While the Christmas countdown begins for most, on Siesta Key we have been counting down the days until Paragon Fine Arts Festivals brings our island the 2nd annual phenomenal Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival. A perfect blend of crystal white powder sugar sand, tranquil gulf waters, incredible cocktails, delectable seafood creations, and the very best in local music that will make you want the evening to never end! Although the access VIP tent admission will run you about $130.00 general admission is absolutely free. VIP tickets are limited so make sure to reserve in advance if you want to be in the special tent.

If you are looking to be impressed… than Siesta Key is where you need to be this weekend. Some of the areas most impressive restaurants will make sure your experience will exceed your expectations. Top names like Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood, Walt’s Fish Market, Gypsy Fish, Bobby Poole, Cindy’s Seafood, Blasé Café, and several others are serving up of our areas more authentic local flavor.

Wanting to plan your beach day around Sarasota’s Best Local Music? Here’s the line up:

Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival

Siesta Beach Seafood and Music Festival

Saturday December 2, 2017
Ari and the Alibis 10:30-Noon
Sarasota Steel Pan Band 12:30-2pm
RJ Howson 2:30-4pm
Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio 4:30-6pm

Sunday December 3, 2017
Hard Luck Society 10:30-12p,
Kettle of Fish 12:30-2pm
Greg Billings Band 2:30-4pm
Reverend Barry & the Funk 4:30-6pm
Aside from the all of the impressive food, music, drinks, and gorgeous beaches of Siesta Key.. you will also impressed with the arts and craft vendors at this one year party at the #1 beach in the USA.

The Holiday’s are here… And there is no better place to be than Siesta Key! If you are looking for last minute hotel reservations contact Tropical Beach Resorts, a Siesta Key’s Friendliest Beachside Hotel. Call 941-349-3330. www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

Cheers!

Siesta Key Sandy Claws Beach Run December 9th

Siesta Key Sandy Claws Beach Run

Siesta Key Sandy Claws Beach Run

Sarasota County-

Get in the holiday spirit with the annual Sandy Claws Beach Run, which returns Dec. 9 for its 41st year on Siesta Beach.

With many participants wearing fun holiday costumes, this annual event sponsored by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources in partnership with Dr. Heidi K. Anderson-DOCS draws hundreds of runners, walkers and joggers to the No. 1 beach in the nation for the 5K run and one-mile fun run.

Early registration deadline is Nov. 20. Participants may also register by Dec. 4 for a reduced rate, but registration will also be available the day of the event. Early registration also guarantees a collectible long-sleeve event shirt and a gift bag. Race-day registrants receive event shirts while supplies last.

There will be kinesiology (body movement) taping offered both pre- and post-race and holiday photo opportunities during the event. Runners will also be invited to participate in holiday-themed costume contest.

The 5K run is sanctioned by the Manasota Track Club. With all participants receiving ribbons, custom awards will be given to overall categories and age group winners, first through sixth place. Proceeds benefit the “Summer in the Parks” Adopt-A-Camper scholarship program.

For online registration or a full schedule of events, visit scgov.net/parks or active.com. Participants can also complete and return a flier/registration form, which are available at any county recreation center, library or government building. Early packet pickup takes place at the New Balance Sarasota store, 1872 Stickney Point Road, from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.

Siesta Beach is located at 948 Beach Road, Sarasota. Race-day registration starts at 7 a.m. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K run is at 8:20 a.m. The holiday-themed costume contest begins at 9:30 a.m.

Siesta Key Sandy Claws

Siesta Key Sandy Claws

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000

Veterans Day Parade and Events – Siesta Key -Venice – Longboat Key – Sarasota

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

Downtown Sarasota The theme of this year’s Veterans Day parade will be “We Can Do It”, made famous by the fictional Rosie the Riveter WW2 icon. The parade will by hosted by the city of Sarasota and the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee. The Veterans Day Parade begins at 10am at Main Street and Osprey Street and ends at approximately 11am on the corner of Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue where a ceremony honoring Veterans will be held.

November 11, 2017: There is a Veterans’ Day Observance and Ceremony at Patriot’s Park in Venice: Venetia Bay Boulevard just off Rt. 41 south of Roberts Bay on the east side of Rt 41 (just north of the Legacy Trail Bridge over Rt. 41 in Venice), 800 Venetia Bay Blvd. Ceremonies are from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Patriot’s Park. You are welcome to bring chairs.Sponsored by the American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 in Venice. 1770 E. Venice Ave., Venice. 941-488-1157.

