FAIRS, FESTIVALS & MORE
Art After 5: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy Art After 5 and explore the Museum of Art permanent and special exhibition galleries, and the Circus Museum during 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Ca' d'Zan is not open for viewing during Art After 5, except on select dates in November and December. Tickets: $10. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.org.
"Music and Movies": South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton
The last film in the "Music and Movies" series presented by Realize Bradenton and the South Florida Museum will be Sean McInerney-Erik Livingston and "Mistaken For Strangers," Sept. 25. Live performance at 6:30 p.m. followed by the movie at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 13 or southfloridamuseum.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. 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.
Bradentucky Bombers: Astro Skate Center of Bradenton, 3611 Third St. W., Bradenton.
The Bradentucky Bombers take to the track to play their final bout of the season against the Dub City Roller Girls 5 p.m. Sept. 26 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 Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: bradentuckybombers.com.
Flying for a Cure: Manatee County Radio Controllers, 7315 71st Ave. E., Palmetto
The Manatee County Radio Controllers and Beta Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Psi Sorority will host a "Flying for a Cure," with flying starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27. There will be an air show, candy drop at noon, kids activities, flight simulators, tethered hot air balloon rides 9-11 a.m., weather permitting both days, and Lance's Cruzin to the Hop car show 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Balloon rides are $5 a person, parking donation: $2. Proceeds will benefit cancer research. Information: Bill Cryer at 941-807-2924.
TBBCA Chalk Walk at SPF 15: South Straub Park, 250 Bay Shore Dr. NE., St. Petersburg
Celebrate an arts weekend at The Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance at the TBBCA Chalk Walk at the SPF 15, St. Petersburg Festival Celebration of the Arts 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 26-27. Watch talented commissioned artists bring amazing chalk drawing to life. Visitors get a chance to see the way this arts is produced in all stages of progress. In addition to the event, SPF 15 will spotlight other cultural activities and events through the weekend, including Arts Alive!, the annual free Museum Day, the St. Pete Wine and Food Festival in North Straub Park, an the Central Avenue Solstice. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 813-221-2787 or tbbca.org.
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)
Dance Party featuring live band plus a DJ, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday. The dance is open to the public. Admission: $10, includes snacks and optional free group dance lessons 6:40-7:10 p.m. For more information or directions: 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. Oct. 10 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.
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
Auxiliary Meatloaf dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m., music by the TBD Band 6-9 p.m., Sept. 26. Thirsty Thursdays: $2 beers, $1 hotdogs. Euchre at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Post Redneck Surf and Turf, 4-7 p.m. Fridays; $5. All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 a.m., 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
Music with Brian McCarthy, 7-10 p.m. Sept. 26. 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.
Ringling Underground: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy live music, art and atmosphere in the Museum of Art Courtyard during Ringling Underground 8-11 p.m. Oct. 1. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Tickets: $10. The event is free with Art After 5 admission. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.org.
"Spirit Voices From Old Manatee": Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton
The Manatee County Historical Commission will host its fifth annual "Spirit Voices Of Old Manatee," an outdoor drama and cemetery tour 7 p.m. Oct. 1-4, 8-11, and 15-18. The event will feature performances by costumed actors portraying early settlers interred in the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds with riveting graveside stories evolving from archives, descendants, diaries, military logs, books and legend. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The Oct. 18 will take place in the historic Old Meeting House Church for those who prefer a seated performance. Performances are not recommended for viewers under 10 years of age. Tickets: $20. Information: 941-741-4076 or manateevillage.org.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Oct. 2 featuring live music by, playing music. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit. 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. Oct. 2 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.
"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. Oct. 2 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.
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. Oct. 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3. 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.
Tampa Boat Show: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa
The area's only in-water show and official kick-off to fall boating season will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 4 featuring the industry's newest boats and accessories, and aquatic attractions for all ages. There will be a fishing center for angling enthusiasts, boating workshops and hands-on clinics with topics ranging from docking and boating safety to open water boat handling and anchoring, and boat maintenance, repair and upgrade techniques. In-water locations close at sunset. Tickets: $12 adults, children ages 15 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adults. Discounted tickets are available for all members of the military with proof of valid ID. Information: tampaboatshow.com.
Annual Taste Manatee: Sutton Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto
The 29th annual Taste of Manatee will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 3 and noon-6 p.m. Oct. 4 featuring a large number of local restaurants offering their finest preparations for the public to sample. There will be live music from area bands, including a performance by former American Idol participant Sam Woolf, car shows, arts and crafts, and a children's amusement area with rides and other activities. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. During the event nearby Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will be open and will offer guided tours. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Information: tasteofmanatee.com.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 16 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. Oct. 17. 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.
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.