With the end of the year just right around the corner, community events are starting to pop up all over the place. In fact, with so much going on you can experience something new through the end of the year any time you feel like getting out of your Bradenton or Sarasota apartment. Here are a few notable event options to consider adding to your to-do calendar that can’t possibly disappoint you when it comes to fun, intrigue, and even personal growth:
Top Dog 2015
6801 283rd St. East
Enter your dog into a playful competition that’s taking place on October 10th. Top Dog 2015 is designed to mimic the Westminster dog show. Your pooch can compete in categories such as best hair, best dressed, best kiss, as well as funniest dog trick. Fun, refreshments, and social opportunities are abundant for dog owners to enjoy throughout the event too. Entry ticket proceeds support Donte’s Den, a non-profit organization that offers permanent care for dogs in need.
The Old Salty Dog Chalk Fundraiser
1475 Tamiami Trail South
The Old Salty Dog Chalk Fundraiser on October 12th gives you an opportunity to enjoy famous Salty Dog treats such as crispy calamari or dog bites, bite-sized pieces of hot dogs, battered and deep-fried. You also get your choice of two refreshments which include soda, draft beer, and iced tea all for the low entry fee of $10. While enjoying the food, drinks, and atmosphere, you can expect to set your sights on colorful, locally-crafted artwork that sets the overall tone for the festivities.
The Ybor City Cigar Festival
1800 East 8th Ave.
Presented by the Westside Barbershop and taking place on November 7th, the Ybor City Cigar Festival is set to be the street party of the year complete with adult libations, rich cigars, upbeat music, and lots of new friends who would love to connect. Cigar rolling demonstrations, Dominoes game stations, a golf simulator, and a swanky cigar lounge will also be featured during this event. You’ll want to leave the kids at home because this free event is geared toward the adult crowd.
Sarasota Medieval Fair
3000 Ringling Blvd.
This medieval fair runs throughout the month of November and features fresh unique acts each weekend so you can keep going back to experience something new. An artisan marketplace, a large eatery, amusement rides, carnival games, and fun contests are all set to be part of the action. In addition you can expect to enjoy musical performances, play reenactments, knighting ceremonies, children’s realm performances, and a multitude of medieval craft demonstrations no matter which day you choose to visit.
If possible, take the opportunity to engage in all of these events to expand your insight into the community and to make new connections that are sure to enrich your life for many years to come.