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Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo

By | February 13, 2018

Arcadia Rodeo

Arcadia RodeoThe Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is held annually in Arcadia, located in DeSoto County. First held in 1928, it is Florida’s longest running and largest rodeo event. The rodeo has evolved from its pioneer beginnings (when competing cowboys and ranchers matched their skills for the entertainment of local audiences) to a national sport drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation.  Cowboys who compete for purses and points are aiming for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo: the National Finals held annually in Las Vegas.

The schedule of events are Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. Their are no finals. All contestants compete for money and points for the whole weekend. The order of event will stay the same but the stock and contestants change each day.

Arcadia Rodeo Barrel Ride

 

The event runs from Thursday, March 8th through Sunday, March 11th. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m. Shootout performs at 1:00 p.m. Mutton Bustin at 1:30 p.m. Rodeo action starts at 2:00 p.m.

 

My kids still talk about going to this event when they were very young so if you haven’t been I encourage you to check it out!

For more information visit ArcadiaRodeo.com

 

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Circus Sarasota Performances Coming in February

By | January 31, 2018

Circus Sarasota Ovation

Circus Sarasota Ovation

Circus Sarasota boasts an impressive roster of international artists pushing human boundaries and leaving audiences awestruck. This year’s performance, titled Ovation, honors the legacy of the circus arts and those who have impacted the artform. Included in an international lineup of all-stars are Russian quick change masters the Smirnovs, unbelievable hand balancers Duo KVAS, and Swiss juggling master Kris Kremo. Also featured in the show are the tempting tricks of the Juju tight wire act, Sylvia Zerbini and her masterful horses, AJ Silver and his laser-sharp lasso act, Italian clown Luigi Folco and Portuguese rola bola artist Dany Daniel. Completing the cast are those daring young men and women on the flying trapeze, The Flying Cortes.

Circus performances start on February 9th and continue through March 4th at the Big Top located behind the UTC Mall behind Dillards.

SAVE TIME! Purchase your tickets ahead of time Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Circus Box Office, 2075 Bahia Vista St. Big Top Box Office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 140 University Town Center Dr. 34243  Beginning February 9 – March 4th, the Big Top Box Office will be open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. until one half hour after last show begins.

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February in Sarasota

By | January 23, 2018

February Hearts

February Hearts

With our winter season in full swing, the calendar is full of many different events in Sarasota. Here are just a few for you to consider:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Feb. 1st Brown Bag Concert Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
Feb. 1st Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Feb. 2nd “Wild About Art” Sarasota Sarasota Audubon Society
Feb. 2nd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Lakewood Ranch
Feb. 2nd Riverview Kilties “Sousa Concert” Sarasota Riverview High School Performing Arts
Feb. 3rd 4th Annual Bradenton Area

Riverwalk Regatta

Bradenton Bradenton Events
Feb. 3rd 11th Annual Grand Ovation Lakewood Ranch Ovation
Feb. 3-4th 52nd Annual Orchid Show Venice Venice Area Orchid Society
Feb. 4th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key Ski-A-Rees.com
Feb. 4th 4th Annual Sarasota Music

Half Marathon

Sarasota Sarasota Half Marathon
Feb.5th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb. 8-11th Wings of Freedom Tour Venice Collings Foundation
Feb. 8-11th 34th Annual Greek Glendi Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb. 8-19th Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb. 9-11th 55th Annual Shell Show Palmetto Sarasota Shell Club
Feb. 9-28th Circus Sarasota Winter Performance Sarasota Circus Arts
Feb. 10th Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Rays
Feb. 10-11th 30th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Feb. 11th 30th Annual Antique Collector

Car Show

Venice Venice AACA
Feb. 14th Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
Feb. 14th “Say I Do Again” Siesta Key & Venice Visit Sarasota
Feb. 17th Pittsburgh Pirates 9th Annual Pep Rally Bradenton Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 17-18th 36th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez Cortez-Fish.org
Feb. 22-25th 30th Annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb. 24-25th 9th Annual Sarasota Invitational

Rowing Regatta

Sarasota Sarasota Invitational
Feb. 24th Health & Wellness Expo Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Feb. 24th Le Marche’ Bohemien Sarasota Sarasota Downtown Merchants

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Oak & Stone for Pizza & Beer

By | January 16, 2018

Oak & Stone

Oak & Stone

Oak & Stone restaurant features craft beer and artisan pizza. We had occasion to dine there for a casual night out recently and were happy to find this great spot in the University Parkway/Honore Avenue area of Sarasota.

They have created a place that is suitable for a boys night, a date night, or a family dinner with a warm and welcoming space for all ages. There is an open air kitchen, dining room, full bar, and a variety of seating options including an outside patio area outfitted with gas heaters for this cooler weather, billiards table, corn hole and large screen TV’s with the latest sporting events.

Oak & Stone PizzaTheir artisanal wood-fired pizzas are the star of the menu…handcrafted with dough that undergoes a 36 hour fermentation process with triple filtered water and topped with sauce that will keep you coming back for more.  Whether you are partial to B.Y.O.P. (build your own pie) or selecting one of the many custom craft pizzas. The standard tavern fare is elevated with options such as Sticky Porter BBQ Sliders, Pretzel Crusted Tuna Sashimi, or Triple Cheddar Pale Ale Mac. Fresh offerings such as delicious salads and hummus plate round out the menu. We opted for the BBQ chicken pizza to share along with a salad and this was plenty for two.

Oak & Stone BeerYou can’t forget the beer as Oak & Stone boasts the largest RIFD technology self-serve brew wall in the region, with 56 taps of golden beer goodness that you can pour by the ounce. Showcasing local and American craft breweries. The great thing about this is that you can try a sip before choosing a beer to accompany your meal.

