FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
SarasotaMOD Weekend: various locations, Sarasota
An opening reception for the SarasotaMOD, a four-day festival celebrating Sarasota's iconic mid-century architecture, will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. The festival will run through Oct. 12 and will feature guided tours, social gatherings, and presentations by prominent architects, authors, critics and designers. SGuided trolley, boat and walking tours will explore Sarasota by land and sea. Many of the festival's events will take place in acclaimed modernist structures. Festival participants will experience not only Sarasota's architectural jewels but also the subtropical setting for those jewels. For information on dates, locations and ticket prices, visit SarasotaMOD.com.
Sail Pavilion "Brews and Bites": 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
Sail Pavilion will be hosting a monthly Brews and Bites Food Truck Rally 6-10 p.m. Oct. 10 and every second Friday of the month. There will be live entertainment by local musicians, specialty cocktails, craft beers and multiple food trucks offering something for every taste bud. Information: 813-373-1193.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Burns Square, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 10 and every second 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.
Inaugural Hispanic Heritage Concert: Bahia Vista Mennonite Sanctuary Theatre, 4041 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota
The inaugural Hispanic Heritage Concert will be 7 p.m. Oct. 10 featuring live music by various Latin-American artists and performers, including Jairo Hernandez, Maria Carolina Alba, Tierra Nueva and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25, VIP tickets: $35. Information: 941-993-4169 or tierranuevajairo.com or mccalban.com.
Oktoberfest 2014: 8098 66th St. N., Pinellas Park
The German American Society of Pinellas County will host Oktoberfest 2014 featuring three weekends highlighting German food, culture and music 5 p.m. Oct. 10-11. The event will feature authentic German vendors and bands and folk dancers. There will be prize drawings. General admission: $6, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: 941-727-421-3905 or germantampa.com.
Second Saturday ArtWalk: various locations, St. Petersburg
It will be a moonlit night as galleries, artist studios, and some museums open for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk 5-9 p.m. Oct. 11 celebrating Universal Music Day. The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, the Edge District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination. Information: 727-518-5142.
Grind For Life Skateboarding Contest: Bradenton Riverwalk Skatepark, Bradenton
The Grind For Life Organization will host a Grind For Life skateboarding contest 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 11. Proceeds will benefit those suffering from cancer. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 813-876-7677 or 813-504-5544 or email email@example.com.
"Sea Monster Sprouts" family fun day: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez
In conjunction with the monthly "Music on the Porch" jam session, the Florida Maritime Museum will be hosting a "Sea Monster Sprouts" family fun day 2-5 p.m. Oct. 11. There will be a variety of fun sea monster activities related to the featured Maritime Mythologies: Creatures of the Deep exhibit. The event is an opportunity for both parents and children to learn about sea creatures from around the world, including some that many may never have heard of. There will be interpretive art from local and regional artists. Admission to the event is free, donations are welcome. Reservations are encouraged. Information: 941-708-6120.
Dragons Racing for Kids: Tarpon Pointe Grill, 801 Riverside Dr. E., Bradenton
Individuals and teams from Manatee and Sarasota Counties and the surrounding regions will converge 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 11 for the inaugural Tarpon Pointe Dragon Boat Festival for Kids. Enter your own dragon boat team of 20 peddlers of which a minimum of eight must be female and a drummer. Paddles life vests, boats, and steerspersons will be provided as well as one training session in advance of the event. Information: 813-426-3544 or highfivedragonboat.com.
Inaugural Gulf Coast Oktoberfest: Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct., Sarasota
Gold Coast Eagle Distributing will host the inaugural Gulf Coast Oktoberfest 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 11 featuring German and American food and live German music. There will be a chicken dance competition, stein hoisting, empty keg toss, server slalom relay, keg stacking and Polka dance lessons. German, American and craft Oktoberfest beer available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed for a costume contest. Cost: a bag of non-perishable food to donate to the Food Bank of Manatee prior to parking. There will be a $5 fee per car without food donation. Information: 941-355-7685 or gulfcoastoktoberfest.com.
Vintage and Collectibles Fair: Historic Sarasota Historic Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Shop for your next treasure or gift at the Vintage and Collectibles Fair 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12. There will be over 50 vendors with displays selling antiques, books, collectibles, shabby chic, vintage clothing, linens and much more. Lunch is available for purchase. Admission $3, children ages 3 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-954-4165.
