The new year has officially begun, and Sarasota, North Port, and Bradenton are starting off with some great community events. Check out one of these events in Sarasota this weekend, and make some memories on the first weekend of the new year.

The Sarasota 'High Top Hop' Drinking Tour

On January 2, the Downtown Sarasota Historic District invites you to a drinking tour unlike any you’ve participated in before. At each stop, you’ll sample three signature cocktails and delicious treats.  Every place on this tour is considered a hot spot in downtown Sarasota. If you are interested in learning about the history of alcohol culture or want to see what’s new in cocktail culture, you won’t want to miss this event. The cost is $104.95.

Comedy Show—January 

Everyone likes to laugh. Wouldn’t it be great to start 2020 full of laughter? Come out to Common Grounds Meeting Hall l on January 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m. as they celebrate with the first comedy show of the season. The comedians have experience ranging from doing cruise comedy, winning “Florida’s Funniest Female,” being a McCurdy’s open mic winner, and speaking in front of hundreds. If you are looking for a good time, come see this North Port comedy celebration! Buy tickets online for just $20 or at the door for $25.

Sensory Friendly FUN

Sky Zone Sarasota, FL has started a program for families with sensory needs. Once a month, adults and children with special needs are welcome to visit Sky Zone to jump and develop their skills in a controlled environment. With music and distractions at a minimum, they provide a comfortable experience for all jumpers and their families. On January 4 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., pay just $14 for two hours of play, and one guardian gets in free.

New Year, New You—Health & Wellness Expo 

If your New Year’s resolution includes getting healthier, then this is the perfect way to start. Head out to The Mall at University Town Center on January 4 to take the first step to fitness. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., this expo will include classes taught be fitness instructors, cooking demonstrations, and meditation sessions. There will also be a variety of speakers and more than 50 vendors from local communities.

Touch a Truck

Manatee County Public Library in Bradenton is inviting fifteen different trucks for your children to explore and learn about. If you have a curious child or just one interested in vehicles, bring them out to the library on January 4 anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The trucks come from police departments, fire departments, the Florida Army National Guard, Big Earth Landscape Supply, and more!

Rainforest Mask Opening Reception at Selby Gardens

On January 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., you are invited to check out an impressive collection of masks from all over the world. Twenty indigenous artists have created wonderfully vibrant masks that showcase their unique culture, passion, and regional plant life. These creations will be on display at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. For members, the cost is only $25. For guests, the cost is $35.

With all of these fantastic events, there is no reason to stay home this weekend. Get the kids and the family out of the house to experience what Sarasota, Bradenton, and North Port have to offer the people in their communities.

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