St. Patrick's Day celebrations and many more fun events in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
1. Shamrock Pub's St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
Chose from one of a dozen great St. Patrick's Day celebrations taking place Sunday in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties including Shamrock Pub's 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. The festivities, featuring plenty of Irish food and beers, start at 11:45 a.m. with our Ticket Limerick contest finals at 4 p.m. in between 11 hours of Irish and Celtic entertainment. Wild Root will rock the party to a close beginning at 10:45 p.m. Shamrock Pub is at 2257 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; 941-952-1730; shamrocksarasota.com.
2. Sarasota County Fair
Thrill rides, livestock shows and all our favorite deep-fried foods are among the attractions at the 83rd annual Sarasota County Fair starting today and running through March 24. 2-11 p.m. Fridays, 12-11 p.m. Saturdays; 12-10 p.m. Sundays and 5-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $9 adults with discounts for seniors, military and children; 941-365-0818; sarasotafair.com
3. RattleBone at White Buffalo Saloon
Southern rock and blues fans will not want to miss the Sarasota debut of RattleBone. The new group features former Outlaws lead guitarist-singer Chris Anderson, who grew up in Sarasota (read our interview in this week's Ticket), with keyboardist-singer Johnny Neel, a member of the Allman Brothers Band heard on the “Seven Turns” album. 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (Mike Kach Group), 9 p.m. (RattleBone) on Saturday; White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Road, Sarasota; $15; 941-927-6655 or thewbsaloon.com.
4. Manatee Pride Festival
The annual Manatee Pride Festival returns with another full lineup of free entertainment including drag queens and kings, live music and local celebrity Beneva Fruitville as mistress of ceremonies. There will also be numerous local vendors including fun food and cold beer. 12-5 p.m. Saturday; Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion Area, 452 3rd Ave. W. Bradenton; free admission; manateepride.com
5. Main Street Live
Following an afternoon at Manatee Pride festival on Riverwalk, stroll over to nearby downtown and keep the party going on Old Main Street. The festivities will include a performance by Bradenton's nationally-acclaimed Americana band Have Gun, Will Travel with opener act HoneyWhat, from St. Petersburg. The street will be filled with food trucks, beer booths and various other vendors for this St. Patrick's Eve bash. 5-11:30 p.m. Saturday; Old Main Street, Bradenton; free admission; facebook.com/independentjones
6. Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon
Palmetto-based Southeastern Guide Dogs will aim to set a new record for dogs wearing bandanas at a single event Saturday. The free, family-friendly and dog-friendly event (bandanas will be supplied) includes a 3K walk, food vendors, beer garden, live entertainment, shopping at various vendors. 9 a.m. (registration opens) to 2 p.m. Saturday; Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota; free admission; 941-729-5665; guidedogswalkathon.org
7. Columbus ships in Palmetto
Go back in time about 500 years and experience The Pinta and The Nina, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, at Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto next to Riverhouse Reef & Grill. Both ships tour together as a sailing museum for the purpose of educating the public and schoolchildren on the caravel, a type of Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday; Regatta Pointe Marina, 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto; $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $6.50 for students ages 5-16, free for children 4 and younger; 787-672-2152; ninapinta.org
8. Music in the Park
Realize Bradenton’s free Music in the Park series on Riverwalk, which kicked off this past Friday, continues this week with a performance by local favorite Babyl, a keyboard-anchored fusion act led by singer-songwriter Benjamin Jacobs. There will be craft beer, wine, and other beverages, food, and snacks available for purchase. 6 to 8 p.m. today; Mosaic Amphitheater at Riverwalk, 606 Third Ave. W., Bradenton; free; realizebradenton.com
9. Irish 'Hooley' on the Trolley
A hooley is a terrific term for an Irish party and that's what Discover Sarasota Tours will offer today for folks who want to get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit a bit early. Belly up to the bar with guide Steve McAllister aboard an air-conditioned trolley to hear Irish jokes, songs and stories as you visit Irish pubs in Sarasota and hear about their history. Trip includes a stop at Lynches Pub & Grub on St. Armands Circle for a sample of Irish beer and sing-along. It's $35 per person and includes complimentary beer or wine before boarding. Reservations required. Call 941-260-9818 or book online at discoversarasotatours.com
10. Fruitville Grove Berry Fest
It's the final weekend for Fruitville Grove’s annual Berry Festival featuring craft booths, face painting, a rock wall, bounce house, mini train rides, food, games and spring baby animals on the grounds. Plus, there's an Easter egg hunt 2 p.m. Saturday and a pie-eating contest at 2 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Fruitville Grove, 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota; free admission and free parking; 941-377-0896; fruitvillegrove.com
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