Things To Do

42nd Annual Sun Fiesta This Weekend

By | October 15, 2015

Sun Fiesta 2015

Sun Fiesta 2015Spend the day this weekend in Venice at the 42nd Annual Sun Fiesta is sponsored by the Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice. Sun Fiesta is a beloved, fun, community event featuring food booths, beer tent, arts and crafts vendors, free children’s activities, free live entertainment, Miss Sun Fiesta contest, Sun Fiesta Idol contest, parade and bed race. All proceeds are given to local charities and scholarships. Organizers expects about 10,000 attendees over the festival’s three-day span. Admission and parking are free.

Friday Oct. 16th from 5-10pm, Saturday Oct. 17th from 9am.-10pm, Sunday Oct. 18th from 9am-7pm; Location: Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave.

For more information call 416-3132 or visit

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Ringling International Arts Festival

By | October 13, 2015

RIAFFor four extraordinary days in October (the 15th through the 18th), artists and audiences from across America and around the world come together at The Ringling to experience the phenomenon that is RIAF! Hailed for its “progressive program that would rival anything in New York or London” (TimeOut London), the Ringling International Arts Festival is your chance to explore and embrace the vibrant and exhilarating world of contemporary music, theater, and dance. RIAF 2015 presents seven compelling perspectives on beauty, innovation, and artistry by performers representing the many and varied cultures of Asia. Plan now to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be-missed opportunity!

For more information visit The Ringling Museum of Art

The Ringling is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota

Compliments SRQ The Magazine

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October in Sarasota

By | September 26, 2015

Pumpkins & Mums

Pumpkins & Mums

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 forMore Information
Oct. 2-3rd 28th Annual Venice Consumer Expo Venice Venice Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 3-4th 29th Annual Taste of Manatee Palmetto Taste of Manatee
Oct. 3-4th 26th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest Sarasota Fruitville Grove
Oct. 9-11th 9th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest Bradenton Gulf Coast Ribfest
Oct. 10th The Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest Sarasota Beer Boats and Bacon
Oct. 10th Chef at the Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Oct. 10th 2015 Top Dog Show Sarasota Donte’s Den
Oct. 10-11th 24th Annual Hunsader FarmsPumpkin Festival Bradenton Hunsader Farms
Oct. 13th Walking Historical and Food Tour Bradenton Taste Dining & Travel
Oct. 15-18th 7th Annual Ringling International Arts Festival Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Oct. 16th Taste of St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 16th Live from Downtown Sarasota It’s Friday Night @ Towles Court Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Oct. 16-18th Annual Sun Fiesta Venice Venice Main Street
Oct. 17th 15th Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest Anna Maria Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 17-18th Desoto Pumpkin Festival at Veterans Park Arcadia Sarasota Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 23-24th 35th Annual Sahib Shrine Circus Sarasota Sahib Shriners
Oct. 24th 18th Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Oct. 24th Sidewalk Astronomy Lakewood Ranch Sidewalk Astronomy
Oct. 24-25th St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 24-25th 21st Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota American Craft Endeavors
Oct. 24-25th Pumpkin Patch Express Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Oct. 31st Safe Treats Halloween in Siesta Key Village Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
Oct. 31st Fright Night on St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 31st Lakewood Ranch Boo Fest Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street

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Solorzano’s Pizzeria

By | September 24, 2015

Solorzano's Pizzeria

Solorzano's PizzeriaA Welcome Addition to Gulf Gate!

As a huge Gulf Gate fan I am always excited to try a new place when it opens up. This past weekend I had the opportunity to try some food from Solorzano’s Pizza Café on Superior Street and it was over-the-top delicious.

We ordered Chicken Parmesan sandwiches that were out of this world, the chicken is so tender that it melts in your mouth, the sauce is very flavorful, but the best part is the homemade hoagie roll, it is perhaps the freshest bread I have ever had. The sandwich is large so it big enough for two. We also ordered a pizza that was cooked to perfection. Next time you are in Gulf Gate stop by Solorzano’s and treat yourself to some yummy Italian treats!

Solorzano's Pizza Logo
Solorzano’s Pizzerias

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The Table Creekside Restaurant

By | September 20, 2015

Table Creekside

Table CreeksideThe Table Creekside Restaurant on Phillippi Creek in Sarasota, FL is where Joe and Missy go when we have an anniversary or other special dinner date! It is easily our favorite upscale place to eat complete with a water view! This centrally-located restaurant is located on the banks of Phillippi Creek in a converted old house built in the mid 1950’s.

The Table features a super and pocket-friendly Happy Hour daily from 4:00-6:30 with awesome drink specials and tapas food including the not-to-be-missed Bacon Jam Flatbread. For dinner, the specials of the day are out of this world with some very risqué dishes that the chef’s pull off with ease. The wine list is extensive but not expensive and the wait staff is excellently trained and attentive! Dinners range between $20-$45+ each.

Located on US41 at: 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Hours: Open at 4pm M-S and Sunday brunch begins at 11am. Make sure to call for reservations (941-921-9465) and come by boat too!

Table Creekside View

The Table Creekside Website

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The Granary in Lakewood Ranch

By | August 31, 2015

The Granary

The GranaryAs of today there is a new dining option for breakfast and lunch in Lakewood Ranch. Karen and Malcolm Ronney (former owners of McAllister’s on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch) have opened The Granary in th Ace Hardware/Crowder’s Plaza on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. We had the good fortune to attend their soft opening last week and here’s what we found.

