FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Theatre Odyssey: Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost, 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
Theatre Odyssey in association with the Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost will perform "A Little Help!" 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The evening will also feature heavy appetizers and wine. Cost: $12. Reservations are encouraged as seating is limited. Information: 941-896-3132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner show with tenor Joe Spinella: Ortygia Restaurant, 1418 13th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
World-renowned tenor Joe Spinella will perform Italian and Spanish classics plus his own originals from his one man show "illionAria," 5 and 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Tickets: $38.50, includes three-course dinner. Reservations: 941-741-8646.
Pancake breakfast: Renaissance on 9th and Senior Enrichment Center, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
The Renaissance on 9th and Senior Enrichment Center will host a pancake breakfast, 8-10 a.m. Oct. 25. Cost: $4 members, $5 nonmembers. Information: 941-749-0100.
Arts in the Ballpark Series: "Play Arts!": Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota
"Play Arts!" will be a family day of free, fun, hands-on activities to celebrate expanded arts education in Sarasota County schools, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26. Information: 941-954-4101.
Florida Bandmasters Association District 11 Marching Band Festival: Hawkins Stadium, Manatee High School, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton
The Manatee High School Marching "Canes" will host the 26th annual Florida Bandmasters Association District II Marching Band Festival 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 featuring more than 1,400 high school students marching in 15 bands scheduled to perform. In addition, Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough and Sarasota counties will be represented. Each band will be evaluated by two music judges as well as judges in marching, general effect, percussion and auxiliary units. Tickets: $5-$7. Information: 941-714-7300.
Scandinavian Festival: Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road S., Sarasota
The Sarasota Lodge 3-539 will host their annual Scandinavian Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26 featuring traditional Scandinavian lunch, and Scandinavian arts and crafts, baked goods, paintings, Norwegian jewelry, Rosemaling, specialty items from Norway, prize drawings and much more. Information: Claire Loken at email@example.com.
Flea Market and Collectibles Fair: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
A Flea Market and Collectibles Fair will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27 featuring antiques, books, collectibles, jewelry, discount postage, linens and much more. Admission: $2, children 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-954-4151.
International Beer Festival: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
The third annual International Beer Festival at Lakewood Ranch will be 5-9 p.m. Oct. 26 featuring more than 100 national and international craft and specialty beers to sample. Food and wine from local Lakewood Ranch restaurants will be available for purchase. A variety of fine wine will also be available to purchase. Entertainment will be provided by Pitbull Toddler, and there will be a $500 costume contest. Part of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County. Tickets: $35. Information: www.LWRbeerfestival.com.
Inaugural Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
The inaugural Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival will make its premiere Oct. 26 with doors open at 11 a.m. and show at noon featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rick Estrin and The Nightcats with special guest Little Charlie, Popa Chubby, Samantha Fish and many more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets: $32 adults, $10 children ages 5-12, VIP tickets are $75. Information: http://floridabluesandmusicfest.com.
Black Diamond Burlesque "Carnival Magnifique!": McCurdy's Comedy THeatre, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Experience a Coney Island-style side show "Carnival Magnifique!" featuring performers from the world of burlesque in a live show and a full burlesque and vaudeville variety show with performers from Black Diamand Burlesque 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets: $25-$35. Information: 941-925-3869 or www.mccurdyscomedy.com.
Ditchfield Family Singers: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton
The Ditchfield Family Singers will be in concert 7 p.m. Oct. 26 following a spaghetti dinner. Dinners are at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets: $10. A free will donation for the concert will be taken. The public is welcome. Information: 941-746-0101.
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. 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. A 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.
St. Armands Boat Show: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
The 2013 St. Armands Boat Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 26-27 featuring new and pre-owned boats for sale. Boats include Grady-White Boats, Jupiter Boats and Southwind deck boats. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-383-1331 or www.cannons.com.
World Wrestling Entertainment Smackdown: Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa
World Wrestling Entertainment Smackdown returns for action and excitement 7 p.m. Oct. 29 featuring all the favorite superstars and divas on the road to Survivor Series, including Randy Orton, The Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Alberto del Rio, Mark Henry, The Shield, Dolph Ziggler, Christian, The Wyatt Family, Fandango, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, The Bella Twins, General Manager Vickie Guerrero and more. Tickets: $20-$65. Information: 813-301-6716 or www.wwe.com.
