May Events – Sarasota and Bradenton

*Photo courtesy of Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

As if the breath-taking beaches, famous museums, world-class restaurants, operas, ballets, and endless shopping weren’t enough to keep you busy in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, we’ve also pulled together a list of upcoming events in May to give you some more things to look forward to. ENJOY!

May 5, 2016 – CINCO DE MAYO! / 5pm to 12am

Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton will host “Cinco De Mayo LIVE!” with live music, food vendors and arts and crafts. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight. http://www.realizebradenton.com/2016_cinco_de_mayo

May 6, 2016 – FIRST FRIDAY in DOWNTOWN SARASOTA / 6pm to 9pm

Every Friday in Downtown Sarasota, enjoy live performances and entertainment in a new location. This week, on Main Street at 5 Points Park and Palm Avenue.

May 7, 2016 – SIESTA KEY’S ANNUAL SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST

This event, held near the Pavilion Siesta Key Public Beach is always a huge hit! Free and open to all ages of participation, the 44th Annual Amateur Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest also awards five cash prizes. This is one you shouldn’t miss! http://events.siestakeychamber.com/events/details/44th-annual-amateur-sand-sculpting-contest-409

May 7, 2016 – 6th ANNUAL FOOD & WINE ON PINE / 11:30am to 6:30pm

More than 20 area restaurants will be featured on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island along with local artists, kids activities, live music and more. There is even a Kentucky Derby-style area where the derby races will be televised, along with a hat contest, prizes and derby themed drinks. $5 admission includes entrance, a wine glass and buffet tray. http://www.foodandwineonpine.com

May 7, 2016: “PICKING PICNIC 2016” ON BRADENTON’S RIVERWALK / 2pm to 10pm

This free event features regional and local music, a food truck battle, craft beers and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or beach chair and just enjoy! http://www.realizebradenton.com/pickin_picnic_2016_20160507

May 08, 2016: MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH ON THE BAY AT THE CROSLEY / 10am & 12:30pm

It’s hard to beat the view, but this menu comes close! This delicious breakfast and brunch menu includes Belgium waffles, Southern Tea Sandwiches, Crab Cakes, Chicken Jambalaya, smokey Citrus glazed ham, a selection of fresh salads, fruit and more. Enjoy live music with seating inside the mansion or bay side. Adults – $42, Children 3 to 10 – $24, Children 3 and under are free. http://www.crosleysupperclub.com

May 12 – 14, 2016: 6th ANNUAL GULF COAST OPEN FISHING TOURNAMENT 

All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. There are 5 contest divisions with prizes, and entertainment. http://www.gulfcoastopen.com/event/

May 14 – 15, 2016: DIG THE BEACH – SIESTA KEY VOLLEY BALL CLASSIC / 8:30am

Always an exciting event to watch and free! Head over to the Siesta Key public beach volleyball courts to check it out and stay to lounge at the world’s number one beach when you’re done! http://digthebeach.com/events/siesta-key-may/

May 16, 2016: RINGLING BY THE BAY / 5pm to 8pm

Take in live music and stunning views with food and drinks available for purchase. Admission is $10, or free for members and free with “Art After Five” admission. Limited seating is available, so jump on those tickets now! https://www.ringling.org/events/ringling-bay

 May 21, 2016: BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ FEST ON ANNA MARIA  / 3pm to 9pm

This year’s opening act is Mac McConnell. Bring your beach chairs, blankets and dancing shoes and settle in for a fun event! Admission is $5, kids 12 and under are free. Benefitting Roser Food Pantry / A.I.D.

May 29, 2016:  “A TRIBUTE TO HEROES” MEMORIAL DAY PARADE LWR MAIN STREET/ 5pm to 8pm

Local bands, choir groups, drum lines, dance teams and floats will make their way down Main Street at 7pm. Here will be a kids decorated bike contest, food, drinks and live entertainment. Block party starts at 6pm, so find your primo viewing spot early! http://www.lwrcac.com/memorial-day-tribute-to-heroes/

May 30, 2016: SARASOTA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE / 10am

The parade starts at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and continues west along Main Street to Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park. The ceremony at Hamel Park will begin immediately after the parade.

What’s Happening This Week in Sarasota

There’s always plenty to do in Sarasota, but if you’re looking around and can’t decide, this list may help you out. This is just a sampling of things to choose from, and of course, there’s always the amazing beaches as a back up plan! Enjoy!

