The April Sarasota Events Calendar - fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota and around the Suncoast.
April 1, 2018: Easter Sunrise Service - The DeSoto Society’s annual Service starts at 6 a.m. - 7:30 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 1, 2018: 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 1, 2018: Easter Sunrise Service - Pine Shores Presbyterian Church hosts its 61st Easter Sunday sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. at Siesta Key Beach near the pavilion. Bring a beach chair or blanket.
April 1, 2018: 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 1, 2018: Enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch at Marie Selby Gardens with brunch provided by Michael's on the Bay with a carving station, omelets made to order and a dessert bar. The kids will enjoy an Easter egg hunt around the gardens, there will be live music and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Seatings from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $30 - $80. Your brunch purchase is accompanied by admission to the Gardens for the day. Free on-site parking at Selby Gardens is limited. A complimentary trolley service will be available to and from the Friendship Center. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and registration.
April 1, 2018: Delight in an extravagant Easter Brunch on Sarasota Bay at the beautiful Powel Crosley Estate. Breakfast includes a Belgium waffles station, traditional breakfast favorites: bacon, sausage, eggs, croissants, jams and breakfast breads. Brunch selections include salmon and shrimp options. There's also a carving station of ham with a tropical pineapple salsa and bourbon glazed skirt steak. Brunch includes vegetarian options and a wide assortment of freshly made salads and delicious desserts. Your private table is available indoors in the main ballroom and dining room, outside on the patio, at the Pavilion next to the bay; or under the oaks on the bay front lawn. For an additional fee, the upstairs Ship Room is available for parties of 8. Live Steel Band music, too! Brunch is served at 10:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. Special considerations for your family: reserved private seating (no community tables); high chairs are available – please ask when making your reservation. Free parking available on-site. Adults are $48.00, children 3 to 11 are $23.00, and Children under 3 are complimentary. Cash bar. This is a popular event that sells out quickly. Tickets are available at 941-312-0000. More info here.
April 1, 2018: 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 2, 2018: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Lisa Ridings Band. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. 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 3, 2018: The Bradenton Marauders will host “Meet the Marauders” with live music and games, including corn hole, the Marauders inflatable speed pitch, the prize wheel, and a photo booth where fans can pose for pictures with Marauders players. The official Marauders roster will be introduced by Marauders General Manager Rachelle Madrigal and new team play-by-play broadcaster Matt Neverett at 6:45 p.m.After the speaking portion of the event concludes, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the team. 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. LECOM Park, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL.
April 4 - June 1, 2018: Sarasota's Island Park has been the backdrop for Embracing Our Differences' colorful, larger-than-life canvases integrating powerful imagery and thought-provoking messages celebrating diversity. The scale and impact of this outdoor exhibition has continued to grow, attracting over two million visitors since its inception. The 15th anniversary exhibit is set for April 4 to June 1, 2018, in Sarasota's Island Park. For more information about Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710.
April 5, 2018: Get groovin in the courtyard at Ringling Underground where you can enjoy live music in the Museum of Art Courtyard. An eclectic mix of local and regional live music is featured in the series. Plus check out up and coming artists with select galleries open until 11 p.m. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with "Art After Five" admission. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL. 941-360-7399. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 5 - 8, 2018: Check out the 28th Annual Florida Winefest and Auction. Click here for tickets and more info. There are numerous wine events, lunches, grand tasting, brunch and charity auction, wine on the water, and winemaker dinners in and around Sarasota over the 4 day fest. Various times, locations and prices.
April 6, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring The Dave Morgan Trio. $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 6, 2018: The USFSM Carnival Celebration is free and open to celebrate the campus. Admission and carnival rides are free. There will also be games, food trucks and more. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. USFSM, south parking lot on campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
April 6, 2018: It's Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show — Kim Betts & The Gamble Creek Bank, for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 27, 2018. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 6, 2018: It's the Bradenton kickoff to the 20th Annual Sarasota Film Fesitval with a chance to get a peak at the fest's films and parties. Enjoy the party and live music from Kettle of Fish. 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Motorworks Brewing Company, 1014 Ninth Street, W., Bradenton, FL. More info: 941-567-6218.
