Things To Do

Pumpkin Festival

By | September 29, 2016

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fruitville-groveOne of the great things about Fall is the number of festivals happening all over town. The Pumpkin Festival at Fruitville Grove has long been a favorite and it’s now in it’s 28th year! It starts this year on Saturday, October 1st and runs every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) through the 30th. There are many fun activities including:

  • Crafters
  • Pony rides
  • Hayrides
  • Live music
  • Moon bounce
  • Mini-Train ride
  • Playground
  • Face painters
  • Hay play area
  • Pumpkin painting
  • Giant Human Water Rollers
  • Festival Games
  • Giant Rock Wall
  • Bungee Jump
  • Laser Tag

Each individual ride and game activity booth, including pony rides, rock wall, bounce house, and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $2 – $7. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! There will be food vendors onsite during the festival.

The produce stand and market will be open as usual during the week and also during the festival where fresh vegetables and Amish-made goods are available.

For more information visit their website at www.fruitvillegrove.com/festival/

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October in Sarasota

By | September 26, 2016

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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:

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Oct. 1st National Fossil Day Bradenton South Florida Museum
Oct. 1st 2nd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ Lakewood Ranch Music Compound
Oct. 1-30th 28th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest Sarasota Fruitville Grove
Oct. 2nd Old Miakka Hootenanny Sarasota Friends of Florida Folk
Oct. 2nd Antique Auto Car Show Venice Venice Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 5th Phillippi Farmhouse Market Sarasota Farmhouse Market
Oct. 7th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 7th First Friday Gallery Art Walk Sarasota Downtown Sarasota Alliance
Oct. 8th Sidewalk Astronomy Holmes Beach Sidewalk Astronomy
Oct. 8th The Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest Sarasota Beer Boats and Bacon
Oct. 8th Taste of St. Armands Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 8th Chef at the Market Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Oct. 13-16th 8th Annual Ringling International Arts Festival Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Oct. 14-16th 10th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest Bradenton Gulf Coast Ribfest
Oct. 15-30th 25th Annual Hunsader Farms

Pumpkin Festival

Bradenton Hunsader Farms
Oct. 15-16th Desoto Pumpkin Festival at Veterans Park Arcadia Sarasota Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 21-23rd Sun Fiesta Venice Women’s Sertoma Club
Oct. 22nd 18th Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Oct. 22-23rd St. Armands Boat Show Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Oct. 22-23rdh 21st Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival Sarasota ArtFestival.com
Oct. 26th 19th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest Sarasota Humane Society of Sarasota County
Oct. 28th Lakewood Ranch Boo Fest Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Oct. 28-30th Sahib Shrine Circus Sarasota Sahib Shrine
Oct. 29-30th 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

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The Lazy Lobster of Longboat

By | September 20, 2016

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lazy-lobsterWhile having a week of “staycation” on Longboat Key this week, we had dinner at the Lazy Lobster. Initially we chose the restaurant because it was one of the few that were not closed for vacation during this slow time of the season on the Key. We did not make a reservation as things didn’t seem to be too crowded during the week with traffic being very light and just not that many people around. Anyway they were booked up for the night (on a Monday no less!). They have some high top tables that were available in the bar area so we settled in there.

We had a delicious dinner starting with their lobster bisque and a salad. Entrees we chose were the Bar Harbor Combo (sauteed lobster tail meat, gulf shrimp & large sea scallops in lemon-garlic butter, potato gratin & vegetable) and one of the daily specials which was shrimp and scallops with spinach and red onion in a light red sauce over linguine pasta. Both dishes were outstanding!

If you’re in the mood for some good seafood (particularly lobster as it’s supplied daily from Boothbay Harbor, Maine) check out the Lazy Lobster. They do have a good variety on the menu but obviously lobster and seafood is their specialty. The staff is friendly and attentive and we’ll definitely go back.

You can view their menu and other information on their website here.

 

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Ringling International Arts Festival

By | September 15, 2016

Ringling Museum Night

Ringling Museum NightOctober 13- 16, 2016

With daring audacity and riveting virtuosity, performers from across America and around the world are coming to Sarasota for the most innovative, inventive, and exhilarating RIAF yet.   From the “down under” antics of Australian acrobats, to the “over the top” brilliance of internationally-acclaimed musicians, actors, and dancers, the 2016 Ringling International Arts Festival is your opportunity to experience the outrageously sublime, the profoundly surreal, and even the hilariously catastrophic.

