This weekend's best bets: Nov. 1-3

November 1, 2013 



SandBlast 2013: Coquina Public Beach Cafe, 2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach

SandBlast 2013 will be 5-6 p.m. Nov. 1 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2 featuring free sand sculpting clinics Nov. 1 and a sand sculpting competition Nov. 2. Throughout the days there will be festivities, including the Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion, a scurvy pub crawl, live music, food and beverages, arts and craft vendors, a children's play area and professional sand sculpture team "Team Sandastic" creating an 80-ton exhibition sculpture at the beach. The public is invited to the free sand sculpting clinics to learn tips, tricks and techniques of sand sculpting. The public can view the sand sculptures until Nov. 25. The event will highlight America Recycles Day encouraging the public to recycle and buy recycled products. Information: 941-795-8272.

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

Eighth annual Dia de lost Muertos 'Festival of the Skeletons': Village of the Arts, 12th St. W. and Ninth Ave., Bradenton

The eighth annual Dia de los Muertos "Festival of the Skeletons" will be celebrated during at the Village of the Arts November art walk 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2. Featuring Mexican food and music, Village artists will create a community shrine honoring Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Participate in the Memory Wall for Loved Ones. Enjoy the artists' Skeleton Walk and shrines and altars to family and friends at galleries throughout the Village. Have fun with skeleton face painting by artist January Eldred. For information, including location of the Village, visit

Inaugural Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion: Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host their inaugural Pirate Invasion, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3. The event features Gulf Drive skirmishes between different pirate crews along the way and a Bridge Street Capture Nov. 2. Children's activities starting Saturday include a treasure dig, storytelling, pirate sack races, children's costume contest, face painting, photo opportunities, rat and shark toss games, Calico Jack corn hole and more. Live music by Big Daddy, Kettle of Fish, Lauren Mitchell Band, Steve Arvey Band, Patti B. Band, Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band and many more. Information:

Sarasota Bradenton Home and Garden Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto

The 2013 Sarasota Bradenton Home and Garden Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 1-2 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3 featuring builders and contractors for spas, security systems, kitchens, garage doors, baths, pools landscaping, windows, driveways, solar power and more. Tickets: $7. Information: 941-877-730-7469 or

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 United States, 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:


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

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 more than 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, raffle prizes, the bay's first ever Dragon Boat Races and more. Admission and parking are free. Information:

Stone Crab Fest: Pinchers Crab Shack, 10707 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch

Pinchers Crab Shack will host the second annual Stone Crab Fest 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 2, a block party featuring fresh stone crab specials and live entertainment by Blue Mason Barter Company 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Rachel Hughes Band 2-5 p.m. and Little Eddie and The Fat Fingers 6-9 p.m. Information: 941-922-1515 or

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 Highway 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

15th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Extravaganza: Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton

Peridia Golf and Country Club will host their annual fall Fine Arts and Crafts Extravaganza 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 2 featuring more than 50 talented local and regional artists selling custom made items such a as jewelry, paintings, handbags, quilts, sculptures, wood items, books, glass, and Christmas decorations and ornaments and more. Coffee, danish and lunch are available for purchase. Information: (941) 758-2582

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