Monday, April 18 at 5pm – Ringling by the Bay

Join us on the Bolger Campiello for live music and dancing. Food and beverage are available for purchase on the bayfront. Limited seating is available.  https://www.ringling.org/events/ringling-bay

Tuesday, April 19 at 9:30am – Backstage Tour of the Sarasota Ballet

Go on a guided tour behind the scenes with The Sarasota Ballet. You’ll look in on the dancers in morning class. Experience first hand the incredible skill and craftsmanship that go into the creation of our exquisite costumes and tutus.

Tours take place at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts on select Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 AM and last approximately one-and-a-half hours. There is no charge or obligation, but advance reservations are required. To reserve your guided tour, call today at 941-228-9899 or email at friends@sarasotaballet.org.

Tuesday, April 19 at 8pm – MAMMA MIA!

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA! remains one of Broadway’s top-selling musicals. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone is having the time of their lives! You’ll be singing “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” Money, Money, Money” and “Mamma Mia!” all the way home!  Price: $55 – $85  http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=VANV_SNG&pid=8062060

Wednesday, April 20 at 1pm – Boat Ride and Bay Biocruise

Enjoy a boat ride and a hands-on learning experience about the creatures of Sarasota Bay, accompanied by a marine biologist.  See nesting bird life, as well, on board the Carefree Learner.  Leave from Bayfront Park.  The Carefree Learner is docked next to LeBarge.  Adult fee is $20.00.   Kids 10 and under cost $10.00.

Thursday, April 21 at 5pm – Art After 5

“Slow your pace and explore the art in the Museum of Art and Circus Museum or catch a romantic sunset on Sarasota Bay by Ca’d’Zan. Art After 5 special events include music and insights into the collection through gallery discussions. For more information call 941.359.5700 or visit http://www.ringling.org. Adults $10; Children (6-17) $5; Children 5 & under free

Thursday, April 21 at 6:30pm – Taste Magazine’s Progressive Dinner

Enjoy a fun evening as we enjoy these great restaurants with transportation by the fun Sarasota Trolley!  Appetizers & Wine at Fandango / Wine, Salad & Entrée at Beulah / Dessert & Coffee at 62 Bistro

Reservations are a must. Cost is $80 per person, which includes the full meal, transportation, tax, gratuity and charity donation. www.tasteweb.net

Friday, April 22 at 8pm – Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk

The New York Times calls it “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.” Experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a wacky bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes, and repairs more than broken pieces. This new production showcases Creative Director Chris Lashua’s innate passion and fascination for all things bicycles and cycling. Price: $20 – $60  http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=VANV_SNG&pid=8105475

Saturday, April 23 at 7am – Sarasota Farmers Market

The Sarasota Farmers Market was established in 1979. The market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods, and artisans every Saturday (rain or shine). We currently have a full market that includes 55 vendors and 5,000 square feet of produce and plants.

Saturday, April 23 at 9am – Sarasota RC Squadron Air Fair Giant Fly In

Air Fair 2016 – Giant Fly-in is a R/C airplane show sponsored by the Golden Eagle Squadron at Sarasota RC Squadron inside Rothenbach Park. Aircraft have a wingspan of 60 to 80 inch and range from mono wings to bi-wing to Jets. There will be a raffle drawing on Sunday and Food and Refreshments will be available. Come join the Golden Eagle Squadron for Great Airplanes and a great show!

Saturday, April 23 at 12:30pm – The Brian Bill Foundation 1st Annual Navy Seal Golf & Gala Benefit at the Ritz Carlton Members Golf Club, Lakewood Ranch

Freedom isn’t free. It is not just the warriors out on the front lines, but their spouses, children and extended families who are all making sacrifices in the name of our freedom. Supporting these families who have lost their fathers, sons and husbands are the mission of the Brian Bill Foundation. Help support these families whose loved ones support our country.  Golf $2,500 for a foursome, includes Gala.  Gala Dinner: $250 per person  For more information visit, http://www.BrianBillFoundation.org

Sunday, April 24 at 10am – Second Annual Family Spring Fling at Van Wezel

Spend your Sunday having fun and getting valuable safety information!! Events include Face Painting, Bounce House, Child ID Kits, Build a lettuce garden, Photo Booth, Free Food and much, much, more!  Price: Free  http://cpcsarasota.org/news-events/event

Sunday, April 24 at 2pm – Water Ski Show

Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water-Ski Show Team is a non-profit Ski Team that puts on a free water-ski shows on Sunday afternoons at 2pm. The main stage has covered seating from the sun. We serve drinks and snacks from our snack bar. We have bathrooms on site. The show is for all ages so bring your family out and enjoy our local and professional talent of all ages. Price: Free

Sunday, April 24 – Laughing Matters (Volume 5)

Will Hillary Clinton find herself Trumped? Just how many hotels can fit in one Sarasota block? Will Benderson Park find itself up the creek without a paddle? These questions and more will be debated when a new edition of Laughing Matters, a musical Saturday Night Live for Sarasota, returns. Whether you lean left, right, or are still stuck on a roundabout, there will be no clean getaways. Price: $32 – $36 https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/laughing-matters-vol-5-lock-gates

TEAM BUKY is proud to call this beautiful gulf coast area – home. Contact them today to find out how they can help you call it home too! For a full list of events and activities happening in Sarasota this week, check out www.VisitSarasota.org.

