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Weekly Summary & Outlook

Events and Things to Do in Sanford 

Love is in the air in Sanford 🥰- but that's not the only reason why this weekend is big!! Starting with one of our FAVORITE events throughout the year, Love Your Shorts Festival starts today (Thursday) and is running through Sunday. On Saturday, it's time for the annual Mardi Gras parade and street party as well as the Sanford Food Truck Fiesta so expect Sanford to be busy 😉 Last but not least, Sanford Indie is back at Tuffy's and we can't wait to browse through the many different vendor booths at this popular festival.

We hope to see you in Sanford on this beautiful weekend! Scroll down to view all weekend happenings as well as our Valentine's Day Guide for Sanford! 💘

You can also find us on Instagram @sanford365 and share your Sanford adventures with us by using #sanford365 or tagging us in your stories.

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Featured Event: 10 Year Anniversary Love Your Shorts Film Festival
February 13th-16th

A lineup of 81 short films will be shown Feb. 13-16 at the 10th Annual Love Your Shorts Film Festival, including the festival’s first time of showing a block of international films. The festival will be held at the historic 1923 Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in downtown Sanford. In addition to the block of international entries – from Australia, Moldova, Italy, the Netherlands and other countries – the films in competition through the weekend will be shown in the categories of Comedy, Drama, Animation, Documentary, Sci-Fi/Horror, Florida Flavor, and E for Everyone, which is family friendly. Also scheduled is an opening-night variety of films and a Best of the Fest competition of all the block winners on closing night...
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Whether you plan on spending this day with the love of your life or with your girlfriends we've got you covered on all things Valentine's happening in Sanford.

Street Party: 6th Annual Sanford Mardi Gras Street Party
February 15th

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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Support Local: Sanford Indie Market
February 16th

The Sanford Indie Market is held 4 times a year in front of Tuffy's Bottle Shop and Lounge. We have over 100 Vendors that specialize in Vintage, Handcrafted, Art & Boutique items. There are Food Trucks, Live Music and Libations too.
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❤️❤️Our Sanford365 Date Night Ambassadors had to change things up a bit for their lastest Date Night. Read about it here to find out what happened and where they went...
Music Lovers: 3rd Annual Sanford Porchfest Music Festival
February 22nd

Join us on Saturday, February 22, 2020 for the 3rd 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 bikes, bring your chairs and pack a picnic (no alcohol per FL State Law) 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. 

Food will be available for purchase through our amazing food vendors: Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café, Outback Snack Shack, Sanford Brewing Company, Rollin' Dough

Stop by the Producer's Porch to pick up your merch, maps, and other information when we kick off with the opening band at 11am!
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Please be aware that until further notice, both our blog calendar and our app calendar will be under construction. Phew! Good thing you get our weekly newsletter and will still be in the know for all things fun in Sanford!

We are sorry for the inconvenience, we are working quickly on making things even better for you. 

Friday, February 14th - Valentine's Day 💘
  1. Senior Golf Specials at Mayfair Country Club!
  2. Beginner Hatha Yoga 
  3. Coffee with a Cop
  4. Soda Pop with a Cop
  5. Valentine’s Day Lunch Cruise 
  6. For the Love of Craft Beer- Valentine’s Day Chocolate Pairing 
  7. Happy Hour at 119 French
  8. Valentine’s Day Celebration with Wine . Dessert . Prizes 
  9. I love myself Yoga Valentine's Day
  11. Valentine's Wine, Music & Chocolate 
  12. Valentine’s Day Dinner
  13. Tea & Chocolate Pairing 
  14. Valentine's Dinner with Shantell
  15. Valentine’s Day His & Hers Package: Craft Beer, Sushi, Chocolate 
  16. 80’s Valentines Prom Night 
  17. Valentine’s Champagne, Cocktails & Dessert at Luisa’s Cellar 
  18. Valentine’s Sommelier Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Luisa’s Cellar 
  19. 10 Year Anniversary Love Your Shorts Film Festival 
  20. Cornhole Fridays at The Barn
  21. Heavenly Love: Love Stories of the Night Sky
  22. Two Party System at 119 French 
  23. Valentine’s Dance and Dessert 
  24. Live Music with John Mazz! 
  25. Sanford Ghost Tours in Historic Downtown Sanford 
  26. Valentine’s Party with Doc Fu and The Brothers of The Blues! 
  27. The Shadow Cabinet Alternative 2nd Fridays 
  28. JJ Smith on The Sullivan Stage 
Saturday, February 15th
  1. Mardi Gras Pizza Fondo
  2. Yoga In The Park
  3. Plan Your Spring Vegetable Garden
  4. Goat Yoga at Dancing Moon Yoga
  5. Saturday Morning Soldiers SHRED
  6. Barre Stretch (Adult Drop-In Class) 
  7. Intro To Dance (Adult Drop-In Class) 
  8. Gentle Yoga 
  9. 10 Year Anniversary Love Your Shorts Film Festival 
  10. Splash Saturdays Pool Party at Chases on the River 
  11. Pints n’ Purrs 2020 
  12. Black History Month 2020 A Legacy of Strength & A Future of Hope 
  13. Strengthening Yoga 
  14. Live Music with Megan Katrina on the Patio! 
  15. The Edge Annual Chili Cook-off!
  16. Teen Rock Painting at the Library
  17. 6th Annual Sanford Mardi Gras Street Party 
  18. Sanford Food Truck Fiesta Sanford, FL 
  19. Glow Golf is Back! 
  20. 12 Guitars Art Project Launch Party 
  21. Kids Night Out at Central Florida Zoo! 
  22. Sanford Ghost Tours in Historic Downtown Sanford 
  23. Live Music-Honeypot at Celery City 
  24. JJ Smith on The Sullivan Stage 
  25. Live Music by Dennis O’Hagan at Wop’s Hops Brewing 
  26. Puerto Rican & Latin Night feat. Javier Carbadillo 
  27. Crashrocket rocks the Alley in Sanford 
  28. West End Trading Co Presents – Strongbacks and No More Truh-bowl 
Sunday, February 16th
  1. $2 Sunday Bowling until noon
  2. Mind Body Reset Sundays 
  3. Namaste for a Beer Yoga 
  4. Sanford Indie Market 
  5. Sunday Bloody Sunday: Bloody Mary Tasting for Sanford Sundays 
  6. Yacht Rock Sunday Brunch & Bottomless Sangria & Mimosa Bar 
  7. Live Music Iesha Marie at Celery City Craft 
  8. 10 Year Anniversary Love Your Shorts Film Festival
  9. Maygen Navarro Band at The Basin 
  10. Glenn Roth Live at Higgin’s House B & B 
  11. Jim Mahoney’s All Star Sunday Blues Jam 
  12. Tinsley Ellis at The Alley 
  13. Tap I (Adult Drop-In Class) 
  14. Ballet (Adult Drop-In Class)
A BIG Thank You to Orlando Date Night Guide for featuring us on their blog.
CLICK HERE to see which newer Sanford locations we choose to highlight for a Date Night in Sanford.
February is Black History Month and The Goldsboro Museum has a several exhibitions lined up! 
Paddy's Day: 3rd Annual St Paddy's Day Truck Pull & Street Festival
March 14th

