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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.

International Folk Dances
On-Going Event: 11/1/2017 - 11/28/2018
Every Wednesday. 7-9:30pm.  Bayfront Community Center, Sarasota.   www.ifdsarasota.webs.com
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  www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org
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  www.southfloridamuseum.org
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.   www.visitvenicefl.org
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.   www.dsasarasota.com
Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 4/21/2018 - 11/24/2018
Every Saturday. 7am-1pm.  State St., Sarasota. 941-951-2656  www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org
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  www.venicefarmersmarket.org
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.   www.visitvenicefl.org
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  www.ringling.org
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.   www.simplysiestakey.com/DrumCircle.html
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.   wwwyogasiestabeach.com
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   www.ringling.org
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  www.ringling.org
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.   www.lakewoodranch.com
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  www.bradentongulfislands.com/events/
Sarasota Music Festival
6/3/2018 - 6/24/2018
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
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  www.ringling.org
Summer Zoo Camp
On-Going Event: 6/4/2018 - 8/3/2018
Every Monday-Friday. 9am-4pm.  Sarasota Jungle Gardens.   www.sarasotajunglegardens.com
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 Ringling.org for schedule.  Art Library/Educ. Ctr, Ringling Museum, Sarasota. 941-359-5700 ext. 3707  www.ringling.org
Summer Circus Spectacular
On-Going Event: 6/19/2018 - 7/26/2018
  Historic Asolo Theater, Ringling Museum, Sarasota. 941-360-7399  www.ringling.org
Super Boat Grand Prix Festival
6/23/2018 - 7/4/2018
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
7/4/2018
Fireworks at dark.  Sarasota Bayfront Park.   www.sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org/schedule
Siesta Key Fireworks
7/4/2018
Viewing good south of the public beach. Dusk at approx. 9:15pm.  Siesta Key Public Beach.  
Venice Fireworks
7/4/2018
Fireworks start at sunset.  South Jetty Venice.   www.escape-to-sarasota.com
Dig The Beach - Siesta Key Volleyball Classic
7/7/2018 - 7/8/2018
Fun in the sun and sand. Competition starts at 7am. Free spectator admission.  Siesta Key. 954-472-3755  www.digthebeach.com/events/
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  www.sarasotaslam.com
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  www.flstatedance.com
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.   www.artfestival.com
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  www.ringling.org
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.    www.homeshowflorida.com
World Rowing Masters Regatta
9/27/2018 - 9/30/2018
  Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota.   www.wrmr2018.com
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.   www.farmhousemarket.org
Bradenton Farmers Market
10/6/2018 - 10/27/2018
Every Saturday. Oct.-May. 9am-2pm.  Downtown Bradenton. 941-840-0017  www.realizebradenton.com
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.   www.artfestival.com
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  www.skiarees.com
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  www.sunfiesta.net
St. Armands Boat Show
10/20/2018 - 10/21/2018
Newest models from Grady-White and Yamaha boats. 10am-4pm.  St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.   www.starmandscircleassoc.com
BOO Fest
10/26/2018
Haunted house, face painting, trick-or-treating and more. 6-9pm.  Lakewood Ranch.   www.lwrcac.com/boo-fest/
Bradenton Farmers Market
11/3/2018 - 11/17/2018
Every Saturday. Oct.-May. 9am-2pm.  Downtown Bradenton. 941-840-0017  www.realizebradenton.com
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  www.sarasotamedievalfair.com
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.   www.artfestival.com
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.   www.farmhousemarket.org
Sarasota Chalk Festival
11/9/2018 - 11/12/2018
Artists display their street painting talents. 8am-6pm.   Venice Airport Festival Fairgrounds.   www.chalkfestival.org
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.   www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com
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  www.artfestival.com
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  www.sarasotamedievalfair.com
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  www.fmbsandsculpting.com
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  www.sarasotamedievalfair.com
Venice Main Street Blues Fest
11/17/2018
Blues music, food and drink. Admission. 11am-7pm.  Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.   www.veniceblues.com
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.   www.lakewoodranch.com
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.    www.sarasotacraftshow.com
40th Annual Holiday Night of Lights
12/7/2018
Holiday entertainment, sing-along, tree lighting and Santa. 5:30-9pm.  St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.   www.starmandscircleassoc.com
Holiday Around the Ranch
12/14/2018
Santa, horse carriage rides, carolers, outdoor skating, cookie decorating, choo choo express plus stage performances. 6-9pm.  Lakewood Ranch.   www.lwrcac.com

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