Real Estate and Community News in the Sarasota/Bradenton Area 

Jan. 26, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, January 27th-29th!



Fri-Sun, January 27th-29th, 4pm and 11am | Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival | JD Hamel Park | 199 Bayfront Drive

The Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival is back for its 7th year to bring you food, fun, and exciting activities! Come out and enjoy the Florida sun while you rock on to live music performances, eat freshly cooked seafood, drink delicious drinks, and much more! The festivities will be held at 4pm Friday and 11am Saturday and Sunday.


Friday, January 27th, 7pm | Family Movie Night: Aladdin | The Oval at The Bay | 1055 Boulevard of the Arts

Bring your kids, blankets, chairs, and friends to enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars. Aladdin (2019) will be playing at 7pm, the new concession at The Bay will be selling tasty food and beverages, and Rise & Nye’s will be providing FREE ice cream to the first 100 kids.


Saturday, January 28th | Gasparilla Pirate Parade and Festival | Bayshore Boulevard

It’s that time of year again, Southwest Florida’s favorite Pirate festivities are back! Head to Tampa for the annual pirate invasion, Invasion Brunch, parades, live music, and entertainment! The world’s only fully-rigged pirate ship, Jose Gasparilla, is one you don’t want to miss!


Sunday, January 29th, 10am | St. Armands Circle Art Festival | St. Armands Circle | 411 St. Armands Circle

St. Armands Circle will come alive with gallery-style booths filled with all varieties of fine art for its 20th Annual Art Festival. This free outdoor event will display local artists' finest work, encompassing life-sized sculptures, jewelry, hand-crafted apparel and décor, one-of-a-kind paintings, exquisite glasswork, and more!


Sunday, January 29th, 12pm | Englewood BeerFest | Pioneer Plaza | 300 W Dearborn Street

Come out to the new and improved Pioneer Plaza for live music, food, activities, drinks, and plenty of beer. Your entry will give you access to the beer garden for unlimited beer samples of signature beers and seasonal favorites from several craft breweries from Southwest Florida. Beer tasting runs from 12pm-4pm and vendors will be in running from 11am-6pm.

Jan. 19, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, January 20th-22nd!



Friday, January 20th, 4pm | Englewood Seafood & Music Festival | Englewood Plaza | 200 S Indiana Ave

Do you like enjoying good food, listening to great live music, and relaxing? The 4th Annual Englewood Seafood & Music Festival is where you will want to find yourself this weekend. The fun starts Friday from 4pm-10pm and continues into the weekend from 11am-10pm Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday. Diverse menus of seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes will be available!


Saturday, January 21st, 8am | Cars & Coffee | St. Armands Circle | 19 N Boulevard of Presidents

Lynches Pub & Grub is hosting this month’s Cars & Coffee event from 8am-10am at St. Armands Circle! Free coffee provided by Lynches, free participation to show off your car (all makes and models welcome), and free to check out the variety of automobiles that are sure to gather!


Saturday, January 21st, 9:30am | UTC FIT | The Green at UTC | 140 University Town Center Drive

Enjoy a fun free outdoor group workout class led by instructors from our local fitness community. Held every Saturday morning, styles vary weekly and workouts are powered by a DJ spinning beats along with samples from The Vitamin Shoppe and more! Be sure to bring a yoga mat and water bottle.


Saturday, January 21st, 10am | Limelight Pop-Up Market | The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime | 821 Apricot Avenue

The courtyard will be open to over 50 guest vendors, live music, dogs looking for their fur-ever homes, food, and more! Shop art, home décor, clothing, collectibles, jewelry, and gifts on the 3rd Saturday of every month. See you there!


Sunday, January 22nd, 1pm | Punk Rock Flea Market | Oscura | 816 Manatee Avenue East

The Punk Rock Flea Market brings an edgy touch to your usual local markets with over 40 vendors, artists, food trucks, and live punk performances from bands across central Florida. While enjoying the atmosphere, shop underground and hard-to-find vinyls, CDs, and cassettes, eccentric clothing and accessories, tons of nostalgia, oddities, collectibles, band merch, and much more. Family and pet friendly!

Jan. 12, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, January 13th-15th!



Friday, January 13th, 7pm | Jerry Seinfeld | Van Wezel | 777 N Tamiami Trail

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his newest stand-up comedy routine at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall! This is an event guaranteed to have you laughing until your sides hurt!


Sat-Sun. January 14th-15th | Beach Soccer Tournament | Siesta Beach | 948 Beach Road

Come enjoy a day at the beach with concessions, sunshine, fun and skillful soccer played on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Youth teams will play in the mornings and early afternoon while the adult teams will play in the afternoons.


