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    6 Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend

    Oswald 'Ham' Caines, 61, performs with Democracy Reggae Band members, from left, Richie Benjamin, (drums), Joshua Thomas (congos), Damie Caines (lead vocals) and Richy Kicklighter (guitar). [PHOTO PROVIDED BY SHANTEL NORMAN]

    1. Osfest Reggae Block Party

    The region’s top reggae band, Jah Movement, will honor co-lead singer Damie Caines’ father, reggae legend Oswald “Ham” Caines, with their fifth annual Osfest Reggae Block Party. The event at the Gator Club in downtown Sarasota will feature a performance by Jah Movement and numerous other reggae bands, as well as DJs. There will be outside entertainment, food and drink vendors, activities and more from 2 to 10 p.m. and then the entertainment will continue inside of the club until 2 a.m., with children welcome until 10 p.m. 2 p.m. Sunday; The Gator Club, 1490 Main St., Sarasota; $15, $75 VIP, $275 VIP group of 4; 

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    Myakka River Blues Festival is Monday at Snook Haven in Venice.

    2. Myakka River Blues Festival

    Snook Haven, one of the oldest and most beloved restaurants in Sarasota County, will host its ninth annual Myakka River Blues Festival after suspending the event last year due to the pandemic. This year’s lineup is:

    • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Steve Arvey, Rooster & Broccoli
    • 1-2:30 p.m. Tommy Z
    • 3-4:30 p.m. Dottie Kelly
    • 4:45–5:30 p.m. Finale jam session featuring all musicians

    Snook Haven places diners right on the Myakka River for popular dishes such as the Snook Platter with pulled pork, beef brisket and ribs, homemade potato chips, collard greens, and Texas toast. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Ave., Venice; $10 advance, $20 day of; 941-485-7221;

    SRQ VETS 5K Memorial Hike will cross John Ringling Causeway on Saturday before returning to J.D. Hamel Park.

    3. SRQ VETS 5K Memorial Hike

    Have some patriotic fun this weekend by attending SRQ VETS’ sixth annual Memorial Day Hike. The event will start by the Sarasota War Memorial at J.D. Hamel Park then cross the John Ringling Causeway before returning to the park for an afternoon that includes a barbecue picnic, music, rock wall, bungee jumping and raffles. Every paid participant at least 21 years old will receive an event T-shirt, a lunch ticket and one beverage ticket. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; J.D. Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota; $25;

    Sarasota Jungle Gardens has opened a new, permanent, Giant Snake exhibit.

    4. Sarasota Jungle Gardens debuts Giant Snake exhibit

    A local landmark dating back to 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens has opened a new, permanent exhibit featuring some of the largest snakes in the world in a cave-like structure with glass enclosures and natural elements. Snakes featured in the Giant Snake exhibit include the Green Anaconda, which is “the largest snake in the world reaching weights up to 500 (pounds),” according to Sarasota Jungle Gardens. “They have been known to eat adult white-tailed deer, jaguars, caimans and possibly even humans.” Jungle Gardens’ Green Anaconda is 11 feet long.10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days),  Sarasota Jungle Gardens; 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota; $12.99 (children)-$21.99 (adults walk up); 941-355-5305;

    The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime in Sarasota is celebrating its third birthday on Friday.

    5. ‘Passport to The Bazaar’

    The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is celebrating its third birthday with free wine and JDub’s beer, and the chance to win a Sarasota staycation ($1,000 value). Attendees to the “Passport to The Bazaar” event will also be able to meet the 25-plus vendors and artisans of The Bazaar, plus a dozen guest vendors outside in the courtyard including animal rescue Satchel’s Last Resort. Sean Adam Walsh will provide the live music and guests can dine at Hamlet’s Eatery. 4-8 p.m. Friday; The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota; 941-343-2712;

    Punta Gorda Seafood & Music Festival is this weekend.

    6. Punta Gorda Seafood & Music Festival 

    For those looking for some fun in Charlotte County, be sure to check out the free-admission Punta Gorda Seafood & Music Festival. In addition to lots of food (and booze) vendors, there’s a top-shelf lineup of music including a 2:30 p.m. Saturday performance by Sarasota classic rock/blues faves Kettle of Fish. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; City Marketplace, 115 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda; 941-487-8061;

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