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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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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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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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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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Englewood Pioneer Festival

By | July 18, 2017

Englewood Pioneer Days 2017

Englewood Pioneer Days 2017Since 1957, events take place throughout Englewood for weeks leading up to the culmination of the main event Labor Day weekend. The festival will feature 2 entertainment stages, as well as the traditional Watermelon and Pie eating contests. In addition to entertainment, the festival will feature vendors both food and merchandise. There will be an extended variety of affordable food choices as well as ticketed and free things for the kids to do. This is the 61st year of the Pioneer Festival which will take place between August 19th and September 4th. Here are just a few of the events scheduled:

August 19th       Little Miss Pageant

August 26th       Chalkfest

August 26th       Kids Shipwreck Dance

September 2nd   Cardboard Boat Race, Shipwreck Dance & Taste of Englewood

September 3rd    Fish-a-Diaper Derby, Pioneer Days Festival & Car Show

September 4th    Pioneer Days Parade & Festival, Corvette Car Show

For more information and a complete schedule of events visit EnglewoodPioneerDays.com

 

 

 

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Friday Fest Coming to Van Wezel

By | June 30, 2017

Friday Fest 2017

Friday Fest 2017One of the great things about summer here is the lighter crowds and some unique outdoor summertime events. This month the Friday Fest concert series continues at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall! The family-friendly party of the summer takes place select Friday nights from 5-9PM on the Bayfront Lawn of the Van Wezel featuring some of Sarasota’s top musical talent.

On Friday July 21st Kettle of Fish will be performing and they are one of the hottest live acts in Southwest Florida. Their music features blues, soul and funk with the energy of rock ‘n roll.

Bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs (no coolers). Food and beverage vendors will be onsite as well as many others. Come out and enjoy a beautiful night on Sarasota Bay with some great music.

For more information visit Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

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Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

By | May 17, 2017

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Savor-Sarasota-2017

Sarasota is known for having the #1 beach in the USA but we also have the highest concentrations of Zagat®-rated restaurants in Florida. During Savor Sarasota (June 1-14th) you can enjoy multi-course meals from the Sarasota area’s famed eateries for just $16 per person for lunch and $32 per person for dinner. And with a spread from Peruvian to French and every flavor in between, you’ll taste your way around the world in no time.

This event is quite popular so be sure to call and make reservations. There are so many choices that you can’t dine at all of them in the two week period but it’s a great time to check out a few. Most of the restaurants participating will have their menu posted on the website so you can check it out ahead of time. Not all are offering a lunch menu so check the website before you plan to visit. To see the list of restaurants, chef profiles and menus as well as other information visit the website at www.savorsarasota.com.

 

 

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Orchestra in the Outfield

By | April 11, 2017

Sarasota Orchestra in the Outfield

Sarasota Orchestra in the OutfieldJoin the Sarasota Orchestra on Friday, May 12th or Saturday May 13th for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at the Baltimore Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium. Get yourself a hot dog, some popcorn, and sit back to enjoy the Orchestra in the outfield. Winning Pops selections, vocals by fan favorites and a spectacular fireworks display all contribute to an evening of hits and home runs.

Tickets from $15 will be sold by the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium
Online, phone, and in-person at (941) 893-6300 or Orioles.com/Sarasota.

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Calling All Tennis Fans

By | March 11, 2017

Sarasota Open Tennis 2017

Sarasota Open Tennis 2017The Sarasota Open Tennis Championships are coming next month on April 15-23rd. The venue has moved from the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center to the United Tennis Club located at 4511 Bay Club Drive in Bradenton. This is the 10th year of the tournament which attracts some of the top players on the tour as well as some up-and-comers.

I have been to this tournament in several venues over the years and it’s always a great time. You have the opportunity to get up close to the players, coaches and fellow tennis fans. The weather is always great this time of the year so get out and enjoy a day at the Sarasota Open!

United Tennis Club

General and ticketing information can be found at www.sarasotaopen.com

Ticketing and Event Schedule: Men’s Singles and Doubles
Men’s Single Main Draw : 32 Players
Men’s Doubles Main Draw 16 Teams

Saturday April 15th (Opening day of Qualifying rounds)
Kids Day: All children under the age of 18 are admitted free of charge (General Admission Only)
Matches begin at 10AM
No night matches scheduled for this day.

Sunday April 16th (2nd day of Qualifying Rounds)
Matches begin at 10AM
No night matches scheduled for this day

Monday April 17th ( Main Draw Begins)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM
*Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Player’s Party 6PM
*Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Pro-AM (United Tennis Club)

Tuesday April 18th (Main Draw Rd of 32)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Wednesday April 19th (Main Draw Round of 16)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Thursday April 20th (Main Draw Quarterfinals)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM

Friday April 21st (Main Draw Quarterfinals)
Matches begin at 10AM
Night Match scheduled to begin at 5:30PM

Saturday April 22nd  Main Draw Semi-Finals)
Matches begin at 11AM

Sunday April 23rd Main Draw Finals
Matches begin at 1PM

Sarasota Open Women’s Invitational (Schedule TBD)
Matches begin Thursday April 20th, 2017

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Sarasota County Fair

By | February 28, 2017

Sarasota County Fair 2017

Sarasota County Fair 2017The 81st annual Sarasota County Fair is coming up next month at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. It starts on Friday March 17th and continues through Sunday March 26th. In addition to agricultural exhibits and animals, there will be great entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, comedy shows, music and spectacular rides by Belle City Amusements. This years fair will have something for everyone to enjoy! Check out all the details and schedule below:

Admission Prices:

Adults:  $8

Senior Citizens (55 and over):  $4

Active Military:  $4

Children 5 & under:  Free

$1.00 Gate Entrance:  Fridays     2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ONLY

$1.00 Gate Entrance:  Mondays   5:00 PM – 10:00 PM ONLY

Hours Gates Are Open:

Fridays:                                  2:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Saturdays:                              Noon to 11:00 PM

Sundays:                                Noon to 10:00 PM

Monday – Thursday                 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Daily Arm Band Specials:

MARCH 17 FRIDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from 2 PM – 11 PM.  None sold after 10 PM

MARCH 18 SATURDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from Noon – 5:00 PM or All Day for $25.00

MARCH 19 SUNDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from Noon – 5:00 PM or All Day for $25.00

MARCH 20 – 23 / MONDAY – THURSDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from 5 PM – 10 PM.  None sold after 9 PM

MARCH 24 FRIDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from 2 PM – 11 PM.  None sold after 10 PM

MARCH 25 SATURDAY:  Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from Noon – 5:00 PM or All Day for $25.00

MARCH 26 SUNDAY:  LAST DAY!!!  Ride all mechanical rides for $25.00 plus fair admission ALL DAY – OPEN TO CLOSE!!  FROM NOON – 10 PM!! None sold after 9 PM

Steer Show:  Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 PM  Houser Arena

Steer Sale:  Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM  Houser Arena

Swine Show:  Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00 PM  Houser Arena

Swine Sale:  Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 PM  Houser Arena

Plant Sale:  Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 PM  Plant Tent

FREE Parking on the Fairgrounds located at 3000 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota

For more information visit their website at https://www.sarasotafair.com/start-page.html

 

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