2023 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.

*Every effort is made to provide as accurate of information as possible, however dates, times, places and event schedules are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, last minute changes or cancellations made by event organizers, mistakes, misinformation from sources and/or events beyond anyone's control, etc. Before making any major plans check with event organizers to confirm date of event and that event has not been canceled at the last minute.) The Calendar is updated as information is made available.



February 1, 2023: Check out NBP Rec Day! This is a great opportunity for natural sound and family-friendly imagery on the water. For a small fee, children and their parents and siblings can get out on the water with their choice of our equipment, and switch out at their whim — kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, a pedal pontoon boat, even a 15-foot sailboat with captain (masks required). $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger. Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more) All must complete the waiver form. Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL

February 1, 2023: It's a free concert with live music with the Gentlemen of Jazz, which recreates the New Orleans Preservation Hall style of jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. This free concert take place every Wednesday through April 6, 2022 in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

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February 1 - 5, 2023: It's the 34th Annual Gulf Coast Games for Life. This multi-sport event program is for adults 50 and over. Events take place in Sarasota County, Manatee County and the City of North Port. There are16 events: 5K Road Race, Bag Toss (Corn Hole), Basketball Shooting, Bocce Ball, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Pickleball, Race Walk/Power Walk, Racquetball, Rowing an Paddle, Shuffleboard, Swimming, Table Tennis, Target Shooting, Track and Field. Registration deadline was Jan. 10, 2022. Call 941-861-PARK (7275) to register by phone

February 1 - 5, 2023: More cotton candy fun! It's the 34th annual Charlotte County Fair with live entertainment, family fun and that good old fashioned fair food! The Charlotte County Fair,  2333 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL.

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 2 - March 30, 2023: The Brown Bag Concert series begins the first Thursday in February and continues to the last Thursday in March. Adding new local musicians. Bring your lawn chair and lunch, relax and enjoy wonderful music in a delightful park setting. Noon - 1 p.m. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 3, 2023: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with thr Pete BarenBregge Sextet. Saxophonist Pete BarenBregge is the former music director for the renowned USAF Airmen of Note. He has performed in the world’s finest concert halls with the top names in the entertainment field and for Kings, Queens and six Presidents. He now performs with his own band and other area bands. Sextet includes Dick Hamilton, David Pruyn, Cameron Kayne, Vince DeMartino and Greg Nielsen. Concert from 2 - 4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd. Admission at the door $15 members; $20 guests. For information call: (941) 260-9951.

February 3, 2023: Dance along to the Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch. Beer, wine and food. Check out the fountain area for a balloon twister, face painting and other 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. Free admission. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75.

February 3, 2023:  It's the Moon Over Myakka Fundraising Concert at the South Pavilion with Stumble Creek; an Eclectic Mix Of Americana With Strong Folk Roots, Hot Bluegrass Flashes And Rock-Inspired Riffs, When Stumble Creek Kick Off their 2023 Moon Over Myakka Fundraising Concert Series! Park entrance fee waived after 5 p.m. with concert ticket. Tickets: $25 per person, $20 for Friends of Myakka River Members. Half price tickets for children under 12 available at the door only. Bring a chair and a picnic or Food, wine and beer will be available for sale from the Lazy Gator Cafe. For more info call 941-361-6511 or 941-373-7839. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. North gate will be open 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. 

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Sarasota Pet Fest

February:  On indefinite hiatus, this event may return at a later date, according to organizers. 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.

