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.
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. Nov. 5. 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.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Nov. 6 featuring live music by TC and Sass, playing disco, classic '60s and '70s, rock and Latin rhythms. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit the Florida Center for Early Childhood. 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.
Ringling College Artwalk: Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail
The Ringling College of Art and Design will host a public Art Walk 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 6 featuring a wide variety of art in all campus galleries and Letterpress and Book Arts Center and live drawing demonstrations by Ringling students. Maps and student ambassadors will be available to guide the public around the different galleries. The event and parking are free. Information: 941-351-5100 or ringling.edu.
Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk: various locations, Sarasota
The Downtown Sarasota First Friday Art Walk will be 6 p.m. Nov. 6 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. Nov. 6 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 during the annual Day of the Dead festival 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7, featuring a Village of the Arts shrine dedicated to Johnny Cash. There will be individual shrines and altars in galleries and businesses, a community memorial fence, strolling skeletons and unique painted skeletons throughout the Village. 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.
Holiday bazaar: Greyhawk Landing Community Clubhouse, 12350 Mulberry Ave., Bradenton
The Greyhawk Landing Community will host its third annual "Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar" 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7 featuring many local vendors offering unique gifts for sale. Baked goods and food will be available for purchase. Information: 941-746-0131.
Ferraris at St. Armands Circle: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
The Ferrari Owner's Club Florida Region invites the publiv to join them for an exclusive celebration of Ferrari automobiles 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7. Information: 727-460-8998 or 727-798-3267.
Annual Cortez Stone Crab Festival: 4628 119th St. W., Cortez
The fourth annual Cortez Stone Crab Festival will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 7-8 featuring fresh caught stone crab and other seafood, a kids zone and live music by Razing Cane, Bobby Gilbert, Steel Relic, Charlie Whitt and The Bottom Line Band, Scott McConoughey, BC and The Gang, Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio, Tim Chandler, Doug Deming, Tropix, Shelley D and The Blue Velvet Band. Information: 941-798-2035 or facebook/swordfishgrillandtiki.
Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota
The 12th annual Sarasota Medieval Fair will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22 featuring historical reenactments transporting festival-goers back to the Scotland of 1314 with sword combats, full-contact jousting shows, highland bag pipers, human combat chess matches, art and craft vendors, and much more. Tickets: $17.95 adults, $15.95 seniors, students and military, $8.95 children ages 5-12. Information: 888-303-3247 or sarasotamedievalfair.com.
Coquina Beach Market: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach
Stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through July featuring local artists, arts and crafts, jewelry, fresh produce, plants, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and much more. 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, 6:15 p.m., doors open 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays (doors lock at 6 p.m.). 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: 941-729-3891.
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 Fridays through April 30. Doors open 4 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. 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.
Ballroom Dancing: Bayshore Gardens Recreation Center, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton
Ballroom dancing 10 a.m.-noon Fridays with live music by Ernie Litz. Coffee will be served. Cost: $4. Information: 941-756-9255.
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. Nov. 14 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, work of local artists and craftspeople. A weightlifting demonstration with Full Circle Performance Weightlifting Club and coach Tyler Peacock will be Nov. 14. 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 farmersmarket.com.
Ellenton Sunday Market: 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton
The Ellenton Sunday Market is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through May featuring fresh fruit and vegetables, local honey, arts and craft vendors and more. Information: 941-256-4794.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
The Phillippi Farmhouse Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays through April 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
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
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. Various mini meals $3, 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
Veteran's Day Cookout, noon Nov. 11. 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
Welcome Home Outdoor Party, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 7 featuring food vendors, and music. Bring your own chair. Donation: $5. Thirsty Thursdays: $2 beers, $1 hot dogs. 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
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.
America Recycles Day at SandBlast 2015: Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria Island
Keep Manatee Beautiful will host America Recycles Day at SandBlast 2015, a sand sculpture competition, 5-6 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14 featuring an open division for adults and a school division that pairs youth groups with local business sponsors to raise funds to support Keep Manatee Beautiful's programs and events. A professional sand sculpture team will offer free clinics 5-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday as well as a themed sand-sculpting competition 9 a.m.-1 p.m. followed by judging and awards Saturday. The sand sculptures will stay in place for the public to view through Dec. 14. Saturday. Information: 941-795-8272 or manateebeautiful.com.
Fall Carnival Spectacular: St. Joseph Catholic School, 2990 26th St. W., Bradenton
St. Joseph Catholic School's annual Fall Carnival Spectacular will be 3-8 p.m. Nov. 12, 5-10 p.m. Nov. 13, 3-10 p.m. Nov. 14, and noon-8 p.m. Nov. 15. The event will feature rides, game booths, bingo games, and entertainment by local groups. The second annual St. Joseph Catholic School Eagle Classic 5K Fun Run will be held the morning of Nov. 14. The event if free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit St. Joseph Catholic School. Information: 941-755-2611 or sjsfl.org.
