2017 February Sarasota
Events Calendar

The February Sarasota Events Calendar includes the best of the best fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota.



February 1, 2018: Enjoy the free Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park every Thursday from noon - 1 p.m. through March 31. Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and enjoy a wide variety of musical performances. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 1, 2018: Get groovin in the courtyard at Ringling Underground where you can enjoy live music in the Museum of Art Courtyard. An eclectic mix of local and regional live music is featured in the series. Plus check out up and coming artists with select galleries open until 11 p.m. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with "Art After Five" admission. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL. 941-360-7399.

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February 2, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Mary Rademacher Reed. Mary was Michigan Jazz Society 2006 Musician of the Year. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $15 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.

February 2, 2018: It's the first Friday of the month so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m! Beer, wine and food sales plus check out the fountain area for a balloon twister, face painting, and more fun. Bring your chairs, but leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash. Overflow parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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February 2 - 4, 2018: See historic stamps during the Sarasota Philatelic Club's Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition. This is part of the American Philatelic Society's "World Series of Philately" program. It's the largest annual Florida stamp show and exhibition. They usually offer free appraisals, seminars and door prizes. Free admission and parking. Fri - Sat:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

February 2 - 4, 2018: Billed as the Sarasolo Festival, this three day weekend event will feature local performers featuring a variety of performances from improv to musical, story telling to dance, plays, cabaret, stand up and more featuring a selection of some of our best local performers. Numerous and varied performances and show times during the 6 day schedule (Also January 27 - 28, 2018). Tickets: $15. The Historic Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota. Click here for more info.

February 3, 2018: Water sports is the order of the day at the 4th annual  Bradenton Area River Regatta on the Manatee River just east of the Green Bridge. Watch the boat races from either the Bradenton or Palmetto river fronts or on the bridge itself. It's a free event featuring Formula 2 powerboat racing. The daylong fest will also feature live music in both Bradenton and Palmetto, a food fest, a fireworks finale about 6:45 p.m. over the river and much more including live music on two stages: Bradenton will have two dynamic line-ups of artists starring former Three Dog Night lead singer, Chuck Negron and the ultimate Earth, Wind & Fire tribute band, Let’s Groove Tonight. Palmetto’s Main Stage welcomes Las Vegas entertainer Adam D. Tucker and his #1 tribute show recreating the music of country icon Tim McGraw. New this year will be the sky-scraping high “Wheel of Lights” ferris wheel providing a jaw-dropping view of the city skyline and waterfront. Plus, the Frisbee® flying, trick-dog antics of All-Star Stunt Dogs, kool kids zones, a 5-K run and more. Free admission. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk and in Palmetto. Click here for all the times, events, details and schedules.

February 3, 2018: It's the 11th annual Grand Ovation at Lakewood Ranch featuring live entertainment from top performance groups including local school groups to professional musicians, dance groups, chorus groups, drama groups and more. Billed as a mix of street festival and concert hall entertainment. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission and parking. (No coolers) Main Street at Lakewood Ranch.

There are numerous recurring, fun things to do in Sarasota throughout the year. Click here for my list of recurring Events in Sarasota!

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February 3, 2018: Young and old are invited to Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild's "Airing of the Quilts: Quilt Show and Sale." See not only modern quilts made by talented members of the guild but there will also be quilts and other boutique items for sale along with food trucks offering tasty treats. Quilts will be hung under and around the Big Pavilion in a beautiful beach-side park. Admission is free! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maxine Barritt Park (near Sharkey's and the pier) at 1800 S. Harbor Drive, Venice.

February 3, 2018: It's the 43rd Annual Pioneer Picnic that celebrates Sarasota’s heritage. Hosted by The Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation, The Pioneer Picnic was initiated in 1974 to recognize Sarasota County Pioneers; those who have lived in Sarasota County 50 or more years. This year attendance is expected to top 600 people from age 1 to 100. All Pioneers are invited to attend and bring their families and friends. Menu: Old fashioned pulled-pork, coleslaw, black-eyed peas, hush puppies and mounds of swamp cabbage; yes, swamp cabbage- a dietary staple of Sarasota’s earliest inhabitants. Cost: $15.00 with advance registration by January 20. After January 20- $25.00. 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL. Registration & More Info, or call 941-302-1567. 

