2020 February Sarasota
Events Calendar

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



February 1, 2020: Check out the 26th Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.  Enjoy the sound of bagpipes, drums, 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. 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

February 1, 2020: Young and old are invited to Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild's 5th 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.

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February 1, 2020: 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.

February 1 - 2, 2020: The 26th Annual Winterfest at the Mansion Arts & Crafts Show features artists and crafters from 12 states. Free admission and parking. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

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February 1 - 2, 2020: The Venice Area Orchid Society presents their 53rd annual show and sale. Thousands of blooming orchids will be for sale and on display in 15 artistically designed exhibits. Orchid art, accessories and supplies will also be for sale. Widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida's west coast. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission is $5.00, children under 10 free. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 1 - 2, 2020: 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 1 - 2, 2020: The 11th Annual Sarasota Masters Art Festival features 50 or more of the nations' finest artists with their one of a kind works in categories including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry and blown glass. Live entertainment, food vendors too. Free admission. 10 a.m - 5 p.m. Gulf Stream Avenue on the corner of Main and Rt. 41, downtown Sarasota, FL.

February 1 - 8, 2020: The largest public photo exhibition in North America will return to Sarasota this fall and winter, this time including a showcase of the best from Gulf Coast photographers. “The Fence” will appear on Nathan Benderson Park’s Regatta Island. The exhibit will appear on both sides of a fence between the island’s twin bridges. Participating artists’ work spans the categories of creatures, home, people, streets, nature, food and play. Each photo series is comprised of as many as five images that share a thematic connection or tell a story. Free. 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL. 941-358-7275

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 1 - 9, 2020: It's the 31st 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. In 2019 there were 16 events: Bag Toss (Corn Hole), Basketball Shooting, Bocce Ball, Bowling, Cribbage, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Racquetball, Shuffleboard, Swimming, Table Tennis, Target Shooting, Track and Field, and Volleyball. One-time registration fee of $12. Entry fee of $3 per event. Bowling and golf have a facility fee. Registration deadline: Jan. 13, 2020. Call 941-861-PARK (7275) to register by phone.

February 2, 2020: Run for a song and rock your way along! The 5th Annual  Sarasota Music Half Marathon will be a 10K and new 5K courses that will start and end at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center parking lot and will wind its way through Selby Gardens, up Orange Avenue into the Cherokee Park neighborhood, back through Selby Gardens and finish back at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. There will also be 20 bands along with cheerleaders, lawn parties, crowds and energy and after party. Starts at 6:30 a.m. Sarasota, FL.

February 2, 2020: 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 3, 2020: 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. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180.



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February 4, 2020: It's the 17th Annual Anna Maria Jazz Fest. Jazz Fest. Line up to be announced. Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Sandbar Restaurant Pavilion, 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria Island.Tickets at the AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

Sarasota Pet Fest

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

February 4 - 5, 2020: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

February 5 - 8, 2020: 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 to a Haiti Mission Project. Wed - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m. - noon. Palm Grove Mennonite Church, 1087 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL.

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February 6, 2020: Enjoy the free Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park every Thursday from noon - 1 p.m. through March 26. 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, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 6, 2020: Get groovin' in the courtyard at Ringling Underground where you can enjoy live music in the Museum of Art Courtyard. An eclectic mix of local and regional live music is featured in the series. Plus check out up and coming artists with select galleries open until 11 p.m. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with "Art After Five" admission. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL. 941-360-7399.

February 6 - 9, 2020: It's the 36th 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 6 - 17, 2020: The Florida State Fair takes place and gates open daily at 9 a.m.The fairgrounds are at 4800 U.S. 301N. Tampa. You can also get there via I-75. (From I-75 N, take exit 261 to merge onto I-4 W toward Tampa. Take exit 7 to merge onto FL-600 W/E Hillsborough Ave/US-92 W toward US-301 W/Busch Gardens. Take the ramp to Riverview, Merge onto FL-41 S/FL-43 S/US-301 S. Continue to follow FL-43 S/US-301 S - fairgrounds will be on the right).  I've gotten there in about 75 minutes from Sarasota. Drive carefully! February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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February 7, 2020: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with the Sarasota Jazz Project Big Band. One of the finest big bands in the Bay area, the Sarasota Jazz Project is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and performance of big band jazz music. The band is comprised of the best available local musicians, many with resumes and careers in performing with name bands and other well known jazz musicians. Directed by George McLain, co-founder. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.