Sat-Sun, January 14th-15th, 9am (10am Sun) | 31st Annual Fine Arts & Craft Festival | Venice Airport Festival Grounds | 610 Airport Ave E

Yet another way to spend your day outside enjoying the weather this weekend! Enjoy music, a variety of tasty food and drinks, contests, antique/classic automobiles, and a vast array of art types being displayed while you walk around. There will be crafts, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, paintings, photography, and much more!


Saturday, January 14th, 12pm | Beer & Burger Festival | The Mall at UTC | 140 University Town Center Drive

Sarasota’s favorite beer and burger event is back for the 4th year! There will be a People’s Choice competition for Best Brew, Most Creative Craft, Favorite Chef, and Best Burger with 12 Artisan Burger Chefs to choose from. This family-friendly event will also feature live music and the Dreamland Carnival. Regular and VIP tickets are available, get yours online now!



Saturday, January 14th, 4pm | Onesie Bar Crawl | St Petersburg | 540 Central Avenue

Don’t miss out on the comfiest party of the year! Bounce from bar to bar in your favorite onesie while you enjoy waived cover at all venues, exclusive drink specials, complimentary shots, professional photographers, and food specials at partner venues.

Jan. 5, 2023

Events Happening This Weekend, January 6th-8th!



Friday, January 6th, 7pm | Back to the 80’s Block Party | 1528 State Street

Are you ready to smash the buttons on the Pac Man arcade machine or check out a real DeLorean sports car like the one used in the famous Back to the Future film series? Head down to State Street this Friday night for Fresh Friday! Come hungry and ready to munch on some of your favorite downtown food and beverages from Brick’s Smoked Meats, State Street Eating House + Cocktails, The Gator Club, and Art Ovation Hotel!


Friday, January 6th, 7:30pm | Cirque Italia Water Circus | Riviera Dunes Marina | 102 Riviera Dunes Way

Cirque Italia presents a European-style performance that is dramatic, vivid, and moving! They bring unique acts of aerial stunts, contortionists, hand balancing, and much more over an aquatic stage that will take your breath away and leave you with unforgettable memories!


Saturday, January 7th, 10am | “New Year, New You” Health & Wellness Expo | UTC Mall | 140 University Town Center Drive

Presented by Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, this event will feature over 50 vendors from Manatee and Sarasota counties ranging from doctors to wellness professionals with a variety of specialties. It will run from 10am to 3pm


Saturday, January 7th, 7pm | Sip N Paint (90’s and 2000’s Alt Rock) | Joe’s Palette Paint and Wine Bar | 900 Central Avenue #11b

Enjoy all the best 90’s and 2000’s Alternative Rock throwbacks (think Red Hot Chili Peppers and Blink 182!) while you sip your favorite wine and paint a pre-stenciled canvas. Make your reservation today for priority seating!


Sunday, January 8th, 10am | Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch | Waterside Place | 7500 Island Cove Terrace

Enjoy the beautiful weather and shop local with over 75 local vendors including organic produce, specialty spices and rubs, honey, prepared foods, flowers, pet products, fresh bread, baked goods, jewelry, and more! You can also enjoy a variety of local musicians, live chef demos, and an interactive art corner for kids in partnership with Native Little Ones.

Dec. 29, 2022

Events Happening This Weekend, December 30th-January 1st!



Friday, December 30th, 12:30pm | Outdoor Yoga | Rosemary Park | 531 Central Avenue

Enjoy an afternoon outdoors with a creatively blended yoga session designed to increase flexibility and build strength! All levels are welcome to participate in this free class held on the new green space in the Rosemary District.


Saturday, December 31st, 7pm | Sharky’s New Year’s Eve Beach Bash | Sharky’s on the Pier | 1600 Harbor Drive

In true Floridian fashion, celebrate New Year’s Eve right on the beach! Entertainment will be brought to you by Scarlet Drive while you enjoy multiple bars, breathtaking fireworks, and food trucks.


Saturday, December 31st, 9pm | New Year’s Rooftop Soiree | The Westin Sarasota Rooftop | 100 Marina View Drive

Bring in the New Year with a stunning rooftop view overlooking Sarasota Bay and the downtown area. Celebrate with a live DJ, two bars, party favors, plenty of room to dance, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!


Sunday, January 1st, 1pm | New Year’s Day Seafood Boil | Bayboro Brewing Co | 2390 5th Avenue South

Nurse your New Year’s hangover in the beer garden while listening to live music and feasting on a magnificent seafood boil! Tickets include a free beer and plenty of shrimp!


