2017 March Sarasota
Events Calendar

The March Sarasota Events Calendar includes the best of the best fun things to do in and around Sarasota.

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March 1, 2017: It's a free concert with live music on 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.

March 1 - 5, 2017: Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls....It's Circus Sarasota celebrating 20 years of Big Top Performances. Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota's own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota's Nik Wallenda. The all new winter production  features performances on: Weeknights at 7 p.m,  Wednesday & Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and  Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 - $55. Performances take place under the Big Top, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and tickets.

March 2, 2017: 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.

March 2, 2017: Check out Ringling Underground with local and regional live music while up and coming artists showcase their works in the museum courtyard. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Admission: $5 - $10. Free for members and free with "Art After Five" admission, College Students Free with College ID. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700.

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March 3, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Skip Conkling. $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.

March 3, 2017: 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. 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.

March 3 - 4, 2017: The Friendship Knot Quilters Guild hosts its 2017 'Quilts in Paradise' Quilt Show, it's 16th Annual Show.  A wide variety of quilts from traditional bed quilts to award winning wall art will fill the auditorium. Gift baskets, raffles, silent auction and more will be among the features of the show. Admission: $8, half price for those under 18. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL

March 4, 2017: It's the 8th Annual Shark's Tooth 10K run. It was held in previous years in April. It starts at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Participants receive: Custom medal for all finishers, Free entry to the 25th Annual Shark's Tooth Festival, Premium post race party, Door prizes, Custom Awards and more. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. Registration fees varies. The Festival Grounds gates will open and Race Morning Registration and Packet Pick-Up will begin at 5:30 a.m. at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. East Airport Avenue, Venice, FL. Click here for latest details and sign up.

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March 4, 2017: It's Anna Maria Island Heritage Day with a Settler’s Market selling their famous Settlers’ Bread and herbs, honey and produce. Live music all day plus Bar-B-Q, museum tours and settler era crafts and demonstrations; Bee Keeping, Candle Making, Wool Spinning, Quilting, Knitting, Woodworking, Basket Weaving and more. Old fashioned children’s games and scavenger hunt with games and prizes will be held as well as a Pirate Jailbreak. See how the early settlers lived! 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Anna Maria Island Museum, 402 Pine Avenue in the Historical Park, Anna Maria Island, FL. (Trolley Stop 42). Click here for more info.

March 4, 2017: Stroll the street and enjoy the 6th annual ArtSlam 2017 in downtown Bradenton. This annual community day showcasing collaborative creativity is a celebration of the arts and arts education in conjunction with the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. The festival's focus this year is showcasing arts educators and their students. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Old Main Street, Bradetnon.

March 4, 2017: What's in your future? Find out, perhaps, at the Psychic Fair with psychic readings, mediumship, tarot readings and energy work. All readings: $20/20 minutes. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Last reading at 2:30 p.m.  238 West Tampa Ave., Venice Centre Mall #258 KMI, Venice. FL

March 4, 2017: You're invited to the "Blue + You" Free Movie Night featuring "The Secret Life of Pets."  Bring your blankets and chairs and invite neighbors, family members and friends to watch 'The Secret Life of Pets' at the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters. Free snacks and water will be provided. "Blue + You" is an initiative that honors our community and connects them with the Sarasota Police Department. Free admission. The west end lawn opens at 6 p.m., movie at 7 p.m. West end lawn of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, 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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March 4, 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) at Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.  March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 4 - 5, 2017: Enjoy the 4th Annual Fairy House Festival with fairy houses located throughout the 30-acre property for viewing by museum visitors. In addition to the fairy houses, the festival will feature musical performances, puppets, the Aerial Dragons, a costume parade, face-painting, crafts for kids, enchanted garden walks and more. The festival also will include a competition for the best fairy house. Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: noon-5 pm. Admission to the festival is included in regular museum admission of $12, adults; $10, seniors; and $5, children under 12. Historic Spanish Point, 37 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. More info at: 941-966-5214.

March 4 - 5, 2017: Enjoy the 28th Annual Lido Tides Arts & Crafts Show in the open air along the beach in front of the Lido Beach Pavilion. Featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over.  Free admission and parking. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. 400 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota.

