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Apr
14
Sat
2018
Tennis Championship Tournament
Apr 14 @ 2:13 pm – Apr 23 @ 3:13 pm

It’s the 2018 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament, with $100,000 in prize money, bringing the top tennis pros in the world to Sarasota.  Now in it’s 11th year, the Sarasota Open is the premiere USTA Men’s Pro Circuit event on Florida’s west coast.

Music & Paws In The Park
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come support local music while watching the sunset over the Manatee River! Realize Bradenton’s free, family-friendly, outdoor concert series is back with live music at downtown Bradenton’s 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater on the Riverwalk. Local craft beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and their furry companions on leashes!

Each event will also showcase dogs from local shelters who will be available for adoption. You can also order Jimmy John’s and they will deliver it to the event.

The series is made possible, in part, with support from the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, the Bradenton Herald, Royal Pet Rescue, Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, and Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. Proceeds from the sale of beverages will benefit local animal rescues.

Apr
16
Mon
2018
Ringling by the Bay
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm

Join us on the Bolger Campiello for live music and dancing. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on the bayfront.  Due to the popularity of Ringling by the Bay we encourage you to purchase your tickets well in advance for all of the dates that you would like to attend.

Apr
20
Fri
2018
Suncoast Boat Show
Apr 20 – Apr 22 all-day

The 36th annual Suncoast Boat Show takes place in downtown Sarasota on April 20 – 22, 2018, at Marina Jack’s in Sarasota, Florida. Enjoy the great outdoors while pricing and comparing hundreds of boats from the Gulf Coast’s leading boat dealers. See various types and styles all in one place. Cruisers, Runabouts, Bowriders, Sportfishers, Center Consoles, Motor Yachts, Inflatables and more. Shop tents full of electronics, accessories, jewelry, art and clothing all in a festive atmosphere with food, drinks, music and much more.

Apr
21
Sat
2018
Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

What better way to blast off the MLDB series than with a trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast? Welcoming both competitive and recreational teams, this new event launches the dragon boat season in Sarasota.

Everyone ages 12+ are invited to take part. Gather 24 of your friends, co-workers, church friends, family, etc. and form a team! Boats, life-vests, paddles and coaches are provided…you provide the fun! Race distances include 200m and 500m events for Sport and Community Division teams, with the addition of the ever-thrilling 2k pursuit for Sport Division teams only. Interested teams are required to sign up in advance for a fee. Various entrant/team fees. Beer garden, food vendors, Health & Wellness Village and more. This event is open to the public for free. $5 parking (cash only). This festival benefits the local non-profit, In the Pink. For more information call  904-534-3266. Join in on the fun and get bit by the dragon!

Nathan Benderson Park features a 400 acre lake built to FISA specifications. In 2017, the multi-use sports venue hosted the World Rowing Championships, so teams can expect the best racing conditions come race day!

Festival grounds offer something for everyone. Spectators can take in the action and follow the excitement of racing while learning about the sport of dragon boat. Another point of interest is the Health and Wellness Village, where participants and spectators can receive products and services to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Families are invited to bring their children to come spend time at the races and enjoy the outdoors.

Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon
Apr 21 @ 8:30 am

Sarasota’s 38-acre Payne Park offers a beautiful Walkathon location where two and four-legged friends are invited to attend. This family-friendly park – with its circus-themed playground, artistic water features, action-packed skateboard area, and shaded walking path – is a picture-perfect Walkathon host.

As with all of our Walkathon events, participants will enjoy a 3K walk, music, local vendors, our Southeastern Guide Dogs Gift Shop, and family-friendly fun! And most importantly of all, we’ll raise funds to open new doors of independence for people with vision loss and veterans with disabilities, and offer them our gift of the best guide dogs and service dogs in the world.

We can’t wait to see you at the Sarasota Walkathon!

9th Annual Suncoast BBQ Bluegrass Bash
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Suncoast BBQ Bash is Southwest Florida’s marquee barbecue and bluegrass event attracting tens of thousands of folks every year. Venice plays host to elite barbecue cook teams and award-winning bluegrass bands from all over the United States. If you have never tasted award-winning barbecue or heard toe-tapping bluegrass music, you are in for a treat!

The event starts Thursday night with the Meet Our Champions party at Snook Haven featuring Cookin’ with Kids. On Friday there is the annual Sporting Clays Tournament followed by the TGIF Party at 5 PM with a classic car & truck cruise-in, a fish fry dinner and live music by the Swing Bridge bluegrass band and friends. Saturday will be a full day of BBQ, Bluegrass & Ice Cold Budweiser! We promise you’ll have a lot of fun and you won’t go home hungry!

Earth Day
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.

