This weekend's best bets

October 18, 2013 



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.

Spirit Voices from Old Manatee: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton

Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, an original artistic drama staged at the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds, will be performed on the evenings of Oct. 18-19. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the cemetery tour begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Cost: $17 per person. The show is not recommended for viewers younger than 10. Call 941-741-4076 for advance tickets. Due to the interactive nature of this event, all attendees will be required to sign a waiver at the gate, prior to admission. Please allow ample time for this process.

"The York Drive Project": 3512 York Dr., Bradenton

In a seemingly normal neighborhood, a seemingly normal house will host "The York Drive Project," a haunted house experience will be 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. Admission: $3. Oct. 18 is food drive night, bring a non-perishable food item and the $3 admission charge will be waived. Information:

Frightmares Haunted House: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Experience the most unique mix of horror and fun at Sarasota Fairgrounds' "Frightmares Haunted House," 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20, 24-25 and 29, 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26, 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 27, and 7:30-11:30 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. featuring more than 12,000 square feet of ghastly sights, horrifying sounds, terrifying FX and the worst phobias brought to life. Tickets: $16, fast passes are $30. Information: 941-955-1515 or

Goblin Gathering: The Goblin Gathering and National Night Out will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at G.T. Bray park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. The event includes a costume contest, face painting, a hayride, bounce houses and an 18-foot inflatable slide. Admission is $5 for the bounce house, hay ride and face painting. Concessions will be available for purchase. There will be costume contests in four age categories (ages 4 and under; 5 to 8; 9 to 12; and 13 and older) and one family category. The Anna Maria Island Privateers will invade the event in their pirate ship.


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

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. Oct. 19 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.

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. The event also features live music and "Art Of" demonstrations. Information:

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:

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.

Halloween Social: Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto

Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will be celebrating Halloween 4:30-9 p.m. Oct. 19. There will be trick-or-treating, crafts, games, face painting, a tattoo parlor, fortune telling, and lots of other spooky happenings. Demetrio's will be selling $2 pizza and drinks and Alex's Lemonade Stand will be raising funds for childhood cancer research with baked goods and lemonade. This family event is free, donations accepted. For more information, call 721-2034 or 723-4991.

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. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. Information: 561-746-6615 or

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