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Old 04-17-2015, 01:32 PM
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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It's Friday and time for the weekly list of events going on in and around the Sarasota - Bradenton - Venice area, including several freebies.


Live from Downtown Sarasota It's Friday Night -- live entertainment by local performers teams up with Art Walk this week at Towels Court, 6 - 9 pm.


Suncoast Boat Show -- over 100 boats on display at the Bayfront Park & Marina in Sarasota. Fri & Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5. Adults $12, under age 15 get in free.

Now thru 4/19 -- the Sarasota Film Festival is still going on. Go to 2015 Sarasota Film Festival - Sarasota Film Festival for schedule of events, ticket prices.

Now thru 4/19 -- the Sarasota Open Tennis is still going on at the Lakewood Ranch Tennis Center. Schedule of events at Sarasota Tennis Open - April 11-19, 2015

IHRA Nitro Jam Southern Nationals -- at the Bradenton Motorsports Park on SR64 east of I-75. Jet dragsters, Nitro Harleys, funny cars, pro mod all compete this weekend. Info at Bradenton Motorsports Park Bradenton, Florida


YMCA Healthy Kids Day -- at Bradenton Riverwalk, 10 am - 2 pm, free admission. Climbing wall, games, music, food, great family event.

Free Admission to Ringling Circus Museum in honor of World Circus Day -- lots of memorabilia, seeing the world's largest miniature circus is worth the trip, open 10 am - 5 pm.

Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash -- Venice Airport Festival Grounds. 60 BBQ teams from all over compete for $20k in prizes. Bluegrass music, kids activities, vendors. Free admission, 10 am - 7 pm.

Great American Clean Up -- Anna Maria Island, Cortez near fishing village, Palma Sola Causeway. Starts at 9 am, meet up places: AMI city hall, AMI Moose Lodge, F.I.S.H. Preserve, Kingfish Boat Ramp at Holmes Beach. More info at Keep Manatee Beautiful

Sarasota Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park -- free admission to the park, open 10 am - 5 pm, live music, native plant sale, demonstrations, participation events, food vendors.

Robert Irvine of the show Restaurant Impossible live at the Van Wezel -- 8 pm, interactive cooking demo. Ticket info at Sarasota, Florida - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Plantation Cotillion Ball -- at the Gamble Plantation in Ellenton, starts at 7:30 pm. Grand March at 8 pm. Tickets $35, limited numbers. Step back in time. Attendees dress in 1860's period formal attire. More info at https://www.floridastateparks.org/pa...ble-plantation


St. Armand's Circle Fine Arts Festival -- 10 am - 5 pm each day, free admission. Ceramics, metal work, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, glass, photography and other media categories.


Family Spring Fling -- at the Van Wezel, Sarasota bayfront, 10 am - 2 pm, free admission to this fair-style event with activities for children, health & safety info, bounce house, fire truck, face painting, free bike helmets for children, Child ID kits, have a professional check your child's cell phone settings.

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

WED, 4/22 -- Roberta Flack performs at the Van Wezel at 8 pm, ticket info at Sarasota, Florida - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

THUR, 4/23 -- Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Van Wezel, 8 pm, ticket info at Sarasota, Florida - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall If you're a Beatles fan this is a great tribute show.

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