World Circus Day
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

It’s time to Celebrate World Circus Day with all day free admission to the Circus Museum at the Ringling. See the world’s largest miniature circus while you’re there along with John Ringling’s Club Cars and explore the history of the circus from ancient times till now. It’s amazing. Free admission all day. 

Chill Under the Stars
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm

SFF Partners with Chillounge Night to bring you the “Chill Under the Stars” Closing Night Party. Selby Five Points Park will transform into the ultimate outdoor lounge. Brazilian Samba Parade – a unique fashion show – live bands and more! Chillounge will create “A Night to Remember” for all attendees. The combination of great entertainment, subtle lighting, 2 semi-trucks of chic outdoor furniture, and outstanding service staff creates the “Ultimate cool outdoor lounge experience”. A variety of food and beverage options ensures the full conversion into a relaxed environment and sets this annual event night apart from other social gathering entertainment events. Call Rainer Scheer to arrange reserved seating: (941) 448-0995

Music & Paws In The Park
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come support local music while watching the sunset over the Manatee River! Realize Bradenton’s free, family-friendly, outdoor concert series is back with live music at downtown Bradenton’s 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater on the Riverwalk. Local craft beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and their furry companions on leashes!

Each event will also showcase dogs from local shelters who will be available for adoption. You can also order Jimmy John’s and they will deliver it to the event.

The series is made possible, in part, with support from the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, the Bradenton Herald, Royal Pet Rescue, Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, and Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. Proceeds from the sale of beverages will benefit local animal rescues.

Apr
24
Tue
2018
BEST of Sarasota 2018
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Break out your island wear and dust off your grass skirt. It’s time for a Mai Tai and tiki torches! Join Sarasota Magazine as we celebrate our fabulous readers’ picks for the best restaurants and retailers, bars, brews and views…and lots, lots more!

Party like a native on the tropical shores of Paradise at Selby Gardens. Sip signature cocktails and nibble on Sarasota-Manatee’s best bites. Feel the Spirit of Aloha as the torch lighting ceremony kicks off a night of endless wonder … THE BEST PARTY OF THE YEAR!

Dress in your fave Island Wear. Prizes will be awarded for the BEST!

Apr
27
Fri
2018
Great Masters of Dance
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring the Company Premiere of Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading, the Company Premiere of George Balanchine’s Bugaku and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand. Performed with Live Music. Originally choreographed in 1975 on American Ballet Theatre, The Leaves are Fading is a romantic and sweeping ballet and one of Tudor’s purest dance works. In Judith Chazin-Bennahum’s book The Ballets of Antony Tudor, she describes the work as a “rhapsodic expression of couples in love” and a ballet that “re-established Tudor’s pre-eminent position as a great choreographer at American Ballet Theatre.” Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times exclaimed that “The Leaves Are Fading becomes a special elegy, an autumnal remembrance of multiple facets of young love when it is dewy but not intoxicated.” George Balanchine’s Tarantella is a nimble virtuosic showcase, and celebrates Principal Dancer Logan Learned 10 years with The Sarasota Ballet.

Apr
28
Sat
2018
Siesta Fiesta 2018
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Fiesta was traditionally held in April and known as the last party of the “season,” until 2008 when the month of the event date was changed to February.

In 2009 the popular festival returned to its original late April dates, probably due to the mass amount of confusion generated by 2008’s date change and the outpouring of voices calling for it to return to its original date.

Usually, in years past, Ocean Boulevard was blocked off to traffic so participants in the festival as well as the general public could use the Village streets freely.

 

Tip: Parking can be a challenge as several of Siesta Key Village’s streets are blocked off and the free public parking lot nearby fills up fast. Best bet is to walk or bike down to Siesta Key Village from another location.

Admission to “the Fiesta” in Siesta Key Village is free. The weather is quite agreeable this time of year and the Village is only a couple blocks east of the Gulf of Mexico, so there can be some nice sea breezes as well as sunshine, making it a perfect time to enjoy the Fiesta!

Directions: From Sarasota take U.S. Rt.41 to the Stickney Point Bridge, over the bridge and then turn right on to Midnight Pass Road. Follow Midnight Pass road to Beach Road to Ocean Boulevard into Siesta Key Village and look for parking.v

Luau with the League
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On Saturday, April 28th, 2018, the Junior League of Sarasota will host our 1st Junior League Jamboree at the Music Compound. The Junior League Jamboree is a family-friendly celebration for all ages with a fun luau theme and the goal of raising money to benefit Junior League of Sarasota’s charitable efforts in our community.

Come in your tiki attire and be ready for the most amazing family luau Sarasota has ever seen!

