Sarasota is brimming with activity and this weekend will prove to be no exception. With a intrepid spirit, residents from University Parkway down to Siesta Drive are set to come together to enjoy some of the biggest events of the year. From sculpture to Porches, to fresh markets and beyond atomic, there’s something for everyone. Filled with fun and plenty of sun, these events have plenty to offer and all kinds of things to discover. So, get ready to delve deep into adventure, art, speed, and a whole fare of good eats! Step outside and check out what the weekend will bring...
Season of SculptureRunning through May 30th of next year, the Season of Sculpture is a celebration of the finer things in life, particularly art. Officially, it’s under the moniker, “Sarasota's Season of Sculpture presents Season VII’s Shared Ground: Eight Artists-Eighteen Installations” and is brought to life by the nonprofit group bearing the same name. Season of Sculpture is the art-minded organization which puts together and produces the International Invitational Exhibition of large-scale sculptures along Sarasota’s Bayfront. Thanks to the kind support from many such as private donors, company sponsors, grants, residents and visitors in the area can experience and learn about the many fine works within the local art community. Come and see Eight Artists-Eighteen Installations at Bayfront Park at Island Park / Bay Island Park, located on Siesta Drive and Norsota Way at 1 Marina Plaza in Sarasota.
Porches in the ParkSt. Armands Circle is the place to find Porches in the Park, courtesy of Suncoast Motorsports and St. Armands Circle Association. This event marks the 9th Annual car-centric event on beautiful St. Armands Circle. Guests will enjoy some of the most spectacular Porsche cars from all over the state while taking in a host of live entertainment. Raffles are set for the first 200 guest who attend the event and guests will have no shortage of fun walking among these fine vehicles. Spend the day and take in the scenery. Registration is still open, but nearing capacity for last minute entries. Porches owners can phone Margharita Komyati at (941) 921-8007 for a reservation. This event is open to the public and is free to attend.
Farmers Market Downtown SarasotaFor those who like to take in the fresh air and support their local retailers and artisans, the Sarasota Farmer’s Market is the place to be this weekend. With over 70 vendors, guests will find a whole host of fresh produce, plants, and scrumptiously prepared food as well as arts and crafts. Carrying on a 30 year tradition, this ever-popular destination event puts socializing first, helping to improve the quality of life in the area, while promoting local vendors. Locals and area visitors are all welcome to attend and even participate. The Sarasota Farmer’s Market is located at Main Street and Lemon Avenue in downtown Sarasota and is free to attend. The weekend event runs until May 31st of 2014.
Cheesecake Factory and Kona Grill Coming to University Town Center MallComing to the new, yet to open, 880,000-square-foot Mall at University Town Center are two popular restaurants: The Cheesecake Factory and Kona Grill. Opening next October, there will be a total of six restaurants on the mall property, which include such familiar names as Capital Grille, Brio Tuscan Grille, and Seasons 52, in addition to one more restaurant, which to date, remains unnamed. All of the restaurants will be new to the Sarasota-Bradenton market, although not to the region. Located University Parkway and Cattlemen Road, this massive, state of the art, retail therapy establishment costs a whopping $315 million to develop and build. The new retail destination joins the ranks of many fine malls located in the city, which include: Westfield Southgate and Citrus Square.
Atomic BazaarThis weekend, from noon until 5pm at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium and the Bay Front Room, is the Atomic Holiday Bazaar. The eighth season of the event, which features crafts shows from 165 vendors from right here in Sarasota as well as from across the state of Florida, will help to raise money for Sarasota’s own not-for-profit/ non-kill cat shelter, the Cat Depot. Tote bags filled with Atomic swag will be handed out to the first 100 attendees, courtesy of long time sponsor Clothesline. An original indie arts and craft show, the Atomic Holiday Bazaar began in 2006. Admission into the Main Auditorium is $5 for adults, 12 and under are free.