FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Oct. 17 featuring live music by Kim Betts and Gamble Creek Band, 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.
Anna Maria Island "Bayfest 2013": along Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will host the 2013 "Bayfest," 5-10 p.m. Oct. 18 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 19, a free family event featuring more than 100 vendors, including food and beverage vendors, a classic car show, and live music by various local artists and bands including, Dean Johansen, Steve Arvey, KoKo Ray, Gulf Drive, Can't Turn Left, Renegade, Mike Sales and the Restless Natives, Scott's Garage, Shotgun Justice, and Mike Sales and Chris Grumley as MCs. Information: 941-778-1541.
Empty Bowls: various locations in Manatee County
Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Manatee will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 18 at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton and Oct. 19 on Main Street, Lakewood Ranch. Enjoy a variety of delicious soups from local restaurants, fresh bread and dessert and take home a unique, handcrafted bowl made by local potters. Tickets: $20. Information: 9410749-0100 or www.foodbankofmanatee.org.
Annual Fall Home Show: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa
The 25th annual Fall Home Show will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 19 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20. Homeowners will get a jump on holiday prep with expert insight, ideas and inspiration for living well. The event features innovative products and solutions to help with projects at home including landscaping, kitchen or bathroom remodeling, interior design, green building, appliances and bedding, sink hole mitigation or storage solution, and local experts will be on hand with displays, exhibits, demonstrations and seminars. Local animal rescue groups will offer pets for adoption. Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors ages 55 and older, admission is free for children 11 and younger when accompanied by an adult. Information: 800-345-3247 or www.bighomeshow.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.
Seventh annual Hungarian Festival: Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
The seventh annual Hungarian Festival will be noon-10 p.m. Oct. 19 and noon-8 p.m. Oct. 20 featuring Hungarian dishes, dessert and wines, dancing, a Goulash cooking competition, live music by various Hungarian bands and entertainers, a DJ, arts and crafts and for children face painting, a puppet show, wood games and more. Tickets: $10, free admission to children ages 11 and younger. Information: 941-955-1515 or www.gffusa.org.
Mainly Art and Farmers Market: along Old Main Street and Fourth Avenue West, Bradenton
Mainly Art, an art and music filled, family friendly event will return to the Bradenton Farmers Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19, featuring local artists, artisans and craftspeople displaying and selling their creations, including paintings, jewelry, baskets, glassware, photography, painted furniture, woodworks, glass and plant hangings, children's clothing and much more. The event also features live music and "Art Of" demonstrations. Information: www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Riverwalk "Pickin' Picnic": Bradenton Riverwalk Pavillion
Bring your chair and blankets and enjoy Realize Bradenton's second "Pickin' Picnic" 4-10 p.m. Oct. 19 featuring Suncoast Food Trucks and live music by the following five local emerging musicians: Faceless Bandits 4-5 p.m., Geri X 5:15-6:15 p.m., Waking Giants 6:30-7:30 p.m., Muphin Chuckrs 7:45-8:45 p.m. and Have Gun, Will Travel 9-10 p.m. The Riverwalk concession stand will be handled by 2nd Street Bistro. Beverages will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Information: www.downtownmattersblog.com.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Seventh Annual "Shiprek" Poker Run": various locations
The Anna Maria Island Privateers Seventh annual "Shiprek" Poker Run will be Oct. 19 with registration at 9:30 a.m. at Bogey's Sports Pub, 7230 52nd Place E., Bradenton. Featured stops are at Woody's River Roo, Peggy's Corral, Grizzly's Den, Mexicali Border Cafe, Drift-In at Bradenton Beach, Aces Live, Bearded Clam and ends back at Bogey's Sports Pub. There will be raffles and games at each stop and live music by Mike "Cowhead" and his Pit Bull Toddler Band. Registration: $15 and $5 for extra hands. Convertibles are welcome. Information: Larry Ackerman at email@example.com.
Island Gallery West Second annual Open Air Art Market: 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach
Island Gallery West will host its second annual Open Air Art Market 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19 featuring art treasures for sale from gallery artists. Information: 941-778-6648.