February 7, 2020: It's the first Friday of the month so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m! Beer, wine and food sales plus check out the fountain area for a balloon twister, face painting, and more fun. Bring your chairs, but leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash. Overflow parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 7, 2020: Check out Spooky Stories Ghost Tours at Historic Spanish Point. Enjoy Spooky Stories of Florida's past as you walk our historic houses, ancient mounds, and our pioneer cemetery. There will be two tours each evening. The tours will meet at the white Gazebo on the Historic Spanish Point site and each tour will last approximately 90 minutes and will be roughly a ¾ of a mile walk outdoors with some pathways up and down stairs. In the event that the tour is canceled due to severe weather conditions, then it will be rescheduled for the following Friday. 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. (Repeats Mar. 13, Apr 10, May 8) Historic Spanish Point Members: $20. Future Members: $25. 337 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey, FL.

February 7, 2020: It's Free Music Friday Night Concert Series with live music at Centennial Park. The music of Patchouli and Terra Guitarra takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Downtown Venice, FL.

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February 7, 2020: It's the Moon Over Myakka Concert Series 2020 at the South Pavilion with Southern Cross. 7 p.m. Bring a chair and a picnic! Cost: $25 per person ($20 for Friends members). Park entrance fee waived for concert if you arrive after 5 p.m. For more info call 941-361-6511 or 941-373-7839. Tickets sold at Ranger Station day of event or buy them in advance and bring your ticket with you. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL.

February 7 - 9, 2020: The Sarasota Shell Club presents its 57th 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., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is only $5 for adults, $2.50 for students age 12 to 18, and free for children 11 and under with a paid adult. Potter Building at the Sarasota County Fair Grounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 7 - 9, 2020: See historic stamps during the Sarasota Philatelic Club's Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition. This is part of the American Philatelic Society's "World Series of Philately" program. It's the largest annual Florida stamp show and exhibition. They offer free appraisals, seminars and door prizes. Free admission and parking. Fri - Sat: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

February 7, 2020 - March 1, 2020: Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls....It's Circus Sarasota celebrating 23 years of Big Top Performances. Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota's own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota's high wire artist, Nik Wallenda. The all new winter production features 33 performances under the Red and White Big Top at various times, dates and ticket prices. Every year features a new cast in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top. This year’s show features incredible artistry on the flag pole and single trapeze, fast paced Alanian riders on horseback, hand-to-hand acrobatics, juggling and much more! Performances take place under the Big Top which opens 1 hour before show time. Big Top Parking: $5 for local charities. 140 University Town Center Drive. Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC, Sarasota, FL.




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February 8, 2020: 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. Repeats on Mar 14, 2020. 1499 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.

February 8, 2020: 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. 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. 

February 8, 2020: Water sports is the order of the day at the 6th annual  Bradenton Area River Regatta on the Manatee River just east of the Green Bridge. Watch the boat races from either the Bradenton or Palmetto river fronts or on the bridge itself. It's a free event featuring Formula 2 powerboat racing. The daylong fest will also feature live music on two stages in both Bradenton and Palmetto, a food fest, a fireworks finale over the river and much more. Free admission. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk and in Palmetto, FL.

February 8, 2020: Celebrate the kick off of spring training for the Atlanta Braves at Braves on Main! The block party in downtown Venice will feature kids activities, live music with Grammy Award Winning Band Rebirth Brass Band, meet Braves player Andruw Jones, food & drinks for sale and more. $5 cover at the door, kids under 12 free. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Miami Avenue, downtown Venice, FL.

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February 8, 2020: There's a street party for you: "Main Street Live!" on Historic Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12  a.m. with live music. The event also features food vendors and arts and crafts. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight.

February 8 - 9, 2020: Check out the Holmes Beach Arts and Crafts Festival featuring handmade jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, paintings, stained glass, photography, live music and food plus plants, orchids, handmade soaps, gourmet spices, a green market and more. Free admission. Benefits The North American Butterfly Assoc. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Holmes Beach City Hall, Event Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Anna Maria Island, FL.

