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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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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



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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