Things to Do in Siesta Key: February 2020

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Don't let those mid-winter blues get you down! Join us here on Siesta Key where the white sand glistens and the sun is shining.

There are plenty of festivals, concerts and activities to do this month -- it’s the perfect time to visit! Here is a roundup of some of the fun in store in February.

Cirque Ma’Ceo  - February 1st and 2nd

Experience the Magic of Ma’Ceo!

Described by the Ocala Star- Banner as an “Equine Cirque du Soleil”, the renowned show has recently performed in Las Vegas, NV, Honolulu, HI and all over Canada. Under the Big Top, a European feel is in the air and intimate red misty lighting sets the toneas the performance begins seamlessly through the gypsy music, aerial dancing, and heart-pounding acrobatic feats on galloping horseback. Passionately illustrating the effortless extraordinary bond between horse and man, the entertainment to behold is unlike any other traveling show in the world! It’s a completely original experience appealing to all age groups, with exotic breeds of horses and breathtaking images. From daredevil Cossack riding to the beautiful aerial chandelier, we invite you to take a step back in time and experience the enchanting world of Cirque Ma’Ceo.
https://www.cirquemaceotickets.com/category/sarasota 

Music Matinee: Harry Miedema and The Blue Heron Sextet - February 11th

The Sarasota Concert Association's free Music Matinees series presents Harry Miedema and The Blue Heron Sextet, this February at 12 noon in David Cohen Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. From 1976 to 1998, Harry Miedema was the musical director and saxophonist for the O’Jays, who received a gold record in 1991 for their album Emotionally Yours. He has made appearances on many TV programs, including NBC’s Today Show, Oprah, UPN’s Vibe, Sinbad’s Summer Jam, and the Showtime special, The Beach Boys. https://scasarasota.org/music-matinees/

Thunder by the Bay - February 14th- 16th

Looking for some local color and action? February 14th through 16th, experience the 22nd Annual Thunder by The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival held at the Sarasota Fairgrounds to benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy continuous live music featuring national recording artist WARRANT performing on the 15th at 8:00 p.m. This year's Festival includes a Sunday charity ride, vendors, freestyle acts, a motorcycle show, burnout competition, great food, and much more! Admission is $5 - 12 and under free. www.ThunderByTheBay.Org

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Rocket Man - February 24th and 25th

February 24th and 25th at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., experience a re-enactment of an early Elton John concert. Rus Anderson has spent years perfecting the piano playing, vocals, and mannerisms of Elton John and has traveled the world over with thousands of performances to his credit. This insanely energetic tribute is endorsed by the official Elton John Fan Club! https://venicetheatre.org/calendar/?month=Feb-2020 

Goodwill Manasota's Mardi Gras Gala  - February 29th

February 29th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., experience Goodwill Manasota's Mardi Gras Gala, which features lively Dixieland music and dancing, authentic New Orleans cuisine, open bar, fabulous live auction items, and an amazing array of circus performers - from stilt walkers to jugglers and more! Guests are encouraged to wear fun and festive Mardi Gras attire. Tickets are $175 per person and all proceeds support Goodwill's local mission of "changing lives through the power of work." By the way, if you love to shop for great finds, Goodwill’s local stores boast some of the country’s best selections for all ages! https://experiencegoodwill.org/events/2020/02/29/goodwill-events/mardi-gras-gala 

We hope you enjoy the festivities this month around Midnight Cove! If you have any suggestions of more great events, please leave a comment below!

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Things to Do in Siesta Key: January 2020

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Happy New Year! It’s officially “season” here in Sarasota, with perfect weather and cultural happenings aplenty. We are starting off 2020 with some wonderful Florida winter events on or near Siesta Key. We are so excited to share this new decade with our amazing guests!

Selby Lights in Bloom January 1-4

January 1 through 4 is the last chance to experience the Selby Lights in Bloom. Stop by to see the more than two million lights illuminate the Gardens before they are retired until next year’s holiday season.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1314491478753155/

The Rainforest Mask Exhibit Grand Opening  January 4

Get your ticket and be first at the opening reception for the Rainforest Mask Exhibit at Selby Gardens on January 4, 2020. In its 17th year, this impressive exhibit will showcase 300 vibrant masks from 20 top indigenous artists from Boruca, Costa Rica. Through their creative art, these artists share their rich cultural heritage and their passion for the biodiversity of their tropical forests.
https://selby.org/

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8th Annual Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival  January 11 – 12

Head to downtown Sarasota for the 8th Annual Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival. Watch as the artwork brought to Sarasota by the local, regional and national artisans transforms Gulf Stream into an extraordinary, unique outdoor gallery of original handmade art. Bring your sense of discovery and appreciation of visual beauty! https://www.facebook.com/events/309347316669878/?event_time_id=309347323336544

