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Sarasota’s 8th Annual Gingerbread Festival

Sarasota Gingerbread FestivalThe holidays come with cheer, family and sweets. They wouldn’t be the same without the sound of laughter and the smell of baking gingerbread. Gingerbread houses have become a Christmas tradition you can participate in at the 8th Annual Gingerbread Festival, Dec. 9-11, 2016.

Over 150 local schools, businesses, youth groups and nonprofit organizations will be creating gingerbread houses this year. Vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award and reserve a house for purchase.

The gingerbread magic takes place at Westfield Sarasota Square, 8201 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota, indoors next to Costco Wholesale.

The admission fee is only $1 per person, including one vote in the People’s Choice Award. The voting ends at noon on Dec. 11, 2016.

Take some time during the holidays to appreciate the delicious creativity put into the gingerbread houses up for vote.

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Outdoor Movie and Tree Lighting on Bradenton Beach

outdoor-movie-bridge-streetWith provided popcorn and refreshments, enjoy the original 1966 cartoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and a tree lighting ceremony with a live musical performance by the Sweet Adelines. For a classic holiday experience with your family, attend the Free Outdoor Movie and Tree Lighting on November 26, 2016 at Bridge Street on Anna Maria Island.

There is no entrance fee and although the popcorn and drinks are complementary, it is recommended that you bring your own blankets and chairs. The event lasts from 6-10 p.m., and is located at Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island.

Listen to the music, watch the beautiful tree lighting ceremony and experience How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Florida’s cool holiday weather.

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9th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival

Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice, FloridaPaintings aren’t just stiff sketches in frames hanging dully on the walls. Creativity and talent can reveal themselves anywhere, even on the ground. Visit the 9th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival from November 11-14, 2016. Just be sure not to step on any pavement masterpieces at the Venice Airport Fairgrounds, 900 Airport Avenue East, Venice, FL, which also serves as the main parking lot for the event. Last year, over 500 international and national artists added to the spectacle of the Sarasota Chalk Festival.

This year’s theme is “Love and Peace” and features 3D Pavement Art, a 5K Fun Run, Traditional Pavement Art, an Open Fun Zone. There will be plenty of food available for purchase as well. Try out your moves on the dance floor during the Pavement Music Festival, which includes tented seating and live music for all four days of the festival on a concert stage.

The entrance charge is only $10 for adults, $5 for students and children ages 12 and under get in free. The ticket is also good for the Pavement Music Festival. Unlimited admission tickets are available for $25.

Listen to the awesome music from the Pavement Music Festival as you view the amazing art at the Sarasota Chalk Festival.

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Sarasota’s Annual Veteran’s Day Parade

veterans-day-paradeSponsored by the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, the Annual Veteran’s Day Parade marches down Main Street and Osprey Avenue at 10 a.m. on November 11, 2016.

The parade continues down Main Street to end at Five Points Park, highlighting the Marching Bands of Sarasota, Riverview, and Booker High Schools.

The conclusion of the parade is the location of a special ceremony beginning at about 11 a.m. which features a guest speaker and a performance of the National Anthem and more patriotic songs by middle and elementary school students.

Show your support for veterans by attending the Annual Veteran’s Day Parade. Appreciate your freedom and those who fight for it.

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Sarasota Medieval Fair Starts this Weekend!

sarasota-medieval-fairThou are challenged to mount thy steed and ride to the Sarasota Medieval Fair.

Watch full contact jousting and human combat chess with wide eyes. Devour turkey legs, browse the extensive artisan marketplace and listen to Celtic music. Delicious deserts such as crepes and fudge bars are available, along with alcoholic beverages. Test your luck in games such as archery. Try riding a camel and the flying carousel or the many other wild rides.

The festival runs through the November weekends of 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20, 2016.

Each unique weekend of the Sarasota Medieval Fair takes place at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Festival hours last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and tickets cost $17.95 for adults and $15.95 for senior, student and military admission. The cost for children ages 5 to twelve is $8.95 while kids under 4 get in free.

Have a grand time at the Sarasota Medieval Fair.

