FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
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. Aug. 21 featuring live music by Yesterdayze. Bring blankets or chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed. Information: 941-953-3368 or vanwezel.org.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Aug. 21 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.
"Music and Movies": South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum present "Music and Movies," featuring 10 evenings of live performances at 6:30 p.m. followed by a movie at 7:30 p.m. Fridays through September. The performance/movie schedule is: Dan Shafer and "It Might Get Loud," Aug. 21; Billy Burke and "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me," Aug. 28; Matt Walden and "Benda Bilili!," Sept. 4; Kristopher James and "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man," Sept. 11; Beartoe and "Lou Reed's Berlin," Sept. 18; Sean McInerney-Erik Livingston and "Mistaken For Strangers," Sept. 25. Tickets: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 13 or southfloridamuseum.org
IndiaFest "Celebrating Dances of India": Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The annual IndiaFest will be noon-4 p.m. and 3-7 p.m. Aug. 22 featuring cultural exhibitions, a variety of Indian food, Indian products including dresses and jewelry, live bhangra dances, an Indian fashion show and living museum. Admission: $3. Information: 941-524-6545 or manasotaindiafest.com.
Bradentucky Bombers: Astro Skate Center of Bradenton, 3611 Third St. W., Bradenton.
The Bradentucky Bombers take to the track in an epic rematch against the Deadly Rivals Roller Derby 5 p.m. Aug. 22, with tailgating starting at 4 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12 adults, $6 children ages 6-12. Meet the derby players at an after party at The Rockstar Bar, 2704 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: bradentuckybombers.com.
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 "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.
Antiques, arts and crafts show: Mixon's Packing House, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton
Mixon's comes alive 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 22 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.
Beer Fest: MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa
The annual Beef Fest will be 8-11 p.m. Aug. 22 featuring craft beer, food trucks, entertainment and more. Craft beer enthusiasts can enjoy a selection of more than 100 craft beer varieties from more than 40 local and national breweries. Attendees will be able to visit the museum's permanent and current exhibits and ride the high wire bicycle 30 feet above the museums first floor. Admission: $55-$65, includes unlimited beer sampling, access to MOSI exhibit and more; VIP tickets are $105-$125. Information: citampa.com/beerfest.
97X Craft Beer Experience: The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg
More than 100 types of Craft Beer will be on the menu as Great Bay Distributors and 97X will host the fourth annual Craft Beer Experience 4-8 p.m. Aug. 22. An array of signature selections from a variety of downtown St. Petersburg restaurants will be available for purchase. Tickets; $30-$35, includes a commemorative 97X Craft Experience cup. Information: 727-893-7832 or themahaffey.com.
Carmike Cinemas: Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E. Bradenton
Last of the Carmike Classic Cinema Series: "The Silence Of The Lambs," 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Tickets: $5. 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, 6:15 p.m., doors open 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays (doors lock at 6 p.m.). Information: 941-739-5365.
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.
Whispering Palms Mobile Home Park: 1219 51st Ave. W., Bradenton
Bingo, 6 p.m. Sundays. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Sales stop at 5:45 p.m. Snacks available. Information: 941-755-1557.
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. Aug. 12 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.
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
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
Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Bingo, 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. Bar poker, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays. 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 Sunset Breakfast 4:30-6:30 p.m. with live music 6-9 p.m. Aug. 22. Veterans and families VA benefits Q&A, 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 25. Euchre, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Post Redneck Surf and Turf, 4-7 p.m. Fridays; $5.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. The public is welcome. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Mexican Night, featuring taco platter and drink specials 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21. Music by Brock, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 22. Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, bar poker 4 p.m. Sundays. Monday night dinner, 5-7 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats 4-6:30 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": Palm Avenue Main and First streets, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Sept. 4 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. Sept. 4 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.
Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk: various locations, Sarasota
The Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk will be 6 p.m. Sept. 4 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.
Village of the Arts monthly 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. Sept. 4 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 5. 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.
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. Sept. 19. 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 email@example.com.
Arts and Lecture Series: Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
The Library Foundation will host the last of the 2015 Arts and Lecture Series, featuring 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.