Hunsader Farms 2014 Pumpkin Festival: Hunsader Farms, 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton
The 2014 Hunsader Pumpkin Festival will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11-2, 18-19 and 25-26. This family event will feature more than 100 craft booths, live music, live shows, pumpkins, charity pumpkin games, pioneer trades village, hayrides, pony rides, chain saw sculptor, corn maze, scarecrow displays, homemade ice cream, farm-roasted sweet corn, food and beverage vendors, face painting, rock climbing wall, power jump, petting zoo, barnyard playground, children's train ride, juggler, frog jumping championship, butterfly experience and fresh produce for the entire family. Admission: $10 adults, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Corn maze is $2 and there is a small charge for some rides and activities. Information: 941-941) 322-2168 or hunsaderfarms.com.
Bradentucky Bombers: Astro Skate of Bradenton, 3611 Third St. W., Bradenton
The Bradentucky Bombers, Manatee County's original flat track women's roller derby team will play their last game of the 2014 season on Oct. 12, with tailgating at 6 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., game at 7 p.m. and an after party at 9:15 p.m. at Lost Kangaroo Pub, 406 12th St. W., Bradenton. For the games it is suggested you bring a chair. Track side seating is available on a first come, first served basis for those ages 18 and older. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets for the game are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information: bradentuckybombers.org.
"Stop the Violence": Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto
"Stop the Violence," an event to raise awareness to violence in all its forms will be 2-9 p.m. Oct. 12 with the goal to reach out to the youth in the community, enlightening them about the destructive path violence can lead to. The event will feature guest speakers, including mothers of victims of street violence and local hip-hop artists. Admission is free. There will be a prize drawing, food and entertainment and gift bags will be given to mothers who lost loved ones. Information: 941-405-8665.
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 Moose: 310 44th Ave. E., Bradenton
Bingo, 6 p.m., doors open 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-773-6541.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Winter bingo returns Dec. 4. New progressive game. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Information: 941-580-5044.
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, 6:30 p.m., doors open 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 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: 941-779-3494.
Tidevue Estates Mobile Home Park Clubhouse: 4214 11th St. Ct. E. (off U.S. 301 N.), Ellenton
Bingo, doors open 4 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. Fridays Oct.-April. Information: 941-722-2557.
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. Friday social dance with complimentary beverage and snacks, 8-9:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Afternoon ballroom dances are 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $10. Dance Fusion for children 6 p.m. Thursdays; Cost: $5. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031.
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.
Adult Singles Dance Club: YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota (corner of Bahia Vista Street)
Dance with live bands plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday. Admission: $10. Open to the public. Complimentary snacks. Information: 941-756-8303 or 941-807-2226.
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 held 7-10 p.m. Oct. 11 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, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. New additions "Chef at the Market," highlighting local chefs are every second Saturday, and "Foodies at the Market," featuring residents who love to cook are every fourth Saturday. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Central Sarasota Farmers Market: Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 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
Ellenton Farmers Market: 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton
The Ellenton Farmers Market is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and specializes in "green" natural, organic and environmentally friendly products that makes for a healthier lifestyle and a better environment. Information: 941-725-0205.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays 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
Feather Your Nest 1 p.m., hamburgers 2-4 p.m. Sundays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Mondays. Hot dogs on Wednesdays. 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. Back arcade open daily. 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
All-you-can-eat breakfast 8:30-11 a.m., Feather Your Nest 1-5 p.m., Sundays; breakfast: $5. Tacos, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, open to the public; tacos: $4. A varied lunch menu is served noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A weekly varied menu dinner is served 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Fun night 6-7:30 p.m., Thursdays. All-you-can-eat fried fish 5-7 p.m., Feather Your Nest 7-9 p.m., Fridays. Information: 941-756-2113.
Marine Corps League Desoto Detachment 588: 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton
Halloween Party Pot Luck Buffet, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Guests are encouraged to wear Halloween costume. Cost: $6 donation. All past and present military personnel and their guests are welcome to the Bunker Bar for fellowship, camaraderie, entertainment, and refreshments. Bar hours: 2-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Information: 941-301-4598.
North Manatee American Legion Post 309: 2419 Bayshore Road, Palmetto
Bingo, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Soft-tip darts 8 p.m. Thursdays. 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
Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, Mondays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, open to the public. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Party time with Holly Rae, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 11. Breast Cancer Awareness event 1 p.m. Oct. 25 featuring a barbecue dinner and live music by the Jack Tamburine Band. Lunch served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Sunday breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon. Monday night dinner, 5-7 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": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 17 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.
