FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Art After 5: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy Art After 5 and explore the Museum of Art permanent and special exhibition galleries, and the Circus Museum during 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Ca' d'Zan is not open for viewing during Art After 5, except on select dates in November and December. Tickets: $10. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.org.
Ringling Underground: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy live music, art and atmosphere in the Museum of Art Courtyard during Ringling Underground 8-11 p.m. Oct. 1. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Tickets: $10. The event is free with Art After 5 admission. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.org.
"Spirit Voices From Old Manatee": Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton
The Manatee County Historical Commission will host its fifth annual "Spirit Voices Of Old Manatee," an outdoor drama and cemetery tour 7 p.m. Oct. 1-4, 8-11, and 15-18. The event will feature performances by costumed actors portraying early settlers interred in the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds with riveting graveside stories evolving from archives, descendants, diaries, military logs, books and legend. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The Oct. 18 will take place in the historic Old Meeting House Church for those who prefer a seated performance. Performances are not recommended for viewers under 10 years of age. Tickets: $20. Information: 941-741-4076 or manateevillage.org.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Oct. 2 featuring live music by TC and Sass, playing disco, classic 60s and 70s, rock and Latin rhythms. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit the Florida Center for Early Childhood. 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.
Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk: various locations, Sarasota
The Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk will be 6 p.m. Oct. 2 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.
"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. Oct. 2 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.
Village of the Arts monthly art walk: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
Take a self-guided tour around Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3. The village offers 30 galleries, studios, bakeries, healing arts, specialty shops, all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages, and three five-star restaurants serving delectable foods. Information: villageofthearts.com.
Tampa Boat Show: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
The area's only in-water show and official kick-off to fall boating season will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 4 featuring the industry's newest boats and accessories, and aquatic attractions for all ages. There will be a fishing center for angling enthusiasts, boating workshops and hands-on clinics with topics ranging from docking and boating safety to open water boat handling and anchoring, and boat maintenance, repair and upgrade techniques. In-water locations close at sunset. Tickets: $12 adults, children ages 15 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adults. Discounted tickets are available for all members of the military with proof of valid ID. Information: tampaboatshow.com.
Manatee County Master Gardener Plant Fair: Manatee County Extension Office and Educational Gardens, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto
The Manatee County Master Gardeners will be holding their annual plant sale fundraiser 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 3 featuring a wide array of Florida natives, perennials, herbs, shrubs, and ornamental grasses all priced to sell. Cash or personal checks only. Admission is free. Proceeds of the sale will support the Extension's Educational Garden, workshops, and horticultural training of volunteer and staff. Information: 941-722-4524 or manatee.ifas.ufl.edu.
Hispanic Heritage Festival: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
The Hispanic Heritage Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3 featuring a lineup of various local and regional top Latino groups and bands. There will be craft vendors, children's activities, folkloristic and traditional presentations and dance performances. The festival is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Complimentary parking is available. Information: 941-955-4263 or redeemsarasota.org.
Annual Taste Manatee: Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto
The 29th annual Taste of Manatee will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 3 and noon-6 p.m. Oct. 4 featuring a large number of local restaurants offering their finest preparations for the public to sample. There will be live music from area bands, including a performance by former American Idol participant Sam Woolf, car shows, arts and crafts, and a children's amusement area with rides and other activities. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. During the event nearby Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will be open and will offer guided tours. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Information: tasteofmanatee.com.
Beer, Bands & BBQ: Sarasota Polo Grounds, Lakewood Ranch
Join the Music Compound 1-8 p.m. Oct. 3 for Beer, Bands & BBQ. Local craft beer and barbecue-inspired cuisine will be available. Band lineup: 1 p.m. Kim Betts And Gamble Creek Band, 2 p.m. Gumbo Boogie, 3 p.m. Passerine, 4 p.m. License To Chill Band, 5 p.m. Jah Movement Band, 6 p.m. Stonefish Band, 7 p.m. Matthew Facciolla Band. Tickets: $15 general admission/$85 VIP. Children under age 12 admitted fress. Information: beerbandsbbq.com
"The Met: Live in HD": Carmike Cinema Royal Palm 20, 2507 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton
Enjoy exceptional operatic performances featured in high definition simulcast Saturdays, followed by encore presentation during the following week. The line-up is: Guiseppe Verdi: "Il Trovatore," Oct. 3, encore performance Oct. 7, and "Otello," Oct. 17, encore performance Oct. 21; Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser," noon Oct. 31, encore performance Nov. 4; Alban Berg's "Lulu," Nov. 21, encore performance Dec. 2; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Magic Flute" encore performance only at 12:55 p.m. Dec. 12; Georges Bizet's "Les Pecheurs de Perles," Jan. 16, encore performance Jan. 20; Giacomo Puccini: "Turandot," Jan. 30, encore performance Feb. 3, "Manon Lescaut," March 5, encore performance March 9, and "Madame Butterfly," April 2, encore performance April 6; Gaetano Donizetti's "Roberto Devereux," April 16, encore performance April 20; Richard Strauss' "Elektra," April 30, encore performance May 4. Unless otherwise noted, all live performances are at 12:55 p.m., encore performances are 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $7.50-$11. Information: carmike.com.
2015 Old Miakka Fall Hootenanny: Old Miakka Schoolhouse, 15800 Wilson Road, Sarasota
It's time for a toe-tappin', knee-slappin', hootenanny of a good time at the 2015 Old Miakka Fall Hootenanny 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4. Attendees can enjoy the Clogging Clovers, educational booths, live music, Civil War re-enactment, Daiken Dairy cow train, children's games and purchase items from local vendors including orchids, homemade soaps, crafts, paintings, pottery, doggie goodies, worm castings, decopots, wheel of cake, collectibles and more. There will be a silent auction and tours of the schoolhouse will be available. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Coolers not allowed. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds of sales will benefit the restoration and preservation of the 1914 Old Miakka Schoolhouse. Information: 941-322-2164.