With affordably priced performances – all presented in three theaters within walking-distance proximity, you can park the car once and enjoy the entire day. Lunch and dinner are available on-site.

Included with your RIAF performance ticket:

Enjoy free admission (with purchase of RIAF performance ticket) to Museum of Art and the Circus Museum. (Fri-Sat, Oct 14-15, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Sun, Oct 16, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Lounge on the Lawn – Share Lite-bites and Libations (FRI, OCT 14, 3:00-7:30 PM; SAT, OCT 15, NOON-7:30 PM; SUN, OCT 16, NOON-5:00 PM)

After-hours Jazz (FRI & SAT, OCT 14-15, 9:00-10:30 PM)

Enjoy Many Performance and Save!

Purchase 7 RIAF productions and SAVE 20%
Purchase 4–6 RIAF productions and SAVE 10%

Purchase Tickets online, in person or by calling 941-360-7399

For more information visit Ringling Museum of Art

 

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Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show

By | August 31, 2016

Home Show

Don’t miss the Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show being held at Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds from September 16 through 18th. This home show event is designed for homeowners who are in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. The show includes home improvement and remodeling exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. Plus with the exhibitors’ special, show-only deep discounts, you have a fantastic opportunity to shop, compare and save all under one roof – in a fun, interactive environment!

Think about that for a moment: you could spend days searching the internet for contractors, then setting up appointments and meeting them at your home. Or you can spend an afternoon getting to know selected home improvement professionals until you find the right one for your project. Saving you time – and money!

With a combination of new products and expert advice from the pros, get inspired with countless ideas on enhancing your home’s comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value.

Best of all, admission is free!

So whether you are a new homeowner, or someone who has lived in your home for years, anyone with an interest in updating, enhancing, or creating a new look or amenity for their home will enjoy this event.

For more information visit Home Show Florida

 

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For Live Music Head to the Blue Rooster

By | August 29, 2016

Blue Rooster

Blue RoosterFor live entertainment and some of the best bands around town, head to the Blue Rooster on Fourth Street between Lemon and Orange. Open every day but Sunday and Monday for dinner, this is the place for good southern comfort food and a fun atmosphere. The Blue Rooster menu features New American Southern fare which takes simple, locally-sourced base ingredients and transforms them into true blue southern comfort cuisine with a down home twist.They have a full bar with happy hour specials from 5-7 pm daily. On Sundays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm they have a Gospel Brunch complete with a southern buffet featuring live gospel plus traditional and contemporary spirituals!

To view the full lineup of music click here.

Blue Rooster is located at 1525 Fourth Street, Sarasota FL
Telephone 941-388-7539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.blueroostersrq.com/music

 

 

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September in Sarasota

By | August 26, 2016

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Sept 2016

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:

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Sept. 1st Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Sept. 1-25th “The GiGi’s” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Sept. 2-3rd Village of the Arts ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Sept. 2-4th 70th Annual Labor Day Regatta Sarasota Regatta Network
Sept. 3rd Tampa Bay Labor Day Soccer Tournament Lakewood Ranch Chargers Soccer
Sept. 3rd 13th Annual Venice Triathlon Venice SW Florida YMCA
Sept. 3-4th 8th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice ArtFestival.com
Sept. 3-5th Englewood Pioneer Days Englewood Englewood Pioneer Days
Sept. 5th 4th Annual Country Fest Venice Snook Haven
Sept. 7th Classic Car Show @ Main Street Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Sept. 10th Literacy Amongst the Trees Osprey Oscar Scherer State Park
Sept. 10th “Viva Sarasota” Latino Festival Sarasota Spotlight Events
Sept. 10th The Manasota India Festival Palmetto Manasota India Fest
Sept. 11th Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key SkiARees.com
Sept. 11th Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service Bradenton Riverwalk
Sept. 12th Tapas & Taps Bradenton Darwin Brewing Company
Sept. 15th “Sylvia” Love & Laughter Unleashed Bradenton Manatee Performing Arts Center
Sept. 16-18th Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Sept. 17th International Coastal Clean Up Siesta Key Sarasota County
Sept. 17th Sarasota Farmer’s Market Sarasota SarasotaFarmersMarket.org
Sept. 23-25th Fisherman’s Village Pirate Festival Punta Gorda Fisherman’s Village
Sept. 23rd Friday Fest – Dr. Dave Band Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sept. 23rd Antiques, Arts & Crafts & More Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farm
Sept. 24th 32nd Annual Siesta Key Triathlon Siesta Key Sarasota YMCA
Sept. 24th Museum Day Live Sarasota Ringling Museum
Sept. 24th ReptiDay Sarasota ReptiDay Sarasota
Sept. 30th Bobby Slayton @ McCurdy’s Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater

