Best bets: Feb. 7

February 7, 2013 


Greek Glendi, a Greek Festival: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church is celebrating its 29th Greek Glendi, a Greek Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 7-9 and noon-8 p.m. Feb. 10 featuring Greek food, music and culture. Guided church tours are every hour starting at 1 p.m. daily. Proper dress required, no food or drink allowed. Admission: $4, children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. Information: 941-355-9434 or 941-232-3910 or visit

Ringling Underground: Courtyard of the Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Following a hugely successful debut, Ringling Underground begins its second year at the Ringling Museum 8-11 p.m. Feb. 7 with another batch of block-party fun featuring an exciting mash-up of live music and art, plus food and cash bar. Entrance costs absolutely nothing if you're a college student and for the rest of the adult population, a mere $10. Sarasota experimental chamber pop duo Bard and Mustache, Tampa indie band Zulu Wave and Gainesville psychedelic rock outfit Morningbell perform at the chic bash. Attendees can also view the Ringling's Paolo Veronese exhibition and get lost in Joseph's Coat, the largest skyspace by leading contemporary artist James Turrell. Ringling Underground continues on the first Thursdays in March and April. Information: 941-359-5700 or


Holmes Beach Art District Artwalk: various locations, Holmes Beach

Island Gallery West, The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island, Restless Natives, Libby's Jewelry and Gifts, Beach Life AMI, and Island Tattoo will host public receptions 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at their individual locations as part of the monthly Holmes Beach Artwalk. The public is invited to enjoy fine art, free refreshments and the opportunity to meet some of the local artists that make up the vibrant Arts Community of Holmes Beach. Call for addresses. Information: 941-778-6648


Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves Market: Coquina Beach, 2603 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach

The Anna Maria Island Privateers' Thieves Market will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 9 featuring a bake sale, housewares, tools, jewelry, antiques, fresh produce, collectibles, toys and much more for sale. Look for the pirate ship "Scullywag" with Privateers selling grilled burgers and hot dogs. Food from Big John's Famous Texas Barbecue is also available for purchase. Information: 941-798-9266 or visit

Anna Maria Island Valentine Arts and Crafts Show: Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

The Anna Maria Island Arts and Crafts Show will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10 featuring fine arts and crafts, food and live music by Patchouli. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Information: 941-799-2181 or visit

Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade: various locations, Ybor City, Tampa

Illuminated floats will light up the streets of Ybor City beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. The parade, will run along Seventh Avenue, from Nuccio Parkway east to 22nd Street and will last approximately two hours. The parade features an array of illuminated floats, costumed participants, marching bands, lively music, and lots of beads. Information: 813-248-3088 or visit

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