2016 April Sarasota Events Calendar

The April Sarasota Events Calendar  - fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota and around the Suncoast.

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April 1, 2017: It's the 31st Annual Run/walk for the Turtles sponsored by Mote Marine on Siesta Key Public Beach. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Siesta Key Gazebo south of the pavilion. The one-mile fun run or walk begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5-K Run begins at 8 a.m. The entry fee benefits the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory. 388-4441 xt 357. Click here for more info and to sign up.

April 1, 2017: Lights, camera, action! Sarasota Film Festival’s Moonlight Movies 2017 season continues with “Finding Dory” at Siesta Beach. SFF offers the free screenings as a way of giving back to the community before and during the festival season. The final screening will be at Lido Beach April 22, 2017. Film begins at sunset, unless specific time is indicated. All Moonlight Movies screenings are free and open to the public. Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs! (Rain date: April 15, 2017), Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL.

April 1, 2017: Check out some heavenly bodies during Sidewalk Astronomy courtesy of the local group of Deep Sky Observers. Telescopes will be up and available for public viewing from sunset. - 10 p.m. (weather permitting) at City Field, Holmes Beach. Sidewalk Astronomy at Holmes Beach is located on the soccer field between Marina Drive and Flotilla Drive, just north of the Holmes Beach City Hall. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 1, 2017: It's the last day of the 3 day event and a bit of a pricier event but if you're a connoisseur of spirits you might enjoy the 5th annual Whiskey Obsession with dozens of master distillers and professional brand ambassadors on hand to serve over 200 whiskies from Scotland, England, Ireland, France, India, Australia, Japan, Canada, and the United States, including many small craft distillers. Several prices and options are available. 6:00 p.m. Closing night features a Bourbon, Blues, and Barbecue theme street party with headliner band to be announced. 1490 Main Street. On Lemon and Main in downtown Sarasota. Click here for tickets and more info.

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April 1 - 2, 2017: Attend the 3rd Annual "What Women Want Lifestyle & Wellness Expo" which focuses on aspects of life essential to women: family, health, lifestyle and wellness. Discover innovative beauty products, spa and massage services, fashion, jewelry, plastic surgeons, medical spas and facial rejuvenation services.  Learn of the latest in home improvement, home automation and security systems, financial services, interior design and travel services including cruises, safari’s and remote getaways.  Admission is free with donations graciously accepted to support Selah Freedom. Those donating $10 or more to More Too Life will be entered into a drawing to win prizes valued in the thousands of dollars. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiamia Trail,  Sarasota. More info here.

April 1 - 2, 2017: The top college rowing teams in the southeast will take to the waters of Nathan Benderson Park for the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) FIRA Rowing Regatta. This is the 8th year the event will be held in Sarasota County. The park is located off University Parkway and I-75 across from the Target/Best Buy Plaza at 2500 N Honore Ave, Sarasota. Click here for more info.

April 1 - 9, 2017: It's the Annual Sarasota Film Festival, one of the year's biggest events. It's 10 days of movies, celebrities and parties when Hollywood comes to Sarasota! On the 2016 appearance agenda were actresses and actors: Sophia Loren, Olympia Dukakis, George Hamilton, Mathew Modine, Treat Williams and more. Making appearances in 2015 were actresses Cloris Leachman, Jane Seymour and Blythe Danner. In recent years: making an appearance at the 2013 Film Festival was actress Mariel Hemingway. The 2012 Feature actor and special guest was Frank Langella. 2011's special guest and honoree was the legendary Christopher Plummer, who received the "Cinema Master" Award. Also receiving an award in 2012 was Oscar Award winning actress Geena Davis. Here's where you can find out more.

April 1 - May 31, 2017: The 14th Annual Embracing Our Differences Exhibit will be on display in Sarasota's Island Park with about 45 billboard-sized works of art. It's an annual outdoor public art exhibition with each art piece each accompanied by an inspirational quote. Students from 204 schools from 115 countries around the world and 48 States submitted artwork or quotes to the juried exhibit. Island Park/Bayfront Park, off of Rt 41, downtown Sarasota. Here's more about the exhibit.

