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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.

Bradenton Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 10/1/2019 - 4/26/2020
Every Saturday. 9am-2pm. Local produce, plants, flowers and entertainment. Check website for monthly activities.  Old Main St., Bradenton.
Friday Night Entertainment (events vary)
On-Going Event: 11/1/2019 - 4/25/2020
Every Friday. 6-9pm. Live street performances and entertainment. Events vary and can include "Music on Main" in Lakewood and "Palm Avenue's First Friday Walk". Free to attend.  Sarasota.
Mainly Art
On-Going Event: 11/1/2019 - 12/31/2020
Every third Saturday, Mainly Art hosts dozens of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their creations.ÿ Art, crafts, live music, and food are available from 9am to 2pm on Fourth Avenue West where it connects with the weekly Bradenton Farmers? Market on Main Street.  4th Ave. W., Bradenton.
Village of the Arts Artwalk
On-Going Event: 11/1/2019 - 12/31/2020
Every First Friday & Saturday. Fri. 6-9pm.  8th Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-729-9177
Yoga on Siesta Beach
On-Going Event: 11/1/2019 - 12/31/2020
Every Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. Bring a towel or mat, drinking water and $5 cash donation. All fitness levels and ages welcome. 9-10:30am.  Behind Green Life Guard Station, Siesta Beach.
Venice Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 11/2/2019 - 4/26/2020
Every Saturday. Over 50 vendors. Opens 8am. Closes at noon in the summer and 1pm Oct.-March.  Tampa Ave., Venice.
Siesta Key Drum Circle
On-Going Event: 11/3/2019 - 11/3/2020
Every Sunday. 1 hour before sunset. Community percussion and hand-drum circle plays.  Siesta Key Beach.
Siesta's Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 11/3/2019 - 4/27/2021
Every Sunday. 7am-12pm. Large assortment of locally grown produce.   Siesta Key.
International Folk Dances
On-Going Event: 11/6/2019 - 12/30/2020
Every Wednesday. 7-9:30pm. No partners required. No prior dance experience necessary. Just wear comfortable clothes (shorts are fine) and shoes (but no flip-flops, please) and join in for a fun evening of dancing. $7.  Bayfront Community Center, Sarasota. 941-923-3302
Nokomis Beach Drum Circle
On-Going Event: 11/6/2019 - 4/23/2020
Every Wednesday & Saturday. Join the zany fun 1 hour before sunset. Bring a drum or tamborine, beach chair & cooler.  Nokomis Beach.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market
On-Going Event: 11/6/2019 - 4/23/2020
Every Wednesday October-April. Over 50 vendors offer produce, plants and prepared foods. 9am-2pm.  Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-861-5000
ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers
On-Going Event: 11/11/2019 - 12/20/2020
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 for schedule.  Art Library/Education Center, Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-359-5700 ext. 3707
Sunsets in Joseph's Coat Skyspace
On-Going Event: 11/14/2019 - 12/27/2020
Every Thursdays and Friday. 1/2 hour before sunset and lasts 1 hour. Admission.  Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota. 941-358-3180
Jazz at Two
On-Going Event: 11/20/2019 - 4/11/2020
Every Friday. 2-4pm. Enjoy a different performance each week. Admission.  Unitarian Universalist Church, Sarasota. 941-366-1552
Downtown Venice Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 1/1/2020 - 1/1/2022
Every Saturday. 8am-12pm in the summer; 8am-1pm in the winter.  Main St. & Lemon Ave., Downtown Venice. 941-445-9209
Historic Train Depot Tours
On-Going Event: 1/1/2020 - 12/31/2021
Every Saturday. Free docent-led tours of 1927 train depot occur every Sat. year-round from 10am-1pm. And in Nov.-April on Mon., Wed., Fri., from 10am-3pm.  303 E. Venice Ave., Venice.
Circus Sarasota 2020
2/7/2020 - 3/1/2020
Circus Sarasota will present 33 performances under the Red and White Big Top full of elegance, excitement and unforgettable moments. International circus performers will leave audiences awestruck. Every year features a new cast in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top. This year?s show features incredible artistry on the flag pole and single trapeze, fast-paced Alanian riders on horseback, hand-to-hand acrobatics, juggling and much more!  Ed Smith Stadium, 12th St. and Tuttle Ave.
Sidewalk Astronomy
Deep Sky Observers ( will set up telescopes at the Nature Center for star gazing! Saturdays at sunset.  Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota.
