Fairs, festivals & more
Florida Strawberry Festival
The annual Florida Strawberry Festival is 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 1-11 in Plant City. The festival is an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, exhibits of commerce and its strawberry shortcake. Headline entertainment includes country stars such as Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy, Lee Greenwood, Reba McEntire, Josh Turner, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley and more. Tickets for headline entertainers are not included in gate admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12. For a complete schedule of entertainment and to purchase tickets, go to http://flstrawberryfestival.com.
Music on Main
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Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. March 2 featuring music by Soul R Coaster. Wine and food sales will benefit the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. 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.
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. March 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3. 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.
Paws in Motion
The 12th Annual Paws In Motion walkathon, a major fund-raiser for the Humane Society of Manatee County, is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 at the Riverwalk and Caddy’s at the Point, 801 Riverside Drive E., Bradenton. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by a mile walk along the Manatee River beinning at 10 a.m. The registration fee of $25 includes an event T-shirt and a loaded goody bag. All proceeds will benefit the animals in the Humane Society of Manatee County’s Second Chance Adoption Shelter, 2515 14th St. W. 941-747-8808, ext. 315 or Walk@humanesocietymanatee.org.
Parrish Chili Cookoff
The annual Parrish Heritage Day Parade, followed by the Parrish Chili Cookoff, is March 3. Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and festival gates open at 11 a.m. The event will take place on the grounds of the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish. There will be rides, games, food and live music by several local and nationally known bands as well as 20 pioneer vendors, long horn cattle, old cars, vintages tractors, petting of mini donkeys and goats and much more. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. Children age 12 and younger admitted free. parrishchili.com.
FABulous Arts Boutique
The FABulous Arts Boutique is back, March 1-3 at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event, now in its 13th year, features exceptional works in ceramics, decorative fiber, jewelry, wearable art, mixed-media and shell art by more than70 artists representing six area fine art and craft guilds. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., March 1-3. Suggested donation for the reception is $10. For more information about the FABulous Arts Boutique, visit www.fabsarasota.weebly.com.
Anna Maria Island Annual Heritage Day Festival
Anna Maria Island Historical Society Annual Heritage Day Festival, AMIHS Museum and Historical Park, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 3. This annual event gives visitors an opportunity to watch local craftsmen demonstrating arts and crafts as practiced by early Island settlers. In addition, there will be a Settlers market with local produce, herbs and Settler’s Bread baked by local volunteers and a collectibles tent with items for sale. The museum, Belle Haven Cottage and the surrounding native plant garden will be open for tours. Music, food and games are also part of this annual event. The event is free. 941-778-0492.
Suncoast Blues Festival
The festival is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 3 at the Sarsota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Featuring performances by James Armstrong, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, EG Kight, Thornetta Davis, Lurrie Bell and Monster Mike Welch/Mike Ledbetter Band. Gates open at 10 a.m. Rain or shine. $30 advance, $45 at the gate, $50 reserved seating. Overnight camping options available at suncoastbluesfestival.com. To order by phone call 941-758-7585.
Sun Communities Annual Spring Craft Sale
A spring craft sale is 9 a.m.-noon March 3 at Horseshoe Cove RV Resort, 5100 60th St. E., Bradenton, featuring fine art, knitted and crocheted items, stain glass, steering wheel covers, baby items, handmade fine jewelry, afghans and more. Helen Allen’s famous coffee cake and coffee will be available. This is a free event.
Hobby Club Bazaar
Hobby Club Bazaar is 8 a.m.-noon March 3 in the large hall at Trailer Estates, 1903 69th Ave. W., Bradenton. Items available include knitted, crocheted, woven items, wood crafts and stitchery items, jewelry and art works, bead work and crafts, white elephant table and books, baked goods, blood pressure taken for a small donation. Open to the public.
Semi-annual Community Sale
Sugar Creek Country Club, 3330 26th Ave., Bradenton, will hold a community sale, 8:30 a.m.-noon March 3. White elephant items, arts and crafts. Garage sale items including some furniture. There will also be also be home baked goods for sale and lunch may be purchased. Follow the signs.
Antique Car Show
An antique car show is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 4 at the DeSoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.
Gamble Plantation open house
The Gamble Plantation Historic State Park – home to the historic Gamble Mansion, the last standing antebellum plantation house in South Florida – will host its annual Open House 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 4. Visitors are invited to travel back to the Old South through lifestyle demonstrations of that time period. The ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be wearing costumes reminiscent of the era of the 1840s through 1870s to add to the authenticity. Music, crafts and free tours. 041-723-4536. The park is one and a half miles west of I-75 (exit 224) on U.S. 301, Ellenton.
Colony Cove Annual Art Show and Sale
Colony Cove’s Annual art show and sale is noon-3 p.m. March 4 at Harmony Hall, Colony Cove in Ellenton. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Prize drawings and People’s Choice Awards and 50/50. Information: 941-722-9848.
Bay Area Renaissance Festival
Journey back in time as more than 100 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of this charming 16th century village. Experience live armored jousting, 12 stages of entertainment, seven theme weekends, and fun and food for the whole family. The festival is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 23-25, rain or shine. Free parking. Grounds of MOSI, 11315 N. 46th St., Tampa. Adults $21.95, children ages 5-12 $13.95. www.bayareanrenfest.com.
There are public polo matches every Sunday through April 5 at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Lakewood Ranch. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the match is at 1 p.m. There are also matches at 3 p.m. on the last Friday of the month. Admission is $12 per person. Children age 12 and younger admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. All matches are weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, check sarasotapolo.com or 941-907-0000.
Beach Markets at Coquina Beach
The Beach Market features local artists, arts and crafts, jewelry, fresh produce, plants, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, pet products, health and beauty items and more 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through July and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through May 9 at 2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
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. every first Wednesday of the month featuring trophies and prizes. 941-371-1061.
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.
Bradenton Tropical Palms
Bingo. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., play at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Progressive game. 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton, 941-242-9932.
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 is Wednesdays. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Games begin at 6 p.m. Three jackpots. Food available. Nonsmoking. 505 26th St. W., Bradenton.
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 Tropical Palms
Dance with music by Escape, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 24; $5. 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton. Cost is $5. 941-748-0180.
Bradenton Woman’s Club
Friday 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
Ellsworth & Skip social dance every second Saturday of each month 7-10 p.m. at H2U, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Water and sodas are available for purchase. Queen of Hearts fundraiser. BYOB. Cost: $5. 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
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.
The Market at Lakewood Ranch
A new farmers market is 3-7 p.m. each Wednesday through April 18 at the Sarsota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota. The market vendors feature seasonal vegetables, organics, meats, poultry, seafood, dairy, freshly baked good and more. Wine tastings, fitness demos, culinary demos, kids activities and live music. 941-556-8300, lakewoodranch.com/themarket.
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. Fish fry 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. Dinners 4:30-6:30 p.m. featuring entertainment, Saturdays. All-you-can-eat breakfast 8-11 a.m. Sundays. Bar poker 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Feather your nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m., progressive jackpot, Mondays. Hot dogs for $1 on Sundays-Mondays. 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.