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May Extravaganza: A Vibrant Celebration of Culture and Community

As the vibrant blooms of spring paint the Florida landscape with hues of red, yellow, and purple, the month of May brings with it an array of exciting events to celebrate under the warm sun. From cultural festivals to outdoor concerts and community gatherings, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month. So, mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of fun and camaraderie. Here’s a roundup of some of the most anticipated events happening around the Sunshine State this May:

May 4, 2024: Community Shred Event 

Join The Hanley Homes Group for a community paper shred event! Safely dispose of your confidential documents and help protect your identity. Bring your Documents to Shred for a Chance to WIN a Brand New 65″ TV!!!

– 10am-12pm at 206 Harbor Dr. S Venice, FL 34285

May 5, 2024: Cinco de Mayo Extravaganza

Kick off the month with a bang by joining the festivities on Cinco de Mayo! Head over to Pop’s Sunset Grill in Nokomis for a special Cinco de Mayo Sunday Funday. Indulge in delicious Mexican-inspired food specials, sip on refreshing tequila cocktails, and groove to live music while soaking in stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. If you’re up for some friendly competition, swing by The Big Tiki Lounge in Siesta Key for their Cinco De Mayo Cornhole Tournament. With DJ Gigi spinning tunes and exciting prizes up for grabs, it’s sure to be a day filled with fun and excitement. And for a taste of authentic street festival vibes, don’t miss the Circo de Mayo Street Festival at Circo: a Taco & Bourbon Joint in Sarasota. With live music, mouthwatering tacos, and refreshing drinks, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of Cinco de Mayo with friends and family.

May 8, 2024: Outdoor Concert at Historic Spanish Point

Experience the magic of outdoor music at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens as they present their “Performances at the Point” concert series. Join acclaimed musician Jaqua Pearce for an evening of soul-stirring melodies against the backdrop of the historic Spanish Point campus in Osprey. Arrive early to explore the picturesque gardens and savor delectable bites from Michael’s on East.

May 12, 2024: Mother’s Day Brunch at Selby Gardens

Treat Mom to a memorable Mother’s Day brunch amid the beauty of nature at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. Delight in a sumptuous buffet catered by Michael’s On East, accompanied by a special performance by the female vocal trio, The Vocalitas. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens and immerse yourself in the enchanting Spring Exhibition before or after your seating.

May 15, 2024: Painting with the Police

Unleash your creativity while getting to know the officers of the Sarasota Police Department at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. Join in for Painting with the Police, where you’ll receive step-by-step guidance to create your own masterpiece. All supplies are provided, and you’ll get to take home your artwork as a memento of this unique experience.

May 17, 2024: Venice Hurricane Expo

Prepare yourself for the upcoming hurricane season by attending the Venice Hurricane Expo at the Venice Community Center. Gain valuable insights from expert speakers on storm preparedness, evacuation plans, and more. Whether you’re a longtime resident or new to the area, this expo is essential for staying informed and safe during hurricane season.

May 18, 2024: Venice Brew Fest and Celtic Fest

Savor the flavors of local brews at the long-awaited return of the Venice Brew Fest at Centennial Park. With live music, food trucks, and over 15 breweries pouring their finest creations, it’s a beer lover’s paradise. Meanwhile, immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Celtic culture at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. Featuring authentic Celtic musicians and lively entertainment, it’s an event not to be missed.

May 20, 2024: Monday Night Jazz at FST Court Cabaret

Wind down your weekend with a soulful evening of jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret. Let top entertainers whisk you away on a musical journey in the intimate setting of downtown Sarasota.

May 25, 2024: Patriotic Pops & Fireworks

Join the Venice Symphony for a stirring performance of patriotic tunes at CoolToday Park. With special guest Liberty Voices, it’s a celebration of American music and a salute to our armed forces. Stick around for a dazzling fireworks display to cap off the evening.

May 25 – 26, 2024: St. Armand’s Fine Art Festival

Experience the magic of creativity at the St. Armand’s Fine Art Festival, where artisans from across the country showcase their talents in a stunning outdoor gallery. From sculpture to jewelry to painting, there’s art in every form waiting to be discovered.

May 26, 2024: AquaPalooza and Tribute to Heroes Block Party

Cool off from the summer heat with AquaPalooza 2024, a waterfront party at New Pass Sandbar in Sarasota. Join fellow boaters for a day of fun in the sun and camaraderie on the water. Later in the evening, head over to Main Street in Lakewood Ranch for the Tribute to Heroes Block Party and Parade. Show your support for local veterans and heroes while enjoying live entertainment, food, and festivities.

May 26, 2024: Weekend Beach Service in Honor of Memorial Day

End the month on a reflective note with a Weekend Beach Service at North Jetty Park, hosted by First Baptist Church of Venice. Gather with friends and family to honor the brave men and women who have served our country.

With so many exciting events happening throughout the month, May is shaping up to be a time of celebration, community, and appreciation for all that Florida has to offer. So, seize the moment and make the most of this magical season in the Sunshine State!

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