November 11, 2017: The Rotary Club of Longboat Key will be sponsoring the 4th LBK Annual Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program. The parade route begins at the Longboat Key Bank of America and ends at the Temple Beth Israel entrance, approximately ¼ mile. A Veterans Honor Program, refreshments, and socializing will immediately follow the parade. The Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program is open to ALL Longboat Key veterans, their family and friends who live, rent, work, worship or are visiting on Longboat Key. Longboat Key encourages all veterans from Allied nations along with their families and friends to participate. Event begins at 2 p.m. For more information contact Chris Lake, Email: LAKELBK@gmail.com, Cell-941-806-9062, Gene Luca, Email: geneluca21@gmail.com, or Bob Erker, Email-raerker@gmail.com, Cell – 847-337-3910

Siesta Key is named the #1 Beach

Siesta Key is named the #1 Beach

November 11, 2017: Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane will celebrate Mass at Sarasota National Cemetery to recognize the sacrifices of those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, to honor them, and to pray for the repose of their eternal souls – as well as for the intentions of the living. Prior to Mass, patriotic music will be played by the Sarasota Brass, hymns sung by a vocalist from the Tampa and St. Petersburg Opera Companies, an oversized floral wreath will be dedicated, and a K of C Color Guard will present and post the national and papal colors – accompanied by the singing of our national anthem. The event will be held in the Amphitheater, located in Patriot Plaza of the National Cemetery, beginning at 2:00 p.m., with Mass starting promptly at 3:00 p.m. Active military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniform. There will be ample free seating and parking. Sunscreen and hats recommended. Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Road), Sarasota, FL. (five miles east of I-75)

Lots of local businesses are also offering Free or discounted services :

Calusa Brewing: All Veterans, your first pint (or smaller size) is on them tomorrow (11/11/17).

Daiquiri Deck:  Visit any of our 4 locations and let us thank you for your service!! Includes choice of Burger, Fries or Coleslaw and a 16oz. Bud Light or Mich. Ultra Draft.

Eager Beaver Car Wash : Veterans and Active Military receive a FREE full service car wash – 201 S Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-5250

Hooters : All Military eat FREE on Saturday, Nov 11th (Beverage purchase req’d). Choose from 10 piece traditional or boneless wings, Hooters Burger, Buffalo chicken salad or Buffalo Chicken Sandwich.

Sonny’s BBQ: Sonny’s is saying thank you with BBQ! Sonny’s salutes with veterans getting a free Big Deal Combo with slow-smoked BBQ sandwich, sidekick and drink*

Ruby Tuesday: Offering a free Appetizer  (Up to $10) for Veterans on November 11th

 

SFF presents Labyrinth on Siesta Key Beach

SFF presents Labyrinth on Siesta Key Beach

Moonlight Movies on Siesta Key: Labyrinth

Hosted by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and Sarasota Film Festival To celebrate Fall the Sarasota Film Festival invites you to our free screening of Labyrinth on Siesta Key Beach with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.

Back in 1986 a wonderfully weird film called “Labyrinth” came out. Directed by Jim Henson and executive-produced by George Lucas, it’s a family-friendly fantasy about a teenager played by Jennifer Connelly trying to save her baby brother from the Goblin King played by rock god David Bowie. Free screening begins at sunset. 6-9 p.m. Friday; Siesta Key Beach; 946 Beach Road; sarasotafilmfestival.com

See you under the stars and the Almost Full moon!

Skygazers will be treated this weekend to the bright and beautiful “Beaver” full moon, a not-quite supermoon.   Tonight 98% of the moon will be illuminated and the almost-Super Full ‘Beaver Moon’ Will Shine Brighter Than Usual Over the Weekend. Take advantage of Florida’s beautiful weather by watching a movie on the beach this Friday! Moonlight Movies are a way to give back to the community outside of festival season.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Beaver moon gets its name because it came at the time of year when the early colonists and the Algonquin tribes set their beaver traps before the swamps froze. This would ensure they had a good supply of warm winter furs.

Beaver Moon

Beaver Moon

This family friendly film is free and open to the public. Films begins at sunset, so bring a blanket to bundle up with and a lawn chair

Join SFF and our generous sponsors for FREE, public movies outside at our beautiful Sarasota County beaches and parks! All films begin at sunset, unless specific time is indicated. Bring your own chairs and blankets. See below for the full Moonlight Movie lineup, and check back regularly for new additions. Be sure to follow their Facebook page for any important time changes or weather updates.

