Greener BeeGreen HolidaysTop 5 Things To Do This Week, Nov. 19-25 – Sarasota Herald

Events in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Bradenton, and Venice

1. Holidays on the Green at UTC

Outdoor ice skating has come to Sarasota-Bradenton thanks to the recently unveiled Holidays on the Green at UTC. Ten bucks gets you skates and use of the rink for 90 minutes. Everything else, including train rides at Holidays on the Green is free and open to the public. 4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Sunday; Nov. 17-Jan. 15; Holidays on the Green at UTC, 192 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; 941-552-7000;

2. Siesta Key Village Turkey Trot

If you’re a Sarasotan between the ages of 21 and 29 it’s practically mandatory that you’re one of the thousands partying at the annual Thanksgiving Eve Siesta Key Village Turkey Trot pub crawl along Ocean Boulevard. Packed shoulder-to-shoulder you’ll find popular nightspots Gilligan’s Island Bar and Grill, Beach Club, Daiquiri Deck, and Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB), which will be offering 22-ounce Bud Light drafts in a souvenir cup for four bucks. 9 p.m. Nov. 22; Siesta Village; 941-346-5443;

3. Main Street Live in Bradenton

The annual Main Street Live event in downtown Bradenton held on Thanksgiving Eve is family-friendly from about 5 to 9 p.m. and then gets increasingly younger and rowdier, with places like The Loaded Barrel Tavern, O’Bricks Irish Pub Martini Bar, Lost Kangaroo Pub, Old Main Pub, and the delightfully authentic McCabe’s Irish Pub brimming with revelers. Local country band Rebel Heart will be playing Old Main Street stage. 5-10 p.m. Nov. 22; Old Main Street, Bradenton; 941-896-8860. 

4. Venice Holiday Parade

Fore more than 40 decades the City of Venice has proudly kicked off the holiday season with a parade through downtown at 7 p.m. with the lighting of the downtown holiday decorations starting at 5 p.m. Info: 941-484-6722;

5. ‘The Orchid Show: Earth, Air, Fire, Water’

It’s the final week for Selby Gardens’ orchid show that opened in October and implements the four elements of nature to display the diversity and beauty of the famed family of flowering plants. The orchid show combines living plants in the Tropical Conservatory with an exhibition from the research collections in the Museum of Botany the Arts. Both parts of the Orchid Show will explore the science of orchids, making use of earth, air, fire, and water. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Today-Nov. 26; Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota; 941-366-5731;

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