2018 Top Springtime Events and Festivals on the Florida Gulf Coast.

January 15, 2018 By Tammy DeLosh

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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! March madness isn’t just for Basketball.

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 Baltimore Orioles, and The Detroit Tigers. Read our blog post with more information about spring training locations.

The Circus Arts Conservatory puts on  the Cirque des Voix, (the Circus of Voices). This dynamic blended presentation of the musical and circus arts, unlike anything in the country, features the 100+ voices of Key Chorale, a full orchestra, and spellbinding circus acts. Best known for his work in collaboration with director Tim Burton, composer Danny Elfman created one of the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary film music. His evocative music is showcased in this integrated homage to characters such as Batman, Beetlejuice, Spiderman, Edward Scissorhands, and even Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.. Visit the Circus Arts Conservatory page for tickets and more information here.

Plant City—hosts the annual Florida Strawberry Festival! Join this 11-day community event, March 1-11, celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival’s headlining entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts, along with social events, contests, and parades! Visit the Florida Strawberry Festival website here. The highlight is the luscious local strawberries (more than 10,000 acres of strawberries are planted annually in the area) serving fresh strawberry shortcake daily.

March 7-10, is the 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. March 7 is the Jazz Club Pub Crawl, Live Jazz from 6 -10 pm – downtown Sarasota. Performers and venues TBA. Hop on! Hop off! Trolleys at all stops.

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 from March 9-11, 2018. 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.

If you’ll be in the area on March 24, come to Indian Rocks Beach for their 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! From 10- 4

For another good old-fashioned family fair experience, check out the Annual Sarasota County Fair March 16-25. 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.

My Hometown Beer Festival~ Join us for Southwest Florida’s biggest and best spring festival, featuring food, music, craft beer and fun for all ages.
Enjoy free samples of regional food favorites prepared by more than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants, free craft beer samples from around the country — including Southwest Florida’s own Big Top Brewing CompanyDarwin Brewing Company and TaproomMotorworks Brewing and Naughty Monk Brewery — and lots of great music from top local bands, including Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio and the Dr. Dave Band.
Plus, we’ll have plenty of family-friendly activities like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kids Zone, stand-up paddleboard and kayak demos and lots more! The Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays are anticipated to be there as well!This  charitable event is to raise money for Sertoma of Greater Sarasota and its Sertoma Kids, Inc. clinic. Both are registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that serve children and families with speech and language needs regardless of their ability to pay. Saturday, March 3 at 12 PM – 4 PM (Get Directions

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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