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What’s On Suncoast? 3.17 – 3.24

| Angela Naff |

The Suncoast Post asks, “What’s On, Suncoast?” Here are some ideas for the area this week from March 17 – 24, 2023!

De Soto History

Five Centuries of Florida History

Five Centuries of Florida History
8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL 34209

Come experience Five Centuries of Florida History on Saturday, March 18th, at De Soto National Memorial from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 pm. Hear the roar of muskets and talk with period reenactors portraying Floridians from the past. There will fun and games for the whole family. Walk through time as you explore Florida’s great history. Poke around a Civil War encampment, or have coffee with GI’s from the sunshine state. Meet Spanish conquistadors, 19th Century artisans, and gulf coast Pirates. Travel through time in one day!

There will be a special time traveler’s passport where kids can earn the De Soto Junior Ranger badge! We also invite the kids to come out in their own costumes from their favorite time periods. Food trucks will feature Dee’z Diner and Kona Ice food, offering Hot Dogs, Burgers, Nachos, and Kona Ice Snow Cones.

De Soto National Memorial offers a free shuttle service by Siesta Trolley. Parking for the event and Trollies is at Martha B. King Middle School on 75th St NW. The Free trolley will run from 9:30 until 4:00 at regular intervals. There will be no parking at De Soto National Memorial for the day except for vehicles with a valid ADA tag. All traffic will be redirected to King Middle School.

Admission and all activities are free.

Hours: Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.



1701 gulf drive N Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Smoqehouse is a fast-casual eatery featuring hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, soups, fries, and whatever else our creatives have up their sleeves that day. It is a concept that we developed after years in the restaurant industry. No, we are not traditional bbq! We are a from-scratch kitchen, and we get our influences from other countries and how they use fire & smoke to season food. Our purpose and mission are to make amazing, quality food that is both accessible & affordable while also providing stable & rewarding job opportunities for the local community.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday closed

Downtown Sarasota Fine Art and Craft Fair

Sarasota Craft Fair

Downtown Sarasota Fine Art and Craft Fair
1718 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Step into a world of wonder here on the Suncoast as you meander through a stunning showcase of life-size sculptures, breathtaking paintings, exquisite jewelry, mesmerizing photography, and incredible ceramics. You’ll be spellbound by the incredible array of unique, hand-crafted works created by some of the country’s most talented artists and crafters.

As you stroll the vibrant festival grounds, you’ll have the chance to chat with the artists themselves, learning all about their inspiration and artistic processes and gaining a deeper appreciation for their stunning creations.

Plus, that’s not all! The festival also boasts an amazing craft and green market area, offering a diverse range of hand-picked goods and eco-friendly products to peruse and purchase.

Hours: Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Grill at 1951

The Grill At 1951

The Grill At 1951
1951 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33948

The Grill At 1951 is the Gem of Restaurants in Port Charlotte here on the Suncoast, also serving Punta Gorda and Charlotte County. The Grill at 1951 is focused on bringing the basics back with top-grade ingredients making unique and delicious food combined with great service in an upscale atmosphere. The menu features Angus beef, fresh seafood, and rich pasta dishes.

The ambiance is fine casual dining with local artists playing jazz and popular tunes. Lunch and dinner are served six days a week. House-made soups, delicious salads, appetizers, entrees, and sandwiches, including health-conscious meals, give plenty of options. Small plate options, in addition to regular dinners, are available for those who want to try a few items at a time or want a smaller portion for dinner. There is much to recommend about this spot for your special event dining or just a quick lunch. See you at the Grill soon!

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day on the Suncoast

St. Patrick’s Day Downtown Block Party

St. Patrick’s Day Downtown Block Party
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Join us for the Downtown Music Walk Block Party on Friday, March 17th, for an endless day of festivities beginning at 2 pm! Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with $5 Green Miller Lite beer, $8 Jameson Green Tea Shots, and $7 Green Lucky Mules — all while enjoying incredible music & performances in the streets of historic Downtown! Come on down to eat, drink and be lucky this St. Patrick’s Day!

Hours: Friday, March 17, 2023, starting at 2 p.m.

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