Things to do: June 28-July 5

Things to do: June 28-July 5

Fairs, festivals & more

Marauders Independence Day Celebration

LECOM Park will host an Independence Day Celebration featuring a Bradenton Marauders vs. Florida Fire Frogs baseball game at 6:30 p.m. followed by postgame fireworks July 1. There will be a pre-game parachute demo, a themed jersey auction, free shirt giveaway, facepainting, balloon artist and a kids zone. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. $ 6-$ 10. Information: 941-747-3031 or

Sarasota Powerboat 2017 Grand Prix

The 33rd annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix continues with a Grand Prix Kickoff Party at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, June 29; a “Meet and Greet Who’s in the Driver’s Seat” autograph signing event at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, a “Boats on Main” block party at Main Street and Lemon Avenue in Sarasota, June 30; Finz Finds Motorcycle Charity Ride at Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson, and Grand Prix Festival “Fan Fest” in Centennial Park, a Superstock and AquaX Races on Lido Beach, with VIP race viewing at the Sandcastle Resort, all in Sarasota, July 1; a Grand Prix “Fan Fest” in Centennial Park, the Powerboat, AquaX and Superstock races on Lido Beach, with VIP race viewing at the Sandcastle Resort, and the race awards presentation in Centennial Park, all in Sarasota, July 2; the Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular at Marina Jacks/Island Park on July 4. For details, venue locations, hours and ticket prices visit

Chagall Family Saturdays

Spend Saturday mornings enjoying fun art and nature activities inspired by the Chagall exhibition 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays through July 22 at Marie Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $ 20-$ 25 adults, $ 10-$ 15 children ages 4-17, free for members; $ 10-$ 15 members’ guests. Information: 941-366-5731 or

Holiday Fireworks Fourth of July Weekend Celebration

Grab your family and friends, a blanket or chair and head over to Regatta Island at Nathan Benderson Park for the first annual Fourth of July holiday celebration July 1 at 290 N. Cattleman Road, Sarasota. Families are encouraged to come early for games, music, fireworks and fun. On-the-water equipment rentals such as kayaks and paddleboards will be available 5-7 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring their own food, beverages and water equipment to enjoy paddling on the lake. Dogs won’t be allowed on the island for this event. Admission is free, parking is $ 5. Information:

Beach Market at Coquina Beach

Stroll the Beach Market and find local artists, arts and crafts, jewelry, fresh produce, plants, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, pet products, health and beauty items and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 1 at 2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431 or

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Light up your holiday with half-off kid’s admission July 1-4 at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Families can enjoy feeding flamingos, holding alligators, watching interactive animal shows and exploring acres of jungle paradise. The gardens are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission if free for children ages three and younger. Half-priced admission for children ages 4-16 is $ 6.50. Adult admission is $ 17.99 and seniors 65 and over is $ 16.99. Information: 941-355-5305 or

Tampa Theatre Annual Summer Classics Movie Series

The Summer Classics lineup celebrates eight decades of extraordinary filmmaking, and are “All Quiet on the Western Front” July 2, “The Sting” July 9, “Saboteur” July 16, “Young Frankenstein” July 23, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World” July 30, “Reservoir Dogs” Aug. 6, “The Wizard of Oz” Aug. 12-13, “Grease,” a sing-along event, Aug. 20, “Casablanca” Aug. 26-27, and “Metropolis” Sept. 3. All movie times are 3 p.m. Tickets are $ 10 for adults and $ 7 for Tampa Theatre members. The theatre is at 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Information: 813-274-8981 or

Freedom Fest

The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is once again organizing and hosting the annual Freedom Fest 9-11 a.m. July 4 at Bicentennial Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. Patriotic music will fill the air and visitors will be treated to the shortest parade in the United States which begins at 9 a.m. The celebration features Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, sausage and bottled water. There will be kids’ games with prices, face painting, balloon art, sand art, and family pets get to vie for prizes in the “Hot Diggety Dog” contest sponsored by the Rotary Club. Information: 941-383-2466 or

Sandbar Annual Fireworks Spectacular

The Sandbar will celebrate July 4th with family fun, great food and fireworks with the 31st Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular. Fireworks will begin shortly after dusk. VIP party packages are available with prime seating set up for the show. Tickets are $ 140 for adults and $ 50 for kids. Reservations for the VIP party are required as seating is limited. Seating in the restaurant is available on a first come, first serve basis. Information: 941-778-8709 or

