FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Main Street Live: Main Street, Bradenton
Main Street Live will be 5-10 p.m. June 19 featuring live music by Kettle of Fish 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. June 20 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 DSAsarasota.com.
Onshore Offshore Boat Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Onshore Offshore Boat Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 20-21, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 22 featuring dozens of new boat lines as well as fishing gear and accessories. Captain Joe Fishing School will offer classes each day, some of them hands-on, addressing rigging lures, tying knots, throwing a cast net, shark fishing, wade fishing and fishing from boats and kayaks. Tickets: $5 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: onshoreoffshoreboatshow.com.
Film Fridays: South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
"Recycle, Remake, Reboot," Friday Film Series examines the stories that we choose the tell time and again, from adaptations of classic literature to reboots of popular film series and remakes of earlier classics and include "The Magnificent Seven" June 20 and "The Wizard of Oz" June 27. No film June 13. All movie times are 6 p.m. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended. Tickets: $5, $3 members. Information; 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or southfloridamuseum.org.
Sarasota Roller Derby Bout: Stardust Skate Center, 2571 12th St., Sarasota
Come watch Sarasota's roller derby team the Rolling Renegades battle the Ocala Cannibals 6:30 p.m. June 21 and bring a chair to sit track site. Doors open at 6 p.m. Beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. There will be an after-party at the Jager Tavern and Grill, 1100 N. Tuttle, Sarasota. Information: northriverrollingrenegades.com.
Solar Solstice Reggae Celebration: WSLR, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota
WSLR will be hosting their inaugural Solar Solstice Reggae Celebration 6-10 p.m. June 21 celebrating the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. This will be a potluck event. Live entertainment will be provided by Treedomm and Triple El. Tickets: $5-$7. Information: 941-894-6469 or wslr.org.
Big Cat Habitat "Jam Out Hunger": 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota
Big Cat Habitat, Gulf Coast Sanctuary and Bonfire Jamband have teamed up to offer an afternoon of continuous live music and fun with the animals at the "Jam Out Hunger" event noon-5 p.m. June 21. In addition to continuous music from Bonfire Jam Band and Heather Downie Band, the nationally known Mummers String Band of Philadelphia will be performing, Attendees may feed bears and big cats along with emus, goats and other animals in the petting zoo on self-guided tours. Admission to the event is free for those who bring a bag of non-perishable grocery items or make a donation to the food bank; general admission is $15 adults, $7 children. Proceeds will benefit All Faiths Food Bank's "Campaign Against Summer Hunger." Information: 941-371-6377 or bigcathabitat.org.
Tampa Theatre Summer Classic Movie Series: 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
The Tampa Theatre Summer Classic Movie Series, a line-up of titles nominated by Tampa Theatre fans, are "Sing-Along Mary Poppins" June 21-22, "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" June 29, "North By Northwest" July 6, "The Gay Divorcee" July 13, "Lawrence Of Arabia" July 20, "Blazing Saddles" July 27, "Dirty Dancing" Aug. 3, "Citizen Kane" Aug. 10, "Casablanca" Aug. 16-17, and "The Black Pirate" Aug. 24. The public is encouraged to dress in costume for the "Sing-Along Mary Poppins." All movie screenings are at 3 p.m. and all tickets are $10 adults and $8 members, except for "Sing-Along Mary Poppins" and "The Black Pirate" are $12 adults and $10 children, seniors, military and members. Information: 813-274-8981 or tampatheatre.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 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.
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
Winter bingo returns Dec. 4. 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: 5917 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 305, 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 children 6 p.m. Thursdays; Cost: $5. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031.
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 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.
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. July 12 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.
Central Sarasota Farmer's Market: Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota
The Central Sarasota Farmer's Market will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, featuring locally grown fresh produce, local artisan products, live music, and a variety of food vendors. Information: 941-677-0078 or centralsarasota
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 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
Sunday bar bingo and wings 5-7 p.m. Open daily at 10 a.m. 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
All-you-can-eat breakfast 8:30-11 a.m., Feather Your Nest 1-5 p.m., Sundays; breakfast: $5. Tacos, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, open to the public; tacos: $4. A varied lunch menu is served noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A weekly varied menu dinner is served 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Fun night 6-7:30 p.m., Thursdays. All-you-can-eat fried fish 5-7 p.m., Feather Your Nest 7-9 p.m., Fridays. Information: 941-756-2113.
Marine Corps League Desoto 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
Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Bar poker 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Karaoke with Randy and Annette, 7-10 p.m. June 21. Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 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. The public is welcome to all dinners and events. Information: 941-794-6394.
Van Wezel FridayFest on the Bayfront: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Kick back on the Sarasota bayfront at FridayFest 5:30-9 p.m. June 27 featuring live music by Yesterdayze. Bring blankets and chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-953-3368 or vanwezel.org.
Learn To Fish Recovery benefit concert: Five O'Clock Club, 1930 Hillview St., Sarasota.
The Learn to Fish Recovery, a center for women and their children, will hold a benefit concert 7 p.m. June 29, featuring a silent auction and live music by Kara Nally, Shantel, Twinkle and Ari McManus. Admission: $10. Proceeds will benefit the Learn To Fish Recovery programs. Information: ltfrecovery.org.
Independence Day Celebration: various locations, Anna Maria Island
The Independence Day celebration will showcase two days of family fun, fresh seafood and spectacular Fireworks starting at The Beachhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, with the 21st Annual Fireworks Extravaganza July 3, and the finale at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, at its 28th Annual Fireworks Spectacular July 4. Both events feature special VIP packages providing front row seating, food and specialty drinks. Restaurant seating is on a first come, first served basis. Tickets and information: 941-778-8709, 941-779-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org and srhorton@chilesgroup.
Selby Gardens' "Tropical Fourth of July": Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
Selby Gardens' annual Tropical Fourth of July celebration will be 6 p.m. July 4 featuring a night of fun for the whole family with a fireworks display at Island Park island. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities such as lawn games and the always popular bounce house to pass the time waiting for the nocturnal display. There will be live music form Impulse. Bring folding chairs and beach blankets. No coolers. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets: $17 members, $20 nonmembers and member guests. Admission is free for children ages 11 and younger. Information: 941-366-5731 or selby.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. July 4 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 DSAsarasota.com.
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. July 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. July 4 featuring live music by Big T and The Tornadoes. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Mark Wandall Foundation. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit lakewoodranch.com/mainstreet.
Village of the Arts art walks: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
Enjoy an art walk through Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony 6-9:30 p.m. July 4 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 5 with art on display at the more than 25 galleries. The event is free and open to the public. Information: villageofthearts.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. July 11 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 taste bud. 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. July 11 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 DSAsarasota.com.
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: 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. after party 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. Tickets for the games are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information: bradentuckybombers.org.
Annual Cool Art Show: Coliseum Ballroom, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg
The annual Cool Art Show, a premier juried fine art and craft event, will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 19-20 featuring high caliber work from 80 local and regional award winning artists and includes a contemporary and classic collection of hand crafted visual and functional works for sale in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, mixed media and jewelry. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: pava-artists.org.
Buckler's 22nd annual Craft Fair: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
Buckler's 23rd annual Craft Fair will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26 featuring handmade creations by artists and crafters, including custom home decor, unique gifts, needlework, dolls and toys, country and primitive decor, artwork, jewelry, woodwork, painted glass, gourmet delights, quilts, plants and planters, recycled tire art, pet items, pottery and much more. Admission: $6, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: bucklercraftfair.com/bradenton.