February 3 - 4, 2023: Browse vintage and handmade treasures at the American Vintage Markets which bring together a wide array of carefully curated vendors who will showcase their best re-cycled, re-purposed, handcrafted, and re-imagined treasures. Find vintage delights from vendors who are passionate pickers, makers, collectors, creators, and artisans. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. General admission: $8. 16 & under free. Free parking. Robarts Arena, Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota FL

February 3 - 4, 2023: It's the Bradenton Cigar Box Festival weekend with Hymn for Her, Travis Bowlin and Meg Williams, Steve Arvey, Stumpy Joe, Cigar Box Guitar Serenaders and many more. Live Muisc Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday 12 p.m. - 11 p.m. at the Cottonmout Soul Kitchen and Birdrock Taco Shack (and at 10 a.m. with Steve Arvey at the Bradenton Morning Market.) Located in the Village of the Arts.. $5 cover. Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, 1114 12th St W. Bradenton, FL. More info: (941) 243-3735.

February 3 - 4, 2023: The Venice Symphony Returns to the Venice Performing Arts Center with "Cinematic Romance." Fall in love all over again with music from Casablanca, Romeo and Juliet and Gone With the Wind. Hailed as “…dazzling, electrifying and compelling,” superstar violinist Sandy Cameron will perform Danny Elfman’s Edward Scissorhands Suite, The Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso and the Tango from Scent of a Woman. Finally, you will be treated to the Symphony’s premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s sweeping Symphonic Dances from the enduring classic West Side Story. Tickets on line or save on fees and call 941-207-8822 or visit The Venice Symphony Box Office at 1515 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 7, Venice from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Venice Performing Arts Center | 1 Indian Ave, Venice, FL.

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February 4, 2023: It's a celebration of circus history and heritage as The 35th Annual Circus Ring of Fame induction ceremony takes place at the Circus Sarasota Tent at Nathan Benderson Park. There (usually) will be a live concert performance of circus music with a 60 piece band prior to the induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at Nathan Benderson Park. Here's more on the ceremonies and the Circus Ring of Fame.

February 4, 2022: Canceled for 2023. Next event to be held on February 3, 2024. The evening before The 27th Annual Highland Games is “Ceilidh,” a traditional Celtic social gathering, which usually involves playing music, dancing and food! In the entertainment tent Celtic Conundrum, Eireann's Call & Whiskey Dregs will be the bands for the evening.  There will be games, raffles, dancing, and music. There will be vendors selling food and merchandise. This is a family friendly event. There will be beer and wine to purchase and a raffle for prizes. Sarasota Fairgrounds. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets: $10.00.. Sarasota County Fairgrounds. 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL.

February 4, 2023: Young and old are invited to Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild's 8th annual "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, FL.

February 4 - 5, 2023: The Venice Area Orchid Society presents their 54th  annual show and sale, "Galaxy of Orchids." 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, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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February 4 - 5, 2023:  Join Crowley Museum & Nature Center for their Myakka River Rendezvous for another trip back in history. See living history demonstrations, blacksmithing, black powder demonstrations and archery along with old tyme games and food vendors. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults: $10, Kids 3 - 17: $5, Under 3: Free. Tickets at the gate. Free parking. Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, FL.

February 5, 2022: Canceled for 2023. Next event to be held on February 3, 2024. Check out the 27th Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Enjoy the sound of bagpipes, drums, Celtic music, Highland dancing and athletic events, Border Collie demonstrations, kid's games and events and all things Scottish. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. rain or shine. Sarasota County Fairgrounds. 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

February 5, 2023: 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.

February 5, 2022: TBA for 2023.  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). Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL. Sidewalk Astronomy at Sarasota's Riverview High School Planetarium is located on the Sidewalk outside the Planetarium theater. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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February 5 - 6, 2022: Canceled for 2023. You're invited to the 19th Annual Plantation Festival at Gamble Mansion and Plantation. Enjoy an arts and crafts show, a student 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 6, 2022: At this time there are no plans for Giving Hunger the Blues this season 2023. Sarasota's largest and longest running charity event, Giving Hunger the Blues, benefits the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program and will be staged at Nathan Benderson Park. Featuring Headliners Selwyn Birchwood and Albert Castiglia plus Ariella, Big Night Out, Bird Tribe, Fogt's All Stars, Jeremy Carter Quartet, Frankie Pineiro and Cole Hazlitt Quintet. All proceeds benefit the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Noon - 9:30 p.m. Tickets: 4 ticket options from $15 - $100. Early Bird $15. General Admission $25 & Special VIP $100 (Jazz Club member discount available). Day of Event $35 (No discounts). Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL