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April 2, 2017: Moving to April this year it's the 13th annual Capt John Breuggeman Memorial Grouper Tournament. It's a one-day offshore tournament with prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place plus a trophy for the biggest catch. Plus there's an after tournament barbeque and raffle for a kayak. Cape Haze Marina, 6950 Placida Road, Englewood, Florida. Click here for registration and more info on the tournament.

April 2, 2016: It's the all new "Beach'N Food Truck Festival" featuring several live bands, a huge car show, arts and crafts vendors and the headliners...lots of food trucks! 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Coquina Beach,  Anna Maria Island.

April 2, 2016: It's the 10th annual Pork Butt Blues Festival Featuring Anni Piper ,Koko Ray, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones and  the Suncoast Veteran's Blues Band. There will be some great food including the best Pulled Pork. Bring your favorite Chair, Pet Friendly! Sorry No coolers. They will be providing large tents for those folks that like a little shade. The funds at this event benefits Manatee Veterans Village. Tickets: Advance: $10, $15 at the gate. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Doors open at 10:15 a.m. VFW Field at VFW Post 9226, 3511 12th St E, Ellenton, FL. Click here for tickets and more info.

April 2, 2017: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.

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April 2, 2017: Enjoy a concert by the Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band. Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability. Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway. 3131 61st Street, Sarasota.

April 4, 2017: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

April 6, 2017: Check out Ringling Underground with local and regional live music while up and coming artists showcase their works in the museum courtyard. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Admission: $5 - $10. Free for members and free with "Art After Five" admission, College Students Free with College ID. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 7, 2017: It's the first Friday of the month so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch is rom 6 p.m. -  9 p.m! Beer, wine and food sales will benefit Easter Seals of Southwest Florida and dedicating this month's event to Autism Awareness and asking everyone who attends the event, to "Light it Up Blue" by wearing something Blue whether it be a tie, scarf, shirt, etc. Bring your chairs, but leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash. Overflow parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75.

There are numerous recurring, fun things to do in Sarasota throughout the year. Click here for my list of recurring Events in Sarasota!

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April 7, 2017: It's another new season of Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton tonight. Bring your chair or blanket to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show—for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 28, 2017. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 7, 2017: It's another Full Moon Concert featuring Oak Hay, a folk and bluegrass string band. Bring a chair and picnic to enjoy the music by a fire pit. Park entrance fee waived for concert upon arrival after 5 p.m. Come early to get your spot. 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Cost: $20.00 ($15.00 for Friends of Myakka State Park members) Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72. Sarasota. From I-75, take exit 205 and head east for 9 miles. Entrance is on the left. Click here for more info.

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April 7 -  9, 2017: Want to go hunting for Shark tooth fossils? Want a simple and inexpensive way to do it? Then attend the 25th Annual Venice Sharks Tooth Festival on the Airport Festival Grounds in Venice, Florida on Airport Avenue. Admission is only $4, kids under 12 are free and there's even free parking at this, one of the spring's most popular fests held at the Venice Airport Festival grounds. There are fossils, food, arts and crafts, entertainment and children's activities. Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More on the Venice Sharks Tooth Festival.  

April 7- 9, 2017: There's a Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show with lots on display to see from dealers from around the country selling gems, jewelry, beads, crystals and more. Adults $4. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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April 8, 2017: Hippity Hop Hop! Lakewood Ranch hosts its "EGGstravaganza" Easter Egg Hunt at Greenbrook Adventure Park for kids ages 2 -13. The day's events and attractions also feature face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, a petty zoo and more. Bring your own baskets to collect eggs in.Face painting, balloon art, music, pony rides and refreshments are just a few of the other activities to enjoy. A new shiny red firetruck will also be on the scene to see. For residents: $5 per adult, $3 for children, 2 and under are free. Activities: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.- The Egg Hunt Event, with over 12,000 eggs spread across the field, begins promptly at 10:15 a.m.  Greenbrook Adventure Park, 13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Here's more on the event!

