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20th Annual Manatee River Holiday Parade

By | November 17, 2017

Manatee River Holiday Parade

Manatee River Holiday ParadeDon’t miss the 20th annual Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 9th from 6-9:00pm. The parade of lighted boats begins at dusk near Snead Island. The route then proceeds east past the Bradenton Yacht Club, to Riverhouse Reef and Grill and the Regatta Pointe Marina. The parade turns south at the Green Bridge and moves onward to PIER 22 and the Twin Dolphin Marina. Public viewing sites are available from the Green Bridge Pier, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, PIER 22 and on the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.

For more information visit Manatee River Holiday Parade.

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Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen

By | November 14, 2017

Bravo Food 2

Bravo Food 2 Bravo FoodBravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen opened recently at the Westfield Siesta Key Mall. It is part of the Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, which operates both Bravo Cucina Italiana and its sister chain, Brio Tuscan Grille. They feature fresh flavors in a relaxed atmosphere.

Bravo serves fresh pastries and coffee in the morning, as well as lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekend. The menu offers items such as a double-stacked burger with white cheddar and a shaved vegetable salad for lunch, a crispy fish sandwich with Sriracha and grilled Branzino for dinner, and avocado toast and shrimp and grits for brunch. The bar serves cocktails like a spicy mango tequila or a cucumber basil gimlet, or you can pick from the list of 30 wines and local craft beers.

Open seven days a week, the restaurant is located at Hwy. 41 (Tamiami Trail) and Siesta Key Drive. They do take reservations at www.coastalbarandkitchen.com/reservations.html or you can call them directly at (941) 316-0868.

 

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November in Sarasota

By | October 24, 2017

November 2017 Give Thanks

November 2017 Give Thanks
With cooler fall temperatures, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that the Sarasota area has to offer. Here are just a few of the many events going on around town during November: 

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Nov. 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Nov. 3-12th Cine-World Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Society
Nov. 4th 15th Annual Ferrari’s On The Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 4th 18th Annual Original Mullet Smoke-Off Terra Ceia Island Terra Ceia Village Improvement Assn.
Nov. 4th Taste of Manatee Bradenton RealizeBradenton
Nov. 4-5th 7th Annual Beer, Boats & Bacon Sarasota Beer, Boats & Bacon
Nov. 4-5th 30th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
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Nathan Benderson Park Rowing Festival Sarasota Nathan Benderson Park
Nov. 4-5th FSDA Sarasota Stamp Show Sarasota FloridaStampShows.com
Nov.4-5, 11-12, 18-19th Sarasota Medieval Fair Sarasota Sarasota Medieval Fair
Nov. 6-7th Sahib Shrine Circus Sarasota Sahib Shrine Circus
Nov. 10-13th Sarasota Chalk Festival Venice Chalk Festival
Nov. 10-13th Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition Siesta Key Siesta Key Crystal Classic
Nov. 11th Sarasota Veterans’ Day Parade Sarasota VetFriends.com
Nov. 11th 16th Annual Suncoast Food & Wine Festival Lakewood Ranch SuncoastFoodandWineFest.com
Nov. 11th Symphony on the Sand Anna Maria Island Symphony on the Sand
Nov. 11-12th 29th Annual St. Armands Circle Fall Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Nov. 18th 16th Annual Art Show and Sale Lakewood Ranch Creative Arts Association
Nov. 18-19th Sarasota Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Festival.net
Nov. 17-19th Englewood Beach Waterfest EnglewoodBeachWaterfest.com
Nov. 19th 26th Annual Ponies Under the Palms Lakewood Ranch FlaCarShows.com
Nov. 19th Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band Sarasota SuncoastConcertBand.org
Nov. 20th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Nov. 24th Holly Holidays Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Nov. 25th Venice Holiday Parade Venice City of Venice
Nov. 25th Sidewalk Astronomy at the Celery Fields Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Nov. 25th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota Sarasota Farmer’s Market

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The Singing Christmas Tree in Sarasota

By | October 21, 2017

Singing Christmas Tree

Singing Christmas TreeIf you’ve never seen Sarasota’s Singing Christmas Tree maybe this is the year to mark that off your list. It’s really something unique to see and during the Christmas season is a fun way to get into the spirit of the holidays.

The singing Christmas tree is 30 feet tall, has over 10,000 lights, 12 levels and holds 115 choir members. It has been a downtown Sarasota tradition for over 40 years hosted by First Sarasota Baptist Church. Performances begin on Sunday, December 3rd this year.