February 6, 2023: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Vertigo on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets will be available approx. one month prior to each event, and will include a 24 hour pre-sale period for members. Members please note: $10 tickets are limited to one for Individual Memberships and two for all other Membership levels. Additionally, members may purchase up to four additional tickets at full price ($20) during the pre-sale period. Tickets are limited and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180. 

February 8, 2020: TBA for 2023. It's the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest with autographs and photo opportunities on the field, clubhouse tours and numerous other fan fest special attractions from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission and free parking in lots 6 & 7. All attendees 18 years and older must individually obtain an admission ticket to attend. Children 17 and under do not need a ticket. An email notification will be sent out when tickets are available to claim. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL. 




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February 8, 2023:  It's a free concert with live music with the Gentlemen of Jazz, which recreates the New Orleans Preservation Hall style of jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. This free concert take place every Wednesday through April 6, 2022 in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

February 8 - 11, 2023: 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. $3 admission donation for charity. Wed - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m. - noon. Palm Grove Mennonite Church, 1087 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL.

February 9, 2023: Enjoy the Brown Bag Concert Series every Thursday from noon . - 1 p.m. with live music through March 31. Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and enjoy a wide variety of musical performances.  Adding new local musicians. Relax and enjoy wonderful music in a delightful park setting. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

February 9 - 20, 2023: The Florida State Fair takes place and gates open daily. 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! February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota




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February 10, 2023: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with the Roy Gerson Quartet. One of the finest pianists on Florida’s West Coast. In the 1990s, Roy Gerson performed regularly in top jazz clubs in NYC, the Village Gate, the Blue Note, Tavern on the Green and Zanzibar and others. Gerson has appeared in over a dozen movies, including Cotton Club, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Mirror Has Two Faces with Barbra Streisand and the Associate. His rendition of "If I Had You" appeared in the film Eyes Wide Shut. Concert from 2 - 4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd. Admission at the door $15 members; $20 guests. For information call: (941) 260-9951.

February 10, 2023: It's Free Music Friday Night Concert Series with live music at Centennial Park. The music of Kit M. Jones takes place at the Gazebo in the park.  Attendees are asked to follow current CDC guidelines. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Centennial Park, Downtown Venice, FL.

February 10 - 11, 2023:  It's SHELLABRATION time! The Sarasota Shell Club presents its 59th 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 and Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is only $5 for adults, $2.50 for students age 12 to 18, and free for children 12 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 10 - 12, 2023: 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

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February 10 - March 5, 2023: Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls....It's Circus Sarasota with another season of Big Top Performances. Celebrating 25 years, previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota's own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota's high wire artist, Nik Wallenda. Every year features a new cast in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top. The Ulla Searing Big Top moves from the NBP north lakes area to Regatta Island at Nathan Benderson Park. Don’t miss this international cast of circus artists, many that appeared on America’s Got Talent, in thrilling performances under the Big Top!! Various tickets prices and show times. Nathan Benderson Park on Regatta Island behind the Mall at UTC, Sarasota, FL. 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL

February 11, 2023: Water sports is the order of the day at the 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 also features live music starting at noon on two stages in both Bradenton and Palmetto,  food, kid zone, stunt dogs, and more plus a Sky Elements Drone Light Show finale over the river choreographed to music at 7 p.m. and much more!  More than 120,000 spectators attended the last event in 2021. Free admission. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk and in Palmetto, FL.