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  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
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    Lot size: 1,742 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 1
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    Home size: 1,547 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1957
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Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast’s Fall Family Festival

fall-family-festival-2016Autumn in Florida comes with blue skies, cooler temperatures and plenty of festivities. Celebrate the season by attending the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast’s Fall Family Festival on November 5, 2016.

In the beautiful Bay Preserve of Osprey, you can kayak, play old-fashioned games, take hula hoop lessons, climb trees and participate in arts and crafts. See a brush fire truck, get your face painted, listen to live music and more.

The free event lasts from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and is located at Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey.

Spend some time with nature and family at the Fall Family Festival.

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17th Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off

17th-annual-firehouse-chili-cook-offThe competition is fierce for the Best Chili Award at the 17th Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off on October 16, 2016.

The chili clash takes place at Morton’s Gourmet Market in Southside Village, with the proceeds going to the Sarasota Fire Fighter’s Benevolent Fund. The 17th Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off will feature celebrity judges, a children’s center with face painting, food booths, and much more.

Feel the heat from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. as 15 firehouses face off for the champion chili. There is no entrance fee but there is a $10 charge to try all chili. Tickets must be bought in advance at Morton’s, 1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota.

Sample delicious food to benefit a program designated to help fire fighter’s and their families. Chili never tasted so good.

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    Year built: 2003
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Old Miakka Hootenanny Celebrates its 102nd Anniversary

old-miakka-schoolhouseThey say that with age comes wisdom, so the Old Miakka Schoolhouse must be pretty wise, since the Old Miakka Hootenanny celebrates its 102 anniversary on October 2, 2016.

Party like school’s out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with amazing food, including bbq and homemade butter, drinks, pottery, and craft vendors. Enjoy the live music, tour the old schoolhouse, participate in family activities, and travel to the past with living history, like civil war re-enactors.

There is no entrance fee or parking charge. The historical fun is at the Old Miakka Schoolhouse, 15800 Wilson Rd, Sarasota, Fl, 34240. To reach the schoolhouse’s location, drive down Fruitville Road East until the end, make a right on Myakka Road and traverse about two more miles to reach your diverting destination.

 

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    Year built: 2003
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28th Annual Pumpkin Fest at Fruitville Grove

28th-annual-pumpkin-fest-at-fruitville-groveIf you are going batty waiting for Halloween, then participate in the fall fun during the 28th Annual Pumpkin Fest at Fruitville Grove.

Starting October 1, 2016, and lasting through every weekend in October, 2016, the Autumn activities include pumpkin painting, pony rides, hayrides, a giant rock-wall, mini-train rides, bungee jump, and giant human water rollers. Listen to live music and dine on festival food such as Kettle Corn, Alday’s BBQ, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin pie. Don’t forget to browse the Halloween decorations on sale, like scarecrows and hay bales.

With free parking and admission, the seasonal celebration begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m., located at 7410 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota FL, 34240.

Come out and feel the October spirit with your family at the 28th Annual Pumpkin Fest at Fruitville Grove. Halloween is just around the corner.

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  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
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    Lot size: 1,742 sqft
    Year built: 2003
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    Home size: 1,547 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
    Year built: 1957
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    Year built: 1958
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National Fossil Day at South Florida Museum

national-fossil-day-at-south-florida-museumDig into education on National Fossil Day at South Florida Museum.

On October 1, 2016, talk with actual paleontologists and geologists about unveiling earth’s past. What used to walk above is now hidden underground, awaiting discovery.

From 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy examining fossil exhibits with your family, along with an outdoor dig for kids so they can find fantastic fossils. Additionally, the De Soto National Park Rangers will host the Junior Paleontologist Badge Program, a part of the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program as a way to connect kids to National Parks.

With reduced pricing, the admission charge is $9 for adults, $7 for kids, and $8 for senior citizens years 65 and above. Children ages three and under get in free. The “fossil-tastic” fun is located at 201 10th St W, Bradenton FL, 34205.

Participate in National Fossil Day to promote the safety, knowledge, and exploration of the past, along with the scientific and informative importance of fossils.

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