FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Jan. 2 featuring live music by The Distractions. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Food Bank of Manatee, 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.
"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. Jan. 2 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.
Village of the Arts art walks: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
"Celebrate the World" as the Village kicks off 2015 with the first Art Walk of the year and celebrate their 15th anniversary 6-9:30 p.m. Jan. 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 3. Take a stroll in the cool of the evening among 30 galleries, all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages and transformed into many different countries, and three five-star restaurants serving delectable foods of various lands. Information: villageofthearts.com.
Bradenton Boat Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Bradenton Boat Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 2-3 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 4. Attendees can browse a vast selection of new boats, along with boating accessories, fishing gear, and are encouraged to sit in on a "how-to" session at the Capt. Joe Fishing School lead by expert anglers. Bait, tackle and line will be provided. Depending on the topic, participants can learn how to rig lures, tie knots, or how to throw a cast net. Admission: $5 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: bradentonboatshow.com
Sarasota Orchid Society: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Sarasota Orchid Society will present its 58th Annual Orchid Show themed "A Symphony of Orchids," 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 3-4 featuring thousands of stunning displays, individual plants and a competition for each class. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the growers, purchase orchids and related items and enjoy free educational seminars both days. Admission: $5 adults, $1 students with valid ID, children ages 8 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-9980 or sarasotaorchidsociety.org.
Beach market at Coquina: Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the beach market at Coquina 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 4 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 Larry Wilhelm. 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.
Totally '80s Classic Movie Series: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa
Tampa's historic movie palace will kick off the new year with the "Totally '80s" Classic Movie series, the movies that shaped a generation. The schedule: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" Jan. 4, "Rain Man" Jan. 11, Footloose" Jan. 18, "Better Off Dead" Jan. 25, "Blade Runner" Feb. 1, "Airplane!" Feb. 8, "Top Gun" Feb. 15, "The Breakfast Club" Feb. 22. All movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets: $1- adults, $8 members. Information: 813-274-8981 or tampatheatre.org.
Bridge Street Market: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Market will run Sundays through April 26, except for 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, clothing, home decor, food, fun and more. The market also offers monthly food challenges to raise money for local charities. Market organizers are now taking applications from interested vendors. Vendors are to contact Melissa Enders at firstname.lastname@example.org or download an application at bridgestreetmerchants.com.
Elvis Impersonator Contest and Elvis Presley's 80th celebration: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will celebrate Elvis Presley's 80th birthday Jan. 8-11 featuring an impersonator contest, two special Elvis tribute shows and a themed slot tournament highlighting the weekend of activities. For detailed information, call 813-627-7625 or seminolehardrocktampa.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
Progressive jackpot. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., play 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Information: 941-747-6121
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.
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.
Bayshore Gardens Dance: Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton
Friday morning dances are 10 a.m.-noon. Cost $4 a person. The public is invited. Information: 941-753-0313.
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.
Irish Ceili and Set Dancing: Sandpiper Mobile Resort, 2601 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach
The Anna Maria Irish Ceili dancers will begin their winter dancing 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 7-March 25. All dancers, from beginners to advanced, are welcome to attend. Information; 941-779-1416 or 941-778-1554.
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. Jan. 10 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. 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 Sunday Market: 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton
The Ellenton Sunday Market is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through May featuring fresh fruit and vegetables, local honey, arts and craft vendors and more. 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 through April 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 2-5 p.m., "Party in the Pavilion" with music 4-7 p.m. Sundays; breakfast $6. Tacos and more 4-7 p.m., bar poker 5-7 p.m. Mondays. Wings and more, 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays. A weekly varied menu dinner is served 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Fun night 5-7:30 p.m., music 6-9 p.m., Thursdays. Family fish fry 5-7 p.m., Feather Your Nest 7-9 p.m., Fridays; Fish $7, Steak $10. Bar Poker 3-5 p.m. Saturdays. 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
New Year's Day "Hangover Party," 1 p.m. Jan. 1, includes Bloody Mary fixin' bar and breakfast goodies. Euchre, 6 p.m. Thursdays. Fish Fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. All-you-can-eat breakfast 8-11 a.m., bar poker 4:30 p.m., Sundays. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
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.
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. Jan. 9 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.
Seventeenth Annual Thunder by the Bay: various locations, Sarasota
The 2015 Thunder by the Bay will feature various events throughout town, including A Food Truck Round-Up benefitting Suncoast Charities for Children 5-10 p.m. Jan. 4, featuring a wide variety of food specialties and live music by Shotgun Justice, a downtown festival 11 a.m.-11 p.m. featuring vendors, demonstrations, great food, live music by Full Circle, Category Three, Rockit Fly, Stormbringer and Bobby Friss, and a "Light Up The Night" bike show 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, a downtown festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m. featuring vendors, demonstrations, great food, live music by Great White, Dyersburg, and Lazy Bonez, and a 16 Class Bike Show 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 11. For a full schedule and detailed information: thunderbythebay.org.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Jan. 9 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 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. Jan. 10 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. Jan. 10 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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Jan. 16 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.
Ghost Spirit and Orb Walks: Bunker Hill Vineyards and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
Bunker Hill Vineyard will host "Spirit and Orb Walks" 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Guests are asked to bring cameras with a night flash, EVP recorders, EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders, and extra batteries. Guests must arrive by 6 p.m. for a 30 minute indoctrination and discussion of the night's walk and activities. The "Spirit & Orb Walks" will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will last until 8 p.m. Good, closed toes, walking shoes, long pants and a jacket are encouraged. Since these walks will take place at night on both level and non-level ground, participants should be in good physical shape. Cost: $10. Reservations are required and are limited to a maximum of 25 adults, 18 years of age or older. Information: 941-776-0418 or email@example.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. Jan. 17 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.
Main Street Live!: Old Main Street, between Manatee and Third avenues, Bradenton
Ringing in the new year the Old Main Street Merchants Association will host downtown's most popular street party "Main Street Live!" 5 p.m.-midnight Feb. 19 featuring vendors and live music by . Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-518-4997.