First Friday Open Mic: The Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton
An Open Mic will be 8- 10 p.m. Jan. 2 during Bradenton’s Village of the Arts ArtWalk in the Garden at The Village Bookshop. All poets, musicians, stand-up comedians, ranters, ravers, authors, and readers are welcome to this “free speech” event. Information: (941) 750-9141.
First Friday Art Walk: Village of the Arts, 12th Ave. W., Bradenton
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The Bradenton Village of the Arts will hold its First Friday and Saturday Art Walk 6-9 p.m. Jan. 2 and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 3. All studios and galleries, featuring fine art, furniture, jewelry, clothing and antiques, will be open to the public. Art Walk guides available at all galleries. Information: 747-8056.
Music on Main: Main Street at Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Jan. 2 and every first Friday of the month. Listen to the Latin dance rhythms of Big Night Out. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. Bring chairs and blankets, no coolers allowed. Dog on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: www.mainstreetatlakewoodranch.com.
Sarasota Succulent Garden Open House: 1310 38th St., Sarasota
The Sarasota Succulent Society gardens are open 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 17 and every third Saturday of the month. The secret garden, hidden away on the grounds of a historic 1938 depression era house is home to rare and exotic succulents from around the world with a Sarasota history dating back to 1950. Many starter and larger plants are offered for sale. Cash and checks only. Admission: free. Information: 924-2703.
Free Film Series: The Riverwalk at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 North W. C. MacInnes Place, Tampa
The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center will be hosting free “Scene on the Green” screenings of a series of classic movies outside on a massive 20-foot-by-11-foot inflatable screen, featuring the 1960 version of “Ocean’s 11” on Jan. 9, “Fiddler on the Roof” Feb. 13, and “Annie” March 13. All movie times are 8 p.m. Bring blanket or chair. Movie snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Food, beverages and coolers may not be brought on-site. Information: (813) 229-7827 or visit www.tbpac.org.