FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Museum of Science and Industry, 11315 N. 46th St., Tampa
The 37th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends through March 29 with special days for schools and seniors March 29. The event features more than 100 merchants contributing to the atmosphere of this charming 16th century village. The public can experience live armored jousting, 12 stages of entertainment, theme weekends including Shamrocks and Shenanigans March 14-15, High Seas Adventure March 21-22, Barbarian BBQ Bash March 28-29, and a Festival Friday March 27. Tickets: $19.95 adults, $11.95 children, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: bayarearenaissancefest.com.
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Oldies Beach Dance: Sandbar Pavilion, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria
Bring your dancing shoes to the Oldies Beach Dance 3-5 p.m. March 12 featuring the Gulf Drive Band and KoKo Ray performing a music mix from the '50s, '60s and '70s, including some favorite swing, jazz, country and popular music. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Information: 941-518-4431.
Spaghetti dinner: Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
The Bradenton Woman's Club will be hosting a catered spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. March 12. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. There will be door prizes and a prize drawing. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children ages 9 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Child Abuse Prevention Services. Information: 941-896-6541.
Milman-Kover Jewish Film Festival: various locations, Sarasota and Manatee counties
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host the 2015 Milman-Kover Jewish Film Festival through March 16 featuring eight award-winning films with many followed by a discussion. The selected films are: "Under the Same Sun," 7 p.m. March 12; "Operation Sunflower," 3 p.m. March 12 and 7 p.m. March 16; "The Sturgeon Queens," at noon March 15; "Is That You?" 6:30 p.m. March 15 and 3 p.m. March 16. Some films are followed by a lunch or brunch. Tickets for the opening night movie and movies including a dessert, lunch or brunch are $25, all other films are $10 each. For locations and information: 941-552-6304 or jfedsrq.org.
South Florida Museum Film Fridays: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The museum's new film series "Great Minds" are documentaries highlighting an array of brilliant figures in the fields of arts and sciences. The scheduled films in the series are "Searching for Sugar Man," March 13; "10 Questions for the Dalai Lama," March 20. All show times are 6 p.m. Paid reservations are required. Tickets: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or southfloridamuseum.org.
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. March 13 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. March 13 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.
Spaghetti dinner: Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton
An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be 5-7 p.m. March 13. It includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread and a beverage, Take-out is available. Cost: $6 adults, $3 children. Information: 941-794-8067.
Dick Cole Memorial Model Airplane Show: 7315 71st Ave. E., Palmetto
The Manatee County Radio Controllers will host the annual Dick Cole Memorial Model Airplane Show 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 13-15. Pilots in various types of aircraft will fill the skies over the park with many different aircraft. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the beauty of flight while working on your tan. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. During the noon-time break, There will be a demonstration of precision and aerobatic flying at noon-time breaks. Admission: $2 donation per car. Information: 941-224-7009 or 941-224-1999.
Sarasota Bradenton Home Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Sarasota Bradenton Home Show will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 13-14 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15. The home show is the largest in the area an will feature more than 200 exhibits including kitchens, baths, windows, doors, solar products, flooring, interior designs, pools, spas and more. Nationally known Chef Warren Catterson will be conducting cooking seminars all weekend. Admission and parking is free. Information: 877-730-7469 or sarasotabradentonhomeshow.com.
26th annual Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest: Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
The Anna Maria Island Art League's annual juried art festival, Springfest, will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 14-15 at Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Admission is free. Art lovers can browse and purchase paintings, glass, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, fiber arts, photography, wood and more from the artists who create the artwork at this two-day event. Food vendors include seafood, barbecue, ice cream, fresh lemonade, corn dogs and more. There will be a children's art exhibit and activities; Western swing and bluegrass music performed by Anna Maria String Band, Howie Banfield & Scott Blum's Drum Bunny, and Washboard Band (Saturday). Admission and parking are free. Information: islandartleague.org, 941-778-2099.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, Gulf Side South, Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold a Thieves Market 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14 featuring various vendors offering fruit, vegetables, baked goods, antiques, jewelry, crafts, yard sale items and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 315-529-6507 or amiprivateers.com.
Second Saturday ArtWalk: various locations, St. Petersburg
Be the first to see new affordable works of art at the first Second Artwalk of the year as galleries, artist studios, and some museums will be open 5-9 p.m. March 14. The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, the Edge District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination. Free ArtWalk trolleys encompass these districts. Information: 727-518-5142.
All-you-can-eat country breakfast: Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 6323 13th St. Ct. E., Bradenton
The Shepherd Church of the Brethren is hosting an All-you-can-eat country breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. March 14 featuring pancakes, waffles, ham, grits, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage gravy, biscuits, coffee and orange juice. Cost: $5 adults, $2 children ages 6-10. Information: 941-752-7966 or 941-758-0988.
Main Street Live! St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Third annual Shamrock 5K Run/Walk and Pub Crawl: Old Main Street, between Manatee and Third avenues, Bradenton
Old Main Street Merchants Association will host downtown's most popular street party "Main Street Live!" 4 p.m.-midnight March 14 featuring vendors and live Irish rock music from The Dram beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The third annual Shamrock 5K Run/Walk will begin with registration at 3 p.m. March 14. Kids Leprechaun races are at 3:30 p.m., the 5K Chip Times Run is at 4:30 p.m. A pub crawl will follow the race activities. There will be a costume contest and corporate challenge. Registration: $15-$40. Information: 941-746-5659 or active.com or fit2run.com.
Palmetto Heritage Festival: Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
Palmetto will celebrate women at the Heritage Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14 featuring a park open house, musical entertainment, children's activities, heritage crafts demonstrations, a petting corral and a North River Fire Department Children's Firefighter Challenge. The 1880 Post Office will be open for business featuring 2015 cancellation designed by a Palmetto resident. There will be a special Women of North River art show, the Women's Resource Center and the Manatee County Health Department will be available with information on women's health and social services and the Early Learning Coalition will be providing car seat check-ups and distributing booster seats and car seats to families who can't afford them. The Woman's Club of Palmetto will host its annual Chicken and Yellow Rice Luncheon for $12 at 910 Sixth St. W., across the street from the park, and the Palmetto Public Library will have a Heritage Day Book Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission and parking is free. For details and information, call 941-721-2034 or 941-723-4991.
Music on the Porch: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez
As a nod to the strong musical heritage in Cortez fishing village, come enjoy the music of multiple musicians on the porch of the historic Burton Store, or bring an instrument and join in 2-5 p.m. March 14. The event is free. Information: 941-708-6120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Firefighters' 12th annual Rib Cook-Off: Phillippi Estate Mansion, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund will host the 12th annual rib cook-off 2-5 p.m. March 14 featuring more than a dozen Sarasota Firehouses competing for the best Firehouse Ribs. There will be live entertainment by the Daisy Dukes Band, local celebrity judges, a kid's zone. Admission is free. Taste tickets: $14 adults, $7 children. Proceeds will benefit the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund. Information: 941-809-6158 or sffbf.org.
Indoor garage sale: Bradenton Tropical Palms Hall, 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
The Bradenton Tropical Palms will hold an indoor garage sale 8 a.m.-noon March 14 featuring crafts, jewelry, and household items. Information: 941-580-5044.
Fourth Irish Celtic Festival: Greenbrook Adventure Park, 13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch
Lakewood Ranch Community Activities will host its fourth annual Irish Celtic Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14 featuring various booths offering Celtic items for sale and information of Celtic Cultural Heritage, Irish and Scottish dancers, a demonstration of Irish Hurling and Gaelic Football, a mini-hoops challenge, a puck-shoot contest in the skate rink, traditional Irish and Celtic fare, craft beers from Ireland and Scotland, children's activities, music by the Braden River Pipers, a dog parade and much more. Admission is free, food and beverage are available for purchase. Registration for the dog parade is $5 in advance or $10 day of event. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. Information: lwrcac.com/events/irish-celtic-festival.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration: Lynches Pub and Grub, 19 N. Blvd. of the President, St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
The Piping Hot Jacobites will be performing during its annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration 5-9 p.m. March 14-16 and noon-10 p.m. March 17. There will be additional bagpipe, drum and guitar bands, Celtic dancers and traditional Irish food. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-388-5550.
A Salute to America: American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton
"A Salute to America," an original and exceptional entertainment spectacular, including a celebrated remembrance to the USO will be presented 7-10 p.m. March 14 featuring magician-illusionist Joe Craighead, a local dance troupe performing a variety of patriotic dance numbers, and music by The Star Spangled Tap Company and The Franky Allan trio. Tickets: $15-$25. Proceeds will benefit the post's Veterans Relief Fund. Information: 941-794-3489 or kirbystewartpost24.org.
Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine: Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish
Bring the kids and come celebrate the famous blue steam engine's 100th birthday 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. March 14-15 and 21-22. The event will include a train ride, bounce houses, slides, storytelling, live entertainment, and much more. Photo opportunities with Thomas will be available throughout the day. Tickets: $15-$19. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.org.
Beach market at Coquina: Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the beach market at Coquina 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 15 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.
The Ken McBride Show: Woods Hall, 8200 Nancy Lane, Ellenton
Terra Siesta Mobile Home Park will host the Ken McBride Show with doors open at 6:30 p.m. March 15. The show will feature Ken McBride performing a variety of Irish music on piano and in song. Tickets; $12. Information: 802-272-3122.
Annual Tour of Kitchens: various locations in The Concession, 7700 Lindrick Lane, Bradenton
The Fifth Annual Tour of Kitchen will be 2-7 p.m. March 15 featuring select luxury model homes in Manatee County's gated golf course community of The Concession. Guests can tour the kitchens, enjoy the beauty of the homes, taste food and wine, converse with the chefs, mingle with other guests and enjoy a silent auction and desserts prepared by Manatee Technical College baking and pastry students. Tickets: $55. Proceeds will benefit the MTI Foundation's programs, teachers and students at MTI. Information: 941-751-7900, ext. 1012 or mtifoundation.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 email@example.com or download an application at bridgestreetmerchants.com.
Shamrocks and Leprechauns, a St. Patty's Day Dinner Party: Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton
Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day dinner 6:15 p.m. March 17 featuring traditional corned beef, cabbage, candied carrots, mashed potatoes, drinks and dessert. Cost: $10. Information: 941-792-2244 or faithchurchum.org.
Taste of Home Cooking School: Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Bradenton Herald is hosting the Taste of Home Cooking School 4-6 p.m. March 17. Taste of Home's culinary specialist, Michelle Roberts, will share home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season's best dishes. Attendees will receive a gift bag including the Taste of Home Cooking School magazine. Tickets are on sale now for $12 general admission and $35 VIP. VIP admission includes premium seating, a meet-and-greet reception, a chance to win the "Best Seat in the House" provided by Furniture Warehouse, early entrance to the Exhibitor Showcase, Taste of Home cookbook (regular retail value $25), gifts from national sponsors and more. Tickets can be purchased at the Bradenton Herald office, 1111 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, or online at www.bradenton.com/taste-of-home to purchase tickets or for show highlights. For more information, visit www.TasteofHome.com/Cooking-Schools.
Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Festival: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
The Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19 featuring multiple vendors selling jewelry, wood, art, photography, apparel, metal, photography, crafts, food and more. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Information: 352-344-0657.
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
Progressive jackpot, 20-game pack, Bonanza, and speedy. 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 8-9:30 p.m. with complimentary beverage and snacks. 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 Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Line dance classes with instructor Pete Garza 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $2 a person. Information: 941-748-0180.
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 through 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. March 14 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. Featured resident foodie will be Cristina Najmy, co-owner Sweet on Main and Louis Najmy of Najmy Thompson Attorneys at Law, Feb. 28. 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 $7. 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
St. Patrick's Day warm-up party, 4 p.m. March 14. St. Patrick's Day Party 4 p.m. March 15, featuring traditional corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots, Irish music. All past and present military personnel and their guests are welcome to the Bunker Bar for fellowship, camaraderie, entertainment, and refreshments. Bar hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 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
St. Patrick's Day corned beef dinner, 11 a.m. March 17 with music by Stacy at 2 p.m. Euchre, 7 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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 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.
Gem and Jewelry Show: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
A Gem and Jewelry Show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 20-22 featuring gem, jewelry and bead dealers presenting some of the finest collections for sale in the US. Admission: $4. Information: 941-954-4165 or srqauditorium.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. March 21 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.
Ghost Spirit and Orb Walks: Bunker Hill Vineyards and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
Bunker Hill Vineyard will host "Spirit and Orb Walks" 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Guests are asked to bring cameras with a night flash, EVP recorders, EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders, and extra batteries. Guests must arrive by 6:30 p.m. for a 30 minute indoctrination and discussion of the night's walk and activities. The "Spirit & Orb Walks" will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and will last until 8:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Bradenton Dragon Boat Festival: Riverwalk, Bradenton
Dragons arrive at the Riverwalk for the second annual Bradenton Dragon Boat Festival with races taking place between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 21. Dragon boat race teams can be formed from a corporate group, church and civic groups, community organizations, family and friends. The event is open to participants of all ages, sizes and abilities. Minimum age is 12. All equipment is provided, experience is not necessary. Registration: $23 and up. Information: 813-569-1030 or panamdragonboat.com.