Marie Selby Gardens Fourth of July All-American Cookout

Enjoy the Fourth of July on the bay with All-American favorites from the grill, live music by SoulRcoaster, children’s games and activities, facepainting, and fireworks over Sarasota Bay, 6-9 p.m. July 4 at Marie Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A trolley will be available 5-9:30 p.m. from Sarasota Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Greenen Way. Admission: $ 35 adults, $ 10 children ages 4-17, free for children 3 and younger; $ 25 members. Information: 941-366-5731 or

American Legion Post 24

Bingo. Public welcome. 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, 941-794-3489. 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays.

Casa Loma Mobile Home Park Clubhouse

Bingo. Licensed food vendor available. 105 52nd Ave. E., Bradenton, 941-761-7788. 6 p.m., doors 4:30 p.m.Wednesdays.

Fairlane Acres

Bingo. 819 49th Ave. Terr. W., Bradenton, 941-739-5365. 6:15 p.m., doors 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays (doors lock at 6 p.m.).

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Bingo. Great food. 505 26th St. W., Palmetto, 941-729-3891 or 6 p.m., doors 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

Pictown Estates

Bingo. Free snacks at half time. 1201 50th Plaza W., Bradenton, 941-758-1160. 7 p.m., doors 6 p.m., Mondays.

Tidevue Estates

Bingo. Tidevue Estates Clubhouse, 4214 11th St. Ct. E., Ellenton, 941-722-2557. 6 p.m., doors 4 p.m. Fridays through April 28.

Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom

Friday beginner group lessons 6 p.m., Latin class 7 p.m., dance social 8-9:30 p.m. Additional classes are offered. 5917 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 305, Bradenton. $ 10. 941-465-1031 or

Bradenton Dance Center

Thursday night group lesson and dance party 7-9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Singles and couples are welcome. Complimentary dance evaluation. Complete schedule is available online. $ 10. 6006 Cortez Road, Bradenton, 941-792-7410 or

Bradenton Woman’s Club

Dance, featuring live music, is open to the public. Singles are welcome. BYOB, sodas available. Smoke-free facility. Proceeds will benefit renovation of the clubhouse, built in 1921. 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. $ 10. 941-773-0177 or 8-11 p.m., lessons 7-8 p.m. Fridays.

West Coast Woman’s Club of Manatee County

Let’s Dance!, a social dance every second Saturday of each month with music by Ellsworth and Company at H2U, 6670 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Light snacks will be provided. Water and sodas are available for purchase. Queen of Hearts fundraiser. BYOB. Cost: $ 10. Information: 941-447-8238.

Adult Social Dance Club

Come with or without partner to a dance party 7:10-10:30 p.m. featuring live dance music plus a DJ. An optional free dance lesson is 6:40-7:10 p.m. Free snacks will be served. Ice, soft drinks and sodas are available for purchase. BYOB. $ 10. YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, 941-756-8303. Select Saturdays.

Farmers markets

Central Sarasota Farmers Market

The Central Sarasota Farmers Market features locally grown fresh produce, local artisan products, live music, and a variety of food vendors. Florida House Learning Center, 4454 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota, 941-677-0078 or 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

Sarasota Farmers Market

Fresh produce, plants, coffee, crafts, food and more. Lemon Avenue at the intersection of Main Street, Sarasota, 941-951-2656. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

Social clubs

American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24

Lunch is served 11-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11-4 p.m. Saturdays. Dinner, varied menu, 5-7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Bingo 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Bingo 1-3 p.m., wings-and-things 5-7 p.m., karaoke with Franky Allen 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Dancing and live music 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Foxhole Lounge: hot dogs, pretzels and pizza 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Breakfast 8-11:30 a.m., dancing and live music by Bob Dewart Band with Eddie Tobin on piano 2-5 p.m. Sundays; $ 6. Smoke free. The public is welcome. 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, 941-794-3489 or

American Legion Post 312

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. 1610 67th Ave. E., Oneco, 941-758-6616.

American Legion Post 325

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. 3420 U.S. 301, Ellenton, 941-981-3819.

