SUNCOAST BEACHES EVENTS

SUNCOAST BEACHES EVENTS
  • Live from Downtown Sarasota, It's Friday Night!
    On-Going Event: 11/2/2018 - 4/26/2019
    Every Friday. 6-9pm. Live street performances and entertainment. Sarasota.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Music on Main
    On-Going Event: 11/2/2018 - 4/5/2019
    Every First Friday. 6-9pm. Live music. Beer, wine and food available. Bring chairs. Leashed dogs welcome. Main St., Lakewood Ranch.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Palm Avenue's First Friday Gallery Walk
    On-Going Event: 11/2/2018 - 4/5/2019
    Every First Friday. 6-9pm.  Palm Ave., Downtown Sarasota.    www.palmavenue.org
  • Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market
    On-Going Event: 11/3/2018 - 4/27/2019
    Every Saturday. 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. More than 70 area vendors on display. Lemon and Main St. 941-225-9256  www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org
  • Gulf Coast's Wild About Nature Festival
    On-Going Event: 11/3/2018 - 12/31/2018
    11am-3pm. Animal interaction, discovery zone, face painting, kayaking, crafts, live music and more.  Bay Preserve, Osprey. 941-918-2100  www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Venice Farmers Market
    On-Going Event: 11/3/2018 - 4/27/2019
    Every Saturday. Open 8am. Tampa Ave., Venice.   www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org
  • Siesta Key Drum Circle
    On-Going Event: 11/4/2018 - 4/28/2019
    Every Sunday. 1 hour before sunset. Community percussion and hand-drum circle plays. Siesta Key Beach.   www.simplysiestakey.com/drumcircle.html
  • Siesta's Farmers Market
    On-Going Event: 11/4/2018 - 4/28/2019
    Every Sunday. 7am-12pm. Siesta Key.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • International Folk Dances
    On-Going Event: 11/7/2018 - 12/31/2018
    Every Wednesday. 7-9:30pm. Bayfront Community Center, Sarasota. 941-923-3302  ifdsarasota.webs.com
  • Nokomis Beach Drum Circle
    On-Going Event: 11/7/2018 - 4/24/2019
    Every Wednesday & Saturday. Join the zany fun 1 hour before sunset. Bring a drum or tamborine, beach chair & cooler. Nokomis Beach.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Phillippi Farmhouse Market
    On-Going Event: 11/7/2018 - 4/24/2019
    Every Wednesday. 9am-2pm. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.   www.farmhousemarket.org
  • Bradenton Farmers Market
    On-Going Event: 11/14/2018 - 5/31/2019
    Every Saturday. 9am-2pm. Local produce, plants, flowers and entertainment. Check website for monthly activities. Old Main St., Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com/farmers_market
  • American Sandsculpting Championship Festival
    11/16/2018 - 11/25/2018
    32nd annual event. Largest sand sculpting competition in the state. Sand art, music, demos and food. See sand sculptors create art in sand. Fort Myers Beach. 239-454-7500  www.fmbsandsculpting.com
  • Jazz at Two
    On-Going Event: 11/16/2018 - 4/12/2019
    Every Friday. 2-4pm. Enjoy a different performance each week. Admission. Unitarian Universalist Church, Sarasota. 941-366-1552  www.jazzclubsarasota.org
  • Mainly Art
    On-Going Event: 11/17/2018 - 4/20/2019
    Every Third Saturday. 9am-2pm. Local arts, crafts, live music and food. 4th Ave. W., Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com/mainly_art
  • Main Street Live!