April 6, 2018: It's the first Friday of the month so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch is from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m! Beer, wine and food sales. 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.
April 6, 2018: Experience the 6th annual Wine Walk to Ca' d'Zan! Taste fine wine and delight in delicious food pairings as you stroll along the drive to the mansion. Wrap up the evening beside Ca' d'Zan with live music and surprises. Plus, VIP ticket holders will enjoy early entry, valet service, and a champagne toast. Your VIP ticket also includes access to the VIP lounge located on the beautiful Ca' d'Zan Terrace, featuring special cuisine, distinctive blends and a dedicated service staff. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets: General admission: $135 / $200 for VIP. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Click here for tickets and more info.
April 6, 2018: It's the Moon Over Myakka Concert Series 2018 at the South Pavilion with Outlaw singer/guitarist Raiford Starke. Raiford Starke has earned a rep for high powered roots rocking live performances. 7 p.m. Bring a chair and a picnic! Cost: $20 per person ($15 for Friends members). Park entrance fee waived for concert if you arrive after 5 p.m. For more info call 941-361-6511 or 941-373-7839. Tickets sold at Ranger Station day of event or buy them in advance and bring your ticket with you. Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. Entrance is on the left. Click here for more info.
April 6 - 7, 2018: 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 9th 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 6 - 8, 2018: Explore new ideas and everything for the home at the Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show. Interact with a wide variety of home improvement experts and get inspired for your next d.i.y. home project. Free admission and parking. Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL
April 7, 2018: It's the 32nd 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 7, 2018: There's a Tampa Bay Lightning Viewing Party in the form of a block party on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. Check out the game against the Carolina Hurricanes along with the Bolts' Mascot, Thunder Bug and the Lightning Girls! Bring a chair, but no cooler. Dogs on a short leash are welcome. Free admission. Party starts at 5 p.m. Gametime 7 p.m. 8131 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.
April 7, 2018: Jam with the Big Cats at Big Cat Habitat's Wildest Fundraiser of the year, Big Cat Habitat's Jungle Jam! Featuring great bands like Copperhead and Mad hatter, local talent, a silent auction and more, all to raise funds for a habitat clinicand senior center for animals. General admission: $25 in advance, $30 day of benefit. VIP Tickets: $125. 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Tickets and more info.
April 7, 2018: The State College of Florida Foundation is hosting a fun-filled evening under the spring sky featuring the SCF Big Band, The Venice Symphony and fabulous fireworks in honor of the 30th anniversary of Evening Under the Stars. Bring your friends, coolers and chairs, then sit back and relax while taking in the performances as you enjoy your picnic.The evening will be capped off with fireworks, but this year’s show promises to be especially extravagant in recognition of the 30th anniversary. General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate, children under 10 are free. Reserved general admission tickets are $30 in advance and allows ticket holders to bring their chairs and coolers to the campus between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on April 7, to reserve a spot. In case of rain, the event will be held at 6 p.m. April 8 at SCF Venice. General admission tickets can be purchased in venues throughout Venice including, SCF Venice cashier’s office, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail; Centennial Bank, 500 US 41 Bypass; Synovus Bank, 100 Center Road; Putting on the Ritz Salon, 205 Nokomis Ave. S.; and Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, 400 Barcelona Ave. The event is set to begin at 6 p.m. The Venice campus of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL. More info at: 941-408-1519 or 941-752-5390.