February 8 - 9, 2020: Enjoy the 4th Annual Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival and marvel at unique creations by 120 of America’s top artisans in the mediums of painting, jewelry, sculpting, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media and more. Enjoy the rare opportunity to meet and interact with the talented creators of the artwork. Discover how each came to their art form and how they are inspired. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lido Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL.

February 8 - 9, 2020: Enjoy the 32nd 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

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February 9, 2020: The State College of Florida Foundation (SCFF) will host the 18th annual Sundays at Neel entertainment series through  March 22, 2020. The series continues with: The James Taylor Experience with the Fire & Rain Band - Lead guitarist Greg Pitts spent years mastering Taylor's distinctive style in order to capture the intimate energy of a 1970's Taylor concert. The band has spent more than three decades performing tributes to Taylor. All concerts begin at 2 p.m.  SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL. For more information, visit SCF-Foundation.org/SundaysAtNeel. Single tickets are $40. Discounted season subscriptions also are available. On line Discount Code: LOBBY2019. To order tickets, visit SCF-Foundation.org or contact SCF's box office at 941-752-5252.

February 9, 2020: 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 9, 2020: 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 9, 2020: Come walk the Red Carpet as the Sarasota Film Society will be hosting its annual Academy Awards Party. Watch the Academy Awards live on the Big Screen. VIP Reception with Hors D'Oeuvres and an open wine and beer bar from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Also a silent auction, Oscar trivia and balloting opportunities to win prizes. Tickets at the box office. Members $25. Non members $30. 7:00 p.m. Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, FL.

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February 10, 2020: Check out the Jazz Club of Sarasota Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret Series with Chuchito Valdes. Chuchito Valdes, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdes and grandfather Bebo Valdes, continues the legacy of great piano players form Cuba.  With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. He has also performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean to North America, South America, and Europe.Members $35; non members $39. Full bar and dinner available, doors open 6:30 for dinner. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret, First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota. Tickets are available from the Florida Studio Theatre box office (941) 366-9000.

February 11 - 12, 2020: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

February 13, 2020: Enjoy the free Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park every Thursday from noon - 1 p.m. through March 26. Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and enjoy a wide variety of musical performances. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

February 14, 2020: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with Al Hixon's Underheard Herd. With his Underheard Herd,  Al has introduced many newcomers and some top jazz artists to the area and the Jazz Club audience. A Jazz Club favorite, he performs regularly at Jazz at Two and for the annual Jazz Trolley night.  Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.




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February 14, 2020: It may not be quite the Tennessee Bird Walk but the Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll offers live music throughout the village and free candy kisses from the merchants. Participating merchants will have festive balloons outside their businesses. Free admission. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Siesta Key Village and South End.

February 14, 2020: Celebrate Valentines Day at the Beach with love and romance: Renew your wedding vows and say “I Do” all over again on Siesta Key Beach in a non-denominational service. Couples of all ages and length of marriage gather for the annual group renewal of vows at the Siesta Beach Pavilion, presided over by a 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge. Event begins at 5 p.m. but couples are encouraged to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. to check in. It’s a tradition that dates to 1989 and it’s open to all, but you must pre-register by Feb. 7, 2020. Call 941-861-5000. There's a $15 per couple fee ($25 on site, day of event) and includes a certificate, commemorative gift, flower, music on the beach and light refreshments. Event begins at 5 p.m., the renewal service starts at 6 p.m. Siesta Beach Park, Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 14, 2020: Now you may say "I Do" all over again in a new second location for Valentine's Day. This event, originally only at Siesta Beach, has grown so popular over the years that a second location has been added at Nokomis Beach, with one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico in the area. As in the event at Siesta Beach, you must pre-register by Feb. 7, 2020. Call 941-861-5000. There's a $15 per couple fee ($25 on site, day of event) and includes a certificate, a commemorative gift, flower, music on the beach and light refreshments. Event begins promptly at 5 p.m. but couples are encouraged to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. to check in and to enjoy music on the beach. Event begins at 5 p.m., the renewal service starts at 6 p.m. Nokomis Beach, 115 S Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL

February 14, 2020: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert Series featuring Patchouli and Terra Guitarra. Bring your folding chair or blanket to enjoy the evening. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Gazebo. Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL.