February 3, 2018: Celebrate the end of tax season! There's a street party for you: "Main Street Live!" on Historic Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12  a.m. with live music. The event also features food vendors and arts and crafts. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight.

February 3 - 4, 2018: The 24th Annual Winterfest at the Mansion Arts & Crafts Show features artists and crafters from 12 states. 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It's at at the Phillippi Estate Park. Free admission and parking. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 



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February 3 - 4, 2018: The Venice Area Orchid Society presents their 52nd annual show and sale. Thousands of blooming orchids will be for sale and on display in 15 artistically designed exhibits. Orchid art, accessories and supplies will also be for sale. Widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida's west coast. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission is $5.00, children under 10 free. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. Click here for more info. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 3 - 4, 2018: The 9th Annual Sarasota Masters Art Festival features 70 or more of the nations' finest artists with their one of a kind works in categories including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry and blown glass. Live entertainment, food vendors too. Free admission. 10 a.m - 5 p.m. Gulf Stream Avenue on the corner of Main and Rt. 41, downtown Sarasota, FL.

February 4, 2018: Run for a song and rock your way along! The 4th Annual  Sarasota Music Half Marathon will be a 13.1 mile course that will start and end at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center parking lot and will wind its way through Selby Gardens, up Orange Avenue into the Cherokee Park neighborhood, back through Selby Gardens and finish back at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. There will also be 20 bands along with cheerleaders, lawn parties, Girl Scout cookies, crowds and energy. Starts at 6:30 a.m. Sarasota, FL.  Click here for more details and registration.

February 4, 2018: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their 1st Sunday afternoon show of the new season at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.

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February 4, 2017: Is your dog the Top Dog? Check out the 2017 Top Dog Show for the best: Best dressed, Best Hair, Best Catch & Fetch, Best Kiss and Funniest Dog Trick! It's a Westminster type dog show! You can even enjoy fine dining with your best friend and chill out in one of the doggy lounges! Your Top Dog ticket purchase helps support Donte’s Den, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization and the only facility anywhere offering long term and permanent care for dogs whose owners are unable to care for any number of reasons or situations. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Francis, 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota. Get more info here.

February 4 - 5, 2017: You're invited to the 17th Annual Plantation Festival at Gamble Mansion and Plantation. Enjoy an arts and crafts show, a school art competition, free tours of the Gamble Mansion, food and beverage vendors and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and $1 donation for parking. Directions: Exit 224 from I-75. Head west for 1 mile on US 301. Look for the Landmark white picket fence and turn right into the main park entrance. 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL.

February 5, 2018: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Vertigo. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. Click here for tickets and more info. 

Sarasota Pet Fest

February 6, 2016: This event may return later in 2017/18 pending factors including a better date for organizers. It's the 6th annual Celebration of Pets Fest at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. There will be pet adoptions; cats/kittens – puppies/dogs. Fun for the whole family including a wiener dog derby and live music. Free parking, admission $5 for adults. Kids 6 & under & leashed pets are free and welcome. Get answers to questions about pets and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, behind Robarts Arena, off Fruitville Road, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota – Read more about this Sarasota Pets Festival.

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February 6 - 7, 2018: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

February 7, 2017: It's the 14th Annual Anna Maria Jazz Fest with the Gulf Drive Band and Koko Ray Hansen. Featured will be jazz standards of the  past 70 years! Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sandbar Restaurant Pavilion, 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria Island.Tickets: 941-518-4431 or at the AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

February 7 - 10, 2018: Quilts, quilts & more quilts are the highlights of the Palm Grove Amish Quilt & Craft Show. See beautiful quilts of all sizes (mostly Amish made) and a variety of handmade crafts for sale and watch quilters at work. You can surely find one you'll like. $2 admission donation for charity to a Haiti Mission Project. Wed - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m. - noon. Palm Grove Mennonite Church, 1087 Beneva Rd, Sarasota.

February 8, 2018: Enjoy the free Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park every Thursday from noon - 1 p.m. through March 31. Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and enjoy a wide variety of musical performances. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

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February 8 - 11, 2018: The Wings of Freedom Tour lands at Venice Municipal Airport. On display and available for walk through tours will be the B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-25 Liberator and TF-51D Mustang. Walk through tours are $15 adults, $5 for 12 and under. WWII vets get into the ground tours free. Walk through tour times are: Thurs: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Fri - Sun: 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Flight Experiences take place before and after tours. Venice Municipal Airport, Sun Coast Air Center, 400 Airport Ave E, Venice. Here's more about the fly-in event.

