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Old 02-28-2013, 11:53 AM
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Looks like it's going to be cool(or rather cold by Floridian standards) this weekend, but there's still lots of things to do, so throw on a sweater and have some fun.

See the Budweiser Clydesdale horses at Siesta Key Village on Friday, 4 - 7 pm.

Saturday is a very worthy event, the Sarasota Firefighters Rib Cook Off at the Phillippi Estate on US41 just north of Stickney Point, 2 - 5 pm, adults $12, kids $6.

Mixon Fruit Farms is hosting their annual Orange Blossom Festival this weekend. Free admission and parking. Over 90 craft & food vendors, lots of children activities (pony rides, rock wall, bungi jumping and amusement rides), live music that's supposed to include everything from Elvis to Motown to rock & roll. The featured event is high wire performances by the Wallendas. Mixon's is located at 2525 27th St. E. in Bradenton.

Ringling in Bloom is an annual event that runs through this weekend. This is a must do for flower lovers and flower arrangers. Demonstrations and workshops on floral design. Participants also get free admission to the museum. This year they've added a grounds & gardens tour of the rare and beautiful plants and flowers within the Ringling grounds. Various ticket prices for events. For info go to www.ringling.org or call 359-5700.

This weekend is the big Anna Maria Island City Fest at the Holmes Beach field. Friday 5-10 pm & Saturday 10 am - 10 pm. Arts, crafts, live music and lots of food. Car show & kids zone on Saturday.

Also this weekend is the Coquina Arts & Crafts Show, just south of Anna Maria Island, just north of the Bradenton Beach bridge, 10 am - 4:30 pm.

Friday night is the monthly Music on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, 6 - 9 pm. Live music, food, kids activities and fun.

Springfest at Palmer Ranch is Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm at the corner of Clark Rd & Sawyer Loop. Music, food and lots of family friendly activities.

The week long Sarasota Jazz Festival runs through this weekend, with nightly performances at the Player's Theater.

Venice is hosting the Venice Art Classic in downtown Venice this weekend on Venice Ave, 10 am - 5 pm each day.

For something a little different this weekend, the Sarasota Wildlife Festival, featuring fine art, sculptures, jewelry and photographs all covering the theme of wildlife. Event includes educational symposium. Adults $5, kids free. Ken Thompson Park on City Island.

For those who want to walk on the wild side, Daytona's infamous Bike Week is coming up March 8 - 17. Ten days of motorcycle racing, concerts, parties and lots of lots of motorcycles - everywhere.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:26 PM
Location: Bradenton Florida
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Thank you Sunshine Rules for all the great info you post on all the local happenings, being relatively new to the area I could never find out all thats going on.
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