February 11, 2023: By participating in the 12th annual Superhero 5K and 1 mile Fun Run hosted by Bridge a Life you'll help raise awareness about foster care needs in our community. Race shirts and post race food! 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. 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL  February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 11, 2023:  The Italian American Club of Venice presents their 2023 Valentine Dinner Dance. Members $55, Guests $65. Call/text for tickets 941-468-9029. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. The Italian American Club of Venice, 1375 Ringling Dr. Venice, FL.

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Feb. 11, 2023: It's the Main Street Live - Regatta. Join a Main Street Live party, Regatta Edition! The party starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. on Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton, FL.

February 11 - 12, 2023: Enjoy the 35th 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. Begun in 1988, the festival features life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, photography and inspired creativity for all to see (and buy!). Free. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street in downtown Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 11 - 12, 2023: It's the Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show. This quality juried fine art and fine craft show bring artists with all disciplines to sell their original and personally handmade art. The focus is visual arts and fine arts and fine crafts created by award-winning artists from around the world with all disciplines for sale – paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, jewelry, and more. There is free admission; $5 parking supports Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

February 12, 2023: It's a Sarasota Orchestra Parks and Partners Performance as The Sarasota Brass Quintet will perform a variety of music from the Waterside Place Pavilion at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Waterside Place, 7500 Island Cove Terrace, Sarasota, FL




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February 12, 2023: It's Farm to Fillet 2023 at Mote. Guests will enjoy fine culinary offerings and exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of the largest aquaculture research and development facility in the United States. Hear directly from Mote scientists about their work to advance sustainable aquaculture technology to feed the world and restock depleted fish populations. $150.00 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Mote Aquaculture Research Park | 12300 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL.

February 12, 2023: 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 12, 2023: 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 12 - April 30, 2023: This concert season, Sarasota Orchestra expands its community engagement tour known as “SO on the Road” to bring live music into local parks and cultural destinations. Admission is free. Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. through April. Various outdoor locations around Sarasota and Bradenton parks.

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Say I Do Again Nokomis Beach FloridaSay "I Do" Again. Nokomis Beach, Florida

February 14, 2023: It's time to Say "I Do Again!" Celebrate a renewal of wedding vows at sunset on beautiful Nokomis Beach. Event includes commemorative certificate, gift, flower, music and light refreshments, officiated by Judge Riva at Siesta Beach and Judge Ruhl at Nokomis Beach. Check-in begins at 4:30 p.m. and activities begin at 5 p.m. The nondenominational service begins promptly at 6 p.m. Register by Friday, Feb. 10 for $15 per couple or fee increases to $25 for day of registration. Nokomis Beach Park, 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL. For more information and registration, visit scgov.net/parks or call 311.


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February 14, 2023: It's time to Say "I Do Again!" Celebrate a renewal of wedding vows at sunset on beautiful Siesta Beach. Event includes commemorative certificate, gift, flower, music on the beach and light refreshments. Check-in begins at 4:30 p.m. and activities begin at 5 p.m. The nondenominational service begins promptly at 6 p.m. Register by Friday, Feb. 10 for $15 per couple or fee increases to $25 for day of registration. For more information and registration, visit scgov.net/parks or call 311. Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL.

February 15, 2023: Check out NBP Rec Day! This is a great opportunity for natural sound and family-friendly imagery on the water. For a small fee, children and their parents and siblings can get out on the water with their choice of our equipment, and switch out at their whim — kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, a pedal pontoon boat, even a 15-foot sailboat with captain (masks required). $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger. Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more) All must complete the waiver form. Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 15, 2023:  It's a free concert with live music with the Gentlemen of Jazz, which recreates the New Orleans Preservation Hall style of jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. This free concert take place every Wednesday through April 6, 2022 in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.