March 4 - 5, 2017: 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.

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March 4 - 5, 2017: It's the 16th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic which brings together longtime favorites and newer names in the contemporary art scene. Mediums include sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more.10 a.m - 5 p.m. West Venice Avenue in Downtown Venice. Free. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 4 - 5, 2017: If you're a weekend D.I.Y'er you'll want to check out the Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show. Featuring everything from kitchens and baths to landscapers and pools, solar, builders, contractors and more, you'll pick up some great ideas or find just the folks who can help you with everything for your home. Admission: $4. Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m..- 5 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto FL March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 4 - 5, 2017: Enjoy the classics? Then you may enjoy two exceptional Chopin Project Concerts this weekend when Leventritt prize winner Tong-Il Han will be featured in a solo piano recital in an all Chopin program on Saturday March 4 at 7 p.m. and Ms Helen Lee will join Mr. Han for a piano duo performance in an all Schubert program on Sunday March, 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 - $50 for both concerts. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL. Click here for tickets and more info.

March 5, 2017: You're invited to a free open house! It's the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park Annual UDC Open House. During the Mansion's 'free tours' see the many lifestyle demonstrations of  the era of the 1840’s - 1870’s.  Additionally, members of the 4th Florida Volunteer Infantry will have a Confederate camp.  Music, crafts and more on the grounds. 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Free admission. A mile and a half west of I-75 (exit #224) on US301, Ellenton. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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March 5, 2017: Come and enjoy Jazz in the Park and help kick off Jazz Week. Free admission and parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo and Estate Grounds. Noon - 5 p.m. 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

March 5, 2017: 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.

March 5, 2016: The 9th Annual Chillounge Night returns to S. Palm Avenue  where an outdoor nightclub/lounge complete with furnishings, lighting and live music takes place. It's billed as "The Ultimate Outdoor Lounge Party!" Highlights will also include a Brazilian Samba Parade. 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. 21 or older. $25/advance-$35/gate. Downtown Sarasota. Click here for more info.

March 5 - 11, 2017: Get your toes tapping at the 37th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival. One of the sun coast's most looked forward to events of the year, the week long music fest will feature jazz greats from all over the country and will feature a celebration for our sun coast's own Dick Hyman's 90th birthday. Click here for complete schedule, tickets and more info.

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March 7 - 8, 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.

March 9, 2017: 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.

March 9 - 11, 2017: Check out the 21st Annual Pinecraft Days Arts & Crafts Festival! More than 40 exhibitors including Amish and Mennonite and upscale artists from around the Sun Coast area. Find handmade and home made items from wood bowls to wind chimes, canvass, art, jewelry, candles, soaps, crafts, white elephant sale and more. Free admission. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 3737 Bahia Vista Plaza (It will be held at Beneva Marketplace for all three days; on the south side of Bahia Vista. It will be held on Saturday only at Der Dutchman plaza - some call this Pinecraft Plaza which is on the north side of Bahia Vista.). Sarasota, FL.

March 9 - 12, 2017: Yes there really are Cowboys in Florida! The 89th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo happens at the Rodeo Arena in Arcadia, about an hour's drive east of Sarasota. Events include bareback riding, barrel racing and bull riding. Tickets are from $15 - $30. Notes: Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable. The show goes on rain or shine. All seats are covered. 800-749-7633. 124 Heard St. Arcadia, FL. Click here for more details and tickets.

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March 10, 2017: It's the Pittsburgh Pirates 11th annual Pirate Fest with family-friendly fun, free player autographs, games, prizes, music and more all just outside the ballpark on 9th street. Free and open to the public. 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1611 9th Street West at McKechnie Field, Bradenton. Ticket required for 1:05 p.m. game with the Rays. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 10, 2017: It's Free Music Friday Night live at Centennial Park. The music of Blue Star takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Venice. Bring your folding chairs or blankets.

March 10, 2017: It's another Full Moon Concert and back by popular demand is Uproot Hootenanny with tunes you’ll be dancing and singing to all night and featuring banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass. 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.