Annual Goblin Gathering: G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton
Bring the whole family out and join the fun at the 12th annual Goblin Gathering in conjunction with National Night Out 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 featuring hay maze, costume contest, bounce houses, hay rides, face painting, inflatable slide and save "treats and sweets" for participants. Children's activity wristband: $5. Information: 941-742-5923.
Annual Taste of St. Armands: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
The Fifth annual Taste of St. Armands will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Taste and enjoy food and beverages from the following participating restaurants: 15 South, Blue Dolphin Cafe, Cafe l'Europe, Cha Cha Coconuts, Florida Olive Oil Company, Columbia Restaurant, Lynches Pub and Grub, Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar, That's Fresh, Hamba Lounge, Lido Beach Resort, Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar, Crab and Fin, Settimi's, and The Spice and Tea Exchange. There will be live music by Eirinn Abu. Pets not allowed. Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable as a donation to the All Faiths Food Bank. Tickets: $35-$40. Information: 941-388-1554 or starmandscircleassoc.com.
Rummage Sale: 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach
St. Bernard's Woman's Guild will hold a rummage sale 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 17-18 featuring many household items. No electronics will be sold. Coffee and donuts will be available for purchase. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tampa Theatre Halloween movie series: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Tampa's most historic, and temporary haunted, movie palace announces the return of popular Halloween movie series, including classic horror films, family-friendly spooky movies, creepy cult favorites, ghastly ghost tours and blood curling special guests in "A Nightmare on Franklin Street" during 15 nights of petrifying programming. The movies are: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," 9 p.m. Oct. 17, "Psycho," 4:45, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. Oct. 18, "Little Shop of Horrors" (1960), 3:30 p.m. and "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986), 5:45 p.m. Oct. 19, "The Silence of the Lambs," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, "Young Frankenstein," Oct. 21, "A Nightmare on Elm Street," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, "Creature from the Black Lagoon 3-D," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, "Paranormal Activity," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, "Freaks" 5:15 p.m., "Scream" 7:30 p.m., "Eraserhead" 10:15 p.m. Oct. 25, "The Witches" 3:30 p.m., "Frankenweenie" 6:15 p.m. Oct. 26, "Gremlins," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, "Shaun of the Dead," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, "Child's Play," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, "Evil Dead" (1981), 7:30 p.m. and "Evil Dead" (2013), 10 p.m. Oct. 31. A Tampa Theatre Film Camp Saturday Session: SFX Makeup will be 9 a.m. Oct. 18, Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: Ghost Stories" will be 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 and 25, Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation will be 10 p.m. Oct. 24, and Tampa ghost stories with Deborah Frethem, author of "Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay" will be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. For tickets prices and detailed information, call 813-274-8287 or TampaTheatre.org.
The York Drive Project: 3512 York Dr. W., Bradenton
This year's York Drive Project presents "Portraits of ... TERROR," 7-10 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, 31 and Nov. 1 featuring a labyrinth of red doors sending visitors deeper and deeper through the dimensions of fear. Donation: $5 per entry. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Safe Children Coalition. Information: facebook.com/theyorkdriveproject.
Halloween Candlelight Tour: Gamble Mansion Historic Park, 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton
A Halloween Candlelight Tour will be 7-9 p.m. Oct. 18. This family and kid-friendly event is $6 a person, children ages 5 years and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-723-4536.
"Mainly Art" arts and craft show: Main Street, Bradenton
Realize Bradenton will host its monthly art, craft and antiques bazaar "Mainly Art," 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18 and every third Saturday of the month. This free event will feature art, craft and antiques vendors, "Art Of" demonstrations 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and live music. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Information: 840-0017 or visit www.realizebradenton.com.
Spirit and Orb Walk: Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
A Spirit and Orb Walk is offered 8 p.m. Oct. 18. Due to the "paranormal" nature of these walk, reservations are required and are limited to a maximum of 25 adults, ages 18 and older. Guests must arrive by 7:30 p.m. for a 30-minute indoctrination and discussion of the walk and activities, followed by the walk which will promptly start at 8 p.m. and will last until 9:30 p.m. Guests are requested to wear good walking shoes, long pants and a jacket. Cost: $10. Reservations and information: 941-776-0418 or bunkerhillvineyard.com.