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February 15, 2020: TBA for 2023. It's the Pittsburgh Pirates Annual Pep Rally.  Activities at the Pep Rally include a photo booth, autograph sessions with current and former Pirates players, and games operated by the Pirates, team sponsors, and community organizations. Pirates VIPs will address the Pep Rally from the main stage during the event. The Pep Rally serves as an annual launch of Spring Training festivities in Bradenton. Show your spirit and wear your best Pirates colors or costume. Free to attend. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Old Main Street between 3rd Avenue and Manatee Avenue in downtown Bradenton, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 15 - April 12, 2023: Enjoy the Bayfront Gardens at The Ringling for Acoustic Sunsets with a solo musician on Ca' d'Zan Terrace! This event will feature a solo or duo musical group performing acoustic music as the sun sets on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 5:30 p.m. $15 Members. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each event. In the case that there are tickets still available one week prior to each event, members will be able to purchase up to 4 guest tickets for $20 each. These tickets, if available, will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. one week prior to the event. 2nd Wednesday of the month January - April 2023. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL

February 16, 2023: Enjoy the Brown Bag Concert Series every Thursday from noon . - 1 p.m. with live music through March 31. Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and enjoy a wide variety of musical performances.  Adding new local musicians. Relax and enjoy wonderful music in a delightful park setting. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

Trhough - February 20, 2023: The Florida State Fair takes place and gates open daily. 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.

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February 17, 2023: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with The Danny Sinoff Trio. Enjoy music from the composers of the American Songbook and jazz favorites with Danny Sinoff, piano & vocals. Among his influences are Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller. With Danny singing, the music’s swinging. He performs favorites sung by Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick, Jr and Frank Sinatra. Concert from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd. Admission at the door $15 members; $20 guests. For information call: (941) 260-9951.

Annual Sarasota Motorcycle Festival Called Thunder By The Bay

February 17 - 19, 2023:  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 Music & Motorcycle Festival revs up for another year! You'll see bikes, bikes and more bikes. (Escape-to-Sarasota.com is a proud sponsor of the 25th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival benefitting Suncoast Charities for Children!) Here's more about the Thunder by the Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival.

February 17 - 19, 2023: It's The St. Barbara Greek Festival  It's the 39th Annual "Greek Glendi - A Greek Festival."  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).St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church at 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 18, 2023: The Manatee Community Concert Band performs "A Trip Down Memory Lane" featuring some of your all time favorite songs. Tickets are $15 each. 2 p.m. All Concerts are at the Neel Performing Arts Center on the campus of State College of Florida. SCF Neel Performing Arts Center - 5840 26th Street West, Building 11 East, Bradenton, FL.

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February 18, 2023: Check out Beertopia 2023 with a sampling of local craft beers, seltzers and liquor paired with dishes from your favorite local restaurants. Live music, silent and live auction and raffle tickets. 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $60 donation. Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Avenue W, Palmetto, FL. (Must be 21 to attend).

February 18 - 19, 2023: The Venice Antiques Show features over 50 national and regional exhibitors. Featured: Art Glass, Pottery, Fine Art, Jewelry, Asian and  European Antiques, Americana. Also showcases furniture, sterling, toys, Tiffany lamps, cut glass and much more. $8. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S Nokomis Ave, Venice, FL.

February 18 - 19, 2023: Chug on in to the Real Rails 44th Annual Huge Model Train Show featuring all scales and everything for the railroad hobbyist with more than 150 dealers on hand plus railroad antiques and collectibles. Buy, sell, trade. Also featuring a children's "hands on" layout, the Greater Florida Lego Users Group layout, door prizes and more. Sat: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Adults: $8, kids 13 & under: free with paid adult admission. Free parking. Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL.

February 18 - 19, 2023: It's their 20th Annual Fine Arts Show & Sale at the Venice Art Center with Prints, Acrylics, Oils, Watercolors, Mixed Media, Jewelry, Glass, Pottery, Textiles and more along with an outdoor café to enjoy. Admission: $3 for members, $4 for non members. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice, FL.