Ringling by the Bay
6-9pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food.  Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-359-5700
Ringling Underground
8-11pm. Live music, art and pop culture.   Ringling Museum. 941-359-5701
7th Annual Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival
3/7/2020 - 3/8/2020
An outdoor gallery of beautiful, original, handmade works by artisans from across America. This gallery of art is created by the artistic vision and skills of artisans in painting, sculpting, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, digital art, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and much more.  The artisans creating these works are always in attendance so you can speak with them and commission a piece made just for you!
Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm with free admission. Bring your sense of discovery and appreciation of the beautiful! Come be inspired and learn something of yourself as you explore and discover Art!  JD Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main Street in downtown Sarasota.
Anna Maria Springfest
3/7/2020 - 3/8/2020
10am-5pm. A Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts.  City Hall Field, Holmes Beach.
ArtSlam 2020
9am-4pm. A Celebration of Youth & Creativity! Watch as dozens of teams of students and creatives take art out of the classrooms and studios and onto the streets. Engage in the creative process, experience temporary public art, and celebrate the creative youth in Manatee County.  Farmers Market, 400 12th St., Bradenton.
Downtown Venice Art Classic
3/7/2020 - 3/8/2020
10am-5pm. Sculptures, paintings, photography, jewels, ceramics and more. Free.  219 W. Venice Ave., Venice.
Shark's Tooth 10k Run
Annual event. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics.  Venice Airport Festival Grounds.
Sarasota Jazz Festival
3/8/2020 - 3/14/2020
39th annual event. Enjoy different jazz performers each night.  Various locations, Sarasota. 941-366-1552
84th Annual Sarasota Fair
3/13/2020 - 3/22/2020
Rides, entertainment, crafts, horticulture, science fair, livestock and auction. Admission.  Sarasota Fairgrounds.
Anna Maria Taste of Arts & Craft Show
3/14/2020 - 3/15/2020
10am-4:30pm. 11th annual event.  Downtown Holmes Beach.
Main Street Live!
5-10pm. Live music, food, arts and crafts.  Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.
Ringling by the Bay
5-8pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food.  Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-359-5700
2nd Annual University Town Center Art Fair
3/21/2020 - 3/22/2020
Stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, a separate craft festival and much more. No matter what you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it among the various array of artists and fine crafters participating in this fine art and craft festival. UTC is located in Sarasota directly next to Lakewood Ranches, just off I-75. Free.  St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.
RealRail's Annual Train Show
3/21/2020 - 3/22/2020
43rd annual event. Railroad antiques and collectibles, plus more.  Bradenton Area Convention Center.
Sarasota Challenge Ballroom Dance Competition
3/21/2020 - 3/22/2020
Featuring world-renowned artists and athletes that have inspired and captivated audiences around the globe through the art of dance. Sarasota dancesport seminars on Saturday at 4pm and 5pm. Competitions for Pro/am and amateur couples in the Smooth and Ballroom divisions begins on Sunday at 8am, followed by the Rhythm and Latin divisions at 1pm. Cocktail reception at 7:30pm, followed by a formal dinner, an awards reception and more general dancing. The evening will conclude with a Professional Show Extravaganza. Tickets for all events are available online.  Hyatt Regency at 1000 Boulevard of the Arts in Sarasota 941-799-0800
First Watch Sarasota 1/2 Marathon & 2-Person Relay Race
7am.  Van Wezel Arts Center.
Sarasota Film Festival
3/27/2020 - 4/5/2020
Celebrate great films. An international film festival, now in its 22nd year. It showcases the best in independent film, thought-provoking documentaries, and youth programming. Ticketed event.  Downtown Sarasota. 941-364-9514
Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash
3/27/2020 - 3/28/2020
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
Ringling Underground
8-11pm. Live music, art and pop culture.   Ringling Museum. 941-359-5700
Shark's Tooth Festival
4/3/2020 - 4/5/2020
The #1 Fossil Festival held in the shark tooth capital of the world - Venice, FL. Live music, food, crafts and games.  Venice Airport Festival Grounds.
Beach’N Food Truck & Music Festival
10am-8pm. This family-friendly festival is a celebration of live music, food, arts and crafts. It includes an AMAZING Classic Car show featuring exotic, vintage, and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm. A special Kids Zone will have fun and games for the kids all day long! Free to attend.  Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island.
Mote Aquarium Run for the Turtles
6-9am. 33rd annual event. 1-mile fun run or walk and 5K Manasota Track Club-Sanctioned Run. Registration fee.  Siesta Key Beach.
Sidewalk Astronomy
Deep Sky Observers ( will set up telescopes at the Nature Center for star gazing! Saturdays at sunset.  Robinson Preserve, Bradenton.
Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival
4/5/2020 - 4/6/2020
10am-5pm. Amazing work of 100 artisans and crafters.  One Central Ave., Sarasota.
Ringling by the Bay
5-8pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food.  Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-359-5700
Main Street Live!
4pm-12am. Live music, food, arts and crafts.  Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.
Free Friday Night Concert
On-Going Event: 4/12/2020 - 11/22/2020
Every Second & Fourth Friday. Bring chair or blanket and enjoy the concert. 7-9pm.  Centennial Park, Venice.
50th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet
10am-3pm. Expect to see as many as 1200 vehicles, vintage 1995 and older on display.  Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Ringling by the Bay
5-8pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food.  Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-359-5700
Suncoast Boat Show
4/24/2020 - 4/26/2020
Annual event. 100s of watercraft on display.  Marina Jacks, Sarasota.
Classic Corvettes on the Circle
3rd largest Corvette show in Florida. Over 150 on display dating from 1953 to present. 10am-4pm.   St. Armands Cir., Sarasota.
Sidewalk Astronomy
Look up in the sky! Sponsored by the Deep Sky Observers. Sunset until 10:30pm, weather permitting.  Riverview High School, Sarasota. 941-342-9632
Main Street Live - Cinco de Mayo
Live music, food, vendors, arts & crafts. 5pm-12am.  Historic Old Main St., Bradenton.
11th Annual Harvey Milk Festival
5/7/2020 - 5/9/2020
Variety of music, art, theater and film events. Admission free.  Five Points Park, Sarasota.
6th Annual Outdoor Pops
5/8/2020 - 5/9/2020
This annual concert showcases stirring music, big vocals, and popular music. Get yourself some ballpark fare, sit back in the stands and enjoy the Orchestra performing from the field. A spectacular fireworks display closes out an evening of hits and home runs. Performed by Sarasota Orchestra. 8pm.  Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota.
Dig The Beach - Siesta Key Volleyball Classic
5/8/2020 - 5/20/2020
Fun in the sun and sand. Competition volleyball. Free spectator admission. 7am-6pm.  Siesta Key.
Venice Seafood & Music Festival
5/8/2020 - 5/10/2020
Enjoy your foodie experience while jamming to live musical performances plus arts & crafts, gourmet food and more. 11am-8pm.  Downtown Venice Centennial Park.
89th Annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament
On-Going Event: 5/9/2020 - 6/14/2020
Kick-off 589 event begins at 6pm. Dinner at 7pm. Admission.  1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota.
Ringling by the Bay
5-8pm. Live music and dancing. Cash bar and food.  Ringling Museum Grounds. 941-358-3180
St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival
5/22/2020 - 5/24/2020
Come relax, refresh, and enjoy over the Memorial Day Weekend in St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota at the 4th Annual St. Armand’s Seafood & Music Festival. Feast on local delectable seafood and listen to top local/regional performances. Art and craft exhibitors will be on-hand. The event is graciously hosted by the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Fri. 4-10pm, Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-6pm. General admission is free.  St. Armands Park, Sarasota.
Memorial Day Concert
Lawn chairs and coolers welcome. Food and drink vendors. 5-7pm. Admission, 12 and under free.  Phillippi Park, Sarasota. 941-364-2263
Sarasota Music Festival
5/31/2020 - 6/21/2020
Symphonic artistry including artist showcase concerts, Friday festival chamber concerts, and Saturday symphony orchestra concerts.  Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota. 941-953-3434
Summer Zoo Camp
6/1/2020 - 6/26/2020
Explore nature through hands-on games, crafts, demonstrations and other fun activities! Come explore behind the scenes as you learn about caring for our animals. There?s lots of animal interactions and trekking through the jungle. You'll see first-hand what it takes to be a zookeeper. Every Monday - Friday. 9am-4pm.  Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
Garden Music Series
6/6/2020 - 6/16/2020
Local, national and international performances. Food and drinks are available. See their website for the music schedule and info. 1-3pm.  Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota.
Summer Circus Spectacular
On-Going Event: 6/9/2020 - 8/1/2020
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
US Rowing Youth National Championships
6/11/2020 - 6/14/2020
Premier Youth rowing competition event in US.   Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota.
Downtown Venice Craft Festival
6/16/2020 - 6/20/2020
27th annual event. Show features the finest in crafts plus a Green Market. 10am-4pm. Free.  Miami Ave., Downtown Venice.
Super Boat Grand Prix Festival
6/26/2020 - 6/28/2020
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.
Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular
Fireworks at dark.  Sarasota Bayfront Park.
Siesta Key Fireworks
Decent viewing south of the public beach. Dusk at approx. 9:15pm.  Siesta Key Public Beach.
Venice Fireworks
Fireworks start at 9pm.  South Jetty Beach, Venice.
Florida State Dance Sport Championships
7/31/2020 - 8/3/2020
Longest-running dance sport series in North America. Admission.  Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. 941-753-7940
Sarasota Slamfishing Tournament
8/7/2020 - 8/9/2020
Offshore and inshore divisions. Billfish, wahoo, tuna, grouper, trout and redfish.  Marina Jack, Sarasota. 941-907-4133
Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival
12th annual event. Enjoy crafters displaying their handmade original work. 10am-4pm. Free.  Miami Ave., Downtown Venice.
Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival
10/3/2020 - 10/4/2020
24th annual event. Paintings to woodwork, expansive Green Market and more. 10am-5pm. Free.  One Central Ave., Downtown Sarasota.
Pumpkin Festival
10/10/2020 - 10/31/2020
Every Saturday & Sunday. 29th annual event. Homemade ice cream, petting zoo, hayrides, corn maze, live music and crafts. 9am-5pm. Admission.  Hunsader Farms, Bradenton. 941-322-2168
Sun Fiesta
10/16/2020 - 10/18/2020
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
Bands will be playing, drinks will be flowing and food from island AMI Chamber members will be served!  Anna Maria Island.
Haunted house, face painting, trick-or-treating and more. 6-9pm.  Lakewood Ranch.
Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market
On-Going Event: 11/2/2020 - 4/26/2021
Every Saturday. 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. More than 70 area vendors on display.  Lemon and Main St. 941-225-9256
All-day event. Judging of sandsculpting.  Manatee Public Beach.
Ferraris on the Circle
10am-4pm. Over 75 Ferraris competing for Best of Show.  St. Armands Circle Park. 727-525-1901
Gulf Coast's Wild About Nature Festival
11am-3pm. Animal interaction, discovery zone, face painting, kayaking, crafts, live music and more.   Bay Preserve, Osprey. 941-918-2100
Venice Art Festival
11/7/2020 - 11/8/2020
10am-5pm. 33rd annual event. 150 of the country's most talented artists. Free.   Venice Ave., Downtown Venice. 941-484-6722
Veterans Day Parade
2pm. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Longboat Key.  Longboat Key. 609-605-7025
Sarasota Medieval Fair
11/9/2020 - 11/10/2020
Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.   Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247
St. Armands Art Festival
11/9/2020 - 11/10/2020
Sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. 10am-5pm.   St. Armands Cir., Sarasota. 941-388-1554
Suncoast Food & Wine Festival
1-4pm. Unlimited sampling of fare from dozens of Suncoast restaurants. Also wine and craft beers with live entertainment.  Sarasota Polo Grounds, Lakewood Ranch.
Symphony on the Sand
4:30-7:30pm. Enjoy an elegant evening on the beach with 45-piece orchestra.  Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island. 540-325-3268
Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Free Show
Sundays 2pm. Water-ski show filled with pyramids, jumps, ballet, swivel and more.  Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island, Sarasota. 941-388-1666
Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival
11/11/2020 - 11/12/2020
Outdoor gallery of original handmade art by local, regional and national artists. One of the nation's top-ranked events.  Main St., Sarasota.
Veterans Day Observance & Ceremony
10am. Ceremony saluting all veterans.   Patriots Park, Venice.
Sarasota Full Fine Arts Festival
11/16/2020 - 11/17/2020
10am-5pm.  Gulf Stream Ave., Sarasota.
Sarasota Medieval Fair
11/16/2020 - 11/17/2020
10am-5:30pm. Rain or shine. Jousting, rides, games, food, Celtic music, artisan marketplace and 11 stages with 75 shows daily.  Sarasota Fairgrounds.
Venice Blues Festival
11am-7pm. Local breweries, food, merchants, and blues music.  Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
Sarasota Medieval Fair
11/23/2020 - 11/24/2020
Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food, and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.   Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247
Sarasota Medieval Fair
11/30/2020 - 12/1/2020
Jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides, games, food and drinks. 75 shows daily. 10am-5:30pm. Admission.   Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 888-303-3247
Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan
12/12/2020 - 12/26/2020
Every Thursday. 5-8pm.  Ringling Museum. 941-358-3180
New Year's Eve Pineapple Drop
1pm-1:30am. Annual Pineapple Drop and fireworks. Live music. Free.  Downtown Sarasota.

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