    11/21/2018
    5-10pm. Live music, food, arts and crafts. Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com
  • Lakewood Ranch Seafood & Music Festival
    11/24/2018 - 11/25/2018
    Festivities begin Saturday from 11am - 10pm and continue Sunday 11am - 6pm. General admission is FREE. VIP Tent admission is $75 that includes an open bar serving premium drinks in a private tent with a dedicated service staff. Relax with delicious foods and great drinks to incredible live music. Downtown Lakewood Ranch on Main St.   http://www.seafoodfestivals.com/S-58-Lakewood+Ranch+Seafood+%26+Music+Festival.html
  • Venice Holiday Parade
    11/24/2018
    Pre-parade festivities begin at 5pm, parade at 7pm. Venice Ave., Downtown Venice. 941-484-6722  www.veniceholidayparade.com
  • Light Up Siesta Key Village Parade & Open House
    11/25/2018
    5:30-10pm. Tree lighting, Santa and parade. Santa's village with a clown, face painting and games. Siesta Key Village.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Vintage and Collectibles Fair
    11/27/2018 - 11/28/2018
    Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Exhibits of antiques, books, collectibles. Admission. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.   www.srqauditorium.com
  • Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan
    11/29/2018
    5-8pm. Ringling Museum. 941-358-3180  www.ringling.org
  • Blues Appetizer Concert
    11/30/2018
    6-9pm. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the music. Food and drinks available. Riverwalk Pavilion, Bradenton.   www.bradentonbluesfestival.org
  • Sarasota Art & Handmade Home Show
    11/30/2018 - 12/2/2018
    Fri. & Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Formerly Sarasota Craft Show. Exceptional works by 125+ nation's top artists. Sarasota Fairgrounds.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Sarasota Craft Show
    11/30/2018 - 12/2/2018
    Ceramics, decorative fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, photography, wearable art, wood, paintings and sculptures by over 100 of the nation's top artists. Robarts Arena, Sarasota.    www.sarasotacraftshow.com
  • Bradenton BluesFest
    12/1/2018 - 12/2/2018
    An annual festival featuring a stellar team of top blues artists. Food, drink and art. Riverwalk Pavilion, Bradenton.   www.bradentonbluesfestival.org
  • Sarasota Holiday Parade
    12/1/2018
    Parade 7pm. Floats, marching bands and Santa Claus. Main St., Sarasota.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival
    12/1/2018 - 12/2/2018
    10am-6pm. Siesta Beach.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Venice Christmas Boat Parade
    12/1/2018
    6pm. Parade includes 30-40 decorated boats. Rain date next day. Intracoastal Waterway.    www.venicechristmasboatparade.com
  • Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
    12/1/2018
    8am-5pm. Youths learn from marine scientists about current threats to the marine ecosystems. Admission. Mote Aquarium, Sarasota. 941-388-4441  www.mote.org
  • Holiday Splendor
    12/6/2018
    5-8pm. Holiday music, performances by local schools, Toys for Tots collection. Admission: one unwrapped toy per person, or $15 adults and $5 kids (ages 6-17). Ringling Museum. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
  • 40th Annual Holiday Night of Lights
    12/7/2018
    Holiday entertainment, sing-along, tree lighting and Santa. 5:30-9pm. St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.   www.starmandscircleassoc.com
  • Holiday Night of Lights
    12/7/2018
    5:30-9pm. Christmas Carol sing-a-long and the circle lights up with d‚cor. St. Armands Circle Park. 941-388-1554  www.starmandscircleassoc.com
  • Atomic Holiday Bazaar
    12/8/2018 - 12/9/2018
    A family-friendly indie craft show. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. 941-954-4165  www.atomicholidaybazaar.com
  • Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
    12/8/2018
    Begins 6pm. 32nd annual parade of decorated boats.  Sarasota Bayfront at Marina Jack. 941-371-8820, ext. 1800  www.sarasotachristmasboatparade.com
  • Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan
    12/13/2018 - 12/27/2018
    Every Thursday.  Ringling Museum. 941-358-3180  www.ringling.org
  • Holiday Around the Ranch
    12/14/2018
    Santa, horse carriage rides, carolers, outdoor skating, cookie decorating, choo choo express plus stage performances. 6-9pm. Lakewood Ranch.   www.lwrcac.com
  • Holiday Lights Spectacular
    12/14/2018 - 12/15/2018
    6-9pm. Millions of holiday lights. Family-friendly fun roasting marshmallows, visiting Santa, watching live entertainment & more. Sarasota Jungle Gardens.   www.sarasotajunglegardens.com
  • Jingle Bell Run
    12/15/2018
    Dress festive and race to raise funds for arthritis foundation. Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota.    www.events.arthritis.org
  • Main Street Live!
