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Spring Events, on the Florida Gulf Coast.

February 25, 2017 By Tammy DeLosh

By Tammy DeLosh Festivals, Food and Fun No Comments

The Central Gulf Coast isn’t just a great place to visit in March because of the wonderful spring weather—there’s also a month full of great activities and events!

Starting in mid-February and going through the end of March, spring training is going on for baseball teams.  These five teams are training within a short drive from our properties: The Pittsburgh Pirates, The Philadelphia Phillies, The New York Yankees, The Boston Orioles, and The Detroit Tigers. Here is our blog post with more information about spring training locations.

Circus Sarasota will celebrate their 20th anniversary of Big Top Performances this year from February 25 through March 5. This event presents professional performances that are world-renowned for their artistry and entertainment in a one-ring, five-star European-style big top tent. The Circus Arts Conservatory puts on this event as well as the Cirque des Voix, a unique and exhilarating performance featuring circus artists alongside a 100-voice Key Chorale and the Circus Orchestra. This year it will take place March 24-26. Visit the Circus Arts Conservatory page for tickets and more information here.

Less than 2 hours from most of our properties is Plant City—and it’s worth the trip for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival! It’s been bringing visitors from throughout the country and the world since 19130, but this year it will take place March 2-12. The highlight is the luscious local strawberries (more than 10,000 acres of strawberries are planted annually in the area), but there are exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts, along with social events, contests, entertainment, and parades! Visit the Florida Strawberry Festival website here.

Interested in staying fit over your vacation this year? Check out the 8th Annual Shark’s Tooth 10K Run on March 4! Participants will receive a custom medal, free entry to the 25th Annual Shark’s Tooth Festival, access to a premium post-race party, and entry for door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics! To sign up and read more, visit here.

During March 5-11, the 37th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival will take place—it’s one of the sun coast’s most-anticipated events every year! It features jazz greats from all over the country—a schedule and ticketing information can be found here.

Firestone’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Prepare for high speed action as 13 different races transform the streets of St. Petersburg into a national raceway. This Weekend event, features 3 days of non-stop activities for the whole family. Enjoy Live Entertainment , Interactive activities, Super Trucks, Celebrity Athletes and Beer Gardens and don’t forget to stroll through Fan Village. For Ticket Check here.

Interested in making your paradise getaway look a little more like a paradise? Join the locals and have fun in the Great American Clean Up—taking place in several locations close to some of our favorite properties! March 18 will be Indian Rocks Beach, Clearwater, Madeira Beach, St. Pete, and St. Pete Beach; March 25 is Indian Shores. This annual event partners with Keep America Beautiful to clean up local parks, public areas, and Gulf Coast waterways. Check here for more details.

If you’ll be in the area on March 25, come to Indian Rocks Beach for their 10th Annual GreenFest! Eco-friendly vendors and nonprofit organizations will have exhibits on being kinder to the gorgeous environment around you. Local food, craft beers, wine, live music, and various local vendors are all on site for your enjoyment, plus a large interactive kids’ area with dancing, crafts, and a playground!

For another good old-fashioned family fair experience, check out the 81st Annual Sarasota County Fair March 17-26. There are exhibits, Midway rides, and classic Americana fair food. This year will feature agriculture, animals, two stages of entertainment, music, and more! For more information and a schedule, visit here.

Interested in one or more of these events, but don’t have a vacation home yet? Check out our local offerings below:

 

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