Questions? Contact Tara at (727) 519-3970 or Jamboree@JLSarasota.org

Event proceeds support the Junior League of Sarasota’s community efforts.

Music & Paws In The Park
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come support local music while watching the sunset over the Manatee River! Realize Bradenton’s free, family-friendly, outdoor concert series is back with live music at downtown Bradenton’s 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater on the Riverwalk. Local craft beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and their furry companions on leashes!

Each event will also showcase dogs from local shelters who will be available for adoption. You can also order Jimmy John’s and they will deliver it to the event.

The series is made possible, in part, with support from the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, the Bradenton Herald, Royal Pet Rescue, Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, and Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. Proceeds from the sale of beverages will benefit local animal rescues.

Great Masters of Dance
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring the Company Premiere of Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading, the Company Premiere of George Balanchine’s Bugaku and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand. Performed with Live Music. Originally choreographed in 1975 on American Ballet Theatre, The Leaves are Fading is a romantic and sweeping ballet and one of Tudor’s purest dance works. In Judith Chazin-Bennahum’s book The Ballets of Antony Tudor, she describes the work as a “rhapsodic expression of couples in love” and a ballet that “re-established Tudor’s pre-eminent position as a great choreographer at American Ballet Theatre.” Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times exclaimed that “The Leaves Are Fading becomes a special elegy, an autumnal remembrance of multiple facets of young love when it is dewy but not intoxicated.” George Balanchine’s Tarantella is a nimble virtuosic showcase, and celebrates Principal Dancer Logan Learned 10 years with The Sarasota Ballet.

Apr
29
Sun
2018
Siesta Fiesta 2018
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Fiesta was traditionally held in April and known as the last party of the “season,” until 2008 when the month of the event date was changed to February.

In 2009 the popular festival returned to its original late April dates, probably due to the mass amount of confusion generated by 2008’s date change and the outpouring of voices calling for it to return to its original date.

Usually, in years past, Ocean Boulevard was blocked off to traffic so participants in the festival as well as the general public could use the Village streets freely.

 

Tip: Parking can be a challenge as several of Siesta Key Village’s streets are blocked off and the free public parking lot nearby fills up fast. Best bet is to walk or bike down to Siesta Key Village from another location.

Admission to “the Fiesta” in Siesta Key Village is free. The weather is quite agreeable this time of year and the Village is only a couple blocks east of the Gulf of Mexico, so there can be some nice sea breezes as well as sunshine, making it a perfect time to enjoy the Fiesta!

Directions: From Sarasota take U.S. Rt.41 to the Stickney Point Bridge, over the bridge and then turn right on to Midnight Pass Road. Follow Midnight Pass road to Beach Road to Ocean Boulevard into Siesta Key Village and look for parking.v

Spring Fine Art Festival
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

If you love the beauty and creativity of original handmade artwork and wish to add inspiration to your home, office and life, join us for the 1st Annual Lakewood Ranch Spring Fine Art Festival on Lakewood Ranch Main Street on April 28-29, 2018. 

Over the weekend Lakewood Ranch Main Street blossoms into an extraordinary outdoor gallery of original handmade fine art and fine craft by artisans from throughout Florida and across America.  This tapestry is woven from exquisite creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass and ceramics to photography, digital art, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and more. If you do not find the exact piece you wish, speak with the artist and commission a unique piece of art made specifically for you!  Realize that many of these artisans are represented in the nation’s most prestigious private art collections and public art institutions.  They are available throughout the show to discuss their work and answer your questions.

Hours of the Lakewood Ranch Spring Fine Art Festival are Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-5pmAdmission is free. You need only bring your sense of discovery and appreciation of the beautiful. Come be inspired!

May
1
Tue
2018
Ringling Underground
May 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Enjoy live music, and art in the Museum of Art Courtyard 8:00pm – 11:00pm. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Select galleries will be open until 11:00pm.

May
2
Wed
2018
Classic Car Show
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on Main Street the first Wednesday of each month for the Classics!

A celebration of “The Classics,” we invite you to bring your car, truck, or anything on wheels. All are welcome to participate for just $10 per vehicle, and there are no restrictions on year, make or model. Food, music, prizes and the thunderous roar of engines are all part of the fun!

For more information contact Lance by phone at 941-371-1061 or 941-284-79004, or by email at lance@collectorcarstv.com.

May
4
Fri
2018
Music on Main Street
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every first Friday of the month, we host a free concert series and block party for the public. Join us on Main Street from 6pm – 9pm for food, music and family-friendly fun. But there’s always something happening on Main Street! Explore all our upcoming Main Street events on our event calendar.

