FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix: various locations, Sarasota
The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix will be July 2-5 featuring a "Fleming's Fan Fest" with race teams 5-8 p.m. July 2, a "Meet and Greet Who's in the Drivers Seat" reception 10-11:30 a.m., Powerboats by the Bay noon-5 p.m. and a downtown block party 4 p.m.-midnight featuring the Festival Parade of Boats 6 p.m. July 3, Powerboats by the Bay at Centennial Park 10 a.m.-7 p.m. followed by fireworks over Sarasota Bay at 9 p.m. July 4, and Powerboat and Jet Ski Races 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lido Beach, July 5. Complimentary trolley service from downtown to Lido Beach is available 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4-5. For detailed information, location and tickets: sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org.
Dali Museum Cult Classics Summer Movie Series: Avant Garden, Dali Museum. One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg
Enjoy community preferred film selections at the Dali Museum Cult Classics Summer Movie Series with the following movies: "Top Gun" July 2 and "Animal House" Aug. 6. The event will feature food trucks, garden games, $5 craft beer tastings, and guests are encouraged to dress in costume themed to the films. Doors open and food and beer vendors start serving at 7 p.m., films starting at sunset. The series is free and open to the public. Information: 727-823-3767 or thedali.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. July 3 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. July 3 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. July 3 featuring live music by Shotgun Justice. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit the Rotary Club of Sarasota Gateway. 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.
Marauders' Independence Day Celebration: McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
Celebrate Independence Day with a special Independence Day Marauders game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs beginning with a happy hour 5:30 p.m. followed by the game and fireworks July 3. First 1,500 fans will receive a free Marauders Independence Day T-shirt. Tickets: $6-$8. Information: 941-747-3031 or 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 6-9:30 p.m. July 3 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. 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.
All-American Barbecue and Independence Day Celebration: Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
Enjoy an All-American Barbecue and Independence Day Celebration 6-10 p.m. July 4 featuring barbecue pit masters, live music, family activities and enjoy fireworks over Sarasota Bay. Admission: $30 members, $35 nonmembers, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Information: selby.org.
Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay: various locations
The Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay can be viewed free from anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Information: visitsarasota.org.
Freedom Fest: Bicentennial Park at Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Freedom Fest 9-11 a.m. July 4 featuring patriotic music, a parade, children's games including face painting and sand art, a "Hot Diggity Dog" contest for dog owners. Decorated bikes kids and pets are encouraged. Refreshments and beverages will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-383-2466 or longboatkeychamber.com.
Sandbar Fourth of July celebration: 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria
The Sandbar will host its 29th annual Sandbar Fireworks Extravaganza beginning at 6 p.m. with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. July 4. Tickets: $125 adults, $50 children. The event will feature VIP seating. Seating is limited, reservations are encouraged. Information: 941-778-8709 or islanddining.com.
Anna Maria Island Privateers annual Fourth of July Parade: various locations
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host their annual Fourth of July parade stepping off at 10 a.m. at South Coquina Beach and covering the entire length of Anna Maria to North Anna Maria City Pier. There will be a Parade Party at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach noon-4 p.m. featuring food specials and live music by the Steel Relic, a kids classic rock cover band, followed by the band Crossover. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-780-1668.
Pier 22 Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and Pig Roast: 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton
Bring the entire family for the most awesome waterfront Fourth of July in town and enjoy exclusive VIP seating along the Manatee River, under the fireworks, while dining beginning at 6 p.m. July 4. Cost: $69.95 adults, $19.95 children ages 11 and younger. Valet parking will be available. Reservations: 941-748-8087.
Palmetto Independence Day Celebration: Sutton Park, 1006 Sixth St. W., Palmetto
Palmetto celebrates America's Independence Day with its fifth "Fourth Festival" beginning at 4 p.m. July 4 featuring music by national recording country music artists Craig Campbell at 5 p.m. and Rodney Atkins at 7 p.m. There will be food and beverage vendors and children's activities. Fireworks over the Manatee River will start at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Free and paid parking will be available. Information: 941-723-4570 or palmettofl.org.
Independence Day Fireworks over the Manatee River: along the Manatee River, Bradenton
View the fireworks, handled by the City of Palmetto, along the Manatee River in Bradenton starting at 9 p.m. July 4. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-723-4570 or palmettofl.org.
SOMA Creek Side Fourth of July Bash: SOMA Creek Side, 1401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Enjoy a Baja-style buffet with hors d'oeuvres and dessert bar, view the fireworks from the rooftop and enjoy live music by Muphin Chuckrs 6-10:30 p.m. July 4. Tickets: $25. Information: 941-567-4001 or somacreekside.com.
Beach market at Coquina: Bradenton Beach
Come and stroll the beach market at Coquina 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sunday through July, 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.
Tampa Theatre Summer Classics: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Tampa Theatre will present its Summer Classic Film Series, featuring classics that span more than six decades, including "Back To The Future" July 5, "Top Hat" July 12, "Breakfast At Tiffany's" July 19, "The Sound Of Music," July 26, "Gone With The Wind" Aug. 2, "West Side Story" Aug. 9, "Goodfellas" Aug. 16, "Casablanca" 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 3 p.m. Aug. 23, "Phantom Of The Opera," Aug. 30. Except where noted, all movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 members. Tickets for "The Phantom Of The Opera," and "The Sound Of Music" sing-along are $12 adults, $10 children, seniors, military and members. Information: 813-274-8286 or tampatheatre.org.
Carmike Cinemas: Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E. Bradenton
Carmike Classic Cinema Series: "Brief Encounter" July 7, "Some Like It Hot" July 14, "The Usual Suspects" July 21, "West Side Story" July 28, "Dressed To Kill" Aug. 4, "Fargo" Aug. 11, "Spaceballs" Aug. 18, "The Silence Of The Lambs" Aug. 25. All show times are 7 p.m. Tickets: $5. Met Summer Encore Series: "La Traviata" July 8, "La Fille Du Regiment" July 15. "The Merry Widow" July 22. "Aida" July 29. All show times are 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets: $12.50-$15. Ballet Series featuring the Royal Ballet performing at the Royal Opera House in London: "Swan Lake" July 9, and "La Fille Mal Gardee" July 23. Information: 941-752-3796 or carmike.com.
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.
Pictown Estates: 1201 50th Plaza W., Bradenton
Bingo, 7 p.m., doors open 6 p.m., Mondays. Free snacks at half time. Bingo cards: $0.25 each. Information: 941-758-1160.
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)
Saturday Dances have been temporarily discontinued due to fire and severe water damage. Watch this listing each week for the restarting date. 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 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. July 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.
Wilson Dance Sport: 4069 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
Ballroom dance party 7-9 p.m. Fridays. Meet the area's top dancers, make new friends while you participate in a group class and view performances. No partner required. Free refreshments and beverages served. Reservations are required. Information: 941-896-8834 or wilsonsdancesport.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 centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com.
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
Independence Day Celebration Party at noon July 4, featuring a cook-out and drink specials. 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
Fourth of July cookout, 1 p.m., music at 2 p.m. July 3. 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
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.
Van Wezel's Friday Fest: Bayside Lawn at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Friday Fest, a free family friendly outdoor summertime concert series will be 5-9 p.m. July 10 featuring live music by Kim Betts and the Gable Creek Band. Bring blankets or chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed. Information: 941-953-3368 or vanwezel.org.
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.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. July 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.
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. July 18. 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. July 25 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.