March 10 - 11, 2017: The Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise presents the 41st Annual Pineapple Antique Show. The annual fundraiser has been benefiting local charities since 1976 and features American and English antiques, fine art and jewelry, Asian art and antiques, crystal, china, pottery and porcelains. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is $6 at door. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

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March 10 - 12, 2017: The 13th annual Firestone Grand Prix roars into St. Petersburg featuring Indy Car style racing through the streets. More than 150,000 fans are expected to view the race, a 1.8 mile 14-turn course through downtown St. Pete. With three days of racing and events tickets start at $20 with numerous high priced packages available also. Events begin on Fri. and Sat. mornings at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. St. Pete, FL. Click here for details and more info.

March 11, 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.

March 11, 2017: Check out the Mixon's Orange Blossom Arts & Crafts Fair with all kinds of items including Crafts on the Porch, Crafts in the Hall, Crafts in the Packinghouse...Crafters wall to wall! Over 50 booths...Arts, Crafts, Antiques. There will also be free entertainment while you browse. Free admission. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th Street East, Bradenton.

March 11 - 12, 2017: You're invited to enjoy the inaugural Berry Fest from the same people that bring you the annual Pumpkin Fest. This family friendly event will feature craft booths, face painting, a rock wall, bounce house, mini train rides, food, an Easter egg hunt (12 p.m. Sat. & Sun.), and spring baby animals. Since it's the "Berry Fest" they will feature yummy strawberry shortcake, strawberry milkshakes, hand-dipped blueberry cheesecake ice cream plus kettle corn and plenty of good eats. Free admission and free parking. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Also March 18 - 19, 2017. Fruitville Grove, 7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL. 

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March 11 - 12, 2017: Enjoy the 1st ever Springfest at the Mansion Arts & Crafts Show in the open air along the Tamiami Trail. Featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over.  Free admission and parking. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Philippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

March 11, 2017: The 6th Annual Irish Celtic Festival & Lucky Dog Parade that  takes place at Adventure Park off SR70 in Lakewood Ranch. With entertainment stages, the Lucky Dog Parade, traditional food, a pot 'o gold scavenger hunt, Irish Pipers, Dancers, Bands and more from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Judging and awards will be given for dogs that are Most Irish, Cutest, and Dog/Owner look alike. (Entry for contest is $5.) Also as part of this year's fest they will host the first Irish Spirits Relay Race. Free admission and $5 parking. More about the Irish Celtic Fest, Relay Race and Parade sign up here.

March 11-12, 2017: Enjoy the 4th Annual Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival and marvel at unique creations by more than 130 of some 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 :10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,  Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Gulfstream Ave in downtown Sarasota. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 11 - 12, 2017: The 29th annual Holmes Beach Fine Arts & Crafts Show on Anna Maria Island. Fine art and fine craft exhibitors, this event will also include children's young at art exhibit and art activities. Organized by the Anna Maria Island Art League, it takes place right next to City Hall in downtown Holmes Beach at 5801 Marina Drive. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and parking.

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March 12, 2017: My March Sarasota Events Calendar has The 12th Annual Corvettes in Venice on the Isle which takes place in Centennial Park. Cars, more than 50 Awards, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, vendors, food, a DJ and more. The show runs from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Downtown Venice.

March 12, 2017: 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. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 12, 2016: Don't miss the Heroes Party at the Ranch Craft Beer and Music Festival! It's a  live music and craft beer tasting festival! Party in Lakewood Ranch and support veterans! All proceeds will benefit Heroes Welcome Home, a local non-profit! 3 Rock Bands: Bayou Brothers Band, Archer Classic Rock and Maiden Cane will perform. Craft Brew tasting event ($15.00/ticket) featuring Domestic and Import Drafts plus Delicious Food by local restaurants for sale during the event. Free admission. 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Lane Plaza Too (Corner SR 64 and Lakewood Ranch Blvd), 1823 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL. Click here for more info.

