October in Sarasota is a beautiful time of year to embrace the outdoors. The weather starts to cool down as the days grow shorter, meaning a shorter wait to experience those miraculous sunsets. If you just bought a home in Sarasota, I figured sharing some of October's outdoor events might help you get acquainted with your new home; and if you're thinking about buying a home here, seeing what Sarasota has going on may just inspire you to make that leap and become part of the community. And if you're a seasoned local -- we'll see you there!
- Beginning on the first weekend of the month, Live from Downtown Sarasota – It's Friday Night! livens up the heart of the city as street performers fill the air with music each and every Friday night from 6-9 p.m. Downtown Sarasota is really beautiful at night, with some really astounding restaurants and craft cocktail bars. As performers alternate between Five Points Park and Palm Avenue, Friday nights downtown can be magical.
- Not to be outdone, Lakewood Ranch offers up Music on Main Street every Friday from 6-9 p.m. as well. It does seem to be an emerging Sarasota pattern that Friday night is the night for live music. One of the added bonuses for the event at Lakewood Ranch is that the money you spend on beer and wine goes to benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
- Speaking of music, October 3 is a great time to check out a a bunch of great bands at the Beer, Bands, and BBQ event at the Lakewood Ranch Polo Grounds. Music starts at 1 and keeps flowing until after sunset as you spend the afternoon drinking craft beers, chow down on barbecue ribs, and listen to music by Southback Sound Band, Gumbo Boogie, Passerine, License to Chill, and more.
- If you like the Polo Grounds (as well as the beer and pork), you might also enjoy checking out the Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest at Nathan Benderson Park on October 10 from 3-7 p.m. It will also have some great live music, craft beer, and gourmet bacon dishes by a number of area restaurants, giving you another great chance to sample the deliciousness Sarasota has to offer.
- Of course, pumpkins are a'plenty in October, and there are two different outdoor festivals to help you get into the Halloween spirit. This year marks the 27th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest with hay rides, pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo, and a bunch of other activities for the kids from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. And starting on the 10th, celebrate the 24th year of Hunsader Farms' Pumpkin Festival, complete with frog jumping championships, a rock climbing wall, and all sorts of pumpkin-related games on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- October is also a good time to catch the Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team. They offer a free show behind mote Marine Aquarium every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. But if you prefer to head out to Ken Thompson Park on a Saturday, you can catch the last in the series of the Sarasota Stand Up Paddle Board Races starting at 7:30 a.m. on October 17 at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
- You could also spend part of that weekend down at Centennial Park in Venice for the Sun Fiesta. Starting on Friday, October 16 from 5-10 p.m., there will be live music, the Funny Bed Races on Saturday, a parade, and the Miss Sun Fiesta Pageant. Sunday promises more live entertainment and a pancake breakfast served up by the Boy Scouts.
- On October 24-25, the 21st Annual Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival will have Main Street blocked off for two days of incredible art. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, you can stroll through an eclectic array of artistry from painting to woodworking and beyond.
- And if you're up for some exercise, that same weekend you've got your choice of taking part in The 5K Zombie Run (Oct. 24) or the 5k Color Blast (Oct. 25). You can either join the walking dead on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m., or splash on some color on Sunday morning starting at 10 a.m. Or if you're feeling really vigorous, you can always do both.
Julian is a happy Sarasota resident and your go-to guy for information about the perks of living in paradise. For more, get in touch with Julian directly via the Sarasota Property Finders Contact Page.
Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist