IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing: Bradenton Motorsports Park, 21000 SR 64, Bradenton
The International Hot Rod Association Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will be April 17-18 with gates open at 2 p.m. and featuring the loudest, fastest nitromethane-burning nostalgia funnycCars, factory-hot rods powered by mountain motor V-8s, Harley Davidson motorcycles, belching flame and smoke rear-engine dragsters powered by General Electric J-85, and a jaw-dropping, jet-powered 1940 Ford fire truck. Tickets: $10 and up. Information: 941-748-1320 or bradentonmotorsports.com.
Hernando de Soto Landing Reenactment: DeSoto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton
Conquistador Hernando de Soto comes ashore and claims Florida in a reenactment of the historic landing 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18. There will be demonstrations and information about the De Soto expedition and its lasting impact on the American Indian people of the Southeast. Park entrance, events, and activities are free. Information: 941-792-0458 or nps.gov/deso.
"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.
Beach market at Coquina: Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the beach market at Coquina 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 featuring fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and much more. 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: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Market will run Sundays in April. 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.