March 12 - 19, 2017: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has selected 11 award-winning films for its 2017 Jewish Film Festival at various venues in Sarasota County. Featured guests include Bogdan Bialek, a Polish-Catholic journalist and psychologist and the hero of the powerful new documentary, "Bogdan's Journey." The festival also features a "Taste of Israel" culinary experience to accompany the film, "In Search of Israeli Cuisine."  Tickets are $12 per film, except the opening night film and dessert "to-go", which is $25. An 11-film festival pass is $125 and offers one non-reserved seat at the opening night film and dessert reception and one screening of each of the 10 remaining films. The closing night dinner, which includes a multi-course Israeli culinary adventure, is $50. Click here for more details including film days and times.

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March 13, 2016: It's the 15th Annual UCP Chocolate Sundae & Food Festival at Michael's on East from (1:00 p.m. VIP) 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. to benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Sarasota-Manatee. There will be chocolate delights from a multitude of restaurants with local chefs presenting their signature chocolate specialties for you to taste and enjoy. Michael's on East, 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota. $30.00 VIP (only in advance) / $25.00 (in advance) / $30.00 (at door) / $10.00 kids (10 and under, under 5 free).

March 13, 2016: Enjoy the St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Day Celebration with The Italian American Club Of Venice. Menu includes: Pasta Al Forno, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Dolce Italiano. Cocktails 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cash Bar. Dinner Served 5:00 p.m. Members: $18 per person, Guests: $22 per person. For Tickets Call: Kathy 941-928-0902. The Italian American Club Of Venice, 1375 Ringling Drive, Venice, FL. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 14 - 15, 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.

March 16, 2017: 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.

March 16 - 19, 2017: Want a new tatt? Check out the Tattoo, Art & Comic Book Show. Along with all kinds of tattoos under the sun, featured artists and a Miss Tattoofest Beauty Pageant there'll be a marketplace of unique vendors and ComicFest too! Fri & Sat: 12 p.m. - 11 p.m,  Sun: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Admission: $20 per day except Thursday: $5 or $45 weekend pass. Free for Kids 14 and under. Free parking. Bradenton Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto. Here's more info on the show.  March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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March 17, 2017: The Shamrock Pub hosts its 9th annual St. Patrick's Day Block Party inside and outside under the tent. The pub opens at 9 a.m. and music starts at 2 p.m. inside the pub and at the alley stage at 4 p.m. Special Appearances, Irish beer, music, bag pipers, food and more. No cover charge. Benefits the Sarasota Family YMCA Youth Shelter. 9 a.m. - midnight. 2257 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. Happy St. Paddy's Day from my Escape to Sarasota Calendar of Events!

March 17, 2016: The 30th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Lynches Pub & Grub will feature live entertainment from 11:45 a.m. - 10 p.m. entertainment featuring Irish dancers, bagpipers and a band.Food, green beer and other fun stuff. Starts at 11 a.m. 19B Boulevard of the Presidents. St. Armands Circle, Sarasota.

March 17, 2016: Check out St. Patrick's Day festivities at Pub 32 Irish Gastro Pub featuring an outdoor stage and big tent along with Irish dancers, bag pipers plus live Irish music throughout the day and traditional food. Inside there will be a beautiful Irish buffet, numbers are strictly limited inside. Reserve a spot. 941-952-3070. Starts at 11 a.m. 8383 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 17, 2017: It's Clancy's 17th Annual St. Patrick's Day Bash with traditional Irish style food like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and more plus beer, drinks, bag pipers and live music from multiple bands all day. Live music all day and night. Begins at 12 p.m. 6218 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

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March 17, 2016:  At McCabes Irish Pub it will be a combined effort between Lou's Diner and McCabes. They are going the traditional route with live Irish/Celtic music by JJ Smith from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McCabes. Bagpipers & Irish step dancers will perform during the day as well. The food will be provided by Lou's Diner. Corned beef & cabbage will of course be available, along with fish & chips, shepherds pie & more. There will also be outside seating this year. 302 Old Main Street, Bradenton.

March 17, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Jerry Eckert. $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.