May
5
Sat
2018
Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

A Siesta tradition for more than 45 years, the Siesta Beach Sand Sculpting Contest, sponsored by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources offers participants of all ages a free day of fun on the beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come with buckets and shovels in hand and great ideas for your creation. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cash prizes awarded.

Classic Corvette Car Show
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come join us in beautiful St. Armand’s Circle where you can spend the day viewing over 150 models of an American automotive classic and visiting the great St. Armands stores and restaurants as we present the 22nd annual “Corvettes on the Circle” show sponsored by the Skyway Corvette Club of Sarasota/Bradenton, Sunset Chevrolet, and the St. Armands Circle Association. The show will include all Corvette model years from the classic 1953 C1 to the current 2018 C7 Corvette Stingray, Grand Sport, Z06 and possibly the recently announced 2019 ZR1!  Trophies will be awarded to the top three Corvettes in each generational class as well as Best Interior, Best Engine Bay, Best Paint Finish, Best in Show and Skyway Corvette Club Favorite.  The show proceeds will be donated to The Honor Flight of West Central Florida, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure. The show will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm, with registration and show parking taking place between 7:00am to 9:00am.  For further information regarding this year’s show and registration, please contact the 2018 Show Chairman, Allen Harmsen at 941-993-4201.

Venice Seafood & Music Festival
May 5 @ 11:00 am – May 6 @ 7:00 pm

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival to be held on May 5-6, 2018 in Centennial Park.  Hours are Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 11am – 7pm.  General admission is free.  VIP Tent admission is $130 that includes an open raw bar serving raw oysters, steamed snow crab, steamed peel-and-eat shrimp and an open bar serving premium drinks, all in a private tent with a dedicated service staff. The tent’s location enjoys optimal viewing of the live music performances.  VIP tickets are available thru EventLive (click on the EventLive icon below).

The event is created, as are all good meals, thru incorporating and blending the finest ingredients.  We offer all food entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) prepared fresh onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters.  Foods will be accompanied by a delicious assortment of side dishes, desserts and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

While enjoying your meal and drinks, be caressed by the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents.  Music will be from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. The final ‘seasoning’ will be a walk through a small marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products.

So join us for a weekend of delicious food and drinks, music and shopping at the 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival.  While there, be sure to  enjoy the shops and businesses of downtown Venice!

Going for the Gold Derby Dreams
May 5 @ 5:45 pm

Join us for Going for the Gold Derby Dreams presented by Westfield Sarasota Square on Saturday, May 5 at 5:45 pm, in your Kentucky Derby finest for an inspiring celebration of the life-changing work made possible by your support of the Sarasota YMCA.

• Watch the 144th Kentucky Derby live on big video screens

• Dine on luxe cuisine

• Bid on auction items

• Enjoy live music & dancing

Shop online at camhats.com for official Derby milliner, Christine A. Moore Millinery, hats. 15% of proceeds benefit the Sarasota YMCA.

May
11
Fri
2018
Bohemian Blooms Gala
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us in the garden for live entertainment and an auction not to be missed, with signature sips, delectable bites, and bohemian delights!

Sponsorships are still available! To request a copy of the Sponsor Packet, please email designingdaughtersgala@gmail.com

Outdoor Pops: Field of Dream
May 11 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for Sarasota Orchestra’s Outdoor Pops: Field of Dreams concert at Ed Smith Stadium at 8 p.m. on either Friday, May 11 or Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Broadway stars Deedee Magno Hall and Cliffton Hall will headline the Sarasota Orchestra’s “Field of Dreams” concert May 11 and 12, 2018 at Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home for the Orioles. Conducted by Andrew Lane, the musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra will play a wide range of audience favorites from a stage on the outfield grass. The concert includes songs from Les MisérablesLa La Land, and Grease, music from the westerns and Disney, as well as an orchestral rendition of the score from the movie Field of Dreams.

Married couple and musical theater stars Deedee Magno Hall and Cliffton Hall are currently appearing in the rock musical Next to Normal. Deedee appears as Jasmine on Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular soundtrack and is currently the voice of Pearl in the animated series Steven Universe. The couple performed together in the touring production Miss Saigon. Deedee later played the role of Nessa Rose on the first national tour of Wicked.

Each performance of the “Field of Dreams” program will end with a fireworks display. This marks the fifth consecutive year the Sarasota Orchestra has participated in the Orioles’ “Arts in the Ballpark” series.

Parking is $5 in the East and North Lots, with a portion of proceeds supporting the Sarasota YMCA. Concessions will be available for purchase.

