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September
27

Halloween Happenings in and around Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Halloween Events in Manatee

Are you ready for another year of spooktacular Halloween fun in Florida? As always, Manatee and Sarasota Counties have a busy schedule of special events for all ages during Halloween this year. Participate in costume contests, share spooky stories, enjoy the great outdoors, and explore local haunted houses with every member of the family. Our REALTORS® have the details on six fun, local Halloween events in Manatee and Sarasota Counties for 2019.

  • BOOFEST – 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Searching for an activity for the whole family, close to Lakewood Ranch homes for sale? Head over to BOOFEST for a night of trick or treating and live music. The fun starts on October 25 at 6:00 PM. Plus, make sure to show up in costume for their annual costume show. 

  • Trunk or Treat at Evie's Tavern – 4725 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233
    Sarasota homes for sale
    make it easy to find fun Halloween events for the whole family, like the annual Trunk or Treat at Evie's Tavern on the Range on Halloween evening. This family-friendly event includes a costume contest for kids 12 and under, awards for the best-decorated vehicle, and plenty of treats for all in attendance. The event is hosted by the Jeepin' Divas 941 and Evie's Tavern on the Range, making it the perfect place to dress up your off-road vehicle for the holiday.

  • Children's Halloween Parade – 101 W Venice Ave. #23, Venice, FL 34285
    Fun community events are never far when you shop for Venice homes for sale. The annual Children's Halloween Parade is always a highlight of the fall season. Hundreds of local children participate in the parade each year, donning their best Halloween costumes. There will be treats for all kids in attendance during the parade, and after the parade, kids can head to local stores for some trick or treating. This year's parade takes place on Halloween, starting at 4:00 PM.

  • Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival – 5500 Co. Rd. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
    As you research Bradenton homes for sale, you'll soon discover Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival is one of the most anticipated Halloween events around Bradenton. There will be live music, over 100 craft booths, a corn maze, hayrides, a living pioneer trades village, and so much more. If you want a fall event that every member of the family will love, this is the place to be.

  • Siesta Key Safe Treats – 5211 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 34242
    For the 35th year, Siesta Key will once again host Safe Treats on Thursday, October 31, 2019, from 3 PM to 6 PM.  In addition to Siesta Key Village (North), the event has expanded to include merchants on South Siesta Key. Bring your little ones to trick or treat and look for participating members displaying festive balloons. Hop on the free, Siesta Breeze Trolley which makes a continuous loop between the Village and Turtle Beach, with multiple stops along the way. This free event provides a safe venue for children on Halloween and is fun for the whole family. Of course, a fun side trip includes checking out Siesta Key homes for sale.

  • Palmetto Historical Park Halloween Social – 515 10th Ave. W, Palmetto, FL 34221
    Located close to Palmetto homes for sale, the Palmetto Historical Park is a popular gathering place during every season. Stop by the park on the 3rd Saturday in October for the Halloween Social, which features a full evening of food, fellowship, and family fun.

Still searching for the perfect home base to enjoy all of the Halloween fun in local Florida communities? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Florida's Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

September
16

Great Nature Walks in Manatee and Bradenton

Nature Walks Near Manatee

Living in Florida means you can enjoy the outdoors all year long. Our REALTORS® love getting out and active at our fantastic natural spaces along the coast. We encourage you to pack the sunscreen and go on a wonderful nature walk in one of these great greenspaces around Manatee and Bradenton.

  • Neal Preserve —12301 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
    A serene yet sensitive wildlife area that contains both uplands and coastal habitats, Neal Preserve has over 100 acres of gorgeous natural splendor. Stroll through the preserve not far from Bradenton homes for sale and see remnants of Native American culture from over one thousand years ago. Please, leave your pets and bicycles at home and enjoy a quiet, courteous walk through this special space.