Sunday, January 1st, 1pm | Sunday Polo: New Year’s Resolution Cup | Sarasota Polo Club | 8201 Polo Club Lane

January 1st will kick off the 2023 Polo matches every Sunday until April! Gates open at 10am with the feature match beginning at 1pm. There is bleacher seating, reserved tailgates, midfield premium seats, tables, or VIP midfield boxes. Multiple bars are available on-site for drink purchases and food options will also be available for purchase. Get your ticket now!

Dec. 22, 2022

Events Happening This Weekend, December 23rd-24th!



Friday, December 23rd, 4pm | Christmas on Main | Lakewood Ranch Main Street | 8100 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard

From 4 to 8pm your family can enjoy the biggest Christmas party in town! Santa himself will be there to celebrate the season with rides, photo booths, free games, attractions, and a candlelight service. See you there!


Friday, December 23rd, 6pm | The Nutcracker | Van Wezel Performing Arts Center | 777 N Tamiami Trail

Come enjoy this holiday classic presented by the International Ballet of Florida. What better weekend to experience the magic of this timeless story beautifully performed by pre-professional and professional dancers?!


Saturday, December 24th, 9am | Christmas in the Park | Whitaker Gateway Park | 1455 N Tamiami Trail

Christmas in the Park is a celebration of unity and compassion in our community where hot lunch will be served to those in need while they are gifted toiletry bags, blankets, new and gently used clothing, bus passes, batteries, food gift cards, flashlights, new bikes and locks, tents, backpacks, and much more. Donations and volunteers are welcomed and appreciated!


Saturday, December 24th, 5pm | Art with a Twist | Art Ovation Hotel |1255 North Palm Avenue

Meet by the gallery bar and embark on a tour of the beautiful art at Art Ovation Hotel while enjoying a glass of wine!


Saturday, December 24th, 6:30pm | Lights in Bloom | Selby Gardens | 1534 Mound Street

This enchanting event features more than two MILLION lights illuminating the gardens and walkways. Activities, entertainment, and photo opportunities will be available in abundance. Food from the Michael’s on East grill will also be available for purchase. Get your tickets today!

Dec. 15, 2022

Events Happening This Weekend, December 16th-18th!



Friday, December 16th, 6pm | Bright Light Bicycle Parade | Wellen Park | 12275 Mercado Drive

You are invited to light up your bike and join the parade for a leisurely 3-mile bike ride around Wellen Park, starting and finishing at the Wellen Park Welcome Center. Regular and electric bikes are welcome, and holiday snacks and drinks will be available after the ride at the Welcome Center!


Friday, December 16th, 8pm | Comedy Show | Teas Days | 6517 Superior Avenue

C.P. Post brings you an evening full of laughter and light while sipping some delicious Bubble Tea. Comedians from all over the state of Florida will gather to bring you Christmas cheer from 8pm-11pm, don’t miss out!


Saturday, December 17th, 10am | Holiday Art Mart | Art Ovation Hotel | 1255 North Palm Avenue

Shop for giftable unique art at the Holiday Art Mart! Meet over 25 different artists and see the unique items they will have for sale such as artwork, jewelry, crafts, glass art, ceramics, and more! Holiday-themed beverages will also be offered as well as a festive wonderland within the Gallery Lounge lobby.


Saturday, December 17th, 11:30am | Hanukkah at UTC | The Green at UTC | 257 North Cattlemen Road

Join the countdown to Hanukkah as family and friends celebrate outdoors with games, crafts, live music, face painting, festive treats, and more! You may also bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast.


Sunday, December 18th, 5:30pm | Polar Express Event | University Town Center | 192 North Cattlemen Road

Live the magic of the holiday classic while you depart from Norman Love Confections and travel to the West District at UTC, enjoying entertainment and hot chocolate along the way. There will be an outdoor showing of the movie, Polar Express, with onsite concessions available for purchase and a special gift for each passenger who believes. Feel free to wear your favorite holiday pajamas, too!

Dec. 8, 2022

Events Happening This Weekend, December 9th-11th!



Friday, December 9th, 6pm | Holidays at The Bay: Festive Double Feature Movie Night | The Oval at The Bay | 1055 Boulevard of the Arts

Take in the beauty of the Bay and the magic of the holidays with this free family-friendly event! Featuring two movies back to back, The Polar Express and Elf, all you need is your holiday jammies and a blanket or chair to enjoy this outdoor cinematic experience.


Saturday, December 10th, 10am | Kids Christmas at Mixon Fruit Farms | Mixon Fruit Farms | 2525 27th Street East

Bring the family down to Mixon Fruit Farms to take part in Kids Christmas Carols, paint a Christmas Orange, Christmas Glitter Tattoos, and meet Santa! The amazing play place is also included with this event for a fun-filled afternoon for all!