Sarasota Art and Craft Festival: along Lemon Avenue Main Street, Sarasota
The 19th annual downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20, a juried festival featuring original and affordable crafts, unique gift items, as well as a Green Market offering plants, exotic orchids, gourmet spices, dips and freshly popped kettle corn. The artists and crafters will line the streets with professional display booths featuring a vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax and glass, hair accessories, handbags, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft, stained glass and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. Information: 561-746-6615 or www.artfestival.com.
Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival: Hunsader Farms, 5500 Country Road 675, Bradenton
The Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 26-27 featuring more than 100 craft booths, live music shows, pumpkins, charity pumpkin games, a pioneer trades village, hayrides, pony rides, chain saw sculptor, a 7-acre corn maze, scarecrow displays, homemade ice cream, farm roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, power jumping, petting zoo, barnyard playground, face painting, children's train ride, juggler, fresh produce and a frog jumping championship. Admission to the corn maze is $2. The Buddy Walk is 11 a.m. Oct. 19, and special trick or treat for children in costume is 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Admission: $8 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking: $5. Information: 941-331-1212 or www.hunsaderfarms.com.
Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend: Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios, 5780 Major Blvd., Orlando
Meet and mingle with your favorite horror movie and TV stars, buy any collectible you can imagine from your choice of over 200 vendors and artists, see new and up and coming films as well as your old favorites, take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks, get tattooed by some of the best artists from around the world, and of course party until your heart's content, during this non-stop weekend of horrors. The show open 5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 11 a.m. Oct. 26-27. Exhibitors rooms are open 5-11 p.m. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27. Celebrity autograph rooms are open 5-10 p.m. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27. There will be multiple media celebrity guests, including authors, musicians and entertainers including Peter Criss from Kiss, Gunnar Hansen, George Romero, Doug Bradley, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, Patricia Quinn, Kane Hodder, Ricou Browning, Julie Adams, Lisa Marie, Sean Whalen, Brandon Adams, Yan Birch and Danielle Harris. Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 and the door, weekend tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, VIP tickets: $199. Information: 800-327-2110 or www.spookyempire.com.
Sidewalk Astronomy: 8141 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes 7-10 p.m. , weather permitting. Participants will be treated to up close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-342-9632.
"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. Nov. 1 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. Nov. 1. 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. Nov. 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2. 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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 8 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. Nov. 8 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.
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 Nov.-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 Dance Club: 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. 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. Nov. 9 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: Old Main St., Bradenton
The Bradenton Farmers Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, featuring more than 30 vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. 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.
Ellenton Farmers Market: 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton
The Ellenton Farmers Market is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and specializes in "green" natural, organic and environmentally friendly products that makes for a healthier lifestyle and a better environment. Information: 941-725-0205.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays featuring fruits and vegetables from local groves and farms including herbs, plants, cut flowers, prepared foods, seafood, ice cream, kettle corn, barbecue and multiple organic products. Local arts and craftsmen will be selling soaps and essential oils, organic treat for pets, fabric fantasies, books and much more. The midweek market runs through April. Information: 941-366-1323 or visit www.farmhousemarket.org.Bradenton Farmers Market: Main Street, Bradenton
San Marco Plaza Market: San Marco Plaza at 8209 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch
Shop for local produce 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays featuring cut flowers, fresh seafood, coffees, pottery, herbs and more. The market features live entertainment performed by local musicians. Information: 941-799-4213.
Sarasota farmers market: Lemon Avenue at the intersection of Main Street, Sarasota
The Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market is hosting Veterans Appreciation Day 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19 as part of the Legacy of Valor campaign honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families. The event will feature a large tent with various non-profits that have missions geared toward helping veterans, local military organizations and live music by a 17-piece Jazz band. Information: 941-225-9256. 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. Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. Ladies Auxiliary Polish Fest and dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 19featuring perogies, stuffed cabbage and more. 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
Ladies Auxiliary Cancer Awareness Event with food and music by Holly Rae 7-10 p.m. Oct. 19. 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.