Top 5 Things To Do This Week, March 5-10

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Free events and more in Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch

1. Irish Celtic Festival & Lucky Dog Parade

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a week early at this eighth annual event featuring an ample supply of Celtic-inspired cuisine, craft brews and cider as well as the mandatory green beer. There are numerous children’s activities, too. And don’t forget to dress yourself and pooch in green for the Lucky Dog Parade with Most Irish, Cutest and Dog/Owner Look Alike prizes. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday; Adventure Park, 13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch; $5 parking; lwrcac.com

2. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Benderson Park

Get out of the house and watch last year’s record-breaking blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” on the big screen under the stars. The Disney live-action musical starring Emma Watson is part of the Sarasota Film Festival’s free Moonlight Movies series at Nathan Benderson Park, with the screening starting around sunset at the rowing facility’s Regatta Island. Tijuana Flats will have food and drinks for cash purchase. 5-10 p.m. Saturday; Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota; free; 941-358-7275; nathanbendersonpark.org

3. Music in the Park at Riverwalk

Realize Bradenton’s popular Music in the Park series returns to Riverwalk on Friday with singer Kim Betts, daughter of rock legend Dickey Betts, and her Gamble Creek Band performing popular country hits with the occasional classic rock cover, too. Local craft beer and other beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, blankets and chairs as well as their leashed doggies. 6-8 p.m. Friday; Mosaic Amphitheater at the Bradenton Riverwalk, 606 Third Ave. W., Bradenton; free; 941-621-6471; realizebradenton.com

4. Thomas the Tank Engine at Florida Railroad Museum

Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular “Thomas & Friends” television series, rolls into Parrish for a multi-day stop at the Florida Railroad Museum. Event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, controller of the railway, and participate in Thomas-themed activities including crafts and photo opportunities. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 10-11, 16, 17 and 18, Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish; $19-$23; 941-776-0906; frrm.org

5. Fruitville Grove Berry Festival

Featuring a mouthwatering menu of strawberry shortcake, fresh strawberry milkshakes, homemade berry pastries, and other goodies as well as craft booths, this family-friendly festival also has plenty of activities. There’s face painting, a rock wall, bounce house, mini train rides, games, a children’s Easter egg hunt (1 p.m. on Saturdays), a pie eating contest (1 p.m. on Sundays) and the grove’s spring baby animals will be out offering serious displays of cuteness. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10, 11, 17 and 18; Fruitville Grove, 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota; free; 941-377-0896; fruitvillegrove.com

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