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Old 03-08-2018, 11:53 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

Music in the Park -- free concert at Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton, 6 - 8 pm, bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Free Music Friday Night -- free concert at the gazebo in Centennial Park, Venice, 7 - 9 pm, bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Cat Tails, a Night in the Garden -- cocktail party fundraiser at Selby Gardens for Cat Depot (great cat rescue organization, by the way). 6:30 - 9 pm, tickets $150/person.



FRIDAY - SUNDAY

Sarasota Balloon Festival -- hot air balloons, carnival, arts & crafts, car show, food vendors, craft beers, kids zone. Lakewood Ranch's Premier Sports Campus, gates open at 4 pm daily.
More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2002654553393898

Sarasota Jazz Festival -- multiple venues, concerts at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. Info at:
https://jazzclubsarasota.org/festival--2

NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem -- worlds fastest street cars drag racing. Tickets $25/day, ages 12 & under get in free. Info at: Bradenton Motorsports Park Bradenton, Florida

St. Pete: Firestone Grand Prix -- Indy car racing in the streets of downtown St. Pete.
Info at: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg



FRIDAY - MARCH 18

Jewish Film Festival -- 12 films, various screening sites. Info at: https://jfedsrq.org/jff18




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.

Lakewood Ranch's Celtic Festival & Lucky Dog Parade -- at LWR's Adventure Park, off of State Rd 70. Dancers, bands, kilt contest, food, dog parade. 11 am - 4:30 pm, free admission, car parking $5.

Pork Butt Blues Festival -- BBQ pork, blues bands, crafts, etc. (No coolers allowed.) Starts at noon. 3511 12th St E, Ellenton (near the Gamble Mansion) or 4511 US 41, North Palmetto. Seriously, they have 2 addresses listed on their facebook page. Benefits Manatee Veterans Village.
Info at: https://www.facebook.com/7thAnnualPorkButtBluesFestival

Mixon's Orange Blossom Arts & Crafts Fair -- free admission, 9 am - 5 pm, 2525 27th St E, Bradenton.

Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market -- flea market, produce & food vendors, etc. Coquina Beach, 8 am - 3 pm.

Barefoot on the Beach -- artisan vendors, 10 am - 2 pm, Nokomis Beach Plaza on Casey Key.

Free Moonlight Movie -- "Beauty & the Beast" will be shown after dark, doors open at 5 pm, bring lawn chairs, Nathan Benderson Park.

Baseball: Pirates vs Braves -- at LECOM Park in Bradenton, 1:05 pm.



SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Berry Fest -- Crafts, kids activities, egg hunt Saturday 1 pm, strawberry shortcake & milkshakes. 10 am - 4 pm, Fruitville Grove, 7410 Fruitville Rd.

Sarasota Spring Fine Arts Festival -- artisan vendors, Gulfstream Ave, 10 am - 5 pm.

Holmes Beach Spring Fine Arts Festival -- artisan vendors, City Hall field, 10 am - 5 pm.

Venice Area Quilters Show -- old and new quilts on display and for sale, $8/person. Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm, Venice Community Center.

Charity Antiques Sale & Vintage Market -- Over 45 vendors, Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $7/ person, Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

RealRail Model Train Show -- also at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 10 am - 3 pm. $8/adult, children 13 & under get in free with paid adult.



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).

Polo at the Sarasota Polo Club, Lakewood Ranch -- 1 pm, gates open at 10 am. Adults $10, children under 12 get in free. University Pkwy east to right on Lorraine Rd.

Corvettes in Venice on the Isle -- car show at Centennial Park, 8 am - 3 pm.

Baseball: Orioles vs Phillies -- Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, 6:05 pm.




PLANT CITY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL -- runs March 1 - 11 in Plant City (off of I4, east of Tampa). Huge, popular annual event with carnival rides, concerts by headline performers, youth livestock shows, and lots of strawberries/ strawberry shortcake. 10 am - 10 pm each day. Admission $10/adult, $5 children (ages 5 - 12), under age 5 gets in free. Info at: Florida Strawberry Festival – 11-day event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County



Enjoy!
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