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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
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
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
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
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
Live from Downtown Sarasota, It's Friday Night!
On-Going Event: 4/5/2019 - 11/29/2019
Every Friday. Live local entertainment and performing arts groups. 6-9pm.   Downtown Sarasota.   www.dsasarasota.com
Bradenton Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 4/6/2019 - 5/25/2019
Every Saturday. Oct.-May. 9am-2pm.  Bradenton.   www.realizebradenton.com
Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 4/6/2019 - 11/30/2019
Every Saturday. 7am-1pm.  State St., Sarasota. 941-951-2656  www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org
Downtown Venice Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 4/6/2019 - 11/30/2019
Every Saturday. 8am-12pm.  Main St. & Lemon Ave., Downtown Venice. 941-445-9209  www.venicefarmersmarket.org
Family Night at South Florida Museum
On-Going Event: 4/6/2019 - 11/2/2019
Every First Saturday (most months) 3-8pm. Reduced admission and kids' activities.   201 10th St. W., Bradenton. 941-746-4131, ext. 11  www.southfloridamuseum.org
Historic Train Depot Tours
On-Going Event: 4/6/2019 - 11/30/2019
Every Saturday. Free docent-led tours of 1927 train depot. 10am-1pm. In April - Mon., Wed., Fri., 10am-3pm.  303 E. Venice Ave., Venice.   www.visitvenicefl.org
Goat Yoga
On-Going Event: 4/7/2019 - 11/24/2019
Some Sundays. Yoga is for relaxation, goats are for happiness! Space is limited. See website for dates. 1:30-3:30pm.  Geraldson Community Farm, Bradenton.   www.geraldsoncommunityfarm.org/events/
Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Free Show
On-Going Event: 4/7/2019 - 5/5/2019
Every Sunday. Free water-ski show filled with pyramids, jumps, ballet, swivel and more. 2pm.   Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island, Sarasota. 941-388-1666  www.skiarees.com
Siesta Key Drum Circle
On-Going Event: 4/7/2019 - 11/24/2019
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.   www.simplysiestakey.com/DrumCircle.html
Free Friday Night Concert
On-Going Event: 4/12/2019 - 11/22/2019
Every Second & Fourth Friday. Bring chair or blanket and enjoy the concert. 7-9pm.  Centennial Park, Venice.   www.visitvenicefl.org
Fourth Quarter: Senior Athletes and Their Indomitable Spirit
On-Going Event: 4/13/2019 - 7/21/2019
This exhibition features new work by acclaimed photojournalist David Burnett, commissioned by his 2017 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Burnett?s distinguished career in photography began in the late 1960s when his work could be found in Time and Life magazines.  Ringling Museum, Circus Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
Art After 5
On-Going Event: 4/18/2019 - 11/28/2019
Every Thursday. Enjoy the museums after hours. 5-8pm.   Ringling Circus Museum, Sarasota. 941-359-5700   www.ringling.org
Mainly Art
On-Going Event: 4/20/2019 - 11/16/2019
Every Third Saturday. Hosts local artists and craftspeople. Arts, crafts, live music and food. 9am-2pm.  Downtown Bradenton Farmers Market.    www.realizebradenton.com
Yoga on Siesta Beach
On-Going Event: 4/22/2019 - 11/13/2019
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.   www.yogasiestabeach.com
36th Annual Suncoast Boat Show
4/26/2019 - 4/28/2019
100s of watercraft on display.  Marina Jack, Sarasota.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
40th Annual Siesta Fiesta Art & Craft Festival
4/27/2019 - 4/28/2019
Sculptures, paintings, jewels, photography, ceramics & more. Also a Green Market of plants, body products and tasty dips. 10am-5pm.  Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key.    www.artfestival.com
DeSoto Heritage Festival Grand Parade
4/27/2019
Largest parade in the region. 150 parade entries.  Manatee.   www.desotohq.com
Lakewood Ranch Fine Art Festival
4/27/2019 - 4/28/2019
Over the weekend, downtown Lakewood Ranch blossoms into an outdoor gallery of exquisite artwork created by artisans from throughout Florida and across America. Their artistic vision and mastery of their art mediums weave an exquisite tapestry from works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass and ceramics, photography, fiber and wearable art to mixed-media, metalwork, digital art, woodworking and more. 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.  Lakewood Main Street in downtown Lakewood Ranch, FL   www.paragonartevents.com/S-73-Lakewood+Ranch+Spring+Fine+Art+Festival.html