Lakewood Ranch Garage Sale-Flea Market: 6811 Staggerbush Glen, Riverwalk Ridge, Lakewood Ranch
A Lakewood Ranch Garage Sale and Flea Market will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 21. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch. Information: email@example.com.
Annual Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes: various locations, Anna Maria Island
The 22nd annual Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 21 featuring select island properties in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria reflecting various styles of island living and provide participants with ideas for interior decorating and entertainment. A special Boutique will offer original arts and crafts, and culinary delights. Tickets: $20. Proceeds will benefit The Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information: 941-778-1908, ext. 0.
ArtSlam 2015: Old Main Street, Bradenton
The fifth annual ArtSalm will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 21, a celebration of the arts taking place in conjunction with the Bradenton Farmers' Market. The festival will feature Manatee County students and their teachers' performances, art works and street art, as well as dozens of other creative projects, exhibits and performances by professional artists and performers, including Fuzion Dance Artist, the Hoola Monsters, jugglers, balloon twisters, stilt walkers and more. The event is open and free to the publc. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: realizebradenton.com.
Art at the Ranch: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
ArtCenter Manatee and Lakewood Ranch Communities will host the 15th annual Art at the Ranch, a fine art festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22 featuring painting and drawings, sculpture, fine crafts, photography, jewelry and pottery. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: artcentermanatee.org/art-at-the-ranch-fine-art-festival-2015.
Annual Sarasota Challenge Dancesport Championships: Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota
The seventh annual Sarasota Challenge Dancesport Championships will begin with a seminar 4 p.m. March 21 and competition registration and tickets sales open at 7 a.m. March 22. The event includes Pro-Am competition, instructional seminars, performances by one of today's top U.S. professional couples, dinner and shows, and the return of the ever-popular "So You Think Professionals Can Dance" contest at 9:30 p.m. March 22. Tickets: $30-$175. Detailed information: 941-799-0800 or sarasotachallenge.com.
Spring Art and Craft Festival: 5 Point Park Avenue and First Street, Sarasota
The 13th annual downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21-22 featuring eclectic exhibits, live music, original art, unique handmade crafts and affordable gift items. A Green Market will offer a wide variety of plants including exotic orchids, handmade soaps, gourmet spices and dips, freshly popped kettle corn and much more. Admission is free. Information: 561-746-6615 or artfestival.com.
Family Favorites Classic Movie Series: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
The Tampa Theatre offers a Family Classic Movie Series for kids featuring some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen. The schedule is: "Matilda," March 22; "Big," March 29; "Shrek," April 5; "The Goonies," April 12, "Hook," April 19, "E.T.," April 26, "Frozen," May 2-3, which features a sing-a-long and invites families to dress in their favorite "Frozen" fashions for a costume parade on-stage before the show. All showtimes are 3 p.m. Tickets for "Frozen" are $12 adults, $10 children ages 2-12 and include a bag of interactive props for use during the movie. Regular tickets: $10 adults, $8 children ages 2-12 and members. Information: 813-274-8981 or tampatheatre.org.
Music in the Park: The Riverwalk, Mosaic Amphitheater, Bradenton
Realize Bradenton invites the public to enjoy free concerts and support our local music scene at the monthly "Music in the Park" 6-9 p.m. March 27 featuring live funk and reggae music. The public is encouraged to participate in between acts with Spoken Word to allow language to thrill. Bring your own poems or wing it, artist's choice. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: 941-621-6471 or realizebradenton.com.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. April 3 featuring live music by . Beer, wine and food sales will benefit the . 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. April 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.
Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk: various locations, Sarasota
The Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk will be 6 p.m. April 3 featuring businesses, shops and eateries, decorated to welcome the holidays, and will stay open late as live music fills the streets. Attendees can shop, stroll and celebrate as they stroll through the businesses and along the downtown sidewalks enjoying dancing, refreshments and special offers. Proceeds will benefit Selby Gardens. Information: 941-366-5731.
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. April 3 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4. 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.
"Hole in the Head Train Robbery": Florida Railroad Museum, 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. April 18-19. 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.