Tickets go on sale next Saturday, October 28th at 9:00am. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. For the schedule and ticket information visit First Sarasota

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Chalk Festival Returns to Venice in November

By | October 11, 2017

Chalk Festival Venice Logo

Chalk Festival Venice LogoThe Chalk Festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary next month during the week of November 10-13th with this year’s theme of ‘EVANESCENT EVERLASTING‘. After six seasons in Burns Square, a historic district in downtown Sarasota, it moved to Venice in 2014. This year will be its fourth season on the Island of Venice. Managed entirely by volunteers, this 501c3 non-profit organization strives to bring a global community of culture enthusiasts together who value the work involved to make and share memorable experiences.

Winning Sarasota Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best Event in Sarasota County 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and SRQ Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best of SRQ Local 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, it is no surprise that during any given year, the festival attracted over 200,000 visitors during its time in Sarasota and because of limitations with access to the fairgrounds it now attracts upward of 50,000 visitors with an estimated economic impact in the millions.

Chalk Festival with People in the ArtStarting in 2010 and every year since, the Chalk Festival features the most 3D pavement paintings ever created in one location. Also in 2010, it became the first international pavement art festival in the USA.

The artists who create these 3D pavement paintings invite visitors during the festival to step directly onto their artwork–becoming a part of illusion in photos. These artists come up with intricate ideas that make images and the ground appear to dip inward or rise above when viewed from a particular vantage point.

Chalk Festival ArtistsIn addition to the pavement artists who travel from all over the world, the festival organization invites anyone, of any skill level, to sign up as an artist and work alongside the professionals, creating their own pavement paintings. No other cultural organization mixes the most renown with beginners better than this festival, giving novice pavement and student artists a truly unique opportunity.

For more information visit the website at https://chalkfestival.org/

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Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant

By | October 10, 2017

Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant

Cabbage Key Inn RestaurantThe Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant is located on a little island with no cars, and not even a single paved road. This historic restaurant sits up on an Indian shell mound, giving it excellent views of Pine Island Sound. The entire island is a secluded paradise and is only accessible by boat. If you don’t have a boat you can still get there by ferry from Bokeelia on Pine Island which is about an hour and a half south of Sarasota.

Cabbage Key Restaurant InteriorWalk inside, and you’ll quickly realize how unique this historic restaurant is. There are several areas to choose from, including a bar that has been serving this area for more than 60 years. The whole restaurant exudes rustic charm. In the bar and formal dining room, there are beautiful Cypress floors and working fireplaces. Replicas of game fish, antiques, and photographs showcasing the area’s history decorate the walls. In the main dining area, the walls and ceiling are covered with thousands of dollar bills, signed by past visitors. If you ask your server for a marker, you can sign your own dollar bill and leave your mark as well. The open-air main dining room looks out on the water and lush tropical trees, covered with moss and flowers. It really is a spectacular view for nature-lovers.

Cabbage Key Restaurant EntranceThe menu is full of delicious seafood, sandwiches, and burgers. There is a rumor that this restaurant inspired Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” song. Don’t forget to end your meal with a tasty and refreshing slice of key lime pie.

There is a short hiking trail to an observation/water tower for a great view of the island and surrounding water and before you depart, don’t miss the gift shop for that perfect Florida souvenir.

The Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 365 days a year. Reservations are appreciated. To ask a question or make a reservation at the restaurant, call (239) 283-2278.

For more information visit their website at Cabbage Key Inn Restaurant.

Cabbage Key Ferry

 

Boat tours are available from several spots along the Gulf Coast and here are a few to check out:

 

Tropic Star of Pine Island    http://tropicstaradventures.com

Island Girl Charters    http://www.islandgirlcharters.com

Captiva Cruises    http://www.captivacruises.com

Fort Myers Boat Tour    http://www.fortmyersboattour.com

 

 

 

 

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October in Sarasota

By | September 21, 2017

October with Ghost

October with Ghost

 

The weather is great and our fall season is in full swing. There are a myriad of festivals and fun events going on in the Sarasota area during the month of October. Here are just a few to check out:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Oct. 4th Phillippi Farmhouse Market Sarasota Farmhouse Market
Oct. 6th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 6th First Friday Gallery Art Walk Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Oct. 7th 3rd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ Lakewood Ranch Music Compound
Oct. 7-29th 29th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest Sarasota Fruitville Grove
Oct. 7th Taste of St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 7th ReptiDay Sarasota Repticon.com
Oct. 14-15th 11th Annual Hungarian Festival Sarasota Hungarian Festival
Oct. 14th 18th Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Oct. 14th 12th Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale Sarasota UF Extension
Oct. 14-29th 26th Annual Hunsader Farms

