Are you ready for the weekend? Us too.
If you don’t have plans yet, we’re here to help.
Here’s a hand-picked guide to fun times around Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa Bay and beyond.
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Fun for everyone
Friendly flea market: The Friendly City Flea Market is back for the season with a night market this Saturday.
The “Bedtime Bazaar” will include local makers, food trucks and live music.
“This monthly gathering celebrates our city and all the creatives in it,” event organizers say.
It all happens outside of Oscura Café & Bar in downtown Bradenton.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Oscura Café & Bar, 540 13th St. W., Bradenton.
Beer Garden Bazzar: Motorworks Brewing’s monthly Beer Garden Bazaar features lots of local vendors showcasing their wares under the old oak tree.
Explore local arts and crafts, sip a beer, grab a bite from the food truck and listen to live music.
The event is family friendly, pet friendly and free.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday. Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Free.
Last weekend for free train rides: The Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish takes visitors on a trip back in time to the days when locomotive transport was king.
Weekend train rides through rural Manatee County make for a fun family adventure, and there’s also lots to explore in the newly expanded museum.
Kids ride free in August.
Details: Trains leave at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Under 12: Free. Ages 12 and up: $14.
Info: 941-776-0906. frrm.org.
Marauders’ last home game: The Florida State League’s Bradenton Marauders will bid adieu to hometown fans for the 2019 season on Thursday night after the last home game of the season.
The Marauders will take on the Palm Beach Cardinals at LECOM Park. Select draft beers are $2 a pint, and sodas are $1.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday. LECOM Park, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Tickets range from $7-$12.
Birdrock’s birthday bash: Birdrock Taco Shack in Village of the Arts will celebrate its arrival on the local food scene this Sunday.
The restaurant is known for its menu of flavorful fusion tacos and burritos that incorporate gourmet ingredients and the creative imaginings of chef Dave Shiplett.
Orlando’s Brown Bag Brass Band will bring the New Orleans sound down to Bradenton for the fourth annual birthday bash.
Enjoy the shack’s newly renovated dining deck and lots of amazing local art. Menu prices range from $2-$13.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Birdrock Taco Shack, 1004 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. Free.
Michael Mack at McCurdy’s: Comic Michael Mack returns to McCurdy’s for a weekend of stand up that seamlessly incorporates live music.
“His “Faces of Rock” Finale is one of the most creative pieces in modern club comedy,” McCurdy’s promises.
The show is sure to include hilarious song parodies and plenty of audience participation.
Details: Thursday-Sunday. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Ages 18 and up. $17-$21.
At the museum
Finding Florida: How did ancient species like giant ground sloths, manatees and armadillos make their way to Florida?
An exhibit at the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in Bradenton allows adventuresome visitors to get inside the heads of ancient creatures as they made choices that would shape the future of their species.
Explore what led some species to survive and others to die out in an interactive exhibit.
Details: Through Sunday. Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.
Walk the treetops at Myakka: Get some exercise and an eagle’s eye view among the treetops at Myakka River State Park’s famous canopy walkway.
The suspended pedestrian bridge was the first of its kind to be built in North America, and it offers impressive sights of the park’s flora, fauna and precious Florida ecosystems.
Details: Open 8 a.m.-sunset, 365 days a year. Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota. $2-$6.
Dalí like you’ve never seen it: An exhibit on display at The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg allows visitors to explore the surreal through augmented reality.
What does that mean, you ask? A quick download of “The Dalí Museum” app onto a smartphone lets you interact with eight of the painter’s masterworks in all new ways.
“Dalí himself constantly challenged reality in his work and life, and explored the emerging technologies of his time,” museum staff says. “We believe he would enjoy AR as an interpretive aid to his multilayered, complex images.”
Pro tip: On Thursdays from 5-8 p.m., admission to the Dali drops to $12 for adults and $8 for children.
Travel Time: About 30 minutes.
Details: Through Nov. 3. 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. $10-$25.
Theme park fun
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Disney World’s highly anticipated foray into the Star Wars universe has arrived at Hollywood Studios.