April 7 - 8, 2018: Sarasota Bay plays host to the Sarasota Youth Sailing Club's annual SailFest 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 7 - 8, 2018: It's the 16th 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, hand made soaps, gourmet spices and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. 1 Central Avenue, downtown Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 7 - 8, 2018: Take in the 3rd annual Lido Beach Spring Fine Art Festival where you will find an outdoor gallery of creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and more. Free admission and parking. Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lido Beach, Lido Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 7 - 18, 2018: The critically-acclaimed La Musica International Chamber Music Festival celebrates 32 seasons this year. Joining Artistic Director Bruno Giuranna (violist, Italy) and Associate Artistic Director Derek Han (pianist, USA) this season are violinists Federico Agostini (Italy), Claudio Cruz (Brazil), Ruth Lenz (USA); violist Daniel Palmizio (Italy) making his La Musica debut; cellists Christine J. Lee (Korea), Antonio Meneses (Switzerland), and Erica Piccotti (Italy) making her La Musica debut; and guitarist Jason Vieaux (USA) back by popular demand for a second year. Four concerts will be held. Subscriptions to all four concerts are $150; single tickets are $40. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Click here for complete details, dates, times and tickets.
April 8, 2018: Moving to April this year it's the 14th annual Capt John Breuggeman Memorial Grouper Tournament. Registration and more info. 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.
April 8, 2018: 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 08, 2018: You're invited to Fins, Flippers, and Friends, the 5th Annual Fundraiser for Sea to Shore Alliance! Sip on drinks and nibble hors d'oeuvres as you mingle with Sea to Shore Alliance scientists and friends at the South Florida Museum. Enjoy live music and breathtaking views as you bid on unique trips, prizes, and items at the silent auction. Guests will also enjoy a presentation by Dr. James Buddy Powell, Executive Director of Sea to Shore Alliance. Listen to Dr. "Buddy" Powell share stories about his adventures living in the West African bush or working as a field guide for Jacques Cousteau in Crystal River when he was only a teenager. All proceeds benefit Sea to Shore Alliance's work to protect manatees, North Atlantic right whales, sea turtles and their habitats. Tickets: $75. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. South Florida Museum, 201 10th St W., Bradenton, FL Tickets and more info.
April 10, 2018: 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 10, 2018: The Manatee Community Concert Band concludes its concert season with a Combined Concert with the Braden River H.S. Wind Ensemble. 7:00 p.m. Free to the Public. Donations gratefully accepted. Braden River High School Auditorium, 6545 State Road 70 East, Bradenton, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 11 - 14, 2018: It's the 6th Annual Whiskey Obsession, a 4 day fest, with classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, bartender academy, panel discussions, cigars, VIP pours, live music street party, and grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies to sample. What more could the aficionado ask for? Various events, locations and schedules. More details here. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 12, 2018: The Jazz Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is sponsoring a free concert, battle of the big bands and picnic. SCF’s Big Band will perform music by Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr. and Horace Silver. Other participating jazz bands are from Bayshore, Braden River and Lakewood Ranch High Schools. Each band will play their three best numbers. Attendees should bring blankets, chairs and lunch for the outdoor concert featuring jazz from the SCF Big Band and local high school musicians. Food also will be available for purchase in the nearby SCF Student Union. Free admission. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the Performance Pavilion at SCF Manatee-Sarasota, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL.
April 13, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Mark Moultrup. $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 13, 2018: It's Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show — The Glass Onion Beatles Band, for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 27, 2018. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.
April 13, 2018: The Sarasota Film Festival Celebrates with an Opening Night Block Party for its 20th year with features that will include live music and live art creations or you may relax like a movie star in a private VIP cabana. Tangina Stone will perform with DJ Whitney plus the rock band Seratones from Louisiana. 9 p.m. Tickets $25 - $1,000. Selby Five Points Park, 61 N. Pineapple Ave, downtown Sarasota, FL. More info and tickets.
April 13, 2018: It's Free Music Friday Night with live music from Al Fuller 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 13 - 15, 2018: 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 $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 13 - 15, 2018: Want to go hunting for Shark tooth fossils? Want a simple and inexpensive way to do it? Then attend the 26th 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.