  • Emerson Point Preserve — 5801 17th St. W., Palmetto, FL 34221
    Emerson Point Preserve is close to Palmetto homes for sale and is a perfect place for a nature walk or picnic. Hiking and kayaking are ideal ways to experience the diverse wildlife habitats that sustain life for the beautiful creatures that have called coastal Florida home for centuries. Dog walking is permitted, and you can also take a few hours to relax with your fishing pole if you so choose. Be sure to climb to the top of the Observation Tower to see Manatee County from a bird's eye view.

  • Leffis Key Preserve — 2351 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    Are you looking for an unbelievable panoramic view of the Sarasota Bay? Then venture a short drive away from Bradenton Beach homes for sale and visit Leffis Key Preserve. This island preserve has a 26-foot hill stretching to the sky at its center, allowing visitors to surround themselves with 360 degrees of sunshine and skyline. Meander through the park, walking across the boardwalks and posting up on viewing platforms as you take in the sounds, sights and smells that you'll only find on the Gulf.

  • Joan M. Durante Park — 5550 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228
    For over 20 years, the Joan M. Durante Park has been a favorite place for residents and visitors to enjoy a splendid nature walk. As one of the only vacant spaces near Longboat Key homes for sale, this park was restored as a viable wetland and coastal hammock forest. Joan M. Durante Park is an admirable example of a healthy balance between man and nature.

  • Ken Thompson Park and New Pass Fishing Pier — 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Located on the water a short walk away from Sarasota homes for sale, Ken Thompson Park and New Pass Fishing Pier perfect for those wanting to be close to nature. Almost 100 acres in size, this park has everything you could wish for — playgrounds, pet parks, picnic areas, bike trails, hiking paths, and water vessel launch pads. Bring your family to this spectacular greenspace for the best wildlife and birdwatching in the city.

If you're looking for homes for sale around Manatee and Bradenton that provide access to wonderful nature walks and protected parks, contact us today! Our REALTORS® are here to answer all of your questions and help you find the home of your dreams.

September
9

Fall Festivals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Fall Festivals Manatee

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year along the Gulf Coast. You can be sure everyone will be taking full advantage of the cooler weather by getting out and active! Our REALTORS® are here with the return of these family-friendly fall festivals around Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

  1. Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival — 5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL 34211 | Oct 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    In its 28th year, the Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival is a way to spend a fall afternoon after shopping Bradenton homes for sale. Over a dozen live shows will take place as well as a craft show, chainsaw sculptor and juggler. A petting zoo, pony rides, corn maze, face painting, playground, and butterfly experience keep kids entertained while mom and dad enjoy food galore!

  2. Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival — 7410 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240 | Oct 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
    The Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival takes place every weekend in October. After touring beautiful Sarasota homes for sale, bring the whole family for live music, costume and pie-eating contests, a petting zoo, playground and so much more! Their Farmer's Market and Pumpkin Palace are open rain or shine. This means just about any weekend is a perfect opportunity to attend the 31st Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival!

  3. Suncoast Food & Wine Fest 2019 — 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211 | Nov 9
    The Suncoast Food & Wine Fest is ready to raise a glass to its 18th year! Spend the afternoon sampling tasty food from the best restaurants in Manatee County and sip on fine wines while supporting the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch. Proceeds from this festival go directly to the charities of Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Take a much-needed break from walking Lakewood Ranch homes for sale and visit the Suncoast Food & Wine Festival to celebrate the harvest season with kindness and generosity.

  4. Fall Kids Fest — 1100 US-41 Bypass S, Venice, FL 34292 | Sept 14
    If you're looking for a great indoor activity, attend the Fall Kids Fest at AMF Bowling as you get ready to schedule showings for Venice homes for sale. All kids 15 and under can bowl and rent shoes for free for their first hour with adults receiving a discounted rate as well. They're also discounting their tasty treats, offering $2 hot dogs, $1 cookies and soft drinks, and only $14 for a whole pizza!

  5. Bayfest — 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, FL 34216 | Oct 19
    Anna Maria homes for sale put you close to one of the coolest fall festivals of the year. Bayfest presents a fun-filled day during their 19th annual free street festival. A classic car show will display over 100 amazing vehicles while five great bands perform live music from 10 AM to 9 PM. There will also be plenty of food, refreshments, arts and crafts vendors and even a kids zone for the little ones. Take a quick stroll down Pine Avenue and enjoy the cool fall weather in Anna Maria.