February 8 - 19, 2018: The Florida State Fair takes place and gates open daily at 9 a.m. The fairgrounds are at 4800 U.S. 301N. Tampa. You can also get there via I-75. (From I-75 N, take exit 261 to merge onto I-4 W toward Tampa. Take exit 7 to merge onto FL-600 W/E Hillsborough Ave/US-92 W toward US-301 W/Busch Gardens. Take the ramp to Riverview, Merge onto FL-41 S/FL-43 S/US-301 S. Continue to follow FL-43 S/US-301 S - fairgrounds will be on the right).  I've gotten there in about 75 minutes from Sarasota. Drive carefully! Here's more on the fair!  February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 9, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Al Hixon. Joining him is Toronto vocalist, Jordana Talsky. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $15 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552. Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 9, 2017: Meow! Four-legged friends make the best Valentines. Join the Humane Society of Sarasota County (HSSC) for a Valentine’s celebration. It's the first-ever Smoochy Poochy Yappy Hour. Admission includes appetizers, open bar, pet photo booth, and live entertainment from Principal Cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Natalie Helm. HSSC will have adorable pets on site, plus more surprises.  All proceeds benefit the live-saving work of the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 cash at the door. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Aloft Sarasota, 1401 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Valet parking is free. Woof! February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.




February Sarasota Events

February 9, 2018: It's Free Music Friday Night with live music at Centennial Park. The music of Johnny Rawls takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Venice. Bring your folding chairs or blankets.

February 9 - 11, 2018: The Sarasota Shell Club presents its 55th Annual Shell Show! Whether a serious shell lover or seeking a new shell idea, the Sarasota Shell Show is one of the largest shell shows in the world and the perfect place for new creative ideas for you! Beautiful shell crafts and rare shell exhibits are displayed from around the world. Fri: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is only $5 for adults, $2.50 for students age 12 to 18, and free for children 11 and under with a paid adult. Potter Building at the Sarasota County Fair Grounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 9 - 12, 2017: It's the 33rd Annual "Greek Glendi - A Greek Festival" on the grounds of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church at 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road. Food and festivities abound from traditional Greek food & pastries to live Greek music and dancing. Thursday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m, Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m. Admission is $4, kids under 12 free. There's free parking on the church grounds or take a free shuttle (look for signs). Click for more about the Greek Glendi. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 9 - March 4, 2018: Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls....It's Circus Sarasota celebrating 21 years of Big Top Performances and in 2018 it presents, "Ovation!" Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota's own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota's high wire artist, Nik Wallenda. The all new winter production features performances at various times and dates. Ticket prices range from $12 - $44. Performances take place under the Big Top which opens 1 hour before show time. Big Top Parking: $5 for local charities. 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and tickets.

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February 10, 2018: In shape? Join hundreds of other runners for the Scrub Jay 5K & 10K run at Oscar Scherer State Park. The 5K run starts at 8:00 a.m. The 10K run starts at 8:15 a.m., the  Park opens at 6:30 a.m. Over 600 runners participated last year! Oscar Scherer State Park is located in Osprey, south of Sarasota, north of Venice, at 1843 S. Tamiami Trail. Click here for more information and details or call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

February 10, 2018: It's the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest with autographs and photo opportunities on the field and numerous other fan fest special attractions. Free admission and free parking. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for season ticket holders and 11 a.m. for the general public. Free admission and parking. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Click for more info.

February 10, 2018: It's the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, a Flea Market only Pirate Style! 100’s of Vendors, Treasures to be Found, Food to be Eaten, Fresh Veggies to be bought. Custom Handmade Jewelry to Sharks Teeth on a String, T-Shirts to Bikini’s, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Golf paraphernalia to Fishing Lures, Nuts to Bolts, Antiques to Knock offs, BBQ Brisket to Hot Links. Hang with some Pirates, a 60ft. Pirate Ship and it all happens right on Coquina Beach. 8 a.m. –  3 p.m. Free admission. Coquina Beach,  Anna Maria Island.

