FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Sarasota Film Festival "Moonlight Movies": various locations, Sarasota
Free Moonlight Movies screenings, covering a variety of genres from family classics to historical drama, Hollywood blockbusters to experimental cinema, will include the following movies: "Mary Poppins" Jan. 31, "Dirty Dancing" Feb. 14, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" Feb. 21, "The Films of Gina Telaroli" 8 p.m. March 6, "The Hunger Games" March 21, and "The Little Mermaid" April 5. Unless otherwise noted, all films begin at sunset. Information: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.
The Lebowski Fest: various locations, Tampa
The Lebowski Fest will begin with the Movie Party, doors open at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Orpheum Theater, 1915 East Seventh Ave., Tampa. The movie party is for ages 18 and up and will feature live music by the Moommen From Mars and Folkin Up the 80s, and a screening of The Big Lebowski. The Bowling Party will be 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at University Lanes, 13109 N. 56th St., Tampa, and will feature bowling, costume, trivia and other contests, Movie Party tickets: $16-$20, Bowling Party tickets: $25-$30. Information: https://lebowskifest.com.
The GUY Health Expo: Bradenton Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
Urology Partners will offer health screenings for men in an unconventional way 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 1 featuring vendors with interactive and fun activities including batting cages, race simulators, real Harley Davidsons on a simulation trailer, video games, cars, trucks, boats, poker tournaments and a virtual reality gun range and more. Each vendor will be paired with a local medical doctor or practice offering men the simple health screenings they should get done, including eye exams, hearing tests, glucose checks, skin cancer screenings, blood pressure. BMI etc. The Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup championship team will be available for autographs during breakout sessions. Admission is free. Information: www.urology-partners.com/.
Monster Jam: Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
Monster Jam will be 7 p.m. Feb. 1, featuring 12x12 monster trucks, custom designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires, built for short, high powered bursts of speed and can fly up to 125-130 feet and up to 35 feet in the air. There will be a "Party in the Pits" 1:30-5 p.m. for fans to get a close-up view of the trucks and meet the drivers. Pit Passes may be purchased for an additional $10 at the same time tickets are purchased. Tickets: $35. Information: www.monsterjam.com.
National Skating Month Celebration: Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton
The Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex will celebrate National Skating Month with a free special event 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 starting off with exhibition skating featuring their skaters and invite the public to try out hockey and figure skating with instruction from the coaching staff. There will be games and prize drawings. Information: 941-723-3663.
"Doughnut Dolly" Program: Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum, Carnegie Library Basement, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
The Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will host a "Doughnut Dolly" program as part of the Legacy of Valor Campaign 11 a.m. Feb. 1. The program, honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families, will feature Rene Johnson and Susan McLean presenting a program about their service as "Doughnut Dollies" during the Vietnam War. The program is free. Refreshments will be served. As space is limited, reservations are required. Information: 941-723-4991.
Annual Gamble Plantation Festival: Gamble Plantation, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, in conjunction with The Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance, will host the 14th annual Plantation Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 1-2. Visitors will enjoy an arts and crafts show, a school art competition, free tours of the Gamble Mansion and the Patten House. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission and parking to the event are free. Donations will be accepted. Information: 941-723-4536 or www.floridastateparks.org/gambleplantation.
Florida Railroad Museum "Hole in the Head" Train Robbery: 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish
Exciting challenges are awaiting passengers who board the train with the Hole in the Head gang 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Feb. 1 or Feb. 2 as there may be a valuable shipment of gold on board. Tickets: $12-$16. Information: 941-776-0906 or www.frrm.org.
St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival: North Straub Park, 255 Beach Dr. NE., St. Petersburg
The St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 1 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 2, featuring over 100 top national and international artists showcasing original artwork in various mediums, including painting, jewelry, sculpting, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media and more. Admission is free. Information: 941-487-8061 or www.paragonartevents.com/stpepte/.
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.
