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Old 12-03-2015, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Hi Everyone,

There are events going on this weekend on Friday so I am posting the Bradenton - Sarasota - Venice events list a day early. If anyone has other events I missed (and that's very likely, there is so much going on in our area over the holidays), please share them with everyone on this thread.


FRIDAY

Lakewood Ranch's Music On Main -- LWR Main Street, 6 - 9 pm. Live music, fun things for the family.

Live from Downtown Sarasota It's Friday Night -- locals perform 6 - 9 pm, this week at Five Points Park & Main.

Night of Lights on St. Armands Circle -- Lighting of the tree, Christmas carol sing-a-long, Cuban Ballet performs at 5:30 - 6:00 pm. And of course, a visit from Santa. Event 5:30 - 9 pm.


FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Sarasota Jungle Gardens Holiday Lights Spectacular -- lots of holiday lights, Santa plus other shows & entertainment. 6 - 9 pm. Adults $11,ages 3-12 $6, under 3 get in free.

Village Christmas Art Walk -- Bradenton's Village of the Arts, Fri 6 - 9:30 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm. Holiday lights, Santa, hot chocolate and treats.

Candy Land Christmas -- family friendly event at Palmetto Historical Park, 5 - 9 pm, free admission.


FRIDAY & SUNDAY

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota holiday concert -- Fri 8 pm, Sun 3 pm. Tickets $25/adult, $10/student. Holley Hall - Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail.


FRIDAY - SUNDAY

Sarasota Craft Show -- over 100 vendors, big show at Robarts Arena at the Sarasota county fairgrounds. Fri & Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Adults $11, Seniors $10, Students $6 & ages under 10 get in free.

Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show -- Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 10 am - 5 pm each day. Adults $4.


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.

Blues Fest -- at the Bradenton Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton, starts at 11 am. Tickets $40/person at the gate, cash only. Ticket sales & info at The Bradenton Blues Festival

Jingle and Jog 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk -- supports the Community Haven at 4405 Desoto Rd, event takes place at their grounds, register at 7 am, starts at 8 am. Registration $25 - $30/person.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk -- at Lakewood Ranch's Main Street, registration at 4 pm, event at 6 pm. Info at 813-968-7000.

Sarasota Holiday Parade -- decorated floats, marching bands & Santa. Starts at 7 pm and goes down Main Street.

Venice Christmas Boat Parade -- starts at 6 pm on the Intercoastal by Albee Rd Bridge in Nokomis, goes south to Circus Bridge in Venice.

Night Before Christmas at G. T. Bray Park, Bradenton -- family friendly event that includes 10 tons of SNOW, hayrides, cookie crafts, Santa who arrives in a helicopter, local drink & food concessions available. Admission free. 4 - 7:30 pm.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show -- Venice Community Center, 10 am - 3 pm, free admission.


SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Classic Car Auction -- by Classic Cars of Sarasota, at 7910 25th St E, Sarasota (which is actually off of US301 just south of Tallevast in south Manatee county). Auctions start at 10:30 am, free admission.


SUNDAY

Singing Christmas Tree -- always a popular event hosted by the First Sarasota Downtown Baptist Church. Concerts at 3 & 6 pm. Adults $15, children 12 & under $10.

Taste of Chanukah -- Kosher foods, music, snow slide, pony rides, carinal games, etc. Free admission, 1 - 5 pm, Sarasota county fairgrounds.

Jazz Christmas Concert -- Venice's Centennial Park at the gazebo, 3 - 5 pm, bring your lawn chairs.

Siesta Key Drum Circle -- every Sunday at Siesta Key public beach just before sunset, everyone welcome.


UPCOMING EVENTS to mark on your calendar:

Thurs, 12/10 -- Holiday Lights at Ca' d' Zan, Ringling home's grounds, 5 - 8 pm, tickets $5 - $10/person.

Thurs, 12/10 -- Lakewood Ranch Main's Sights & Sounds of the Season -- carolers, carriage rides, Santa. 6:30 - 8:30 pm, free admission.

Sat, 12/12 -- Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade at the bayfront
and
Manatee River Boat Parade. Details in next week's post.


Enjoy!
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Old 12-04-2015, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Sarasota Holiday Parade -- decorated floats, marching bands & Santa. Starts at 7 pm and goes down Main Street.

A parade in the dark? Is it a bunch of holiday lighted floats and such?
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Thanks for sharing the Diversity Concert. I sing with them (just not this season because of all the house stuff I am doing). Looking forward to going and watching from the audience tonight.
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Sarasota Holiday Parade -- decorated floats, marching bands & Santa. Starts at 7 pm and goes down Main Street.

A parade in the dark? Is it a bunch of holiday lighted floats and such?

Main Street is well lit at night, and yes it is worth fighting for a parking place to go see if you've never been:

https://www.facebook.com/SarasotaHolidayParade/
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Thanks for sharing the Diversity Concert. I sing with them (just not this season because of all the house stuff I am doing). Looking forward to going and watching from the audience tonight.
You're welcome. That's one of the things I like about Sarasota, the diversity of the people and the many cultures people bring here with them. Sarasota literally has residents from all over the world.
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Thanks Sunshine!
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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Englewood Arts Festival on Dearborn all weekend.
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