Bradenton Courthouse Square Concert: Manatee County Courthouse Square, Manatee Avenue West between 10th and 12th Streets, Bradenton
The Bradenton Courthouse Square Concert will be 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 featuring a different musical performance each week. Some tables and chairs will be provided and there are park benches on the courthouse grounds. The concerts are free. Information: 704-4366.
M*A*S*H 9226 Party: Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9226, 3511 12th St. E., Ellenton
Never miss a local story.
The Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a fundraiser M*A*S*H 9226 beginning at 1 p.m. Jan. 24, featuring food and entertainment with M*A*S*H-movie themed characters including Hawkeye, Klinger, Radar, Col. Potter, Hot Lips and games, including Hot Lips’ kissing booth, Toilet Seat Horseshoes and Hole-in-One Golf. Admission: $10. Information: 812-2113.
Buckler’s Craft Fair: Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
Buckler’s 16th annual Craft Fair will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25 featuring exhibitors of unique home decor, hand-crafted furniture, jewelry, samples of delicious fudge and gourmet delights and much more, Admission: $6, children 12 and younger are free. Information: (386) 860-0092.
Farmers’ Market: Old Main Street, Bradenton
The downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 24 featuring fresh food vendors, produce, plants and flowers, entertainment and prepared foods. Information: 544-8077.
Orchid Show and Sale: Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Orchid Show and Sale, sponsored by the Manatee River Orchid Society will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25. Admission: $4. Information: 792-0108 or e-mail email@example.com
Strolling Wedding Festival: Anna Maria Island
The Second Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wedding Festival is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 25, but you can start the day at 9 a.m. with a pre-event continental breakfast and mimosas. The event will feature more than 40 bridal vendors spread throughout 12 locations on the island. Participants can visit the island merchants at their own pace or choose the complimentary island trolley or limousine service. Couples have a chance to utilize their five senses: tasting wedding cakes and island-style food, smelling flowers, seeing ceremony and reception venues up close, touching bridal collections and listening to live musicians and DJs and meet vendors in person. Tickets: $7-$10. For more information and to preregister for the event, call 778-1541 or visit www.amichamber.org/weddingfestival.
Concert in the Grove, Mixon Fruit Farms
Mixon’s Concert in the Grove will be 6-9 p.m. Jan. 22 with music from the ’60s performed by The Yesterdayze in the Garden Oasis Pavilion at Mixon Fruit Farms, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. Chairs are available or you can bring your own. Information: 748-5829.
Smooth Jazz on St. Armands: St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota
Enjoy the Fourth Friday with Style 6-9 p.m. Jan. 23 with live jazz entertainment by Mike Macarthur Group and extended store hours. Wine and food availabe. Information: (941) 388-1554.
Monday Night Movies at the Ringling: Historic Asolo Theater, 555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Monday Night Movies at the Ringling, presented with the Sarasota Film Festival, is ongoing. The series ends with “The Miracle Worker” 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Tickets: $7. Information: 3607399 or visit www.ringling.org.
“Wisconsin” Rail Car Exhibit Opening: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will open its newest addition, the Wisconsin rail car, Ringlings’ private railraod car, Jan. 23. The exhibit is included with regular Museum admission: $19 adults, $16 senior citizens 65 and over, $6 for children ages 6-17, children 5 and younger accompanied by an adult are free. Information: 358-3180 or visit www.ringling.org.