AmVets Post 301

Sunday bar bingo and wings 5-7 p.m. Open daily at 10 a.m. 2443 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, 941-722-0393.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18

Enjoy dinner with music starting at 5:30 p.m. Fridays. Bar Bingo 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Karaoke 7-10 p.m. third Sunday each month. Service office hours 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. 111 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 941-755-5425.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Chapter 3171

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 $ 5, 4-6 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. 5831 15th St. E., Bradenton, 941-756-2113.

Marine Corps League Desoto Detachment 588

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.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 5225 26th St. W., Bradenton, 941-301-4598.

North Manatee American Legion Post 309

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. 2419 Bayshore Road, Palmetto, 941-722-8689.

VFW Post 2488

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. 810 Sixth St. W., Palmetto, 941-722-9588.

VFW Post 9226

Euchre, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. featuring entertainment, Saturdays. Bar poker 4:30 p.m. first and third Sunday of each month. Feather your nest, 4:30-6:30 p.m., progressive jackpot, Mondays. Individual Trivia game, 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Hot dogs for $ 1 on Thursdays, Sundays-Mondays and Wednesdays. The public is welcome. 3511 12th St. E., Ellenton, 941-729-8535.

VFW Palma Sola Post 10141

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. 5105 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-794-6394.

Coming soon

Music on Main

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch will host a Music on Main concert 6-9 p.m. July 7 featuring music by Ari and The ALibis Band. Wine and food sales will benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. Bring chairs and blankets. There will be rides and activities for kids. No coolers allowed. Dogs on short leashes are permitted. Admission is free. 941-907-9243 or

Village of the Arts monthly art walk

Stroll Bradenton’s acclaimed artist colony featuring 30 galleries, studios, bakeries, healing arts, specialty shops, all nestled in colorful 1920 cottages, and three five-star restaurants serving delectable foods 6-9:30 p.m. July 7 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 8. There will be opening receptions for new shows, special guests throughout the Village, and live music. Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton,

St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk

The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk 5-9 p.m. July 8. Free parking is available. Downtown St. Petersburg. Download a map and list of participants at

Ghost Spirit and Orb Walks

Bunker Hill Vineyard will host “Spirit and Orb Walks” 7 p.m. July 15 at Bunker Hill Vineyards and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette. Guests must arrive by 6:30 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 7 p.m. and will last until approximately 9 p.m. Reservations are required and are limited to those 18 years of age or older. Cost: $ 10. Information: 941-776-0418 or [email protected].

Annual Tropical Fruit Tasting

Sample numerous fresh tropical fruits from around the world at the 22nd Annual Tropical Fruit Tasting “Taste of the Tropics,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15-16 at Jenes’ Tropical, 6831 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Try jackfruit, canistel, marney sapote, longan and lychee nut, durian, red Mexican papayas, Spanish lime, sapodilla, and over 20 specialty mango varieties, dragon fruit, ruby guava, manzana, and red Jamaican bananas and more. Try the homemade tropical fruit desserts and dishes, along with Caribbean sauces and local raw honey. Fruit trees will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 727-344-1668 or

Garden Music Series

Enjoy the gardens and the view of Sarasota Bay at Marie Selbie Gardens’ the last of the Garden Music Series featuring live music by SoulRcoaster 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 16. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Limited seating is available of a first-come, first served basis. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is free with admission. The gardens are at Marie Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Admission: $ 20-$ 25 adults, $ 10-$ 15 children ages 4-17, free for members; $ 10-$ 15 members’ guests. Information: 941-366-5731 or

Ringling by the Bay

Watch the sunset at the Ringling’s Bolger Campiello and enjoy dancing to live music 5-8 p.m. July 17. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Limited seating is available. Admission is included with Art after 5, free for members. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 941-359-5700 or

Van Wezel’s Friday Fest

Friday Fest, a free outdoor summertime concert series will be 5-9 p.m. July 21, with live music by Kettle of Fish, at the Bayside Lawn at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Bring blankets or chairs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Coolers are not allowed. Information: 941-953-3368 or

Mixon’s Fruit Farms Summer Arts and Crafts Fair

Mixon’s will host Summer Arts and Crafts Fairs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 22 and every fourth Saturday of the month through September at 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829 or

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