February 10, 2017: It's another Free Moonlight Movie as the Sarasota Film Festival and Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. present ZOOTOPIA! Free family fun plus Drinks and Snacks will be available for purchase. Don't forget your blankets and chairs! Sunset. Nathan Benderson Park, Regatta Island, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL

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February 10, 2017: What do you get when you mix the styles of rock, hip-hop, country, jazz and blues? You get One Mile Final in a Full Moon Concert. More Friday night live music at Myakka River State Park! Bring a chair and picnic to enjoy the music by a fire pit. Park entrance fee waived for concert upon arrival after 5 p.m. Come early to get your spot. 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Cost: $20.00 ($15.00 for Friends of Myakka State Park members) Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72. Click here for more info.

February 10 - 11, 2018: Check out the Vintage and Collectibles Fair with lots of exhibitors with everything from antiques, books, collectibles, linens and more. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults $3 for the entire weekend, kids 12 and under free. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail.

February 10 - 11, 2018: Check out the Venice Home Show for everything under the sun having to do with your home. Landscapers, builders, contractors, windows, kitchens, baths, solar, garden displays, outdoor furniture, closets, pools and spas, flooring, carpeting, paving, decks, security systems and more will be featured. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL

February 10 - 11, 2018: The 4th Annual Maxine Barritt Park Valentine's Arts and Crafts Show is held from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This festival features exhibitors selling hand made arts and crafts. Lots of great pieces to browse at from talented craftsmen and artists. Free admission and parking. 1600 Harbor Dr. South Venice. Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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February 10 - 11, 2018: Enjoy the 30th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts. Featured are some of the best artists in the nation displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more. It's ranked as one of the Top 100 Fine Arts Shows in the country by a national artists magazine.10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. Begun in 1988, the festival features life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, photography and inspired creativity for all to see (and buy!). Free. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 10 - 11, 2018: Check out the Holmes Beach Arts and Crafts Festival featuring handmade jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, paintings, stained glass, photography, live music and food plus plants, orchids, handmade soaps, gourmet spices, a green market and more. Free admission. Benefits The North American Butterfly Assoc. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Anna Maria Island.

February 11, 2018: Take a look at some cool old and vintage rides from many eras at the Venice AACA's 30th Annual Antique Collector Car Show. This show, which moves to February this year from being held in October in past years, awards 22 Class Awards (1st, 2nd & 3rd place), T-shirts and dash plaques. Free admission. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Centennial Park, downtown Venice.

February 11, 2017: Once again it's ReptiDay! It's the Sarasota Reptile and Exotic Animal Show. The event features vendors offering reptile pets, supplies and other related merchandise plus live animal seminars, raffles for prizes and more. 10 a.m - 5 p.m. (VIP early entry 9:30 a.m.).  General admission: $10 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free. VIP Early admission: $12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free and may be purchased at the door 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Potter Building, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

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February 11, 2018: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.

February 11, 2018: Enjoy a concert by the Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band. Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability. Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway. 3131 61st Street, Sarasota. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 11, 2017: You're invited to the Free Movie on the Field showing of War Room. Bring a chair or blanket, food and drinks (no alcohol, please). Gates open at 4 p.m., Movie starts at 5 p.m. Free. Venice High School Football Field, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. More info: 941-223-1771.

February 11, 2017: There's a "Wild About You" Valentine Celebration put on by the Italian American Club of Venice featuring a social, dinner and  enjoy dancing and live music by The Cruiser and more. Social: 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Dancing and live music and entertainment: from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Members $25, guests $30. Tickets: 941-468-5013. 1375 Ringling Drive, Venice. More info here.

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February 12, 2017: It's the Venice Firefighters Benevolent  Annual Chicken BBQ & Family Fun Day fundraiser. Stop by the Moose Lodge at 111 N. Auburn Road in Venice for some BBQ Chicken! 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Live music and family fun.  $4 - $10. The money raised will go towards the Venice Firefighters Benevolent Fund (501c3) which assists those in need in South West Florida.  All money raised stays local. 111 N. Auburn Road, Venice. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 13, 2018: The Orioles will hold the 8th Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classicat the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. Registration is now open for golfers and corporate partners. The event begins with registration and lunch at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start set for 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served on the course during play. The classic will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches. Following the event, the golf club will host a dinner for participating golfers, as well as Orioles players and coaches. Click here to register for the golf event or contact the Miracle League of Manasota at (941) 225-2966 or info@miracleleaguemanasota.org. Entry deadline is January 26 and event is limited to 84 golfers.

