If you've just moved to Sarasota, you might have noticed that we celebrate winter a little differently around here. You may be used to shoveling the driveway, ice-skating, and making snowmen, but here are a few of the more unique-to-Sarasota events going on this January.
We kickstart the new year right: While our friends up north are riding around on snowmobiles, we're riding motorcycles. From January 7–10, the Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival fills downtown with music, motorcycles, and more motorcycles. Take note -- if you cherish silence, steer clear of downtown this weekend.
If you find yourself spending time with the outlaw bikers, you may want to follow up Thunder By The Bay with the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market on January 9. It's a pirate-themed flea market with hundreds of vendors, treasures, food, antiques, clothes, and a 60-foot pirate ship right all on Coquina Beach from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
That'll be a good day to visit Anna Maria Island, as January 9-10 is also the 10th Annual Coquina Beach "Winter Fest," an arts and crafts show on Gulf of Mexico Drive each day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring artists and craftspeople from all over.
For a taste of the area's epicurean artistry (while also helping our local library system), check out the 6th Annual "Looking into the Crystal Ball" fundraiser at Selby Public Library on January 13. You can sample cuisine from over two dozen area restaurants and interact with artists, authors, intuitive readers, and more.
January 16 is a good day to celebrate your health. The 13th Annual Ringling Bridge Run starts at 7:30 a.m. from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, and Oscar Scherer State Park hosts its 10th Annual All Trails Hike beginning at 8:00 a.m. After your run or walk, head downtown for the 4th Annual Sarasota Winter Fine Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 16-17. America’s top artisans will showcase their talents in painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media, and more.
On January 22, enjoy the Full Moon Concert at Myakka River State Park featuring the band Hymn For Her from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Explore the park during the day, take a trip on the Gator Gal, and stay late for the show. Bring a chair and your picnic basket.
For more music, on January 23-24, the new Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival brings together a weekend of family entertainment with local bands, food vendors, arts and crafts, kids' activities, magicians, face painters and more. Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota continues to prove itself as a great place for a festival!
Lastly, on January 30, check out the 22nd Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. The sounds and sights of bagpipes, drums, Highland dancing, and athletic games help the whole town celebrate all things Scottish from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Is there more happening this January that can't be missed? Head to the Sarasota Property Finders Facebook Page to share your tips on how to foray into the new year.
Julian is a happy Sarasota resident and your go-to guy for information about the perks of living in paradise. For more, get in touch with Julian directly via the Sarasota Property Finders Contact Page.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist