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Old 03-28-2014, 12:38 PM
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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It's the weekend and there are lots of events going on in and around the Sarasota area to tell you about.

One of the bigger events is the PAL Sailor Circus, which is celebrating it's 65th year. The shows are under the "big tent" at 2075 Bahia street in Sarasota between now and April 5th. The Sailor Circus Academy trains students in the arts of circus performing. For show and ticket info contact http://circusarts.org

One of the other larger events this weekend is the Lakewood Ranch Winterfest, an outdoor music festival that includes bands such as Kansas, The Atlanta Rhythm Section (was a big fan of both back in the days), Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Ty Herndon, Billy Dean, Rick Derringer & others. The all day event will be at the Premier Sports Campus on Post Rd. Gates open at 8 am, bands play 10 am to 11 pm. Tickets $25 in advance, $40 at the gate (cash only). Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. There will also be food vendors and a Family Fun Zone. www.lwrwinterfest.com

Other events this weekend include:


Free Music Friday at Bradenton's Riverwalk Park -- live entertainment 6 - 8 pm.

Wine Walk to Ca d Zan -- wine tasting and entertainment, starts at 6 pm at the Ringling, tickets $125, call 359-5700.

Drag Queen Bingo with a James Bond Theme -- Players Theatre in Sarasota, starts 8 pm, $5 admission, adults only. Call 365-2494 for reservations.

Art Meets Fashion -- local artists create fashion with unconventional materials. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 6:30 pm. Ticket prices ??


Bradenton Dragon Boat Festival -- the Tampa based Pan Am Dragon Boat group will be holding races on the riverfront at Riverwalk Park, 9 am - 1 pm, free. Food and beverages by vendors.

Blues, Brews & BBQ on Bridge Street -- Anna Maria Island. Bands, arts & crafts, BBQ by various local restaurants 2 - 6 pm. Shuttles will be running from the 3rd street city parking lot & Coquina Beach to Bridge street.

French Flea Market -- Towles Court in downtown Sarasota, starts 9 am. Art, antiques, collectibles, textiles, etc for sale.

Antique Classic Car Show -- Venice's Friendship Center campus, starts 9 am.

Wellness Expo -- lots of free screenings & info, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, starts at 10 am.

Saturday & Sunday

Art in the Park -- downtown Sarasota at 5 Points Park & on Main & Pineapple streets, 10 - 4:30 each day, free admission.

There are 2 other big events in the Tampa Bay area I'd like to mention:

Firestone Grand Prix -- downtown St. Pete, race course is set up thru downtown St. Pete. Racing starts each day at 8 am. There are also carnival rides, rock walls & a fan village for the family. General admission tickets range from $30 - $55. Call 877-283-5385.

Spring Beer Fling -- Tampa, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa, 1 to 11 pm. Surfing rock music, beach ball drop and other "retro" events.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:14 AM
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WOW!! Looks like a fun weekend in the Sarasota area!! Passing this along to my DD. Thank you for posting.
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