This weekend's best bets: March 21-23

March 21, 2014 

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TODAY

Film Friday Series: South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton

The Film Fridays series "An American Legacy" features moving portrayals of U.S. military troops and events throughout recent history, focusing on intimate stories behind the heroics. The series presented in partnership with the Legacy of Valor campaign and the Manatee County Veterans Council, include "So Proudly We Hail" March 21. Tickets: $5 general admission, $3 museum members, free to veterans and their families of up to six people, 60 admissions per screening. Seating is limited, reservations are required for all. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 13 or www.southfloridamuseum.org.

Bradenton Riverwalk "Music in the Park": Mosaic Amphitheater at Riverwalk, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

Realize Bradenton's popular "Music in the Park" series returns with George Worthmore, 6-8 p.m. March 21 and The Second Time Arounders Marching Band, 7-8 p.m. March 22. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Information: 941-840-0013.

Sarasota County Agricultural Fair: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Find crafts and enjoy entertainment and agricultural exhibits, steer and swine shows and sales, carnival rides for all ages and more 2-11 p.m. Fridays, noon-11 p.m. Saturdays, noon-10 p.m. Sundays through March 23. Admission: $8 adults, $4 seniors ages 55 and over, military, and childrena ges 6-17, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-365-0818 or www.sarasotafair.com.

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: "The Hunger Games" March 21 and "The Little Mermaid" April 5. Unless otherwise noted, all films begin at sunset. Information: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.

SATURDAY

Bradenton Farmers "Veterans Appreciation Days": Old Main Street, Bradenton

The Bradenton Farmers Market honors veterans with a "Veterans Appreciation Day," 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 22, a part of Legacy of Valor, a campaign honoring veterans. The will feature a dozen organizations that provide services to veterans and their families, and musical performances by popular local blues singer and Army veteran, Jesse Yawn between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: 941-721-2034 or 941-723-4991.

Inaugural Manatee County Pride Festival: Bradenton Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton

The inaugural Manatee County Pride Festival will be noon-4 p.m. March 22 featuring live entertainment, local vendors, gourmet food trucks and more. Admission is free. All proceeds will benefit the Prism Youth Initiative. Information: 941-357-0111 or www.manateepride.org.

Fifth annual YouthArts Fest: Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota

The Arts and Cultural Alliance invites the public to the fifth annual YouthArts Fest 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 22, featuring more than 500 students from local school groups and youth programs showcasing their talents in various performances throughout the day on two outdoor stages. There will be a student art show in the Rotunda of the Selby Library which will include a large variety of different artistic mediums from a wide range of ages. All proceeds will go to the art department to enhance the art programs. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-365-5118, ext. 304 or www.sarasotaarts.org.

Sarasota Folk Festival: Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey

The Sarasota Folk Festival will be 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 22 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 23 featuring a variety of folk acts throughout the weekend. There will be folklife exhibits, food and craft vendors, a family stage and arts and crafts area near the park's playground. Admission: $10-$35. Information: www.sarasotafolkfestival.org.

12th annual downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival: along Main Street, Sarasota.

The 12th annual downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22-23 featuring the country's most talented artists and crafters, as well as leading local and regional artists showcasing a full spectrum of craft art mediums including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings to personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 561-746-6615 or www.artfestival.com.

Sixth annual Sarasota Challenge Dancesport Championship: Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota

The sixth annual Sarasota Challenge Dancesport competition will be 1-11 p.m. March 22 and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. March 23. The event will feature Pro-Am competitions, instructional seminars, performances by one of today's top U.S. professional couples and the return of the ever-popular "So You Think Professionals Can Dance" contest, which pits dancers in various genres against each other in exciting, choreographed routines. Tickets: $30. Information: 941-799-0800 or www.sarasotachallenge.com.

Thomas the Tank Engine: Florida Railroad Museum, 2210 83rd St. E., Parrish

For two back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minutee ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, and enjoy a day of Thomas and Friends-themed activities, including arts and craft, storytelling and more 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22-23. Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 45 minutes, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through 3:45 p.m. each day. Tickets: $18, ages 2 and older. Information: 941-776-0906 or www.frrm.org.

SUNDAY

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 27. 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.

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