    12/15/2018
    4pm-12am. Live music, food, arts and crafts. Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com
  • Porsches in the Park
    12/15/2018
    10am-4pm. Charity car show. Open to all Porsche owners. Free. St. Armands Circle Park. 941-388-1554  www.starmandscircleassoc.com
  • Sidewalk Astronomy
    12/15/2018
    Sunset-10pm, weather permitting. Telescopes up and available to public by local Deep Sky Observers. Celery Fields, Sarasota.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Ringling by the Bay
    12/17/2018
    6-9pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food. Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-358-3180  www.ringling.org
  • Lights in Bloom
    12/19/2018 - 1/6/2019
    6-9pm. View life-size garden themed holiday lights. Closed 12/24-12/25. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.    www.selby.org
  • Holiday Lights Spectacular
    12/20/2018 - 12/24/2018
    6-9pm. Millions of holiday lights. Family-friendly fun roasting marshmallows, visiting Santa, watching live entertainment & more. Sarasota Jungle Gardens.   www.sarasotajunglegardens.com
  • Friday Night Free Music
    12/21/2018
    7-9pm. Bring lawn chair or blanket to listen to Christmas music. Centennial Park, Venice.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Holiday Lights Spectacular
    12/26/2018 - 12/27/2018
    6-9pm. Millions of holiday lights. Family-friendly fun roasting marshmallows, visiting Santa, watching live entertainment & more. Sarasota Jungle Gardens.   www.sarasotajunglegardens.com
  • Sarasota Art & Antiques Show
    12/28/2018 - 12/30/2018
    Art and antiques exhibition. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.   www.sarasotaartandantiques.com
  • Main Street Live!
    12/31/2018
    4pm-12am. Live music, food, arts and crafts. Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com
  • New Year's Eve Pineapple Drop
    12/31/2018
    1pm-1:30am. Annual Pineapple Drop and fireworks. Live music. Free. Downtown Sarasota.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Shiver Challenge
    1/1/2019
    Brave chilly waters to raise donations for Caring for Children Charities. 7th St. S. & Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach. 941-794-2489  www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan
    1/3/2019
    5-8pm. Ringling Museum. 941-358-3180  www.ringling.org
  • Wednesday with Gentlemen of Jazz
    1/3/2019
    3-5pm. Free concert. Centennial Park, Venice.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Sarasota Orchid Society's Annual Orchid Show
    1/5/2019 - 1/6/2019
    Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Many varieties of orchids for show and sale. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.   www.srqauditorium.com
  • Venice Antiques Show
    1/5/2019 - 1/6/2019
    Over 50 national and regional exhibitors.  Venice Community Center.    www.venicemainstreet.com
  • Anna Maria Island Arts & Crafts Show
    1/12/2019 - 1/13/2019
    Features works of artists and crafters from 18 states. Holmes Beach.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Scrub-jay 5/10k Race
    1/12/2019
    6:30-11am. 19th annual event. Oscar Scherer State Park.   www.friendsofoscarscherer.com
  • Sidewalk Astronomy
    1/12/2019
    Sunset-10pm, weather permitting. Telescopes up for public viewing. Courtesy of local group Deep Sky Observers. Robinson Preserve, Bradenton.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Circus Ring of Fame
    1/13/2019
    1-3:30pm. 31st Anniversary event recognizes persons who have made a significant contribution to the circus.  St. Armands Circle Park.    www.starmandscircleassoc.com
  • Manatee County Fair
    1/17/2019 - 1/27/2019
    Live music, a midway and exhibits. Admission. Fairgrounds, Palmetto.    www.manateecountyfair.com
  • Sarasota Indian Festival
    1/18/2019 - 1/20/2019
    13th annual event. Performing traditional drumming, singing, and dancing. Native American food plus handmade arts and crafts. Sarasota Fairgrounds.    sarasotanativeamericanindianfestival.com/
  • Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival
    1/19/2019 - 1/20/2019
    10am-6pm. Live music, food & drink vendors and more. Selby Five Points Park, Sarasota.   www.floridafairsandfestivals.com
  • Venice-Nokomis Rotary Art Festival
    1/19/2019 - 1/20/2019
    Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Admission. Venice Airport Festival Grounds. 941-468-1254  www.venicenokomisrotary.org
  • Ringling by the Bay
    1/21/2019
    6-9pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food. Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-358-3180  www.ringling.org
  • Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival
    1/25/2019
