FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Concert in the Grove: 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
Bring your dancing shoes and listen to the music of The Walker Brothers 6-9 p.m. Jan. 9. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission: $15. Parking is free. Information: 941-748-5829.
Sixteenth annual "Thunder by the Bay": various locations, Sarasota
The 16th annual "Thunder by the Bay" Motorcycle Festival will start with a "Kick Start Party" 6:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Louie's Modern and a "Born to be Wild" kick-off party 7 p.m.-midnight Jan. 10 at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota featuring casino-style gambling, Harley-Davidson fashion show, silent auction, prize drawings and live music by Kettle of Fish. The event continues with a downtown festival 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 11 featuring live entertainment throughout the day by Whiskey Blind, Twinkle and Soul Rock Radio, Sean Chambers, Matthew Facciolla Band, Foghat and a special "Light up the Night" led bike show at 7:30 p.m. The "Legacy of Valor" motorcycle ride will begin with registration 9 a.m., with a blessing of the bikes with last bike in at 1:30 p.m. at O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill, a downtown festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m. featuring vendors, demonstrations and great food, and a 14-class bike show 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. featuring live entertainment by Selwyn Birchwood, Jasmine Cain and the Outlaws Jan. 12. For a detailed schedule of events, admission and ticket prices, event locations and more visit www.thunderbythebay.org.
Annual Antique Bottle and Tabletop Collectibles Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Suncoast Antique Bottle Collectors Club will hold its 45th annual Antique Bottle and Tabletop Collectibles Show 3-7:45 p.m. Jan. 10 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 11, featuring a wide variety of items including advertising signs, pottery, stoneware, antique bottles, fossils, jewelry, artifacts, glass rolling pins, witch balls and more. Admission: $4, or $15 both days. Information: 941-722-7233.
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, 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.
Country breakfast: Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 6323 13th St. Ct. E., Bradenton
AN all you can eat country breakfast of pancakes, waffles, ham, grits, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy, biscuits, coffee and orange juice will be served 8-10:30 a.m. Jan. 11. Cost: $5 adults, $2 children ages 6-10. Information: 941-752-7966 or 941-758-0988.
Vintage Porsche Show: Bradenton Riverwalk, along the Manatee River east of the skateboard park
The Porsche 356 Florida Owners Group will hold a vintage Porsche show 8 a.m.-noon Jan. 11 along the Manatee River. The event is free.
Sidewalk Astronomy: south parking lot at 8141 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes 6-10 p.m. Jan. 11, weather permitting. Participants will be treated to up close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-342-9632.
Annual Orchid Show and Sale: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Sarasota Orchid Society will host its 57th annual Orchid Show and Sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 11 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 12. "A Symphony of Orchids" is the theme and will showcase thousands of award-winning orchids in displays created by local orchid societies and orchid vendors competing to win best display in show. A variety of orchids and orchid related accessories will be available for purchase from expert growers and artists. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the growers and attend free educational seminars. Admission: $5 adults, $1 students with valid ID, children ages 7 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-9980 or www.sarasotaorchidsociety.org.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieve's Markets: Holmes Beach City Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will kick off the 2014 season of Thieve's Markets 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 11 featuring special treasures in part craft bizarre, part flea market. Admission and parking are free. Information: 941-812-8318.
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.
Tampa Theatre's Classic Film Series: 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Before the boys of summer begin making their way to Florida's fields of dreams, Tampa Theatre will rally the fans for an all new Spring Training Classic Film Series featuring seven of the top baseball films of all times. The movies are "A League of Their Own" Jan. 12, "The Bad News Bears" Jan. 19, "For Love of the Game" Jan. 26, "42" Feb. 2, "The Pride of the Yankees" Feb. 9, "Bull Durham" Feb. 16, and "The Natural" Feb. 23. All movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets: $10 general admission, $8 Tampa Theatre members. Information: 813-274-8287.
Historic Schooner "Lynx" Celebration: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, the Tampa Convention Center will host the grand arrival of the historic Clipper Schooner, Lynx, a War of 1812 Privateer Square-Topsail Schooner at noon Jan. 15. Visitors will be able to tour the ship, which is fitted with period ordnance and flies pennants and flags from the 1812 era, and embark on sailing adventures through Jan. 22. Tours are various times daily and cost $10. Information: 866-446-5969 or www.privateerlynx.org.
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. Jan. 16. 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.
Yard sale: Terra Siesta Co-op, 7715 Terra Siesta Blvd., Ellenton
Tierra Siesta Co-op will have their park wide yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 17. Information: 941-721-1630.
Gasparilla Celebration: various locations, Tampa
Named for legendary pirate, Jose Gaspar, Tampa Bay's destination-wide annual Gasparilla celebration kicks off with the Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza, an alcohol-free event, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 along Bayshore Boulevard and will include a children's parade, preschooler stroll, parachute jump team, "piratechnics" and much more. The highly-anticipated Gasparilla Pirate Fest will be Jan. 25 with the Gasparilla Flotilla setting sail at 11:30 a.m. from the south end of Hillsborough Bay, led by the fully-rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, which upon landing at the waterfront Tampa Convention center, will receive the keys to the city by the Mayor. The event will include an Gasparilla Invasion Brunch 10 a.m.-1 p.m., followed by a 3.8-mile long Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in downtown Tampa 2-5:30 p.m., including over 90 elaborate floats, 14 marching bands, and more than 50 distinct Krewes. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Party will be 10 a.m.-10 p.m. along Kennedy Boulevard and will feature live entertainment, food and a colorful cast of character. Information: www.VisitTampaBay.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. Feb. 7 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.
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. Feb. 7 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Feb. 7 featuring live music by and Hot Item. Beer, wine and food sales benefit . 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.
Village of the Arts art walks: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
"" is the theme for this month's art walk through Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony. The event is 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 8 and will feature Champagne, food and art on display at the more than 25 galleries. Information: www.villageofthearts.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 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. Admission: $10. Complimentary snacks. Reservations for New Years Eve are now available. Information: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.
Mannatee Sports Grill: 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
The Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers will dance 1-3 p.m. Jan. 15 and every Wednesday through March. The public is welcome to come and learn Ceili dancing. Inforamtion: 941-779-1416 or 941-778-1554.
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., music by TBD Trio 7:30-9:30 p.m., and Queen of Hearts 8 p.m., Mondays. Hamburgers 5-7 p.m., Bingo 1-3 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. 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
Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. All you can eat breakfast 8-11 p.m., 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
Ron Lee Band, 7-10 p.m. Jan. 11. 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.