FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Circus Sarasota's "Red, White & BELLO!": Big Top, University Town Center Mall, 281 N. Cattleman Road, Sarasota
Extraordinary acts from across the globe will perform in a magnificent showcase "Red, White & BELLO!" under one one-ring European-style Big Top through Feb. 28. The event will feature foot jugglers, a poodle review, acrobatic mountain bike act, speed jugglers, a hand-balancing quartet, world's greatest daredevil Bello Nock, and aerialist Dolly Jacobs. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $15-$55. For show times and detailed information: 941-355-9805 or circusarts.org.
Annual Palm Aire Art Show: Palm Aire Golf and Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota
The Art Association of Palm Aire will be celebrating its 33rd annual Art Show 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Feb. 28 featuring artwork by member artists including paintings, photography, clay, wood, and other media. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-355-9733.
International Orchid Show: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
Marie Selby Gardens will host an International Orchid Show through March 27 featuring more than 1,000 orchids from the sub-tropics and tropics of the Americas. A collection of events, lectures and classes will be offered throughout the run of the show, including a lecture by Marc Hachadourian, March 11, the following classes: "Tripod Tuesdays," March 1 and 15, and "Orchid Evenings," orchid-inspired cocktail receptions 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays through March 24. For hours, tickets and detailed information: 941-366-5731 or selby.org.
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.
Sarasota Coin Show: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail
The Sarasota Coin Show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 26-27 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 28. Dealers from across America will be buying, selling, trading coins, old paper money and memorabilia. Admission is free. Information: 941-954-0202.
Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show: Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Frank Cox Production presents a Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 26-28 featuring local, regional and national dealers offering the finest gem, jewelry, and bead collections for sale. Admission: $4. Children 15 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-954-0202 or frankcoxproductions.com.
Antiques, Vintage and Collectibles Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Service Club of Manatee County will hold its 51st annual charity Antiques, Vintage and Collectibles Show opening with a Charity
Gala 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 26 and continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 27 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 28. There will be over 50 outstanding dealers offering silver, fine china, jewelry, porcelains, glassware, textiles, furniture, Americana, crystal repair and more. Antique appraisals will be available 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, and a furniture chalk demonstration 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for opening gala are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Regular admission: $7. Information: 941-518-3216 or manateeserviceclub.com.
Spring Car and Truck Show: Gamble Plantation State Park, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton
Gamble Plantation will host its annual Spring Car and Truck Show 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 27. Admission is free. Information: 941-920-2277.
De Soto National Memorial 100th Anniversary Celebration: De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton
De Soto National Memorial is celebrating the National Park Service Centennial with a free concert on the lawn featuring Injunuity, performing Native American flute music, and a premiere screening of the film "First Encounters," a documentary from the American Indian Film Institute, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Bring blankets and chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-792-0458 or nps.gov/deso.
Village of the Arts Studio Tour: 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
Tour the studios and creative spaces of the artists in the Village of the Arts 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27. The Studio Tour is a great chance to meet and talk with Village artists and take a peek at the creative process. Visual artists, ceramic artists, quilters, chefs, bakers and more will be demonstrating and creating all day. Information: 941-747-9397 or villageofthearts.com.
Model Train Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The 39th annual RealRail Model Train Show will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27-28. The event will feature a Lionel and other operating exhibits in many different scales and model railroad merchandise. The Greater Florida Lego Group will a maquette of downtown Atlanta all in Lego bricks. Tickets: $8 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-722-3244.
Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County: ArtCenter Manatee, 500 15th St. W., Bradenton
The Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 27 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 28 featuring over 85 artists offering fine art and crafts in various art media. Admission is free. Free parking is available across from the venue. Information: 941-746-2862.
Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
Travel back in time as more than 100 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of a charming 16th century village at the 2016 Bay Area Renaisssance Festival weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through March 20 featuring theme weekends and activities including "Time Travelers" weekend Feb. 27-28, "Shamrock and Shenanigans" weekend March 5-6, "Pirates and Pets" weekend March 11-13, and "Barbarian Brew Fest" weekend. There will be 12 stages of entertainment, live armored jousting, weekly mini food festivals, an adult Easter egg hunt, gingerbread building competition, mural competition, a free beer festival March 11, fun and food for the entire family and much more. Admission: $20.95 adults, $12.95 children ages 5-12, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: bayarearenfest.com.