Historic Manatee County Courthouse Outdoor Concerts: 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
This fall, the historic Manatee County Courthouse Square comes alive with music during the Courthouse Concert series 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays Oct. 5-26 featuring live performances by local musicians. The schedule is: Jen and Ray, acoustic blues/folk, Oct. 5. John Rinel, Sinatra and Rat Pack greats, Oct. 12. Jacobites, bagpipes, Oct. 19. KoKo and Karma Duo, island music to rock and roll, Oct. 26. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available form visiting food trucks. Information: 941-621-6471 or realizebradenton.com.
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.
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, 6:15 p.m., doors open 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays (doors lock at 6 p.m.). 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: 941-729-3891.
Pictown Estates: 1201 50th Plaza W., Bradenton
Bingo, 7 p.m., doors open 6 p.m., Mondays. Free snacks at half time. Bingo cards: $0.25 each. Information: 941-758-1160.
Tidevue Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 4214 11th St. Ct. E. (off U.S. 301 N.), Ellenton
Bingo Fridays Oct 2.-April 30. Doors open 4 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. Information: 941-722-2557.
Whispering Palms Mobile Home Park: 1219 51st Ave. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6 p.m. Sundays. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Sales stop at 5:45 p.m. Snacks available. Information: 941-755-1557.
Adult Singles Dance Club: YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota (corner of Bahia Vista Street)
Dance Party featuring live band plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday. The dance is open to the public. Admission: $10, includes snacks and optional free group dance lessons 6:40-7:10 p.m. For more information or directions: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.
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. Afternoon ballroom dances are 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $10. Dance Fusion for children 6 p.m. Thursdays; Cost: $5. H2U -members will receive a discount on all group classes. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031.
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. The Group Therapy Dance Club meets the first and third Saturdays of the month. Learn the Hustle, ballroom, swing and more. Lesson at 7 p.m., dance 8 p.m. Cost: $10, open to the public. Information: 941-773-0177 or bradentonwomansclub.com.
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. Oct. 10 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. 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 centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com.
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
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. 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
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
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. 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
Thirsty Thursdays: $2 beers, $1 hotdogs. Euchre at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Post Redneck Surf and Turf, 4-7 p.m. Fridays; $5. All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 a.m., Bar poker at 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The public is welcome. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Music by T.C. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 3. 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. 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. Oct. 16 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.
Main Street Lakewood Ranch 10th Anniversary Block Party: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Join Lakewood Ranch Main Street and Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance as they celebrate Main Street's 10th anniversary with a block party 6-9 p.m. Oct. 16 featuring, beer tents, vendor booths, a kids zone, live music by Shaman, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Information: lwrba.org/events.
Ghost Spirit and Orb Walks: Bunker Hill Vineyards and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
Bunker Hill Vineyard will host "Spirit and Orb Walks" 8 p.m. Oct. 17 And Oct. 31. Guests must arrive by 7:30 p.m. for a 30-minute indoctrination and discussion of the night's walk and activities. Guests are asked to bring cameras with a night flash, EVP recorders, EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders, and extra batteries. The "Spirit & Orb Walks" will begin promptly at 8 p.m. and will last until 9:30 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 email@example.com.
Fall Festival: Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota
Get into the fall spirit at Faith Lutheran Church's "Fall Festival," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17 a family friendly day featuring a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, food, games, face painting, and live music by the Bluegrass Banyan Band. The event is free and open to the public. Food and bake sale offerings will require tickets that can be purchased at the festival. Proceeds will benefit the church's programs and charities. Information: 941-924-4664 or faithsarasota.com.
"Ye Olde Main Street 5K Ghost Run and Poker Walk": Old Main Street, Bradenton
The "Ye Olde Main Street 5K Ghost Run and Poker Walk will start with registration for all events at 9 a.m. Oct. 17. The 5K Ghost Run starts at 4 p.m., followed by the 5K Ghost Run with Doggies at 4:05 p.m., and the 1-mile Fitness Walk and Poker Walk at 4:10 p.m. There will be Kids' Ghost Dashes at 3:15 p.m., 3:18 p.m., 3:25 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. There will be a costume contest for children, adults, and dogs at 5:30 p.m. and a Ghost After Party with food from local restaurants and adult beverages with proper ID. Registration: $10-$50. Information: 941-358-5100 or fit2run.com.
Annual "Taste of St. Armands": St. Armands Circle, Sarasota.
The sixth annual "Taste of St. Armands" will be 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 17 with rain date Oct. 18 showcasing 17 outstanding St. Armands Circle restaurants as they share a sampling of some of their delicious recipes with a variety from Floribian to continental cuisine to seafood, Italian to Irish and Spanish to Cuban. The Duende Flamenco Duo will provide live classical acoustic guitar and there will be prize drawings. No pets allowed in the event area. Admission: $45-$50. Information: 941-388-1554 or starmandscircleassoc.com
Arts and Lecture Series: Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
The Library Foundation will host the last of the 2015 Arts and Lecture Series, featuring author Nancy Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day mystery series, 2 p.m. Oct. 21. There will be high tea with the author at 3:30 p.m. at Latte Luna, 2715 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost: $25 a person. Reservations for all meet and greet events are on a first come, first serve basis. Information: 941-748-5875.