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What’s On? The Suncoast This Week, 2/9 – 2/16

What’s On? The Suncoast This Week, 2/9 – 2/16

| Laura Bell Adams |

Every week we hope to entice you to go out and do something fun in the area. Maybe you’ll see something you never thought you’d try, but now you think you might! This area of Florida is filled with interesting things to do and see and experience. Get out there and do it!

This week of Saturday, February 9 – Saturday, February 16, 2019


Bradenton Area River Regatta on both sides of Manatee River, FLSaturday, February 9

Bradenton Area River Regatta

Both Sides of Manatee River


Bradenton Riverwalk Main Lawn Amphitheater and Palmetto West Side Green Bridge. Regatta Pointe. And, of course, Manatee River East and West Sides of the Green Bridge.

This is a free, family event! There’s a fishing tourney for kids, dog shows, flyboard champs, family fun zone, lots of music, Formula -2 and 3 Powerboat Races, and to top it off a Zambelli Fireworks Spectacular! Check it out on their  website event schedule



Play the Posters: A Jazz Trio at Venice Performing Arts Center in Venice, FLTuesday, February 12

Play the Posters: A Jazz Trio

Venice, FL


Venice Performing Arts Center 1 Indian Ave. Venice, FL 34285

Venice resident Dick Hyman and clarinetist Ken Peplowski with singer Clairdee perform a history of jazz. They have played all over the world and bring their sound to Venice. Get your tickets early!
About the venue: FB page here



Chocolate Festival 2019 at Water's Edge of Bradenton in Bradenton, FLWednesday, February 13

Chocolate Festival 2019

Bradenton, FL


Water’s Edge of Bradenton 2015 32nd Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205

This is a fund raiser for improving Activities in the Memory Care unit at Water’s Edge. It’s in the auditorium on the second floor of Town Center. Come in anytime between 5-8pm and get an empty box after you give them $10 for a ticket. You take your box to all the vendors who will fill it with samples as you check them off the sheet. You will vote on the best chocolate sample and most creative use of chocolate. Winners will be posted on their FB page. Nicole Smith, Director of Life Enrichment, can answer your questions at 941/757-2339
About the venue: FB page here



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Happy Valentine's Day Suncoast!Thursday, February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day Suncoast







Funk Fest 10th Anniversary at City Marketplace in Punta Gorda, FLFriday, February 15

Funk Fest 10th Anniversary

Punta Gorda, FL

Today 4-11:30pm

City Marketplace Punta Gorda FL

Also, tomorrow noon – 11:30pm.

2 stages, food trucks, and lots of vendors will be there. And music? Lettuce, Papadosio, Here Come the Mummies, The Werks, Joe Marcinek Band, Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Alan Evens (Soulive), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk), Funk You Voodoo Visionary, Hedonistas, The Floatiez, Banyan. Check their FB page  for the schedule. This is gonna be EPIC!!!


37th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in Cortez, FLSaturday, February 16

37th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Cortez, FL

10am-6pm Today & Tomorrow

Cortez Village, Cortez, FL 34215

Hosted by Florida Institute for Salwater Heritage which is also teaching on the loading docks at Cortez Bait and Seafood about local fishermen at 10am both days. There will be great live music, fabulous fresh seafood, local artisan vendors and a great time of fun! The proceeds will benefit The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (a local all-volunteer non-profit) to help preserve this way of life. For more on the event  click here 



Photos courtesy of the above events’ FB pages.



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