Fairs, festivals & more
Manatee County’s Parks and Natural Resources Department invites the public to celebrate Halloween in a safe and fun-filled environment during the 15th annual Goblin Gathering.The festival is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at G.T. Bray Park. The event is free. Wristbands for children to participate in activities will be sold for $5. At the event, children can explore bounce houses, obstacle courses, slides, a hay maze, and take a ride on the haunted wagon tour. Face painting will be available with wristbands, and vendors will be on hand selling food and other items. Adults and children can also compete in the annual costume contest, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking for this year’s event will be in new locations: at the Tennis Center, the south ball fields, and the north Red Cross building, with overflow parking at the dog parks. G.T. Bray Park is at 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton. The park is accessible from 51st St W or 59th St W, off either Cortez Road or Manatee Avenue. www.mymanatee.org.
The Budweiser Clydesdales will walk from Cortez Beach down Bridge Street to the pier roundabout and back 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14.
20th annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market
The Florida Maritime Museum will hold the 20th annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14 at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. There will be live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and food and drinks will be available for purchase. If you love boats, swoon at the sight of an anchor, taste the salt of the sea in your dreams then this event is for you.
Spirit Voices From Old Manatee
This will be the seventh season of “Spirit Voices from Old Manatee,” the historical drama that features actors playing real-life men and women who played significant roles in the formation and evolution of Manatee County. This year’s production runs various days through Oct. 22 at Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E. $20. 941-749-7165, manateevillage.org.
22nd annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, featuring 35 global food and wine marketplaces, celebrity chefs, nightly concerts, hands-on workshops and more, runs through Nov. 13. Starting at $99.99 for a one-day theme park ticket. epcotfoodfestival.com.
Voted best newcomer by USA’s Best Haunted Houses, Scream-A-Geddon returns for its third year running various dates through Nov. 4 at 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. The event features haunted attractions with themes that range from an infectious disease epidemic to a heinous and sinister prison riot. The attractions include Deadwoods, Bedlam 3D, Cursed Hayride, Blackpool Prison and newly redesigned Infected: Ground Zero and Monster Midway. Tickets start at $19.95. www.screamageddon.com.
Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights continues select nights through Nov. 4, bringing unimaginable horrors to life in five spine-chilling “scare zones” filled with menacing scareactors that stalk guests’ as their prey. Haunted houses include The Shining, Saw: The Games of Jigsaw, American Horror Story: Volume 2, Horrors of Blumhouse, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Dead Waters, The Fallen, Scarecrow: The Reaping and The Hive. Plus, after 26 years of Excellent Halloween Adventures, Bill and Ted are bringing their Farewell Tour to Halloween Horror Nights. Prices vary. halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando.
American Legion Post 24
Bingo. Public welcome. 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, 941-794-3489. 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays.
Casa Loma Mobile Home Park Clubhouse
Bingo. Licensed food vendor available. 105 52nd Ave. E., Bradenton, 941-761-7788. 6 p.m., doors 4:30 p.m.Wednesdays.
Bingo. 819 49th Ave. Terr. W., Bradenton, 941-739-5365. 6:15 p.m., doors 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays (doors lock at 6 p.m.).
Bingo. Free snacks at half time. 1201 50th Plaza W., Bradenton, 941-758-1160. 7 p.m., doors 6 p.m., Mondays.
Bingo. Tidevue Estates Clubhouse, 4214 11th St. Ct. E., Ellenton, 941-722-2557. 6 p.m., doors 4 p.m. Fridays.
Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom
Friday beginner group lessons 6 p.m., Latin class 7 p.m., dance social 8-9:30 p.m. Additional classes are offered. 5917 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 305, Bradenton. $10. 941-465-1031 or belladanzaballroom.com.
Bradenton Dance Center
Thursday night group lesson and dance party 7-9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Singles and couples are welcome. Complimentary dance evaluation. Complete schedule is available online. $10. 6006 Cortez Road, Bradenton, 941-792-7410 or bradentondance.com.
Bradenton Woman’s Club
Dance, featuring live music, is open to the public. Singles are welcome. BYOB, sodas available. Smoke-free facility. Proceeds will benefit renovation of the clubhouse, built in 1921. 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. $10. 941-773-0177 or bradentonwomansclub.com. 8-11 p.m., lessons 7-8 p.m. Fridays.