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
Ringling by the Bay
4/30/2019
6pm. Join them on the Bolger Campiello for live music and dancing. Cash bar and food.  Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-358-3180  www.ringling.org
Chivalry & Circus
5/1/2019 - 5/13/2019
Imagery of knights in shining armor are woven throughout the history of American popular culture. Founded with the democratic values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, from its beginning, the United States has idealized the traits of courage, piety, and civility that are embodied in images of knights of the Middle Ages. The stories of heroes like King Arthur, St. George the dragon slayer, and Joan of Arc are still well-known today.  Ringling Museum, Circus Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
Interpolations: Artworks from The Ringling and Monda Collections
On-Going Event: 5/1/2019 - 9/9/2019
This new exhibition presented inside the Arthur F. Searing Wing in the Museum of Art brings together artworks from The Ringling's permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda's collection.  Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion
On-Going Event: 5/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion, opened in January 2018, displays The Ringling?s collection of American and European studio glass, and provides a welcoming entranceto the Historic Asolo Theater.  Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems
On-Going Event: 5/1/2019 - 9/21/2019
Order Systems, the first US solo museum exhibition by Natasha Mazurka, debuts a new body of paintings, embossings, and site-specific installations using textured layers of colored vinyl.  Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
Woodblock Prints from Postwar Japan
5/1/2019 - 5/5/2019
In the wake of the Second World War, woodblock prints emerged as a channel of diplomacy and friendship between Japan and the U.S. Japan's print artists found new patrons among members of the Allied occupation and they traveled abroad to teach, study, and introduce their work to audiences all over the world.  Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
Art After 5
On-Going Event: 5/2/2019 - 6/22/2019
Every Thursday. Enjoy the museums after hours. 5-8pm. Admission.  Ringling Museum of Art and Circus Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700   www.ringling.org
Sunsets in Joseph's Coat Skyspace
On-Going Event: 5/2/2019 - 12/27/2019
Every Thursday and Friday. 1/2 hour before sunset and lasts 1 hour. Admission.  Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-358-3180  www.ringling.org
National Theatre Live: "All about Eve"
5/3/2019
From one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (Network, NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. Admission.  Historic Asolo Theater, Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-360-7399  www.ringling.org
47th Annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest
5/4/2019
Children and adults compete in this free event. Cash prizes. Begins at 8:30am.   Siesta Key Public Beach.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
Classic Corvettes on the Circle
5/4/2019
3rd largest Corvette show in Florida. Over 150 on display dating from 1953 to present. 10am-4pm.   St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.   www.starmandscircleassoc.com
Main Street Live - Cinco de Mayo
5/4/2019
Live music, food, vendors, arts & crafts. 5pm-12am.  Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
Venice Seafood & Music Festival
5/4/2019 - 5/5/2019
Enjoy your foodie experience while jamming to live musical performances plus arts & crafts, gourmet food and more. 11am-8pm.  Downtown Venice Centennial Park.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
Music on Main
On-Going Event: 5/5/2019 - 11/1/2019
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.   www.lakewoodranch.com
Village of the Arts Artwalk
On-Going Event: 5/5/2019 - 11/30/2019
Every First Friday & Saturday. Fri. 6-9:30pm, Sat. 11am-4pm.  8th Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-729-9177  www.bradentongulfislands.com/events/
Dig The Beach - Siesta Key Volleyball Classic
5/8/2019 - 5/19/2019
Fun in the sun and sand. Competition volleyball. Free spectator admission. 7am-6pm.  Siesta Key.    www.digthebeach.com/events
10th Annual Harvey Milk Festival
5/9/2019 - 5/11/2019
Variety of music, art, theater and film events. Admission free.  Five Points Park, Sarasota.   www.harveymilkfestival.com
6th Annual Outdoor Pops
5/10/2019 - 5/11/2019
Performed by Sarasota Orchestra. 8pm.  Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota.   www.sarasotaorchestra.org
