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Sarasota Events of the Season

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Sarasota offers a wealth of activities and events for the Holiday Season. We've included highlights of upcoming Sarasota Events for the whole family to enjoy.


Siesta Key Crystal Classic, Nov. 13-17 Sand sculpting festival includes first-rate artistry, lives music and vendors at world-famous Siesta Key Public Beach. Info:

Doggy Fashion ShowCanine Christmas, Nov. 21 Bring your dog or adopt one at the area's top event for canine lovers, held at the gorgeous, wooded grounds of Bishop Animal Shelter. Info: 792 2863;

Venice Blues Festival, Nov. 21 National blues star Larry McCray headlines with help from others top-shelf acts including local favorite Kettle of Fish. Info:


St. Armands Holiday Nights, Dec. 4 Christmas carol sing-a-long followed by the Santa Parade and tree lighting ceremony are the main attractions. Info:

Sarasota Jungle GardensSarasota Jungle Gardens Holiday Lights, Dec. 4-5,11-12,-18-24,-26-27 Lots of family-friendly activities in this terrifically tropical setting decked out in twinkling, electrified glory. Info: 355-1112;

Bradenton Blues Festival, Dec. 5 Acclaimed soul singer Janiva Magness headlines this festival filled with national blues talent along the Manatee River. Info:

Sarasota Holiday Parade, Dec. 5 Santa will be joined by a procession of floats and high school marching bands at this tradition down Main Street. Info:

Venice Christmas ParadeVenice Christmas Boat Parade, Dec. 5 Enjoy floating displays of lights along the Intracoastal Waterway from just south of the Albee Road Bridge to the Circus Bridge. Info:

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, Dec. 12 Find a spot on the Sarasota Bayfront and admire yachts decorated with yuletide illumination. Info:

Sounds of the Season, Dec. 12 Attendees are invited to celebrate the Christmas spirit at this family event featuring live music, movies, and more in downtown Bradenton. Info: 809-8100;

Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade, Dec. 12 Decorated boats are best viewed from the Green Bridge Fishing Pier in Palmetto or Bradenton Riverwalk. Info: 722-5936;