The Siesta Key Public Beach is located at 946 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL 34242

Think about taking the Siesta Key Breeze Trolley to not worry about parking:)

 

 

Beaver moon difference

Beaver moon difference

 

Sarasota Beach Scavenger Hunt

Sarasota Beach Scavenger Hunt

Visit Sarasota County published an amazing scavenger hunt to help keep the kids busy and attentive and to really discover the amazing things that are available to see on our beautiful beaches! Give the kids the list and let them see how paying close attention to the little things around their feet in the sand and on the waters will help them fully appreciate Mother Nature’s gifts! Let’s help the kids learn a little bit about our local flora and fauna and keep them off their phones and tablets. You never know, they may just end up a scientist at the MOTE Aquarium! See below:

Nice job Liz!

Can You Find? A Sarasota Scavenger Hunt

Keep the little ones – or the big ones – engaged and entertained with a Sarasota Scavenger Hunt. How many can they find? #MySarasota.

At the Beach

Sarasota wildlife

Sarasota wildlife

(Remember: If the creature is alive, please observe and enjoy, but handle carefully and return to its home safely)

  • Colorful lifeguard stands
  • A bird that can swim
  • Shark’s tooth
  • Sea whelk egg case
  • Sand dollar
  • Fighting conch (hint: you’ll find it with your toes)
  • Burrowing coquinas
  • A swimming mammal
  • A critter with a shell
  • Sea turtle egg shells
  • Bird of prey
  • A sand castle
Male Lizard Sarasota

Male Lizard Sarasota

Out and About

  • A statue of a sailor kissing a nurse
  • A pink house
  • A palm tree growing on a boat
  • A banyan tree with roots coming out of its branches
  • A picture of a clown
  • A male lizard (hint: the males have colorful dewlaps extending from their necks)
  • The big bridge
  • Someone driving a mini car
  • A bird’s nest
  • A palm tree with fronds longer than you
  • A sailboat

Bonus Item: The green flash as the sun sets

Big Cat Habitat is a great way to spend the day in Sarasota, FL

Liger at Big Cat Habitat

Liger at Big Cat Habitat

One of the most popular questions we get from guests at Tropical Beach Resorts is ‘What can we do with the kids?’ There are so many great attractions other than the gorgeous white sand beaches in Sarasota. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is one of my favorites! It’s located about 20 minutes from the hotel out near Fruitville and I-75 and is so worth the trip.

Big Cat Habitat Liger Sarasota

Big Cat Habitat Liger Sarasota

Let me just start with this…they have not one, but two Ligers! Yes, Ligers….I had no clue that they existed in real life and thought they were just a made up animal from the Napoleon Dynamite movie.  But wow, what magnificent creatures with incredible markings, colors and their overall size is breathtaking! They are the biggest cat in the world, yet do not exist naturally; actually they are a hybrid of a female Tiger and a male Lion.

We spent this past Sunday there and had such a great experience and am already looking forward to my next time. There are so many cool animals, not just the Big Cats. The Habitat is full of interesting and exciting animals and also has a daily Exotic bird show as well as Animal Encounter. You can feed hotdogs to the bears and you can feed meat to the Siberian Tigers! There is a petting zoo which is great for the kids and the goats are sure to give you a little nudge requesting treats.

Big Cat Habitat Camel Sarasota

Big Cat Habitat Camel Sarasota

How the Habitat Began

The story of Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary began in 1987 and was founded by Kay Rosaire, who enjoys more than 30 years experience working with and caring for exotic animals. She and her son Clayton do the daily demonstrations with the animals. The Rosaires’ special relationships with the animals makes every demonstration thrilling to watch, with the opportunity to see the animals in a close encounter of the exotic kind! The Habitat is a tremendous opportunity to learn and experience exotic and endangered Siberian Tigers, Royal Bengal Tigers, African Lions, and rare White Tigers.

