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What’s On Suncoast? 12.30 – 1.6

| Angela Naff |

The Suncoast Post asks, “What’s On, Suncoast?” Here are some ideas for the area this week from December 30, 2022, to January 6, 2023!

Annual Sarasota New Year’s Eve Pineapple Drop Party

Pineapple Drop Suncoast

Annual Sarasota New Year’s Eve Pineapple Drop Party
1 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

The big New Year’s Eve party in Sarasota is the Pineapple Drop Block Party! The big glowing pineapple drops at midnight here on the Suncoast and occurs at the intersection of Lemon Avenue and Main Street downtown. The pineapple drop is the highlight of a party that includes a wide range of entertainment and attractions throughout the day, starting from 1 pm and running right through 1 am. There will be live music, with DJs and bands performing, carnival rides, games for the kids, and of course, plentiful food and drink, with special offers at local bars and restaurants. Live music begins at 9 p.m. on the corner of Main and Lemon Street, with performances by 22N, Chas Collins, and SRQ Beats. Just after the Pineapple Drop, a big fireworks display takes place over the stunning Sarasota Bay. The Sarasota Downtown Merchants host this annual event.

Alberto's on Suncoast

Alberto’s on Fifth Fine Italian

Alberto’s on Fifth Fine Italian
868 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102

Alberto’s on Fifth here on the Suncoast is a fine Italian restaurant in the heart of 5th Avenue South in Naples, Florida. Opening in 2010, Alberto’s continues to shine like a beacon by being one of the most luxurious authentic Italian restaurants in Naples and is distinguished as much for its friendliness as the quality of its food. The wonderfully decorated restaurant offers a stunning space with roomy seating in an atmosphere that focuses on making guests feel instantly welcome and at home.

The menu at Alberto’s on Fifth Fine Italian is based on influences from the traditional food of Northern Italy combined with a touch of carefully balanced contemporary flair. Chef Alberto takes immense pride in the food served, and he understands that handpicked ingredients are the key to creating authentic flavors in Italy. Everything is homemade and fresh, from the crusty bread to the pasta, soup, sausage, and traditional Piedmont cake. No machines, no television, and no deep fryer. It’s like dining at home in Italy when the chef’s grandmother makes Sunday dinner.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

clearwater suncoast

Dino Rescue at CMA

Dino Rescue at CMA
Clearwater Marine Aquarium – 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767

Dino Rescue here on the Suncoast will bring guests at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium up close to life-size dinosaurs, some as tall as 35 feet and 65 feet long. As guests walk throughout CMA, they will encounter the dinosaurs, which move and roar as they rehabilitate from various ailments today’s animals face – like habitat loss and entanglement.

Learn about CMA’s new Dino Rescue patients on this Dino Safari. Participants will enjoy a 30-minute guided walking tour where they can meet all of our rehab dino patients and learn about their stories, why they are rehabilitating at CMA, and how you can help the conservation of animals like our dinosaurs. You may even be able to assist our dino rehab team with caring for our Dino Rescue patients!

Hours: daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bocca Lupo Suncoast

Bocca Lupo Coal Fired Pizza

Bocca Lupo Coal Fired Pizza
1900 Tamiami Trl, # 116B Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Bocca Lupo is Italian for Mouth of the Wolf. The Italians say, “In Bocca al Lupo” to express good luck, equivalent to the English expression “Break a Leg.” All the Bocca Lupo pizzas are cooked in an open-mouthed, coal-fired oven called “The Wolf.” There are amazing options to take home today in North Port, Port Charlotte, and Wellen Park. Additionally, remember that on Tuesdays, a portion of all the proceeds goes to a different local charity or nonprofit community organization. If you know a deserving organization, go online to submit them for consideration for a Pizza with a Cause night.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Suncoast Block Party

Back to the 80’s Block Party

Back to the 80’s Block Party
State St, Sarasota, FL 34236

On Friday, January 6th, the Downtown Improvement District wants to take you BACK TO THE 80s!

We’re keeping the rad block party on State Street from 7 to 10 p.m. with our special headliners, Stereotomy. The 80s cover band will perform everything from Madonna and Cindy Lauper to Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, with all the Day-Glo glam of the iconic era.

We’ve also acquired a neato Pac Man arcade game where guests can sign up to get the highest score (and win a prize)! And thanks to our special event sponsors, Caldwell Trust Company, we’ll have a real DeLorean on State Street for you to ogle at and take our picture with!

Expect some far-out party favors and signature giveaways along with the delicious bites and beverage offerings you’ve come to love. This will be the gnarliest block party of the year, so do your throwback 80s threads, and don’t be a party pooper!

Photos from the above business website or Facebook pages.

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