Spaghetti the Clown entertains children at The 6th annual Hungarian Festival at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, which returns this weekend. (Oct 7, 2012) (Herald-Tribune staff photo by Dan Wagner) Dan WagnerWeekend Picks Oct. 18-20
From family-friendly festivals with great local bands to a killer haunted house, we have you covered for weekend fun.
4-10 p.m. Saturday; Bradenton Riverwalk, 452 3rd Ave. W. , Bradenton; free; RealizeBradenton.com.Travelin’ Band
The Bradenton Riverwalk will celebrate the anniversary of its hugely successful first year with a “Pickin’ Picnic” featuring a superb lineup of musicians headlined by hometown heroes Have Gun, Will Travel, the nationally-acclaimed folk-rock group on the cover of the current issue of Ticket. Read my interview.
7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 17-20, Oct. 24-25; 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26; 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 27; 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 29; 7:30-11:30 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 1; Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $16; frightmareshauntedhouse.com.Welcome to My Nightmare
Frightmares Haunted House features more than 12,000 square feet of haunted house and more scares than ever, spearheaded by veteran haunter and horror filmmaker John Rusnak. Read Brian Ries' interview with the scare master.
Noon-6 p.m. Saturday; J.D. Hamel Park, at Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street in downtown Sarasota. There will be free parking in the Palm Avenue garage.Get your pride on
We're created equal. And we can all equally have fun, like at Saturday's Sarasota Pride Fest in J.D. Hamel Park. The annual event includes live music, a food truck rally, a full cash tiki bar, an October Bierstube, a vendor expo featuring more than 70 participants, a family zone sponsored by The Church of the Trinity, the Ringling College GSA Face Painters, clowns and a free pride photo booth. Led by emcees Beneva Fruitville and Lindsay Carlton, here's the entertainment lineup.
5-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; City of Anna Maria; free; annamariaislandchamber.orgIsland Time
Anna Maria Island’s largest and longest running music, crafts and food festival kicks off Friday and runs through Saturday. The family-friendly 13th Annual Anna Maria Island BayFest features a food court with island restaurants and vendors, Island Fine Arts, Jewelry & Crafts, live music, AMI Fitness Kids Zone, LaPensee Classic Car Show plus wine, beer , rum runners and more. The festival is held each year at the corner of North Bay Boulevard and Pine Avenue on Friday and opens up to all of Pine Avenue in Anna Maria on Saturday. Here's more info on participating folk artist Rhonda Kay and the band schedule.
Noon-10 p.m. Saturday; Noon-8 p.m. Sunday; Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $10 per day, free for children age 12 and younger, free parking; 320-8253; gffusa.orgHungry for Hungarian
Hungarian cuisine and culture will be on display this weekend at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds during the 7th Annual Hungarian Festival; a family-friendly event featuring food, music, dance, a puppet show, kids corner and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; Bayside Pet Resort, 8154 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; admission is free; 747-8808; humanemanatee.org.Dog Olympics
Dog Olympics The Humane Society of Manatee County is hosting the Dog Olympics & Adopt-a-thon at Bayside Pet Resort on Saturday with attendees invited to adopt a new family member or watch your dog go for the gold, or both.
Weekend Picks Oct. 18-20
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