FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Main Street Live!: Old Main Street, between Manatee and Third avenues, Bradenton
Old Main Street Merchants Association will host downtown's most popular street party "Main Street Live!" 4 p.m.-midnight May 21 featuring vendors and live music by Rebel Heart beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: facebook.com/oldmainstreetmerchantsassociation.
Wordier than Thou Storytellers Open Mic: Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota
Fogartyville will host "Wordier than Thou" storytellers open mic 7 p.m. May 21, with a focus on storytelling and fiction, no poetry or music. The public is invited to share their finest prose or come and catch some tales form the area's wordsmiths. A donation $5 is requested. Information: 941-587-6588 or sarasotapeacenter.org.
Music in the Park: The Riverwalk, Mosaic Amphitheater, Bradenton
Realize Bradenton invites the public to enjoy free concerts and support our local music scene at the monthly "Music in the Park" 6-9 p.m. May 22 featuring live folk Americana music. The public is encouraged to participate in between acts with Spoken Word to allow language to thrill. Bring your own poems or wing it, artist's choice. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: 941-621-6471 or realizebradenton.com.
The 150th Occupation of Manatee: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton
Experience life in Manatee County at the end of the Civil War through Living History Interpreters and Civil War re-enactors at the "150th Occupation of Manatee" noon-7 p.m. May 22 and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. May 23. Visitors can witness life on home and war fronts; a ladies tea, boat building, church services, period children games, music and dancing, see guard duty, cavalry and military formations, military drills, and observe Union forces conducting everyday tasks like cleaning weapons and cooking, and view commanding officers inspecting troops getting ready to pursue a key fugitive -- Judah P. Benjamin. Admission and parking are free. Information: 941-741-4075 or manateevillage.org.
Barbecue and Blues: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota
The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will host Barbecue and Blues May 22-23 with barbecue dinner beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a concert at 8 p.m. featuring Sammy Blue. Tickets: $48 dinner and concert, $29.50 concert only. Tickets are limited, advance ticket purchase is recommended. Information: 941-366-1505 or westcoastblacktheatre.org.
South Florida Museum Film Fridays: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
Explore the oceans in films selected by marine photographers, biologists, conservation specialists and Museums staff. The schedule is: "Flipper" May 22, "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" May 29, "Disney Nature Oceans" June 5, "Deepsea Challenge" June 12, "Endless Summer" June 19, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" June 26. All movie times are 6 p.m. Tickets: $7 general admission, $5 members. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended. Information: 941-746-4131 or southfloridamuseum.org.
Pickin' Picnic: Pavilion at the Riverwalk, 452 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
Realize Bradenton will rock Bradenton's Riverwalk Memorial Day weekend with the fourth Pickin' Picnic 2-10 p.m. May 23, showcasing the region's music scene and a Battle of the Food Trucks, a cook-off at 2 p.m. Live music featuring various local and regional bands, including Chasing Jonah, Hymn for Her, The Dram, Lions After Dark, and Have Gun, Will Travel starts at 3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: realizebradenton.com/events.
Antiques, arts and crafts show: Mixon's Packing House, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
Mixon's comes alive 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 23 and every fourth Saturday of the month through Sept. 26 with an Antique, Arts and Craft show, featuring a variety of artists and vendors displaying and offering their finest works for sale, including antiques, arts, crafts and more. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Information: 941-748-1085 or mixon.com.
Beach market at Coquina: Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the beach market at Coquina 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10 featuring fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and much more. Donations of non-perishable food and clothing for those in need are welcome. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible, dogs are not allowed. Information: 941-518-4431.
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.
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.
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.
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. Afternoon ballroom dances are 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $10. Dance Fusion for children 6 p.m. Thursdays; Cost: $5. H2U -members will receive a discount on all group classes. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Line dance classes with instructor Pete Garza 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $2 a person. Information: 941-748-0180.
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. The Group Therapy Dance Club meets the first and third Saturdays of the month. Learn the Hustle, ballroom, swing and more. Lesson at 7 p.m., dance 8 p.m. Cost: $10, open to the public. 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. June 13 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
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. 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 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. Wings and more, 4-7 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
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
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
Euchre, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Fish fry, 4:30-6:30 p.m. every third Friday of the month. All-you-can-eat breakfast 8-11 a.m. every first and third Sunday of the month, bar poker at 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Music by Brock, 7-10 p.m. May 23. 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. June 5 featuring live music by. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit the. 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.
"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. June 5 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 p.m. June 5 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.
Bradenton Marauders Christian music performance: McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
Anna Maria Island based children's charity, KidsServe.com presents Christian music artist Jenny Simmons, formally of Addison Road at the Bradenton Marauders vs. Ft. Myers Miracle game, 5:30 p.m. June 5. Children from KidsServe.com will join the Marauders baseball players on the field for the National Anthem. Gates open at 4 p.m., game starts at 6:30 p.m.. The first 750 fans will receive a free T-shirt. Tickets: $6-$8. Information: milb.com.
Village of the Arts annual art walk: Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
Take a self-guided tour around Bradenton's acclaimed artist colony 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5-6. The village offers 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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. June 19 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.
"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. May 16 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.
Ghost Spirit and Orb Walks: Bunker Hill Vineyards and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
Bunker Hill Vineyard will host "Spirit and Orb Walks" 8 p.m. May 16. Guests are asked to bring cameras with a night flash, EVP recorders, EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders, and extra batteries. Guests must arrive by 7:30 p.m. for a 30 minute indoctrination and discussion of the night's walk and activities. The "Spirit & Orb Walks" will begin promptly at 8 p.m. and will last until 9:30 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.
Antiques, arts and crafts show: Mixon's Packing House, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
Mixon's comes alive 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 27 and every fourth Saturday of the month through Sept. 26 with an Antique, Arts and Craft show, featuring a variety of artists and vendors displaying and offering their finest works for sale, including antiques, arts, crafts and more. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Information: 941-748-1085 or mixon.com.
Arts and Lecture Series: Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
The Library Foundation will host the 2015 Arts and Lecture Series, featuring Jeff Lindsay, author of the "Dexter" series, 6 p.m. July 13. An intimate dinner with the author will be 7:30 p.m. at Ortygia, Village of the Arts, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton. Cost: $75 a person. The last in the series will be author Nancy Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day mystery series, 2 p.m. Oct. 21. There will be high tea with the author at 3:30 p.m. at Latte Luna, 2715 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost: $25 a person. Reservations for all meet and greet events are on a first come, first serve basis. Information: 941-748-5875.