February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s a very busy one here on the Florida Gulf Coast!
There’s so much to do in and around Manatee and Sarasota Counties this month – and that’s even before we get to Valentine’s Day!
Here’s some of our favorite February events that we think you’ll love too.
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
If motorcycles and circuses are a little too thrilling for your taste, then the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival on February 15th and 16th might be just the ticket.
This festival has been going strong since 1981 and can draw a crowd of 20,000. But don’t worry – there’s plenty of fresh seafood, live music, and fun to go around for everyone.
Cortez is one of only remaining commercial fishing villages in Florida and visiting during the festival is a real treat!
1.Kid zone 2. face painting 3. local vendors 4. Artisan Booths
Find all the fishy details here.
Who says you can’t exercise on vacation? Okay, maybe lots of people do. But a marathon is more than exercise. It’s an event for the whole community. if you are a spectator, there is plenty of lively entertainment. The route runs through downtown Sarasota where runners and crowd alike are serenaded by local bands. And don’t forget brunch afterward!
The race is on February 2, and you find all the details on the website.
This annual festival hosted by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church is a local favorite.
Admission is free on Thursday and only $4 on the other festival days. You definitely don’t want to miss the Sunday night raffle drawing with big cash prizes (or a 2019 Mercedes Benz or a trip to Greece!)
From the event organizers:
It is an event that evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Enjoy the hospitality of our Greek community, and experience the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village.
If you’re in town on February 6 – 9, this is a must-do event! Find more details here.
Regatta? You gotta!
Seriously, though, you’ve got to go. The Bradenton Regatta, according to The Herald Tribune, is one of the “largest spectator events in Southwest Florida.”
On February 15-17, head to the Manatee River to see what all the fun is about! There will be boat races aplenty, plus live music and fireworks!
Thunder by the Bay
If the other February events aren’t quite wild enough for you, get ready to rev your engines for Thunder by the Bay, a motorcycle and music festival in Sarasota.
On February 1st, the festival gets kicked off with the sporty clay tournament and a week later, on February 8th, the real kick-off party occurs.
The main event is February 14-16 and with featured performers and favorite tribute bands, you won’t want to miss a single second.
Events take place at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, and you can find more information on the festival website.
After Thunder by the Bay, keep your heart pumping with the gravity-defying fun of Circus Sarasota!
“This year’s Circus Sarasota performance features a Cyr Wheel, aerial dance, horses, hand-to-hand acrobatics, high-wire, teeterboard, juggling and more.”
Wow! When the circus comes to town, they really go to town. Find ticket and date information here.
The Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival returns for its 5th year, hosting
Themed Food Truck / Trailer / Tent event covers every bit of Chocolate. Chocolate is a requirement for all treats, both sweet and savory is represented!
Featuring Live Entertainment both audio & visual. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 12 PM – 6 PM
But we would be remiss if we didn’t mention one final event: the Florida State Fair!
If you’re in Florida from February 6 – 17, you really can’t miss this. Get the best that Florida has to offer in nearby Tampa.
Learn all about all the events and activities here.
The Strawberry Festival.
This is one of the most popular Festivals in Florida. Enjoy the freshest strawberry treats, from pie to shortcake, and enjoy family fun on the midway. Rides and fair activities are a huge draw but the music line up is the biggest draw. Check out who is performing and get tickets early.
The annual Murder Mystery February 28 & 29, test your Mystery solving skills at the play that is always entertaining for the Center’s adult audience. Contact the Anna Maria Community Center at 407 Magnolia Avenue PO Box 253 Anna Maria, FL 34216 or Phone: 941.778.1908 for updated info.
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