What’s Happening on the Suncoast: March 21-23

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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:30 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Spring is a time for renewal and clearing out those nasty winter blahs to make room for a warmer state of mind. Perhaps you are contemplating doing some spring cleaning this coming weekend? I say ditch that domestic servitude and get yourself out and about for some good times on the Suncoast.

As with most days in Sarasota, there is bound to be something fun or engaging on one of our many theatre stages or performance halls, but I’m looking forward to enjoying the many outdoor activities scheduled for this first official weekend of Spring.

Run or Dye 5K
The Run or Dye 5K

If you’re in the mood for some simultaneous art and entertainment, get involved with the Run or Dye 5K Color Race.

This Sat., March 22, join the fun of having colorful eco-friendly, plant-based dye chucked at you every kilometer of the race. Then get in touch with your inner-hippie and tie-dye to your heart’s content at the Dye Festival following the run. Pre-registration is recommended.

Sarasota Art & Craft Festival

If you’d prefer to ogle and appreciate colorful art rather than actually become it, check out the 12th Annual Sarasota Art & Craft Festival happening along Main Street from Lemon Avenue to Selby Five Points Park.

March 22-23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., over 100 local and national crafters will be showcasing their wares of contemporary, original works in jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and more -- all handmade in America. Admission is free.

Take advantage of one of the two free parking garages (Whole Foods Plaza and Palm Avenue) near the event so that you can get there and enjoy it instead of feverishly scouring for that potentially non-existent ideal parking space.

Sarasota County Fair

Seriously, who does not enjoy jumbo corndogs, cotton candy and thrill rides?! This is the last weekend of the 78th Annual Sarasota County Fair at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. The fair features classic carnival rides, entertainment, crafts, horticulture, and a science fair so there’s plenty to do, even for the faint of heart, non-thrill ride folks. Benefits of this annual event go to promoting the 4-H and Future Farmers of America. Free parking.

Admission Prices:

• Adults: $8

• Senior Citizens (55 and over), Active Military & Kids ages 6-17: $4.00

• Children 5 & under: FREE

Entry:

• March 21, Friday: 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm ($1.00 GATE ENTRANCE: FRIDAYS 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ONLY)

• March 22, Saturday: Noon to 11:00 pm (Ride all mechanical rides for $20.00 plus fair admission from Noon – 6:00 pm or All Day for $25.00)

• March 23, Sunday: Noon to 10:00 pm (LAST DAY! Ride all mechanical rides for $25.00 plus fair admission ALL DAY – OPEN TO CLOSE! FROM NOON – 10 PM. None sold after 9 pm).

Selby Gardens Spring Break Family Adventures

Since we’re still in the throes of spring break from school you may want to take your young ones to explore the children’s activities at the Selby Gardens Spring Break Family Adventures.

Make your own Rainforest mask, go on a plant hunt to win a prize, participate in nature-based games, arts & crafts, jungle Jenga or find adventure on suspended rope bridges, exploring caves and waterfalls! I am so there! Ahem … FREE to members and children 3 & under; $6 ages 4-11; $19 ages 12 and up.

We are extremely blessed to have wonderful weather to enjoy outdoor activities and according to my trusty little weather app, there is nothing but sunshine and warm temps in our forecast for this weekend. I’ve given you some ideas but there is an abundance of things to do so don’t dare miss an opportunity to breathe in some fresh new spring air while taking advantage of a few feel good events.

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