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Weekend Picks Nov. 8-10

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    This guy is definitely ready for the weekend and will probably be found at the Sarasota Medieval Fair. HERALD-TRIBUNE ARCHIVES

    Weekend Picks. Nov. 8-10

    From a medieval fair to a mullet toss, here's our top five picks for weekend fun. Looking for a complete list of activities? Go here.

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    Saturday-Sunday;  Nov. 16-17, 23-24; Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $16.95 ($8.95 for children 5-12); sarasotamedievalfair.com

    Sarasota Medieval Fair

    This year there are three weekends to enjoy lords and ladies, turkey legs and mead, jousting and the human chess match in this annual festival of re-imagined history. Check out Ticket editor Brian Ries' Sarasota Medieval Fair Guide.

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    4-9 p.m. Saturday; Tarpon Pointe Tiki Bar & Grill, 801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton; $15; 780-3046; gsalinc.org

    Pussycat Festival

    Singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins, whose hits include “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "As I Lay Me Down," is headlining the debut Pussycat Festival, a fundraiser for the Gulf Shore Animal League. Read my interview with Hawkins.

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    10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Saint Jude Catholic Church/Hispanic American Center, 3930 17th St., Sarasota; 955-3934; stjudesarasota.com.

    Hispanic Festival

    Plenty of culture will be on display at the 11th annual Hispanic Festival at St. Jude Catholic Church, including folk dances, vocal contests, bands, dancing groups, and cartoon characters representing a host of different nations. Of course, food is a huge part of the celebration, with tacos, paella, empanadas, desserts, and so much more to taste or to take home. There will also be children's games, face painting, a Miss Princess contest and prizes. All proceeds go to the church to help the programs for the needy.

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    4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday; Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach; $35; $100 (seat with food and drink); 778-1541; SymphonyOnTheSand.com

    Symphony on the Sand

    The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra will be performing Broadway, classical music and patriotic American songs at this event that also features food prepared by Beach Bistro, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Beachhouse Restaurant, Coquina Café and Euphemia Haye.

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    11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia; terra-ceia.via.com

    Terra Ceia Mullet Smoke-Off

    There is nothing that embodies the quintessential Florida cracker lifestyle more than smoked mullet. The oily fish fattens up before the winter, adding more delicious greasy goodness this time of year, which makes it perfect for a long sit in some hardwood smoke. The Terra Ceia Mullet Smoke-Off is a classic local event that often flies under the radar, but this year the little neighborhood is pulling out all the stops. There will be live music from Soul Purpose, the annual mullet toss competition (pictured) and a huge amount of food ranging from mullet cakes to the smoked fish that everyone comes for.

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