West Coast Woman’s Club of Manatee County
Let’s Dance!, a social dance every second Saturday of each month with music by Ellsworth and Company at H2U, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Light snacks will be provided. Water and sodas are available for purchase. Queen of Hearts fundraiser. BYOB. Cost: $10. Information: 941-447-8238.
Adult Social Dance Club
Come with or without partner to a dance party 7:10-10:30 p.m. Saturdays featuring live dance music plus a DJ. An optional free dance lesson is 6:40-7:10 p.m. Free snacks will be served. Ice, soft drinks and sodas are available for purchase. BYOB. $10. YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, 941-756-8303.
Downtown Bradenton Farmers Market
Fiesta on Fourth featuring live music, Latin dance and chef demonstrations is 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 14. The Bradenton Farmers Market features more than 30 vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, work of local artists and craftspeople and the Rainbow Kitchen featuring food demonstrations and tastings. A Kids’ Corner will be every first Saturday of the month. Old Main Street, Bradenton, 941-840-0017 or bradentonfarmersmarket.com. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays October-May.
Central Sarasota Farmers Market
The Central Sarasota Farmers Market features locally grown fresh produce, local artisan products, live music, and a variety of food vendors. Florida House Learning Center, 4454 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota, 941-677-0078 or centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market
The Phillippi Farmhouse Market features locally grown produce, organic fruits and vegetables, food trucks, local artisans, plants and live music each week. Free tours of the Edson Keith Mansion at 10 a.m. Leashed dogs are welcome. Edson Keith Mansion, 5500 S. Tamiami Trial, Sarasota, 941-316-1309 or scgov.net. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5-April 26.
Sarasota Farmers Market
Fresh produce, plants, coffee, crafts, food and more. Lemon Avenue at the intersection of Main Street, Sarasota, 941-951-2656. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24
Lunch is served 11-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11-4 p.m. Saturdays. Dinner, varied menu, 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Bingo 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Bingo 1-3 p.m., wings-and-things 5-7 p.m., karaoke with Franky Allen 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Dancing and live music 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Foxhole Lounge: hot dogs, pretzels and pizza 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Breakfast 8-11:30 a.m., dancing and live music by Bob Dewart Band with Eddie Tobin on piano 2-5 p.m. Sundays; $6. Smoke free. The public is welcome. 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, 941-794-3489 or americanlegionpost24.com.
American Legion Post 312
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. 1610 67th Ave. E., Oneco, 941-758-6616.
American Legion Post 325
Tacos and dart tournament, Tuesdays. Karaoke, 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Music, 2-5 p.m. Saturdays. Feather Your Nest 1-3 p.m., hot dogs, Sundays. 3420 U.S. 301, Ellenton, 941-981-3819.
AmVets Post 301
Sunday bar bingo and wings 5-7 p.m. Open daily at 10 a.m. 2443 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, 941-722-0393.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18
Enjoy dinner with music starting at 5:30 p.m. Fridays. Bar Bingo 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Karaoke 7-10 p.m. third Sunday each month. Service office hours 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. 111 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 941-755-5425.
Fraternal Order of Eagles Chapter 3171
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. Various mini meals $5, 4-6 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. 5831 15th St. E., Bradenton, 941-756-2113.
Marine Corps League Desoto Detachment 588
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.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton, 941-301-4598.
North Manatee American Legion Post 309
Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Bingo, 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. Bar poker, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays. Feather your nest 1-3 p.m. Saturdays. 2419 Bayshore Road, Palmetto, 941-722-8689.
VFW Post 2488
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. 810 Sixth St. W., Palmetto, 941-722-9588.
VFW Post 9226
Euchre, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. featuring entertainment, Saturdays. Bar poker 4:30 p.m. first and third Sunday of each month. Feather your nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m., progressive jackpot, Mondays. Individual Trivia game, 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Hot dogs for $1 on Thursdays, Sundays-Mondays and Wednesdays. The public is welcome. 3511 12th St. E., Ellenton, 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141
Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, bar poker 4 p.m. Sundays. Monday night dinner, 5-7 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats 4-6:30 p.m., bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. The public is welcome to all dinners and events. 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-794-6394.
Lakewood Ranch 3rd annual Block Party
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host its third annual block party 5-8 p.m. Oct. 20. The event features beer trucks, food tents and live music by Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones. There will be two stages featuring local entertainment. lwrmainstreet.com.
