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Old 11-30-2017, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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Hi Everyone,

Hope you all have a great weekend, here is my list of fun things I've found that are going on in the Sarasota - Bradenton - Venice area:



FRIDAY

Holly Days & Mangrove Lights at historic Spanish Point starts tonight, runs every Thursday & Friday evening (until 8 pm) thru the end of December -- Lighted gardens, holiday music.
Info at: http://www.historicspanishpoint.org/...nts/hollydays/

Holiday Night of Lights on St. Armand's Circle -- holiday performances, carols sing-a-long, Santa arrives & lighting of the Christmas tree, 5:30 - 9 pm.

Lakewood Ranch's Music on Main -- street party with lots of family friendly events, live music, 7 - 9 pm.

Bradenton Blues Festival "Appetizer" Concert -- at Riverwalk Pavillion, free admission, bring lawn chairs, 6 - 9 pm.



FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Village Wonderland -- Bradenton's Village of the Arts is decked out for the holidays, music, food, lights. Fri 6 - 9:30 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm.



FRIDAY - SUNDAY

Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show -- Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 10 am - 5 pm, adults $5.

Sarasota American Fine Craft Show -- at the Robarts Arena, Sarasota county fairgrounds. Fri & Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Tickets $11/adult, $10/senior, $6 student.



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 -- old Main Street in downtown Bradenton, 8 am - 2 pm.

Breakfast with Santa -- for the little ones, pancakes with Santa, 8 - 10 am, Venice YMCA Center, free admission.

Bradenton Blues Fest -- at Bradenton's Riverwalk Park. Live music, food/drink vendors. Gates open at 10 am, music 11 am - 8 pm. Tickets $35 in advance, $50 at gate, $20 students with ID.

Venice Boat Parade -- runs north to south on the Intercoastal, starting at Albee Farm Rd in Nokomis at 6 pm, working it's way down to the Circus Bridge in Venice.
Starts at 7 pm and runs along Main street down to the bay area.

Jingle & Jog 5K Run / 1 Mile Walk -- fundraiser for The Haven, 4405 Desoto Rd in Sarasota. *Check in at 7 am, runs at 8 & 8:30 am.

We Three Kings / Irish Tenors -- at the Van Wezel, performance at 8 pm. Ticket info at: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall: Sarasota, Florida.

Clearwater: Miracle on Cleveland Street Holiday Festival -- The 400-600 blocks of downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street are transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with falling snow, an ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, a giant gingerbread house, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, arts & crafts vendors and more. Free concert by the Atlanta Rhythm Section (So Into You, Spooky). Some events require a $8 wristband, but many are free. 5 - 10 pm.



SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival -- food provided by area restaurants, live music, arts & crafts. 10:00 am - 6 pm, Siesta Beach pavilion area. Free general admission, VIP tent tickets $130/person.
Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival |Seafood and Music Festivals

Strawberry Days at Sweetgrass Farms -- pick your own (pesticide free) strawberries, 9 am - 3 pm. Info at:
Sweetgrass Farms | Home




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.

Ski-A-Rees Ski Show -- 2 pm at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (behind Mote Marine).

Last day of the Orchid Show at Selby Gardens -- Selby Gardens open 10 am - 5 pm.

LeAnn Rimes performs at the Van Wezel -- 7 pm.
Info at: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall: Sarasota, Florida

Jingle Paws Jubilee -- pet adoptions, pet vendors, pics of pets w/Santa, holiday dog costume contest. 12 - 5 pm, Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota.

Tampa: Ybor City Cigar & Heritage Festival -- at Centennial Park, 11 am - 5 pm. Live entertainment, beer & wine, gourmet food trucks, over 200 vendors. Info at: https://www.yborcitycigarfestival.com/





Have a great weekend. Enjoy!
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