Real Estate and Community News in the Sarasota/Bradenton Area 

June 1, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, June 2nd-4th!



Friday, June 2nd, 6pm | Music on Main: Matthew Frost Band | Main Street at Lakewood Ranch | 8100 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard

This free concert series and block party is a local favorite! Matthew Frost Band will fill the air with his reimagined arrangements of classic music while the street is lined with local food vendors, beer trucks, sponsor booths, and games and activities for the kids.


Friday, June 2nd, 8pm | Kevin Hart: Reality Check Tour | Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino | 5223 Orient Road

Emmy and Grammy-nominated comedian Kevin Hart is bringing the laughter to Tampa Bay this Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. You do not want to miss this almost-sold-out event and chance to see one of the biggest comedians of our time!


Saturday, June 3rd, 7am | Global Running Day: Bacon Run Fun Run & Walk | The Bay Park | 801 North Tamiami Trail

In partnership with Run 941, you will experience a scenic tour through the twists and turns of The Bay Park. This event is kid/family/stroller-friendly and there is no need for speed, keeping time, or competition. Bring your own water and get ready to get movin’!


Saturday, June 3rd, 8:30am | Ride and Paddle at The Bay | The Bay Park – Kayak Launch | 1055 Boulevard of the Arts

Experience the flora and fauna at The Bay through a free, guided kayak nature tour! This intermediate-level tour will take you through The Bay’s restored mangroves and to the north and south of the park. Must be 12 years or older, kayaks and life jackets are provided.


Sunday, June 4th, 10am | 29th Annual Craft Festival | St Pete | 350 Corey Avenue

Check out the vibrant atmosphere of Corey Avenue as it comes alive with the best crafters from across the nation. Handmade pottery, jewelry, paintings, and much more will be showcased. Additionally, there will be a Green Market that offers a variety of exotic live plants, handmade soaps, savory dips, gourmet sauces, and more!


May 25, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, May 26th-28th!



Friday, May 26th, 8pm | Family Movie Night: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part 2 | The Oval at The Bay | 1055 Boulevard of the Arts

The Bay Park is bringing you yet another wonderful, FREE family-friendly movie night under the stars! This week the featured movie will the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part 2. Yummy food and beverages are available for purchase at The Nest Concession and Simply Greek Food Truck, and the first 100 kids will receive FREE ice cream from Rise & Nye’s.


Saturday, May 27th, 12pm | Veg Head, Music & Wine Festival | The Mall at UTC | 140 University Town Center Drive

Calling all Veg Heads and Foodies! This event will tantalize your taste buds and delight your ears with the perfect kick-off to the summer season. You can choose from over 10 vegan-friendly chefs, shop around the indie market of unique and handmade items, and jam out to the No Doubt tribute band, Subliminal Doubt. The $10 entry fee will benefit the charity Celebrate Birthdays, which helps bring joy to children that otherwise don’t have the opportunity to celebrate their birthdays.


Saturday, May 27th, 11am | Big and Little Chefs: Rainy Day Comfort Foods | Publix Aprons Cooking School | 2875 University Parkway

This hands-on class will have you and your child working side-by-side with the chefs as you learn to make some delicious recipes you can make in the comfort of your home. This class's menu will include onion soup with baguette croutons and gruyere cheese, gourmet 3-cheese grilled sourdough sandwiches, loaded twice-baked potatoes, and chocolate-dipped cookie dough pops. Yum!


Sunday, May 28th, 6pm | Lakewood Ranch Tribute to Heroes Block Party & Parade | Lakewood Ranch Main Street | 8130 Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Join thousands of attendees that will line Lakewood Ranch Main Street to honor our veterans, active duty, and fallen heroes. The block party fun will begin at 6pm and the parade will kick off at 7pm. There will be food, drinks, activities for the kids, and more! You are welcome to bring chairs and four-legged friends (on a leash).


Sunday, May 28th, 12pm | Sunday Funday | The Sarasota Modern | 1290 Boulevard of the Arts

Enjoy this sunny Memorial Day weekend with an afternoon of drinks, good food, and great company at this poolside event. There will be a live DJ from 12pm-5pm, famous cocktails and bites, and plenty of space for dancing and mingling! General admission, private cabana rental, and large cabana rental options are available.