April 8, 2017: It's the DeSoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta taking place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the south side of Palma Sola Causeway. Featured are handmade model boats of all kinds made out of plastic bottles. Boats must be on site by 9 a.m. Registration fees: $10 per crewe member,  (Elementary, Middle and High Schools), $15 per crew member, ages 18 and over. Deadlines: Registration due by April 1, 2017, Boat inspections due by  April 8, 2017. 8500 Manatee Ave., Bradenton. More info and registration by clicking here.

April 8, 2017: Enjoy the 6th Annual Cajun Crawfish Festival with Cajun food, live music, games and rides. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Adults $5, Kids 2 & under free, St. Martha Catholic School, 4380 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 8 - 9, 2017: It's the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sculling Championships featuring single, double and quad sculling events vying for Florida's youth state championships. More than 600 are expected to participate. Sat: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sun: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park. Off Cattlemen Road between University Pkwy and Fruitville Rd, near the Super Target Plaza.5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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April 8 - 9, 2017: It's the 8th annual Fiesta on Siesta College Sand Volleyball Tournament. There will be more than 25 institutions competing. Soak up some rays and enjoy three days of competitive action featuring dozens of institutions and colleges from all over the sunshine state. Vendors and more. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Siesta Beach. Beach Road, Siesta Key. Free spectator viewing. Here's more on the weekend volleyball event.

April 8 - 9, 2017: It's the 15th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival with a wide variety of arts and crafts. You'll find jewelry and pottery, ceramics plus photography as well as painting, clothing and much more. Everything is handmade in the USA! There's also a "Green Market" with all kinds of plants, flowers and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. 1 Central Avenue, downtown Sarasota, FL

April 8 - 9, 2017: Sarasota Bay plays host to the Sarasota Youth Sailing Club's annual Sail Fest Regatta. It's part of a nationwide event for sailors ages 8 - 21. The headquarters for the club and event is at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota (on City Island).

April 8 - 9, 2017: Check out the Holmes Beach Arts and Crafts Festival featuring handmade jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, paintings, stained glass, photography, live music and food plus plants, orchids, handmade soaps, gourmet spices and more. Free admission. Benefits The North American Butterfly Assoc. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Anna Maria Island.

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April 8 - 9, 2017: Take in the Lido Beach Spring Fine Art Festival where you will find creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and more. Free admission and parking. Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lido Beach, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL

April 9, 2017: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.

April 9, 2016: The Orioles and the Jazz Club of Sarasota invite you to get your toes tapping at Jazz in the Ball Park! Party to the music of Sinatra and friends featuring Jazz Soloist Lisanne Lyons performing with the Sarasota Jazz Project Big Band. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 - $30. Parking $5. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota. Click here for tickets and more info. 

April 11 - 15, 2017: It's fun for all kids and kids at heart! Celebrating its 68th anniversary, it's the PAL Sailor Circus which takes place under the Big Top. The Greatest "little Show on Earth" celebrates the tradition of the circus arts with more than 100 young circus artists. Six shows only! 2075 Bahai Vista Street, Sarasota. Adults $20/under 12 $15. Here's more info, tickets and show times.

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April 12, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Bruce Wallace. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $15 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552. 

April 14, 2017: Sarasota Jungle Gardens, a 10-acre zoological and tropical
botanical garden in the heart of Sarasota, will host its annual “Jungle
Trails & Bunny Tails.” The event will feature a continuous Easter Egg Hunt (guests bring their own baskets) and Petting Zoo. Also available for purchase:  pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, pony rides and food. Fun, family friendly events. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Admission is free for children three and under; $6.50 for children 4-16, $17.99 for adults. 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-355-1112.

April 14, 2017: It's the annual Hernando De Soto Children’s Parade and Party in the Park! The 2017 theme is “Manatee” and will feature floats, schools, families, kids and other organizations decked out to emulate Manatees. Sutton and Lamb Parks in Palmetto will be the site of loads of activities and entertainment for the entire family at the conclusion of the parade including games, bounce houses and a dunk tank. Parade floats are created by local children and their parents or teachers. School, dance and sports teams have entered their submissions for this years’ “Manatee” theme. The Crewe of De Soto, fire trucks, police cars, horses, Marty from the Pittsburgh Pirates and DJ Kitty from the Tampa Bay Rays will attend this year’s event. Multiple trophies and prizes will be given out including $1,000 cash prize for the “Best Use of Theme” category.  The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds and ends at  Sutton Park, Palmetto.

