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Sarasota’s Special Events Calendar: What time of year does Sarasota offer the special events you would enjoy?

Sarasota’s Special Events Calendar: What time of year does Sarasota offer the special events you would enjoy?

You’ve chosen Siesta Key for its world-famous beaches … but if you are looking for more than sugar-white sand between your toes then Sarasota is perfect spot for your next getaway! Of course Sarasota offers a wide variety of spectacular restaurants, great shopping, a thriving performing arts scene, and an almost endless list of fun activities – but that is just the beginning. The area offers an almost endless schedule of fun festivals and events for you to experience, just pick your passion!

Boat Parade on Main Street, Sarasota, FL

Crowds gather at the Sarasota Boat Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January:
Thunder by the Bay:
This festival is for all you motorcycle lovers! This is a three day long event held each January and offers live music, poker runs, vendors and more. Best of all, it is a charitable event raising money for local special needs children.
Dates: January 8-11, 2015

St. Armand’s Winter Art Festival:
Held yearly at the end of January, this show displays more than 175 artists and craftsman featuring their original artwork. St. Armand’s Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota, not far from Siesta Key!
Dates: TBA

February:
Lido Tides Arts and Crafts Show:
Just around the corner from St. Armand’s Circle, exhibitors sell handmade arts and crafts on the beautiful Lido Key, Sarasota, FL.
Dates: February 8th & 9th, 2014 @ 10:00AM – 4:30PM

***Say “I Do” Again***:
Visiting Siesta Key with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day? Create unforgettable memories by renewing your wedding vows each Valentine’s Day at the Siesta Beach main pavilion.
Date: Valentine’s Day

Siesta Key Vow Renewal

Crowds gather for the annual vow renewal at Siesta Key Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts:
The Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts is one of the area’s largest art events of the year. The festival takes place along Main Street in downtown Sarasota and is fun for all ages! Come to experience the art and the lovely downtown atmosphere of Sarasota, only a 15 minute drive from Siesta Key.
Dates: February 15th &16th, 2014.

March:
Giving Hunger the Blues:
This is one of Sarasota locals’ favorite events of the year! Giving Hunger the Blues provides a wide variety of foods from local restaurant and live music throughout the day on Hillview Street in Sarasota’s Southside Village. The event raises money for the All Faiths Food Bank and other charities.
Dates: March 23, 2014

April:
Florida Winefest and Auction:
Don’t miss Sarasota’s week-long food and wine extravaganza and auction! Sarasota’s best local restaurants will be there along with winemakers from around the world to support local children’s charities.
Dates: April 10-13, 2014

Siesta Fiesta

Booths and vendors line the street for Siesta Fiesta!

***Siesta Fiesta***:
Siesta Fiesta has been a tradition in the Village on Siesta Key for over 30 years. The best part of the event is the talented arts and craft vendors in colorful booths lining Beach Road in front of the Siesta Key Village shops. The bars and restaurants on the Key take part in the fun with live entertainment and food booths in the streets.
Dates: April 26th & 27th, 2014

 

 

 

May:
Classic Corvettes on the Circle:
Come see the 3rd largest classic Corvette car show in the state of Florida while visiting Sarasota! It will take place in St. Armand’s circle on Lido Key, a spectacular shopping and restaurant area that’s a must see for your Sarasota trip… even if it is just for a window-shopping stroll.
Dates: May 3rd, 2014

June:
World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium:
Enjoy this family-friendly festival that includes games and crafts, and hands-on learning experiences in marine science. Get up close and personal with some Florida sealife… its sure to be a fun and informative day. The event is free with regular admission, which is $19/adults, $14/kids (4 – 12).
Dates: June 7, 2014

St. Armand’s Craft Festival:
This is another fabulous St. Armand’s event that will be a great time for the whole family to enjoy while strolling around the beautiful circle. You’ll enjoy browsing a variety of artistic works from paintings to jewelry, ceramics, pottery and much more.
Dates: June 14 – 15, 2014

***Sarasota Stand up Paddleboard Races***:
Calling all beginners and pros! There is a paddle board competition that takes place on Siesta Key Beach with several divisions of racers. There’s a 3-mile and 6-mile course along with fun other events.
Dates: June 21, 2014

Stand Up Paddleboard races in Sarasota, FL

There are SUP races in Siesta Key, come and watch the fun! or participate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July:
Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix:
If you are a boat-racing fan, Sarasota is the place to be for the 4th of July! The event brings with it some of the hottest boats on the market. Watch the races, check out the boats or just enjoy the excitement in the air as Sarasota comes alive with parades and parties to celebrate the races. The event is held around 4th of July every year to raise money for the Child Development Center.
Dates: June 28th – July 6th, 2014