89th Annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament
On-Going Event: 5/11/2019 - 6/16/2019
Fishing starts May 11th.   1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota.   www.sarasotatarpontournament.net
Sidewalk Astronomy
5/11/2019
Look up in the sky! Sponsored by the Deep Sky Observers. Dusk to 10pm, weather permitting.  One Ramway, Sarasota. 941-342-9632  www.lgdso.com
Stroller Tours
5/14/2019
Join a museum educator for a one-hour tour designed for parents or caregivers visiting the museum with an infant. This tour allows for adult discussion within a group that does not mind if a chatty or crying baby joins the conversation.   Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700   www.ringling.org
Ringling by the Bay
5/20/2019
Beautiful sunset and live music. Food and drink available for purchase. Buy tickets one month in advance. 6-9pm.  Ca d'Zan Mansion, Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-358-3180  www.ringling.org
Stroller Tours
5/21/2019
Join a museum educator for a one-hour tour designed for parents or caregivers visiting the museum with an infant. This tour allows for adult discussion within a group that does not mind if a chatty or crying baby joins the conversation.   Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700   www.ringling.org
St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival
5/24/2019 - 5/26/2019
Local delectable seafood and top local/regional performances. Art and craft exhibitors. Fri. 4-10pm, Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-6pm.  St. Armands Park, Sarasota.   www.pargonartevents.com
Memorial Day Concert
5/27/2019
Lawn chairs and coolers welcome. Food and drink vendors. 5-7pm. Admission, 12 and under free.  Phillippi Park, Sarasota. 941-364-2263  www.escape-to-sarasota.com
Sarasota Music Festival
6/2/2019 - 6/23/2019
Symphonic artistry including artist showcase concerts, Friday festival chamber concerts, and Saturday symphony orchestra concerts.  Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota. 941-953-3434  www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival
Summer Zoo Camp
On-Going Event: 6/3/2019 - 8/2/2019
Every Monday - Friday. 9am-4pm.  Sarasota Jungle Gardens.   www.sarasotajunglegardens.com
Garden Music Series
6/6/2019 - 6/16/2019
Local, national and international performances. Food and drinks available. See their website for music schedule and info. 1-3pm.  Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota.   www.selby.org
ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers
On-Going Event: 6/6/2019 - 12/20/2019
Select Thurs.-Fri. 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 Ringling.org for schedule.  Art Library/Education Center, Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700, ext. 3707  www.ringling.org
USRowing Youth Regional Championships
6/6/2019 - 6/9/2019
Premier youth rowing competition event in US.   Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota.   www.usrowing.org
18th Annual St. Armands Circle Craft Festival
6/8/2019 - 6/9/2019
Over 175 artisans and craftsmen. Live music and more. 10am-4pm.   St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.    www.artfestival.com
Summer Circus Spectacular
On-Going Event: 6/11/2019 - 8/3/2019
Tues.-Fri. 11am-2pm; Sat. 2-5pm. (No performances Sun. or Mon.)  Historic Asolo Theater, Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-360-7399  www.ringling.org
27th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival
6/15/2019 - 6/16/2019
Show features the finest in crafts plus a Green Market. 10am-4pm. Free.  Miami Ave., Downtown Venice.   www.artfestival.com
Super Boat Grand Prix Festival
6/28/2019 - 7/1/2019
Various events all week long, including Super Boat Race featuring over 30 boats from across the country, fashion show, car show, and golf tournament.  Lido Beach, Sarasota.   www.sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org/schedule
Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular
7/4/2019
Fireworks at dark.  Sarasota Bayfront Park.   www.sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org/schedule
Siesta Key Fireworks
7/4/2019
Good viewing south of the public beach. Dusk at approx. 9:15pm.  Siesta Key Public Beach.   events.siestakeychamber.com
Venice Fireworks
7/4/2019
Fireworks start at 9pm.  South Jetty Beach, Venice.   www.visitvenicefl.org
Fabric of India
On-Going Event: 7/7/2019 - 10/13/2019
This exhibition showcases over 140 superb examples drawn from the internationally renowned holdings of London's Victoria & Albert Museum and private collections. Fabric of India illustrates the variety, technical sophistication, and adaptability of Indian textiles from the 15th-21st centuries.  Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700  www.ringling.org