Gamble Plantation Candlelight Tour
Gamble Plantation Candlelight Tour, a family friendly event, is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 21. Visitors will tour the mansion and see its many rooms decked out in Halloween spirit. No scary or bloody costumes are allowed. Tickets are $6 per person (cash or check only) and are limited to 500 people only. Children ages 5 and younger admitted free. You can purchase tickets in advance at the plantation office, 3708 Patton Ave., Ellenton.
Pumpkin Patch Express
The Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish, will host the Pumpkin Patch Express, 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 21, 28-29 where kids can pick out their own pumpkin to take home. There are hay rides, activity tents, bounce houses and more. $14.40 and up. Purchase tickets early at www.frrm.org/Months/events.php.
St. Armands Boat Show
Cannons Marina will host the St. Armands Boat Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21-22 at St. Armands Circle Park. www.cannons.com.
Anna Maria Island’s Bayfest is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 21 on Pine Avenue featuring live entertainment, crafts and food vendors. The event is free.
Sarasota Celtic Music Festival
The New World Celts Sarasota will hold a Celtic Music Festival 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 21 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. The event features athletic demonstrations, Celtic encampment, traditional food and merchants. Live music by Seven Nations, Fighting Jamesons, Blue Skye Pipe & Drum Band, Clovers Revenge and more. Admission is $15. Children age 12 and younger free. www.celtoberfest.org.
Boofest is 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27 on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. The free event features a costume contest, local dancers, spooky balloon artist and trick or treating. lwrmainstreet.com.
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
The Players Centre for Performing Arts will hold “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a theater in the field experience, 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 at the Sarasota Polo Grounds, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. $25 adult, $50 VIP, $12 children younger than 15. 941-320-6992, theplayers.org.
Main Street Live
The Halloween edition of Main Street Live is 5-10 p.m. Oct. 28 on Old Main Street, 12 Street West, in downtown Bradenton, featuring live music by Wild Root, and many food and beverage vendors.
Nathan Benderson Community Movie Night
“Beauty and the Beast” will be screened 5-9:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The movie starts at sunset. Drinks and snacks available for cash purchase. The event is free.
The local group of Deep Sky Observers, a Manatee/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, will offer the public a chance to view spectacular celestial sights through their high-powered telescopes at sunset, around sunset through 10 p.m. Oct. 28, weather permitting, at Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. Participants will be treated to up close views of the moon and other celestial objects as they become visible throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-518-8695 or lgdso.com.
14th annual Halloween Safe Kids Night
Crime Stoppers of Manatee County’s 14th annual Halloween Safe Kids Night is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the DeSoto Square Mall in Bradenton. The event is free for the public to attend and there will be plenty of fun and candy for the whole family. Visit www.ManateeCrimeStoppers.com for more details.
“1,000 Pieces of Candy”
Alcover Massage, 917 12th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton, will host “1,000 Pieces of Candy” 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31 during the Village of the Arts Community Trick-or-Treat event. Candy will be handed out at the family friendly event.
Fright Night on St. Armands
Decorated store fronts set the stage for wandering spirits of St. Armands past; frightening characters appear around every corner amidst statues dressed in the Halloween spirit 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Children trick-or-treat throughout the Circle with numerous retailers and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions. In collaboration with the Sarasota High School Drama Department, a performance of “Thriller” will take place around 8 p.m. St. Armands Circle, Sarasota.
Lance’s ‘Cruisin’ to the Hop’ car show
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Lance’s ‘Cruisin’ to the Hop’ car show 5-9 p.m. Nov. 1 and every first Wednesday of the month featuring trophies and prizes. 941-371-1061.
Music on Main
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Nov. 3 featuring music by Yesterdayze Band. Wine and food sales will benefit the Tiny Hands Foundation. Bring chairs and blankets. There will be rides and activities for kids. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. 941-907-9243 or lakewoodranch.com/mainstreet.
Taste of Manatee
The West Bradenton Rotary presents the 30th annual Taste of Manatee 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 4 on Bradenton’s Riverwalk featuring food samplings from local restaurants. Live entertainment from Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band, Jah Movement, Big Daddy and The Bearded Brothers. Free. www.tasteofmanatee.com.
Village of the Arts monthly art walk
Stroll Bradenton’s acclaimed artist colony featuring 30 galleries, studios, bakeries, healing arts, specialty shops, all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages, and three five-star restaurants serving delectable foods 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4. There will be opening receptions for new shows, special guests throughout the Village, and live music. Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton, villageofthearts.com. first weekends.