Anna Maria Island “artsHOP”: multiple locations, Anna Maria Island
The Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island will host “artsHOP” Nov. 12-13, a cultural opening of the season, featuring encore performances of recent plays by the Island Players, a boat exhibit, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concerts, a craft show, a drum circle at sunset Nov. 13 and public art offerings of painted doors displayed at a variety of island places and businesses. For a full schedule of events, visit www.culturalconnections.info.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold the first Thieves Market of the season 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12. The event will feature local vendors offering housewares, tools, jewelry, antiques and collectibles, fresh produce, toys, and much more for sale. The Privateers’ famous pirate ship “Skullywag” will be on-site during the market. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-238-8974 or visit www.amiprivateers.org.
“Treats and Treasures” Giant Attic, Craft and Lunch Sale: Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
The Bradenton Women’s Club will host “Treats and Treasures,” a giant attic, craft and lunch sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12. Proceeds will benefit the renovation of the clubhouse and local charities. Information: 941-896-6541.
Annual Fall Bazaar: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton
Emmanuel United Methodist Church will host its annual Fall Bazaar 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 12 featuring an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $4, clothing, furniture, small appliances, luggage, shoes, jewelry, linen, crafts, books, games, housewares and a Christmas Shop. Information: 941-792-3497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridge Street market: Bridge Street, Anna Maria
The Bridge Street Market on Historic Bridge Street will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through April 28. The market will feature area produce and plant vendors, arts and craft vendors, funky beach style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home decor, food, fun, music and more. Information: 215-906-0668.
Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition: Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota
The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sandsculpting Competition, featuring more than 24 of the best “Master” sand sculptors from around the world will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11-13. The event will benefit Mote Marine’s Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program. Visitors must have an event wristband to enter the sculpture viewing area. Wrist band: $5 per day. Information: www.crystalsand.org.
Eighth Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
The Eighth Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20 celebrating medieval life. Guests will be able to enjoy exciting jousts, epic sword battles, sample food from all over the world, stroll through artists’ shops and interact with villagers as they engage in the retelling of the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Along with many new additions the festival will have live demonstrations of pottery, painting by world renown fairy artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith, a live working forge, making weapons available for purchase hot off the fire, and arts and crafts vendors. A local cast of 70 villagers will perform two different human combat chess matches and musical performances. Tickets: $16.95 adults, $14.95 seniors and students, $8.95 children ages 8-12, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: www.SarasotaMedievalFair.com.
Egmont Key State Park “Discover the Island 2011” Fundraiser: Egmont Key State Park, Ruskin
Visit Egmont Key State Park Nov. 12-13 and enjoy Discover the Island 2011, see civil war re-enactments, stroll the island on a self-guided walk with interpretive sites along the way, including nature, wildlife, military, and history, There will be children’s games and crafts, a silent auction, historical gun batteries and a 153-year old working lighthouse. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Shuttle boats will be leaving Ft. DeSoto Park 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with the last boat returning at 4 p.m. Tickets: $18 adults, $5 children ages 6-11, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: www.egmontkey.info.