What's Happening in Sarasota

Posted by Julian Yates on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 2:01pm.

Snowbird Calendar: What’s Happening in Sarasota

One of the benefits of living in Sarasota during the colder months is that the area is designed to appeal to snowbirds. There is an incredible lineup of exciting and interesting things to do and see, from fun to the eclectic.


Sarasota Film Festival: around the first week of April and lasts 10 days. This festival is one of Sarasota’s biggest events and includes movies, parties, and celebrities. 

Annual Florida Winefest and Auction: usually around the first week of April. Lots of wine events, fantastic tasting, lunches, brunches, a charity auction, wine on the water, and four days of winemaker dinners in and around Sarasota. There are various locations, times, and prices.

Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch happens on the first Friday of each month. Bring your chairs but no coolers. Music includes oldies and classic rock. There are wine and food sales. Dogs on a short leash are welcome. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75.  


Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest: Traditionally held the first Saturday of May and is near the Pavilion. Bring your shovel, pail, and your artistic creativity. The beautiful white sand of Siesta Public Beach is enticing, free, and open to everyone of all ages. 

The annual Harvey Milk Festival is three days in May featuring music, theatre, art, and film. Located in Downtown Sarasota Five Points Park and various other venues. Free admission to JD Hamel Park music festival events. 

Sidewalk Astronomy: An evening of gazing at the stars thanks to the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers. Telescopes will be available for the public to view (weather permitting) from 10-10:30 pm at Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL. The planetarium is located on the sidewalk outside the Planetarium theater. 


Sarasota Music Festival: Throughout most of June, the Sarasota Orchestra will be performing Friday Festivals, Saturday Symphonies, Artist Showcases, Rising Stars, and Special Recitals. Musicians from around the world will be present as well as master classes and concerts. 

US Rowing Youth National Championship: This event includes 1,500 athletes with over 350 crews and represents around 150 teams from around the country. Each team is competing for national titles in 18 boat classes. Races are at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir., Sarasota, FL. 

World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium. The event features the deep connection of the ocean to the human spirit and the incredible inspiration it plays as one of our greatest resources. The family festival is free with Mote Aquarium paid admission. 10 AM-1 PM, Mote Marine Aquarium is at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL


Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Car Show & Motorcycle Dealer Event: 8 bike classes that compete in the best of each division. 10 am-3 pm. Gate admission is $5/person (ages 12 & under are free) Rossiter’s Harley Davidson, 330 Cattleman Rd., Sarasota, FL.

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Main Event: Its race day at Lido Beach. 10 am-4 pm, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL VIP race tickets are $100 for Sandcastle Resort view at Lido Beach and include complimentary parking, buffet, 3 drink tickets, and welcome bag. 1540 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL. 

Sarasota Improv Festival: Bring your laughter to the Florida Studio Theatre campus. Includes over 20 of the top improv groups from around the country, Canada, and the UK. Various ticket pricing and packages available. Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. 


Summer Circus Spectacular at the Ringling Museum. This event is in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota and features some of the best circus acts from around the globe. Various show dates & times. The Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL.

Sarasota Slam: Fishing at its finest with Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout, and Redfish with Inshore and Offshore Divisions. A dockside barbeque and the party is held after the tournament. Marina Jack is the tournament home, Bayfront, downtown Sarasota, FL 

Jazz Club of Sarasota summer concert series at the Florida Studio Theater Court Cabaret. All concerts start at 7:30 pm in the Court Cabaret Room at FST located at First St. & Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL. Ticket prices are discounted for Jazz Club members. Nonmembers, around $39.


AquaPalooza: Scheduled around the first week of Sept. An on the water party for boaters. Featuring music, free giveaways, and fun in the sun. Look for the group at New Pass Sandbar, in front of MarineMax Marina, 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. The fest is from 10 am-4 pm.

USF-Sarasota-Manatee honors our fallen heroes of 9/11. Remembrance is free, open to the public. It includes planting 2,977 small flags, one for each of the victims, planted on the lawn of the campus courtyard behind the Campus Center. The day begins at 8:20 AM with a flag-raising ceremony then moves to the area behind the courtyard. University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. 

Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show: An incredible array of the latest trends and ideas for your home as well as talk to the experts about home improvements. Free admission with online registration and free parking. Otherwise, priced tickets are available at the entrance. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. 


Top Dog Show: This is a Sarasota style Westminster-type dog show. Dinner, dancing, dog competitions, and surprises. Ticket prices help to support dog nonprofits. It starts at 6 pm. Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key Dr., Sarasota, FL. 

Sarasota Pirates & Rum Festival: Usually the first week of the month. This is an extravaganza of fun hosted by the Sarasota Caribbean Festival. Live music, pirates, exotic cuisine, soul food, and rum from around the globe. General admission includes run samples and access to all stages. 5 pm-12 am, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, FL. 

Water Lantern Festival: The magic of lanterns as the water is lit up by them. This evening will create a magical memory for family and friends. You write down your hopes & dreams or even a letter to a loved one and send it out into the water. Includes food, music, and the wonder of the water-filled with lanterns. Ticket prices from $30-$40. 4 pm-9 pm. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir., Sarasota, FL. 

Here is a complete list of everything to do, see and be a part of for a true “Sarasota experience” year-round, along with more information on dates and times. 


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