February in Florida: 9 Can’t Miss Events

January 31, 2019 By Rachel

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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.

Sarasota Music Half Marathon

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.

The route runs through downtown Sarasota where runners and crowd alike are serenaded by local bands. And don’t forget brunch afterwards!

The race is on February 3rd, and you find all the details on the website.

St. Barbara Greek Festival

When in Florida, do as the Greeks do!

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 February 7 – 10, this is a must-do event! Find more details here.

Bradenton River Regatta

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 15-17 and with featured performers like Steelheart, 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.

Circus Sarasota

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.

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

If motorcycles and circuses are a little too thrilling for your taste, then the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival on February 16th and 17th 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!

Find all the fishy details here.


Venice Italian Feast & Carnival

After visiting Greece at the Greek Festival, get a taste of Italy at the Venice Italian Feast & Carnival!

Old World Venice comes alive at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds during February 21 – 24.

If four days worth of Italian food aren’t enough to tempt you, there’ll be plenty of rides, games, and, of course, live music! Plus admission is free!

Rubonia Mardi Gras

February is chock-full of events but here is the piece de resistance: the Rubonia Mardi Gras.

You might not have even heard of Rubonia before, as it’s a small town in northwest Manatee County. But boy, can they party!

You don’t want to miss this “fabulously funky” parade and party that happens annually. For more details, call 941-773-1072.

Florida State Fair

We know, we know, there is SO MUCH happening in February!

But we would be remiss if we didn’t mention one final event: the Florida State Fair!

If you’re in Florida in February, 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.


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