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.
Manatee Toy and Doll Show and Sale: Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton
Gulf Coast Trader will host its Manatee Toy and Doll Sale and Show 4:30-8:39 p.m. Jan. 29 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 30 featuring a large variety of prized vintage, antique and modern dolls, toys and collectibles from around the world including porcelain, resin and composite dolls, action figures, sports memorabilia, Hot Wheels, Dinky Die Cast, bears, comics, games, trains, Disney, Barbie and much more. Information: 941-343-3908 or gulf-coast-trader.com.
"The Met: Live in HD" and Ballet "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. Line-up: 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. 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.
Florida Gun Show: Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto
The Florida Gun Show will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 31 featuring a huge selection of guns, accessories, and many hard to find items offered by local dealers and private collectors from across Florida. Concealed Weapons Certification Classes will be held both days. Information: 407-410-6870 or floridagunshows.com.
St. Armands Winter Art Festival: St. Armands Circle, Sarasota
Spend a day browsing St. Armands Winter Art Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30-31 featuring more than 175 artists and craftsman displaying their original artwork, including pottery, oils, watercolors, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture. Information: 941-388-1554 or starmandscircleassoc.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.
Bridge Street Market: 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants will host the Bridge Street Market 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through April featuring local artwork, crafts, produce, special gifts, music, and more. Information: bridgestreetmerchants.com/market.
Best Picture Classic Series and Academy Awards Party: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Tampa Theatre announces an all-new classic movies series featuring seven iconic Best Picture winners that span 10 decades of cinematic excellence. The schedule is: "The Artist" Jan. 31, "Amadeus" Feb. 7, "Shakespeare In Love" Feb. 14, "Wings" Feb. 21. A VIP watch party or the live telecast of the 88th annual Academy Awards on the big screen beginning with a Hollywood Awards Night red carpet reception at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. All movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets: $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Tickets for the silent film "Wings" are $10 members, $12 nonmembers. Hollywood Award Night tickets are $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Party packs are available for groups of six or more at $16 a person. Information: 813-274-8287 or tampatheatre.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.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Bingo 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m. for light dinner. Gates close at 6:20 p.m. Progressive jackpot. Information: 941-747-6121.
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: $0.50 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. E., 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: $5. 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. Additional classes are offered. Dance Information: Dwayne Biggs at 941-465-1031 or belladanzaballroom.com.
Bradenton Tropical Palms: 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton
Dance to music by Del 7 p.m. Jan. 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5. BYOB. 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. Feb. 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, work of local artists and craftspeople. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Central Sarasota Farmers Market: Florida House Learning Center, 4454 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.
Palma Sola Farmers Market: Geraldson Community Farm, 1401 99th St. NW., Bradenton
The Palma Sola Farmers Market will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through May featuring organic vegetables and watermelon. Information: 941-792-0985 or geraldsoncommunityfarm.org.
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. 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
Super Bowl Party, 3 p.m. Feb. 7; grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausage. Suggested donation: $5. 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
Euchre at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Fish Fry 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays. All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 a.m., Bar poker at 4:30 p.m. Sundays; $1 hotdogs. Ladies Auxiliary Feather Your Nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m., progressive jackpot, Mondays; $1 hotdogs. Queen of Hearts, 7 p.m. Wednesdays; $1 hotdogs. The public is welcome. Information: 941-729-8535.
VFW Palma Sola Post 10141: 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Holly Rae, 7-10 p.m. Jan. 30. 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. Feb. 4. 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.
Annual Greek Glendi: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota
The 32nd annual Glendi, a Greek Festival will kick off 11 a.m. Feb. 4 and will run through Feb. 7. The event will feature authentic Greek food, live entertainment and dancing, a market place, crafts, kid's zone, church tours and more. Festival hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 4-6 and noon-8 p.m. Feb. 7. Information: bradentonorthodox.com.
2016 Florida State Fair: Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa
The 112th Florida State Fair themed "So Much More to Explore," will be Feb. 4-15 featuring seemingly endless activities to discover and enjoy including rides, food, exhibits, entertainment, animals, attractions and shopping. Performing artists include Beatlemania Live, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Colt Ford, Robert Cray, Tenth Avenue North, Matt's Family Jam, Aranda, Lazy Bonez, Elvis Extravaganza, Dennis Lee and many more. There will be comedy shows, stunt drivers, and roller coasters. Admission: $5-9, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Ride armbands; $20-30. Parking is free. For park hours and detailed information call 800-345-3247 or floridastatefair.com.
Main Street Live: along Main Street, Bradenton
The Old Main Street Merchants will host the 2016 Bradenton Regatta opening event at Main Street Live! 5 p.m. featuring food vendors, shopping, live country music by the Kim Betts and Gable Creek Band Feb. 5 and the country southern rock band Rebel Heart Feb. 6. The event is free and open to the public. Information: facebook.com/OldMainStreetMerchantsAssociation.
Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. Feb. 5 featuring southern rock and country music by The Hatley Band. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit Turning Points. 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": Main Street at Five Points Park and Palm Avenue
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 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 (January) Art Walk will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 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.
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. Jan. 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan.2. 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.
Main Street Live: along Main Street, Bradenton
The Old Main Street Merchants will host featuring food vendors, shopping, and live music by the classic rock band . The event is free and open to the public. Information: facebook.com/OldMainStreetMerchantsAssociation.
Annual Car Show: Lamb Park, Sixth St. W., Palmetto Vintage Wheels AACA Manatee County Region will be holding their 27th annual Car Show 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 7, featuring cars, trucks and motorbikes, parts vendors, food vendors and music by Tom's Traveling Tunes. Information: 941-345-5246 or 941-749-5799.
Holmes Beach Art District Art Walk: various locations, Holmes Beach
The Holmes Beach Art District will feature its annual town-wide ArtWalks 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and every second Friday of the month through April 8. Participating art galleries and retail businesses will feature special exhibits, free refreshments, music and fun for all. Information: 941-778-1541 or culturalconnections.info
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, Anna Anna Maria Island
The Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 13 featuring vendors selling handmade jewelry, fresh vegetables, antiques, and more. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Information: amiprivateers.org.
Ringling by the Bay: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy live music and dancing at sunset on the Bolger Campiello at "Ringling by the Bay," 5-8 p.m. Feb. 15 featuring live music by Funktastic Soul. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Limited seating is available. Cost: $10, free for members. Information: 941-358-3180 or ringling.org/events.
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night": Towles Court, Sarasota
"Live from downtown, it's Friday Night" will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 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.
Ghost Spirit and Orb Walks: Bunker Hill Vineyards and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette
Bunker Hill Vineyard will host "Spirit and Orb Walks" 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Guests must arrive by 6 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 6:30 p.m. and will last until 8 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.