This weekend's best bets: March 28-30

March 28, 2014 

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Sailor Circus 65th Anniversary Show: Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

The Sailor Circus 65th Anniversary Show, a patriotic-themed show saluting veterans and their families, will be today through April 5. Kids of all ages can enjoy performances by the "Greatest Little" Show on Earth, the Sailor Circus Academy, a youth circus which will perform various acrobatic and artistic acts, including walking the tight rope and trapeze. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon and 7 p.m. March 29 and noon, 5 and 7 p.m. April 5. Tickets: $12-$16. Information: 941-355-9805 or www.circusarts.org.

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

The last of Film Fridays series "An American Legacy" featuring moving portrayals of U.S. military troops and events throughout recent history, focusing on intimate stories behind the heroics will be "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq," 6 p.m. March 28. The movie is presented in partnership with the Legacy of Valor campaign and the Manatee County Veterans Council. 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 offers free concerts through April 11 featuring the following artists, musicians and bands: Michael Weiss, 6-8 p.m. March 28; Brian Spainhower, 6-8 p.m. April 4; and Kristopher James, 6-8 p.m. April 11. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Information: 941-840-0013.

Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Museum of Science and Industry, 11315 N. 46th St., Tampa

Experience the High Seas Adventure at the Bay Area Festival and partake in the Buccaneer Beer Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 28-29 at Piper's Valley, the Festival's special events area. Special guests such as Pirate Fashions, The Dandelion Bay, and Carole's Treasures will be there for all of your pirate treasure needs, whether it's clothing, jewelry, or crafts. The Festival is on a mission to discover the best beards and are asking contenders to showcase their face follicles in the annual free beard competition. The Festival offer daily Royal Pub Crawls featuring different pubs on the Festival grounds and a "Swig a Pig" beer and bacon tasting. The festival is open weekends through April 6, with a special day for schools and seniors on Festival Friday, April 4. Admission: $19.95 adults, $11.95 children ages 5-12, children ages four and younger are admitted free. Information: www.BayAreaRenFest.com.

SATURDAY

Winterfest: Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch

The music festival is 10 a.m.-11 p.m. March 29 featuring country and rock acts including Lt. Dan Band, Rick Derringer, Kansas, Ty Herndon, Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane Fame, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Bertie Higgins (whose "Key Largo" was a huge soft-rock hit), Billy Dean, Les Sabler and Eagles tribute band Hotel California, and Jeff Cook, a co-founder of the band Alabama. Tickets: General admission, $26.87; VIP $104.49. Information: www.lwrwinterfest.com.

An Evening of Classic Rock and Roll: Bridge Street, Holmes Beach

Shotgun Justice will perform classic rock and roll music at the Bridge Street's Night of Classic Rock and Roll 5-10 p.m. March 29. The event will also feature local artists and performers. There will be food and beverages available for purchase, Information: www.bridgestreetmerchants.com.

Dragon Boat Festival: Riverwalk, Bradenton

The Dragon Boat Festival will be March 29, with races between 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and will feature a multitude of activities for the family from a farmers markets to volleyball and more. The dragon boat races are open to participants of all ages, sizes and abilities. The minimum age is 12. Registration starts at $23 a person. Information: www.panamdragonboat.com.

sunday

11th annual Embracing Our Differences Exhibit: Riverwalk, Bradenton and Sarasota Island Park, Sarasota

Embracing Our Differences, an annual juried art exhibit, will be on display simultaneously in Sarasota's Island Park and at Bradenton's Riverwalk, March 30-June 1 featuring billboard-sized images created by artists, writers and students from around the world reflecting their interpretation of the message "enriching lives through diversity." Information: 941-404-5710 or www.embracingourdifferences.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 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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