FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
HealthSouth Rehabilitation third annual Classic Car Sow: 6400 Edgelake Drive, Sarasota
During National Rehabilitation Week former HealthSouth Sarasota patients, their families and the public are invited to the HealthSouth third annual Classic Car Show 6-8 p.m. Sept. 26 featuring an array of classic cars, classic rock music played by Candy Girls of WSRZ, an on-site flu-shot clinic, a prize drawing and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. Admission is free. Proceeds from the prize drawing and sale of food will benefit the American Heart Association. Information: 941-921-8674.
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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. Sept. 26 featuring live music by Adrian Ray. 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.
Oktoberfest 2014: 8098 66th St. N., Pinellas Park
The German American Society of Pinellas County will host Oktoberfest 2014 featuring three weekends highlighting German food, culture and music 5 p.m. Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4, and Oct. 10-11. The event will feature authentic German vendors and bands and folk dancers. There will be prize drawings. General admission: $6, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: 941-727-421-3905 or germantampa.com.
10th annual Paint the Town "Quick Draw" and "KidsCreate": Riverwalk along the Manatee River, Bradenton
Watch artists of all levels painting on location at the 10th annual Paint the Town "Quick Draw" 10 a.m.-noon and in "KidsCreate," in which ArtCenter Manatee KidsArt instructors will guide children ages 6-16 on the art of outdoor painting at Riverwalk Park, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 27. During "Quick Draw" artists will complete their work in two hours and will exhibit and sell their work 1-2 p.m. at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Participating children in "KidsCreate" will utilize the beauty of the waterfront park where they will learn tricks and techniques of this painting style. Children will be provided with paint, canvas and brushes. Refreshments will be served. Paint the Town events will continue throughout the town and "Quick Draw" works will be on display at the ArtCenter Sept. 27-Oct. 1. The events are free and open to the public. For information on "Quick Draw," call 941-365-9960. Reservations for "KidsCreate": 941-746-2862.
Sidewalk Astronomy: 8141 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes 7-10 p.m. Sept. 27, weather permitting. Participants will be treated to up close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-342-9632.
International Beer Festival: Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota
The 2014 Lakewood Ranch Beer Festival will be 3-7 p.m. Sept. 27 featuring unlimited samples of over craft and specialty beers from around the world along with food samplings from dozens of restaurants around the Lakewood Ranch area. There will be a "Big Top Beer Carnival" and a variety of fun games, including the Tour de Ranch Tricycle Race, Final Cup Beer Pong, Beer Bottle Ring Toss and the Ultimate Cornhole. A variety of fine wine and additional domestic drafts will be available for purchase. General admission tickets: $10 and up. VIP tickets are $65. Information: lakewoodranchbeerfestival.com
Florida Railroad Museum "Hole in the Head Gang Train Robbery": 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish
A valuable shipment will be on board your train at The Florida Railroad Museum's "Hole in the Head Gang Train Robbery" 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 27-28 and Nov. 29. Passengers will be fully secure in the hands of the United States Marshal Service who will try to prevent the gang from attempting to stop the train in which the entire family can participate. Tickets: $12-$16. Some of the tickets are for open air-cars and are first come, first serve at boarding. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.org.
Cracker Country Museum Day Live!: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa
Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country will open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27. Visitors can tour historic buildings and grounds that represent home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural Florida communities just before the turn of the 20th century. Watch blacksmith at work, dip your own beeswax candle, meet a 19th century Florida cow hunter and help with the everyday chores like churning butter and cleaning laundry with an old-fashioned washboard. This nationwide event offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural venue. Admission without Museum Day Live! ticket is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Parking is $6 per vehicle. Information: 800-345-3247.
Historic Manatee County Courthouse Outdoor Concert: 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
The historic Manatee County Courthouse comes alive with music 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 1 featuring the Brooke Bonderer Band, mixing country with contemporary flair. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring lunch or purchase lunch on-site from Renaissance on 9th. Information: realizebradenton.com.