Saturday, December 10th, 5pm | 7th Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl | Raffurtys | 1888 Main Street

Break out those ugly sweaters and tacky holiday pants and head down to Raffurtys on Main Street in Sarasota this Saturday to check in for the 7th Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl! Receive tons of swag, an official lanyard, and a digital map to guide you from bar to bar. Enjoy DJ entertainment, Christmas movie trivia, discounted themed drink specials, and a photographer there to capture it all.



Sunday, December 11th, 10am | Suncoast Renaissance Festival | Sarasota Fairgrounds | 3000 Ringling Boulevard

Displaying a glorious mix of music, costumes, characters, and stories from the Medieval through the Renaissance and beyond, this event will take you back in time a span of about 1000 years! Enter a land of magic, hilarious comedy, stage shows, dancing, music, food, and more! Don’t miss this unique experience of history and fantasy.


Sunday, December 11th, 11am | Beer Yoga with Zen & Flow | Corporate Ladder Brewing Company | 4935 96th Street East

Wind your week down with a gentle yoga flow in the new beer garden at Corporate Ladder Brewing Company in Palmetto! Class includes a beer, you just need to bring your yoga mat and water bottle!

Dec. 1, 2022

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



Friday, December 2nd, 6pm | Music on Main: Juicy Purple | Lakewood Ranch Main Street | 8100 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard

Juicy Purple will fill the air with R&B, soul, and dance 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, Southeastern Guide Dogs.


Saturday, December 3rd, 9am | Emerson Point Preserve Tour | Emerson Point | 5801 17th Street West

Join the Manatee County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers on a leisurely guided stroll through the beautiful Emerson Point Preserve while you learn about Florida’s native plants and the inhabitants of a coastal environment. Meet by the Observation Tower at 9am!


Sat-Sun, December 3rd-4th, 10am | Florida Penguins Holiday Mega Market | The Mall at UTC | 140 University Town Center Drive

Florida Penguin Productions will be hosting a MEGA market event featuring over 140 local vendors with handmade, retail, resale, and upcycled items. You will also enjoy winter dance performances from local dance studios, food trucks, and more!


Sunday, December 4th, 8am | Amazing Scavenger Hunt- St Pete | Beach Dr Parking Lot | 335 2nd Ave NE

City tour meets Amazing Race when you turn St Pete into a giant game board with this awesome scavenger hunt adventure! Solve clues and complete challenges while learning local history and overlooking the gems of the city. Round up your team and get ready for a fun-filled day!


Sunday, December 4th, 11am | Sarasota Veg Fest 2022 | Payne Park | 2010 Adams Lane

Find local sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products, learn about the science behind the benefits of a plant-based diet, and enjoy cooking demos, vendors, entertainment, and activities for the whole family! Come see how easy it is to find healthy plant-based foods in your area!

Nov. 23, 2022

Events Happening This Weekend, November 25th-27th!




Friday, November 25th, 1pm | Altitude Trampoline Park Grand Opening | Altitude Trampoline Park | 201 Cortez Road

Jump in to fun and celebrate the newest opening of Altitude Trampoline Park in Bradenton! You will enjoy games, giveaways, music, face painting, and more. Be one of the first 100 members and receive a FREE limited-edition t-shirt!


Saturday, November 26th, 10am | Goat Yoga SRQ | Fruitville Grove | 7410 Fruitville Road

Goat Yoga is back at Fruitville Grove Farm for the holidays! Take part in this beginner-friendly yoga class while surrounded by adorable goats. Bring your mat and your loved ones and enjoy a joyous experience full of peace and laughter.


Saturday/Sunday, November 26th-27th, 10am | 2022 Shopapalooza Festival | Vinoy Park | 701 Bayshore Drive

Located at the beautiful waterfront Vinoy Park, the biggest and best celebration of local crafters, makers, small businesses, and artist is back for its 12th year. This event showcases more than 300 local businesses and a full lineup of local entertainment, special activities, raffles, surprises, prizes, and more as a local alternative to Black Friday.



Sunday, November 27th, 4:30pm | Sundays at The Bay feat. Trevor Bystrom | Common Ground | 655 N Tamiami Trail

Wind down your holiday week with a free outdoor performance by Trevor Bystrom at The Bay. He is known for blending elements from many genres including world, rock, reggae, blues, and Latin. He and his band use many unique instruments such as didgeridoo, ngoni, slide guitar, flute, and more to create world melodies and afro rhythms. What a way to simmer down the holiday week!



Sunday, November 27th, 7:30pm | Daniel Tosh of Comedy Central | Van Wezel | 777 N Tamiami Trail

Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt with the comedian best known for his Comedy Central show Tosh.O, Daniel Tosh! Get your tickets today and don’t miss his stop in Sarasota along his Florida Trash Tour.