The Granary InteriorThe ambience is rustic and comfortable with exposed brick, soft lantern lighting, rustic wood tables. The menu features traditional favorites with a modern twist. I ordered the “french toast sandwich” which was french toast with apple slices, brie and caramel in the middle. It was really good, the apples were nice and tender as they grill them along with the toast. My husband ordered the “ranch hand omelete” which was stuffed with all the meats (sausage, bacon and ham), diced red pepper, topped with hollandaise sauce, chopped tomatoes and scallions. It was delicious as well. The coffee was good too and they have quite a few hand-crafted selections as well as the set up to get a cup to go if you like.

They have beer, wine and bubbles, desserts and catering available too. They are open 7 days a week: Monday – Friday from 7:30am-3pm; Saturday & Sunday from 8am-3pm.

To check out their menu visit The Granary.



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September in Sarasota

By | August 24, 2015

September 2015

September 2015


This month marks the beginning of the fall season. Here’s just a sampling of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of September:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

Sept. 2nd Classic Car Show @ Main Street Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 3rd Art After 5, Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 3-13th “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Sarasota The Players Theater
Sept. 4th Live From Downtown It’s Friday Night Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Sept. 4-5th Village of the Arts ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Sept. 4-6th 69th Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Regatta Network
Sept. 5th 12th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 5th Literacy Amongst the Trees Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 5th YMCA Dance Party Sarasota Sarasota YMCA
Sept. 6th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key
Sept. 7th Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 7th 3rd Annual Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 9th Nokomis Drum Circle Casey Key Exploring Venice
Sept. 10th Balanchine Millepied – Film Sarasota Sarasota Opera
Sept. 12th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota
Sept. 12th “Comedy Lottery” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 12th The Goldtones Venice The Venice Theatre
Sept. 12-13th Rockin Wings Festival Sarasota Spotlight Events
Sept. 17-30th “The Secret Garden” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 18th Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 18th Music & Movies: Lou Reed’s “Berlin” Bradenton South Florida Museum
Sept. 18-19th Garden Fest Sarasota Sarasota Garden Club
Sept. 19th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 20th Around the World, Chamber Soiree 1 Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Sept. 24th Concert In The Grove Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farm
Sept. 23-24th Carmen Ciricillo @ McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Sept. 26-28th Oktoberfest at Motorworks Brewing Bradenton Motorworks Brewing

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Aging Well in Sarasota, how about you?

By | August 5, 2015

Florida Studio Theatre
Sarasota is quite possibly the best place on earth to age well! It never, ever grows old to hear about all the many plays, music venues, art exhibits, farmers markets and MORE that we have to experience here in Sarasota! (don’t get me started) Lucky me, I’m happy to say we have tickets to see a play tomorrow night at the Florida Studio Theatre! The play is aptly called ‘Old Enough to Know Better: Aging Well in Sarasota!’ This play was created by Florida Studio Theatre and written by Jason Cannon after two years of interviewing Sarasota residents about their experiences living in Sarasota… It’s getting rave reviews and has been extended, get your tickets now!
Visit for more information and check out these reviews…

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

By | July 28, 2015

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical GardensMarie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 40th Anniversary Celebration is kicking off with a great surprise. Selby Gardens is officially dedicating a new, permanent exhibition about the life and times of Marie Selby, which will be located in her former residence at the Gardens. The exhibit features rare, vintage photography, a renovation of the home’s first-floor interior and antique botanical illustrations along with images of some of the most iconic flowering tropical plants that make up the Gardens’ living collection.

This event will be the first of many occasions that will celebrate Selby Garden’s 40 years as a world class institution, community asset, and beloved attraction. The event will take place on August 11, 2015 in conjunction with Marie Selby’s 130th birthday.

For more information visit Selby Gardens

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August in Sarasota

By | July 24, 2015

Hello AugustThere are so many things to do in paradise this month. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that our area has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of August:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

More Information

Aug. 1st Venice Farmers Market Venice Venice Farmers Market
Aug. 1-2nd Sarasota Swap Meet Sarasota Sarasota Swap Meet
Aug. 1-9th “Over the River and Through the Woods” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 1-30th 3rd Annual Summer Cabaret Festival Venice Venice Theatre – Pinkerton
Aug. 2nd 7th Annual Merry Jerry Day Sarasota Fogartyville Arts Center
Aug. 4th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
Aug. 6-16th “Master Class” Sarasota The Players Theater
Aug. 7th Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch
Aug. 7-8th Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament Sarasota
Aug. 7-8th ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Aug. 10th Al Fuller’s Blues Jam Sarasota 5 Oclock Club
Aug. 13-17th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 13-30th “Cats” Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Aug. 14th Free Concert in Centennial Park Venice Venice Main Street
Aug. 15th Historic Venice Train Depot Tour Venice Venice Historical Society
Aug. 21st Yesterdaze at Friday Fest Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 21st Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 21-23rd Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show Sarasota Sarasota Auditorium
Aug. 22nd Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Bradenton Bradentucky Bombers
Aug. 22nd The Manasota India Festival Palmetto IndiaFest
Aug. 22nd Sarasota Craft Brew Fest Sarasota Florida Beer Festivals
Aug. 22nd Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Aug. 25th Architectural Marvels of the 20th and 21st Centuries Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Aug. 28th Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village Sarasota Visit
Aug. 29th Back to School Splash Bash Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Community Activities
Aug. 29th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay Sarasota

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