2017 January Sarasota
Events Calendar

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

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January 4, 2017: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

January 5 - 6, 2017: It's the last two evenings of the annual seasonal festival Holly Days and Mangrove Lights at Historic Spanish Point with their decorated homestead buildings and lighted gardens in a beautiful 30 acre setting. Miniature white lights on the trees and in the mangroves lends a magical holiday ambiance. The museum will be open until 8 p.m. for you to enjoy the lighted pathways and festive music. Regular admission applies. Free for Members. Adults and Teens $12.00 | Senior discount $2.00 Children ages 5-12 $5.00. Guests accompanying Members $5.00. 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. 941-966-5214. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

Annual Sarasota Motorcycle Festival Called Thunder By The Bay

January 5 - 8, 2017: Want to see some great looking motorcycles?  How about a biker's outdoor festival with food, fun, live music and more? Or what about hopping aboard your own bike and winning a cool grand at the start of the New Year? It'll be a fun weekend as the Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival kicks starts our January Sarasota Events Calendar for another year! You'll see bikes, bikes and more bikes...everywhere on this weekend. And in 2017 the event moves to 2 new locations. Find out where! Here's more about the Thunder by the Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival.

January 6, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Ed Rolnick. $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.

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January 6, 2017: Dance along to the Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Beer, wine and food. Check out the fountain area for a balloon twister, face painting, and Aggie Originals’ caricature art. 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com. 

January 6, 2017: Dance along to the Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Beer, wine and food. Check out the fountain area for a balloon twister, face painting, and Aggie Originals’ caricature art. 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com.

January 7, 2017: Honk Honk! It's big time fun for kids where they can "Touch a Truck" live and in person! Street sweepers, fire engines, dump trucks and monster trucks. More than 15 trucks will be a part of the display.This 3rd annual event is hosted by Manatee County and is free. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Downtown Central Library, North Parking Lot (Riverwalk side) 1301 Barcarrota Blvd, W., Bradenton. 941-748-5555

January 7, 2017: 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. (weather permitting). City Field, Holmes Beach, on the soccer field between Marina Drive and Flotilla Drive, just north of the Holmes Beach City Hall, Anna Maria Island.

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January 7 - 8, 2017: Enjoy the 60th Annual Orchids Expo Show and Sale put on by the Sarasota Orchid Society. "A Symphony of Orchids,” is the theme for 2017's celebration and the show will spotlight thousands of award-winning orchids in the displays created by orchid vendors and local orchid societies. Ineract with growers, attend seminars, purchase orchids or just enjoy the beauty of orchids! Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults $5, under 8 free. It all takes place at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiamia Trail. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 7 - 8, 2017: The Venice Antiques Show features over 50 national and regional exhibitors. Featured: Art Glass, Pottery, Fine Art, Jewelry, Asian and  European Antiques, Americana and much more. $7. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S Nokomis Ave, Venice.

January 7 - 8, 2017: It's the 11th Annual Coquina Beach "Winter Fest Arts & Crafts Show." On Anna Maria Island, this arts and crafts show takes place right on Gulf Of Mexico Drive. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Featuring artists and crafts people from all over. Location: in the town of Bradenton Beach just north of the Longboat Key Pass Bridge. Free admission and parking. Look for the crowds!

January 8, 2017: 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.

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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January 10 - 11, 2017: 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.

January 11, 2017: Party inside Selby Public Library! Friends of Selby Public Library will sponsor the 7th Annual "Looking into the Crystal Ball" Fundraiser. Local restaurants and food vendors will offer tasty samplings of their specialties. There will be a fun eclectic variety of continuous quality performances by musicians, performance artists, intuitive readers, wellness, art and author exhibits. Cash bar. All proceeds support Selby Library’s youth programs. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets are an inclusive low price- $25 advance at Selby Friends Bookstore, $30 door. Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota. More information: 941-861-1140.

January (12) - 15, 2017: Check out the 24th Annual Sarasota Dollhouse Miniatures Festival now called the 2017 Venice Fun in the Sun Miniature Show. Dolls, teddy bears and more are being featured at the new location: the Ramada Venice Resort, Venice. Saturday ($18) preview 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Adults $7, under 12 $3. Ramada Venice Resort, 425 S Tamiami Trail/US Hwy 41, Venice, FL. More info: 267-684-6276. More info here.  January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 12 - 22, 2017: It's not peanuts and crackerjack, but cotton candy and elephant ears at The Annual Manatee County Fair taking place at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. General admission: $7 for ages 13 and older, $6 for seniors 55 and older, $5 for kids 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. Click for more about the Manatee County Fair. Happy fair-going from my Escape to Sarasota Calendar of Events!