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Annual Sarasota Motorcycle Festival Called Thunder By The Bay

February 14 - 16, 2020: 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 my February Sarasota Events Calendar for another year! You'll see bikes, bikes and more bikes...everywhere on this weekend. Here's more about the Thunder by the Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival.

February 14 - 16, 2020: There's a Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show with lots on display to see from dealers from around the country selling gems, jewelry, beads, crystals and more. Adults $5. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 15, 2020: 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. They will be starting at approximately 9:00 a.m. and will continue across Florida and end in Fort Pierce with a parade to celebrate on Saturday, February 22, 2020. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 15, 2020: By participating in the 9th annual Superhero 5K and Fun Run hosted by Bridge a Life you'll help raise awareness about foster care needs in our community. The 5k is certified and chip-timed...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 a.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL  February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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February 15, 2020: 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. 1960’s cover band Yesterdayze headlines the live entertainment at the event. 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 - 16, 2020: The 19th Annual Fine Arts Show & Sale will feature works of local artists in acrylics, oils, watercolors, along with jewelry, glass, pottery, wood and fabric. Free admission along with an outdoor cafe. Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 15 - 16, 2020: It's the 38th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and it is held in the historic fishing village of Cortez, Florida.  It celebrates the rich heritage of the area's commercial fishing industry and features two days of marine life exhibits, seafood, events for kids and live music. It runs from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. East end of town adjacent to the Florida Maritime Museum located at 4425 119th St. West, Cortez, Florida. Admission is $4, children under 12 are free. Offsite parking is available at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., with shuttles to Cortez for $3 round trip. 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 16, 2020: Yummy! The 26th 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.

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February 16, 2019: Batter up! The Orioles invite fans to celebrate the start of Spring Training at Sarasota SpringFest, a free, family-friendly event for fans of all ages. Along with watching Orioles pitchers and catchers practice on the back fields, fans can also enjoy games and interactive activities in the stadium. The event will feature a question and answer session with Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins at approximately 12:30 p.m. Fans will once again have opportunities to play catch on the Ed Smith Stadium field, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark, and participate in a “Pitch for Charity” event to benefit Miracle League of Manasota, scheduled for approximately 12:00 p.m. at the Left Field Pavilion. Fans may purchase balls, ranging in price from $3-$10, at the event entrance and test their skill by pitching from the Pavilion into a target on the main field. Field conditions permitting, two sessions of “Have A Catch” will be offered on the main field, at approximately 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Access is first-come, first-served, and participants must bring their own gloves and sign a liability waiver. Orioles event staff will provide stadium tours every 20 minutes beginning at 10:00 a.m. Fans will see areas not usually open to the public, including the press box, World Series Suites, Home Plate Suite, Third Base Lounge, and visiting team’s clubhouse. Jimmy’s Famous Seafood will return with award-winning crab cakes inspired by Baltimore’s popular seafood restaurant. Culver’s and Chick-fil-A also will offer their own signature menu items, while ballpark fare will be offered at the concourse concession. Access to Springfest will be through the Left Field Gate adjacent to the East Lot off of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, where free parking will be provided. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Free admission. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL.

February 16, 2020: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 16, 2020: The State College of Florida Foundation (SCFF) will host the 18th annual Sundays at Neel entertainment series through  March 22, 2020. The series continues with: Linda Ronstadt Tribute - Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz belt out the iconic hits of Linda Ronstadt while adding personal stories and historic accounts of her multi-genre, Grammy Award-winning career. All concerts begin at 2 p.m.  SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL. For more information, visit SCF-Foundation.org/SundaysAtNeel. Single tickets are $40. Discounted season subscriptions also are available. On line Discount Code: LOBBY2019. To order tickets, visit SCF-Foundation.org or contact SCF's box office at 941-752-5252. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 16, 2020: Enjoy an afternoon of musical and dramatic excellence!  Experience the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra as it presents Symphony off the Sand, featuring classical, Broadway and popular favorites. 2:00 p.m. Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL.Tickets at the Anna Maria Island Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach and, if still available, at the door.

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February 17, 2020: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with SoulRCoaster on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180.