The S.A.F.E. Day Festival January 25

The S.A.F.E. Day Festival brings several safety-related resources together in one place. It provides quality speakers, demonstrations and workshops, giveaways and safety-related information at zero cost to the public. You can find anything from personal safety to health safety, gun safety, financial safety, home safety, water safety, fire safety and so much more January 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.!
https://www.thesafeday.com/

The International Flavors of Sarasota Tour Tuesdays and Fridays all month

The International Flavors of Sarasota Tour brings you around the world – okay, it’s really around downtown Sarasota, BUT all of the participating restaurants were specifically chosen for their international flavors! This is a robust food tour with scintillating flavors and loads of great food – enough to be considered a meal! Hear the stories of some of the participants who came from distant lands and played a role in influencing the international cuisine scene in Florida. This unique, fun culinary tour spans a variety of cuisine types and ensures enough time for you to relax at each restaurant and savor the flavors as you learn a thing or two about Sarasota’s international food culture.  https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Sarasota/JingleandJog5k

We hope you enjoy the first month of 2020 at Midnight Cove! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

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Things to Do: December

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We are so excited to spend the holiday season with our guests. We want to spread some cheer and tell you about the excellent events that are happening in and around Siesta Key this winter!

Holiday Jazz Trolley December 4th

Ride the Jazz Trolley for live music at eight restaurants and clubs in downtown Sarasota December 4th. Park at the Municipal Auditorium and board the Hop on! Hop off trolley to visit as many of the venues as you wish. You can park downtown and catch the trolley at designated stops near the venues. Wristbands required for admission and to ride trolley. Wristbands can be purchased at
www.jazzclubsarasota.org/events

Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival December 6th -8th

Come share in the festivities of the 4th Annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival on Siesta Beach, FL. This event will offer a variety of seafood, freshly cooked on site by local restaurants and food purveyors. Seafood dishes are prepared using only the freshest local and sustainable ocean resources from the Florida Gulf Coast. Also select from meat and vegetarian offerings and a diverse menu of side dishes and desserts. The event begins Friday December 6th with hours noon-9pm and continues Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Bring family and friends to enjoy fresh seafood and outstanding live musical performances. General admission is $5.

https://www.paragonartevents.com/S-80-Siesta+Beach+Seafood+%26+Music+Festival.html

Gingerbread Festival December 6th - December 15th

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is excited to present the 2019 Gingerbread Festival. Join in this unique, family-friendly event at The Mall at UTC, from December 6th –15th, 2019. Come marvel at this holiday wonderland featuring gingerbread houses crafted by more than 150 local schools, youth groups, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award. Reserve the house of your choice for purchase. Bring the entire family! Voting begins December 6th at noon and ends December 15th at noon. To learn more, visit www.srqgingerbreadfestival.com

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22nd Annual Jingle and Jog 5K Run/Walk December 7th

Saturday, December 7th join in the 22nd Annual Jingle and Jog 5K Run/Walk benefitting The Haven. From humble beginnings in 1997 with a little over 200 runners, the Jingle & Jog 5k has become a festive marquee event in the Sarasota community for two decades. With over 6,500 finishers, you’ll want to add your name to the list! All funds raised by the event benefit the mission of The Haven, an established non-profit with a 64-year legacy of providing programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Be sure to sign up before race day, as the entry fee will increase the day of the race.
Register Online here: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Sarasota/JingleandJog5k

SAILOR CIRCUS presents THE 12 DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS December 27th - 30th

Get your tickets now to see America's longest-running youth circus, Sailor Circus, flip, fly and soar December 27th through December 30th! For over 70 years, students ages 8-18 have amazed audiences with an incredible spectacle of youth circus arts. The entire family will enjoy acts showcasing beautiful aerial artistry, heart-stopping acrobatics, incredible acrobatic roller skating, lightning fast juggling and more!
https://circusarts.org/performances/shows/high-flying-holidays-by-the-sailor-circus/

Downtown Sarasota Block Party and Pineapple Drop Celebration December 31st

Ring in the New Year at Downtown Sarasota Block Party and Pineapple Drop Celebration! The party kicks off at Monday, December 31st at 1:00pm. There will be amusement rides and games at 5 Points Park, live music at Main St. & Lemon, and food, drinks and full bar concessions. All followed by a fantastic firework display on Sarasota Bay!
https://www.facebook.com/events/458988964913364/

We hope you enjoy spending the last month of 2019 at the Midnight Cove! If you have any suggestions about more great events in the area, please a comment below! Happy Holidays!

