FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo: Arcadia Rodeo Arena, 124 S. W. Heard St., Arcadia
The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo will be March 10-13 with gates open at 11 a.m., shootout performance at 1 p.m., followed by a Mutton Bustin'. Rodeo starts at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$30. Information: 863-494-2014 or arcadiarodeo.com.
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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.
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 13 featuring nine outstanding and diverse films. They are: "Magic Men," 3:45 p.m. March 10. "Apples From The Desert," 1:45 p.m. March 11. "24 Days," 3:45 p.m. March 10, and 11:30 a.m. March 11. "To Life," 1:45 p.m. March 10, and 3:45 p.m. March 11. "Besa - The Promise," 7 p.m. March 10. "Borrowed Identity," 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 have its annual town-wide art walks 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.
Creators and Collectors Tour: various locations, Sarasota
The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota will host its annual Creators and Collectors Tour, a self-guided art and studio tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 11 with the Galleria remaining open until 7 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12. The tour provides area and visiting art lovers with an insider's look at new treasures created by painter, ceramicists, photographers, jewelers and multimedia artists and meet the artists in their studios and at the Galleria in the Ringling College of Art and Design. Tickets: $20-$25. Information: fineartssarasota.org.
Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine: Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish
Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to learn with him for a day of family fun at Day Out with Thomas: Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016 departing every 45 minutes, rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. March 11-13 and 18-20. There will be Thomas & Friends-themed activities. Tickets: $19-$23. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.org.
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 Renaissance Festival weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through March 20. Admission: $20.95 adults, $12.95 children ages 5-12, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: bayarearenfest.com.
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: Adventure Park, 13400 Adventure Pl., Lakewood Ranch
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 featuring 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.
Magician show: Sunny Shores Community Center, corner of 115th Street West and 38th Avenue West, Cortez Village
Bring the family to a unique and unforgettable evening of live entertainment, courtesy of Chandler and Lar of the Dream Team who will be staging an evening of amazing magic and extraordinary magical illusions of the mind designed to create astonishing moments. Tickets: $15. Information and reservations: 941-705-9244.
The Guy Expo: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Guy Expo, the annual men's health event, will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 12 featuring different health screenings by local medical practices, a charity poker tournament, a virtual reality gun range, corn hole tournaments, beer sampling from Motorworks, sports teams, boats, trucks and much more. Admission is free. Information: theguyexpo.com.
Annual Heroes Party at the Ranch: Lane Plaza Too, corner of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and S.R. 64
A live music and craft beer tasting festival, benefitting Heroes Welcome Home, will be 4-9:30 p.m. March 12 featuring craft beer tasting and live music by Maiden Cane, The Bayou Brothers and Archer Classic Rock. Admission is free. Beer tasting tickets are $15. Information: Kelly Barrett at 941-323-0893 or heroeswelcomehomefl.com.
Sidewalk Astronomy: parking lot behind Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch
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 sunset-10 p.m. March 12, weather permitting. 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: 941-342-9632 or lgdso.com.
Pineapple Antique Show: Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The 40th annual Pineapple Antiques Show will be March 12-13 featuring 40 local, regional and national dealers, presenting a wide range of antique furniture, jewelry, decorative and fine arts, collectibles, memorabilia and more. Admission: $6. Information: 941-954-4165 or srqauditorium.com.
Annual "Art in the Park": University Park Country Club, 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park.
The 16th annual "Art in the Park" will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 12-13 showcasing artwork by more than 35 local artists representing a spectrum of styles, from two to three dimensional. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-359-9999 or universitypark-fl.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.
Tampa Theatre Family Favorites: 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Tampa Theatre's kid-inspired movie series is back with family-targeted films and kids' ticket prices through April 24. The series are: "Teen Wolf" March 13, "The Last Unicorn" March 27, "Mrs. Doubtfire" April 3, "Follow That Bird" April 10, "ET, the Extra Terrestrial" April 17, Quote-along "Labyrinth" April 24. All movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets; $10 adults, $8 children ages 2-12. Tickets for the Quote-along "Labyrinth" are $12 adults, $10 for kids. Information: 813-274-8981 or tampatheatre.org.
Coquina Beach Arts and Crafts Festival: Coquina Beach Gulfside, 2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach
Enjoy strolling outdoor arts and crafts festival featuring vendors offering jewelry, wood, art, photography, apparel, metal, photography, crafts, food and much more 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17. Information: 352-344-0657.
"The Met: Live in HD" and Ballet "Live in HD": Carmike Cinema Royal Palm 20, 2507 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton
TCM presents the following classic movies: "The Ten Commandments," 2 p.m. March 20 and 7 p.m. March 23. The following music and concerts and special events are: 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. Unless otherwise noted, all live performances are at 12:55 p.m., encore performances are 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $7.50-$18. Information: carmike.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.
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.
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. 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
St. Patrick's Day Party, 3 p.m. March 12, featuring traditional Irish food, and music. Donation: $7. 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
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.
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.
St. Patrick's Day Jazz Concert and Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner: Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key
A St. Patrick's Day jazz concert will be 3:30-5 p.m. featuring the Al Hixon Jazz Group followed by a corned beef and cabbage dinner 5-7 p.m. March 17. Concert is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Dinner is $15. Combination is $30. Information: 941-383-6493.
"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.
Nathan Benderson Park Community Day: 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota
Nathan Benderson Park will host a Community Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 20 showcasing everyday programming and amenities offered at the park. Activities include stand-up paddle and Dragon boat paddle instruction, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and Fire Department, and representatives of Fit2Run, Strider Bike, and RC Sail Boats. Refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to the public. Information: nathanbendersonpark.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.
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, the last one in the series is "Repo Man," 10 p.m. March 25. Tickets: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Information: tampatheatre.org.
"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.
"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. April 1 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.
Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk: various locations, Sarasota
The Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk will be 6-9 p.m. April 1, 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. April 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 2 featuring 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. April 1 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.