This weekend's best bets: Oct. 25-27

October 25, 2013 


Scarecrow displays are up and ready as workers prepare Friday for the opening day of the 2013 Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms on Saturday. The festival, which takes place three weekends in October, features live entertainment, crafts, food vendors, petting zoo, and pumpkins. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald




Neewollah: A free fall carnival will is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25 at First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. The event includes a 40-foot bungee trampoline, giant maze, bounce house, hayride, carnival games, food vendors and more. Information:

Boo Fest Halloween Festival: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Children are invited to dress in costume and safely trick or treat 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25 and features a scarecrow contest, a costume parade beginning at 6:30 p.m., ghost stories and a haunted house. Families can have their pictures taken in the pumpkin patch, and complement their costumes with a face painting or additional photo booth prop. Admission is free. For registration forms go to

"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. 25-26. Admission: $3. 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. 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

Fifth annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival: Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

The fifth annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival will be noon-10 p.m. Oct. 25-27 featuring safe trick-or-treating, carnival games, rides, fun zone, free hay rides, costume contest for children, costume parades, pumpkin carving and more. Admission: $5, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-706-3102 or


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

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.

Trunk or Treat: McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders will open McKechnie Field for a free trick-or-treating event 4-6 p.m. Oct. 26. Trunk or Treat allows children to trick-or-treat in a safe environment, receiving candy from Halloween-themed vehicles and enjoy other activities including hayrides around the ballpark, inflatables, a DJ, a haunted locker room, and cookie decorating. Information: 941-747-3031 or

Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions Halloween show: 32755 Singletary Road, Myakka City

Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions will present a fully-costumed Halloween show complete with a showdown between Snow White the Huntress and the Evil Queen all on magnificent white stallions beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Gates open at 5 p.m. Spectator costumes encouraged; there will be trick-or-treating stations. Cost: $10 donation at gate, kids age 10 and younger are free. Information:

25th annual Pumpkin Festival: Fruitville Grove Farms, 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

Fruitville Grove Farms will hold its 25th annual Pumpkin Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26-27. The free event features crafters, pony rides, festival food, pumpkin pie, live music, kids rides and activities and more. Information:

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:

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:

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

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