Ye Olde Main Street 5K Ghost Run and Poker Walk: Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton
The "Ye Olde Main Street 5K Ghost Run and Poker Walk" will begin with registration at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. The event will feature the Ghost Run at 4 p.m., 5K Ghost Run with doggies at 4:05 p.m., a 1-mile fitness walk and poker walk at 4:10 p.m. and Kids' Ghost Dashes at 3:15, 3:18, 3:25 and 3:30 p.m. An after party will include an Ugly Costume Contest for Kids, goblins, and will feature food from local restaurants and adult beverages with proper ID will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Robinson Hearts and Minds Foundation. Registration: $20-$40. Information: 941-358-5100 or active.com.
Flying For A Cure: Manatee County Radio Controllers, 7315 71st Ave. E., Palmetto
Manatee County Radio Controllers and Beta Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Psi Sorority will host "Flying For A Cure" 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18, featuring air shows at noon on both days, tethered hot air balloon rides 9-11 a.m. Saturday, kids activities, and Lances Cruzin to the Hop car show Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and sunscreen. Balloon rides are $5 a person. Parking donation: $2 per car. Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society. Information: 941-807-2924.
Florida Railroad Museum "Pumpkin Patch Express": 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish
The Pumpkin Patch Express will depart 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 25-26. The train ride takes visitors to a patch of pumpkins where children can pick their own pumpkin to take home. The entire family can participate in hay rides, crafts and other activities at no additional charge. Tickets: $14-$28. Some of the tickets are for open air-cars and are first come, first serve at boarding. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.org.
Buckler's 22nd annual Craft Fair: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
Buckler's 23rd annual Craft Fair will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26 featuring handmade creations by artists and crafters, including custom home decor, unique gifts, needlework, dolls and toys, country and primitive decor, artwork, jewelry, woodwork, painted glass, gourmet delights, quilts, plants and planters, recycled tire art, pet items, pottery and much more. Admission: $6, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Information: bucklercraftfair.com/bradenton.
Historic Manatee County Courthouse Outdoor Concert: 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
The historic Manatee County Courthouse comes alive with music 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 1 featuring the Koko and Karma Duo performing mystical styles spanning island music and rock and roll. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring lunch or purchase lunch on-site from Renaissance on 9th. Information: realizebradenton.com.
Annual "Taste of Manatee": Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto
The Rotary Club of West Bradenton will host the 28th annual Taste of Manatee 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 1 and noon-7 p.m. Nov. 2 featuring two days of tasting fine cuisine from local restaurants, live entertainment from area bands, arts and crafts, children's stage, activities for the entire family and sports fans will be able to catch their favorite football games on large screen TVs in the Tiki Tent. The nearby Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, the 1880 Post Office, the old Schoolhouse, the Chapel, Military Museum and 1914 Carnegie Library will offer tours. Information: 941-323-3936 or TasteofManatee.com.
Bridge Street market: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Markets will begin Nov. 2 and will run Sundays through April 26. Market hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The market offers area produce and plant vendors, arts and craft vendors, funky beach style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home decor, food, fun and more. The market also offers monthly food challenges to raise money for local charities. Market organizers are taking applications now from interested vendors. Vendors are to contact Melissa Enders at email@example.com or download an application at bridgestreetmerchants.com.
Ringling Underground: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Listen to compelling regional musical acts, view the work of up-and-coming local artists and view art in select galleries or special exhibitions during Ringling Underground 8-11 p.m. Oct. 6. Admission: $10, free with admission to Art After Five and for college students with a valid ID. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.org.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Palm Avenue Main and First streets, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 7 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. Nov. 7 featuring live music by . Beer, wine and food sales benefit, a local non-profit organization. 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.
Village of the Arts art walks: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
Enjoy an art walk through Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. This month highlights Take a stroll in the cool of the evening among 30 galleries and three five-star restaurants all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages. Information: villageofthearts.com.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold a Thieves Market 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8 featuring various vendors offering fruit, vegetables, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, yard sale items and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 315-529-6507 or amiprivateers.com.
Florida Railroad Museum "Hole in the Head Gang Train Robbery": 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish
A valuable shipment will be on board your train at The Florida Railroad Museum's "Hole in the Head Gang Train Robbery" 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 29. Passengers will be fully secure in the hands of the United States Marshal Service who will try to prevent the gang from attempting to stop the train in which the entire family can participate. Tickets: $12-$16. Some of the tickets are for open air-cars and are first come, first serve at boarding. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.org.