Sarasota Events Week Of February 1, 2016
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The Van Wezel, The Ringling, Sarasota Fairgrounds….many of the big players are hosting a number of fun events this week so if you have friends in town, or just want to break up the monotonous workweek, then head out to any number of interesting options available to brighten your week. Bring your appetite for a scrumptious gyro at the Greek Festival or sway to the beat at the Reggae Fest. It’s time to have fun, as February starts out, with food, festivals, and fabulousness all the way around.
Feb. 4 - 7, The 32nd Annual Glendi Greek Festival, St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 North Lockwood Ridge Boulevard, Sarasota
You won’t want to miss this annual favorite, full of tantalizing smells and delightful sounds and sights of the Greek community. With four days of jam-packed activities, there is going to be nonstop action and fun. Traditional Greek dancing, vendors selling authentic Greek food and spices, booths full of beautiful art and jewelry are just a small part of the offerings you’ll find. And let’s talk about the food: Baklava, moussaka, gyros and more will be available for purchase, and don’t forget to get some to take home. A raffle will be held in which only 1500 tickets will be sold and prizes will include a 2016 Mercedes-Benz and cash prizes totaling $12,500. A $100 donation per ticket is requested. In lieu of an entrance fee on Thursday, donations will be accepted on behalf of Take Stock in Children. Admission on Fri., Sat., and Sun., will be $4 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. For a complete schedule of events, please visit http://bradentonorthodox.com/activities/.
Feb. 4, 7:30 P.M., Masters of Illusion-Believe the Impossible, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
You won’t be sure if your eyes are playing tricks on you as you behold the sights happening at Van Wezel this week, but you will be sure it was a good decision to be there. Experience a thrilling and unique magic show full of disappearances, tricks, escapes, vanishes, levitations and much more. You will be questioning everything you knew to be true as you see the wonder of this action-packed and one-of-a-kind magic show. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.vanwezel.org/boxOffice/event.cfm?eveID=1577#.Vpb9dJW0PVK.
Feb. 4, Ringling Underground, Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
Enjoy live music with the inspirational background of the Museum of Art Courtyard as your dance floor. Several regional bands representing a wide range of musical genres will be playing. Check out the latest local bands, too, and begin a weekly ritual of hanging out with them at their local gigs. New artwork will be on display by up-and-comers who are increasing their following with every regional art show they attend. Admission is $10 for college students and free with a college ID. Admission also free with paid entrance to Art after 5. For more information about this event and others happening at The Ringling, please visit https://www.ringling.org/events/ringling-underground.
Feb. 5 and 6, Shake Rattle and Roll Festival, Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota
Do you want to see Rod Stewart’s crazy moves or rock out with a passion that only Little Richard can evoke? Well, you’re in luck because this week brings an amazing artists’ tribute show featuring some of today’s best impression artists. Come see Elvis, a/k/a Dwight Icenhower, sing “Love Me Tender” with his impeccably matched voice and famous curl of the Elvis lip. Many of the performers were discovered early on with their candid resemblance of famous singers. Add in natural talent and a performer’s heart and you have a cast of stars who win worldwide competitions for their star-like looks and vocals. This performance also includes appearances by “Roy Orbison,” “Buddy Holly,” “James Brown,” and an exciting lineup of other world-renowned artists. Tickets packages are available for single-day events, starting at $39, and range up to VIP 2-day passes which are $129. There are many options to choose from. For a complete list of show times and ticket prices, please visit http://shakerattleandsoulfest.com/tickets/.
Feb. 6, Celebration of Pets, Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota
Calling all four-leggers and your two-legged family members! There will be a grand canine-friendly event this weekend that will make your tails wag. Pet adoptions, agility games, nature trails, a pet circus, food vendors and live music will equip your family pack for a fantastic day of outdoor fun. Visit their website for additional information, as they are adding events and vendors on a daily basis. http://www.celebrationofpets.com/index.asp.
Feb. 7, 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Reggae Fun Fest, Fogartyville Community Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota
Support community radio and enjoy the soul-soothing sounds of reggae at the WSLR 96.5 event, Reggae Fun Fest. Celebrating the life & birthday of Bob Marley , Pressure Dem and Freecoasters will provide a mellow, relaxing afternoon of good music and great vibes. Freecoasters is fronted by all females and you don’t want to miss this powerful group of women reggae rockers. Tickets are $10 and more information can be found at http://wslr.org/event/reggae-fun-fest
Feb. 5 - 7, Mardi Gras Music & Food Festival, Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota
Bourbon Street comes to Sarasota for a three-day explosion of Louisiana cuisine, Zydeco and Dixieland music and a festive carnival and big-top atmosphere. Benefitting Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, this is sure to be an exciting time at Payne Park. Smell the bubbling of a crawfish boil as you take in the eye candy of masked and beaded party-goers. Come in costume or just come to watch, as all are welcome to enjoy Mardi Gras in Sarasota, where it will feel like the bay has become the bayou. Arts and crafts, vendors, concessionaires and a family zone, which is free to enter, will include carnival rides and games, face-painting, and everybody’s favorite, cotton candy. VIP packages which include admission to the Super Bowl party on Sunday, cocktails and game swag are also available. Take a trip to the Mardi Gras without leaving your hometown, while supporting Big Cat Habitat. This is what we call a win-win situation. For admission prices and event schedule, including bands traveling all the way from Louisiana to be a part of the fun, please visit http://www.sarasotamardigras.com/.