The next time you’re in the mood for a casual night out check out Oak & Stone!

 

 

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Anna’s Deli Siesta Key & Sarasota

By | December 30, 2017

Anna's Deli

Anna's DeliOne of the mainstays in casual dining in Sarasota is Anna’s Deli. They have been around since 1971 and currently operate two locations: one on Siesta Key and one in the University Park area of Sarasota. They are consistently winning “Best Of…” awards in Sarasota.

They do have your typical deli fare but what sets them apart is their specialty sandwiches. I stopped in for lunch recently and had their famous “Surfer” sandwich which features thinly sliced turkey, ham and cucumber with swiss cheese and their special sauce. This is served on your choice of bread which is always fresh. The sandwich easily feeds two people and at around $8 is a real bargain!

The restaurants are open from 10:30am to 4:00pm daily. You can eat in or take out from either location. To view the menu and locations visit www.annasdelis.com or call 941-349-4888.

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3rd Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

By | December 23, 2017

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

Sarasota Seafood & Music FestivalThe 3rd Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival will be held on January 20-21, 2018.  This year the event will take place at Gulfstream and Main near JD Hamel Park. General admission and live musical performances are free, as is parking downtown on the weekends.

Select from exquisite foods cooked on site incorporating the freshest ingredients by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Choose from seafood dishes using grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp, soft-shell crabs and more. Meat entrees and a variety of vegetarian and rice dishes also are offered. Choose from a selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.

While enjoying your meal, sit back and relax to some of Florida’s top musical groups performing live onstage in such genres as R&B, rock, soul, jazz and Caribbean.  For dessert, enjoy shopping in a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products.

Hours are 10 am to 6 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  General admission to the event and musical performances is FREE.

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January in Sarasota

By | December 21, 2017

January 2018

January 2018

 

Kick off the new year by enjoying one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of January:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Jan. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 6-7th 11th Annual Coquina Beach “Winter Fest” Bradenton Beach Winterfest
Jan. 6-7th Orchid Show & Sale Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 11-14th Fun in the Sun Miniature Show Venice MiniaturiaUnlimited.com
Jan. 11-21st Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 13th 14th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota Wilde Automotive/Sarasota YMCA
Jan. 13th 30th Annual Circus Ring of Fame Induction Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 13-14th 6th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
Jan. 15th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Jan. 19-21st Venice-Nokomis Rotary26th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival Venice Venice Nokomis Rotary
Jan. 19-21st Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
Jan. 19-21st Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Jan. 20th Venice Farmer’s Market Venice City of Venice
Jan 20-21st 3rd Annual Sarasota Music & Seafood Festival Sarasota SeafoodFestivals.com
Jan. 22nd Venice Concert Band Winter Concert Venice Venice Performing Arts Center
Jan. 27th Sidewalk Astronomy Sarasota Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 27th Gasparilla Piratefest Parade Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 27-28th 14th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle
Jan. 27th Sarasota Highland Games & Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Jan. 27th 1927 Historic Train Depot Tour Venice City of Venice
Jan. 27-28th 6th Annual Shake, Rattle andSoul Fest Sarasota ShakeRattleandSoulFest.com
Jan. 28th Temple Sinai’s 10th Annual Jewish Food Festival Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 28th 48th Annual Devereaux-KaiserCollector Car Meet Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club

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New Year’s Eve at Selby Gardens

By | November 30, 2017

Selby Gardens

Selby GardensMarie Selby Botanical Gardens is hosting Sarasota’s most sophisticated and diversely entertaining New Year’s Eve experience; a black-tie event featuring a private journey through tropical holiday light displays, passed hors d’oeuvres, a seated four course dinner, live entertainment and dancing at Michael’s on the Bay. The countdown to the New Year culminates with a champagne toast and a perfect view of fireworks overlooking the Sarasota Bay. Celebrate the New Year in style.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Selby Gardens

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December in Sarasota

By | November 20, 2017

With Thanksgiving behind us the holiday season is in full swing in Sarasota. There are many of activities and events to choose from. Here are just a few:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

Dec. 1st 39th Annual Holiday Night of Lights Lido Key St Armands Circle Association
Dec. 1-31st Holly Days and Mangrove Lights Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Dec. 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Dec. 1-2nd A Village Christmas Artwalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Dec. 1-3rd 6th Annual Bradenton Blues Fest Bradenton Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec. 2nd The Venice Christmas Boat Parade Venice Venice Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 2nd Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade Sarasota Sarasota Holiday Parade
Dec. 2-3rd Siesta Key Seafood & Music Festival Siesta Key Paragon Events
Dec. 3rd Ybor City Cigar Heritage Festival Ybor City Cigar Festival
Dec. 3-10th 44th Annual Singing Christmas Tree Sarasota First Sarasota
Dec. 6-7th Celebrate the Season Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Dec. 7th Annual Christmas Walk Venice City of Venice
Dec. 8th Holidays Around the Ranch Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Dec. 9th Porches in the Park Lido Key St Armands Circle Association
Dec. 9th 32nd Annual Sarasota Christmas

Boat Parade of Lights

Sarasota Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 14,21,28th Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 14th Winter Showcase Concert of the

RHS Kiltie Band

Sarasota RHS Kilites
Dec. 16th Main Street Live Bradenton City of Bradenton
Dec. 18th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 22nd North Port Farmer’s Market North Port City of North Port
Dec. 21-30th Selby Gardens “Lights in Bloom” Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 23rd Sidewalk Astronomy Bradenton Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Dec. 26-29th Sailor Circus Holiday Spectacular Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory
Dec. 31st New Year’s Eve at Selby Gardens Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 31st “Main Street Live” New Year’s Eve Bradenton City of Bradenton

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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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