Pumpkin Festival

Bradenton Hunsader Farms
Oct. 14-15th Desoto Pumpkin Festival Arcadia Desoto Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 18-21st 9th Annual Ringling International Arts Festival Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Oct. 20-22nd Sun Fiesta Venice Women’s Sertoma Club
Oct. 21st Garden Fest Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
Oct. 21st 17th Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest Anna Maria VisitFlorida.com
Oct. 21st Sarasota Celtic Music Fest Sarasota CeltoberFest.org
Oct. 21-22nd St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 21-22nd 4th Annual Arcadia Fall Rodeo Arcadia ArcadiaRodeo.com
Oct. 21, 28 & 29th Pumpkin Patch Express Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Oct. 27-29th Sarasota Pumpkin Festival Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 27th Lakewood Ranch Boo Fest Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 27-29th Coin Show Sarasota Sarasota Manatee Coin Clubs
Oct. 28th Sidewalk Astronomy Holmes Beach Sidewalk Astronomy
Oct. 28-29th 23rd Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Oct. 31st Fright Night on St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association

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Sarasota Celtic Music Festival

By | September 12, 2017

Sarasota Celtic Music Festival 2017

Sarasota Celtic Music Festival 2017The Sarasota Celtic Music Festival will take place on Saturday, October 21st from 10am to 9pm at Nathan Benderson Park. It is sponsored by the Sarasota Chapter of New World Celts. SRQ Celtic Music Festival is proud to bring to Sarasota some of the most innovative bands touring America today who are on the forefront of the Celtic Fusion, Celtic Folk, and Celtic Rock scene.

We are also excited to bring you some of Florida’s local pub entertainment favorites. Whether you’re a band groupie and know the songs by heart or are curious about discovering your next new favorite band.

In addition to lots of musical entertainment, there will be many food and craft vendors, a blood drive from 11am-4pm and a dog parade at 2pm.

Come sample a variety of award winning Celtic beers & ales from Gold Coast Eagle Distributors under our giant tent and be prepared to sing, clap along, and dance the day away!

For more information visit http://celtoberfest.org/

 

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Metro Diner Now Open in Sarasota

By | September 6, 2017

Metro Diner Logo

Metro Diner LogoAs part of the renovation of the Westfield Siesta Key Mall, new restaurants are moving in and one that is now open is Metro Diner.

Since its humble beginnings in 1938 and its revival as Metro Diner in 1992, Jacksonville’s favorite place for breakfast has been serving satisfied guests for nearly 25 years. In 2000, master chef Mark Davoli and family took over and elevated the menu to include innovative new dishes created from local ingredients. Known for warm, welcoming service, familiar faces and award-winning food, Metro Diner is a go-to eatery for locals, visitors and those just passing through town.

They have expanded throughout the southeastern United States and in Florida to 18 locations with Sarasota being the latest. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

We had brunch there on a recent Sunday morning and it was buzzing. After a short wait we were seated and promptly greeted and served. I would describe the food as comfort food with many popular menu items. Portions are large. It was all good and I’m sure we’ll be going back soon. Here’s a couple photos of our meals:

Metro Diner Breakfast

Breakfast

BLT for Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To check out the Metro Diner menu visit metrodiner.com.

To keep up-to-date on the progress and changes at the Westfield Siesta Key Mall visit their website at www.westfield.com/siestakey.

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Ski A Rees are Back for the Season

By | August 30, 2017

ski a rees logo

ski a rees logoFor almost 60 years the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees have brought excitement and fun to Sarasota Bay. They are a diverse group that spans several decades and several generations. They’re especially proud of their members, some of whom have grown up being a Ski-A-Ree and plan on passing on the tradition of performing one of the best amateur water ski shows in the Nation. One thing they all have in common is a love of waterskiing, family and great friends.

ski a rees pyramid pinkFree shows are scheduled throughout the year at their location near Mote Marine. Check out the event calendar for details. There are bleacher seats, or you can bring your own lawn chair. There is free parking available as well as a concession stand to purchase snacks and drinks.

The first show of the season is scheduled for Sunday, September 24th at 1:00pm. For more information visit www.skiarees.com.Ski a rees crowd

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