Vintage Car Show: Lamb Park, 950 Sixth St. W., Palmetto
Vintage Wheels AACA Manatee County Region will hold their 25th annual car show 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 2 featuring various models of vintage cars. Car registration: $10-$15. Admission is free to the public. Information: 941-345-5246 or 941-749-5799.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bradenton Tropical Palms will host a park wide carport sales noon-4 p.m. Feb. 2. Park gates will be open during the event. Information: 941-580-5044.
2014 Tropic Isles Annual Arts and Crafts Festival: Tropic Isles Auditorium, 1507 28th Ave. W., Palmetto
Tropic Isles Mobile Home Park will host its annual Arts and Crafts Festival 1-4 p.m. Feb. 2. The festival will feature fine arts and craft by a variety of artists and media including acrylics, abstract, aprons, art cars, baby gift items, baskets, beach art, book marks, carved wood, collages, deco eggs, fish art, eyeglass holders, glass and deco yard art, sun hats, handbags, lamps, jams and preserves, metal, silver and glass jewelry, towels, pot holders, mixed media, oil pastels, live plants, quilts and much more. There will be door prizes, prize drawings and live entertainment with country music and music from the 1960s. Information: 336-314-3134 or 336-209-1536.
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 top baseball films of all times, including "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.
Film Premiere "Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins": Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Film Club will sponsor the Florida premiere of a new film, "Ragamuffin: The True Story of Rich Mullins," co-produced by SCF alumnus Ryan Bodie, 7 p.m. Feb. 6. A preview performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Following the evening film screening, the crew, Bodie and Dave Mullins, Rich Mullins' brother and co-producer of "Ragamuffin," will participate in question-and-answer session and a red carpet event. Tickets for both showings are $10 and are available at iTickets.com or at the Neel Performing Office box office at 941-752-5252.
Florida State Fair: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa
The 2014 Florida State Fair will be Feb. 6-17 featuring unique exhibits such as a technology showcase, Florida Cattlemen's Ranching Museum, Florida's Learning Garden, and Florida Agriculture, outdoor music series and performances by local, regional, national and international artists at various stages around the venue, NOCKAIR FMX Flying Motorcycle Extreme Show and multiple exiting rides, animal exhibits and shows, live stock events and much more. Gates open at 9 a.m. daily. Tickets: $5-$9, children ages five and younger are admitted free. Ride armbands are $20-$25. Parking is free. Information: 941-813-621-7821 or www.floridastatefair.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. 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
"Sweethearts Stroll" 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 Valentine treats and surprises, and food and art on display at the more than 25 galleries. Information: www.villageofthearts.com.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieve's Markets: East End of Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will kick off the 2014 season of Thieve's Markets 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 8 featuring special treasures in part craft bizarre, part flea market. Admission and parking are free. Information: 941-812-8318.
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. Feb. 14 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.
Spirit and Orb Walks: Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
Spirit and Orb Walks are offered 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and every third Saturday of each month. Due to the "paranormal" nature of these walks, reservations are required and are limited to a maximum of 40 adults, ages 18 and older. Guest must arrive by 6:30 p.m. for a 30 minute indoctrination and discussion of the walk and activities, followed by the walk which will promptly start at 7 p.m. and will last until 8:30 p.m. Guests are requested to wear good walking shoes, long pants and a jacket. Cameras with a night flash is a must and EVP and EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders and extra batteries are encouraged. Cost: $10. Reservations and information: 941-776-0418 or www.bunkerhillvineyard.com.
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. Feb. 20, 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. Feb. 20 featuring live music, 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. Feb. 21 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.
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. . 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.
Variety show: Terra Siesta Mobile Home Park: Woods Hall, 8200 Nancy Lane, Ellenton
Eddie Michael and Dina Martin will be performing their musical comedy show "When Vegas met Rock and Roll," 7 p.m. March 2. Tickets: $10. Information: 802-272-3122.
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
Dance to the music of the Sig Harder Band, 7-10 p.m. Jan. 31. Cost: $8. Information: Marjorie Watts at 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. Admission: $10. Complimentary snacks. 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. Feb. 5 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. Feb. 8 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.
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
Eighth Annual Super Bowl Party featuring food, big screen TV, prize drawings and more, 6 p.m. Feb. 2. 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
"Sal" of Brooklyn Bridge, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 1. 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.