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Suncoast Beaches Events

Suncoast Beaches Events

There is always something exciting going on in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Lido Key and the surrounding communities. Everything from festivals, arts & crafts to fireworks extravaganza all around the Sarasota area.

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
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
Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan
12/13/2018 - 12/27/2018
Every Thursday.   Ringling Museum. 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
Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival
1/12/2019 - 1/13/2019
Over 130 local, regional and national artisans journey to Sarasota to showcase their art, a collection of beauty and creativity that transforms Gulf Stream into an outdoor gallery of spectacular painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, metalwork, graphics, woodworking and more. Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Admission and parking are free.  Downtown Sarasota on Gulf Stream between Cocoanut Avenue and McAnsh Square.   www.paragonartevents.com/S-32-Sarasota+Winter+Fine+Art+Festival.html
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

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