Dig The Beach - Siesta Key Volleyball Classic
7/13/2019 - 7/14/2019
Fun in the sun and sand. Competition starts at 7am. Free spectator admission.  Siesta Key. 954-472-3755  www.digthebeach.com/events/
Florida State Dance Sport Championships
7/31/2019 - 8/3/2019
Longest-running dance sport series in North America. Admission.  Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 941-753-7940  www.flstatedance.com
Sarasota Slamfishing Tournament
8/6/2019 - 8/10/2019
Offshore and inshore divisions. Billfish, wahoo, tuna, grouper, trout and redfish.  Marina Jack, Sarasota. 941-907-4133  www.sarasotaslam.com
11th Annual Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival
8/31/2019 - 9/1/2019
Enjoy crafters displaying their handmade original work. 10am-4pm. Free.  Miami Ave., Downtown Venice.   www.artfestival.com
Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Free Show
On-Going Event: 9/29/2019 - 11/10/2019
Every Sunday. Free water-ski show filled with pyramids, jumps, ballet, swivel and more. 2pm.   Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island, Sarasota. 941-388-1666  www.skiarees.com
Phillippi Farmhouse Market
On-Going Event: 10/2/2019 - 4/29/2020
Every Wednesday Oct.-Apr. Over 50 vendors offer produce, plants and prepared foods. 9am-2pm.  Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.   www.farmhousemarket.org
24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival
10/5/2019 - 10/6/2019
Paintings to woodwork, expansive Green Market and more. 10am-5pm. Free.  One Central Ave., Downtown Sarasota.   www.artfestival.com
Bradenton Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 10/5/2019 - 5/30/2020
Every Saturday. Oct.-May. 9am-2pm.  Downtown Bradenton. 941-840-0017  www.realizebradenton.com
27th Annual Pumpkin Festival
10/12/2019 - 10/27/2019
Every Saturday & Sunday. Homemade ice cream, petting zoo, hayrides, corn maze, live music and crafts. 9am-5pm. Admission.  Hunsader Farms, Bradenton. 941-322-2168  www.hunsaderfarms.com
Sun Fiesta
10/18/2019 - 10/20/2019
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  www.sunfiesta.net
St. Armands Boat Show
10/19/2019 - 10/20/2019
Newest models from Grady-White and Yamaha boats. 10am-4pm.  St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.   www.starmandscircleassoc.com
BOO Fest
10/25/2019
Haunted house, face painting, trick-or-treating and more. 6-9pm.  Lakewood Ranch.   www.lwrcac.com/events/boo-fest/
32nd Annual Venice Art Festival
11/2/2019 - 11/3/2019
Over 150 artists. Photography, jewelry, sculptures, glass and more. 10am-5pm. Free.  W. Venice Ave., Venice.   www.artfestival.com
31st Annual St. Armands Art Festival
11/9/2019 - 11/10/2019
Sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. 10am-5pm.   St. Armands Cir., Sarasota. 941-388-1554  www.artfestival.com
Sarasota Medieval Fair
11/9/2019 - 11/10/2019
Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.   Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247  www.sarasotamedievalfair.com
Sarasota Chalk Festival
11/15/2019 - 11/18/2019
Artists display their street painting talents. 8am-6pm.   Venice Airport Festival Fairgrounds.   www.chalkfestival.org
Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpture Festival
11/15/2019 - 11/19/2019
Master sculptors spend three days creating sand masterpieces. Competition ends Sunday noon. Can be viewed thru Tues. Admission.  Siesta Key.   www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com
Sarasota Medieval Fair
11/16/2019 - 11/17/2019
Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.   Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247  www.sarasotamedievalfair.com
7th Annual Venice Main Street Blues Fest
11/17/2019
Blues music, food and drink. Admission. 11am-7pm.  Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.   www.veniceblues.com
32nd Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship Festival
11/22/2019 - 12/1/2019
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
Seafood & Music Festival
11/22/2019 - 11/24/2019
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 free.  Lakewood Ranch.   www.lakewoodranch.com
Sarasota Medieval Fair
11/23/2019 - 11/24/2019
Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.   Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247  www.sarasotamedievalfair.com
Sarasota Medieval Fair
11/30/2019 - 12/1/2019
Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.   Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247  www.sarasotamedievalfair.com

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