Try your luck and pull a truck! Get together with your tribe and form teams of 10 and pull a fire truck for some major bragging rights and to benefit Special Needs Ability Program, Inc.

Live music on two stages, lots of craft beer, food trucks, craft vendors and this year we'll be featuring amazing food from Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café and Irish brews and fun brought to you by The Sullivan, A Public House!

There will be a 'Kids Zone' brought to you by Ladies 327 Supper Club!

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RUN: Jim Payne 5K Run
March 21st

Wop's Hops Brewing Company will be presenting a 5K in Historic Downtown Sanford to benefit Kids House! There will be a pancake breakfast, silent auction, and Kids' fun zone. 

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Craft Beer Festival: 9th Annual Pints n' Paws
March 21st

Join us for the 9th Annual Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Festival in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford!

Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Fest is a craft beer festival that you bring your dog to. Enjoy a multitude of beer, interact with other pet lovers, and most importantly help raise funds for local pet do-gooders Dolly’s Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy!
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SPRINGFEST: Hollerbach's Springfest 2020 
April 3rd & 4th

Just like in Germany, our party will be a spring version of Oktoberfest, complete with sausages, pretzels, beer, polka music, people dancing in Lederhosen and Dirndls…the idea is to re-create an Oktoberfest beer-tent sort of experience, only it’s right here in Magnolia Square!

Visit this link for photos from previous year's festivities.

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Beer Lovers: Brews Around the Zoo
April 11th

Brews Around the Zoo, presented by Wayne Densch Inc., is back!
This adults-only night, benefiting the Zoo, will feature 16 beer stations with over 30 different craft beers, live music, and special animal encounters. Food will be available for purchase.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 17 at 10 AM!

All guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend; a valid ID will be required along with your ticket upon admission. Guests with infants and/or small children will not be permitted to enter the gates under any circumstances. This event is held rain or shine.

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We have been working on something beautiful!
An Illustrative Map of Sanford

✨Tah-dah!! We are beyond thrilled to finally share this exclusive, high quality Poster Print with you!

For months we have been working behind the scenes with artist Anna Coleman Illustration to bring this beautiful illustrative Sanford map poster print to you! This is not just any map, this map holds significance for both, us and all those who live, work and play in Sanford. 💖

You see, in order to keep Sanford365 going we need your support. And what better way to do that than by hanging this beautiful piece of art in your home, office, car, closet, bathroom...this is a no judgement zone! All as a way to show your love and support not just for us, but for all of those that make up Sanford, the charming town we all adore.

🎁 Give it as a gift or surprise yourself with a gift. Whatever you decide to do with it, just know that with every purchase you are supporting us and allowing us to continue Sanford365 and all that comes with it! Keeping you in the know about upcoming events, sharing local business owners' stories, running our app, sharing our weekly newsletter and simply keeping you connected to all things fun and lighthearted in Sanford. We literally could not and cannot do this without your support so from the top of our head to the tip of our toes we say THANK YOU! 💕

➡️ Purchasing Info:
Our 12"x18" Sanford, FL Illustrative Map will be available for purchase starting today (12/18/2019) during our presale at Magpies Modern General, but hurry quick because the presale only includes 50 prints. After those are gone you'll have to wait until January 2020, when our full orders will be ready for purchase.

You can purchase this print and support Sanford365 for $32 at
Magpies Modern General
215 East 1st Street
Sanford, Florida 32771

Happy Holidays and Love,
❤️ Claudia & Jess

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Have a lovely weekend,
❤️, Claudia

👩🏻‍💻Editor & Founder of Sanford365

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

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