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Go & Do: Fun festivals and more in Manatee and Sarasota, Dec. 8-14

MANATEE

Anna Maria Island Privateers “Blow Me Down” Party: Cortez Clam Factory, 10104 Cortez Road W., Bradenton

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a “Blow Me Down” party 7-11:30 p.m. Dec. 8 featuring a pirate ship derby of small wooden pirate ships with sails, racing down a 16 feet through filled with water. “Windbags,” “blowhards,” and those “full of hot air” are invited to join the race. Entry for the race: $5. Admission: $5 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Privateers’ scholarship program. Information: 941-780-1668.

Film Fridays: South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton

The South Florida Museum will host Film Fridays Series “Winter Stories” at 6 p.m. Fridays. The series, celebrating the start of the winter season, includes “Fargo,” Dec. 9, and “Groundhog Day,” Dec. 16. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. Admission: $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 27, or visit www.southfloridamuseum.org/ThingsToDo/Filmfridays.aspx.

Farmers market: Main Street, Bradenton

The downtown Bradenton Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays featuring local grown and organic produce, olive oil and bread, fresh fish, organic coffee and tea, jewelry and craft vendors, and live music and cooking demonstrations. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.

Bridge Street market: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach

The Bridge Street Market on Historic Bridge Street will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through April 28. The market will feature area produce and plant vendors, arts and craft vendors, funky beach style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home decor, food, fun, music and more. Information: 215-906-0668.

Dance: Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 Tamiami Trail, Bradenton

Bradenton Tropical Palms will host a dance 8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31 featuring live music by Harmony. BYOB and snacks. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Information: 941-750-0649 or 941-748-7423.

First Fridays Car & Bike Show: Slick’s Garage, 923 Fifth St. W., Palmetto

Slick’s Garage hosts a First Fridays Car & Bike Show and community party 5-11 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The event features live music, food and drink vendors, children’s entertainment, charity auctions and more. Information: 941-776-7298.

Farmers market: Main Street, Bradenton

The downtown Bradenton Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays featuring local grown and organic produce, olive oil and bread, fresh fish, organic coffee and tea, jewelry and craft vendors, and live music and cooking demonstrations. Information: 941-840-0017 or visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.

Get Down Downtown: Main Street, Bradenton

Get Down Downtown is 5-10 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Visitors can enjoy live music, arts and crafts. The event is free an open to the public. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the revitalization of downtown’s merchants and culture. Information: 941-201-6228.

Music on Main: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. every first Friday of the month featuring live music. Beer, wine and food sales benefit the Sarasota Film Society. Bring chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. Information: 941-907-9243 or visit www.mainstreetatlakewoodranch.com.

SARASOTA

Sarasota Season of Sculpture “Under Azure Skies”: Sarasota Bayfront Park, Sarasota

The exhibit “Under Azure Skies,” featuring 10 new works of large-scale sculptures is now on view. Sarasota Season of Sculpture offers free docent-guided tours during the exhibition, which runs through early May. Information: www.sarasotaseasonofsculpture.org.

Art after 5: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Enjoy a cocktail on the Museum of Art loggia and stroll through the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-17, children 5 and younger are admitted free. Information: 941-359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

“First Friday”: Along Pineapple, State, Main Streets and Palm and Lemon Avenues, Sarasota

“Live from downtown, it’s Friday Night” will be 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9 and every first Friday of the month featuring live performances by Sarasota’s premier entertainers and performing arts organizations. Businesses will be open with extended hours. Admission is free. Information: 941-366-7040 or www.DSAsarasota.com.

Fine Art and Backstage Tours: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Take a docent-led fine art exhibit and backstage tour 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month October through May. Tour includes paintings and sculptures of Florida’s most renowned artists and chronicles development of the Sarasota and Manatee art colonies from 1935 to the present, and an inside look at the backstage areas. Tour begins in the main lobby. Tickets; $5. Information: 941-953-3368.

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG

Boat Parade of Lights Holiday Spectacular: American Victory Ship, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa

The family-friendly Boat Parade of Lights Holiday Spectacular will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23. The American Victory Ship offers prime viewing of the lighted boats as they sail throughout the Channel. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets: $12 adults, $7 children ages 12 and younger, children ages 3 and younger are admitted free. Information: 866-468-7630 or visit www.ticketweb.com.

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