August:
Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament:
This tournament includes Billfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout and Redfish, with offshore and inshore divisions. Come out and show you’re fishing skills!
Dates: August 5 – 9, 2014

The Annual Celebration of Brewing:
Beer enthusiasts, this is will be your favorite day of vacationing in Sarasota. There will be samples of dozens of beers and ciders from around the world. There will also be beer friendly food, a silent auction and benefit raffle.
Dates: 2014 TBA

September:
Annual Labor Day Regatta:
This is the Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s biggest event of the year. Register your boat and take part for $75 – $100, or just bring folding chair and watch the spectacular site of the sailboat race on City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway.
Dates: September 1, 2014

October:
Sarasota Blues Festival:
This nationally recognized event is held annually in October on the Ed Smith Stadium grounds and brings some of the top national and local blues musicians to the stage.
Dates: 2014 TBA

November:
Cine World Film Festival:
This event is held by the Sarasota Film Society and presents the best films of the Toronto, New York and Cannes Film Festivals of the year!
Dates: 2014 TBA

Teddy Bear Run:
The Annual Great Teddy Bear Run is sponsored by the Sarasota Florida HOG (Harley Owners Group) Chapter. This charity event is held in November and will benefit KIDS by the SEA, serving children with cancer.
Dates: 2014 TBA

December:
Sandy Claws Beach Run:
This popular annual run is held in December with race day registration beginning at the Siesta Beach Pavilion. It includes a 1-mile fun-run for any and all ages and a timed 5K run for the more advanced runners!
Dates: December 13, 2014

The Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights:
Every December Sarasota Bay features a competition of holiday-decorated power and sailboats. The water parade of brightly-lit boats is a spectacular sight and a great way to enjoy a Sarasota-style Christmas experience on your vacation! The best viewing is from Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.
Dates: 2014 TBA

Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade:
This event is held the first Saturday of every December in downtown Sarasota and features floats, music, marching bands and lots of fun. There are thousands of participants and brightly decorated floats, several live marching bands playing songs of the season and parade entries from school and community organizations as well as area businesses.
Dates: 2014 TBA
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Planning a trip to Sarasota? Make sure to contact  the friendly,local staff at Tropical Beach Resorts for recommendations on activities, dining, and other information.

Call today for specials and room information at 800-235-3493

Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com 941-349-3330 -
Tropical Beach Resorts in Siesta Key, FL

Tropical Beach Resorts is just steps from the world famous white sands of Siesta Key! Call today 800-235-3493

 

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Experiencing the Best of Nature in Sarasota, FL

Manatee viewing near Sarasota, FL Sarasota is alive with exceptional blessings from Mother Nature. From one corner of the city to the next, the beauty and wonder of all that Mother Nature has created is bountiful. From the local flora to the local fauna, there are so many ways to take full advantage of being able to see these things that amaze and to make incredible memories.

Here are some of our favorite places to visit to experience the best that Sarasota has to offer:

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: The Gardens are located in downtown Sarasota on the Bay. Their mission? “To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.” Now if that doesn’t sound like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, we don’t know what does. From the greenhouses to the immaculately maintained grounds, Selby Gardens is an experience you don’t want to miss. Sweeping views of the bay, brilliant aromas from the many plant species, wonderment from the stunning growth of the different trees, and tranquility from the peace and serenity of the property will take you away from the hustle and bustle. Allow several hours for this afternoon of enjoyment.

Myakka River State Park: Located just 9 miles from Sarasota and is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks. The Florida wild and scenic Myakka flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation. One of its most popular types of wildlife observation is that of the Florida alligator! Many gators can be seen sunning and swimming around while being viewed from one of the world’s largest airboats, the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal. They can also be seen while just paddling through the streams by canoe, for those of you who are brave enough! There is also the Canopy Walkway. The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. A tower soars 74 feet in the air to present a spectacular view of treetops, wetlands and the prairie/hammock interface. You can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tops of live oaks and palm trees.

Manatee Viewing Center: Located about 1 hour North of Sarasota, the Manatee Viewing Center is located adjacent to the Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station. Everyone loves to see these gentle giants. When the water begins to get chillier, somewhere around 68 degrees, the manatees seek refuge in warmer waters. When the Big Bend Power station takes in saltwater from Tampa Bay to cool Unit 4, it is then discharged as clean and warm water, back to the bay. Big Bend’s discharge canal is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary that provides critical protection from the cold for these unique, gentle animals.

Let our local, knowledgeable staff help you with these or any other activities during your visit to Tropical Beach Resorts in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
941-349-3330

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Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition is this weekend!