February 13 - 14, 2018: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

February 14, 2017: It may not be quite the Tennessee Bird Walk but the Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll offers live music throughout the village and free candy kisses from the merchants. Participating merchants will have pink and red balloons outside their businesses. Free admission. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Siesta Key Village. There will be pedicab and golf cart cab services from the Siesta Public Beach parking lot to the Village.




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February 14, 2017: Celebrate Valentines Day at the Beach with love and romance: Renew your wedding vows and say “I Do” all over again on Siesta Key Beach in a non-denominational service. Couples of all ages and length of marriage gather for the annual group renewal of vows at the Siesta Beach Pavilion, presided over by the Honorable Debra Johnes Riva,12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge. Event begins at 5 p.m. but couples are encouraged to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. to check in. It’s a tradition that dates to 1989 and it’s open to all, but you must pre-register by Feb. 10. Call 941-861-5000. There's a $10 per couple fee and includes a certificate, commemorative gift, flower, music on the beach and light refreshments. Event begins at 5 p.m., the renewal service starts at 6 p.m. Siesta Beach is located at 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL.

February 14, 2017: Now you may say "I Do" all over again in a new second location for Valentine's Day. This event, originally only at Siesta Beach, has grown so popular over the years that a second location has been added at Venice  Beach, with one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico in the area, in Venice, presided over by the Honorable Kimberly C. Bonner, 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge. As in the event at Siesta Beach, you must pre-register by Feb. 10. Call 941-861-5000. There's a $10 per couple fee and includes a certificate, a commemorative gift, flower, music on the beach and light refreshments. Event begins promptly at 5 p.m. but couples are encouraged to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. to check in and to enjoy music on the beach. Event begins at 5 p.m., the renewal service starts at 6 p.m. Venice Beach, 101 The Esplanade, Venice, FL.

February 15, 2018: Enjoy the free Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park every Thursday from noon - 1 p.m. through March 31. Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and enjoy a wide variety of musical performances. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Annual Sarasota Motorcycle Festival Called Thunder By The Bay

February 15 - 18, 2018: Want to see some great looking motorcycles?  How about a biker's outdoor festival with food, fun, live music and more? It'll be a fun weekend as the Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival revs up my February Sarasota Events Calendar for another year! You'll see bikes, bikes and more bikes...everywhere on this weekend. Here's more about the Thunder by the Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival.

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February 16, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Tom Ellison. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $15 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552. 

February 16 - 18, 2018: There's a Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show with lots on display to see from dealers from around the country selling gems, jewelry, beads, crystals and more. Adults $5. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 17, 2018: By participating in the 7th annual Superhero 5K and Fun Run hosted by Bridge a Life you'll help raise awareness about foster care needs in our community. The 5k is certified and chip-timed...Dri-fit shirts and post race breakfast! Fun for all ages! Trophies, awards and prizes for fastest male and female overall and in each age group. Awards for best dressed Super Hero, Super Hero Team, Super Hero Family, Super Hero Pet and more. Great family fun and more. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL Click here for more including times, registration and more.

February 17, 2018: It's the start of the annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride. Manatee Village Members of the Florida Cracker Trail Association will ride on horseback through Manatee Village Historical Park, stopping for photographs with Manatee Village’s commemoration plaque to Manatee County’s Cracker heritage, as they begin their annual Trail Ride. Manatee Village Historical Park will be open  so that visitors can see the start of this nine day, cross-state ride. Admission is free and open to the public and appropriate for all ages. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64), Bradenton, FL. More info here. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February Sarasota Events

(Now Through) - February 19, 2018: The Florida State Fair takes place and gates open daily at 9 a.m. The fairgrounds are at 4800 U.S. 301N. Tampa. You can also get there via I-75. (From I-75 N, take exit 261 to merge onto I-4 W toward Tampa. Take exit 7 to merge onto FL-600 W/E Hillsborough Ave/US-92 W toward US-301 W/Busch Gardens. Take the ramp to Riverview, Merge onto FL-41 S/FL-43 S/US-301 S. Continue to follow FL-43 S/US-301 S - fairgrounds will be on the right.) I've gotten there in about 75 minutes from Sarasota. Click here for more.