    9am-5pm. 25th annual event. Bagpipes, drums, Highland dancing and athletic events. Admission. Sarasota County Fairgrounds.    www.sarasotahighlandgames.com
  • Downtown Venice Craft Festival
    1/26/2019 - 1/27/2019
    10am-5pm. Ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and more. Green Market offers live flora, fresh popped kettle corn, gourmet spices and sauces. Miami Ave., Downtown Venice.    www.artfestival.com
  • St. Armands Circle Art Festival
    1/26/2019 - 1/27/2019
    10am-5pm. Over 175 artists and craftsmen display their original artwork. St. Armands Circle. 941-388-1554  www.starmandscircleassoc.com
  • 50th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet
    1/27/2019
    10am-3pm. Over 1,500 antique cars on display. Sarasota County Fairgrounds.    www.sunshineregionaaca.org
  • Circus Arts Gala
    2/1/2019
    Unique and stunning fundraising event under the big top. Big Top/ Nathan Benderson Park. 941-355-9805  www.circussarasota.org
  • National Stamp Exposition
    2/1/2019 - 2/3/2019
    Fri. & Sat. 10am-5:30pm, Sun. 10am-3pm.  Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.   www.sarasotastampclub.com
  • Winterfest at Mansion Arts & Crafts Show
    2/2/2019 - 2/3/2019
    10am-4:30pm. 25th annual event. Phillippi Estate Park, Sarasota.   www.floridafairsandfestivals.com
  • Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Free Show
    On-Going Event: 2/3/2019 - 4/28/2019
    Every Sunday. 2pm. Water-ski show filled with pyramids, jumps, ballet, swivel and more. Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island, Sarasota. 941-388-1666  www.skiarees.com
  • Ringling by the Bay
    2/4/2019
    6-9pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food. Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
  • 35th Annual Greek Glendi - A Greek Festival
    2/7/2019 - 2/10/2019
    Begins at 11am. Traditional Greek food and festivities. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Sarasota. 941-355-2616  www.bradentonorthodox.com
  • Florida State Fair
    2/7/2019 - 2/18/2019
    Opens 9am. 302 acres of fun. Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa.    www.floridastatefair.com
  • Ringling Underground
    2/7/2019
    8-11pm. Live music, art and pop culture.  Ringling Museum. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
  • Sarasota Festival of the Arts
    2/8/2019 - 2/9/2019
    10am-5pm. One of Florida's biggest art events. Main St., Sarasota.   www.artfestival.com
  • Main Street Live!
    2/9/2019
    5-10pm. Live music, food, arts and crafts. Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com
  • Vintage and Collectibles Fair
    2/9/2019 - 2/10/2019
    Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Exhibits of antiques, books, collectibles.  Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.   www.srqauditorium.com
  • Circus Sarasota Winter Performance
    2/15/2019 - 3/10/2019
    International circus performance under the big top. Ed Smith Stadium, 12th St. and Tuttle Ave.    www.circusarts.org
  • Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show
    2/15/2019 - 2/17/2019
    Exhibit and sale of gems and jewelry. Admission. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.   www.srqauditorium.com
  • Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival
    2/15/2019 - 2/17/2019
    Charity event for motorcycle enthusiasts who help raise money for local children and families. Sarasota.    www.thunderbythebay.org
  • Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show
    2/16/2019 - 2/17/2019
    10am-4:30pm. 20th annual event. J.D. Hamel Park, Sarasota.   www.sunsetboulevardpromotions.com
  • Ringling by the Bay
    2/18/2019
    6-9pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food. Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
  • Italian Feast and Carnival
    2/22/2019 - 2/25/2019
    4-10pm. 30th annual event. Enjoy live music, food and rides.  Venice Airport Festival Grounds.    www.italianamericanclubofvenice.com
  • Sarasota Invitational Olympic-style Rowing Regatta
    2/22/2019 - 2/24/2019
    10th annual event. Attracts more than 1,600 athletes and 3,500 spectators. Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota.    www.sarasotainvitational.com
  • Siesta Key Craft Fest
    2/23/2019 - 2/24/2019
    10am-5pm. 25th annual event. Folk art, handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and more. Free. Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key Village.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • ArtSlam 2019
    3/2/2019
    9am-4pm. Artists, performers, musicians invite participation in their artwork.  Main St., Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com
  • Downtown Venice Art Classic
    3/2/2019 - 3/3/2019