"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 featuring live music by Yesterdayze. Beer, wine and food sales benefit Miss Manatee Softball. 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.
Sarasota 2013 Cine-World Film Festival: various locations
The 2013 Cine-World Film Festival will be Nov. 1-10 featuring a wide range of quality films from all over the globe, including movies from the USA, Japan, Germany, Australia, South Africa, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, and more. Topping the lineup are several eagerly anticipated movies including "The Armstrong Lie," "August: Osage County," "Like Father, Like Son," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Twice Born," and "The Face of Love." Screenings will be held at Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, and at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Dr., Lakewood Ranch. Tickets: $9 members, $12 nonmembers. Information: www.filmsociety.org
Braden River Bluegrass and Pig Pickin' Festival: Linger Lodge Resort, 7205 85th St. Ct. E., Bradenton
Enjoy some of the best bluegrass bands in the state and a hog roast at the same time 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 2. The event will feature live music by Hwy 41 South, Generations, Florida Bluegrass Express and Southern Bluegrass Express. Admission: $12. A part of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Information: 941-755-2757 or www.lingerlodgeresort.com.
Annual Taste of Manatee: Rossi Park at the Riverwalk, Bradenton
The 27th annual Taste of Manatee will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 2 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 3 featuring two days of tasting fine cuisine from local restaurants, live entertainment for area bands, arts and crafts, children's stage and other activities for the entire family. Admission is free. Information: 941-323-3936 or www.tasteofmanatee.com.
Inaugural Pirate Invasion Skirmish: from Pine Avenue to Coquina Beach
The Anna Maria Island Privates will begin their Inaugural Pirate Invasion Skirmish in the Skullywag at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 and will travel down the island from the east end of Pine Avenue at will reach its destination at Coquina Beach around noon, all the while fighting off pirate crews along the road. Information: 941-780-1668.
2013 Sarasota Bay Water Festival: Ken Thompson Park, Lido Beach, Sarasota
Have fun 10 a.m.-sunset Nov. 2 at the 2013 Sarasota Bay Water Festival featuring over 80 exhibitors focused on water recreation and sports and other outdoor activities, live music by Ben Hammond, Hymn for Her, Come Back Alice, Democracy, and Luke Andrews, food trucks and local restaurants, beer and wine garden, Arts Zone featuring fine artists and wildlife photographers selling gift items for the holiday season, great raffle prizes, the Bay's first ever Dragon Boat Races, a display of winning photos to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest. Admission and parking are free. Information: http://sarasotabaywaterfestival.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.
Celebration of the Arts Gallery Walk: various art galleries from Holmes Beach to Anna Maria
The Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island will host a "Celebration of the Arts Gallery Walk," 5-8 p.m. Nov. 8 with over 14 art galleries open featuring this year's theme "Bird Houses," to honor the island's designation as a bird sancturary. Enjoy an evening of fun with unusal to bazaar, from tiny to terrific, from crafty to fine art in the form of hand made bird houses. Other art on exhibit are oil paintings, watercolor and acrylic paintings, mixed media creations, jewelry, ceramics, recycled and upcycled works, fabric art, abstract, realist, and kids art. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-243-3818.
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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15 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.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and Film Festival: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkway., Sarasota
Join Mote Marine for a screening of the film "Operation: Blue Pride" and celebrate the work of young people in the field of ocean conservation through a screening of student-created ocean conservation short films and exhibits highlighting youth-driven ocean conservation projects 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in Mote's Immersion Cinema and a Youth Ocean Conservation Summit 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16 providing middle and high school students the opportunity to learn about the current threats facing marine ecosystems from marine scientists and conservationists. Participants will learn what fellow youths are doing to protect marine ecosystems and then will work with their peers to develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects. Registration fee for the summit is $13, tickets for the Film Festival are $12 for adults, $6 for youth. For detailed information and registration call 941-388-4441 or www.mote.org/education.
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. Nov. 16 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. Nov. 21, 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.
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. Nov. 21 featuring live music by the Cherry 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.
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 over 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
Fresh produce, plants, coffee, crafts, food and more are available 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-951-2656.
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. Halloween Party, finger food, music and prizes, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 26.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 Dee and Jim, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26. 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.