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Weekend Picks Oct. 11-13

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  • RIAF closing night HT

    Party-goers dance at the Ringling International Arts Festival closing night party. HERALD-TRIBUNE ARCHIVES

    Weekend Picks Oct. 11-13

    A stylish soiree, pumpkin festival, paddle-board races and more; yep, we have you covered for weekend fun.

  • Hunsader Pumpkin

    9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Saturday-Sunday; Oct. 19-20; Oct. 26-27; 5500 County Road 675, Bradenton; $8 admission; children age 12 and younger are free; parking is $5; 322-2168; hunsaderfarms.com.

    Hunsader Pumpkin fESTIVAL

    One of the largest and most beloved local events of its kind, the 22nd annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms features 100 craft booths, food vendors (including sellers of fresh pumpkin pie), live country music, monster truck shows, motorcycle stunts, a seven-acre corn maze, the awesome corn canons and much more.

  • RIAF closing night pic PR

    Today-Saturday; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; 5401 Bay Shore Road; Sarasota; $30-$40; 359-5700; ringling.org.

    Ringling International Arts Festival

    The fifth annual Ringling International Arts Festival returns under the artistic direction of the Baryshnikov Arts Center with another rich variety of dance, music, and theater presented in cozy performance venues at the Ringling Museum of Art. Read all about Saturday's closing night party.

  • SUP

    7:30 a.m. (check in) Saturday; Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota; free; 704-4878; sarasotasupseries.com.

    Stand Up Paddleboard Series

    The third and final Sarasota SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Series race takes place Saturday in Sarasota Bay, launching from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on City Island with the 6-mile Elite race starting at 9:45 a.m.

  • Clowns

    11 a.m. Saturday; Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota; $10; $5 for children age 12 and younger; 355-9805; circussarasota.org.

    Circus Sarasota’s Big Shoe Review

    Designed to showcase the art of clowning, Circus Sarasota’s Big Shoe Review will feature graduates from Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College. “We are honored to host a first-class Ringling Clown College inspired production," said Circus Sarasota's Co-Founder, Pedro Reis, in a statement. Read more about Circus Sarasota’s Big Shoe Review.

  • RJ Howson at Skipper's Smokehouse COURTESY

    9 p.m. Saturday; Cabana Inn. 2525 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $5; 955-0195

    RJ Howson CD release show

    “I’ve got my eyes closed and I feel a tap on my shoulder and think it’s the bass player,” RJ Howson says. “It’s Buddy Guy! I just about fell over. I tried to hand him my guitar and he said, ‘No, no, keep playing, I’m just going to sing.’” Read more of my interview with Howson.

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