Village of the Arts ArtWalk — 6-9:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 4); 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 5). Help dress up the Village for the opening of the 2013/2014 art season by decorating fences throughout the Village with neckties. villageofthearts.com.
Music on Main — 6-9 p.m. Friday (Oct. 4). Rock-blues jam band Shaman will perform during this free event on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Beer, wine and food sales will benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida. Guests can bring folding chairs (but no coolers); dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short leash. lakewoodranch.com/musiconmain.
Bradenton Farmers' Market — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 5) on Main Street, between Manatee Avenue West and 4th Avenue West in downtown Bradenton. Opening-day events include live music, a chef demonstration, more than 30 vendors and the Manatee County Central Library’s fourth annual Mana-Con: Comics Convention. Parking is free, and dogs on leashes are welcome. bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
Bluegrass Florida Cracker Festival — 5-10 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 5). The Bridge Street Merchants host this free event on Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Smoked mullet, BBQ, a full bar with beer, wine, and liquor; bluegrass band State Road 64 will play from 7-10 p.m. The festival takes place in the same lot used for the Sunday Markets held November-April and the Summer Saturday evening markets on Bridge Street, adjacent to the Fish Hole Adventure Golf. (215) 906-0668.
Halloween Costume Party Fundraiser for North River Rolling Renegades — 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday (Oct. 5). Doug Burns and Mike Sales will provide the tunes. Broadway Bar & Restaurant, 1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota. Prize for best costume, gift basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing. northriverrollingrenegades.com.
Venice AACA's 26th annual Collector Car Show — 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 6). Centennial Park, downtown Venice. Free. 493-3780; veniceaaca.com.
Old Miakka Fall Hootenanny & Schoolhouse Restoration Benefit — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 6). 5800 Wilson Road, Sarasota. Crafts, educational booths, barbecue, live music, Civil War re-enactment, Daiken Dairy cow train, children's games, butter making, silent auction, etc. Performances by Sparky, Jim Gromko, CC Carter, Silvertip, The Dunn Deal, Ishmael Katz and the Anderson Brothers. Free. 322-2164.
Trumpet and Organ Recital — 5:15 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 6). Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota. Featuring former Sydney Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Daniel Mendelow. Redeemer's choirmaster Ann Stephenson-Moe will join him on organ. $10. 955-4263; redeemersarasota.org.