Through - February 17, 2020: The Florida State Fair takes place and gates open daily at 9 a.m. The fairgrounds are at 4800 U.S. 301N. Tampa. You can also get there via I-75. (From I-75 N, take exit 261 to merge onto I-4 W toward Tampa. Take exit 7 to merge onto FL-600 W/E Hillsborough Ave/US-92 W toward US-301 W/Busch Gardens. Take the ramp to Riverview, Merge onto FL-41 S/FL-43 S/US-301 S. Continue to follow FL-43 S/US-301 S - fairgrounds will be on the right.) I've gotten there in about 75 minutes from Sarasota.

Through - March 1, 2020: Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls....It's Circus Sarasota celebrating 22 years of Big Top Performances! Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota's own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota's high wire artist, Nik Wallenda. The all new winter production features performances at various times and dates. Ticket prices range from $12 - $44. Performances take place Under the air-conditioned Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC. The Big Top opens 1 hour before show time. Big Top Parking: $5 for local charities. 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL.

February 18 - 19, 2020: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.




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February 20, 2020: Enjoy the free Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park every Thursday from noon - 1 p.m. through March 26. Bring your lunch and a chair or blanket and enjoy a wide variety of musical performances. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

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February 20 - 23, 2020: The 32nd 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, $5. Food and carnival rides at cost. Starts at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. Four days of fun and Italian food!

February 21, 2020: The 13th annual Pirates Charities Spring Training Golf Classic, presented by TLI Sports, will take place at the River Wilderness Golf and Country Club in Parrish, Florida. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf with a Pirates celebrity while supporting the efforts of Pirates Charities in Manatee County. For more information contact Mary Lanzino at Pirate City in Bradenton at Mary.Lanzino@pirates.com

February 21, 2020: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with Kitt Moran and the Mike Moran Trio. Vocalist Kitt and pianist Mike Moran performed in the top jazz clubs in NYC, Philadelphia and New Jersey including Atlantic City casinos. They perform music from the great composers of the American songbook.  Kitt is also a playwright and award winning artist. Joining them are Dominic Mancini, bass and Dane Hassan on drums. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.

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February 21, 2020: It's Free Music Friday Night Concert Series with live music at Centennial Park. The music of Wendy Barmore takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Downtown Venice, FL.

February 21 - 22, 2020: It's the 9th Annual Shake, Rattle and Soul Fest featuring world champion Elvis impersonator Dwight Icenhower. There will also be tribute performances for other music legends: Rod Stewart, James Brown, Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys and Little Richard. Friday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. After party at 10 a.m., Saturday 3 p.m. - 9:30  p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. After party at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $54.00. Free parking. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, off Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info.

February 21 - 23, 2020: Row, Row, Row! It's the 11th Annual Sarasota Invitational Regatta rowing competition and the start of the Sprint Season. There will be over 1,500 rowers in Youth, Masters and Adaptive Rowing from the southeastern United States who will compete in the two day event. Racing is from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission for the public, parking $5. Benderson Park World Class Rowing and Aquatic Sports Center, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. (I-75, exit 213 to University Parkway, turn on N. Cattleman and follow Regatta signs.).

February 22, 2020: The Pittsburgh Pirates will celebrate the opening of Spring Training exhibition game season in Bradenton as the home schedule begins with the game vs the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. at LECOM Field, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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February 22, 2020: The Atlanta Braves will play their first home Spring Training game at 1:05 p.m. against the Baltimore Orioles. Cool Today Park, 18800 South, W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL

February 22, 2020: Enjoy local talent at its finest at the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys performance their 71st Annual Show, "With a Song in Our Hearts!" The more than 160 member Chorus and featured Quartets will perform everything from Broadway Hits to classic barbershop, patriotic and inspirational numbers and more. $20 - $35. Performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way (Off Proctor east of Rt. 41), Sarasota, FL.

February 22, 2020: It's the 2020 Beertopia, a sampling of a variety of craft and imported beers along with dishes from local restaurants with live entertainment. There will be a silent auction, raffle tickets and a beer & wine bar. Tickets: $50. 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Gold Coast Eagle Dist., 7051 Wireless Ct, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

February 22 - 23, 2020: It's the 19th annual Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County featuring fine craft, painting, jewelry, clay, stained glass, leather and more hosted by the ArtCenter Manatee. More than 75 artists will display their work in this juried show with cash prizes. The festival features local, regional and national award-winning artists, artist demos, music, food vendors with seating and more. Free admission. Free parking available in the Bradenton Financial Center, 1402 Manatee Ave W. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4p.m. At the beautiful Riverwalk Park on the Manatee River, downtown Bradenton, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.




