April 20, 2018: It's Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show — Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 27, 2018. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.
April 20 - 21, 2018: Check out the 9th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds featuring chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket. There are numerous events open to the public and there will be numerous BBQ teams competing for a $20,000 cook-off contest purse, plus live music with the Lonesome River band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Volume Five along with a chili cook off, kids park and more. Fri: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free parking and admission. Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 595 Airport Ave E., Venice, FL.
April 20 - 22, 2018: The 36th annual Suncoast Boat Show takes place at downtown Sarasota's Bayfront Marina. 100s of watercraft on display. Along with boats and yachts there will be marine products and accessories. Cruisers, Runabouts, Bowriders, Sportfishers, Center Consoles, Motor Yachts, Inflatables and more. Thurs - Sat: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults $14, under 15 free. Marina Jack’s, #2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL
April 21, 2018: It's the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival. Everyone ages 12+ are invited to take part. Gather 24 of your friends, co-workers, church friends, family, etc. and form a team! Boats, life-vests, paddles and coaches are provided...you provide the fun! Race distances include 200m and 500m events for Sport and Community Division teams, with the addition of the ever-thrilling 2k pursuit for Sport Division teams only. Interested teams are required to sign up in advance for a fee. Various entrant/team fees. Beer garden, food vendors, Health & Wellness Village and more. This event is open to the public for free. $5 parking (cash only). This festival benefits the local non-profit, In the Pink. For more information call 904-534-3266. Join in on the fun and get bit by the dragon! 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL.
April 21, 2018: Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc., “Tree Fair 2018,” will offer hundreds of 3-gallon native trees (approx.6-8 feet tall) for sale for only $15 each. Choose from Florida Sweetgum, American Elm, Bald Cypress, Slash Pine, Southern Red Cedar, Dahoon Holly, Pignut Hickory. The native shrubs of Walter’s Viburnum and Wax Myrtle will also be available. You can find out more information about these glorious trees and how to plant and maintain them by attending a free indoor 30-minute tree workshop at 11:30 that will include a slideshow presentation and handouts. Fairy House display and contest, music by “Rev. Faerie” Elaine Silver, tree-climbing demonstrations and Q&A by “Simply Trees” certified arborists. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. North Port Community Education Center, 4940 Pan Am Blvd., North Port, FL. More information at (941) 426-9752.