April 14, 2017: It's another new season of Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton tonight. Bring your chair or blanket to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show—for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 28, 2017. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.

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April 14, 2017: It's Free Music Friday Night with live music from Patchouli at Centennial Park. The music takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Venice. Bring your folding chairs or blankets.

April 14 - 15, 2017: Check out the 8th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds featuring chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket. There are numerous events open to the public and there will be numerous BBQ teams competing for a $20,000 cook-off contest purse, plus a full afternoon of live bluegrass along with a chili cook off, bake-off, kids park and more. Fri: 5 p.m. - Sunset,  Sat: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Free parking and admission. Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 595 Airport Ave E., Venice, FL. More info here. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 15, 2017: It's the 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Games on Siesta Key. For tots only ages 1 - 6. For $10 each, each child receives an Easter Bunny or Stuffed Toy, Goody Bag and Easter Egg stuffed with prizes. It takes place at Beach Access Point #5 at Beach Road and Ocean Blvd. Face painters, opportunities to ride the trolley, tour the Siesta Key ambulance and fire truck and participate in other fun family entertainment during the Easter party. Registration is limited to the first 125 paid children for the egg hunt. Bring your own Easter basket. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. For additional information and registration deadline: 941-349-2270 ext 227. Here's more info and the sign up sheet.

April 15, 2017: The Sandbar Restaurant will host its 31st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. with refreshments served starting at 8:30am. The hunt will take place in the wedding and event pavilion adjacent to the restaurant. Make sure to bring your own basket(s) for the Easter Egg Hunt. After the Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny will lead a parade down Pine Avenue where the 6th Annual Easter Egg Roll and 5th Annual Easter Bonnet Contest will take place. There will be face painting, egg rolling and coloring, complimentary framed pictures with the Easter Bunny, live music and more. The Egg Roll will take place 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Prizes for best kids bonnets. Sandbar Restaurant,100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL, Anna Maria Island.

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April 15, 2017: Enjoy all the fun of the Annual Eggstravaganza-Children's Easter Egg Hunt. There will be prizes, candy, entertainment, the Easter Bunny and Egg hunting in various age groups. 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Bring your own basket. Tampa Avenue West, downtown Venice in Centennial Park.

April 15, 2017:: There's a free Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza hosted by the Nokomis East Homeowner's Association for kids ages 10 and under. It takes place at the Nokomis Community Center in Nokomis Community Park at 10 a.m. sharp. No registration is needed. Don't forget to bring your own basket, Prizes for all. 234 E. Nippino Trail, Nokomis. Bring a basket. 941-486-2595.

April 15, 2017: The Mar Vista will also be having their 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt starting at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance. Bring your own basket. All children 10 and under are welcome to participate. 10 a.m. Mar Vista, 760 Broadway Street, Longboat Key, Longboat Key, FL.

April 15, 2017: It's time to Celebrate World Circus Day with all day free admission to the Circus Museum at the Ringling. See the world's largest miniature circus while you're there along with John Ringling's Club Cars and explore the history of the circus from ancient times till now. It's amazing. Free admission all day. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Ringling Museum Complex is at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Read more about the Ringling Circus Museum here!

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April 15, 2017: It's the 21st Annual Big Truck Day and Egg Hunt at Twin Lakes Park from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and it's a fun annual happening featuring all kinds of trucks; firetrucks, dump trucks and more for kids to climb into. And with it being Easter weekend there will be 2 Easter egg hunts at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., so bring a basket. Games and other kids activities, too. Food and concessions available. Twin Lakes Park is on Clark Road east of I-75, Sarasota. Free admission. More at 941-861-5000.