April 13 - 22, 2018: It's the 20th 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! Hollywood Stars on the slate for 2018 include actress Virginia Madsen and actor Steve Guttenberg, who will receive a career achievement award from the festival. The 2017 Film Festival included Diane Lane, Rory Kennedy, and Aisha Tyler. Actors Stanley Tucci, and Rosanna Arquette, who took part in the "In Conversation With" series, also attended the 2017 festival. 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 14, 2018: It's the DeSoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta
taking place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the south west end 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. Deadline: Registration
due by March 31, 2018. More info: 941-747-1998.
April 14, 2018: It's the 4th Annual Children's Book Fair and Family Fun Day at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. This free event includes a dozen children’s book authors signing their books, live readings of the authors’ books, hands-on activities about how food grows and vegetable gardening, planting summer vegetable seedlings to take home and grow, craft making, a scavenger hunt, and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market, located on Old Main Street, 400 12th St W, Bradenton, FL. Between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, is open on Saturdays through May 26th. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 14, 2018: It's the "Beach'N Food Truck Festival" featuring several live bands, a huge classic car show from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., arts and crafts vendors, a kid zone and Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening...lots of food trucks including some of the area's favorite food trucks! Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water. Parking is available on Coquina Beach. You can also park in other locations further away along Bradenton Beach, Manatee Public Beach, etc. and ride the free trolley to the event. Event runs 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. South end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around. Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.
April 14, 2018: Enjoy the 7th Annual Cajun Crawfish & Seafood Festival with Cajun food, live music featuring the Gumbo Boogie Band, games, face painting and inflatables along with a $10,000 cash raffle. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults $5, Kids 5 & under free, St. Martha Catholic School, 4380 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 14, 2018: You might want to check out Taste of the Ranch, the first ever, and taste your way through savory local favorites, sip on distinctive wines, and enjoy unique craft brews. No matter your flavor preference, you'll find something divine and delectable at this community event. Local legend, Sam Woolf, who performed on American Idol will be on stage for a live performance. Admission starts at $50 for General Admission and is $150 for VIP. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. More info and tickets here.
April 14, 2018: It's the Whiskey Obsession Festival's Grand Finale of events with the "Whiskey Rocks" Live Music Street Party! Headlining the evening will be All Rise Revival with Berry Oakley and the music of the Allman Brothers Band, Thomas Wynn and The Believers, Alex Di Leo and Physical Plant round out the musical entertainment. Free admission. 6:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Lemon and Main, downtown Sarasota, FL.
April 14 - 15, 2018: 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
April 14 - 22, 2018: It's the 2018 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament, with $100,000 in prize money, bringing the top tennis pros in the world to Sarasota. Now in it's 11th year, the Sarasota Open is the premiere USTA Men’s Pro Circuit event on Florida's west coast. Location: Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Tickets and more information.
April 15, 2018: 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 15, 2018: 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 16, 2018: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Phase 5. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. 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 16, 2018: The Music Theatre Ensemble at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present a showcase of theatre songs and scenes in “A Whole New World.” The scenes will explore songs from Broadway musicals based in places around the world and beyond. Songs and scenes are from traditional shows such as “The Sound of Music,” “Finian's Rainbow,” “The Fantasticks,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cinderella,” “Candide,” and “Oliver!,” to more contemporary musicals such as “Chess,” “Children of Eden,” “The Great Comet,” “Spring Awakening,” “Aida” and “Nine.” Twenty-two students will present group numbers staged and costumed to reflect the scenes from various musicals. Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W. Bradenton, FL.