 

May
12
Sat
2018
Outdoor Pops: Field of Dream
May 12 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for Sarasota Orchestra’s Outdoor Pops: Field of Dreams concert at Ed Smith Stadium at 8 p.m. on either Friday, May 11 or Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Broadway stars Deedee Magno Hall and Cliffton Hall will headline the Sarasota Orchestra’s “Field of Dreams” concert May 11 and 12, 2018 at Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home for the Orioles. Conducted by Andrew Lane, the musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra will play a wide range of audience favorites from a stage on the outfield grass. The concert includes songs from Les MisérablesLa La Land, and Grease, music from the westerns and Disney, as well as an orchestral rendition of the score from the movie Field of Dreams.

Married couple and musical theater stars Deedee Magno Hall and Cliffton Hall are currently appearing in the rock musical Next to Normal. Deedee appears as Jasmine on Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular soundtrack and is currently the voice of Pearl in the animated series Steven Universe. The couple performed together in the touring production Miss Saigon. Deedee later played the role of Nessa Rose on the first national tour of Wicked.

Each performance of the “Field of Dreams” program will end with a fireworks display. This marks the fifth consecutive year the Sarasota Orchestra has participated in the Orioles’ “Arts in the Ballpark” series.

Parking is $5 in the East and North Lots, with a portion of proceeds supporting the Sarasota YMCA. Concessions will be available for purchase.

 

May
13
Sun
2018
Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Celebrate Mom at our Mother’s Day Brunch on the Bay at the beautiful Powel Crosley Estate located on Sarasota Bay. Your breakfast starts with the kid friendly Belgium waffles station with a yummy assortment of toppings; including chocolate chips, whip cream and fresh fruit and berries.   Or try a more traditional breakfast of bacon, sausage, omlettes, croissants, jams and breakfast breads.  Back by popular demand are the brunch selections with our salmon and shrimp options, an assortment of tea sandwiches and speciality quiches.  For hearty appetites; we have added a carving station of Sunday ham and New York Strip loin.  As always, brunch includes vegetarian options and a wide assortment of freshly made salads.  Always save room for the grand finale of our delicious desserts! Coffee, tea, juices, and milk are served.  Cash bar. After brunch; stroll on the bay front and capture that moment.

Your private table is available indoors in the main ballroom and dining room or at the Pavilion next to the bay.

Live Steel Band  music is perfect with the bay breezes.

Brunch is served from 10:30 am  and at 12:30 pm.  Special considerations for your family:  reserved private seating (no community tables); coffee and water served; high chairs are available – please ask when making your reservation. Free parking available on-site.

Adults are $48.00, children 3 to 11 are $27.00, and Children under 3 are complimentary

This is a popular event, so purchase your tickets now.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Selby Gardens
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Sweeping views of Sarasota Bay provide the perfect backdrop for honoring mothers at Selby Gardens. With an exquisite buffet provided by Michael’s On East, mothers are sure to have a delightful day.

Brunch includes a carving station, omelets made to order and a dessert bar.

Seatings available at half-hour intervals.

May
21
Mon
2018
Ringling by the Bay
May 21 @ 6:00 pm

Join us on the Bolger Campiello for live music and dancing. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on the bayfront.  Due to the popularity of Ringling by the Bay we encourage you to purchase your tickets well in advance for all of the dates that you would like to attend.

May
26
Sat
2018
St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival
May 26 @ 10:00 am – May 27 @ 8:00 pm

Join us on May 26-27, 2018 for the 2nd Annual St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival. The event is graciously co-sponsored by the Humane Society of Sarasota County.  Come to St. Armands Circle Park to enjoy delectable seafood dishes and be entertained by top local and regional musical performers. Hours are both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. General admission is FREE. VIP Tent admission is $130 that includes an open raw bar serving raw oysters, steamed snow crab, steamed peel-and-eat shrimp and an open bar serving premium drinks in a private tent with a dedicated service staff. The tent’s location enjoys optimal viewing of the live music performances.  VIP tickets are available thru EventLive (click on the EventLive icon below).

The event is created, as are all good meals, thru incorporating and blending the finest ingredients.  We offer all food entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) prepared fresh onsite by local restaurants and food purveyors.  Seafood dishes are created using indigenous and sustainable ocean resources from Florida’s coastal waters.  Foods will be accompanied by a delicious assortment of side dishes, desserts and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Enjoy your meal while being caressed by the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents.  Music will be from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. The final ‘seasoning’ will be a walk through a small marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products.

The Humane Society will have their “Big Mac” mobile adoption center onsite.  While enjoying all the festivities of the event, please take a few moments to stop by and say “hi” to the dedicated staff and meet their extended family of friends awaiting adoption.  Perhaps you will find a new loving companion and in the process, lend support to a wonderful and compassionate organization.