The Habitat has an incredible website and drone footage of their property, it is very cool. This is a great way to spend some time with the family and learn lots of really neat stuff about a wide variety of animals. They also have a food stand with Icees, hot dogs, sausages, lemonade and more. There are plenty of shaded areas around the habitat to take a break and the arena where the Animal Encounter is held is air-conditioned.

http://bigcathabitat.org/

Animal sanctuary home to big cats & other wild species offering animal encounters & seasonal hours.
Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but otherwise open from 12p-4p. The Parrots in Paradise show is at 1pm and the Animal Encounter is at 2pm.  We have brochures and maps in the office, so stop in if we can help![/fusion_builder_column]

It’s  the 4th of July holiday weekend!! There is so much to celebrate! Freedom of our beautiful country, land of the free and home of the brave! And what better way to celebrate than with fireworks ! 

Here are a few of the firework and fun celebrations going on this weekend, both on Siesta Key, and surrounding areas, Sarasota and Venice.

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4th of July Fireworks

4th of July Fireworks

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Boom boom! Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show with your family and enjoy music, food and games. Bring your blanket or folding chairs. Personal fireworks prohibited. You can bring your own food and drinks, however no glass containers are allowed. On the water rental opportunities are available from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Do not bring your dog to this event as the fireworks display may frighten him. Free admission.

Parking $5 per car on Regatta Island. 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 4: 30 p.m.

Fireworks to begin at 9 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Nathan Benderson Park,
5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sarasota: Night time brings the Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay.
Viewing is free from anywhere downtown Sarasota including Bayfront Park and Island Park.
The display is an awesome sight from a boat anchored on Sarasota Bay. Make sure you bring an umbrella just in case of rain.

The Sarasota show starts at dusk or around 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sarasota: Enjoy an All American Barbecue and Independence Day Celebration on the grounds of Selby Gardens. Enjoy All-American favorites from Michael’s On East, live music from SoulRCoaster and family activities as part of the celebration
Enjoy the fireworks over Sarasota Bay from Selby Garden’s bay front location. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Ticket purchase info to be announced or 941.366.5731 for more info. Selby Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The 27th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display over the number 1 beach in the nation, Siesta Key, are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, so viewing is good from anywhere south and along
Crescent Beach (south of Siesta Public Beach), out on the Gulf, or from the Intracoastal waterway.
Beach spectators are strongly advised to not bring their own fireworks.
With so many people, especially small children, individuals using fireworks can be extremely dangerous. also leaving debris behind is very harmful to our sealife and shorebirds…so please clean up what you bring and help us to keep the #1Beach pristine! Also, please make a plan to utilize one of the free beachrides that are available to the island. There are numerous services available as parking will be very tight and traffic is very heavy!
Good weather brings estimates of 20,000 to 30,000 to the fireworks on Siesta Key.

Fireworks at around 9 p.m.
More info: (941) 349-3800 http://www.siestakeychamber.com/event_calendar

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Independence Day

Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Check out the 3rd annual Myakka River Kayak Festival and 4th of July Jam Blast with kayaking, live music and craft beers. Live musical entertainment will take place throughout the day with Steve Arvey from 11 a.m. – noon and George Worthmore from 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Kayak and canoe rentals will be available starting at  8 a.m. or you can bring your own.

No cover charge for entrance. Free admission. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Ave, Venice

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Choral Artists of Sarasota Presents “Voices of Freedom,” a patriotic salute to Independence Day with rousing songs celebrating America including perennial favorites “God Bless America,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “This is My Country,” “the Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America, the Beautiful” and more.
A patriotic concert full of choral fireworks celebrating America, the American Dream –
liberty and justice for all – forms the cornerstone of this annual sell-out performance.
Add this great way to feel good about America to your Independence Day celebration!

Free parking is available at the Zenith Garage on Mira Mar Court.
Tickets are $30 for advance purchase; $35 at the door.
Student tickets are $15 at the door on day of concert.
For more information and to purchase tickets call 941-387-4900
4:30PM First Church, Sarasota 104 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

 

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Siesta Fiesta 2017 April 29th -30th:

Siesta Fiesta April 2017

Siesta Fiesta April 2017

We are so excited for this upcoming weekend! The highly anticipated Siesta Fiesta will be back again this April to celebrate its 39th annual art and craft festival in Sarasota, Florida. The end of a busy tourist season closes this weekend with a grand celebration of Siesta Fiesta! A two day art festival full of Siesta Key special fun! And the fun doesn’t end at 5pm…All the restaurants and bars will be hosting special events and parties all weekend!