May 18, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, May 19th-21st!



Friday, May 19th, 6:30pm | Wine and Dine: Northern Italy | Publix Aprons Cooking School at University Walk | 2875 University Parkway Sarasota

Take a culinary journey into Northern Italy with this demonstration-style cooking class. Sit back, relax, and sample wine while the chefs do the cooking. You will be able to enjoy all the delicious menu items including Coppa bruschetta with rosemary-infused ricotta and bacon jam, potato gnocchi with arugula pesto, sundried tomatoes, and Pecorino-Romano, lamb ragout with fig polenta, and a delicious dessert!


Saturday, May 20th, 9am | 2023 Natural Food Festival | St Pete | 833 22nd Street South

This event will feature plant-based food trucks, cooking demonstrations, local produce vendors, guest speakers, live music, and more! This festival will also educate you on plant-based eating, introduce natural healing products, provide information on how to tackle health disparities, and support the grand opening of the new Deuces Food Forest.


Saturday, May 20th, 8am | Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival | Nathan Benderson Park | 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle

This event is back for its 5th year to bring together culture, sport, and international flavors that blend a 2,500-year-old tradition with the fun and excitement of an outdoor festival. The races will begin around 8:30am and continue throughout the day. The festival grounds will offer a variety of activities for participants and spectators, including food trucks, cold beverages, shopping, and more! Interested in being more involved? You can join a team and race!


Sunday, May 21st, 10am | Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch | Waterside Place | 7500 Island Cove Terrace

Experience some of the region’s best food and flavor with more than 100 curated vendors! Farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts are just a few of the wonderful things the Market has to offer. You may also enjoy live music, find your flow in a free yoga class, or bring the kids to get creative with crafts in the interactive art corner!


Sunday, May 21st, 11am | Sarasota Veganfest | Nathan Benderson Park | 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle

This family-friendly event will feature food trucks, live music, vegan food, raffles, shopping, free face painting, and a family fun zone that includes live-sized games, coloring, and more! While admission is free (donations suggested), VIP and VIP+ options will also be available to score you some event swag and bonus tickets for the raffle.

May 11, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, May 12th-14th!



Friday, May 12th, 9pm | Adult Game Night | Urban Ink Tattoo Company | 2108 34th St S

Bring your competitive spirit and your friends for this amazing opportunity to unwind and have fun with like-minded individuals. Tickets will include cash giveaways, delicious food, refreshing drinks, and tons of games to play.


Saturday, May 13th, 8am | Cars & Coffee | The Green at UTC | 125 N Cattlemen Road

Enjoy live music and complimentary coffee and water from Suncoast Porsche while you explore hundreds of unique cars on display. While this is a free event, donations are appreciated and encouraged. This month, the donations will benefit a local organization, The Twig, which allows children in foster care to shop for FREE for clothing, shoes, accessories, and books.


Saturday, May 13th, 10:30am | Guided Meditation | 1971 Pinebrook Road

This guided meditation session is for everyone, new or experienced, who wants to learn how to calm their mind, cultivate peace and joy, and live in the present moment. Research shows meditation can calm anxiety, promote emotional well-being, improve sleep, control pain, reduce stress, and increase self-awareness!


Saturday, May 13th, 5:30pm | 84 Years of Mixon Memories | Mixon Fruit Farms | 2525 27th Street East

As Mixon Fruit Farms is preparing to close this summer, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate their anniversary one more time! Join them for an evening of live music by The Billy Rice Band, fun, food, dancing, and Mixon Memories! There will be delicious food, hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine. See you there!


Sunday, May 14th, 12pm | Beach Beats v.2 | Siesta Key Pavilion | 948 Beach Road

Back for its second year, Beach Beats is here to bring you a bumpin’ family-friendly event! There will be over 5 DJs, raffles, t-shirts for sale, grills for cooking, and the beautiful Siesta Key beach to enjoy. This year, the fundraiser will benefit the Sea Turtle Conservation at Mote Marine. Bring your positive vibes and have a wonderful Sunday Funday!