Venice Brew Bash VII
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Due to road construction in the downtown Venice area the City of Venice made it mandatory for all events being held in Centennial park to relocate. So we have moved the Venice Brew Bash, this year only, to the Venice Community Center!  The event will take place inside the Community Center and we have created a separate Party Zone outside so we can have the best of both worlds. 60+ beer sampling, merchant vendors and NoFilter Band will be located inside the Venice Community Center. Tickets will be required to access this area. Sampling tickets are $35 pre-sale / $45 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $5. 

The Party Zone outside is free to the general public will offer food items from local restaurants and food trucks, beers on draft, limited merchant vendors and additional entertainment. Ticket holders will be able to access both spaces.

We have over 20 new breweries coming out to participate in the event this year. 

May
28
Mon
2018
Annual Myakka River Blues Festival
May 28 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Snook Haven along with the Suncoast Blues Society present the 7th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival on Memorial Day. This year’s headliner is The Rusty Wright Band from Michigan. The lineup also includes The Dale Robbins Band from Australia, Harmonica Wizard Dockta D from Baltimore, Sarasota Slim, Nitro Boseman and many more.  Snook Haven is off the beaten path, near the riverbed in a natural cove with true old Florida ambiance. Two stages with non-stop music. Tickets: $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door.

Jun
1
Fri
2018
Music on Main Street
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every first Friday of the month, we host a free concert series and block party for the public. Join us on Main Street from 6pm – 9pm for food, music and family-friendly fun. But there’s always something happening on Main Street! Explore all our upcoming Main Street events on our event calendar.

Jun
2
Sat
2018
World Oceans Day Family Festival
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

A worldwide ocean celebration is on the horizon — join the fun during the World Oceans Day Family Festival on Saturday, June 2 at Mote Aquarium. Mote’s World Oceans Day event will spotlight the ocean’s deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world’s greatest resource. The family festival is free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium and is free for Mote Members.

Jun
9
Sat
2018
St. Armand’s Craft Festival
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – Jun 10 @ 4:00 pm

Andrea Ludden

If you’re planning a trip to Sarasota, you can’t miss this event! Just off the coast of Sarasota lies St. Armands Key, a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of mainland life. St. Armands is an enchanting place to get away from all the activity of the mainland with a variety of fine shops and gourmet restaurants. Unique in concept, history and beauty, St. Armands provides an unforgettable experience for visitors.

For two days, festival-goers will enjoy works from the states best talent of crafters and long-time festival favorites along with the newest names on the contemporary craft scene.  Come see some of America’s best crafters displaying one of a kind jewelry, pottery, plant holders, soaps, and much much more. Also included will be an expansive green market with unique orchids and delicious dips and sauces.

Jul
2
Mon
2018
July 4th Celebration
Jul 2 @ 3:28 pm – 4:28 pm

Come out and Celebrate America’s Independence Day, The Fourth of July!  There are events and fireworks displays up and down the coast, from beach to shining beach! All fireworks displays start around dusk and all can be viewed by land as well as some by sea. (Please note: schedules may change and weather conditions may force cancellation of events.) Here’s a list of free events and fireworks displays around the Sarasota Suncoast!

Jul 2 @ 4:54 pm – 5:54 pm

The Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association invites you to partner for the Sarasota Slam in Sarasota, Florida. This event has become one of Southwest Florida’s most endeared fishing tournaments. We understand and appreciate that the anglers are what make the event. We appreciate and love having them back year after year.

After 15 years, this event has already made a name for itself in the fishing community. Anglers are greeted by an amazing location and staff and treated to a top-notch event. More than 500 anglers competed and reeled in over $500,000 in cash prizes over the years.

The tournament also reaches out to the community by supporting local organizations such as: Harvest House, Homes for our Troops, The Boys and Girls Clubs, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped, Camp Florida Fish Tales, American Cancer Society, Noah Beck Foundation, Future Builders of America, Salvation Army, Meals On Wheels and many more.

Jul
3
Tue
2018
Fireworks on the Lake
Jul 3 @ 4:00 pm

FANFARES & FIREWORKS will feature a variety of musical groups, an opportunity for families to picnic in the grass and a spectacular fireworks show.

The musical line-up includes The Greg Billings Band, a group with an expanded repertoire that include many soul and rhythm and blues classics. Albert Castiglia an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He made his professional debut in 1990 with Miami Blues Authority, but truly hit the international radar when Junior Wells invited him into his solo band for several world tours.

Schedule of Events:

Gates Open: 4:00p.m.
Albert Castilga 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Greg Billings: 7:20p.m. – 9:20p.m.
Fireworks: 9:30p.m.

