Top 5: Weekend Picks

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    Top 5 Weekend Picks

    Click through to see what made our list of Top 5 Weekend Picks. For all the action visit This Weekend. 

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    8 a.m.-10 p.m. Today-November 17; 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 18; Burns Square neighborhood on South Pineapple Ave. with weekend events extending to Five Points Park on North Pineapple. No pets. No admission, but donations strongly encouraged. 954-5800; chalkfestival.org

    Chalk It Up

    Everyone from art critics to children of all ages will appreciate the street paintings from more than 500 artists on display at the latest edition of The Sarasota Chalk Festival. Check out Ticket editor Brian Ries' cover story.

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    7 p.m. Sunday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $36.50-$66.50; 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

    Come on Down

    Sarasota’s own Jerry Springer will host “The Price is Right Live!,” the interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "come on down" and win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic contests from the famed TV game show. Read my interview with Springer, who rarely makes public appearances in his hometown of Sarasota and will be making his debut at the Van Wezel on Sunday.

  • Crystal Classic

    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Monday; Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota; $5 per day or $10 for a 4-day pass; 349-3800; SiestaKeyCrystalClassic.com.

    Castles Made of Sand

    Representatives from eight different countries will compete in the 4th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition, with 10 teams of two sculpting for four days, creating elaborate sculptures and vying for $13,000 in prize money.

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    10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; Bishop SPCA Animal Shelter, 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton; $3 per car parking donation; 746-3611; caninechristmas.com.

    Santa’s Dogs

    Now in its 15th year, Canine Christmas is a must-attend event for dog lovers, including those looking to adopt an adorable pooch. It features pet pictures with Santa, a canine fashion show, a Guinness World Record attempt for most number of dogs doing a sit/stay at one time, an array of vendors; and, debuting this year, a food truck rally for all the humans in attendance.

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    Saturday-Sunday; Nov. 16-17, 23-24; Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $16.95 ($8.95 for children 5-12); sarasotamedievalfair.com

    Get medieval!

    Two more weekends to enjoy lords and ladies, turkey legs and mead, jousting and the human chess match in this annual festival of re-imagined history at Sarasota Medieval Fair. Check out Ticket editor Brian Ries' Sarasota Medieval Fair Guide and my Bar Tab column from the fair's Woodchuck Inn.