FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Art after 5: Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Slow your pace and explore the art in the Museum of Art and Circus Museum or catch a romantic sunset on Sarasota Bay at Ca' d'Zan Art After Five 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Special events include music and insights into the collection through gallery discussion. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.org.
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South Florida Museum Film Fridays: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The South Florida Museum will host their Film Fridays series "Science on the Big Screen," featuring fascinating, fun and fantastical movies representing the best of science on the silver screen, from documentaries to kitschy classics to superhero flicks. The films interpret and imagine science innovations of yesterday, today and tomorrow, are: "Jurassic Park" Oct. 24, "Robot and Frank" Nov. 7, "Particle Fever" Nov. 14, "Madame Curie" Dec. 5, "Soylent Green" Dec. 12, and "Iron Man" Dec. 19. No film on Oct. 31, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28. Instead there will be a live theatrical performance of "War of the Worlds" Oct. 30 and "Copenhagen" Nov. 20-22. All movie times are 6 p.m. Tickets: $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Seating is limited, reservations are encouraged. Information: 941-746-4131 or southfloridamuseum.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.
Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball: Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key
The final tournament in the 2014 season of the Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Series will be 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 25-26 featuring top male and female players from throughout the East Coast. Players of all skill levels will be eligible for play in the tournament. There will be divisions for intermediate and novice level players. Admission is free for all spectators who are encouraged to come early for a front row seat. A players' party, open to the public, will be held at The Boatyard Bar and Grill at the south bridge onto Siesta Key. For detailed information call 631-728-0397 or eevb.net.
St. Armands Boat Show: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
Cannons Marina will sponsor the St. Armands Boat Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25-26, the top destination for boating enthusiasts. There will be a display of top-of-the-line new boats, including Grady-White boats and Southwind Deck boats, all featuring Yamaha motors, along with some Hybrid series. Visitors can interact with representatives with any boating-related questions. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-383-1311 or cannons.com.
Sarasota Coin Show: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Sarasota Coin show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 24-25 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26 featuring local, regional and national dealers buying, selling, trading coins, old paper money and memorabilia. Admission is free. Information: 941-954-0202 or frankcoxproductions.com/coin_show/
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 7-10 p.m. Nov. 8 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 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. Foodie at the Market for Oct. 25 is Jackie Dezelski, Manatee Chamber of Commerce. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Central Sarasota Farmers Market: Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota
The Central Sarasota Farmers 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
Ellenton Farmers Market: 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton
The Ellenton Farmers Market is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and specializes in "green" natural, organic and environmentally friendly products that makes for a healthier lifestyle and a better environment. Information: 941-256-4794.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays featuring fruits and vegetables from local groves and farms including herbs, plants, cut flowers, prepared foods, seafood, ice cream, kettle corn, barbecue and multiple organic products. Local arts and craftsmen will be selling soaps and essential oils, organic treat for pets, fabric fantasies, books and much more. The midweek market runs through April. Information: 941-366-1323 or visit farmhousemarket.org.
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. Dinner, varied menu, 5-7 p.m., and Queen of Hearts 8 p.m., Mondays. Hamburgers 5-7 p.m., Bingo 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Bingo 1-3 p.m., meatball sandwiches and chili 5-8 p.m., karaoke with Franky Allen 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Dinner with new menu selections 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Dancing and live music 7-10 p.m. Saturdays. Foxhole Lounge: hot dogs and Sloppy Joes 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. Smoke free. 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
Halloween Party Pot Luck Buffet, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31; $6. Guests are encouraged to wear Halloween costume. Cost: $6 donation. 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
Halloween party with karaoke by Benny, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 25. Bar poker, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Euchre, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. 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. Oct. 25 featuring a barbecue dinner and live music by the Jack Tamburine Band. 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.
Main Street Live!: Old Main Street, between Manatee and Third avenues, Bradenton
The Old Main Street Merchants Association will host downtown's most popular street party "Main Street Live!" 4 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31 featuring vendors and live music throughout the evening. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-518-4997.
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. Nov. 1 featuring the Koko and Karma Duo performing mystical styles spanning island music and rock and roll. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring lunch or purchase lunch on-site from Renaissance on 9th. Information: realizebradenton.com.
Annual "Taste of Manatee": Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto
The Rotary Club of West Bradenton will host the 28th annual Taste of Manatee 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 1 and noon-7 p.m. Nov. 2 featuring two days of tasting fine cuisine from local restaurants, live entertainment from area bands, arts and crafts, children's stage, activities for the entire family and sports fans will be able to catch their favorite football games on large screen TVs in the Tiki Tent. The nearby Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, the 1880 Post Office, the old Schoolhouse, the Chapel, Military Museum and 1914 Carnegie Library will offer tours. Information: 941-323-3936 or TasteofManatee.com.
Anna Maria Island Privateers "Pirate Invasion": Coquina Beach, Bradenton
Watch pirate ships make their way across the island in a 7-mile skirmish to take the island from the privateers 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 1 ending at Coquina Beach. The event continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2. There will be craft, food and beverage vendors, live music by the area's best teen band followed by Kettle of Fish and Shotgun Justice, and a kids area complete with pirate ship to climb and explore. There will be a Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m. with live music and choir, followed by the Savannah Brady Band, The Tangled Mangoes and Kim Betts and The Gamble Creek Band. Admission is free. Information: 941-527-6171 or amiprivateers.org.
Annual Taste of Manatee: Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto
The 28th annual Taste of Manatee will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 1 and noon-7 p.m. Nov. 2 featuring two days of tasting fine cuisine from over 20 local restaurants and local culinary schools offering a taste of their finest preparations, live entertainment from area bands, arts and crafts, children's stage and other activities for the entire family, and sports fans will be able to catch their favorite football games on the large screen TV in the Tiki Tent. The nearby Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will offer guided tours and guest can visit the 1880 Post Office, the old Schoolhouse and the Chapel, Military Museum and 1914 Carnegie Library. Admission is free. Information: 941-323-3936 or tasteofmanatee.com.
Bridge Street Market Season 2014-2015: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Markets will begin Nov. 2 and will run Sundays through April 26. Market hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The market offers area produce and plant vendors, arts and craft vendors, funky beach style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home decor, food, fun and more. The market also offers monthly food challenges to raise money for local charities. Market organizers are taking applications now from interested vendors. Vendors are to contact Melissa Enders at firstname.lastname@example.org or download an application at bridgestreetmerchants.com.
Ringling Underground: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
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. 6. 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. Nov. 7 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. Nov. 7 featuring live music by . Beer, wine and food sales benefit, a local non-profit organization. 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. Nov. 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. This month highlights 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.
Second Saturday ArtWalk: various locations, St. Petersburg
It will be a moonlit night as galleries, artist studios, and some museums open for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk 5-9 p.m. Nov. 8 celebrating Universal Music Day. 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.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market: 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.
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. Nov. 14 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. Nov. 14 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.
Fogartyville Contra Dance Nights: 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota
WSLR kicks off a monthly contra dance series 8 p.m. Nov. 15 featuring live music by Terns at Tide and benefiting the Eat Local Guide. Contra dancing is social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. A caller guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. The series is for people of all ages and lifestyles, including children ages 7 and up. Tickets: $8.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 21 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.
"Mainly Art" arts and craft show: Main Street, Bradenton
Realize Bradenton will host its monthly art, craft and antiques bazaar "Mainly Art," 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22 and every third Saturday of the month. This free event will feature art, craft and antiques vendors, "Art Of" demonstrations 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and live music. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Information: 840-0017 or visit www.realizebradenton.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. 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.