  6. Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Festival — 948 Beach Rd., Siesta Key, FL 34242 | Nov 15-18
    We may not have fall leaves and a chilly breeze, but what we lack in Northern autumn hallmarks we make up for in Southern charm. Once you've completed your search for Siesta Key homes for sale, check out the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival. You'll be blown away by the intricate detail and larger than life features of these amazing san sculptures. Grab your ticket and spend the weekend on the beach marveling at these impressive creations.

Looking for a great home in Manatee or Sarasota Counties to settle in for the fall? Contact us today, and we'll help you with your search!

September
2

Your Guide to Farmers Markets in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Manatee-Sarasota Farmers Markets
Hungry for the freshest produce, cheese and treats the Gulf Coast has to offer? Then buckle up and bring a bushel basket.  We've created this helpful guide to the best farmers markets around Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Our REALTORS® are here with spots where you can stock your kitchens with locally grown fruits, vegetables, and goodies. Be sure to stop by one of these six tasty farmers markets near you.

  1. Bradenton Farmer's Market, 400 12th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
    Open every Saturday, from October through May, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, the Bradenton Farmer's Market--a community favorite--is located on Old Main Street in Downtown Bradenton not far from some of our best Bradenton homes for sale. More than thirty-five vendors offer locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the work of local artists and craftspeople. Here, the community meets each week to enjoy fresh produce, local art, upbeat music, demonstrations by local chefs, and family activities. Parking is free on weekends, and dogs on leashes are always welcome.

  2. Sarasota Farmer's Market, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you're visiting Sarasota homes for sale and haven't made a stop at the Sarasota Farmer's Market, you're missing out! Open Saturdays year-round rain or shine from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, it is the biggest farmer's market in our area. Enjoy live music, artesian delights, flowers, plants, fresh food and beverages, and of course, farm-to-market food that supports our local farmers. Over the last eight years, the market has supplied space free of charge to over 100 non-for-profits, supporting its mission to create an opportunity for these organizations to raise funds, and network with the community on the programs they supply. Oh, and bring your pup, on a leash of course.

  3. Siesta Key Farmers Market — 5124 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 34242
    Every Sunday, the Siesta Key Farmers Market brings the best local produce to the Siesta Key Village for your convenience. Look "Under The Yum Yum Tree" for seasonal crops from local farms and nurseries. Live music and other vendors join in on the fun, giving you the perfect mid-morning activity to enjoy before you head out and look at Siesta Key homes for sale.

  4. Detwiler's Farm Market — 1800 US 301, Palmetto, FL 34221
    Take your farmers market experience to another level at Detwiler's Farm Market. Located inside of an old grocery store, Detwiler's Farm Market is packed wall to wall with produce, meat, seafood and deli products sourced from around the world as well as within 100 miles of the market. Support the local community at their newest location conveniently surrounded by Palmetto homes for sale.

  5. The Venice Farmer's Market — City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285
    The Venice Farmer's Market is the place to be if you're looking for farm-to-table produce, handmade arts and crafts, and tons of delicious ready-to-eat foods. Those searching for Venice homes for sale will love living on the island where this farmers market hosts an exciting morning full of new flavors and friends every week.

  6. The Market at Lakewood Ranch — 6220 University Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
    Lakewood Ranch homes for sale are very desirable, and it's not hard to see why. The Market at Lakewood Ranch is just one of their many engaging and interactive events that bring this community together weekly. Every Sunday, more than 40 vendors come out to display their offerings of organic produce, bread, juices, meats, dairy, and juices. But that's not all! This market also features cooking demonstrations, yoga classes, tastings, and so much more! Be sure to bring the whole family to this dog-friendly market.

Looking for great homes around Sarasota and Manatee Counties within walking distance to the freshest farmers markets? Contact us today, and we'll show you plenty of picture-perfect properties.

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