May 4, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, May 5th-7th!



Friday, May 5th, 6pm | Music On Main: Memphis Rub Band | Lakewood Ranch Main Street | 8100 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard

Memphis Rub Band will fill the air with dynamic blues, R&B and rock n’ roll music while you enjoy an evening on Main Street lined with food vendors, beer trucks, sponsor booths, and rides/activities for kids. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Early Learning Coalition.


Friday, May 5th, 4pm | Fiesta St. Pete - Cinco De Mayo Block Party | Parks & Rec DTSP | 330 1st Ave S

Join Parks & Rec and The Avenue as they take over 1st Ave S for the biggest party of the year! Enjoy a free Jell-O shot and raffle ticket with entry, drink specials on an assortment of adult beverages, food, indoor and outdoor bars, bottle service, raffle contests for big prizes, live music, live performers, and so much more!


Saturday, May 6th, 10am | Treat Yourself Like a Queen Expo | UTC Mall | 140 University Town Center Drive

Don’t miss this fun day full of free activities, fashion shows, and giveaways as Women’s Empowerment and Motherhood is celebrated! This event will showcase businesses from across Bradenton/Sarasota featuring products, services, and giveaways that cater to women. While you’re there, participate in the Mother/Daughter lookalike contest for the chance to win a special prize!


Saturday, May 6, 9am | Huge Fruit Tree Sale | Premier Sports Campus | 5895 Post Boulevard

This annual fundraiser is your best opportunity of the year to buy top-quality grafted fruit trees that have been provided by a number of Florida vendors. Aside from your standard species, you will also see herbs, tropical vegetables, rare, and ultra-rare plants. If possible, bring your own cart or wagon.


Sunday, May 7th, 10am | Downtown Sarasota Spring Craft Fair | Downtown Sarasota | 1 Central Ave

The 3rd Annual Downtown Sarasota Spring Craft Fair is back this Sunday! You will find a variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, paintings, clothing, and much more - all handmade in America. There will also be an expansive Green Market with exotic plants, orchids, exotic flora, gourmet spices, handmade soaps, and freshly popped popcorn.

April 27, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, April 28th-30th!



Friday, April 28th, 8pm | Family Movie Night: Encanto | The Oval at The Bay | 1055 Blvd of the Arts

Bring your blankets, chairs, family, and friends to enjoy a FREE fun-filled family-friendly evening under the stars. This week's featured movie will be Encanto, a wonderful tale of an extraordinary family living in a magical house. Tasty food and beverages will be available for purchase at the new concession, The Nest, and Rise & Nye’s will be providing FREE ice cream to the first 100 kids.


Friday, April 28th, 7:30pm | Screen on The Green: Wall-E | The Green at UTC | 125 N Cattlemen Road

In celebration of Earth Month, Screen on The Green will be featuring the movie Wall-E, a Disney hit about the importance of taking care of our planet. Starting at 6:30pm, kids are invited to enjoy face painting and onsite concessions. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy this free family-friendly event!


Saturday, April 29th, 10am | SarasotaCon – ComiCon | Carlisle Inn & Conference Center | 3727 Bahia Vista Street

Striving to be Florida’s best and truest comic convention featuring fandoms of multiple genres, SarasotaCon is a collectors’ mecca convention! There will be exhibitors catering to a wide spectrum of interests including comic books, anime manga, cosplay, sci-fi, wrestling, video games, gaming, retro toys, and much more! Additionally, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are guaranteed in attendance for fans to meet and greet.


Saturday, April 29th, 1pm | Taco & Tequila Crawl | Parks & Rec DTSP | 100 4th St S

The Taco & Tequila Crawl is back for its 4th year! Go enjoy tacos and exclusive specials on margaritas, tequila, and beer. General and VIP tickets will be available, with the VIP ticket coming with a Taco Crawl t-shirt, an additional taco or tequila shot, a welcome shot at registration, and everything that’s included with the General ticket! Taco ‘bout a party!