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February 22 - 23, 2020: Take some time to enjoy the 26th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival. Everything from folk art, handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and more! From the more than 100 crafters surely you can find a unique item for your home in one of the outdoor galleries. The Fair is a tradition and draws a huge crowd. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Free Admission. Ocean Blvd in Siesta Key Village. 5124 Ocean Blvd. in Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 22 - 24, 2019: It's the Master Artists and Light Chasers 7th Annual Show and Sale to benefit the Historic Keith Farmhouse / Edson Keith Mansion. All paintings are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to the renovation of the 1916 historic Keith Farmhouse at Phillippi Estate Park. Friday and Saturday, 5 – 8 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Admission Fee: Donation at the door. Edson Keith Mansion, Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-861-5000. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 23, 2020: The Baltimore Orioles will play their first of 17 home Spring Training games at 1:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox. Ed Smith Stadium, 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

February 23, 2020: The Tampa Bay Rays will play their first home Spring Training game at 1:05 p.m. against the New York Yankees. Cool Today Park, 18800 South, W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL. Charlotte County Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL.

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February 23, 2020: 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 24, 2020: The Venice Concert Band performs its Mid-Winter Concert, "Are We There Yet?" You will hear a wide variety of musical styles that make up the American musical landscape. Open seating. 7 p.m. All concerts are held at the new Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of  Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. (941) 480-1704.  February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 25 - 26, 2020: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 27, 2020: Enjoy the free Brown Bag Concert Series at Phillippi Estate Park every Thursday from noon - 1 p.m. through March 26. 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, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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February 28, 2020 Meow! It's the 14th Annual Paws on the Catwalk Luncheon. Taking place at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota, doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for signature cocktails, interactive experiences, and premium shopping at pop-up boutiques from a curated collection of retailers. Around noon, guests will sit down for a delicious lunch and live entertainment. The fashion show of previous years has been replaced with a dynamic, artsy, and sizzlin' hot main event that's sure to be a crowd pleaser. Along the way, there will be a premium raffle, one-of-a-kind art, and adorable animals to pet, snuggle, and maybe even adopt. Afterwards, we'll head to the rooftop bar to keep the party going.Tickets: $200 each. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County, the area's largest no-kill shelter. 10:30 a.m. Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL. 

February 28, 2020: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with the Fred Johnson & Michael Ross Quartet. A dynamic jazz and world music vocalist, Fred Johnson has toured with B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Chick Corea, and Miles Davis. He has been compared to jazz greats, such as, Jon Hendricks and Al Jarreau. “Fred takes you right to the heart of things, to why music is an essential part of us,” said Tampa Jazz Club president Bob Seymour. “And he’s simply one of the greatest singers you will hear." Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941-366-1552.

February 28, 2020: It's Free Music Friday Night with live music at Centennial Park. The music of Johnny Rawls takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Downtown Venice, FL.

February 28 - 29, 2020: The Junior League of Sarasota announces the 2020 Simply Sarasota Tour of Homes with demonstrations. Each home will host culinary and cocktail demonstrations by chefs, local artists and musicians, and designers so visitors can not only enjoy the architectural design and decoration of the homes, but will come away with tips and tricks on how to entertain in their own homes. Also featured will be a Toast of the Tour Happy Hour and more. 10 a.m. -  4 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, VIP Trolley Tour $100. 941-953-5600.

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February 28 - March 1, 2020: 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 28 - March 1, 2020: Check out North Port's San Pedro Community Festival where there will be live music, carnival rides, festival food, a market place and a beer and wine tent. On Saturday they are hosting their inaugural Festival 5K Race beginning at 7:30 a.m. and a car and bike show on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission. Fri: 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. San Pedro Catholic Church, 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL.