April 15, 2017: Southwest Florida's premier event celebrating hometowns across the country is My Hometown Fest! Featuring food, music, more than 40 craft beers from across the USA, fun and games. For the price of a single ticket you will enjoy everything from free food and craft beer samples to great music by local bands and lots of free, fun games and activities and more. The fest benefits The Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota as well as other leading nonprofits along Florida's west coast! Admission: $10 - $40. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info.

April 15, 2017: Check out the Barefoot Beach Bazaar with a large selection of handmade artisan items from jewelry made with sea shells and sharks teeth to flower arrangements, hand-painted glassware, greeting cards, arts and crafts, refreshments, beach, sand, waves and more. Free admission. 4 p.m. - sunset. Nokomis Beach Plaza, 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 15, 2017: Celebrate the end of tax season! There's a street party for you: "Main Street Live!" on Historic Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12  a.m. with live music throughout the night. The event also features food vendors and arts and crafts. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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April 15 - 16, 2016: It's the Third Annual In Shore Slam Fishing Tournament with first and second place prizes of $1000 and $500 in each category: Redfish, Trout and Snook. The weekend starts with the Dinner/Captain's Meeting along with a silent auction on Friday, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Saturday is the All Bait Fun Tournament with check in from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. and all anglers must be in line by 4 p.m. Registration deadline is 4/15/16. $95 per angler. Fee includes tournament shirt, Tervis tumbler and dinner at the captain's meeting at Historic Spanish Point. Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trl. Osprey, FL

April 15 - 17, 2016: The first ever Sarasota Multicultural Earth Festival is being hosted by the Sarasota Native American Indian Festival community and will feature dance, music, food, culture and focus on eco-consciousness as well as learning more about the many cultures of the world. See an authentic Native encampment, the Nahui Ollin Aztec Dancers from Mexico City, The Napraforgok (Sunflowers) Hungarian Folk Dance Ensemble, a Sarasota Hungarian dance group for children's from the age of 2-10, The Drake School of Irish Dance from Sarosota and Special guest  Boston Reggae recording artist Freedomcry. There will also be a "Kid's Zone" and guest speakers sharing environmental wisdom, education and more. Tickets at the gate, $8 adult, $3 6-12, 5 and under are free. Hours: Fri: 9 a.m. -5 p.m, Sat:10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota.

April 15 - 23, 2017: It's the 2017 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament, with $100,000 in prize money, bringing the top tennis pros in the world to Sarasota. The Sarasota Open is the premiere USTA Men’s Pro Circuit event on Florida's west coast. Location: The Sarasota Open has moved to the United Tennis Club and Academy, 4511 Bay Club Drive, Bradenton, FL. Click here for tickets and more information.

April 16, 2016: It's Turning Points’ 4th annual “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” with all proceeds going directly to fund programs benefiting the over 2,000 kids who are identified as homeless in Manatee County. Surrounding the 1 Mile Family Fun Awareness Walk will be: a sand blast/castle competition, drawings & raffles, tee shirts (for pre-registered walkers), family pictures, face painting, bounce house, food, Zumba dancing, a live steel drums performer, music by Disney’s # 1 DJ and the post walk party & sunset watch. Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. with the Walk at 5:30pm and the post party at 6:00pm. Registration is FREE for kids under 5, $10.00 for students & kids, $20.00 for individual adults and $45.00 for families. 4 p.m. South Coquina Beach, Anna maria Island. Click here to pre-register.

April 16, 2017: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.


Sarasota Easter Sunrise Services

April 16, 2017: Easter Sunrise Service - The DeSoto Society’s annual Service starts at 6 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Sunday on the Manatee River at the Mosaic Amphitheater in Rossi Waterfront Park, 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton and it's open to the public.

April 16, 2017: Easter Sunrise Service -  The Tabernacle Church hosts a service in Sarasota's Bayfront Park, Bay Island Park, off of downtown Sarasota area, next to Marina Jack. Bring a folding chair if you like. 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

April 16, 2017: Easter Sunrise Service - The Church of the Palms hosts sunrise service near the Lido Beach Pavilion on Lido Key. It is recommended that you bring your own chair or a blanket as seating is very limited. All are welcome and dress is casual. 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

April 16, 2017: Easter Sunrise Service - Pine Shores Presbyterian Church hosts sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. at Siesta Key Beach near the pavilion. Bring a beach chair or blanket.