(Now Through) - March 4, 2018: Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls....It's Circus Sarasota celebrating 21 years of Big Top Performances and in 2018 it presents, "Ovation!" Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota's own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota's high wire artist, Nik Wallenda. The all new winter production features performances at various times and dates. Ticket prices range from $12 - $44. Performances take place under the Big Top which opens 1 hour before show time. Big Top Parking: $5 for local charities. 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and tickets.

February 17 - 18, 2018: The 17th Annual Fine Arts Show & Sale will feature works of local artists in acrylics, oils, watercolors, along with jewelry, glass, pottery, wood and fabric. Free admission along with an outdoor cafe. Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice, FL.

February 17 - 18, 2018: Enjoy the 7th Annual J.D. Hamel Park Arts & Crafts Show in the open air. Featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Free admission and free parking in Palm Ave garage. Main St. and US 41 in Sarasota, across from Marina Jack's. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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February 17 - 18, 2018: Enjoy the Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival and marvel at unique creations by 120 of America’s top artisans in the mediums of painting, jewelry, sculpting, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media and more. Enjoy the rare opportunity to meet and interact with the talented creators of the artwork.  Discover how each came to their art form and how they are inspired.  Free admission. Both days: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL.

February 17 - 18, 2018: It's the 36th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and it is held in the historic fishing village of Cortez, Florida. It celebrates the rich heritage of the area's commercial fishing industry and features two days of marine life exhibits, seafood, events for kids and live music. It runs from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. East end of town adjacent to the Florida Maritime Museum located at 4425 119th St. West, Cortez, Florida. Admission is $3, children under 12 are free. Offsite parking is available at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., with shuttles to Cortez for $2.50 round trip. More about the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 17 - 18, 2018: The Venice Antiques Show features over 50 national and regional exhibitors. Art Glass, Pottery, Fine Art-Jewelry, Sterling, Asian Antiques, Toys, Americana and more. $7. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S Nokomis Ave, Venice. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 18, 2017: The Lakewood Ranch 11th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament happens at Lake Uihlein (behind Town Hall) from 9 a.m. - Noon. This "catch and release" fishing tournament is for those aged 5 - 15. One rod per angler. Awards will be presented for each group. Registration is $5 and the first 125 children to be registered gets a t-shirt and lunch. Lots of free parking. Under 15 must be accompanied by a parent. 9 a.m- 12 p.m.Rain date: Feb. 19.  February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com




February Sarasota Events

February 18, 2017: Batter up! The Orioles invite fans to celebrate the start of Spring Training at Sarasota SpringFest, a free, family-friendly event for fans of all ages. Fans will have an opportunity to watch Orioles players practice on the back fields and fans will be able to participate in interactive games including corn hole, giant Jenga, and two speed pitch machines; visit the photo booth for a free photo featuring a custom Ed Smith Stadium background and enjoy music, contests, and games in the East Parking Lot. A variety of food trucks will be on location as well offering food for purchase. Free admission. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota.

February 18, 2017: The new sports rage of the age is Spikeball, a variation of volleyball. There's a Spikeball Tournament on the beach featuring two-person teams on Siesta Key Beach just off the volley ball courts. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. More info: 941-915-0302.

February 18, 2017: The one-day festival called The Hawkins Road Festival provides space and activities to celebrate community through music, art, spirituality, and social awareness. The fest will feature, among other things, Live local music, food and beverage vendors, captivating speakers, activities for kids & teens from bounce houses to dance performances, topics surrounding spirit and social awareness, beer & wine (after 4 p.m.), art & craft exhibits, a drum circle and much more. Free admission & parking. 11a.m. – 9 p.m.  Suncoast Community Church, 8000 Hawkins Rd, Sarasota.

February 18, 2018: Get your fingers snappin' and your toes tappin' at Jazz in the Park with three bands: Thomas Carabasi Quartet, Westcoast Gospel Choir, North Port H.S. Jazz Band. Another Jazz Club of Sarasota free event. 12 p.m. Free. Bring blanket or chairs, no coolers allowed. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

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February 18, 2018: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 18, 2017: Check out the Barefoot Beach Bazaar with a large selection of handmade artisan items from jewelry made with sea shells and sharks teeth to flower arrangements, hand-painted glassware, greeting cards, arts and crafts, refreshments, beach, sand, waves and more. Free admission. 4 p.m. - sunset. Nokomis Beach Plaza, 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis.