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February 18 - 19, 2023: It's the 41st 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. The 2023 festival will be held on 46th Ave at the end of 123rd Street. Festival goers will want to note that there is a remote parking area in west Bradenton. PARKING: The Boy Scouts will offer on-site parking at the FISH Preserve which is located one block east of the village, off Cortez Road, for a $5 donation. Free parking on the FISH preserve for motorcycles. ​Remote Park and Ride available with $3 round trip: MCAT shuttle bus to Cortez from two locations: G.T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave Dr West, Bradenton 34209 -- turn east off 59th St onto 33rd Ave Drive). SATURDAY ONLY-FREE Park and Ride will be available from the Cortez Baptist Church located at 4411 100th St W. on Cortez Road (1 1/2 miles east of the Festival).As in past years, this same shuttle service is being provided from the remote parking area located at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Island folks can take the free trolley to the parking site. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 18, 2023: It's the start of the annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride. The week-long Florida historical re-enactment horse back ride will begin near the Manatee Village Historic Park and ride East on 64 to Morgan Johnson Road. The ride  takes place from February 18 - 25.  A few of the Cracker Trail riders will be departing from near the Manatee historical village Saturday Feb 18 apx 9:30 a.m. riding east on SR 64 to Morgan Johnson. Official ride out is Sunday 9 a.m. the 19th from Kibler Ranch (now Falkner) in east Manatee County. Located in a field near Kibler Ranch Rd and SR 64. and will continue across Florida and end in Fort Pierce with a parade to celebrate on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 10 a.m. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 19, 2023: Yummy! The 27th Anniversary Jewish Food Festival & Flea Market takes place with all kinds of delights from home made deli and bakery items including corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, stuffed cabbage, soup, dairy, beer and wine, and much 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, Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 19, 2023: 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

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February 20, 2023: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Paisley on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets will be available approx. one month prior to each event, and will include a 24 hour pre-sale period for members. Members please note: $10 tickets are limited to one for Individual Memberships and two for all other Membership levels. Additionally, members may purchase up to four additional tickets at full price ($20) during the pre-sale period. Tickets are limited and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. General public tickets on sale January 21, 2023.  Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 20, 2023: Join the Venice Concert Band for Step By Step! The Venice Concert Band will be opening with a Bach prelude and fugue, then on to Mozart with a surprising twist, and ending with Beethoven for classical music lovers.  Then the concert will move to the Broadway stage with a tribute to Broadway along with music from My Fair Lady and The Lion King. Tickets will be available for this performance February 6, 2023. If you do not have season tickets, you can purchase $14 tickets online two weeks before each performance or $14 (cash only) tickets at the door on concert dates. All concerts are at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC), 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 20, 2023: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret. Monday Night Jazz at the Cabaret presents an exciting evening of jazz with top entertainment in an intimate cabaret setting in downtown Sarasota at the John C. Court Cabaret at FST; First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for food and beverage service. Click here for tickets and updated information on performer.

February 21, 2023: Not taking place in 2023. Do the Crawl! The Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Crawl. March with the New Orleans Style Second Line Brass Band in Historic Downtown Venice. The party kicks off at 4pm on Miami Avenue West at the Merchants of Venice Building parking lot. Put on your Mardi Gras mask, enjoy live music and get a snapshot in our photo booth. Follow along behind the New Orleans style “second line” brass band as it makes its way from Miami Avenue to West Venice Avenue stopping to play at 10+ locations. The celebration continues at after parties at Made in Italy and Daiquiri Deck. “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” Let the good times roll! They'll also have a photo booth and a hula hoop show. 4 p.m. Miami Avenue West at the Merchants of Venice Building parking lot. Downtown Venice, FL.