Hosted in an exquisite venue seated along the beautifully lush Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road, you can stroll along the beach as you take in art from 250 of the nation’s most talented artists and crafters out there. Showcasing an extensive collection of work ranging from life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and much, much more, this show truly has something for anyone. Complete with an additional green market, this spectacular show also features plants, orchids, body products, and tasty dips. Hours on Saturday and Sunday run from 10am-5pm.

April 29, 2017 –
April 30, 2017

Event Location

Ocean Blvd and Beach Road in Siesta Key Village
Sarasota, FL 34242
Get Directions »

As we get ready to don our different shades of green and celebrate St Patrick’s Day March 17, 2016, The day marks the life and deeds of St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints. It is an Irish-American celebration in the US and if you don’t wear your green, prepare to get pinched!

The most common St. Patrick’s Day symbol is the shamrock. 🍀

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Irish Blessing

Irish Blessing

The shamrock is the leaf of the clover plant and a symbol of the Holy Trinity. Other symbols include:

  • Almost anything green.
  • The green, orange and white flag of the Republic of Ireland.
  • Brands of beer associated with Irish culture.

There are many different celebrations going on near the island of Siesta Key:

Beach Club – Join us on St. Patrick’s day for a night filled with fun to be had! Sweet Spot will be on stage from 8 – 11pm followed by a Bikini Contest at midnight! HAPPY HOUR Specials till 7pm: $2 Green Miller Light and Bud Light $3.50 Wells $4 Margaritas, Bloody Marys and House Wines ALL DAY Specials: $5 Jameson $4 Green Tea Gummy Bears $3 Green Jello Shots
$3 Pizza Slices. 5151 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, Florida 34242

Siesta Key Pub Crawl -The Block that ROXX- Join the fun in Siesta Key Village with a Pub Crawl starting at 9pm between the bars of Gillgains, Pi 3.14, Daiquiri Deck and the Siesta Key Oyster Bar. $4 Bud and Bud Lights in Commemorative Cups. Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242

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St Patricks Day Calusa Brewing

St Patricks Day Calusa Brewing

Calusa Brewing– Starting at 2PM!  – In celebration of one of the best drinking holidays of the year we are releasing an Irish Red this Friday titled “Reddie Mercury” and throwing 16oz pints of it on special for $3.50 all day!!! Create bakery & gifts will be here with Taste Time To Love Us serving St Patty’s Day specials. 5701 Derek Ave, Sarasota, Florida 34233

 Shakespeare’s Craft Beer and GastroPub – With a full selection of craft beers and Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage and….of course…. Irish Martin will be alive with Irish Ballads being played from 5-8pm. Lots of TomFoolery and shenanigans happening at Shakespeare’s. Oh and GREEN BEER! 3550 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, Florida 34239.
With all these fun St. Patrick’s Day events and amazing food offerings, we highly suggest using one of the many services around instead of driving. Parking will be limited down in Siesta Key Village.
Call Night Ride: 941-922-0400
Siesta Key Free Ride: 941-952-TAXI

🍀 🍀  🍀

May you always have…
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.

An Irish Blessing for you and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Tropical Beach Resorts  🍀 6717 Sarasea Circle, Sarasota FL 34242 🍀 941-349-3330

 

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Tour de Parks 2017

Tour de Parks 2017

We hope you have your spot already registered for the Tour de Parks 2017, as they have already reached the maximum capacity! This incredible event is a huge success for the Friends of the Legacy Trail and promises to be another stellar year.

20, 35 and 62-Mile Scenic Fun Rides – 12 Beautiful Parks!

Venice Train Depot

Venice Train Depot

This year’s Tour de Parks is scheduled for Sunday, March 26. All rides start and finish at the historic Venice Train Depot, which is located at 303 E Venice Avenue, Venice, FL

This year’s ride includes breakfast, lunch, rest- stop snacks, SAG support, technical tee shirts too! It also promises exciting views of wildlife along the trail, gorgeous rays of sunshine on your back during the ride and tremendous amounts of camaraderie from fellow riders and ride volunteers!

This event is sponsored by Friends of the Legacy Trail, Sarasota County, It Starts in Parks  , and the Sarasota Manatee Bike Club

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More about the Legacy Trail:

The Legacy Trail offers several areas to stop, rest, learn about its history or just enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the trail. The rest stops include seven trailheads which offer access points with free parking.

The trailheads are located at:

For the maps of the trail:

https://www.scgov.net/parks/Pages/LegacyTrail.aspx