75 Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9 11th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival Times Square and Old San Carlos Boulevard Ahoy Mateys! Join fellow landlubbers at the historic Old San Carlos seaport for three days of pirate fun on the waterway of Estero Island. Celebrate a decade of pirate fun, complete with a pirate ball, pub quest, live music and performances, ship battles and children’s activities! The fun begins at 4 p.m. on Friday Oct 7 and continues on the 8th and 9th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation for entrance to the fest. See fmbpiratefest.com for all of the Pirate Festival fun. Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. 1927 Historic Venice Train Depot Tours 303 E. Venice Avenue, Venice The historic Venice train depot offers free docent-led tours of the1927 Train Depot. See displays and information about Venice’s history and the role of the train depot. The Red Caboose is open Wednesday and Saturday. For reservations for groups of 10 or more, call (941) 412- 0151. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (November through May) and Saturday 10 a.m. to1 p.m. (year-round). Saturday, October 8, noon to 7 p.m. Beer, Boats & Bacon Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota At the 6th annual Beer, Boats and Bacon at Nathan Benderson Park look for tons of bacon-centric food dishes available from local restaurants and caterers and sampling from more than 60 craft beers from local and other world-renowned breweries. Learn to row classes and live music. General Entry Admission: $10 Presale, $15 day of Beer Sampling Admission (21+): $30 Presale, $35 day of For the most up to date information regarding the event see beerboatsandbacon.com Saturdays & Sundays Oct. 15 & 16, 22 & 23 and 29 & 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton Everyday at the Pumpkin Festival is loads of fun and consists of 75 craft booth, live music, live shows, pumpkins, charity pumpkin games, pioneer trades village, hayrides, pony rides, chainsaw sculptor, corn maze, scarecrow displays, homemade ice cream, farm roasted sweet corn, food galore, pumpkin pie, rock climbing wall, power jump, petting zoo, barnyard playground , face painting, children’s train ride, juggler, fresh produce, butterfly experience and frog jumping championships. Admission is $10, parking is $5, children 12 and under are free. For more information see hunsaderfarms.com or call (941) 322-2168 Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. 10th Annual Hungarian Festival Sarasota County Agricultural Fair, 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota The Global Friendship Foundation invites you to a celebration of Hungarian culture and heritage. The festival features live concerts with musicians from Hungary, archery demonstrations and dance performances entertain the whole family. There will even be a fabulous goulash cooking competition. Shop for a Hungarian home decor or souvenirs, enjoy authentic Hungarian cuisine, sample traditional dishes, pastries, cakes and wines. Admission is $10. For more information see gffusa.org. Friday, Oct. 21, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Night of Fish, Fun and Fright Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun & Fright at Mote Aquarium. Sail the spooky seas and discover creatures from the deep in a safe and fun trickor treating zone. If you get hungry, enjoy deep sea delights in the "Diner of the Dead." And don't miss the signature underwater pumpkin carving in the spooktacular shark tank! Check out mote.org for ticket information. Sunday, Oct. 23, 7 a.m. “It’s the Green Pumpkin! Imagine School, Upper Campus 2757 Sycamore St., North Port The 7th Annual Tour de North Port, “It’s the Green Pumpkin!” is a bicycle ride through some of the most beautiful pine flatwoods seen anywhere in Florida. Riders choose to complete 15, 35 or 65 miles. Catered breakfast, lunch, desserts, rest stops will feature homemade snacks. Pre-registration fee is $40. Choose your distance 15, 35, 65 miles. $10 for children under 10 and accompanied by an adult. Group registration: For groups of 6 or more, $35 each. Online pre-registration is at peoplefortrees.com and will be available until midnight Friday, October 21. The on-site registration will be $45 per rider, cash, check or card. For more information and to register see peoplefortrees.com Saturday, October 29 Boca Grande Halloween Carnival, 1 to 3 p.m. Boca Grande Community Center, 131 First Street W, Boca Grande Kids, bring your parents to the carnival for some fun and games. Costume parade begins at 1 p.m. and the carnival games, slide, and cakewalk will begin immediately following the parade. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available. Free admission. For more information see bocagrandehappenings.org or call (941) 964-2564.
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