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February 22, 2023:  It's a free concert with live music with the Gentlemen of Jazz, which recreates the New Orleans Preservation Hall style of jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. This free concert take place every Wednesday through April 6, 2022 in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 23, 2023: Enjoy the Brown Bag Concert Series every Thursday from noon . - 1 p.m. with live music through March 31. Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and enjoy a wide variety of musical performances.  Adding new local musicians. Relax and enjoy wonderful music in a delightful park setting. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

The Venice Italian Feast in Florida

February 23 - 26, 2023: The 34th 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 more. Admission is free. Parking, $10. Food and carnival rides at cost. FREE Admission, FREE Entertainment. Prices subject to change.  It starts at 4 p.m. Thursday & Friday, and 12 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Four days of fun and Italian food! February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 24, 2023: It's Free Music Friday Night Concert Series with live music at Centennial Park. The music of Steve Arvery takes place at the Gazebo in the park.  Attendees are asked to follow current CDC guidelines. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Centennial Park, Downtown Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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February 24, 2023: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with Scotty Wright and Friends. A veteran musician for over 30 years, one can hear the entire spectrum of jazz singing in a Scotty Wright performance. With a warm, rich-toned voice and relaxed delivery, Scotty possesses a unique sound that is deeply rooted in jazz tradition. His style features harmonic sophistication, a playful rhythmic approach and insightful phrasing of the lyric. When Scotty takes the audience into the world of the blues, there is no doubt he has been there before. When singing a ​ romantic ballad, the listener feels each note, hearing and believing every word. In his uptempo songs, he generates an energy that ignites the room, especially during his thrilling forays into wordless ‘scat’ singing. Concert from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.. at the Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd. Admission at the door $15 members; $20 guests. For information call: (941) 260-9951.

February 24 - 25, 2023: The Venice Symphony Returns to the Venice Performing Arts Center with "The Movie Maestro: A Tribute to John Williams" Irish eyes will be smiling when you join The Venice Symphony for A Celtic Celebration. Our guest artist is vocalist and harpist Orla Fallon, an original member of the phenomenally popular group Celtic Woman. Highlights include Percy Granger’s exuberant Molly on the Shore, music from Riverdance and Symphony No. 3 in F Minor, known as the “Irish,” by Charles Villiers Stanford. Concert is sold out. To be put on waiting list call 941-207-8822. The Venice Performing Arts Center | 1 Indian Ave, Venice, FL.

February 25, 2023: The Baltimore Orioles will play the first of their home Spring Training games at 1:05 p.m. against the Minnesota Twins. Ed Smith Stadium, 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 25, 2023: The Pittsburgh Pirates will celebrate the opening of Spring Training exhibition game season with the Pirates home opener hosting the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. at LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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February 25, 2023: The Atlanta Braves will celebrate the opening of Spring Training exhibition game season as the Braves host the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. at CoolToday Park, 18800 W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 25, 2023: The Tampa Bay Rays will play their Spring Training game of exhibition season on the road in Ft. Myers  against the Minnesota Twins. Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex, Fort Myers, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 25, 2023: Enjoy local talent at its finest at the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys performance their Annual Show, "Just Singin a Song" The more than 160 member Chorus and featured Quartets will perform everything from Broadway Hits to classic barbershop, patriotic and inspirational numbers and more. $30 - $35. Performance at 2:30 p.m. Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way (Off Proctor east of Rt. 41), Sarasota, FL.

February 25, 2023: It's the Joy of Jazz at Centennial Park, Venice. The Jazz Club and the Gulf Coast Community co-sponsor a free jazz concert at the Gazebo in Centennial Park 200 W. Venice Ave, Venice. A fun outdoor event for the whole family. Concert from 7 - 9 pm. Bring chairs or blanket for seating. Performers TBA. Click here for updates. Centennial Park 200 W. Venice Ave, Venice

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February 25 - 26, 2023: It's the Venice Home Show complete with everything for in and around your home. Builders, contractors and much more plus cooking seminars all weekend. View and interact with the industry’s hottest home improvement products of the year. This Home Show features exhibitors with fabulous ideas for updating and improving your living space. Meet Chef Warren Caterson. Free admission. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL

February 25 - 26, 2023: It's the Longboat Key Festival of the Arts in Sarasota County. Residents and visitors are invited to stroll this wonder complex amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more. Local and national artists will be on site to discuss their inspirations and processes for each hand-made work.  The festival will take place at the newly developed Longboat Key Town Center Green, which is located near Publix on Bay Isles Road Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Longboat Key Town Center Green, 600 Bay Isles Rd in Longboat Key, FL

February 25 - 26, 2023: Check out the "Spring Training Spectacular" Show. Dealers will be buying & selling sports cards & memorabilia from the 19th century to present. 60 dealer tables. "Free Appraisals," Card Grading & Autograph Authentication Services. Baseball~Football~Basketball~Hockey~Boxing~Soccer. $3 Admission & Free Parking. Hotel Venezia Banquet Center, 425 US 41 By-Pass North, Venice, FL.

February 25 - 26, 2023: The Sarasota Florida Antiques Show will feature a full show of outstanding booths of antiques, spectacular jewelry, art and Objects of virtu and more. Specialty booths will show Tiffany, Pairpoint  and other special pieces of antique lighting, Rare instruments and barometers, Fine pieces of Americana, European, Asian and American antiques and so much more. Admission: $8. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

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February 26, 2022:  Moved to March for 2023. The Lakewood Ranch Annual Youth Fishing Tournament happens at Lake Uihlein (behind Town Hall). This "catch and release" fishing tournament is for different age groups: 9 a.m. Very few details are available at this time. Click the above link for more info and registration. 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL.  February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 26, 2023: 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 25, 2023: It's the 7th annual OsFest Reggae Music Block Party to honor the late great musician Oswald Caines of Democracy Reggae Band. There will be plenty of food, drinks, more live bands, and DJs, Kid activities, and much more. Nothing but positive vibes and vibrations from 4 p.m. until midnight downtown Sarasota on Main Street outside of The Gator Club. Multiple bands, food and retail vendors and lots of fun for all ages! Lemon Ave and Main Street right in front of the Gator Club, 1490 Main Street, downtown Sarasota, FL February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 26, 2023: Enjoy the Selby Gardens Music Series with live music from New York City-based singer/songwriter Rae Radick at the Historic Spanish Point campus. From classical pianists, folk, country, Latin, pop, soul, and rock n' roll, enjoy an eclectic variety of local and international music at the Historic Spanish Point campus on Little Sarasota Bay. Food and Beverages available for purchase. Advanced registration is required with guaranteed seating. Free for members and included in general admission for non-members. Historic Spanish Point campus, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL

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February 27, 2022: Canceled for 2023, but in the making for 2024. The Rubonia Mardi Gras Parade returns for another year with the traditional Mardi Gras style parade in this small Manatee County town. The parade is scheduled to step off at 12 noon just north of the I-275 overpass at Bayshore Rd and 79th Street East. Bring a lawn chair to view the parade from plus there are numerous front yard vendors selling seafood and BBQ on the streets that run off of Bayshore Road. After parade festivities until 6 p.m. include food vendors, entertainment and more at the Rubonia Community Center where Musical/Entertainment guests include: T&L Characters, AJ & the Automatics, and The Beat Down Band. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Rubonia Community Center is at 1309 72nd Street, East, Rubonia, FL. More info at D.L. Randall Foundation: 941-773-1072. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 27, 2023: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret. Monday Night Jazz at the Cabaret presents an exciting evening of jazz with top entertainment in an intimate cabaret setting in downtown Sarasota at the John C. Court Cabaret at FST; First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for food and beverage service. Click here for tickets and updated information on performer.

February 28 - March 1, 2020: Does not appear to be happening for 2023. It's the DeSoto Food & Music Festival, a 3 day event with food, music, arts & crafts plus family fun. There will be local  artisans, vendors, a Kid's Zone and more. Among the bands performing will be The Georgia Satellites, Rebel Heart, and John Michael Montgomery. Admission: $10 per day. Fri: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat:  11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL.February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com








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