So far, there’s only one ride to hop on (Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run), but the park offers immersive fun with Star Wars-themed shops, restaurants and scenery.
If you go, be prepared for massive crowds. May the force be with you.
Details: Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 351 S. Studio Dr., Lake Buena Vista.
NEW IN TOWN — Inkawasi Peruvian Restaurant: Inkawasi recently moved to Lakewood Ranch from Sarasota. The restaurant brings a diverse lineup of Peruvian cuisine including tapas, ceviche and dishes like Lomo Saltado — a stir fry of French fries, beef flamed with red onions, tomatoes and cilantro served with white rice.
Inkawasi Peruvian Restaurant is at 10067 Boardwalk Loop in Lakewood Ranch.
DRINK THIS — Perfect late summer pours: Corporate Ladder Brewing Company in Palmetto pushes the flavor envelope with its tasty dessert-inspired beers, and there’s a new one on tap this week.
“Dessert Station: Cherry Pie” is a Berliner Weisse (that’s a sour wheat beer) made with Montmorency cherries, Madagascar vanilla beans and cinnamon for a flavor that’s fresh out of grandma’s kitchen.
“This beer is straight cherry pie filling with a hint of crust,” the brewery says.
Also new on tap is “Proof of Concept.” The hazy IPA is crafted with juicy hop varieties that impart a slightly sweet taste with a flood of tropical fruit notes.
Corporate Ladder Brewing Company is at 4935 96th St. E. in Palmetto.
EAT THIS — Brick-oven pie baked right: Brancato’s Brick Oven Pizza brings a taste of Brooklyn’s passion for good pie to Bradenton.
Wood-fired in an authentic Italian brick oven, the restaurant’s pizza offerings include traditional Brooklyn pizza, classics like the Margherita and Bianca and some adventurous specialty options like “The Rockin’ Rabe” (a broccoli rabe bedecked pie) the “Mushroom Mania” and “The Clam Pie.”
Reviewers rave about the housemade dough and the New York authenticity of the pizza.
Brancato’s Brick Oven Pizza is at 5227 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton.
DON’T FORGET DESSERT — Iced treats that rock: Rockin’ Gelato offers up flavorful gelatos and locally made ice cream in Bradenton.
Enjoy the shop’s extensive collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia while you dig in to a sweet cone or cup.
Pups are not forgotten at this ice cream shop; frozen treats for dogs are also available.
Rockin’ Gelato is at 6646 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
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Live music highlights
Details: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Cafe in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota. No cover.
DOVYDAS at Darwin Brewing: DOVYDAS plays bluesy jam music full of impressive guitar work that will temporarily transport you to another dimension.
Whether he’s covering Jimi Hendrix or throwing down on an original, it’s good stuff.
Details: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. Darwin Brewing Company and Taproom, 803 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. No cover.
Experimental Farm Road at 5 O’Clock Club: A psychedelic folk band homegrown in Sarasota, Experimental Farm Road takes ‘60s classics to heart with their vintage covers and groovy originals.
Details: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday. 5 O’Clock Club, 1930 Hillview St., Sarasota. $5.
Memphis Rub Band at Clancy’s: Memphis Rub Band is a four-piece specializing in blues, R&B and rock and roll.
Details: 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub, 6218 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. No cover.
Twinkle Yochim & Rock Soul Radio at Blue Rooster: Warner Bros. recording artist Twinkle Yochim and band play blues rock laden with soulful vocals.
Details: 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota. $10.
The Kat Crosby Band at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille: The Kat Crosby Band plays “sophisticated blues with “a hint of jazz and hot guitar.”
Details: 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, Downtown Bradenton, 101 Riverwalk Blvd., Bradenton. No cover.
Lei’d Back at Linger Lodge
Lei’d Back plays a relaxed blend of tropical rock and country music.
Details: 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Linger Lodge Restaurant and RV Campground, 7205 85th St. Ct. E., Bradenton. Info: 941-755-2757; facebook.com/LingerLodge.