• International Folk Dances
    On-Going Event: 11/1/2017 - 11/28/2018
    Every Wednesday. 7-9:30pm. Bayfront Community Center, Sarasota.
  • Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market
    On-Going Event: 11/4/2017 - 11/24/2018
    Every Saturday. 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. More than 70 area vendors on display. Lemon and Main St. 941-225-9256
  • Family Night at South Florida Museum
    On-Going Event: 4/20/2018 - 11/3/2018
    Every First Saturday (most months) 3-8pm. Reduced admission and kids' activities.  201 10th St. W., Bradenton. 941-746-4131, ext. 11
  • Free Friday Night Concert
    On-Going Event: 4/20/2018 - 11/23/2018
    Every Second & Fourth Friday. Bring chair or blanket and enjoy the concert. 7-9pm. Centennial Park, Venice.
  • Live from Downtown Sarasota, It's Friday Night!
    On-Going Event: 4/20/2018 - 11/23/2018
    Every Friday. Live local entertainment and performing arts groups. 6-9pm.  Downtown Sarasota.
  • Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market
    On-Going Event: 4/21/2018 - 11/24/2018
    Every Saturday. 7am-1pm. State St., Sarasota. 941-951-2656
  • Downtown Venice Farmers Market
    On-Going Event: 4/21/2018 - 11/24/2018
    Every Saturday. 8am-12pm. Main St. & Lemon Ave., Downtown Venice. 941-445-9209
  • Historic Train Depot Tours
    On-Going Event: 4/21/2018 - 11/24/2018
    Every Saturday. Free docent-led tours of 1927 train depot. 10am-1pm. In April - Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am-3pm. 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice.
  • Kaleidoscope of Color: Costume Designs of Miles White
    On-Going Event: 4/22/2018 - 8/5/2018
    Daily. Elephants transformed into swans, beautiful girls turned into birthday cakes, and clowns became kings. Exhibition will include original sketches, watercolors, swatchbooks, and their production documents. Ringling Museum, Sarasota. 941-359-5700, ext. 5705
  • Siesta Key Drum Circle
    On-Going Event: 4/22/2018 - 11/18/2018
    Every Sunday an hour before sunset. Watch the community drum circle or bring your drums and join in. Enjoy the sunset plus belly dancing. Main Pavilion, Siesta Beach.
  • Yoga on Siesta Beach
    On-Going Event: 4/23/2018 - 11/21/2018
    Every Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. Bring a towel or mat, drinking water and cash donation. All fitness levels and ages welcome. 9-10:30am. Behind Green Life Guard Station, Siesta Beach.
  • Art After 5
    On-Going Event: 5/3/2018 - 12/27/2018
    Every Thursday. Enjoy the museums after hours. 5-8pm.  Ringling Circus Museum, Sarasota. 941-359-5700
  • Sunsets in Joseph's Coat Skyspace
    On-Going Event: 5/3/2018 - 12/28/2018
    Every Thursdays and Fridays. 1/2 hour before sunset and lasts 1 hour. Admission fee. Ringling Museum, Sarasota. 941-358-3180
  • Music on Main
    On-Going Event: 5/4/2018 - 12/7/2018
    Every First Friday. Live entertainment. Beer, wine and food sales benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Bring chair and dogs on a short leash. No coolers please. 6-9pm.  Main St., Lakewood Ranch.
  • Village of the Arts Artwalk
    On-Going Event: 5/4/2018 - 11/3/2018
    Every First Friday & Saturday. Fri. 6-9:30pm, Sat. 11am-4pm. 8th Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-729-9177
  • Museum of Art Mondays
    On-Going Event: 6/4/2018 - 7/30/2018
    Every Monday. A special art-making program tied to objects you can find in the galleries! Enjoy free admission to Museum of Art on Mondays only. 10am-3pm. Visitor's Pavilion, Ringling Museum, Sarasota. 941-359-5700
  • Summer Zoo Camp
    On-Going Event: 6/4/2018 - 8/3/2018
    Every Monday-Friday. 9am-4pm. Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
  • ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers
    On-Going Event: 6/7/2018 - 8/3/2018
    Select Thursday and Fridays. Family storytime, designed to engage children ages 4-7 in activities that connect art with early literacy. Storytime and an accompanying activity. Register the morning of the program. 10:30-11:30am. Check for schedule. Art Library/Educ. Ctr, Ringling Museum, Sarasota. 941-359-5700 ext. 3707
  • Summer Circus Spectacular
    On-Going Event: 6/19/2018 - 7/26/2018
     Historic Asolo Theater, Ringling Museum, Sarasota. 941-360-7399
  • Sarasota Slamfishing Tournament
    7/31/2018 - 8/4/2018
    Offshore and inshore divisions. Billfish, wahoo, tuna, grouper, trout and redfish. Marina Jack, Sarasota. 941-907-4133
  • Florida State Dance Sport Championships
    8/1/2018 - 8/5/2018
    Longest-running dance sport series in North America. Admission. Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 941-753-7940
  • Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival
    9/1/2018 - 9/2/2018
    Enjoy crafters displaying their handmade original work. 10am-4pm. Free. Miami Ave., Downtown Venice.
  • Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection
    On-Going Event: 9/9/2018 - 12/2/2018
    Daily. Storytelling unites two exhibitions selected from one of the world's finest private collections of French art: Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration from The Horvitz Collection, and 17th & 18th Century French Paintings from The Horvitz Collection.  Ringling Museum, Sarasota. 941-359-5700
  • Sarasota/Bradenton Fall Home Show
    9/21/2018 - 9/23/2018
    Home Show includes 100s of exhibits. Remodeling, landscaping and decorating. Fri. & Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 10am-6pm. Free. Sarasota Bradenton Intl. Convention Ctr., Sarasota.
  • World Rowing Masters Regatta
    9/27/2018 - 9/30/2018
     Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota.
  • Phillippi Farmhouse Market
    On-Going Event: 10/3/2018 - 10/31/2018
    Every Wednesday Oct.-Apr. Over 50 vendors offer produce, plants and prepared foods. 9am-2pm. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
  • Bradenton Farmers Market
    10/6/2018 - 10/27/2018
    Every Saturday. Oct.-May. 9am-2pm. Downtown Bradenton. 941-840-0017
  • Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival
    10/6/2018 - 10/7/2018
    24th annual event. Paintings to woodwork, expansive Green Market and more. 10am-5pm. Free. One Central Ave., Downtown Sarasota.
  • Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Free Show
    10/7/2018 - 10/28/2018
    Every Sunday. Free water-ski show filled with pyramids, jumps, ballet, swivel and more. 2pm.  Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island, Sarasota. 941-388-1666
  • Sun Fiesta
    10/19/2018 - 10/21/2018
    Includes parade, bed races, arts & crafts, Miss Sun Fiesta, music & dancing. Fri. 5-10pm, Sat. 9am-10pm, Sun. 9am-7pm.  Centennial Park Gazebo, Venice. 941-223-4056
  • St. Armands Boat Show
    10/20/2018 - 10/21/2018
    Newest models from Grady-White and Yamaha boats. 10am-4pm. St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.
  • BOO Fest
    Haunted house, face painting, trick-or-treating and more. 6-9pm. Lakewood Ranch.
  • Bradenton Farmers Market
    11/3/2018 - 11/17/2018
    Every Saturday. Oct.-May. 9am-2pm. Downtown Bradenton. 941-840-0017
  • Sarasota Medieval Fair
    11/3/2018 - 11/4/2018
    Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.  Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247
  • Venice Art Festival
    11/3/2018 - 11/4/2018
    31st annual event. Over 150 artists. Photography, jewelry, sculptures, glass and more. 10am-5pm. Free. W. Venice Ave., Venice.
  • Phillippi Farmhouse Market
    11/7/2018 - 11/28/2018
    Every Wednesday. Oct.-Apr. Over 50 vendors offer produce, plants and prepared foods. 9am-2pm. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
  • Sarasota Chalk Festival
    11/9/2018 - 11/12/2018
    Artists display their street painting talents. 8am-6pm.  Venice Airport Festival Fairgrounds.
  • Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpture Festival
    11/9/2018 - 11/12/2018
    Master sculptors spend three days creating sand master pieces. Competition ends Sunday noon. Can be viewed thru Tues. Admission. Siesta Key.
  • 30th Annual St. Armands Art Festival
    11/10/2018 - 11/11/2018
    Sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. 10am-5pm.  St. Armands Cir., Sarasota. 941-388-1554
  • Sarasota Medieval Fair
    11/10/2018 - 11/11/2018
    Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.  Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247
  • 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
  • Sarasota Medieval Fair
    11/17/2018 - 11/18/2018
    Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.  Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247
  • Venice Main Street Blues Fest
    Blues music, food and drink. Admission. 11am-7pm. Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Seafood & Music Festival
    11/24/2018 - 11/25/2018
    Delectable seafood dishes, entertainment by top local and regional musical groups, R&B, jazz, classic, calypso, big band and Carribbean; and crafts and fine products. General admission fee. Lakewood Ranch.
  • 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.
  • 40th Annual Holiday Night of Lights
    Holiday entertainment, sing-along, tree lighting and Santa. 5:30-9pm. St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.
  • Holiday Around the Ranch
    Santa, horse carriage rides, carolers, outdoor skating, cookie decorating, choo choo express plus stage performances. 6-9pm. Lakewood Ranch.