“A Celebration of Circus,” Circus Model Builders Exhibition: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Circus Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Learn about miniature circus models from the craftsmen who make them 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at “A Celebration of Circus,” at the Model Builders Exhibition. Howard Tibbals will sign copies of his recently released book “The Circus in Miniature: The Howard Bros. Circus Model” and children and their families can enjoy circus-themed activities. The exhibition is included with regular museum admission: $19 adults, $16 senior citizens 65 and over, $6 for children ages 6-17, children 5 and younger accompanied by an adult are free. Information: 358-3180 or visit www.ringling.org
Go Game Tournament: Heiser Natural Science Building, New College, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
The Sarasota Go Club will hold a Go tournament beginning at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 24 and ending no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 25. The board game, not unlike chess, originated in China more than 4,000 years ago and is played by millions of people throughout the world. Each participant plays up to nine games. Entrance fee: $20. For more information call tournament director Larry Searcy at 761-4701 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Armands Circle Art Festival: St. Armands Circle, Lido Key, Sarasota
The Sixth Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 1, featuring artwork from more than 200 talented juried local and national artists, hand selected from hundreds of applicants. All of the artwork, including paintings, sculptures, photos, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics, is original and handmade in America. Information: (954) 472-3755 or visit www.artfestival.com
Senior Fun Fest: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa
Senior Connection magazine presents Senior Fun Fest 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 21-22 featuring more than 250 exhibitors including free health screenings, bingo games, prizes and giveaways, a “Grandkids are the Greatest” photo contest, free musical performances by “American Bandstand” recording artists Mary Swan and Marti Carroll, and a 1-mile fun walk around the fairgrounds at 9 a.m. Jan. 22. Admission and parking are free. Information: (813) 653-1988.
Suncoast Sports Festival: Expo Hall and Sweetbay Entertainment Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa
Suncoast Gymnastics Academy presents Suncoast Gymnastics Festival 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 25 featuring coaches and athletes from across the USA competing in gymnastics, cheerleading, karate, Tae Kwon Do, dance and rhythmic gymnastics. Admissions: $12 adults, $8 children ages 5-17, children 4 and younger are free. Parking: $5. For more information: www.suncoastsportsfest.com
Downtown St. Petersburg Art Festival: Baywalk, Downtown St. Petersburg
The second annual Downtown St. Petersburg Art Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24-25, featuring artwork from more thab 100 talented juried local and national artists, hand selected from hundreds of applicants. All of the artwork, including paintings, sculptures, photos, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics, is original and handmade in America. Information: (954) 472-3755 or visit www.artfestival.com
NFL Experience Fan Festival: adjacent to Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
The NFL Experience presented by Bank of America, pro football’s interactive fan festival preceding the Super Bowl will be Jan. 24-25 and Jan. 29-31 providing fans to test their skills in a variety of football interactive attractions, to obtain autographs from as many as 50 current and former NFL stars and can purchase memorabilia and collectible merchandise from many leading dealers from across the country. Tickets: $18.50 adults, $12.50 children. A special tour of the Raymond James Stadium for NFL fans will be Jan. 24 and 25. Tours will run for approximately one hour. Tickets: $25, includes admission to the NFL Experience. A NFLX After Dark, a 3-hour football party for adults will be 9 p.m.-midnight Jan. 29. Tickets: $10. For festival hours and other information: (866) 849-4635 or visit www.nfl.com/superbowl/43/events/nfl-experience.
Super Bowl XLIII Calendar of Events: multiple locations, Tampa
The following public events will be offered by the Tampa Bay Host Committee as part of the Super Bowl XLII:
n Gasparilla Extravaganze and Children’s Gasparilla Parade at Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa: 3:30 p.m. Parade, 7 p.m. Fireworks, Jan. 24.
n Super Hyde Park Music Series at Hyde Park Village: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
n Third Annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl at Progress Energy Park, St. Petersburg: 1:30 p.m. Pre-game show, 2:30 p.m. Kickoff and 3:30 p.m. Concert, Jan. 31.
n Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash featuring Rihanna and Fall Out Boy at Ford Amphitheater, Tampa: 6 p.m. Jan. 29-30. Tickets: $20-$45.
For more information call (866) 849-4635 or visit www.ticketmaster.com or superbowl.com.
Art Festival Beth-El: 400 Pasadena Ave. S., St. Petersburg
The 36th anniversary Art Festival Beth-El will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 26, with a preview cocktail party 7-10 p.m. Jan. 24. The art exhibition and sale will feature original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry from 150 national and international award-winning artists and will also offer a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor. There will be local entertainment, a docent-led tour at 2 p.m. Jan. 26. Admission: Free and open to the public. Information: (727) 347-6136.