    10am-5pm. Sculptures, paintings, photography, jewels, ceramics and more. Free. 219 W. Venice Ave., Venice.   www.artfestival.com
  • Shark's Tooth 10k Run
    3/2/2019
    10th annual event. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. Venice Airport Festival Grounds.   www.activesuncoast.org
  • Suncoast Blues Festival
    3/2/2019
    11am-7pm. 5th annual event. Rain or shine. Sarasota Fairgrounds.   www.suncoastbluesfestival.com
  • Sarasota Jazz Festival
    3/6/2019 - 3/9/2019
    39th annual event. Enjoy different jazz performers each night. Various locations, Sarasota. 941-366-1552  www.jazzclubsarasota.com
  • Ringling Underground
    3/7/2019
    8-11pm. Live music, art and pop culture.  Ringling Museum. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
  • Anna Maria Springfest
    3/9/2019 - 3/10/2019
    10am-5pm.  City Hall Field, Holmes Beach.   www.islandartleague.org
  • Real Rail Model Train Show
    3/9/2019 - 3/10/2019
    42nd annual event. Railroad antiques and collectibles, plus more. Bradenton Area Convention Center.   www.realrail.org
  • Vintage and Collectibles Fair
    3/9/2019 - 3/10/2019
    Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Exhibits of antiques, books, collectibles.  Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.   www.srqauditorium.com
  • 83rd Annual Sarasota Fair
    3/15/2019 - 3/24/2019
    Rides, entertainment, crafts, horticulture, science fair, livestock and auction. Sarasota Fairgrounds.    www.sarasotafair.com
  • Anna Maria Arts & Craft Show
    3/16/2019 - 3/17/2019
    10am-4:30pm. 11th annual event. Downtown Holmes Beach.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Main Street Live!
    3/16/2019
    5-10pm. Live music, food, arts and crafts. Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com
  • Sidewalk Astronomy
    3/16/2019
    Sunset-10pm, weather permitting. Telescopes up for public viewing. Courtesy of local group Deep Sky Observers. Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Ringling by the Bay
    3/18/2019
    6-9pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food. Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
  • Downtown Sarasota SpringFest Art & Craft Show
    3/23/2019 - 3/24/2019
    10am-4:30pm. 10th annual event. Creations of talented artists and crafters. Free. Main St. & Pineapple St., Sarasota.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • First Watch Sarasota 1/2 Marathon & 2-Person Relay Race
    3/24/2019
    7am. Van Wezel Arts Center.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Ringling by the Bay
    4/1/2019
    5-8pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food. Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
  • Florida Wine & Balloon Festival
    4/4/2019 - 4/7/2019
    Wine venues, educational forums, and creative food. Event helps needy children.  Main St., Sarasota. 941-952-1109  www.floridawinefest.org
  • Ringling Underground
    4/4/2019
    8-11pm. Live music, art and pop culture.  Ringling Museum. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
  • Sarasota Film Festival
    4/5/2019 - 4/14/2019
    Celebrate great films. Downtown Sarasota. 941-364-9514  www.sarasotafilmfestival.com
  • Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival
    4/6/2019 - 4/7/2019
    10am-5pm. Amazing work of 100 artisans and crafters. One Central Ave., Sarasota.   www.artfestival.com
  • Mote Aquarium Run for the Turtles
    4/6/2019
    6-9am. 33rd annual event. 1-mile fun run or walk and 5K Manasota Track Club-Sanctioned Run. Registration fee. Siesta Key Beach.    www.mote.org
  • Shark's Tooth Festival
    4/12/2019 - 4/14/2019
    27th annual event. Live music, food, crafts and games. Venice Airport Festival Grounds.    www.sharkstoothfest.com
  • Main Street Live!
    4/13/2019
    4pm-12am. Live music, food, arts and crafts. Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com
  • Sidewalk Astronomy
    4/13/2019
    Sunset-10pm, weather permitting. Telescopes up for public viewing. Courtesy of local group Deep Sky Observers. Robinson Preserve, Bradenton.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
  • Ringling by the Bay
    4/15/2019
    5-8pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food. Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
  • Siesta Fiesta Art & Craft Festival
    4/27/2019 - 4/28/2019
    10am-5pm. 40th annual event. Art from 200 talented artists and crafters. Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key Village. 941-349-3800  www.artfestival.com
  • Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash
    4/29/2019 - 4/30/2019
    Fri. 5-9pm, Sat. 10am-6pm. BBQ contests, live music, cooking demos, classic car-truck cruise-in and more. Venice Airport Festival Grounds. 941-525-2553  www.suncoastbbqbash.com