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April 17, 2017: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and food and drinks available for purchase. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $5 - $10. Free for members. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. Click here for tickets and more info.

April 20, 2017 Meow! It's the 11th Annual Paws on the Catwalk Luncheon. Taking place at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota, doors will open at 10:30 a.m. with signature cocktails, a shopping reception and a raffle, followed by a delicious lunch. Guests will be treated to a fabulous fashion show produced by INfluence Style, a live auction, and exciting entertainment throughout the luncheon. Attire: White for women, black for men.Tickets: $150 each. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County, the area's largest no-kill shelter. 10:30 a.m. Ritz-Carlton, downtown Sarasota. The Humane Society of Sarasota County is at 2331 15th Street, Sarasota. More info and tickets here.

April 21, 2017: It's another new season of Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton tonight. Bring your chair or blanket to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show—for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 28, 2017. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.  April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 21 - 23, 2017: The 35th annual Suncoast Boat Show takes place at downtown Sarasota's Bayfront Marina. 100s of watercraft on display. Along with boats and yachts there will be marine products and accessories. Cruisers, Runabouts, Bowriders, Sportfishers, Center Consoles, Motor Yachts, Inflatables and more. Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults $14, under 15 free. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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April 22, 2017: Register to volunteer for the 2017 Great American Cleanup and Keep Sarasota County Beautiful! Cleanup projects can take place in any location throughout Sarasota county that volunteer groups wish to target. For more information just call 941-861-5000 and ask for the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful office.Registration will open in mid-late January 2017.​ .​Here's more details and info.

Oscar Scherer Parks Earth Day sign

April 22, 2017: Get back to nature under the beautiful sunshine-filled Florida sky at the 28th Annual Sarasota Earth Day Celebration at Oscar Scherer State Park. Admission to one of the most popular of Sarasota Parks is free on Earth Day. And with so many events scheduled, sites to see, live music and nature and wildlife to enjoy, you can probably fill the entire day's schedule from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here's more about Sarasota Earth Day events!

April 22, 2016: Join the Earth Day Park Clean up and celebrate Earth Day by being outdoors and helping "spring clean" Ted Sperling Nature Park. Bring a brown bag lunch and listen to a short lecture on "Coastal ecology." 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ted Sperling Nature Park, 190 Taft Drive, Lido Key. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 22, 2017: Lights, camera, action! Sarasota Film Festival’s Moonlight Movies season concludes with “Jaws” at Lido Beach. SFF offers the free screenings as a way of giving back to the community before and during the festival season. All Moonlight Movies screenings are free and open to the public. Films begin at sunset, unless specific time is indicated. Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs! Sunset. Lido Beach, Lido Key, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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April 22 - 23, 2016: Sarasota's Florida Studio Theatre invites you to Poetry Life Spring Festival which is is a one of a kind celebration that brings together nationally-recognized poets, students, teachers and community members all in one place to celebrate poetry. This weekend spans two days with a series of events to recognize students,  to enjoy the poetry that is part of the fabric of our lives and to inspire us all. Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota. Box office is 941-366-9000 or click here for tickets for all events and more info.

April 23, 2017: Get your motor running at the 15th Annual "Building to a Cure" Benefit Classic Car Show featuring classic and vintage vehicles from pre-1950s - 1990s. Always a great show with cars from every era on display for close up viewing. Participants compete for 28 Trophies. Money raised benefits Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free Admission. Centennial Park, downtown Venice. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 23, 2017: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 23, 2017: Enjoy a concert by the Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band. Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability. Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway. 3131 61st Street, Sarasota. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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April 23 - 24, 2016: It's the Volley America Spalding Big Shot Volleyball  Tournament featuring 25 nets, open men, women, juniors and collegiate levels. Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday starts at 9 a.m. Siesta Key Beach volley ball area. Beach Rd., Siesta Key. Click here for more info.