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 Moose: 310 44th Ave. E., Bradenton
Bingo, 6 p.m., doors open 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-773-6541.
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.
Fairlane Acres: 819 49th Ave. Terr. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6:30 p.m., doors open 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 941-739-5365.
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 U.S. 301 N.), Ellenton
Bingo, doors open 4 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. Fridays Oct.-April. 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 Street)
Dance with live bands plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday. Admission: $10. Open to the public. 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. Singles dance information, call Stephen at 941-587-3365 or Michelle at 941-812-7311, for all other schedules, call 941-685-7026 or saradancecenter.com.
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. Oct. 11 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.
Downtown Bradenton Farmers' Market: Old Main St., Bradenton
The Bradenton Farmers Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays beginning Oct. 4 and continuing through May, featuring more than 30 vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. New additions "Chef at the Market," highlighting local chefs are every second Saturday, and "Foodies at the Market," featuring residents who love to cook are every fourth Saturday. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
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 $6 all-you-can-eat breakfast 8 a.m.-11 a.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
Ladies Auxiliary Meatloaf dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m., entertainment 6-9 p.m. Sept. 27.Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, Mondays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, open to the public. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Breast Cancer Awareness event 1 p.m. Sept. 25 featuring a barbecue dinner and live music by the Jack Tamburine Band. Myakka Band, 7-10 p.m. Sept. 27.Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Sunday breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon. 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.
10th annual "Paint the Town" Reception and Exhibit: ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
An opening reception for the 10th annual Paint the Town exhibit will be 5-7 p.m. Oct. 2. The exhibit will feature plein air paintings done on location around Bradenton and its surrounding areas by local, regional and national renown artists and will be on display through Oct. 30. Cost: free will donations are welcome. There will be a cash bar. Information: 941-746-2862.
Ringling Underground: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Come dressed for an early Halloween and listen to compelling regional musical acts, view the work of up-and-coming local artists and view art in select galleries or special exhibitions during Ringling Underground 8-11 p.m. Oct. 2. Attendees in costume are entered in a prize drawing for tickets to the RIAF act Intergalactic Nemesis. Admission: $10, free with admission to Art After Five and for college students with a valid ID. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.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. Oct. 3 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Oct. 3 featuring live music. 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. Oct. 3 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4. The Village of the Arts is the place to be for the hottest and largest selection of local art. Take a stroll in the cool of the evening among 30 galleries and three five-star restaurants all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages. 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. Oct. 10 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. Oct. 10 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.
Second Saturday Full Moon ArtWalk: various locations, St. Petersburg
It will be a moonlight opening night as galleries, artist studios, and some museums open for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk 5-9 p.m. Oct. 11. The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, the Edge District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination. Information: 727-518-5142.
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 will play their last game of the 2014 season on Oct. 12, with tailgating at 6 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., game at 7 p.m. and an after party at 9:15 p.m. 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 game are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information: bradentuckybombers.org.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 17 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.
Spirit and Orb Walk: Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
A Spirit and Orb Walk is offered 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Due to the "paranormal" nature of these walk, reservations are required and are limited to a maximum of 25 adults, ages 18 and older. Guests must arrive by 7:30 p.m. for a 30-minute indoctrination and discussion of the walk and activities, followed by the walk which will promptly start at 8 p.m. and will last until 9:30 p.m. Guests are requested to wear good walking shoes, long pants and a jacket. Cost: $10. Reservations and information: 941-776-0418 or bunkerhillvineyard.com.
Florida Railroad Museum "Pumpkin Patch Express": 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish
The Pumpkin Patch Express will depart 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 25-26. The train ride takes visitors to a patch of pumpkins where children can pick their own pumpkin to take home. The entire family can participate in hay rides, crafts and other activities at no additional charge. Tickets: $14-$28. Some of the tickets are for open air-cars and are first come, first serve at boarding. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.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.
Thieves Market-Anna Maria Island Privateers: Coquina Beach, Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold a Thieves Market 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 featuring various vendors offering fruit, vegetables, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, yard sale items and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 315-529-6507 or amiprivateers.com.