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Old 04-07-2017, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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There's a lot going on in the Sarasota - Bradenton - Venice area, including the following events this weekend:


FRIDAY

Lakewood Ranch's Music on Main -- live music, fun activities for the family, beer & wine for purchase, 6 - 9 pm.

Music in the Park -- live music at Bradenton's Riverwalk, free admission, lawn chairs & picnic baskets ok, 6 - 8 pm.

USF Carnival -- rides, games, etc at the USF Sarasota - Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, 3 - 8 pm.

SCF's Lakewood Ranch Fest -- poetry readings, prose, photography on display, jazz music. SCF Campus, 7131 Professional Pkwy E, Lakewood Ranch, 5 - 8 pm.



FRIDAY - SUNDAY

Sarasota Film Festival runs thru the weekend, ends April 9th.
Info at: https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/

FL Winefest & Auction -- various events/locations, such as dinner & lunch tastings, Wine on the Water, etc.
Info at https://floridawinefest.org/

Venice Shark Festival -- always a popular event. Sharks teeth, arts & craft vendors, kids activities, etc. Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Fri 4 - 9 pm, Sat 10 am - 9 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm. Adults $4, kids under age 12 get in free.

Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show -- all things for inside and outside your home. Robarts Arena, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, free admission & parking. Fri 10 am - 7 pm, Sat 10 am - 7 pm, Sun 10 am - 6 pm.

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.

De Soto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta -- teams race on the water in boats made out of plastic bottles and jugs. South side of Palma Sola Causeway, 10 am - 2 pm.

Beach N Food Truck Festival -- live bands, huge classic car show, arts & crafts vendors. Coquina Beach on south end of Anna Maria Island, 10 am - 3 pm. Suggested people park elsewhere on AMI and ride the free trolley to the festival.

Cajun Crawfish & Seafood Festival -- crawfish, live music, rides, games. 11 am - 6 pm, St. Martha's Catholic School, 4380 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Adults $5, children ages 5 & under get in free.

Rain, the Beatles Experience -- Beatles tribute band. 8 pm, Van Wezel. Ticket info at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall: Sarasota, Florida.
I've seen this group perform, if you are a Beatles fan, you won't be disappointed.

Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt -- Lakewood Ranch's Greenbrook Adventure Park -- for LWR residents ages 2 - 13. Other activities include a petting zoo & pony rides. BYOB (basket). 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Registration in advance is required. $5/adult, $3/child, ages 2 & under get in free.




SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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

Lido Beach Spring Fine Arts Festival -- on Lido Beach, 10 am - 5 pm.

Downtown Sarastoa Art & Craft Festival -- this one also includes a green market of plants & flowers. 10 am - 5 pm, 1 Central Ave.

Holmes Beach Arts & Crafts Festival -- at the Holmes Beach City Hall field. Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm.

FL Scholastic Rowing Association Sculling Championship -- 600+ participants. Sat 8 am - 5:30 pm, Sun 8 am - 5 pm. Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota.

Sarasota Youth Sailing Club's Sail Fest Regatta -- for ages 8 - 21. Boats sail from 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway.




SUNDAY

Bridge Street Market --great farmers market option on Anna Maria Island, 10 am - 3 pm

Siesta Key Farmers Market -- Siesta Village Plaza, 8 am - 2 pm

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

Sarasota's Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team performs their water ski show at 2 pm. Behind Mote Marine at 1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

Polo Match -- at the Sarasota Polo Club in Lakewood Ranch. Every Sunday thru April 9th. Gates open at 10 am, match starts at 1 pm. Info at: Sarasota Polo Club





UPCOMING EVENTS WORTH MENTIONING:

4/14 -- Hernando De Soto Childrens Parade & Party in the Park -- parade starts at 10 am at the Manatee County fairgrounds, party afterwards at Lamb & Sutton Parks in Palmetto.

4/14 & 4/15 -- Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash -- at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Fri 5 pm - sunset, Sat 10 am - 7 pm.

4/15 -- Siesta Key Childrens Easter Party -- at Turtle Beach for ages 1 - 6. 9 am to noon, must pre-register to participate in the event, $10 per child. 2017 Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt



Have a great weekend. Enjoy!
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