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Things to Do: November

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With Turkey day just around the corner there are many things to be thankful for!

We are excited for all the fall festivities in our area this November. Siesta Key has a wide variety of Autumn attractions in store for this Thanksgiving season.

St. Armands Circle Art Festival November 9-10

Set amidst a tropical paradise, St. Armands Circle is an enchanting circle of fine shops and gourmet restaurants, sure to provide a memorable experience for all. The St. Armands Circle Art Festival hosts 200 artists in town annually. The event offers art from a broad spectrum of mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more! Howard Alan Events offer patrons the opportunity to personally meet with the artists, commission a work of art and learn what inspires the artists’ work. https://www.facebook.com/events/246915909566953/

Sarasota Medieval Fair November 9 – December 1

Welcome one and all to FOUR weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at this year’s Sarasota Medieval Fair! Join in the fun Saturdays & Sundays November 9th thru Dec 1, 2019 from 10am to 5:30pm rain or shine at the Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds! Visit each weekend for a full new line-up of different nationally renowned acts! Plus, don't miss our returning favorites such as the Washing Well Wenches, Wheel of Death, the Human Combat Chess Match, and full-armored full-contact jousting tournaments held three times daily! https://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com/

Venice Chalk Festival November 15– 18

Join the Chalk Festival family of pavement art enthusiasts November 15 - 18 at the Venice Airport to celebrate the theme 'Garden of Wonders,' a tribute to the marvels of the natural world and the human imagination. Hundreds of artists, featuring the largest gathering of world-renowned traditional and 3-D pavement artists, turn the airport runway into a museum in motion with unlimited space to create - no other location or event like this one exists elsewhere. https://chalkfestival.org/

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Siesta Key Crystal Classic November 15 - 18

Recently named America's #1 Beach, the Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. Citing the beauty and cleanliness of the pristine white sand, sculptors have remarked that their sculptures look almost as if they were "carved in marble”. Attend the Crystal Classic November 15th through 18th to see the arts and the beach connect in ways never before seen in Sarasota. https://www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com/

Season the Bay - Spice, Sauce & BBQ Show November 16th

Enjoy the Tastiest Show on the Bay, November 16th! Sample spices, sauces and more from awesome local vendors. Purchase local flavor for the holidays. Arts & crafts, games, contests and more! Life is too short to be plain.

Celery Fields Walk November 9 and 25

November 9th and 25th walk the Celery Fields trails and boardwalks with expert birding guides from the Sarasota Audubon Society. Discover resident and migrant birds, wildlife, and plants. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, sunscreen and insect repellant, and don’t forget your binoculars! New birders welcome! https://www.sarasotaaudubon.org/

We hope you enjoy the fall festivities this month at the Midnight Cove! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

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Welcome to October in Siesta Key!

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Spooky scares are in store for you this month in Sarasota and on Siesta Key!

Although the weather may not show it here on the beach, fall is here! Embrace the change in season with autumn harvests and terrifying haunts all month long. Here are some of our favorite events in the area this October!

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest October 5-27

The 31st annual Pumpkin Fest is an event suitable for all ages. Stroll under the shade of large oak trees to see local vendors in the craft show with their one of a kind crafts. The Pumpkin Fest runs every weekend of October, and hours are 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. The event has *no charge for admission nor parking*. There will be live demonstrations, music, shows, and interactions throughout the festival and different activities offered each day! The current lineup for 2019 includes kids fun zone (with zip line), pony rides, face painting, mini train ride, carriage rides, pumpkin painting, hayrides, hug-a-goat, enchanted unicorn encounter, hold-a-pig, and butterfly garden experience. These are just some of the activities to do throughout the day! Come hungry and enjoy a food truck rally as well as other vendors with festival food.

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Sarasota Farmer’s Market Every Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm

The Sarasota Farmer’s Market is back for the season, and harvest is abundant this year! Just about 20 minutes away from Midnight Cove, every Saturday, you’ll find one of the best farmer’s markets in the U.S. Support local farmers and artisans, enjoy live music, great coffee, and delicious food. Stock up your kitchen condo for a week of healthy eating!

Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex’s Pumpkin Splash! October 26

Celebrate fall in a true beach fashion at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex’s Pumpkin Splash. Come take a swim and pick out your favorite pumpkin from the floating pumpkin patch! Nothing says "fall in Florida" like carving your pumpkin while relaxing by the pool! https://www.facebook.com/events/477307039483600/ 

Halloween Costume Party Bar Crawl October 31

Hitch a ride on the party bus and enjoy 4 hot Sarasota locations this Halloween. The route takes you through Marina Jacks, Daiquiri Deck in South Siesta Key, Gulf Gate Village and the Weston Hotel with a rooftop bar on the 12th floor overlooking the Sarasota Bay and the whole city of Sarasota and back to Marina Jacks.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-costume-party-bar-crawl-tickets-75490836123

Halloween Safe Treats for Kids October 31

Looking for safe trick or treating during your stay at Midnight Cove? Kids can trick or treat in Siesta Village along Ocean Blvd. and the surrounding streets. Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows. This free event is the perfect safe venue for children on Halloween! http://events.siestakeychamber.com/events/details/halloween-safe-treats-for-kids-10-31-2019-1304.