Try Something New for Dinner, Sarasota!

New to the area and looking for some local hot spots for dinner? Or, have you been in Sarasota a while, but looking to branch out from your typical dining choices? Lucky for you, TEAM BUKY is represented by more than one self-proclaimed “foodie” and we have pulled together quite a list for you. Check out our top picks for some MUST TRY restaurants for dinner in town – you can thank us later!

ANTOINE’S http://www.antoinessarasota.com/

Featuring an continental menu in a cozy and sophisticated environment, their elegant cuisine offers elaborate seafood specials including PEI mussels prepared 7 different ways and served with the best fries in Sarasota. Everything is prepared to order, in-house including bread, pasta, dressings, desserts. A wide selection of fine wine and beer are available to accompany your delectable dinner.

CAFE L’EUROPE http://cafeleurope.net/

Café L’Europe has been Sarasota’s dining destination since 1973. Savor elegant European cuisine, award-winning wines, and hand-crafted cocktails on St. Armands Circle. The Legendary L’Europe continues to be Sarasota’s “Original” Fine Dining Restaurant.

EAT HERE/SIESTA KEY http://www.eathereflorida.com/siesta-key

Opened in 2013, Eat Here/Siesta Key offers an island atmosphere with craft cocktail creations and a to-die-for menu. The chef team on Siesta Key likes to play with hearty Steak and Duckling presentations in company with their extensive locally-caught seafood offerings.

INDIGENOUS http://www.indigenoussarasota.com/

Keeping with their mission of conscientious sourcing, Indigenous’ menu of seasonal American cuisine changes progressively throughout the year based on peak ingredient availability. The restaurant’s physical home, too, was meticulously restored to compliment its surroundings, the historic Towles Court district in downtown Sarasota. Comfortable, sophisticated indoor and outdoor dining are both available year round.

LOUIE’S MODERN http://www.louiesmodern.com/

Downtown Sarasota’s newest dining hot spot on the street level of the modernistic, award-winning Palm Avenue parking complex, pays homage to the Seidensticker family’s father and his provocative era, when well-mixed cocktails, sophisticated food and good company were status quo.

MAR VISTA http://marvista.groupersandwich.com/

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant is located on the bayside of North Longboat Key in the heart of Longboat Village. This Old Florida style restaurant is considered one of the twelve oldest surviving structures on Longboat Key. Enjoy a delicious fresh Florida seafood meal inside the quaint dining room or on the outdoor covered deck overlooking picturesque Sarasota Bay. It’s waterfront dining with a unique atmosphere. Leave a dollar bill on the wall and a little bit of your heart to find on your return visit. There is no place quite like the Mar Vista.

OWEN’S FISH CAMP http://owensfishcamp.com/

Located in the heart of Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota, Owen’s Fish Camp is an ode to old Florida living. The casual atmosphere allows guests to relax and enjoy what makes Florida so special. It wouldn’t be called a fish camp if we weren’t bringing in the Bay’s local fish every day. Not only do they have fresh seafood but accompanying southern classics with a great craft beer and wine selection.

SELVA GRILL http://www.selvagrill.com/

Selva’s Nuevo Latino cuisine represents the marriage of exotic flavors from Latin America and the United States. Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and presented as works of art. They’ve earned raves from all over the world, including from the New York Times, which said Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota,” and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.”

SHORE DINER http://dineshore.com/

Shore Diner is an open air, mid-century Florida beach café with a menu that utilizes many local farms, to create a fabulous abundance of fresh choices. Organic recipes are their specialty, combined with local coastal favorites. From your first sip of their signature cocktail, to your last bite of Key West Shrimp and Scallop Risotto, the entire Shore experience is nothing short of a beach day makeover, with laughter, a cool vibe and delicious eats.

SOCIAL EATERY & BAR http://socialonfirst.com/

Social Eatery & Bar takes an inventive and original approach to Italian-American cuisine that emphasizes fresh-made and local ingredients. With retractable roofs, guests have the option to dine in or dine out (depending on Florida’s choice of weather!)