Featured Upcoming Event

Master Gardener Plant Sale

By | September 6, 2018

Master Gardener

Master GardenerDon’t miss the 13th annual Master Gardener Plant Sale by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. This is a FREE family-friendly fall gardening event featuring sustainable gardening education, landscape problem diagnosis, and thousands of plants for sale, plus an open house highlighting all UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County has to offer.

Date:  October 13, 2018

Time:  8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location:  UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Twin Lakes Park, Green Building
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota 34241

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Master Gardeners Chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, which supports Master Gardener education outreach programs in Sarasota County. Purchases may be made by cash or check.

Plant Sale: Find your right plant, for the right price!

EdFest Open House: See all that Extension has to offer you!

For more information visit UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

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International Coastal Cleanup

By | August 14, 2018

Coastal Cleanup

Coastal CleanupThe ocean supplies the food we eat, the air we breath, the water we drink. It’s our planet’s life support system. And it’s at risk. Pollution is changing the basic chemistry of the ocean. Overfishing is damaging fish stocks. The trickle down effect is huge: people’s livelihoods, the food on our plates, the health of our planet, and the entire eco-system, all in danger. But you can make a difference.

Join volunteers from around Sarasota County to collect trash polluting our waterways. This is an Ocean Conservancy initiative which began in 1986. More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 500,000 volunteers during the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Registration will open in August 2018.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit Sarasota County Government

 

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Friday Fest at the Van Wezel

By | July 31, 2018

Friday Fest 2018 Rebel Heart

Friday Fest 2018 Rebel Heart

Summer is in full swing and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall continues to host Friday Fest  which is a free outdoor concert series. On August 17th from 5-9pm the band Rebel Heart will be performing. This is a fun event on the south bayside lawn where you can bring a chair, blanket or whatever to sit on. Many vendors are available for food and drink purchase. Outside food and drinks are not permitted.

Rebel Heart’s music features some of today’s most popular country songs, mixed with a healthy dose of hits from pop, rock, dance, and the blues. Rebel Heart’s 5-piece band puts on a high-energy, powerful and melodic country rock act that is a must-see!

The bayside lawn is the perfect spot to enjoy a Sarasota sunset so come out and join in the fun!

For more information visit: http://www.vanwezel.org/boxoffice/rebel-heart/

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The 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival

By | June 27, 2018

Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre

The 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival is coming to Florida Studio Theatre in July on the 12th, 13th and14th – that’s THREE days of non-stop comedy coming your way. Troupes are coming from all over the country – and from as far away as France and Spain – all ready to bring their best spontaneous hilarity to the Gulf Coast.

Featuring not one, not two, but an unprecedented THREE headliners – Baby Wants Candy (Chicago), Impro Madrid (Spain), and Impro Theatre (LA) – one for each day of the Festival. Plus, several returning favorites including North Coast (NYC), Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX), ImprovBoston (Boston, MA), STACKED (Chicago, IL), and Available Cupholders (Austin, TX).

Click the link below for the full Festival lineup. Passes and workshops are all available for purchase at the link below, or by calling the FST box office at 941.366.9000.

Florida Studio Theatre

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Summer Circus Spectacular

By | May 15, 2018

Circus Spectacular 2018

Circus Spectacular 2018

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will be happening June 12 through July 28th at the Historic Asolo Theatre. The circus will amaze and dazzle you! This show is an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

For complete performance information and to purchase tickets visit: www.ringling.org/events/summer-circus-spectacular

The Asolo Theatre is located on the grounds of the Ringling Museum at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota across from the airport.

 

 

 

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Venice Seafood & Music Festival

By | April 10, 2018

Venice Seafood & Music Festival

Venice Seafood & Music FestivalThe 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival to be held May 5-6, 2018 in Centennial Park.  Hours are Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 7pm. General admission is free. VIP Tent admission is $130 that includes an open raw bar serving raw oysters, steamed snow crab, steamed peel-and-eat shrimp and an open bar serving premium drinks, all in a private tent with a dedicated service staff. The tent’s location enjoys optimal viewing of the live music performances.  VIP tickets are available thru EventLive (Click Here).

The event is created, as are all good meals, thru incorporating and blending the finest ingredients.  You’ll find all food entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) prepared fresh onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters.  Foods will be accompanied by a delicious assortment of side dishes, desserts and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

While enjoying your meal and drinks, be caressed by the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents.  Music will be from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. The final ‘seasoning’ will be a walk through a small marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products.

So mark your calendar for a weekend of delicious food and drinks, music and shopping at the 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival, and enjoy the shops and businesses of downtown Venice!

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Siesta Fiesta Coming Soon

By | March 14, 2018

Siesta Fiesta

Siesta FiestaDon’t miss this fun art and craft show on Siesta Key coming the weekend of April 28 & 29th. This is the 40th year of the show. Stroll along the beach while enjoying fine art and handmade crafts from 200 of the nation’s most talented artists and crafters. Showcasing an extensive collection of work ranging from life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more, this show truly has something for anyone. Complete with an additional green market, this spectacular show also features plants, body products, and tasty dips.

For further details visit ArtFestival.com.

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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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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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