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Old 03-27-2015, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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It's the weekend and lots of great events going on in the Bradenton - Sarasota - Venice area this weekend, including these:

FRIDAY

Baltimore Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith stadium in Sarasota, 1:05 pm.

Music in the Park -- free music concert at the Riverwalk Park in downtown Bradenton, 6 - 9 pm, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

Live from Downtown Sarasota It's Friday Night -- live entertainment from local performers, 6 - 9 pm, this week it's located in the Rosemary District.

Free Music Friday Night -- free concert at Venice's Centennial Park, 7 - 9 pm, bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Van Wezel Foundation Gala -- cocktails by the bay, dinner, after party. Ticket information at Performing Arts | Enriching Members | Van Wezel Foundation

Whiskey Obsession Festival -- held at Michaels on East in downtown Sarasota. Tasting, discussion & classes on fine whiskey. General admission $95, companion at $45. Whiskey Obsession Festival



FRIDAY - SATURDAY

Anna Maria Island's City Fest -- Holmes Beach founders day celebration, food court, classic car show on Saturday, arts & crafts, kids activities. Fri 5-10 pm, Sat 10 am - 10 pm. Free admission. Holmes Beach city hall.



FRIDAY - SUNDAY

Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show -- free admission, everything for inside and outside your home. Fri & Sat 10 am - 7 pm, Sun 10 am - 6 pm, Robarts Arena at the Sarasota county fairgrounds on Ringling.

Tattoo Fest -- for those of you into body ink art, $20/day, Fri 12 - 11 pm, Sat 12 - 11 pm, Sun 12 - 7 pm, Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto.

Desoto Heritage Seafood Festival -- huge event in the Bradenton area each year. Seafood, music, entertainment, arts & crafts. Fri 5 - 10 pm, Sat 11- 10 pm, Sun 12 - 6 pm. Tickets $5/adult except $10 after 4 pm on Sat to see country music stars Colt Ford & Montgomery Gentry. Sutton Park in Palmetto.
Hernando DeSoto Historical Society -Hernando DeSoto Historical Society |

PAL Sailor Circus starts this weekend, runs thru April 4th -- Sarasota's own circus by young local artists under the Big Top Tent at 2075 Bahia Vista (just east of US41). Adults $16, $12 under 12.
Buy Tickets! | The Circus Arts Conservatory | Sarasota


SATURDAY

Easter Egg Drop & Family Easter Festival -- at the Tabernacle Church grounds, 4141 DeSoto Rd, 10 am - 12 noon. Ages 3 - 12, toddlers get their own area for egg hunting, family friendly, refreshments. Free.

Lakewood Ranch's Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt (for residents of Lakewood Ranch) -- Greenbrook Adventure Park, 9:30 - 11:30 am. Ages 2 - 13, bring your own baskets for collecting eggs. Petting zoo, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny. $5/adult, $3/child, 2 and under get in free.

Port Butts & Blues -- all day music event to benefit the Manatee Veterans Village. Music starts at noon. $5 donation per person. Food and drinks for sale. Auctions, raffles too. VFW Post at 9226 in Ellenton.
https://www.facebook.com/7thAnnualPorkButtBluesFestival

Cajun Crawfish Festival -- food, music, games, rides. 11 - 6 at St. Martha Catholic School on Fruitville Rd in Sarasota. Adults $5, kids 2 and under get in free.

Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival -- all about books and authors. Centennial Park, 10 am - 3 pm.

Manatee Village Historical Park's Heritage Days open house -- displays, artisans, games, music, on site food vendors. 11 am - 4 pm, free admission. 1404 Manatee Ave E (SR 64).

Firefly Gala -- at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club. Benefits the Forty Carrots Family Center. Cocktains, dinner and private concert by singer/recording artist Bret Michaels. Tickets $350/person.
Firefly Gala

Selby Garden's Chillounge is moved to Saturday from Friday because of potential weather issues -- this year's theme is Cirque du Chill, with circus performers and a fashion show, Outdoor nightclub, drinks, live music. Tickets are $25 in advance, $40 at the gate, ages 21 and older.
Sarasota Chillounge Night, Cirque du Chill, Selby Gardens | Chillounge Night

Local classic car show at Hooters in Bradenton -- free admission, 5 - 9 pm, 14th St. West south of Cortez.



SATURDAY - SUNDAY

Downtown Sarasota Spring Fest Arts & Crafts Show -- free admission, Main Street, Pineapple & Five Points Park. Hours 10 am - 4:30 pm both days.

Vintage & Collectibles Fair -- 50+ vendors, $3/adult, under 12 gets in free. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.


SUNDAY

Manatee Concert Band Spring Concert -- at the Neel Performing Arts Center, free admission, starts at 3 pm.

Nokomis Beach Bash -- food, live music, crafts vendors. Free admission. 1 pm - 6 pm at Nokomis Beach Plaza on Casey Key, over the Albee Rd draw bridge.

Siesta Key Drum Circle -- free, starts just before sunset at the Siesta Key public beach.


Also this weekend: The Firestone St. Pete Grand Prix -- racing through the streets of downtown St. Pete, night parade, fireworks, racing simulators for fans to try out. Huge event.
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg


As always, have a great weekend!
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:39 PM
 
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May I add one:

Saturday & Sunday- Downtown Englewood Arts Festival, Dearborn St, 10am-4pm

We were going to go but something came up at the last minute.
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