February 18, 2017: It's the Pittsburgh Pirates Annual Pep Rally. The street festival will feature photo booth, player autographs, games, live music, face painter, various vendors and more. Show your spirit and wear your best Pirates colors or costume. 5 p.m. -  7:30 p.m. Old Main Street between Manatee to 3rd in downtown Bradenton. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 18, 2017: The Manatee Community Concert Band will be presenting a Free Concert, "Musica' Fiesta,” featuring many of your Latin favorites. Music will include; Danzon No.2, La Virgen De La Macarena featuring local trumpet soloist Aaron Romm, Espana,Mexican Hat Dance and many more, along with the Luis Jesus "La voz del Mariachi"'s band from Tampa. Free. 7:30 p.m. Manatee High School Auditorium, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton.

February Sarasota Events

February 19, 2017: Yummy! The 23rd Anniversary Jewish Food Festival & Flea Market takes place with all kinds of delights from corned beef and pastrami sandwiches to stuffed cabbage and more plus music through out the day. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. The Jewish Congregation of Venice. 600 N. Auburn Road, off East Venice Ave.

February 20 - 21, 2018: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

February 22, 2018: Enjoy the free Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park every Thursday from noon - 1 p.m. through March 31. Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and enjoy a wide variety of musical performances. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

February 23, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Lori Hafer. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $15 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.  February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February Sarasota Events

February 23, 2017: The 10th Annual Pirates Charities Spring Training Golf Classic presented by TLI Sports is at River Wilderness Country Club in Parrish., FL. Foursomes will team up with a Pirates celebrity to support the efforts of Pirates Charities in the region. For more information about the Spring Training Golf Classic, please contact Carley Paganelli by phone at 941-747-3031 ex. 4362 or by email at Carley.Paganelli@Pirates.com.

February 23, 2018: It's Free Music Friday Night with live music from  Robin and the Retros at Centennial Park. The music takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Venice. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

The Venice Italian Feast in Florida

February 23 - 26, 2017: The 29th Annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival at the Venice Airport Paved Midway. My February Sarasota Events Calendar reports the event features all your Italian favorites from Sausage & Peppers to Ravioli, Chicken and much more. This fest is four days of food, fun, dancers, carnival rides, live entertainment and fireworks at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Parking, $5. Food and carnival rides at cost. Starts at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday.

February 24, 2018: More than 50 exhibitors in the health field will be featured at the Health & Wellness Expo at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. This health expo will be interactive and valuable to your health! All be conveniently gathered under one roof, the exhibitors' focus will be on preventive medicine, the heart & circulatory system and the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition.  These exhibitors will share samples, services and information, valuable to everyone and all ages. Bring the kids, too, to get their face painted as well as take advantage of all the free samples. Free. 9 a.m - 12 p.m. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Main Lobby, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL.




February Sarasota Events

February 24, 2018: Enjoy local talent at its finest at the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys performance of "Showtime '18!" The more than 160 member chorus will perform everything from Broadway Hits to classic barbershop, patriotic and inspirational numbers and more. $20 - $35. Performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way (Off Proctor east of Rt. 41), Sarasota, FL. Tickets and more info here.

February 24, 2018: Check out some heavenly bodies during Sidewalk Astronomy courtesy of the local group of Deep Sky Observers. Telescopes will be up and available for public viewing from sunset. - 10 p.m./10:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Celery Fields / Sarasota Audubon. The Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Telescopes are set up in the parking lot at the southeast corner of the Celery Fields. (The intersection of Palmer Blvd. and Center Road.). Visitor parking is available in the parking lot on the west side of the Audubon Society building. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 24 - 25, 2018: Row, Row, Row! It's the 9th Annual Sarasota Invitational Regatta rowing competition and the start of the Sprint Season. There will be over 1,500 rowers in Youth, Masters and Adaptive Rowing from the southeastern United States who will compete in the two day event. Racing is from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission for the public, parking $5. Benderson Park World Class Rowing and Aquatic Sports Center, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. (I-75, exit 213 to University Parkway, turn on N. Cattleman and follow Regatta signs.) Find out more details here.