Coquina Beach Market: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through July featuring local artists, arts and crafts, jewelry, fresh produce, plants, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and much more. Information: 941-518-4431.
Bridge Street Market: 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants will host the Bridge Street Market 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through April featuring local artwork, crafts, produce, special gifts, music, and more. Information: bridgestreetmerchants.com/market.
Academy Awards Party: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Tampa Theatre announces a VIP watch party for the live telecast of the 88th annual Academy Awards on the big screen beginning with a Hollywood Awards Night red carpet reception at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets: $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Party packs are available for groups of six or more at $16 a person. Information: 813-274-8287 or tampatheatre.org.
Car and Bike Show: Manatee Technical College, 6305 SR 70 E., Bradenton
The Automotive Service Technology and Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing programs at Manatee Technical Institute will host the fourth annual Car and Bike Show 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 28. The family-friendly event will feature a car, bike and truck show, vendors, food, door prizes and a silent auction. Face painting and "tattoos" will be available for children of all ages. Admission is free. Proceeds will benefit student programs. Information: 941-751-7900, ext. 1063 or manateetech.edu.
"The Met: Live in HD" and Ballet "Live in HD": Carmike Cinema Royal Palm 20, 2507 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton
The following music and concerts and special events are: An evening with Neil Young, 8 p.m. Feb. 29. Dare to Be: Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill, 11 a.m. March 16. Ballet and Dance: The Bolshoi Ballet will perform "Spartacus," 12:55 p.m. March 10 and "Don Quixote," 12:55 p.m. April 10. Tickets: $7.50-$18. Information: carmike.com.
Harlem Globetrotters: Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa
Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to Tampa 7 p.m. March 2. Tickets: $20-$100. Information: 813-301-6893 or amaliearena.com.
Annual Fabulous Arts Boutique: Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota will host their 14th annual Fabulous Arts Boutique, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3-5, featuring one-of-a-kind works by regional artists and will include hand-dyed silk, clothing, textured woven goods, hand-crafted jewelry, leather and fabric purses and accessories, and whimsical home decor. Admission is free. Information; 941-365-2032 or artsarasota.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. March 3. 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.
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.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m. for light dinner. Gates close at 6:20 p.m. Progressive jackpot. Information: 941-747-6121.
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: $0.50 each. Information: 941-758-1160.
Tidevue Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 4214 11th St. Ct. E. (off U.S. 301 N.), Ellenton
Bingo Fridays through 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. E., 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.
Ballroom Dancing: Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton
Ballroom dancing 10 a.m.-noon Fridays with live music by Ernie Litz. Coffee will be served. Cost: $5. Information: 941-756-9255.
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. Additional classes are offered. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031 or belladanzaballroom.com.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
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. Information: 941-773-0177 or bradentonwomansclub.com.
Sandbar Pavilion: 100 Spring St., Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra will hold a Oldies Beach Dance 3-5 p.m. March 8 with special guest performer KoKo Ray. Bring your dancing shoes or just relax and enjoy the music. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Information: 941-518-4431.
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. March 12 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, work of local artists and craftspeople. An adoption event from Humane Society of Manatee County hosted by Fetch! Pet Care, will be Feb. 20. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Central Sarasota Farmers Market: Florida House Learning Center, 4454 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 centralsarasota farmersmarket.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.
Palma Sola Farmers Market: Geraldson Community Farm, 1401 99th St. NW., Bradenton
The Palma Sola Farmers Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through May featuring organic vegetables and watermelon. Information: 941-792-0985 or geraldsoncommunityfarm.org.
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. 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
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. 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
Euchre at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Fish Fry 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 a.m., Bar poker at 4:30 p.m. Sundays; $1 hotdogs. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m., progressive jackpot, Mondays; $1 hotdogs. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays; $1 hotdogs. The public is welcome. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Music by Holly Rae, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 27. 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": Main Street at Five Points Park and Palm Avenue
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. March 4 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. March 4 featuring music by SoulRcoaster. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit the Southeastern Guide Dogs. 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 (January) Art Walk will be 6-9 p.m. March 4, 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.