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Ghosts & Gruesomes Tour Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays all month long

Looking for some frights before Halloween? Take the Ghosts & Gruesomes Tour by Sarasota Suncoast Tours weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:15 p.m.! Join this dark and creepy 75-minute Sarasota ghost walk to hear what they found out exploring the dark streets at night. Experience the Halloween spirit and sinister side of Sarasota on this one-of-a-kind walking tour!
https://www.sarasotasuncoasttours.com/tours/ghosts-gruesomes/

Your Exclusive Fall Offer

We hope you enjoy the frightful festivities this month at Midnight Cove! If you don't have a trip planned yet, we would like to share an exclusive offer for your next new reservation. Simply call our Midnight Cove reservations office at 941-349-3004 and mention the coupon code FALLFUN19. You'll receive 25% off on your next booking for your Midnight Cove stay now through December 15, 2019. New reservations only, based on availability. We look forward to welcoming you here at Midnight Cove someday soon!

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Plan Your Next Midnight Cove Vacation

We are Located in Siesta Key on the shores of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, across the bay from the mainland Sarasota. 

You may be tempted to think that Siesta Key is just a beach town with miles of "the world's finest, whitest sand™", but that's just a really good start...

Siesta Key is the perfect destination to spend a holiday. Whether you are visiting for a week, a month or longer, you are sure to fall in love with Siesta Key!
Midnight Cove is pleased to offer some of the best accommodations on the gulf coast of Florida. Whether you are looking for exciting Siesta Key night life or a secluded getaway, Midnight Cove on beautiful Siesta Key is the perfect location for you.

There are many things to do on Siesta including parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing charters, sailing, motorcycles, segways, and more, not to mention great restaurants that range from fine dining to the very casual restaurants where a flip flops and cover ups are all you will need and, of course, it wouldn't be the gulf coast without some great seafood restaurants.

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Siesta Key boasts 3 world-class beaches

There is never a shortage of things to do at Midnight Cove.

With the crystal white sands of America's Best Beach just steps away, gulf side and bayside pools, two tennis courts, picnic areas, and more, there is never a shortage of things to do at Midnight Cove, but our little piece of paradise is certainly worth exploring and our location in the heart of Siesta Key puts it all at your fingertips. 

Siesta Key boasts 3 world-class beaches Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach, each with its own unique charm, all well worth a visit. 

Our most popular beach, Siesta Beach has been recognized as America's Best Beach by Dr. Beach, America's foremost beach expert. Siesta Beach offers a playground, tennis and beach volleyball courts, and concessions stands. Siesta Public Beach is protected by on-duty lifeguards. 

Besting over 30 entrants, the crystal white sand of Crescent Beach was named "The World's Finest, Whitest Sand™" at the Great International Sand Challenge in 1987 and the Travel Channel recognized it as "The Best Sand Beach in America" in 2004. Just south of Siesta Beach and with only one public access, Crescent beach offers a more secluded beach experience that is perfect spot to cuddle of with a great beach book or that special someone. 

A favorite among locals, Turtle Beach on the southern tip of the island offers picnic areas, a volleyball court, horseshoe pit and playground, and fishing is permitted in nearby Blind Pass Lagoon. Unlike the powdery white sands of Crescent and Siesta Beaches, the sand on Turtle Beach is darker and coarser.

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Spooky scares are in store for you this month in Sarasota and on Siesta Key!Although the weather may not show it here on the beach, fall is here! Embrace the change in season with autumn harvests and ...
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We are so excited to spend the holiday season with our guests. We want to spread some cheer and tell you about the excellent events that are happening in and ...
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Don't let those mid-winter blues get you down! Join us here on Siesta Key where the white sand glistens and the sun is shining.There are plenty of festivals, concerts and activities to do this month -...
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We are Located in Siesta Key on the shores of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, across the bay from the mainland Sarasota. You may be tempted to think that Siesta Key is just a beach town with miles ...
07 January 2020
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Happy New Year! It’s officially “season” here in Sarasota, with perfect weather and cultural happenings aplenty. We are starting off 2020 with some wonderful Florida winter events on or near Siesta Ke...