Jul
4
Wed
2018
Myakka River Kayak Festival
Jul 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the 4thof July with family and friends at Snook Haven at the 5th Annual Myakka River Kayak Festival – 4th of July Jam Blast! This fun family event will take place from 8 AM to 4 PM on Wednesday, July 4th. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July during the day, plus you can still make it to the beach afterwards for fireworks!

Live musical entertainment will take place from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Artists include Treble Hook and Steve Arvey, plus a few more surprises along the way! Performers will bring a unique and powerful Americana/Bluegrass sound to the Snook Haven stage. It will be a day full of great music and great food in a fantastic “Old Florida” setting!

Kayak and canoe rentals will be available starting at 8:00 am, or you can bring your own. No cover charge for entrance.

The festival will benefit Friends of Sarasota County Parks, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of parks in Sarasota County.

To learn more about Friends of Sarasota County Parks, click HERE to visit their website.

Jul
6
Fri
2018
Sarasota Lionfish Derby
Jul 6 – Jul 8 all-day

You’re invited to partner in the fifth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby! This exciting and environmentally beneficial event will be hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory, a world-class marine science institution, in cooperation with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), which helps study and address the lionfish invasion and sanctions official Lionfish Derbies.

Lionfish Derbies are an important way to harvest large numbers of this invasive species that has spread along the eastern Atlantic coast, Columbia to Escambia counties. Derbies help divers harvest lionfish and provide public education.

This year’s event will be based at Mote, with a captain’s meeting on July 6, lionfish hunting July 7 in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico — tournament boundaries are defined as Collier County to Escambia County — and the lionfish weigh-in July 8 at Mote Marine Laboratory. Cost to participate in the Derby is $120.00 per team (minimum 2 people per team, maximum 4 people). The public is invited to join Mote scientists and derby participants at the weigh-in for educational dissections and lionfish tastings on Sunday.  To sign up a team up, click the Register button to the right!

Taste Lionfish and help select a Lionfish Cooking Competition Winner! (below for ticket purchase, $15 per person)

Music on Main Street
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every first Friday of the month, we host a free concert series and block party for the public. Join us on Main Street from 6pm – 9pm for food, music and family-friendly fun. But there’s always something happening on Main Street! Explore all our upcoming Main Street events on our event calendar.

Jul
7
Sat
2018
Jul 7 @ 7:00 am – Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm

We welcome our new partner, AVP NEXT and AVP FIRST. From now on, all open divisions will be playing for AVP NEXT points, and Juniors will be competing for AVP FIRST points. Dig The Beach will also be offering Rox Volleyball and AAU bids at some events.

Please note our new Registration Closing times below! In order to properly prepare for our tournament, we ask that everyone register prior to the cutoff.  All of our upcoming tournaments will feature the scheduled registration closings:

  • OPEN TEAMS: 3pm on the Thursday preceding the tournament (NO LATE REGISTRATIONS)
  • ADULT AMATEUR, JUNIORS, ADULT CO-ED: 9am EST on the Friday preceding the tournament
Maine Lobster Fest
Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

8th Italian American Club’s Midsummer Festival will be hosting Maine Lobster Fest on Saturday, July 7th at 3:00 p.m.

Location: The Italian American Club of Venice, 1375 Ringling Drive, Venice.

Menu will include: shrimp cocktail, crisp green salad, rolls and butter, NE clam chowder, 1 1/4 lb Fresh Maine Lobster, coleslaw, corn on the cob, baby red skin potatoes, key lime pie, complimentary coffee and cash bar available.

There is limited and assigned seating, so get your tickets early by calling Johanna at 941-468-5013.

Donation: Members $34.00 & Guests $39.00

Jul
12
Thu
2018
2018 Circus Spectacular
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you! Join us for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with our good friends at The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival
Jul 12 @ 3:56 pm – Jul 14 @ 4:56 pm

It’s the 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival when laughter takes over the entire Florida Studio Theatre campus! The Sarasota Improv Festival brings together more than 15 groups of the most creative and inventive improv groups from all across the country and the world to take risks, get raw, and get real on stage in a variety of improv formats. In honor of this milestone Festival, this year there is not one, but THREE, headliners—one for each night of the Festival. Headliners include Impro Madrid, Baby Wants Candy, and Impro Theatre. Our own Florida homegrown troupes will appear and the festival will also feature workshops taught by the professional improvisers attending the festival. Various ticket prices and packages.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota. For tickets call 941-366-9000 or more info here.

Jul
25
Wed
2018
Shark Days at Mote Marine
Jul 25 – Jul 28 all-day

Mote Marine Laboratory has a variety of sharks on display that live in two different aquariums at the museum. (July 2, 2015) (Herald-Tribune staff photo by Rachel S. O’Hara)

Join Mote Marine Laboratory for the ever popular Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science. From July 25-July 28, Mote will dive into the science behind these incredible animals full of events and activities. The celebration will include jaw-some fun for the whole family.

