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Old 04-10-2015, 10:37 AM
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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The weekend's here and there's lots to do in and around the Bradenton - Sarasota - Venice area, including several major annual events.


Free Music Friday Night -- Venice Centennial Park at the gazebo, 7 - 9 pm, bring lawn chairs.

Live from Downtown Sarasota It's Friday Night -- performances by local entertainers, 6 - 9 pm, Burns Square in downtown Sarasota.


Venice Sharks Tooth Festival -- always a great annual tradition, at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Lots of fossil sharks teeth, food, crafts, entertainment. Adults $3, under 12 get in free, free parking. Fri 4-9, Sat 10 am - 9 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm. Shark's Tooth Festival

Sarasota Film Festival starts Friday and runs thru 4/19 -- appearances this year by Cloris Leachman, Janey Seymour & Blythe Danner. Films and events info at 2015 Sarasota Film Festival - Sarasota Film Festival

Fiesta on Siesta College Sand Volleyball Tournament -- 25 teams competing, free spectator viewing, 8 am - 6 pm each day.

Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament -- huge event, top tennis pros from across the nation compete for over $100,000 in this USTA Pro Tennis event. Location moves this year to Lakewood Ranch's Tennis Center on Legacy Blvd. Info at Sarasota Tennis Open - April 11-19, 2015


Sharks Tooth 10k Run -- Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 7:15 am start, $35/runner registration fee.

Family Living's Kids Day -- at Payne Park in Sarasota, runs 9 am - 1 pm. Rock wall, circus playground & other fun events for the family. Free admission.

Desoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta -- always a fun event watching contestants race handmade boats made ut of plastic bottles. South side of Palma Sola Causeway, 10 am - 2 pm. Registration fees for contestants, free for viewers. Hernando DeSoto Historical Society -Hernando DeSoto Historical Society |

Celebration of Pets Fest at the Sarasota Fairgrounds -- adoptions of cats/kittens, dogs/puppies plus other events for pet owners. Adults $5, 12 and under get in free, leashed pets allowed, 10 am - 4 pm behind the Robarts Arena.

FL Native Plant Society's Plant Sale -- at the Sweet Bay Nursery in Parrish, 9 am - 3 pm.

Lakewood Ranch Community Walk for Life Fundraiser -- hosted by Sarasota Pregnancy Center, registration is at 8 am, walk 9 - 10 am. Community Walk for LIFE | Event Page

Local classic car show at Joey D's Restaurant in Bradenton, Cortez & 14th St W (behind Rooms to Go), 5 - 9 pm.

Local classic car show at Beneva Village at Clark & Beneva in Sarasota, 5 - 8 pm.

This event is in Tampa but worth mentioning: America Loves Bacon Festival -- yes, it's all about bacon! Bacon tasting, cooking demonstrations, live music & performers, bacon food vendors. 1 - 7 pm at the FL State Fairgrounds, general admission $25/person.
America Loves Bacon


Siesta Fiesta -- always popular event, big open air street fair in Siesta Key Village. Parking is a problem, there will be a shuttle SCAT bus running from the Southgate Mall parking lot. 10 am - 5 pm each day. More than 250 artists displaying metalwork, glass, ceramics, etc. Green market/ plants. Lots of food vendors as well plus live music. ArtFestival.com | Art Shows | Craft Shows | Art and Craft Festivals


Johnny Mathis performs at the Van Wezel -- 7 pm, ticket info at Sarasota, Florida - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Coquina Beach Market -- 10 am to 4 pm. Fresh produce, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors & live music.

Patrick Lay Memorial Car Show -- at the Braden River High parking lot, off of SR70 west of I-75, 9 am - 2 pm.

Moonlight Movie at Lido Public Beach -- watch "Dolphin Tale" under the stars, free admission, starts at 7:30 pm.

Siesta Key Drum Circle -- every Sunday just before sunset, free admission.

As always, enjoy!
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