Sunday, April 30th, 8:45am | Alive With The Longs | Siesta Key Public Beach | 948 Beach Road

Chris and Chloe Long (as seen on MTV’s Siesta Key) will be holding their very first FREE event with meditation, yoga, breathwork, intuitive movement, and connection at Siesta Key Public Beach. If you are interested in nurturing your mind, body, and soul and elevating your health and wellness goals, this judgment-free event is the one for you! Wear yoga/activewear and bring a large beach towel, sweat towel, and water bottle. All levels are welcome!

April 20, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, April 21st-23rd!




Friday, April 21st, 10am | Suncoast Boat Show | Marina Jacks | 2 Marina Plaza

Presented by Boat Owners Warehouse, The Suncoast Boat Show returns to the luxurious waterfront at Marina Jacks to showcase an extraordinary selection of sportfishing, powerboats, and motor yachts. There will also be tents full of electronics, accessories, jewelry, art, and clothing in a festive atmosphere with food, drinks, music, and more!


Saturday, April 22nd, 10am | Brunch & Big Cats | Big Cat Habitat | 7101 Palmer Boulevard

Your morning of Brunch & Big Cats will include brunch created by Chef Jarek Dymek, delicious mimosas, a 30-minute “Yoga with Tigers” class, a special animal guest, and admission to stay and visit the park for the day from 12pm-4pm! Make sure to get your tickets ahead of time!


Saturday, April 22nd, 10am | Venice Sharks Tooth Festival | Centennial Park | 200 West Venice Ave

Get ready for an exciting day filled with live music, delicious food, and fun activities for the whole family! There will be an array of food trucks, a lively line-up of bands performing live music, vendors selling shark teeth and other beach-themed merchandise, an interactive shark-themed kids’ area, and much more!


Saturday, April 22nd, 1pm | Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Planting Trees for the Suncoast | Twin Lakes Park | 6700 Clark Road

The Suncoast region lost a substantial amount of trees due to Hurricane Ian. Join this class to learn about the trees that thrive in our region, with emphasis on native trees and avoidance of nuisance invasives. Upon completion of the presentation, participants will receive a native tree sapling for their landscape.


Sunday, April 23rd, 6pm | Siesta Key Drum Circle | Siesta Key Beach | 948 Beach Road

Watch the sun set as you listen to drummers and watch various Drum Circle regulars perform hula-hooping, fire spinning, and more. Bring your rhythm and a beach chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the eclectic crowd. This will begin about an hour before sunset just south of the main pavilion between lifeguard stand three and four.

April 13, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, April 14th-16th!



Friday, April 14th, 7pm | Back to 80’s Ladies Night | Gulf Coast Trolley Co | 5220 Paylor Lane

Girls just wanna have fun! Blast to the past and join Gulf Coast Trolley Co for a fun 80s-filled evening with bright colors, big hair, and bumpin’ music. There will be a costume contest, so get out your neon shades, mesh accents, and Aqua Net! BYOB.


Saturday, April 15th, 8:45am | Fox Yoga | Big Cat Habitat | 7101 Palmer Boulevard

During this unique experience, you will be guided through a gentle yoga flow while two silver foxes, Stormy and Miko, freely play and connect with you. This interactive adventure will allow you to become immersed in the outdoor environment and the powerful energy of the foxes. Registration includes the interactive animal encounter, yoga flow, and a single-day pass to return to the habitat during normal business hours.


Saturday, April 15th, 9:30am | UTC Fit | The Green at UTC | 125 N Cattlemen Road

Enjoy a free outdoor group workout led by instructors from our local fitness community. This class will consist of different styles and intensities to be sure there is something for everyone. Bring a mat and water, and you will receive a free workout, great music, and goodies from The Vitamin Shoppe.


Saturday, April 15th, 11am | Food Trucks, Tunes, and Brews | Fruitville Grove | 7410 Fruitville Road

Hosted by Smokin’ Momma Lora BBQ, Untamed Kitchen, and DJ Spidey, this event will boast over 20 food trucks, DJs, activities for all ages, bounce houses, obstacle courses, and more! Entry is free, parking is $10. Adults 21 and over may also enjoy beer, wine, and seltzers.


