FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
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.
Ringling Courtyard Swing: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
The Museum of Art Courtyard will swing with the big band sounds of the Ken Loomer Big Band 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Limited seating will be provided. No coolers or chairs will be admitted. The event is included with regular admission. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-17, children ages 5 and younger and museum members are admitted free. Information: 941-360-7399 or www.ringling.org.
32 annual Cortez Fishing Festival: 4415 119th St. W., Cortez
The 32nd annual Cortez Fishing Festival is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 15-16 in the historic fishing village of Cortez. The event features live music, marine displays, a wide variety of seafood and arts and crafts. Offsite parking is available at G.T. Bray park or Coquina Beach with a shuttle buss to Cortez for $2.50 round trip. Admission is $3, kids age 12 and younger admitted free. All proceeds go to the expansion and restoration of the F.I.S.H. Preserve. Information: www.cortez-fish.org.
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: "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.
Black Diamond Burlesque's Valentine Show: McCurdy's Comedy Theater, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Spend a romantic (and raucous) evening with Sarasota's premier burlesque revue, Black Diamond Burlesque's "Aphrodisiac Edition" on Valentine's evening 9:15 p.m. Feb. 14. The all-new vaudeville-style live variety show will host special guest star "Spikey Van Dykey." Tickets: $25 and up. Information: 941-925-3869 or www.mccurdyscomedy.com.
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.
Holmes Beach downtown art walks: various locations, Holmes Beach
Holmes Beach art walks are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, March 14 and April 11. Eleven participating galleries, and dozens of artists, include Island Gallery West, Arts for the Earth, Fukinsei Art Lab, SteamDesigns, Libby's Island Jewelry, Beach Life AMI, Anna Maria Island Art League, Artists' Guild Gallery, Restless Natives, and The Sidebar Gallery and Island Tattoo. Information: 941-779-9108 or Melissa@SteamDesigns.com.
Arts and crafts sale and benefit concert: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota
Northminster Presbyterian Church will hold its arts and crafts sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 15 featuring fine arts, jewelry, paintings, photography, textiles, vintage decor and much more. A special benefit concert by the Suncoast Concert Band will be at 3 p.m. in the new sanctuary of the church. Admission to the arts and craft sale is free, tickets for the concert are $5. Information: 941-907-4123 or 941-355-4729.
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.
Pancake breakfast: Leisure Lakes, 2900 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto
Leisure Lakes will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. Feb. 15 featuring pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee. Ceramics and other hand made crafts will be offered for purchase. Donation: $4. Information: 941-723-2468
26th annual downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts: Main Street, Sarasota
The 26th annual downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 15-16 featuring more than 250 artists offering a vast array of artistic media including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media and more. Information: 941-746-6615 or www.artfestival.com.
Annual Cortez Fishing Festival: 119th Street W. Cortez
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage invites the public to the 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 15-16, featuring a fun-filled day for the entire family with delicious seafood, nautical arts and live music. Admission: $3, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: www.cortez-fish.org.
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 "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.
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.
Ringling Monday Night Movies: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Monday Night Movies are "To Kill a Mockingbird," 7 p.m. Feb. 17, and "The Champ," 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Tickets are $7. Information: 941-360-7399 or www.ringling.org.
Craft bazaar: Harmony Hall, Colony Cove, 7615 Lakeshore Dr., Ellenton
The Harmony Hall Hobby Club of Colony Cove will host its annual craft bazaar 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 18, featuring more than 40 vendors offering jewelry, stationery, quilts, glass, knitted and crocheted items, woodwork, baked goods and more. Coffee, donuts and lunch will be available for purchase. Information: Carolyn Bridenstine at email@example.com.
Coquina Beach Midweek Art and Craft Festival: Coquina Beach at Bradenton Beach
The Coquina Beach Midweek Art and Craft Festival will be 10 a.m. Feb. 19 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20, featuring arts, crafts, food and beverage vendors and more. Parking is free. Proceeds will benefit the North American Butterfly Association. Information: 352-344-0657.
Ringling by the Bay: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy live music by soul R coaster and dancing on the Bolger Campiello near Ca' d'Zan 5-8 p.m. Feb. 20. 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. 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.
Mixon's Health and Business Fair: Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. W., Bradenton
Mixon's bi-yearly Health and Business Fair will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 21, featuring representatives from various health care providers and businesses, including the Bloodmobile, Eye Associates, Natural Therapies, Humana, AAA, Red Cross, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Food Bank of Manatee County, All Ears Hearing, Auto Nation, Meals on Wheels, Goodwill and more. Free healthcare screenings are available. There will be free document shredding, giveaways, door prizes and prize drawings and much more. Information: 941-748-5829, ext. 280.
Annual Flea Market: Palma Sola Harbour Condominium Complex, 9400 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
Palma Sola Harbour Condominium Complex will hold their annual Flea Market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 featuring large and small appliances, furniture, clothing, sporting equipment, jewelry, linens, books, bikes, plants, shells and more. Lunch will be available for purchase. Information: 941-792-3475.
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.
Bradentucky Bombers 2014 Season and Schedule: Astro Skate of Bradenton, 3611 Third St. W., Bradenton
The Bradentucky Bombers, Manatee County's original flat track women's roller derby team 2014 season schedule is as follows: March 2, April 13, May 18, June 8, July 13, July 27, Aug. 3, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, with game itineraries: 6 p.m. tailgating, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. game begins, 9:15 p.m. afterparty at Lost Kangaroo Pub, 406 12th St. W., Bradenton. For the games it is suggested you bring a chair. Track side seating is available on a first come, first served basis for those ages 18 and older. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. An open recruit event will be 9:45 a.m. March 1 and 7 p.m. March 3 at Astro Skate of Bradenton. Tickets for the games are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information: www.bradentuckybombers.org.
"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. March 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. March 7 featuring live music by Wild Ginger. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis. 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. March 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.
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. March 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 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: Coquina Beach Field, Bradenton Beach
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will kick off the 2014 season of Thieve's Markets 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 8 featuring special treasures in part craft bizarre, part flea market. Admission and parking are free. Information: 941-812-8318.
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 music by Shine On 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14. Cost: $5. 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. 19 and every Wednesday through March. The public is welcome to come and learn Ceili dancing. Inforamtion: 941-779-1416 or 941-778-1554.
Renaissance on 9th: 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
Bring your Valentine to a Valentine's Day dinner and dance 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 14 with live music by DJ George Mendez. Tickets: $15. There will be a cash bar. Reservations and information: 941-7849-0100.
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. 15 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. 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
Post Spaghetti Dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. and karaoke with Benny 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15. 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
Karaoke with Randy and Annette, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 15. 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.