Carnival Glass Presentation and Exhibit: Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto
A Carnival Glass Presentation and Exhibit will be 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 and 1 p.m. Nov. 21 featuring "The Magic and the Mystery" presentation by Norman Bauer, Carl Chapman, and J.R. Leach, officers of the Tampa Bay Carnival Glass Club. The presentation will highlight the aspects of collecting the glass followed by a Q&A session. Examples of the glass will be on display. Each visitor may bring a maximum of two pieces of glass for identification and valuation. Seating is limited, reservations are required. The Carnival glass pieces will be on display in the Carnegie Library and Agricultural Museum through Jan. 5. Reservations and information: 941-722-2034.
Holiday Made Here Show: Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto
Join the festivity of holiday shopping at the Holiday Made Here Show 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 13 featuring one-of-a-kind gifts, made and repurposed by exceptional local artists. There will be ceramics, jewelry, home accessories, paper goods, candles, baby gifts, photography ornaments, upcycled clothing, paintings, scarves, fabric bags, baked goods, jams and preserves. Live music will be provided by local musicians. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event if free and open to the public. Information: 941-518-2109 or palmettoartcenter.com.
Standard Flower Show: Manatee River Garden club, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton
The Manatee River Garden Club will host "This Land Is Your Land," standard flower show 1-4 p.m. Nov. 13 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14. View floral designs, horticulture entries, artistic crafts, and educational exhibits with a patriotic theme. On Saturday there will be a plant sale, raffle, and gifts for the holiday and local groups performing patriotic music. Lunch will be available for purchase. The event is free an open to the public. Information: 941-870-2259.
ArtsHOP: various locations in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria
The annual ArtsHOP will be Nov. 13-15, a three-day arts and cultural celebration including art walks through downtown Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. This year's event will feature hundreds of original works created by the best local artists as well as delicacies created by top area chefs using the freshest locally grown and caught products. There will be a performance by the Island Players at their historic theater and an outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival. Information: islandartshop.com.
Holiday Craft Fair: Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
The Roser Community Church will hold their annual Holiday Craft Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 14 featuring unique handcrafted items and a bake sale. Lunch will be available for purchase. Information: 941-778-0414 or roserchurch.com.
Longboat Key 60th anniversary celebration: Bayfront Park, Longboat Key
The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Longboat Key will host their 60th Anniversary Celebration 5-8 p.m. Nov. 14 featuring picnic style dining, live music and a fire works grand finale. Entry to the event is free. Special VIP tickets can be purchased for $20. Information: 941-383-2466 or longboatkeychamber.com.
Braden River Bluegrass Festival and Gumbo Cook Off: Linger Lodge, 7205 85th St. Ct. E., Bradenton
The Bradenton River Bluegrass Festival and Gumbo Cook Off will be noon-6 p.m. Nov. 14 featuring gumbo tasting, and all afternoon music by Big Cypress, Hwy 41 South, Swinging Bridge, and Beaumont. Tickets: $15. Information: 941-219-2256.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20 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. Nov. 21. Guests must arrive by 7:30 p.m. for a 30-minute indoctrination and discussion of the night's walk and activities. Guests are asked to bring cameras with a night flash, EVP recorders, EMF recorders, digital temperature recorders, and extra batteries. 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.
"The Met: Live in HD" and Ballet "Bolshoi Live in HD": Carmike Cinema Royal Palm 20, 2507 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton
Enjoy exceptional operatic performances featured in high definition simulcast Saturdays, followed by encore presentation during the following week. Movie line-up: Alban Berg's "Lulu," Nov. 21, encore performance Dec. 2; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Magic Flute" encore performance only at 12:55 p.m. Dec. 12; Georges Bizet's "Les Pecheurs de Perles," Jan. 16, encore performance Jan. 20; Giacomo Puccini: "Turandot," Jan. 30, encore performance Feb. 3, "Manon Lescaut," March 5, encore performance March 9, and "Madame Butterfly," April 2, encore performance April 6; Gaetano Donizetti's "Roberto Devereux," April 16, encore performance April 20; Richard Strauss' "Elektra," April 30, encore performance May 4. Ballet: Bolshoi Ballet: "Jewels," Nov. 15; "Lady of Camellias," Dec. 6, and "Taming of the Shrew," Jan. 24. Unless otherwise noted, all live performances are at 12:55 p.m., encore performances are 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $7.50-$18. Information: carmike.com.