April 20, 2018: Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota are co-hosting an Earth Day Celebration. The family-friendly event will feature music, food for purchase, prizes, a tiny home to tour and information on how individuals can help the planet. The Five Points event will show visitors how to live and work more sustainability, including cutting energy use, exploring nature, carpooling, buying/growing local foods, composting, and more. Visitors can explore a tiny home, view electric vehicles on site, learn about the global Earth Day 2018 theme of ending plastic pollution, and enter a City raffle that will award trees and sustainability-related prizes. Free. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Selby Five Points Park, 1 Central Ave, downtown Sarasota, FL
April 20, 2018: Enjoy Live Music in the Park at Cafe in the Park with Renesito. Food service: 6 p.m., Music: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.. Free admission. Enjoy music, food, weather, and views of Sarasota's most charming little downtown park. Seating is limited so feel free to bring a beach chair or folding chair. Cafe in the Park is just located south of downtown Sarasota in Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL.
April 20, 2018: It's Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show — Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 27, 2018. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.
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April 20, 2018: It's the Out of This World: SFF 20th Anniversary Party at the newest addition to downtown, Art Ovation Hotel.Classic, modern and futuristic all in one party! VIP Roof access and event entertainment, drinks, food in the ball room. Includes 2 complimentary drinks (Stella Artois, Stella Cidre, or signature cocktails). Tickets: $40 advance/$60 door - $120 advance/$150 door. 8 p.m. - 12 p.m. Art Ovation Hotel Ballroom, 1255 North Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL. Tickets and more info here.
April 20 - 21, 2018: Check out the 9th 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 live music with the Lonesome River band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Volume Five along with a chili cook off, kids park and more. Fri: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 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 20 - 22, 2018: The 36th 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 $15, under 15 free. Marina Jack’s, #2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 21, 2018: It's the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival. Everyone ages 12+ are invited to take part. Gather 24 of your friends, co-workers, church friends, family, etc. and form a team! Boats, life-vests, paddles and coaches are provided...you provide the fun! Race distances include 200m and 500m events for Sport and Community Division teams, with the addition of the ever-thrilling 2k pursuit for Sport Division teams only. Interested teams are required to sign up in advance for a fee. Various entrant/team fees. Beer garden, food vendors, Health & Wellness Village and more. This event is open to the public for free. $5 parking (cash only). This festival benefits the local non-profit, In the Pink. For more information call 904-534-3266. Join in on the fun and get bit by the dragon! 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. More info here.
April 21, 2018: Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc., “Tree Fair 2018,” will offer hundreds of 3-gallon native trees (approx.6-8 feet tall) for sale for only $15 each. Choose from Florida Sweetgum, American Elm, Bald Cypress, Slash Pine, Southern Red Cedar, Dahoon Holly, Pignut Hickory. The native shrubs of Walter’s Viburnum and Wax Myrtle will also be available. You can find out more information about these glorious trees and how to plant and maintain them by attending a free indoor 30-minute tree workshop at 11:30 that will include a slideshow presentation and handouts. Fairy House display and contest, music by “Rev. Faerie” Elaine Silver, tree-climbing demonstrations and Q&A by “Simply Trees” certified arborists. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. North Port Community Education Center, 4940 Pan Am Blvd., North Port, FL. More information at (941) 426-9752.
April 21, 2018: 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.
April 21, 2018: Get back to nature under the beautiful sunshine-filled Florida sky at the 29th 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.
April 21, 2018: Check out The Gluten Free + Healthy Lifestyles Expo where you can learn how to live healthy and love it. Sample products, get coupons, attend informative classes & demos along with hundreds of people living the gluten free lifestyle. It's a fun, family-friendly, educational event with over 50 exhibitors and respected guest speakers. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and 12 and under are free. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
April 21, 2018: Marking the end of season, it's the 3rd Annual TownieFest Block Party put on by the Shamrock Pub. The fest features live reggae, pop-up food joint serving killer munchies, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Waldos' Ale & beers, and TownieCup 3v3 street soccer! 3v3 matches start at 11 a.m. with DJ Shamrockable cranking the tunes. Closing the streets, stages are going up and celebrating the start of summer! The Ringling Boulevard Stage will kick off at 3:45: 3:45 p.m. Jah Movement, 6:30 p.m.TownieCup Final, 7:15 p.m. CLoud9 Vibes, 8:45 p.m. Guerrilla Panic, 10:30 p.m. Summer Survivors. The Alley Stage will feature: Bri Rivera SRQ at 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. No cover charge. Free. 11 a.m. - midnight. Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 21, 2018: Come relax and watch a movie under the stars with your toes in the sand. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Free, at sunset. Nokomis Beach, Casey Key. Rain date April 28. For details, call 941-861-5000.