Village of the Arts monthly art walk: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
Stroll Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony 6-9:30 p.m. March 4 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5 which houses 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.
Annual News Channel 8 Outdoor Expo and Boat Show: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US301, Tampa
The 25th annual News Channel 8 Outdoor Expo and Boat Show will be 1-8 p.m. March 4, 10 a.m.7 p.m. March 5, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6. The event will featuring new boats, boating accessories, fishing gear, apparel and seminars covering fresh and saltwater fishing, fly-fishing, boating, hunting, kayaking and more from top outdoors experts, There will be activities for the whole family, hand-on demonstrations, a 40 ft. Bass Aquarium, a scuba diving pool and equipment, kids fishing derbies and much more. Tickets: $8 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Admission is free on Friday. Information: 727-894-3644 or wfla.com/outdoors-expo-boat-show.
Late-Night Classic Movie Series "Rewind": Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Tampa Theatre's newest classic movie series "Rewind," will feature movies that were popular and successful and a lot of them were underappreciated but you can't stop watching them, they are "The Warriors," March 4 and "Repo Man," March 25. Movie times ate 10 p.m. Tickets: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Information: tampatheatre.org.
Parrish Heritage Day Parade: various locations, Parrish
The Parrish Civic Association will host its annual Heritage Day Parade starting 10:30 a.m. at the Fire Department on 121st Avenue and will travel north to Erie Road and around 82nd Street, crossing US 301 and ending at the Florida Railroad Museum parking lot at 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish. There will be entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-812-5291.
Heritage Days Open House: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton
Heritage Days Open House will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5 featuring entertainment, civil war re-enactors, heritage artisans, photo booth, art and food vendors, and a hair-raising fundraiser, the "Inaugural Annual HAIRitage Days Beard and Mustache Competition." Registration for the contest is $5. Parking and admission are free. For detailed information: manateevillage.org or facebook.com/manateehistoricalpark.
Musical Flea Market: Geldbart Auditorium, Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota
The Sarasota Music Archive will hold a Musical Flea Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5 offering musical items for sale including CD's, DVD's, books, sheet music, posters, art, musical instruments, equipment, receivers, amps turntables, bookshelf speakers, CD/DVD players, antique collectibles and memorabilia, and much more. Information: 941-365-5228 or sclibs.net.
ArtSlam 2016: Old Main Street, Bradenton
Celebrating the arts and arts education, the fifth annual ArtSlam will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5 featuring young and professional artists, musicians and performers, including Dan and Becca Shafer, Billy Burke and Erik Livingston, Lisa Silvermore, and Michael Miller. There will be site-specific art installations and interactive art experiences. Information: realizebradenton.com.
Vintage and Collectibles Fair: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Shop at the historic Sarasota Municipal Auditorium for your next treasure or gift at the Vintage and Collectibles Fair 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6, featuring antiques, books, collectibles, artwork, vintage clothing, glassware, outdoor decor, jewelry and more. Admission: $3, good for both days. Information: 941-954-4165.
Sarasota Bradenton Home and Garden Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Sarasota Bradenton Home and Garden Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6. Find everything for in an around your home from over 300 exhibits featuring builders, contractors, kitchens, baths, garden displays, landscapers, pools and spas, security systems, garage doors, driveways, windows, solar and much more. Admission: $4. Information: 941-722-3244 or sarasotabradentonhomeshow.com.
A Night of Comedy: Terra Siesta Co-Op: 8200 Nancy Lane, Ellenton
Enjoy a great night of fun and laughter at "A Night of Comedy" with Jeff Moche and Red, Hot and Blue Collar, 7 p.m. March 6. Doors 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Information: 802-272-3122.
Third Annual Jewish Public Art Show: Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road, Bradenton
The Al Katz Center will host the third annual Jewish Public Art Show 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 6 featuring artwork by Jewish artists, and a performance at 2 p.m. by pianist Eleonora Lvov. Information: 941-313-9239.
Holmes Beach Art District Art Walk: various locations, Holmes Beach
The Holmes Beach Art District will have its annual town-wide ArtWalks 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month through April 8. Participating art galleries and retail businesses will feature special exhibits, complimentary refreshments, music and fun for all. Information: 941-778-2346.