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Friday Fest at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

By | August 1, 2016

Friday Fest 2016The Van Wezel Friday Fest FREE Outdoor Summer Concert Series for 2016 brings the best local bands to the Sarasota Bayfront. With great music, food and fun, come spend an evening with us on our bayside lawn, soaking in the soothing sounds and setting sun.

Coming August 26th at 5:00pm Rebelheart will perform! Showcasing a contemporary blend of Country music, Sarasota’s own, Rebelheart’s talented musicians have been performing locally, generating a strong following by playing some of today’s best-known Country hits.

Click here Friday Fest for more information.

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August in Sarasota

By | July 29, 2016

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August Calendar

There 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:

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Aug. 2-7th Florida State Dancesport Championships Sarasota Florida State Dance
Aug. 3-21st “The God of Isaac” Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Aug. 4th Kids Summer Beach Runs Siesta Key Manasota Track Club
Aug. 5th Palm Avenue Art Walk Sarasota Palm Avenue
Aug. 5th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch LakewoodRanch.com
Aug. 5-6th Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament Sarasota Sarasota Slam
Aug. 5-6th ArtWalk Bradenton Village of the Arts
Aug. 6th Venice Farmers Market Venice Venice Farmers Market
Aug. 6-7th Sarasota Swap Meet Sarasota Sarasota Swap Meet
Aug. 8-15th Bradenton Marauders Home Games Bradenton Bradenton Marauders
Aug. 10-21st “Bell, Book & Candle” Sarasota The Players Theater
Aug. 11th Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Aug. 12th Free Concert in Centennial Park Venice Venice Main Street
Aug. 13th Music on the Porch Cortez Florida Maritime Museum
Aug. 13-14th Train Excursions Parrish Florida Railroad Museum
Aug. 13th Historic Venice Train Depot Tour Venice Venice Historical Society
Aug. 15-20th Shark Days at Mote Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
Aug. 17-21st John DeBoer – Stand Up Comedy Sarasota McCurdy’s Comedy Theater
Aug. 19th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Aug. 20th Pups at the Point Osprey Historic Spanish Point
Aug. 26th Rebelheart at Friday Fest Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Aug. 26th Fourth Friday at the Historic Downtown Village Sarasota Historic Downtown Village
Aug. 26-28th Big Cat Habitat Animal Sanctuary Sarasota Big Cat Habitat
Aug. 27th Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Aug. 27th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia Florida Antiques

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Wheat + Water Italian Kitchen in Bradenton

By | July 20, 2016

Wheat + Water

Wheat + WaterWe visited Wheat + Water with a group of friends recently and found it to be more than your run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant. Located in the Beall’s shopping center on SR70, it is convenient to Lakewood Ranch and I-75. We had some excellent pasta dishes and great service.

Wheat + Water presents the great flavors of Italy using only the finest ingredients from Italy and the United States. Their Chefs prepare food fresh daily which include versions of the classic Italian dishes inspired from the various regions of Italy. The pasta is imported from Italy or made fresh depending on the sauce that is used for the dish. Soup and sauces are made fresh in-house. The menu features artisanal cured meats and choice aged steak and chops that are char-grilled to perfection.

They also serve regional craft beers and inspired hand crafted cocktails. They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, happy hour from 4-6:30pm daily. Online reservations are accepted.

Ph: 941-216-3562 | 7303 52nd Place East Bradenton, Fl

Visit their website at http://wheatpluswater.com

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