Aug
3
Fri
2018
Music on Main Street
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every first Friday of the month, we host a free concert series and block party for the public. Join us on Main Street from 6pm – 9pm for food, music and family-friendly fun. But there’s always something happening on Main Street! Explore all our upcoming Main Street events on our event calendar.

Aug
4
Sat
2018
MarineMax Sarasota AquaPalooza
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

MarineMax Sarasota brings you fun in the Sun with AquaPalooza 2018! Raft up with fellow boaters to enjoy music, free Giveaways, and more! Party will be at New Pass Sandbar, just in front of our marina. The event is from 10-4. Please RSVP to keep up to date on event information. Looking forward to seeing everyone out on the water!

Aug
16
Thu
2018
Wine Walk
Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is a Lovin’ Our Locals event here in Downtown Venice. Shop the avenues and enjoy wine along the way. You can also get a $10 wristband day-of, at the Kiosk in Centennial Park, or at the Burgundy Square Breezeway.

Aug
25
Sat
2018
Fort Hamer Bridge Run
Aug 25 @ 6:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Join us for the 2nd Annual Fort Hamer Bridge 5K/10K. Race event commences at 7:30 am sharp by the Fort Hamer Rowing Facility and goes over Fort Hamer Bridge to the south side and then turns back into the beautiful The Islands of the Manatee River Subdivision. There will be chip timing by Lakeshore Athletic Service providers to the Chicago Marathon, colorful moisture wicking t-shirts. Special crafted awards to winners and categories three deep from 9 & under to 80+. Great after party with adult beverages with proper I.D. All 5K/10K finishers receive signature a commemorative Ft Hamer Bridge medal.

Plenty of water stops are planned to keep you hydrated. 

After race festivities include Under River activities:
Manatee County Youth Rowing will be hosting an open house and will have coaches, athletes and parents available for questions about fall, spring and summer programs. Athletes will give tours of the boathouse. Boats will be set up so that race participants can see the boats up close and learn the basics of the boats. ERG’s (rowing machines) will be set up for simulating rowing experience. They will also have Kayaks and paddleboards so you can enjoy the beauty of the Manatee River while supporting a great local sports organization – Manatee County Youth Rowing (MCYR)

Sep
6
Thu
2018
Ringling Underground
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Enjoy live music, and art in the Museum of Art Courtyard 8:00pm – 11:00pm. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Select galleries will be open until 11:00pm.

Sep
7
Fri
2018
Music on Main Street
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every first Friday of the month, we host a free concert series and block party for the public. Join us on Main Street from 6pm – 9pm for food, music and family-friendly fun. But there’s always something happening on Main Street! Explore all our upcoming Main Street events on our event calendar.

Sep
14
Fri
2018
Fall Home Show
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm

At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspiremotivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel.

Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you’ll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. More importantly, we want you to be excited for all the fantastic possibilities that come with your project!

When it’s all said and done and you’re ready to celebrate your home, we’ll do a little celebrating ourselves, knowing we had some part in it.

Friday Fest at the Van Wezel
Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.

While blankets and lawn chairs are welcome at all Friday Fest events, outside food and drink, including coolers, are prohibited. Friday Fest takes place in “rain or shine;” in the event of inclement weather, the festival will move indoors to our grand foyer or main stage of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

 

DR. DAVE BAND

Wrapping up our Friday Fest series on September 14th is the Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, this group knows how to wow a crowd with high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo and fiddle. The Dr. Dave Band just received the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Musical Group” from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for the third time.

Sep
15
Sat
2018
A Taste of Downtown
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm

Now in its fifth year, this established Sarasota tradition will bring you to Sarasota Opera House, where your favorite downtown restaurants will be showcasing their tasty dishes paired with fine wines and assorted beers. Proceeds from this event benefit the Sarasota Youth Opera, who will perform during the event. Come mix & mingle, sample tasty bites, and have a drink with us to celebrate the end of summer in Sarasota!

Sep
22
Sat
2018
Museum Day
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Click Get a Ticket to search participating museums and download your ticket.

Mystical Bazaar 2018
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm

Find fun and mystical connections and experiences! It is a marketplace hosting many different things: Vendors, Psychic Readers, Speakers, Message Gallery, Healers, Aura Photos, Gemstones and Jewelry, Metaphysical Items. Over 70 Exhibits with products and services. You’ll find Psychic and Intuitive Readers including Tarot, Palm, Medium, and more along with Mystical Dancers and Artists who weave through the crowd at various times throughout the day.