Keep Manatee Beautiful "Sandblast": Coquina Public Beach, 1402 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Assemble your team of sculptors for the Keep Manatee Beautiful "Sandblast," a sand-sculpting competition in the "school" or "open" division, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. followed by judging and awards Nov. 8. Bring spades, shovels, buckets and trowels to create your winning sculpture. Teams of up to 15 members can register at 8 a.m. Cost: $30 per team. Information: 941-795-8272 or manateebeautiful.com.
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. This month highlights the Festival of the Skeletons, "Dia de los Muertos," featuring a memory wall for loved ones and artists' shrines to family and friends. Enjoy Mexican food and music throughout the event while visiting the various altars throughout the Village, the Skeleton Walk and Procession of the Skeleton Puppets and a special appearance by Lady La Catrina, Mexico's most famous skeleton. Information: villageofthearts.com.
"Symphony in the Sand": Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach
The award-winning Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra will hold their annual Symphony in the Sand 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, a musical and gourmet event featuring a full 45-piece symphonic orchestra, chorus and professional soloists performing the sounds of classical and patriotic American songs, Broadway and movie selections and small plates created by various local restaurants. Individual tickets are $35, table seats are $100, open seating on beach is free. Information: 941-795-2370 or symphonyonthesand.com.
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.
Arts and craft show: Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
A two-day outdoor arts and crafts show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 featuring jewelry, glass, photography, art, clothes, food and much more. Live music will be provided by Patchouli. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Information: 941-518-4431 or 352-344-0657.
Stone Crab Festival: Cortez Fishing Village, 119th St. W., Bradenton
The annual Stone Crab Festival will begin at noon Nov. 8-9 featuring boat loads of fresh stone crab, local artisans, games for kids, pony rides and more. Live music will be on three stages, featuring Razing Cane, Brandi and The Ride, The Bobby G Band, Kate and The Big Bad Wolves, and Eric Von Hammond on Saturday. Twinkle, Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots, Reid Frost, and Doug Deming on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit Fishing for Freedom. Information: 941-798-2035 or swordfishgrillcortez.com.
Sarasota Medieval Fair: Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
The annual Sarasota Medieval Fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23 featuring historical scenarios complete with battle re-enactments, artisan market place with more than 100 merchants, worldly foods to try and entertainers that will impress every age from juggling, to sword fighting, mud slinging, to washing well wenches. Lances will shatter at the full contact joust, while the lanes will be filled with improv players telling the story of 955 A.D. Germany in the recreation of the Battle of Lechfield, Tickets: $16.95 adults, $14.95 students and seniors, students must show ID and seniors must be older than age 55, $8.95 children ages 5-12, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: 888-303-3247 or sarasotamedievalfair.com.
Beach market at Coquina: Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 featuring fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and much more. Special music this week will be provided by Shift's End. Donations of non-perishable food and clothing for those in need are welcome. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible, dogs are not allowed. Information: 941-518-4431.
Bridge Street Market Season 2014-2015: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Markets will begin Nov. 9 and will run Sundays through April 26, except for Nov. 23 and Easter Sunday. 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.