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January 13, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Kitt Moran. $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.

January 13, 2017: It's Free Music Friday Night with live music opening the year at Centennial Park's 2017 Friday Night Concerts featuring Sarah T & the T Bones. 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.

January 13, 2017: Enjoy the Full Moon Concert at Myakka River State Park featuring the Jonnie Morgan Band, described as a jam band with a singer-songwriter twist. 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. Sarasota. From I-75, take exit 205 and head east for 9 miles. Entrance is on the left. Click here for more info.

January 13 - 15, 2017: There's a Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show featuring  exhibitors with a wide variety of the finest gem, jewelry and bead collections and more. Adults $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail.

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January 14, 2017: Another of our fun January Sarasota Events is The 14th Annual Ringling Bridge Run starting at 7:30 a.m. from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. One of the most popular yearly Sarasota events, the run draws thousands each year. Entry: Adults $25, Kids $15, Family $60. There's also a one-mile fun run that starts at 8:30 a.m. Click here for more info and registration.

January 14, 2017: 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

Sarasota Ring of Fame induction

January 14, 2017: It's a celebration of circus history and heritage as The 30th Annual Circus Ring of Fame induction ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. in St. Armand's Circle Park. There (usually) will be a live concert performance of circus music prior to the induction ceremony. Pre-ceremony festivities begin at 1:15 p.m. Here's more on the ceremonies and the Circus Ring of Fame.

January 14 - 15, 2017: It's the 21st Annual Anna Maria Island-Fest Arts & Crafts Show. On Anna Maria Island, this arts and crafts show is right at City Hall in the heart of Anna Maria/Holmes Beach. Featuring artists and crafts people from all over. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Free admission and parking. Look for the crowds!  5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL Pass Bridge.

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January 14 - 15, 2017: Enjoy the 5th Annual Sarasota Winter Fine Arts 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. Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Main St. between Osprey and Orange in downtown Sarasota.

January 14 - 15, 2017: 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

January 15, 2017: Put on your running shoes and Run the Ranch. Get into and take part in the Sun Coast Half Marathon. The race will span 13.1 miles and the route will be from Main Street at Lakewood Ranch and through the Country Club West communities of Lakewood Ranch. Race starts at 7 a.m. The course is USATF certified. Here's more info including registration details.

January 15, 2017: My January Sarasota Events has for you The Temple Sinai's 9th Annual Jewish Food Festival featuring health vendors, arts & crafts, a plant and used book sale as well as children's activities and food! Free admission. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. 941-924-1802

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January 16, 2017: Join the Dr. MLK, Jr. Memorial Breakfast and Community Awards Ceremonies featuring Keynote Speaker the Honorable Judge Charles William. $25. 7:30 a.m. at the Robert Taylor Complex 1851 34th Street Sarasota, FL. Also during the day will be the 2017 Sarasota MLK Community Celebration with MLK Tributes, performances, speakers, vendors, entertainment including singing, dancing, gospel choirs, along with face painting and food.12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2601 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. More info: Phone: 941-351-6561 or 941-780-4060. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 16, 2017: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and food and drinks available for purchase. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $5 - $10. Free for members. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Due to the popularity of Ringling by the Bay, a ticket is required for all guests. Ringling members continue to enjoy this event free of charge, but members must reserve a ticket for entry. Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. Click here for tickets and more info. January Sarasota Events on Escape to-Sarasota

January 17 This event is moving to April 2 in 2017. It's the 13th annual Capt John Breuggeman Memorial Grouper Tournament. It's a one-day offshore tournament with prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place plus a trophy for the biggest catch. Plus there's an after tournament barbeque and raffle for a kayak. Cape Haze Marina, 6950 Placida Road, Englewood, Florida. Click here for registration and more info on the tournament.

January 17 - 18, 2017: 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.