March 17, 2017: There's a street party for you in honor of St. Patrick's Day: "Main Street Live!" It takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. The event features live music from original reggae band Boot Leg, food and beverage vendors and more.There is no charge or age limit to attend, but you must be at least 21 to get into the bars. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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March 17 - 29, 2017: 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. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

March 17 - 26, 2017: Cotton Candy? Elephant Ears? The 81st Annual Sarasota County Fair takes place at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. There are exhibits, Midway rides and, yes, good ole fair food! The Fairgrounds are located at 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota. Directions: Take U.S. Rt. 41 to U.S. Rt. 301 (Washington Boulevard S.) and turn east on Ringling Boulevard and follow Ringling Boulevard to just east of Tuttle Avenue. Here's more about the Sarasota County Fair. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 18, 2017: The Sarasota Garden Club presents Gardens in Paradise, a Premier Tour of Private Exclusive Gardens. It's your chance to visit private coastal gardens tended by passionate gardeners. Gather ideas and inspiration. View a variety of garden styles that showcase Florida-friendly gardening and learn how to cultivate your own personal Paradise. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advanced Tickets: $30/person, Day of Tour: $35/person. For More Information & Reservations Email: Office@SarasotaGardenClub.org, call  (941) 955-0875 or click here for more. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.

March 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.

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March 18, 2017: Lights, camera, action! Sarasota Film Festival’s Moonlight Movies 2017 season continues with “The Secret Life of Pets” at Nathan Benderson Park. SFF offers the free screenings as a way of giving back to the community before and during the festival season. Future screenings will be in different areas including Siesta Key Beach and Lido Beach. All Moonlight Movies screenings are free and open to the public. Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs! Films begin at sunset, unless specific time is indicated. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL

March 18 - 19, 2017: You're invited to enjoy the inaugural Berry Fest from the same people that bring you their annual Pumpkin Fest. This family friendly event will feature craft booths, face painting, a rock wall, bounce house, mini train rides, food, an Easter egg hunt (12 p.m. Sat. & Sun.), and spring baby animals. Since it's the "Berry Fest" they will feature yummy strawberry shortcake, strawberry milkshakes, hand-dipped blueberry cheesecake ice cream plus kettle corn and plenty of good eats. Free admission and free parking. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fruitville Grove, 7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL.  March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

March 18 - 19, 2017: The Sarasota Folk Club will not be hosting a 2017 Sarasota Folk Festival at this time. The last Sarasota Folk Festival in 2015  took place at Oscar Scherer State Park on South Rt. 41 in Osprey. There were statewide musicians, delicious food, many fine vendors, workshops, jams, family music & fun for kids! The Festival is eco-friendly, with musical workshops, jams, crafts and fun for all ages. Three stages of music. Sat: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. More info here or here: 941-483-5956. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 18 - 19, 2017: It's time to enjoy the 9th Annual Anna Maria Arts & Crafts Show. Featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over, the show takes place right next to City Hall in downtown Holmes beach.10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Free admission and parking. 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL

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March 19, 2017: Put on your running shoes. The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & 2 Person Relay Race is being run from 7 a.m. The course will remain open 4 hours. It both starts from and ends at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Registration and more info about the race here.

March 19, 2017: March is Quilting Month in Sarasota County and The Venice Area Quilters Guild invites you to “Celebrate the Art of Quilting” on National Quilting Day. Door Prizes; Fun Make and Take projects for children and adults! Watch their quilt making demonstrations as they cut, sew and make nap quilts for the South Sarasota County Head Start programs. Noon to 4:00 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Avenue, Venice, FL

March 19, 2017: If you're in the mood for a St. Patrick's Day Parade check out the annual one organized by the Beach Bistro which will feature floats, dancers, high school bands and more. Staging begins at 2 p.m. and the parade starts at 4 p.m. from Holmes Beach City Hall at 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island. From Holmes Beach City Hall the parade route runs north along Marina Drive to Palm Drive, north on Palm Drive to the end site at 78th and Palm. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 19, 2017: It's the 8th Annual Nokomis Beach Bash featuring food, drink, live music and fun. Bring your beach chair and enjoy some fun in the sun at the Nokomis Beach Plaza. Free admission. 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Nokomis Beach is on Casey Key just over the Albee Road Draw Bridge. More info at 941-650-6088.  March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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March 19, 2017: 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.

