Arts festival: The 21st annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts wraps up today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the TECO SouthShore Community Events Center, 302 Noonan Branch Road.
The event features more than 70 artists, 15 nonprofits, 10 business vendors, 12 food vendors and a beer/wine area. It also includes a hands-on Kid's Activity Center
Entertainment features Gary Coco (acoustic classics/easy listening) from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Gene Cannon (sax, jazz & bix mix) from 11:45-12:45 and the Porchdogs (Cajun Zydeco music) from 1-5 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults and there is no charge for children.
Spring concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band is performing "A Spring In Our Step: Spring Concert Series" in March. The next show will take place March 21 at 7 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Brandon Chapel, 115 Knights Ave. The 40-piece concert band will perform a program that includes songs from Les Misérables, Carmen and South Pacific. The cost is $5. For more information, visit ehcb.org or call (813) 569-1771.
Annual fundraiser: The Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association will celebrate its 29th annual Patron Party on April 13 at 7 p.m. at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B. Membership reservations are $1,000 for table reservations for eight, $500 for four tickets, $250 for two tickets, or $100 for one ticket. Proceeds will benefit the center's artistic programming. For more information or to register, visit centerplacebrandon.org or call (813) 685-8888.
Arts festival: The deadline to enter the 5th annual Winthrop Arts Festival is Wednesday. The festival will take place March 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Winthrop Town Centre, 11109 Winthrop Market St. The booth fee will be waived for 25 out of 100 participating artists. For more information, contact Bryant Martinez at [email protected] or (813) 601-3129, or visit winthropartsfestival.org.
Ballet performance: The Brandon Ballet will present Coppelia on April 20 at 7 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Spoto High School auditorium, 8538 Eagle Palm Drive. The April 21 show will benefit the Giving Hope Through Faith Foundation. Tickets for each performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Tickets may be purchased online at brandonballet.org or by calling (813) 684-4282.
Literary series: The Firehouse Cultural Center will host a Spring Literary Series featuring two published fiction writers and a poet on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from March 21 through April 25. Each evening will feature a reading, a question-and-answer period, light refreshments, book sales and author signings. More information can be found on the Firehouse Cultural Center website at firehouseculturalcenter.org.