April 23 - 24, 2016: Enjoy the 2016 Air Fair Giant Fly In sponsored by the Golden Eagle Squadron featuring radio controlled airplanes. Flying from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. both days. It is a free fly in for all to attend with plenty of free parking, handicap parking and is a wheel chair friendly flying field. Sun shelters are available with ceiling fans. Bring your own chairs and sunscreen. Concessions at the Runaway Café include cold soft drinks and grilled hamburger and hot dogs. Free admission. Directions: The field is located 3 miles east on Bee Ridge Road (at the east end of Bee Ridge Road) in the Sarasota County Rothenback Park. Exit #207 off I-75 and go in gate and turn to the right, go up the hill to the Sarasota Radio Control Squadron Field. Here's more on the air fair.

April 24, 2017: Enjoy the Venice Concert Band's final performance of the season at the Venice Performing Arts Center. The band, which features both professional and amateur musicians, features a variety of selections in their repertoire from show tunes to marches and classical. The show begins at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door and from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of  Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice. (941) 480-1704. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 28, 2017: It's Movies on the Green with "Home" playing as part of a series of outdoor family movies. Park your blanket or a chair on the lawn and take in a free movie under the stars. Food Vendors, Kid Zone, Sponsors Booths and much, much more. Free Admission - $5 Parking. Doors open at 6 p.m. Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, 5895 Post Blvd, Bradenton, FL.  More info here.

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April 28, 2017: It's Free Music Friday Night with live music from Robin And The Retros at Centennial Park. The music takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Venice. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 28, 2017: It's the last night of the season for Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton tonight. Bring your chair or blanket to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show—for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 29, 2017: Enjoy the De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade, a parade for all ages to see, which steps off at 6:30 p.m., with over 150 parade entries, from Manatee H.S. in Bradenton, then goes west on 9th avenue, north along 39th street to Manatee avenue, then turning east headed toward downtown to 9th street. About 200,000 are expected to view the festive parade. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 29 - 30, 2017: It's the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep Championships featuring High School teams and clubs vying for the State Champion Title for the pairs, fours and eights rowing events. Over 1800 participants are expected to attend Saturday and Sunday. Sat: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sun: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Sunshine State Conference Regatta takes place on Friday, April 28 starting at 8 a.m. Nathan Benderson Park. Off Cattlemen Road between University Pkwy and Fruitville Rd, near the Super Target Plaza.5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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Siesta Key Florida Siesta Fiesta

April 29 - 30, 2017: My Events Calendar takes you to the 39th annual Siesta Fiesta which takes place in Siesta Key Village from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's sort of a farewell party for all of our “snowbird” friends from the colder climates of the northern U.S, Canada and afar, who come to be with us in Sarasota throughout the winter season. It's one of the most awaited fests of the year and it's on my April Sarasota Events Calendar for you to enjoy. See more of what’s special at the Siesta Fiesta! April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 30, 2017: It's the 15th Annual "Ride The Beaches" scenic bike rides sponsored by Sharky's on the Pier. There's a 70 mile, 35 mile and 15 mile ride. Check in and breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. The 70 mile ride starts at 7:30 a.m. The 35 mile ride begins at 8 a.m. The 15 mile ride begins at 9 a.m. There's a full lunch served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The ride benefits the Live Strong Foundation. $40 registration. Sharky's is at 1600 Harbor Drive on Venice Island. Click here for more information and registration.

April 30, 2016: It's the 2nd Annual Children's Book Fair and Family Fun Day at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. The event includes book signings with10 local authors and illustrators. Other family-fun activities include demonstrations by illustrators; storytelling; yoga for kids; crafts with artists from Village of the Arts; juggling, cooking and gardening demos, beekeeping demos and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market, located on Old Main Street, between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, is open on Saturdays through May. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome.

April 30, 2016: The Sarasota Bay Water Festival has become the new Sea Grass Festival and will celebrate sea grasses ins Sarasota Bay with all kinds of fun. There will also be educational exhibits, food and music, games and hands-on activities. Fest runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. Ken Thompson Park at 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 30, 2017: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.





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