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January 19 - 22, 2017: The Sarasota Arts & Antiques & Design Show will feature 40 select dealers from across the country with fine antique furniture, silver, bronzes, antique & estate jewelry, crystal, porcelain, pottery, paintings, prints, vintage clothing and accessories, and much more! Preview party/Gala Thursday, January 19 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $50/per person. Fri: & Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.;  Sun: Noon - 5 p.m. Weekend admission $8 at the door. Free parking. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Click here for more info.

January 20 - 22, 2017: The Venice-Nokomis Rotary's 25th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival & Rotary Concert Bandana Bash features talented artists and craftspeople and music. Friday night it's the Rotary Bandana Bash, 3 hours of Rock & Roll as it should be played. The gate opens at 5:30 with beer, wine, soft drinks, and food from local vendors and restaurants. Music is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds, $10.00 entrance fee per person. The FIne Art & Craft Festival is Saturday and Sunday. There's also free entertainment throughout the weekend plus children's play area, Antique Cars will be displayed Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with British Cars on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and more. It all takes place at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults $2, under 12 free. Free parking. Click here for more on the Art & Craft Fest.

January 20 - 22, 2017: Take in the Sarasota Native American Indian Festival and experience the culture and artistry of the of the Native American people. Find authentic, handmade, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, bead work and leather work along with  Native American food. Thunder Bear from the Cherokee nation will share traditional Native American drumming, singing and various styles of dance throughout the weekend. Also appearing will be the Nahui Ollin Aztec Dancers to share their culture and Nashville recording artist Traci Snowe will make a guest appearance to share her beautiful music. The festival will continue to be a tribute to the extraordinary life of artist Rex A. Begaye, its founder. Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets at the gate: $8 adult, $3 6 - 12, 5 and under are free. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. More info: (941) 800-1794. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 20 - 22, 2017: Looking to do some work around the house? Visit the Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show where you'll find experts, inspiration and more. Free admission & parking. Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m, Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Robarts Arena, Sarasota Fairgrounds, 30000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Off Fruitville Road.

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January 20 - 22, 2017: Time for a new boat or just dreaming about your first one? Check out the Bradenton Boat Show complete with boats, accessories, fishing equipment and more along with fishing seminars. Adults $5, 12 and under are free. Free parking. Fri and Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. 

January 21, 2017: It's the 2017 Postcard Show featuring thousands of vintage postcards. Buy, sell, trade or just look. Admission $4. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Rd, Sarasota.

January 21, 2017: Oscar Scherer State Park hosts its 11th Annual All Trails Hike. Hiking begins from 8:00 a.m. - 9 a.m. The most popular trail is the Green trail that winds around Lake Osprey. There are 12 miles of paths and trails from which to choose and to enjoy and see nature up close. After hiking enjoy lunch until 2 p.m. There's also music from noon - 2 p.m. Admission $10. Under 16 free. 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, just south of Sarasota. More info at (941) 483-5956. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 21, 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.

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January 21 - 22, 2017: If you're a car enthusiast you'll enjoy the Classic Antique Car Show and see some of the greatest autos in history.  On Saturday, the Classic Antique Car Show provides the opportunity for you to view the greatest classic antique automobiles in a beautiful & relaxing setting. The Hot Rod and Custom Vehicles will be in the Park on Sunday. Vehicles will be on display both days from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free admission. St. Armand's Circle Park on St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 21 - 22, 2017: The 19th Annual Winterfest Arts and Crafts Show at J.D. Hamel Park is held from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. This festival takes place at the end of Main St. and Gulf Stream Avenue and across from Marina Jack's in Sarasota, off of US 41.

January 21 - 22, 2017: It's the 2nd Annual Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival featuring family entertainment, local bands with a variety of live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, magicians, face painters and more. Live music includes Rock N’ Roll, R&B, Blues to Reggae and Jazz. This year’s performers are Jah Movement, the Greg Billings Band, Sarasota Steel Pan Band, Mike Tozier, Kettle of Fish, RJ Howson, Dr. Bacon and Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio. Food, music and family fun. What more can you ask for? Free admission and parking where you can find it. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Selby Five Points Park, 1 Central Avenue, downtown Sarasota. Click here for more info.

January 22, 2017: 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. Bring your folding chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the sounds. Free. 2 p.m. - 4p.m. Centennial Park, downtown Venice.