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition is this weekend, November 15-18th.

Not only does Siesta Key have the most beautiful, clean white quartz sands, now it is being stepped up a few notches by some master sand sculptors! The weekend was the creation of discussions between master sand sculptor and Siesta Key resident Brian Wigelsworth and representatives of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Mote Marine Laboratory, and the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau. It has grown into an amazing weekend of fun imaginative creations of wonderment! Guests come and visit from all areas of the country to see the amazing sculptures that are built over a short period of a few days!

The Classic began in 2010 and has grown into an event which is attended by 70,000+ attendees! Some of the sand creations are over ten feet tall and always transform the beautiful white sands  into an outdoor art gallery. Coupled with the incredible weather of coastal FL in November and the white sand creations, it is an event that should not be missed!

There is free parking at the public lot at the Siesta Key Public Beach, with admission of $5, or there is a multi-day rate of $10.

Founding partners:

MOTE Aquarium

Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Sandlubbers

Sarasota County

 

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle

Siesta Key, FL 34242

941-349-3330

800-235-3493

www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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SiestaKey hotel sees growth in yearly numbers

Tropical Beach Resorts along with Sarasota county has seen another year of growth in our total number of visitors this year.

According to Visit Sarasota County (VSC), Sarasota County had 740,300 visitors in fiscal year 2013, spending $640,974,200 in the area economy. That is a 5.8% jump in visitors from fiscal year 2012 and a 10.2% increase in direct spending.
Tropical Beach Resorts is pleased that business is up.

The 2013 fiscal year ended June 30. Data from the Sarasota County Tax Collector also paints a positive picture for the area tourism industry.

With three months of revenue left to be calculated for 2013, Sarasota County has already raised $12,179,818 in revenue from the Tourist Development Tax — eclipsing the total revenue reported for 2011. This comes after multiple years of increased revenues from the tax. Development Tax revenue grew by 16% in 2011, and by 17.5% in 2012.

The Tourist Development Tax is a 5% charge on the revenue from rentals of six months or less. Revenue from the tax is used for tourism promotion, maintenance and renourishment of beach park facilities and beaches, sports stadiums, nature center facilities and promoting new tourist attractions and events.

Projects like the proposed dredging of Big Pass also rely on Development Tax revenue.
Tropical Beach Resorts General Manager said.” We are very pleased business continues to improve. We’ve done so many upgrades to the property and have continued to grow a talented staff… we couldn’t be happier it’s paying off.”

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Siesta Key Resort Wins 2013 Best of Sarasota Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tropical Shores Beach, A Siesta Key Resort, Receives 2013 Best of Sarasota Award

Sarasota Award Program Honors the Achievement

SARASOTA August 6, 2013 — Tropical Shores Beach Resort, a Siesta Key resort, in Sarasota, Florida has been selected for the 2013 Best of Sarasota Award in the Hotels & Motels category by the Sarasota Award Program.

Each year, the Sarasota Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sarasota area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Sarasota Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sarasota Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Sarasota Award Program

The Sarasota Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sarasota area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices. They have also implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Sarasota Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Sarasota Award Program

For more information contact

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota Florida 34242
800-235-3493
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Tropical Beach Resorts, a Siesta Key resort, earns 2013 Best Award

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The 4th of July holiday brings loads of excitement and activities to Siesta Key, Sarasota!

4th of July holiday brings Suncoast Offshore and 9 days  of exciting events!

4th of July holiday brings Suncoast Offshore and 9 days of exciting events!

What words come to mind when you think of the 4th of July holiday?  We think of words like spectacular, amazing, exhilarating!  Out on Siesta Key, it’s very much the same wording, but we like to add community, and  maybe even superfloridasandelicious (yes one of our guests made that up and we think it’s a perfect description of  Siesta Key!) As a community we all pull together to raise the money for the festivities that make up the night of dazzling fireworks in the sky over the most beautiful sand beach in the world as far as we are concerned. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce hosts the fireworks every year and work hard to make them the best around! Loads of volunteers work year round preparing for this exciting night and hope you will join them in celebrating again this year!

But let’s not forget the festivities don’t just stop with the fireworks!  There are 9 day that are packed full of events. The Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix brings in crowds from all over boasting  boat parades, heart pounding race action right off our coast, and parties all week. And don’t forget, Sarasota’s own Nik Wallenda, the King of the Sky, will be the welcomed home and congratulated for being the first person to ever cross the Grand Canyon by tightrope during the Boat Parade on Friday, July 5th, starting at 7pm.

For a full Suncoast Offshore event calendar, click here!

