This weekend's best bets: May 16-18

May 16, 2014 


Inaugural Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival: various locations, Bradenton

The Bradenton Area Film Commission will roll out the red carpet for the Inaugural Bradenton Arts Movieville Film Festival, a celebration of film and the arts, through May 18. The event features an array of international and national independent films and will also showcase the work of local producers and incorporate art and music to create a sensational arts experience in the downtown Bradenton area. Movieville will present screenings of award winning films such as "Mother of George," "The Enemy" and "Paloma." Film screenings are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 16-18. All-day Access Pass: $15. Additional events include a party on Old Main Street, 6:30-10 p.m. May 16, a cocktail party mixer, 6:30-10 p.m. May 17, and a black tie closing gala, 6:30-10 p.m. May 18. VIP Gold passes are available for $200 and provide free admission and or special seating and VIP perks at all events. For locations and a full schedule of events visit


Snooks Adams Kids Day: Bayfront Park, 310 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria

The Anna Maria Island Privateers proudly announce they will continue the tradition of Snooks Adams Kids Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17. This fun festival for kids will feature free pizza, hot dogs, soda, games, pirate stories, costume contest, craft and prizes. Information:

Flea Market and Collectibles Fair: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

A flea market and collectibles fair will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 17 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18 featuring antiques, books, collectibles, jewelry, discount postage, linens and more. Admission: $2, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-954-4165, ext. 6.

11th annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival: along Main Street, Sarasota

Sarasota welcomes back more than 100 of the finest crafters in the country when its spring craft festival returns 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 17-18. The popular craft fair showcases a wide variety of original handcrafted art and affordable gift items. The huge selection of craft media includes folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, basket weaving, beaded utensils, candles, cork assemblage, fabric design, fiber quilts, fused wax and glass, hair accessories, handbags and accessories, handmade cards, leather, mosaic, wood, painted wood, plaster craft and stained glass. A Green Market will feature exotic live plants, savory dips, gourmet sauces, freshly popped kettle corn, and much more. Information: 561-746-6615 or


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 July. 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.

Manatee Rare Fruit Council Tree Sale: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto

The Manatee Rare Fruit Council Tree Sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18 featuring thousands of unusual fruiting plants and trees at reasonable prices. Admission and parking are free. Information: 941-776-0222 or

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