FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Art After Five: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Stroll the courtyard and enjoy art at Art After Five 5-8 p.m. Dec. 26. Ca' d'Zan mansion will be decorated open late for the holidays. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-17, free to Museum members and children ages 5 and younger. Information: 941-360-7399 or www.ringling.org.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens annual Holiday Lights Celebration: 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Sarasota Jungle Gardens will show off its annual Holiday Lights Celebration 6-9 p.m. Dec. 26-29. The gardens' trails and exhibits will be adorned with holiday lights. Holiday-themed activities include roasting marshmallows, visiting with Santa and more. Special dinner menus are offered for purchase. Admission: $11 adults, $6 children ages 6-12, children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. For a complete schedule of events call 941-355-111, ext. 306.
Lights in Bloom: Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
Explore Selby Gardens and view life-size garden-themed holiday lights presented by Lights in Bloom creator Bob McComb, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 226-30. Don't miss the chance to see the new Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest Garden decked out with holiday lights for the first time. Enjoy festive live music while dining on grilled entrees, delicious kids' "Merry Meals," and delightful holiday snacks. Children of all ages will love exploring the rainforest garden aglow with holiday lights. Kid-friendly activities, such as creating fun crafts, will be available in the Kids' Corner. Santa and his elves make an appearance Dec. 20-23. Admission is $17 for adults, children age 11 and younger admitted free. Information: 941-366-5731 or www.selby.org.
Coquina Beach Market, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through April 24. The market features fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and more. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
Ritz-Carlton Sarasota New Year's Block Party: Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota
Toast goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton block party 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31 featuring live music and dancing all night long. Tickets; $55, includes favors and a glass of champagne. Information: 941-309-2000 or www.ritzcarlton.com.
"Let's Make a Deal!" New Year's Eve Celebration: Sarasota Players Theater, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Beneva Fruitville will host a playful evening of games and entertainment 9;30 p.m. Dec. 31. The event is for adults only. Tickets: $25. Information: (941) 365-2494 or www.the players.org.
Sixth annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge: Gulf Drive at 12th Street South, Bradenton Beach
The sixth annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge, a local fundraiser, will be at noon Jan. 1, followed by a Post Plunge Party will follow at Clancy's, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton. There will be door prizes and live music by the Jack Tamburin Band. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Caring for Children Charities. Information: 941-952-1109.
"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. Jan. 3 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. Jan. 3 featuring live music by Melanie Massell and Hot Item. Beer, wine and food sales benefit SMART-Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy. 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. Jan. 3 and 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.
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. Jan. 10 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": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Jan. 10 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.
Ringling by the Bay: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy live music by KoKo Ray and the Soul Providers and dancing on the Bolger Campiello near Ca' d'Zan 5-8 p.m. DATE?. Cash bar and food are available for purchase. The event is included with Art After 5 admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-17, free to Museum members and children ages 5 and younger. Information: 941-360-7399 or www.ringling.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 at the Bradenton Farmers Market, will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 16, featuring local artists, artisans and crafts people 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. Jan. 16 featuring live music by Big Daddy, 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. Jan. 17 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.
American Legion Post 24: 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Public welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 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.
Holy Cross Church: 505 26th St. W., Palmetto
Bingo, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Food served 4:30-6 p.m. Information: 941-779-3494.
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.
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.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bradenton Tropical Palms will host a dance 7-10 p.m. Dec. 21 featuring music by Patsy and Majella. Cost: $5. Information: 941-748-0180.
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.
Adult Singles Dance Club: YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota (corner of Bahia Vista)
Dance with live bands plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday, except Dec. 28. Admission: $10. Complimentary snacks. Reservations for New Years Eve are now available. 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. Jan. 11 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. 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.
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.
Old Manatee Flea: Manatee Avenue, between Eighth and Ninth streets east, Bradenton
The shops of Old Manatee will be hosting the Old Manatee Flea Jan. 12 featuring antiques, jewelry, clothing, housewares, books, crafts and more. Shops in the area will be open as well, including Retro Rosie's Cobwebs, Braden River Antiques, Ocean Rock Design and St. Vincent de Paul. Information: Nancy Cobb at 941-708-0913 or email retrorosiesandcobwebs@gmail
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. Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Bingo 1-3 p.m., 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
Queen of Hearts drawing, 7 p.m. Monday; bar poker, 6 p.m. Wednesday; Wings and strings, 6-9 p.m. first and third Thursday; dinner 5-7 p.m. and music 6-10 p.m. Fridays; music 2-6 p.m. Saturdays; and $5 all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and bingo 12:30 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
New Year's Eve Party: buffet and music by Holly Rae and more 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. All you can eat breakfast 9 a.m.-noon, 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
Holly Rae, 7 p.m. Dec. 27. New Year's Eve Party beginning at 8 p.m., live music by TC and the Troublemakers at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31. 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.