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💕It's Valentine's Day Weekend, and you know what that means, Sanford! 💕Yes, that means it's time for the Love Your Shorts Film Festival!! Have you purchased your tickets already? This year, you can also stream the movies and watch from the comfort of your home!! 

Our Valentine's Day Guide lists lots of fun date night ideas around town 😉Check it out below, it's not too late to start planning and surprise your sweetheart with a Sanford date night! 

Alive After 5 is giving us a taste of Mardi Gras tonight (Thursday) and while there make sure to also swing by Hollerbach's for Weiberfasching (Mardi Gras, German style!). Don't despair if you can't make it, there's also Sanford's Mardi Gras happening next Saturday.

Scroll down to find out what's happening this weekend and beyond!

Please know that all Sanford businesses are following current CDC guidelines. If you have questions, please contact each business or event organizer individually. #sanfordingsafely

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February 12th-14th:
Love Your Shorts Film Festival

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival brings the best of cinematic short films to Sanford! Now in its 11th year!

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival is a film festival held in Sanford, Florida, around Valentine's Day. The Festival screens only short films under 30 minutes in length. Films are divided into different blocks for screening.

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February 13th: Galentine's Day Wine & Cupcake Brunch Tasting & Pairing

Its that time of the year again! Bring your girlfriends and join us for a fun event to celebrate friendship and good wine. We will be offering 4 wines perfectly paired with 4 cupcakes offered by Small Cupcakes along with a wonderful sparkling wine as a reception to get the party started. You can start the day with your girlfriends and then move to your date night or keep the party going on beautiful downtown Sanford.
Live music to compliment the event. Hope to see you all here! Limited to 20 seats for social distancing so buy your tickets ASAP as this event ALWAYS solds out.

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February 13th: Mardi Gras 2021!

Oyster Bob's Nautical Nonsense serving raw & grilled oysters*!
Swine & Sons serving Jambalaya*!
*Advanced tickets are recommended to guarantee oysters & jambalaya.
Sweet & Hot Dixieland band playing live in the garden during dinner!
Brown Bag Brass Band playing in the Music Box (9p-12a)!

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February 13th: Valentine's Day Dinner Dance

Come celebrate Valentine's aboard the Barbara Lee.

All cruises are appetizers through dessert. Full table service and entertainment on every cruise. Full Cash bar available. 


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February 11th: Weiberfastnacht/Fasching/Karneval 2021 at Hollerbach's
𝐖𝐞𝐢𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐧𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐭/𝐅𝐚𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠/𝐊𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐚𝐭 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐡'𝐬
Although Fasching (the “Fifth Season”) officially gets started on November 11, the serious Pre-Lenten festivities in Germany don’t really begin until the ladies take over on 𝐖𝐞𝐢𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐧𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐭 ("Women's Mardi Gras"), the Thursday before Ash Wednesday..
Frauen with scissors will be in charge Thursday night 2/11/21 at the Willow Tree, so Männer, be on your best behavior - and don't wear a tie that you want to keep! Karneval costumes encouraged but not necessary. Jimmy and Eckhard: Live Traditional German Music from 6-9 as usual. Kölle Alaaf! Helau!
February 11th: Alive After 5's Pardi Gras - Mardi Gras, Sanford Style
Sanfordites!! Let's get ready to party at Alive After 5 " Mardi Gras" themed street party on Thursday, 2/11/21. We have NEW event hours 6PM-9PM. We have food trucks, vendors, drinks, live music and so much more...
(Please remember to verify with businesses as things are changing rapidly!)

