The first weekend of May is always a special one in Sarasota. For starters this year, there's the annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest at Siesta Key Public Beach on May 7. Traditionally held the first Saturday of May, the contest is free, open to all ages, and offers five cash prizes for best sculptures. But if you'd rather just admire eye candy, check out Corvettes on the Circle on St. Armands Circle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 200 classic and modern Corvettes will be on display in Circle Park, and trophies will be awarded to the top three Corvettes in each generational class as well as Best in Show during the awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
Calling all foodies: If you're up for something different on May 7, head to the 6th Annual Food and Wine on Pine on Anna Maria Island from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Over 20 independent area restaurants are featured with more than 30 wines and craft beers. A variety of musical performances, a juried art show, fun for the kids, and plenty of people in costumes will complement the culinary action. The $5 admission includes a wine glass and buffet tray to try all the great food, and food and beverage tickets are $1 each.
In Bradenton, Pickin' Picnic 2016 goes down on May 7 at the Riverwalk Pavilion, kicking off at 2 p.m. with a "Battle of the Food Trucks." People are welcome to bring their own picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to see shows by Sam Robertson, Michael Snayd, Lady and Gentleman, The Western Sons, Dropin Pickup, and Good Graeff. The music runs until 10 p.m.
May 7 is also the first day of the 13th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair, where more than 100 talented crafters display their wares, filling Five Points Park with everything from baskets to homemade soaps to jewelry. From 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on May 7-8, this is truly a craft browser's delight!
The following weekend, Five Points Park will take on an entirely different tone as the 7th Annual Harvey Milk Festival culminates in a daylong music festival featuring both local and internationally touring acts. The festival begins with a commissioned performance installation by artist Belaxis Buil on Thursday, May 12, and a performance of Octavio Campos: America's Next President on Friday, May 13, both at Florida Studio Theatre. The music festival on Saturday runs from 2:30 p.m. to midnight.
On May 14-15, you can also "dig the beach" and go watch some matches at the Siesta Key Volley Ball Classic, starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday morning.
Start celebrating Memorial Day early as Lakewood Ranch puts on "A Tribute to Heroes" Memorial Day Parade on May 29. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday evening, and the parade will begin on Lakewood Ranch's Main Street promptly at 7 p.m., featuring local bands and choir groups, drum lines and dance teams, floats, a kids' decorated bike contest, food, drinks, and live entertainment. This event also tends to include a number of pre- and after-parties that make it quite a memorable day indeed.
Come Monday, May 30, the Manatee County Veterans’ Council will present the 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans’ Monument Park behind the Manatee Memorial Hospital at 9 a.m. The Annual Sarasota Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:00 a.m., beginning at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and ending at Gulfstream Avenue. You can also catch the "Salute to Veterans" Memorial Day Concert in Phillippi Estate Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, and food and drink vendors will be available.
The blues is coming to Snook Haven on May 30 with the 5th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival! Music starts at 11 a.m. with two stages featuring the music of Randy Stephens, Bing Futch, Mike Davis, Duffy Bishop Band, Gator Nate, and Packrat Thompson & Smokehouse. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and festival proceeds will benefit the Loveland Center and the Loveland Village, which help adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.
May is shaping up to be a great month. Get on out there and enjoy all that this patch of paradise has to offer.
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