March 19, 2017: Enjoy the Suncoast Concert Band's special concert performance. Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability. Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota.

March 20, 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. Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. Click here for tickets and more info.

March 21, 2017: The Jewish Family & Children's Service of the Suncoast will host its 13th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food & Wine Tasting & Golf Challenge at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Golf begins at 11:30 a.m. From 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., over 500 guests are expected "Under the Tent" for a dazzling food and wine tasting hosted by more than 24 local chefs from premier restaurants. Guests can also visit wine stations and a martini bar while enjoying live music and mobile bidding on a silent auction. Ticket prices start at $100. All proceeds benefit programs and services of JFCS. RSVP by March 10, 2017. The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key, FL  Click here for more info and tickets.

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March 21 - 22, 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.

March 23, 2017: 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.

March 24, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Marc Mannino. $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.

March 24 - 25, 2017: It's the 6th annual Venice Book Fair and Writers' Festival with various programs for writers on Friday. The Book Fair is Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with authors selling and autographing their books in Centennial Park,  downtown Venice. Here's more info and how to sign up for the writer's fest.

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March 24 - 26, 2017: What do you get when you combine Circus Sarasota and Key Chorale? You get Cirque Des Voix, a mini Cirque du Soleil! It's a unique twist on the traditional circus plus 100+ voices of the Key Chorale and a 30-piece orchestra! Tickets" $20 - $55. Friday performance at 7 p.m. Saturday performance at 2 p.m., Sunday at 5 p.m. Big Top opens an hour before the show.. SE corner of University Town Center Mall, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC. More information: 941-355-9805. Click here for more info and tickets.

March 24 - 26, 2017:  Food, fun & Fish! It's the Annual Desoto Heritage Seafood Festival taking place Friday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday Noon - 6 p.m. There's seafood, multi-stage live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and more. Traditionally, admission to the fest has been $5 on Friday and Sunday, $10 Saturday after 4 p.m. to see the headlining music acts. Country singer David Allan Coe performs Friday evening. Sutton Park in downtown Palmetto. 6th Street West (Corner of 6th St West and 10th Avenue, Palmetto). Here's more info along with entertainment schedule.

March 25, 2017: Register to volunteer for the 2017 Great American Cleanup and Keep Sarasota County Beautiful! Cleanup projects can take place in any location throughout Sarasota county that volunteer groups wish to target. For more information just call 941-861-5000 and ask for the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful office. Registration will open in mid-late January 2017.​ Here's more details and info.

March 25, 2017: Manatee Village Historical Park presents Heritage Days Open House and the 2nd Annual HAIRitage Days Beard and Mustache Competition ( The contest is open to all, and there is even a “fake beard” category for unisex, adults and youth. Winners receive a $50 gift card! Registration is $5.00 per contestant and may be completed ahead of time or the day of.) A family friendly event that will feature heritage craft vendors, a craft booth for kids, local artists, live music, history talks, a Civil War reenactor, demonstrations, and food vendors. You can discover what the community was like fewer than twenty years after the first pioneers arrived. Take a step back in time to mid-1860s Southwest Florida and experience life in Manatee County through living history interpreters. There will be live music with The Good Vibes and much more. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64), Bradenton. Click here for more info.

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March 25, 2017: The Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club is hosting the 9th Annual Toast to Venice wine, beer and food festival at Maxine Barritt Park from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Live entertainment, a silent auction, yummy samples from local chefs, beer and wine tasting and more. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 the day of the event. 1800 Harbor Drive S., Venice. Click here for more info.

March 25 - 26, 2017: Put on your dancing shoes! It's the 9th Annual Sarasota Challenge Ballroom Dance Sport Competition! It's being billed as an "outstanding dance sport event open to the public: competitions, seminars, general dancing, fine dining, shows." The Sarasota Challenge 2017 takes place at  the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1000 Blvd Of The Arts, Sarasota. Participate or come to watch. Several ticket options. For events, schedules and more info click here!