February 24 - 25, 2018: Celebrate the agricultural history of Southwest Florida and the pioneers that preceded us during this year's Southwest Florida Heritage Festival. Focused on history and education, the festival will offer a number of homesteading skills workshops and demonstrations including Pioneer Cooking, Bee Keeping, Goat Milking, Archery, Petting Zoo/Pony Rides, Historic Building Tours, Gardening, Nature Walks and more. There will also be a number of activities for the kids. Admission: $10 per carload, $5 per motorcycle. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Crowley Museum and Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, FL. (941) 322-1000.

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February 24 - 25, 2018: It's the 22nd Annual Coquina Tides Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Free admission and parking. With participants from 10 states, the show takes place just north of the Longboat Pass Bridge in Bradenton Beach. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 24 - 25, 2017: The Junior League of Sarasota announces the 2017 Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes with demonstrations.Each home will host demonstrations by chefs, artists, and designers so visitors can not only enjoy the architectural design and decoration of the homes, but will come away with tips and tricks on how to entertain in their own homes. There will also be a fabulous Friday morning brunch. Also featured will be a Toast of the Tour Happy Hour, Raffle, Local Artists and more.10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $25. 941-953-5600. Click here for more info and tickets.

February 24 - 25, 2018: It's the 3rd annual Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County featuring fine craft, painting, jewelry, clay, stained glass, leather and more hosted by the ArtCenter Manatee. More than 75 artists will display their work in this juried show with cash prizes. The festival features local, regional and national award-winning artists, artist demos, music, food vendors with seating and more. Free admission. Free parking available in the Bradenton Financial Center, 1402 Manatee Ave W. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4p.m. At the beautiful Riverwalk Park on the Manatee River, downtown Bradenton.

February 24 - 25, 2018: My February Sarasota Events Calendar thinks you'll enjoy the 24th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival. Everything from folk art, handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and more! Surely you can find a unique item for your home in one of the outdoor galleries. The Fair is a tradition and draws a huge crowd. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Free Admission. Ocean Blvd in Siesta Key Village. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February Sarasota Events

February 25, 2017: Enjoy an open-air marketplace featuring eclectic, chic, salvaged, coastal, re-purposed, vintage and epicurean “treats, treasures and art” when Le Marché Bohémien arrives in downtown Sarasota. It will be a vintage collector’s paradise with offerings from a variety of artists who create wearable clothing and accessories that feature vintage photographs and who specialize in re-purposing vintage apparel. Also find wall hangings crafted from stained glass and natural elements to sculpted work and intricate jewelry created from antique buttons, sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Performances by local musicians also will be held throughout the day. Food and beverages will be available. Free admission. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 25, 2018: Get your fingers snappin' and your toes tappin' to the Joy of Jazz live in Centennial Park at the Gazebo brought to you by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Featuring the Bob Minor Quartet with Jazz standards and music from the American songbook. Bring your folding chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the sounds. Free. 2 p.m. - 4p.m. Centennial Park, downtown Venice.

February 25, 2017: Enjoy your favorite beers and sample some new ones at the 9th annual Beertopia! Craft beers, wine and yummy treats from local restaurants will be featured along with live music from Whiskey Blind and a silent auction. Enjoy the outdoor atmosphere under the tents. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. $50.. Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7501 Wireless Court, Lakewood Ranch. Click here for more info.

February 25, 2018: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February Sarasota Events

February 26, 2017: Holy Cow! It's the opening game of Spring Training Season as the Orioles host the Pittsburgh Pirates. All fans in attendance will receive a 2017 Spring Training schedule magnet and the first 1,000 female fans in attendance will receive a Birds of Paradise flower. Athletic Director of Sarasota County Middle Schools Bethany King will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, while Sarasota Middle School seventh-grade student Michelle Di Puma will perform the national anthem before the game and “God Bless America” prior to the seventh-inning stretch. Also, students from each participating school in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge will be introduced along with the Orioles starters and stand with them for the national anthem. Gates open at 11:05 a.m., Game time: 1:05 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 27, 2017: The Venice Concert Band performs its Mid-Winter Concert. Admission: $7. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. General admission tickets available the afternoon of each concert  from 1:00 - 2:30 P.M. at the Performing Arts Center and at the door. Open seating. All concerts are held at the new Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of  Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice. 7:00 p.m. (941) 480-1704.February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 27 - 28, 2018: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.






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