February 29, 2020: The Lakewood Ranch 14th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament happens at Lake Uihlein (behind Town Hall) from 9 a.m. - Noon. This "catch and release" fishing tournament is for different age groups: 5-8, 9-11, and 12-15. Prizes will be awarded for the various age categories. Don't forget to bring your rod, reel, chair, and sunscreen! Bait will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your own. Each participant receives a T-Shirt, Swag Bag, and the first 50 arrivals on tournament day will receive a Cool Today Cooler Bag! Lunch will be supplied to participants on the day of the tournament, however, guests must pre-pay $5 if they wish to have lunch (Burger or Hot Dog/Chips/Drink). Space is limited to first 125 anglers. All children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent. Registration begins in January. 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL.  February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 29, 2020: It's the 4th Annual Exotic Car Festival put on by the Ferrari Drivers Group Sarasota. See some neat rides while you stroll through the cars on display. Fee and open to the public. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

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February 29, 2020: Enjoy an open-air marketplace featuring eclectic, chic, salvaged, coastal, re-purposed, vintage and epicurean “treats, treasures and art” when Le Marché Bohémien arrives in downtown Sarasota. It will be a vintage collector’s paradise with offerings from a variety of artists who create wearable clothing and accessories that feature vintage photographs and who specialize in re-purposing vintage apparel. Also find wall hangings crafted from stained glass and natural elements to sculpted work and intricate jewelry created from antique buttons, sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Food and beverages will be available. Free admission. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

February 29, 2020: Celebrate the agricultural history of Southwest Florida and the pioneers that preceded us during this year's Southwest Florida Heritage Festival. Focused on history and education, the festival will offer a number of homesteading skills workshops and demonstrations including Pioneer Cooking, Bee Keeping, Goat Milking, Archery, Petting Zoo/Pony Rides, Historic Building Tours, Gardening, Nature Walks and more. Watch people do things the Pioneer way, join in and try yourself! Shop for handcrafted and other unique goods! Live music, a hayride shuttle to food and entertainment, animals! There will also be a number of activities for the kids. Admission: $20 per carload, $10 per motorcycle. Cash only. Covers parking and admission. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Crowley Museum and Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, FL. (941) 322-1000. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 29, 2020: 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 29, 2020: It's the Manatee Sunrise Kiwanis club's 1st Annual Cornhole & Cocktails Festival, a fun event with indoor cornhole, music, food, drinks, door prizes and raffles. There will be restaurants with samples of their food and cocktails along with breweries and wineries with samples of their selections! Eric Von will be performing live music from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.! Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Avenue W., Palmetto, FL. 21 and older. Free parking is available on the fairgrounds.

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February 29, 2020: The Gator Club hosts its 4th 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, raffles and much more. You can also listen to a live Band and DJs inside The Gator Club. This is a Reggae Music Takeover. The past few years there has been over 5,000 attendees throughout the day. Its a great time for the entire family! 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Admission: $5 for everyone over 5 years old. Tickets available online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Queens of Domestic Violence Awareness. Lemon Ave and Main Street right in front of the Gator Club, 1490 Main Street, downtown Sarasota, FL.

February 29, 2020: It's the 1st Annual Concert Under the Stars. Join us for our 1st evening concert. There will not be a concert on this date for another 4 years! Popular local band “Passerine” with an opening act. Fun kid’s activities. Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the music under the stars at Lake Osprey picnic area. Please plan accordingly for outdoors. Tickets sold at door. Cash only. Beer & wine tent available. Adults $10.00, kids 12 & under $5.00.  7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL.February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

February 29 - March 1, 2020: It's the 7th Annual Fairy and Gnome House Festival at Historic Spanish Point! You and your family are invited to connect directly with the environment and express your creativity and explore the magic of nature! This enchanting family experience is held in the gardens of Historic Spanish Point. Visitors will discover whimsical fairy and gnome houses and experience family-friendly activities in  four Elemental Lands: earth, Air, Fire and Water. TICKETS (per day): Historic Spanish Point Members: $12 for adults | $5 for children (12 and younger). Future Members: $15 for adults | $7 for children (12 and younger) *FREE for children 3 and younger. 337 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey, FL.

February 29 - March 1, 2020: Enjoy the 31st 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. Lots of creativity on display and for purchase from spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, and photography to ceramics, and much more. No matter what you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it among the various array of artists and crafters participating in this arts and craft festival. Free admission and parking. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lido Key, 400 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL.

February 29 - March 1, 2020: Check out the Venice Home Show for everything under the sun having to do with your home. Landscapers, builders, contractors, windows, kitchens, baths, solar, garden displays, outdoor furniture, closets, pools and spas, flooring, carpeting, paving, decks, security systems and more will be featured. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL.








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