April 21, 2018: The ultimate outdoor lounge party returns to Sarasota, Chillounge Night. Join the Sarasota Film Festival's "Closing Night/Wrap Party" as Chillounge Night transforms Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota into a magnificent outdoor lounge with all the chic, stylish, and "cool vibe" that Chillounge Night has become known for. There will be a Brazilian Samba Parade, 3 Live Bands, Fashion Daybed Parade and more. A variety of food and beverage options. Tickets start at $30. 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Selby Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota, FL. Tickets and more info here.
April 21, 2018: 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./10:30 p.m. (weather permitting). At Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL
April 21 - 22, 2018: It's the Volley America Spalding King of the Beach 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 22, 2018: 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 26, 2018: The Music Department at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will conclude its 2017-18 season with a free outdoor concert featuring choral and instrumental selections. The evening’s theme will be “Step Right Up, It’s Carnival Time,” with each group providing entertaining and fun carnival music. SCF’s Symphonic Band, dubbed the “Circus Band,” will play a series of circus marches between performances by SCF’s Concert and Chamber Choirs, Latin Band, Big Band, and Guitar Ensemble. One of the marches, Karl King’s “Circus Days,” has a local connection as King was John Ringling’s band leader and is part of the Circus Ring of Fame in St. Armand’s Circle. The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is provided. Attendees may also bring chairs or blankets, and food and non-alcoholic beverages. 7 p.m. SCF’s Performance Pavilion, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 27, 2018: Enjoy Live Music in the Park at Cafe in the Park with Gustav Gypsy Jazz. Food service: 6 p.m., Music: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Enjoy music, food, weather, and views of Sarasota's most charming little downtown park. Seating is limited so feel free to bring a beach chair or folding chair. Cafe in the Park is just located south of downtown Sarasota in Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL.
April 27, 2018: It's the season's final Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show — Scott Blum Jazz Ensemble, 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 28, 2018: Get your motor running at the 16th 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. Venice High School, 1 Indian Ave, Venice, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 28, 2018: Enjoy the 2018 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 28, 2018: Enjoy a floral affair called Blossoms and Brunch in the Mable Ringling Rose Garden on the beautiful Ringling Museum grounds. A reception will include a silent auction, entertainment, and mimosas followed by a seated brunch in the rose garden at 11:30 a.m. $120.00 Begins at 10:30 a.m. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL. Tickets: 941-358-3180 or click here. Ticket sales close April 25 at 5 p.m.
April 28, 2018: 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, the largest parade in the region. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 28 - 29, 2018: 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
April 28 - 29, 2018: It's the always popular 40th 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 28 - 29, 2018: The beginning of a new celebration of the visual arts in Lakewood Ranch – the premiere of the Lakewood Ranch Fine Art Festival. Find original handmade artwork to enrich your life and beautify your home and office. Artwork by local, regional and national artisans. Works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass and ceramics, photography, fiber and wearable art to mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more will be on display. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street in downtown Lakewood Ranch, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 29, 2018: It's the 16th 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 6:00 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. 6 am - 2 p.m. Sharky's is at 1600 Harbor Drive on Venice Island. Click here for more information and registration.
April 29, 2018: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. Last show of the season. 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 29, 2018: 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
April 30, 2018: Enjoy the Venice Concert Band's final performance of the season, "Strike up the Band," at the Venice Performing Arts Center. More info & Tickets. 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. the Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. (941) 480-1704. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.