2016 Milman-Kover Jewish Film Festival: various locations, Sarasota and Manatee Counties
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host the 2016 Milman-Kover Film Festival March 6-13 featuring nine outstanding and diverse films. They are: "Beneath The Helmet," 5:45 p.m. March 6, 1:45 p.m. March 8 and 3:45 p.m. March 9. "Magic Men," 7 p.m. March 7, 11:30 a.m. March 8, and 3:45 p.m. March 10. "Apples From The Desert," 7 p.m. March 8, 11:30 a.m. March 9, and 1:45 p.m. March 11. "24 Days," 7 p.m. March 9, 3:45 p.m. March 10, and 11:30 a.m. March 11. "To Life," 7 p.m. March 9, 1:45 p.m. March 10, and 3:45 p.m. March 11. "Besa - The Promise," 7 p.m. March 10, 1:45 p.m. March 7, and 11:30 a.m. March 9. "One In A Lifetime," 11:30 a.m. March 7, 3:45 p.m. March 8, and 1:45 p.m. March 9. "Borrowed Identity," 3:45 p.m. March 7, 3:45 p.m. March 9, and 11:30 a.m. March 10. "On The Map," 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 13. Tickets: $10-$100. For location, passes and tickets: 866-465-3995 or jfedsrq.org.
Holmes Beach Art District Art Walk: various locations, Holmes Beach
The Holmes Beach Art District will feature its annual town-wide ArtWalks 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 11 and every second Friday of the month through April 8. Participating art galleries and retail businesses will feature special exhibits, free refreshments, music and fun for all. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Information: 941-778-1541 or culturalconnections.info.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, Anna Anna Maria Island
The Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12 featuring vendors selling handmade jewelry, fresh vegetables, antiques, and more. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: amiprivateers.org.
Annual Irish Celtic Festival and Lucky Dog Parade: The Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Club will host the fifth annual Irish Celtic Festival and Lucky Dog Parade 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12 at Adventure Park on Adventure Place at SR 70 East, Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature Irish music, dancing, an Irish spirits relay race, a scavenger hunt, face painting, spud-head decorating, balloons, best legs in a kilt contest, artisan booths and much more. Traditional Irish food and beverages will be available for purchase. Dog parade registration is $5. Proceeds of the parade will benefit the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. Information: lwrcac.com/irish-celtic-festival.
Main Street Live: along Main Street, Bradenton
The Old Main Street Merchants will host the 2016 Bradenton Regatta opening event at Main Street Live! 5 p.m. featuring food vendors, shopping, live country music by March 17. The event is free and open to the public. Information: facebook.com/OldMainStreetMerchantsAssociation.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. March 18 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.
Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show: Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Frank Cox Production presents a Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18-20 featuring local, regional and national dealers offering the finest gem, jewelry, and bead collections for sale. Admission: $4. Children 15 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-954-0202 or frankcoxproductions.com.
Ghost Spirit and Orb Walks: Bunker Hill Vineyards and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
Bunker Hill Vineyard will host "Spirit and Orb Walks" 6:30 p.m. March 19. Guests must arrive by 6 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 6:30 p.m. and will last until 8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ringling by the Bay: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy live music and dancing at sunset on the Bolger Campiello at "Ringling by the Bay," 5-8 p.m. March 21 featuring live music by Big Z Band. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Limited seating is available. Cost: $10, free for members. Information: 941-358-3180 or ringling.org/events.
"Eggstravaganza": Bring your baskets and children to the Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Club's "Eggstravaganza" 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 26 at Adventure Park on Adventure Place at SR 70 East, Lakewood Ranch. The event will feature an Easter egg hunt with over 12,000 eggs, prize drawings, a live petting zoo, the Easter Bunny, face painting, balloon art, music, pony rides and much more. The egg hunt will be divided in age groups of 2 to 13 year olds and will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. The Manatee Fire and Rescue team will be present with their red fire truck. Proceeds from the prize drawing will benefit the Florida Center for Early Childhood. Cost: $5 adults, $3 children, children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Registration for the egg hunt is encouraged. Information: lwrcac.com/eggstravaganza.