March 25 - 26, 2017: It's time to enjoy the 8th Annual Downtown Sarasota Springfest Arts & Crafts Show. Featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over, in beautiful Five Points Park. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Free admission and parking. middle of Downtown Sarasota, 50 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

March 25 - 26, 2017: It's the last weekend of the 80th Annual Sarasota County Fair at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. There are exhibits, Midway rides and fair food! The Fairgrounds are located at 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota. Directions: Take U.S. Rt. 41 to U.S. Rt. 301 (Washington Boulevard S.) and turn east on Ringling Boulevard and follow Ringling Boulevard to just east of Tuttle Avenue. Here's more about the Sarasota County Fair. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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March 26, 2017: It's the "Tour de Parks Fun Ride" on The Legacy Trail to celebrate its 6th anniversary. It's an on-road bicycle tour of varying distances along the paved trails and roads of Sarasota County. There is a 62 mile, 35 mile and 20 mile fully supported road ride with rest stops. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Start and finish at the Historic Venice Train Depot, 303 East Venice Ave, Venice. Happy trails to you! More information or sign up. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 26, 2017: 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. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 26, 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.

March 27, 2016: Enjoy Easter Brunch at the Powel Crosley Estate, Sarasota's only bayfront fine dining venue. Breakfast and Brunch menu items including Chef Omelet station, Belgium waffles and fresh fruit, shrimp and our popular smoked salmon trio, Mac N Cheese station (for all of us kids);  Easter ham and selection of Chicken, an abundant assortment of fresh salads, Vegan quinoa selection and delicious desserts. Inside the Mansion or next to the bay with private tables. Two seatings: 10:a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Adults $42.00, Childern from 3 to 10 $24.00. Toddlers and infants are complimentary. 8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info.

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March 27, 2017: The Venice Concert Band performs its Spring 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. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 28 - 29, 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. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

March 29 - April 1, 2017: A bit of a pricier event but if you're a connoisseur of spirits you might enjoy the 5th annual Whiskey Obsession, now upgraded to a 4-day event, with dozens of master distillers and professional brand ambassadors on hand to serve over 200 whiskies from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, India, Australia, Japan, Canada, and the United States, including many small craft distillers. Dinners, lunches and the Festival Grand Tasting are all a part of the festivities. Several prices and options are available. Various events, times and locations.  Click here for tickets and more info. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

March 30, 2017: 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. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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March 31, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Patricia Dean. $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. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

March 31, 2017: It's Movies on the Green with "Rio" 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, Sponsors 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.

March 31, 2017: A new season of Music in the Park kicks off at the Riverwalk in Bradenton tonight. Bring your chair or blanket to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show—for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 28, 2017. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater. March Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

March 31, 2017: Experience the 5th annual Wine Walk to Ca' d'Zan! Taste fine wine and delight in delicious food pairings as you stroll along the drive to the mansion. Wrap up the evening beside Ca' d'Zan with live music and surprises. Plus, VIP ticket holders will enjoy early entry, valet service, and a champagne toast. Your VIP ticket also includes access to the VIP lounge located on the beautiful Ca' d'Zan Terrace, featuring special cuisine, distinctive blends and a dedicated service staff. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Tickets: General admission: $135  / $200 for VIP. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Click here for tickets and more info.

March 31 - April 9, 2017: It's the Annual Sarasota Film Festival, one of the year's biggest events. It's 10 days of movies, celebrities and parties when Hollywood comes to Sarasota! On the 2016 appearance agenda were actresses and actors: Sophia Loren, Olympia Dukakis, George Hamilton, Mathew Modine, Treat Williams and more. Making appearances in 2015 were actresses Cloris Leachman, Jane Seymour and Blythe Danner. In recent years: making an appearance at the 2013 Film Festival was actress Mariel Hemingway. The 2012 Feature actor and special guest was Frank Langella. 2011's special guest and honoree was the legendary Christopher Plummer, who received the "Cinema Master" Award. Also receiving an award in 2012 was Oscar Award winning actress Geena Davis. Here's where you can find out more.





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