Friday, February 12th
  1. Friday Yoga Schedules
  2. Friday Live Music in Sanford 
  3. Brews & Rescues | Charity Event w/ Pet Rescue by Judy 
  4. Second Date Added- Wine & Chocolate Pairing 
  5. Love Your Shorts Film Festival 
  6. Virtual Event: Heavenly Love 
  7. Frederico and Marcelo Bringing the Music & Comedy to SBC 
  8. DRIVING MISS DAISY @ Theater West End 
  9. Latin Groove Nights at The Bar 
Saturday, February 13th
  1. Saturday Yoga Schedules
  2. Saturday Live Music in Sanford, FL 
  3. Get Lucky Valentine’s Ride 2021 
  4. 6 Week Tai Chi Series 
  5. Junkyard Dog Workshop with Melissa Menzer 
  6. Love Your Shorts Film Festival 
  7. Galentines Brunch 
  8. LMSA Club Race Day 
  9. Locked In Love Valentine’s Dinner 
  10. Sanford Craft Beer & History Tour 
  11. Galentine’s Day Wine & Cupcake Brunch Tasting & Pairing
  12. Mardi Gras 2021! 
  13. Valentine’s Day Dinner 
  14. Kids Night Out! 
  15. Jazz & Chew (Valentines Edition) 
  16. DRIVING MISS DAISY @ Theater West End 
  17. Pre Valentine’s Day! Ryan McVeigh At Buster’s Bistro! 
  18. Latin Groove Nights at The Bar 
  19. Main Event UFC258 Usman vs Burns Welterweight Title 
Sunday, February 14th
  1. Sunday Yoga Schedules
  2. Sunday Live Music Sanford, FL 
  3. Valentine’s Day at Airport Lanes 
  4. Valentine’s Lunch Cruise 
  5. Kaleidoscope Artisans Market at Henry’s Depot Sanford 
  6. Love Your Shorts Film Festival 
  7. DRIVING MISS DAISY @ Theater West End 
  8. Valentine’s Sommelier Wine & Chocolate Pairing 
  9. Valentine’s Day Sunset Dinner 
  10. Reflexology Workshop 
  11. Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner 
  12. Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance
  13. Beer Pong Sundays at West End
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"At Rita's, we specialize in delivering COOL treats in a fun, inviting, and family friendly environment. The story of Rita's dates to the summer of 1984 when a Philadelphia firefighter, Bob Tumolo, opened the original location just outside of the city."
5030 West State Rd 46, #1030 Sanford, FL 32771
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February 20th: 7th Annual Sanford Mardi Street Party

Grab your beads and come enjoy the Sanford Mardi Gras Street Party in the 'Famous L' between Celery City Craft and West End Trading Co. in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford!
The parade starts on 6th Street and Sanford Avenue! Gathering starts at 330pm and then at 4pm Sashay your way down Sanford Avenue all the way down to West End Trading Co.!
There will be food trucks, live music and tons of craft beer & cocktails to be had!
Thank you to our beverage sponsors Bud Light and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey!
Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels, Etc.

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Feb. 27th: 4th Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival

Join us on Saturday, February 27, 2021 for the 4th Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival! 

50 bands - 12 porches - an entire community - one cause FREE to attend. Family, Pet, Bicycle & Foot Friendly. Load up your chairs, blankets and pack a picnic as we transform the historic district into an artistic gathering space! Spend the day meeting new neighbors and experiencing all that Sanford Porchfest has to offer: live music, art auction and food vendors. 

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March 27th: 9th Annual Pints n' Paws Craft Beer Festival

Join us for the 9th Annual Pints n' Paws Craft Beer Festival in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford (in the 'Famous L' between West End Trading Co. and Celery City Craft).
Pints n' Paws Craft Beer Fest is a craft beer festival that you bring your dog to. Sample craft beer from dozens of breweries, interact with other dog lovers, and most importantly help raise funds for local pet do-gooders Dolly's Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy!

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Feb. 28th/March 28th/April 25th: Spring Mini Indie Series

The Sanford Mini Indie Series will have rotating Vendors the following dates 2/28. 3/28.4/25. We will be located inside the Courtyard and in the beautiful new Air Conditioned back space of Tuffy's Bottle Shop & Lounge. We will be following CDC guidelines. We will be practicing Social Distancing and ask that everyone mask up while walking around the Market.

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Street Party Dates for 2021: Alive After 5

Hosted by the Historic Sanford Welcome Center, Alive After 5 is Sanford's monthly street festival taking place on the second Thursday of every month from 5-8PM. AA5 is Central Florida's largest recurring monthly street party with live music, local artists, food and craft beers in a beautiful historic town.

Enjoy: Great local restaurants, art galleries, gift shops, antique stores, nightlife and a variety of other unique businesses !

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Have a lovely weekend,
❤️, Claudia

👩🏻‍💻Editor & Founder of Sanford365

🏡Realtor at Charles Rutenberg Realty
15+ Years of Experience in Central Florida 

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