer. For more information on the swap, call Jim Thielen at 941-776-9444.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 11 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. Oct. 11 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.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Sept. 19 featuring live music by the Cherry Bombs, 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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18 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. Sept. 21 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 parking for participants. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: 941-794-2489.
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.
Tidevue Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 4214 11th St. Ct. E. (off US 301 N.), Ellenton
Bingo, doors open 5 p.m., games start at 6:10 p.m. Fridays Oct. 4-April 2014. 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 p.m. Cost: $10. Friday advanced group lessons 7 p.m. Cost: $10. Friday social dance with complimentary beverage and snacks, 8-9:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Afternoon ballroom dances are 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $10. Dance Fusion for adults 7 p.m., for children 6 p.m. Thursdays; Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031.
Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Counties: YMCA, 1075 Euclid Ave., 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. Oct. 12 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.
Bradenton Farmers Market: Main Street, Bradenton
Join in the festivities on opening day at downtown Bradenton Farmers' Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 5. Opening day festivities include live music, a chef demonstration, dozens of free offers and discounts and the Manatee County Central Library's fourth annual Mana-Con: Comics Convention, featuring local comic shop booths, games, prizes, trivia, a costume competition, art workshops, and a student art show. Teens are encouraged to get creative at the Doodle Booth and origami station, or make (and eat) candy sushi. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. In addition to the special events and programs, more than 30 vendors offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Market vendors will be wearing Pittsburgh Pirates baseball hats to celebrate the Pirate's first National League playoff appearance for the first time in 21 years. For more information about the Bradenton Farmers' Market, visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com. The market expands to welcome Mainly Art, a gathering of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their handmade goods, every third Saturday of the month. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
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
Lunch is served 11-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Spaghetti dinner and salad bar 5-7 p.m. and Queen of Hearts 8 p.m., Mondays. Hamburgers 5-7 p.m., Bingo 6-9 p.m., Live music by Art Siefert 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Chicken wings 5-8 p.m., karaoke with Franky Allen 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Quesadillas 5-8 p.m., TBD Band 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. Fried or baked fish 5-7 p.m., dancing and live music 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Foxhole Lounge: hot dogs 11 a.m.7 p.m. Saturdays. Breakfast 8-11:30 a.m., dancing and live music by Bob Dewart Band with Eddie Tobin on piano 2-5 p.m. Sundays; Cost: $5 members, $5 nonmembers. The public is welcome. 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
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. 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 Jim and Pauline, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 5. 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.