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Old 11-27-2015, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. This weekend kicks off the Christmas holiday events in and around the Bradenton - Sarasota - Venice area, including one of the largest events of the season -- the Venice Holiday Parade.


FRIDAY

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


FRIDAY - SUNDAY

Sahib Shrine's Feztival of Trees -- donated trees are decorated and raffled off, family friendly event with Santa, kids fish pond, crafts fair. Fri & Sat 9 am - 7 pm, Sun 9 am - 3 pm. Tickets $2/adults, child 12 & under gets in free. 600 N. Beneva Rd in Sarasota.
FEZtival of Trees - Sahib Shrine, Sarasota Florida

Holly Days & Mangrove Lights at Historic Spanish Point -- the gardens are full of lights and historic buildings decorated for the holidays, live music. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Child 5-12 $5. Extended hours, open until 8 pm each evening.
Welcome to Historic Spanish Point - Historic Spanish PointHistoric Spanish Point | 30 acres and 5,000 years of history on Little Sarasota Bay 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL Members Free, Adults $10, Kids ages 5-12 $5, Senior Discount $1 off | Hours


SATURDAY

Sarasota Farmers Market -- downtown at Lemon & Main, 7 am - 1 pm.
Central Sarasota Farmers Market -- corner Proctor & Beneva, 8 am - 1 pm.
Bradenton Farmers Market -- downtown historic Bradenton, 9 am - 2 pm.
venice Farmers Market -- downtown Venice, 8 am - noon.

40th annual Venice Holiday Parade -- one of the largest parades on the SW Florida coast. Huge event. Pre-parade entertainment starts at 5 pm at corner of Harbour & W. Venice Ave and Nokomis & W. Venice Ave, parade at 7 pm, see parade site for route. Food available from various high school booster clubs. Go early, parking will be an issue.
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Siesta Key Village parade & holiday open house -- event runs 6 - 9 pm with tree lighting at approximately 6:15 pm, Santa arrives by firetruck to greet the little ones, carolers, petting zoo. Free trolley runs from Siesta Key beach parking lot to the village 5:30 - 10 pm.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bridge Street, Anna Maria Island -- tree lighting followed by free movie, Miracle on 34th Street. 7 - 10 pm.
Bridge Street Anna Maria Island - Shop, Dine, and Play

Cigar Box Guitar Festival -- workshops, performances, vendors, learn how to make & play a cigar box guitar. 1 - 10 pm, tickets $15 at door. 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota.
Third Annual Cigar Box Festival | WSLR

Love him or hate him, he does attract attention: Donald Trump will be in Sarasota Saturday at the Robarts Arena, Sarasota county fairgrounds. Doors open at 9:30 am, event starts at noon.


SUNDAY

Coquina Beach Market -- 10 am - 3 pm on Coquina Beach. Local produce, vendors, no dogs please.
Siesta Key Farmers Market -- 7 am - 12 noon, 5124 Ocean Blvd.

Siesta Key Drum Circle -- each Sunday just before sunset on the public beach, everyone welcome.


MONDAY

Venice Concert Band performs holiday music -- Venice Performing Arts Center, starts at 7 pm, tickets $7/person.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Dec. 3rd -- Kenny G performs at the Van Wezel, 8 pm, ticket info at Sarasota, Florida - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Kenny G is a Grammy award-winning saxophonist.


Enjoy!
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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I'm sad to see that the Donald Trump rally at Robarts arena was missed here.
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