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(On going) - January 22, 2017: It's not peanuts and crackerjack, but cotton candy and elephant ears at The 100th Annual Manatee County Fair taking place at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. General admission: $7 for ages 13 and older, $6 for seniors 55 and older, $5 for kids 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. Click for more about the Manatee County Fair. Happy fair-going from my Escape to Sarasota Calendar of Events! January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 24 - 25, 2017: 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.

January 27, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Mary Radamacher-Reed. $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.

January 27, 2017: It's Movies on the Green with "Garfield" playing as part of a series of outdoor family movies. Park your blanket or a chair on the lawn and take in a free movie under the stars. Food Vendors, Kid Zone, Sponsor Booths and much, much more. Free Admission - $5 Parking. Doors open at 6 p.m. Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, 5895 Post Blvd, Bradenton, FL. More info here.

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January 27, 2017: Put on your red, white and blue and take in the Riverview High School Kiltie Band's concert performance of the music of John Phillip Sousa. 7 p.m. $5 donation at the door. Off Proctor Rd at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 27, 2017: It's Free Music Friday Night live at Centennial Park. The music of Patchouli takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Venice. Bring your folding chairs or blankets.

January 27 - 28, 2017: Check out the 3rd year of the new and revamped Suncoast Blues Festival, Sarasota's new Blues Fest, with two days of blues! Featured will be: Balkun Brothers, Jordan Patterson, Chris Duarte, Tommy Z, Charles Wilson, Annika Chambers, Studebaker John, Carl Weathersby and Selwyn Birchwood. Gates open Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. RV/Camping also available for reservations. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 30000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. Click here for tickets and more info.

January 27 - 29, 2017: Looking for a new watercraft? Check out the Sarasota Bayfront Boat Show for new and pre-owned boats and yachts. Free admission Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun: Noon. - 5 p.m. Marina Jacks, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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January 28, 2017: Aarrgg! If you don't mind a short drive the downtown streets of Tampa host the Annual Gasparilla Festival from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Gasparilla Parade Of Pirates is from 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and begins at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. It continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive. The Pirate Fest in 2017 will feature stages along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa with live entertainment, pre and post parade, in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Ashley and Twiggs), MacDill Park (Ashley and Whiting), The Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center, and Fergs Tampa (Jefferson and Channelside Drive). Click here for more info.

January 28 - 29, 2017: Billed as the Sarasolo Festival, this two 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 and New York based and nationally known award winning solo artists. Five different performances each day. Tickets: $15. Continues Feb 4 - 5, 2017. Sarasota's Pioneer Park at the Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota. Click here for more info.

January 28 - 29, 2017: The 23rd 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 28 - 29, 2017: Check out the 14th annual St. Armand's Circle’s Art Festival for fun and creativity at new levels. Usually held on the last weekend in January on St. Armand’s Circle in Circle Park, there are over 175 artists and craftsmen displaying their works. 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free. Click here to read more about the St Armands Art Festival. 

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January 28 - 29, 2017: There's a Flea Market Vintage and Collectibles Fair featuring over 60 exhibitors with everything from "A-Z." Antiques, books, artwork, coins, jewelry, vintage clothing, glassware and more. Adults $3 for entire weekend. Under 12 free. Hours: Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. 801 N. Tamiami Trail.

January 28 - 29, 2017: It's the 10th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival featuring a blend of contemporary craft, all handmade in the U.S. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This is one of the very popular fests on my Sarasota Calendar of Events and it takes place on Miami Avenue in downtown Venice, FL. Free admission. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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January 29, 2017: Here's a blast from the past for historic and vintage car enthusiasts: More than 1,500 Antique vehicles will be on display at the 48th Annual Deveraux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet. The show is free and features vehicles vintage 1991 and older. Spectator parking: $2. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 12205 on Rangeland Parkway in Lakewood Ranch. Click here for more info.  January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 29, 2017: Can you carry a tune? The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions, open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more. Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates games against Toronto on Thursday, March 19 or the national anthem of the Dominican Republic for the game on Wednesday, March 8 are welcome to audition using that selection. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at noon. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only. Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  McKechnie Field, 1611 9th Street W, Bradenton. For more information call 941-747-3031. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 30, 2017: The Venice Concert Band performs its 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 31 - February 1, 2017: 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.





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