Sunday, April 16th, 1pm | Mean Girls | Van Wezel | 777 North Tamiami Trail

You may have seen the movie, but now it's time to see it live! Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is a hilarious musical hit from an award-winning creative team including Tina Fey. The show delivers immense energy, a wicked sense of humor, and joyful inside-jokery. Get your tickets now!

April 6, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, April 7th-9th!




Friday, April 7th, 6pm | Music on Main: Kettle of Fish | Lakewood Ranch Main Street | 8100 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard

Kettle of Fish will fill the air with rock, blues, reggae, and soul music while you enjoy an evening on Main Street lined with food vendors, beer trucks, sponsor booths, and rides/activities for kids. Proceeds from the event will benefit a local non-profit organization.


Friday, April 7th, 5pm | Sip & Shop | The Green at UTC | 125 North Cattlemen Road

Spring into fun with seasonal sips as you shop a curated collection of local vendors offering fashionable finds for your home and wardrobe. There will be a special visit from the Easter Bunny, live music by Babyl, and you can build your own flower bouquet!


Saturday, April 8th, 6:30pm | Key West Wine Dinner | Publix Aprons Cooking School | 2875 University Parkway

Enjoy a trip to the southernmost point of Florida without leaving your seat! Delectable Key West seafood dishes will be demonstrated and paired with great wines by the chefs. Enjoy all the delicious menu items, sit back, and relax! Must be 21 and up to drink, 18 and up to attend class.


Saturday, April 8th, 6:30pm | Paranormal Circus | Riviera Dunes Marina | 102 Riviera Dunes Way

A breathtaking new show poised between fun and the most uninhibited fear will take you to a dark world of creatures with incredible circus art abilities. Enjoy acrobats, illusionists, freaks, mysterious creatures, and more under the black and red big top tent!


Sunday, April 9th, 2pm | Easter at The Bay | Common Ground at The Bay Park | 1055 Boulevard of the Arts

Hop on over to The Bay for family-friendly games, free photos with the Easter Bunny, and more! Don’t miss out on this egg-cellent time.

March 30, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, March 31st-April 2nd!



Friday, March 31st, 7pm | Family Movie Night: Wall-E | The Oval at The Bay | 1055 Boulevard of the Arts

Bring your blankets, chairs, family, and friends to enjoy a FREE fun-filled family-friendly evening under the stars. This weeks featured movie will be the Disney Pixar hit, Wall-E! Tasty food and beverages will be available for purchase at the new concession, The Nest, and Rise & Nye’s will be providing FREE ice cream to the first 100 kids.


Saturday, April 1st, 11am | Siesta Key Rum Tour | Drum Circle Distilling |2212 Industrial Boulevard

Embark on a 45-60 minute tour of Drum Circle Distilling, home of Siesta Key Rum! During this time, you will learn about the rum-making process and barrel aging, as well as see how Siesta Key Rum is put into bottles using the bottle room equipment. Be sure to arrive 10 minutes early to the Tasting Room to receive some FREE SAMPLES!


Saturday, April 1st, 8:30am | Ride and Paddle at The Bay | The Bay Park – Kayak Launch | 1055 Boulevard of the Arts

Experience a free, 2-hour, guided kayak nature tour exploring Sarasota Bay and learn more about The Bay Park from the experienced guides. Kayaks and life jackets are provided. This ride is recommended for anyone 12 years and older, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Sunday, April 2nd, 10am | Spring Market | Meadows Farmers Market | 5041 Ringwood Meadow

Jump into Spring at the Meadows Farmers Market! From 10am-2pm, you may enjoy food, art, and live music while shopping a variety of vendors. Make sure you bring the kids, too! There will be an Easter Egg Hunt and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and get your photo taken with him.



Sunday, April 2nd, 6:30pm | Sunset Slow Flow Beach Yoga | St Pete Beach | 2107 Gulf Way

Connect the ocean, your mind, and your breath during this tranquil sunset beach yoga experience. This 75-minute, rejuvenating, non-traditional yoga session provides a combination of restorative stretching, vinyasa flow sequences, and gentle core power exercise.