For local Siesta Key events, click here!!

So if you’re  planning to come to our little Gulf  island paradise and questioning what to do, we’ll have a list of activities waiting for you!

If you are looking for visual stimulation, beautiful hot sunny days and breath taking fireworks lighting up the night sky,  July 4th on Siesta Key is the place to be.   Pack up your flip-flops, grab a beach chair and head to paradise.

Tropical Beach Resorts has nightly hotel room accommodations available for great July Rates.

Call today at 800-235-3493 and speak with one of our on-site reservation specialists to get the personalized attention that you deserve!!

 

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Savor Sarasota Week is in full swing and includes Siesta Key restaurants!

We all know that Siesta Key is known for having the#1 beach in the USA, but did you know that Sarasota also has the highest concentrations of Zagat®-rated restaurants in Florida?

We are so truly blessed to be in such a wonderful city full of these amazing restaurants and thanks to Visit Sarasota County’s Savor Sarasota Week, these restaurants feature some extra special goodies at an amazing price! Guests can enjoy a multi-course delight for a fraction of the cost.  Lunch is served at $15 per person, and dinner is only $29 per person.  So during your visit to our Siesta Key hotel, make sure to take advantage of all that Siesta Key and Sarasota has to offer!

The event runs June 1-June 14th and can be taken advantage of at a few restaurants right here on Siesta Key! These local places are Miguel’s, Ophelia’s on the Bay, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Eat Here and BluQue Island Grill.  So call up the SunRide Pedicab at 941-343-3400 and make your way to one of these amazing restaurants!

A full list of participating restaurants is listed below:

62 Bistrot , Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Barnacle Bill’s Seafood,  Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Bijou Cafe,  Lavanda,  Blue Rooster, Libby’s Cafe & Bar, BluQue Island Grill ,   Mattison’s City Grille, Cafe Americano ,   Mattison’s Forty-One, Café Amici,  Michael’s On East
Cafe Baci,  Miguel’s,  Café L’Europe, Mozaic, Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar,  Ophelia’s On the Bay, Caragiulos,  Pattigeorge’s, Chart House ,  Polo Grill and Bar, Cosimo’s Restaurant & Catering,  Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar , Crow’s Nest,  Roessler’s Restaurant, Currents Restaurant,  Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Darwin’s on 4th ,   Salute! Dry Dock Waterfront Grill,   Sangria Tapas Bar, Duval’s New World Cafe ,   Savory Street, Eat Here , Selva Grill, Euphemia Haye Restaurant, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar,  Super Nova Cafe, H20 Bistro,    Ziti

For more information, check out : http://www.savorsarasota.com/

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The time to fish in Sarasota and Siesta Key is now!

Early summer fishing in Sarasota and its surrounding areas has been fantastic so far this year! Charter fishing captains and local anglers alike continue to regularly report a wide variety of species being caught in the bays and off the beaches.

In shore, we’ve seen a noticeable amount of decent sized Snook along with the abundance of Spotted Sea Trout and Red Fish regularly encountered throughout Sarasota Bay. The off shore reefs continue to produce a good catch and release Grouper bite as well and it’s not uncommon to encounter large Cobia and King Mackerel while free lining live bait in the surrounding areas.

Tarpon Season is also setting into full motion and as the massive schools of fish begin migrating up and down the beaches it’s hard for any dedicated angler to think of anything else. The hunt and hopeful catch of these enormous fish provide an experience unlike anything most people have ever encountered before and shoSarasota Tarpon Fishinguld not be missed!

 

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Sarasota’s Waterfront Makes the Top Ten List of North America

Sarasota finds itself back on the top ten list.. but not for it’s beaches.. (Voted #1 Beach in the Nation , 2011 Dr. Beach)… This beautiful place that some of us are fortunate enough to  call our “home town” has found itself back in the spotlight again.  USA Today Live Stream featured an article by Lydia Schrandt, 10Best.com selecting Sarasota’s marina  as one of the top ten waterfronts to visit across North America.  ” This culture-rich city enjoys close proximity to 40 miles of white-sand beaches lining the barrier islands just off shore. In the city proper, Bayfront Park and Marina is a popular place for biking, walking, kayaking or canoeing with views of Sarasota Bay and the city’s skyline.” (Lydia Schrandt, 10Best.com)  For  complete details of all top ten destinations visit http://usat.ly/12SGab2

Tropical Beach Resorts is located in Sarasota, Florida on Siesta Key and was recently awarded the 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

For more information on Tropical Beach Resorts please visit us at www.tropicalbeachresorts.com or call us toll-free at 1-800-235-3493

 

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