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April 4, 2014 



DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest: Sutton Park, 1050 Sixth St. W., Palmetto

The DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest will be 5-10 p.m. April 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. April 5, and noon-7 p.m. April 6. The event will feature some of the tastiest seafood, arts and crafts and commercial vendors, games and fun for the children in the Kids Zone. There will be entertainment throughout the weekend featuring Friday night's headliner country music entertainer Travis Tritt, and Saturday night's headliner rapper Vanilla Ice. The following bands will perform throughout the weekend including Whiskey Blind, Triggerfish, Kim Betts, Boss Hawg, Boneshakers, Gladesmen/Gator Nate, AC/DC Highway to Hell "tribute band," Blue Mason Barter and Renegade. A boat shuttle service will depart from Regatta Point Marina every hour, 5-10 p.m. April 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. April 5, and noon-6 p.m. April 6, from Riviera Dunes Marina Fuel Dock every 20 minutes past the hour, 5:20-10:20 p.m. April 4, 11:20 a.m.-10:20 p.m. April 5, 12:20-6:20 p.m. April 6, and from the Bradenton Riverwalk Day Dock, leaving every 40 minutes past the hour 5:40-10:40 p.m. April 4, 11:40 a.m.-10:40 p.m. April 5, and 12:40-6:40 p.m. April 6. Admission: $3, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information:

Eleventh 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, through 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

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, runs 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. April 4 and 5 and 7 p.m. April 5. Tickets: $12-$16. Information: 941-355-9805 or

Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. April 4 featuring live music by The Venturas. Beer, wine and food sales benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit

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. April 4 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.

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

Realize Bradenton's popular "Music in the Park" series presents Brian Spainhower, 6-8 p.m. April 4. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Information: 941-840-0013.

Village of the Arts Art Walk and Garden Tour: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton

Enjoy an art walk through Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony and visit the Village's gardens and gates featuring artsy sculpture gardens, bamboo waterfall gardens, clay in the garden, garden art, traditional gardens and more 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. April 4 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5 with art on display at the more than 25 galleries. Information:


Sarasota Film Festival "Moonlight Movies": various locations, Sarasota

The last of the free Moonlight Movies screenings, covering a variety of genres from family classics to historical drama, Hollywood blockbusters to experimental cinema, will be "The Little Mermaid" at sunset April 5. Information:

Spring Florida Native Plant Festival and Sale: Sweet Bay Nursery, 10824 Erie Road, Parrish

The Florida Native Plant Society and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will hold its 13th annual Spring Native Plant Festival and Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5 featuring a large selection of native trees, shrubs, grasses and blooming wildflowers for use in any garden. Local nature groups, including the Manatee Audubon and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program will be available for consultations. The event is free and open to the public. Information: Karen Fraley at 941-776-0510 or

Anna Maria Island Art and Craft Festival: Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach

The Anna Maria Island Art and Craft Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5 and 10 a,m.-4 p.m. April 6, featuring fine arts and crafts. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Butterfly Park. Information: 352-344-0657.

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