Weekday fun including free events in Sarasota and Manatee counties

Here’s our list of top weekday events in addition to all the great Veterans Day activities taking place Monday that you can read about here.


1. Ellenton Carnival


The holidays are almost here, which means a trip to Ellenton Premium Outlets is likely on your list of things to do. While there, check out the Ellenton Carnival presented by Dreamland Amusements company based in North Carolina. Parking admission are free, with single-ride tickets costing $1.50. There are also package options of 20 tickets for $30 and 50 tickets (includes 1 free ride) for $60. 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Nov. 17; Ellenton Premium Outlets, 5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton; dreamlandamusements.com


2. ‘The Godfather Part II’


The Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards in 1975, "The Godfather Part II" deftly examines the pursuit of the American Dream and various family dynamics by showing Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone going down a dark path as he struggles to maintain his power as the country’s most powerful mafioso in the late 1950s while brilliantly intercutting the story of the young Vito Corleone — Michael’s father, played by Robert De Niro — an orphaned immigrant arriving in New York in 1901 and rising to power while protecting his fellow Sicilians. 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 10), 3 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday at various local theaters: fathomevents.com


3. Veterans and active duty military admitted to The Bishop for free


In recognition of the service and sacrifices they have made, U.S. veterans receive free admission to The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature throughout the month of November. To receive free admission, veterans should mention their service when they arrive at the admissions desk. The Bishop also offers free admission to all active-duty members of the military with proper I.D. all year long. (Please note: These offers are good for general admission but do not include special events or programs.) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 12-5 p.m. Sundays and closed Mondays; 201 10th St. W., Bradenton; 941-746-4131; bishopscience.org


4. ‘The Fence’ at Benderson Park


"The Fence," an annual outdoor photography exhibit that has been seen across North America, returns to Nathan Benderson Park with 200 large-format photographs for the national showcase and 38 photos for the regional showcase, arranged on an 800-foot fence adjacent to the finishing tower on Regatta Island. Today-Feb. 8; Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota; free; nathanbendersonpark.org or fence.photoville.com


5. Nokomis Beach Drum Circle


The Nokomis Beach Drum Circle takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, starting about two hours before sunset. Expect lots of drummers and other musicians as well as dancers, hoopers and spinners. "We come together to celebrate life, relax and rejoice in the paradise that we are grateful and privileged to live in," reads the Facebook group page. Wednesday and Saturday evenings, Nokomis Beach, 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis.


Wade Tatangelo, entertainment editor, can be reached via email at wade.tatangelo@heraldtribune.com.