Weekend Picks Oct. 25-27

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  • KWS band courtesy

    Noon Saturday; Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $27-$75 (VIP); 800-514-3849; floridabluesandmusicfest.com.

    Singing the blues

    Blues-rock guitar hero Kenny Wayne Shepherd (who is also singing these days) is the headliner for the first Florida Blue Blues and Music Festival, which also includes several more notable national acts as well as local talent performing in Sarasota. Read my Ticket cover story interview with Shepherd.

  • LWR Beer Fest

    5–9 p.m. Saturday; Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, $25-$65; lakewoodranch.com.

    Beer bash

    Any self-respecting party person can't go through October without attending at least one or three beer festivals and Lakewood Ranch has one of the best in the area. Credit the winning combination of brews, food, costume contest and live music. Read full story on the third annual International Beer Festival at Lakewood ranch. 

  • Stone Crab

    10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; N.E. Taylor Boatworks, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez; free. 798-2035; swordfishgrillcortez.com.

    Crab-A-Palooza

    Lots of local, delicious stone crab claws, various other vendors and a live music lineup including The Michael Allman Band are just a few of the many wonderful reasons to attend the fishing village of Cortez’s second annual Stone Crab Festival.

  • BDB pic

    7 p.m. Saturday; McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $25, $35 (VIP); 925-3869; mccurdyscomedy.com.

    Burlesque carnival

    Sarasota's most sensual performance troupe, Black Diamond Burlesque, is back with a major new production dubbed "Carnival Magnifique," which we write about here.

  • Safe Sex

    9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday;  Michael’s on East, 1212 SE Ave., Sarasota; $85 or $100 at the door; 365-3913; SafeSexHalloweenBash.com.

    Safe sex bash

    Michael’s on East is transforming into “Studio 13: The Undead Disco” for Planned Parenthood’s always fun-filled fifth annual Safe Sex Halloween Bash, which we write about here.