The May Sarasota Events Calendar - fun free (or next to nothing) Sarasota happenings around the sun coast.
May 4, 2018: It's the first Friday of the month on so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch from 6 - 9 p.m! Beer, wine and food available. 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.
May 4, 2017: You're invited to the Riverview H.S. Kiltie Band's Spring Concert. $5. 7 p.m. Riverview H.S. Performing Arts Center. 1 Ram Way, Sarasota..
May 5, 2018: Bring your pail, shovel, sunglasses and creativity to Siesta Key Public Beach on for the Annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest. The contest, traditionally held the first Saturday of May, is held near the Pavilion on the beautiful white sandy Siesta Public Beach. Free and open to all ages of participation, the Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest also awards five cash prizes and is one of our very popular happenings for both locals and visitors on our Escape to Sarasota Calendar of Events. See and read more about the Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest.
May 5, 2018: It's the 21st year for Corvettes on the Circle taking place on St. Armand’s Circle. Running from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. this show will feature present day models back to the classics of 1953. Over 200 pristine & original Class Corvettes will be on display in the Circle Park. Trophies will be awarded to the top three Corvettes in each generational class as well as Best in Show. Awards ceremony at 3 p.m. It's free. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 5, 2018: There's a street party: "Main Street Live" on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. with live music throughout the night. The event also features food vendors and arts and crafts. Last event of this season. Resumes in October. No cover charge to attend. Old Main Street between Manatee and 3rd avenues, downtown Bradenton, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 6, 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. The last show of the 2018 season! This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.
May 6, 2017: Check out what they're calling the "Pickin' Picnic 2017" on downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk Pavilion. You're invite to bring your family and blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics. It's a free community event to showcase regional and local music. The festivities get underway at 1 p.m. Beer aficionados will have the opportunity to sample locally-made craft beer. And of course, there's the music; the lineup of live music runs from 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 3rd Ave W., Bradenton, FL.
May 6, 2017: Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! You're invited to the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary's "Jungle Jam" which will included live music, self guided tours, cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres on the Walkway and a special presentation in the arena featuring, "Handsome," the 750 lb lion with Clayton Rosaire. Musical performances by: Grammy Winning Pianist Lannie Battistini, Composer and Flamenco Guitarist Greg Rieter, No. 1 Jazz Chart Topper Anna Danes, Reknown gutarist and performer Mark Vincent, The Legendary Conductor and Pianist Don Vincent, Professional Flutist Elaine Emminger, Arena Rock Band Maiden Cane. The event is a benefit to raise funds for a Habitat Hospital And Senior Center for the animals we love. Adults $25, limited number of VIP tickets: $100. 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (VIP), 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota. Click here for tickets and more info.
May 6 - 7, 2017: It's the inaugural Venice Seafood & Music Festival taking place in Centennial Park featuring seafood, meat and vegetarian delights prepared fresh on site by local Sarasota restaurants along with drinks. Enjoy your foodie experience while jamming to live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Music will be from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. The music line up: Saturday: Ocean's Eleven Big Band: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Kettle of Fish: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m., Sarasota Steel Pan Band: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Jah Movement: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday: Sarasota Jazz Project: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Spark Notes: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m., Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues: 3:30 p.m. - 5p.m., Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. There will also be a marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products. Free admission. Various food & drink prices. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Downtown Venice's Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 6, 2017 - June 11, 2017: It's time to drop your hook, line and sinker for the 87th Annual Sarasota Sports Fishing Anglers Club Tarpon Tournament! Entry fee is $125 and proceeds benefit a local charitable organization. Important Dates: There is a Kick-off banquet May 4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency and an Awards banquet July 14, 2017.Tournament Dates: May 6 th through June 11, 2017. Find out more about this annual tradition. Happy angling and may you catch your share! Here's more on Fishing Sarasota Florida.
May 7, 2018: It's the 19th Annual Siesta Key Chamber Golf Tournament. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 19th Annual Golf Tournament at TPC Prestancia, 4409 Tournament Players Club Drive, Sarasota, FL.
Shotgun start with multiple prize holes, silent auction and awards luncheon. For more information, contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce at (941) 349-3800.
May 10 - 12, 2018: The 9th annual Harvey Milk Festival features a variety of music, art, theatre and film events over three days. Downtown Sarasota at Five Points Park and various other venues. Admission is free to Five Points Park music festival events on Saturday. Here's more info on the fest.
May 12, 2017: Check out Free Music Friday Night with Velvet Hammer Band in the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 7 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Venice. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 12 - 13, 2017: The City of Venice is partnering with the Venice Gondolier Sun to hold a two-day Hurricane Expo as a public service prior to hurricane season. Speakers from the county, Sheriff's Office, Red Cross and Suncoast Humane Society are also planned, along with ABC-7 meteorologist Bob Harrigan among others through the 2 day event. Vendors, raffles and more along with food and drinks available. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL.
May 12 - 13, 2017: The Orioles present “Arts in the Park,” the fourth annual Outdoor Pops performed by the Sarasota Orchestra. More info and tickets. Because of its popularity this year's concert expands to a two night event. The evening promises to be full of hits, vocals by fan favorites and concluding with a spectacular fireworks display. Concessions will be available for purchase. Tickets: $15 - $45. Show time: 8 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota.
May 13, 2017: It's the Spring Youth Fishing Tournament for ages 1 - 14 at Nokomis Beach. It's just $1 to enter this "catch and release" contest which runs from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bring your own pole and tackle box, bait and prizes will be provided. Pre-register by calling 941-486-2753. Day of check in/registration begins at 8 a.m. and tournament is from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
May 13, 2017: The Sarasota-Bradenton Rose Society presents their Annual Rose Festival which will feature award winning roses on display, plus rose bushes for sale and experts available to answer your questions along with seminars, all at the Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park, just in time for Mom's day! Free admission and parking. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail. Free. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 13, 2017: You're invited to ReptiDay 2017, a one-day expo highlighting reptile shows, events, activities and sales. You'll have a chance to see live reptiles from around the world plus the chance to purchase pets and supplies direct from experts. One day only! 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Early Entry at 9:30 am). Pre-Sale/Early Admission from 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. $12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free. Early Admission Tickets may be purchased at the door from 9:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Potter Building, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info.
May 13, 2017: 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 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and 12 and under are free. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
May 13, 2017: Get out on the water for the annual "Party on the Pass" bash. Along with live music on the sand bars the family friendly party is being sponsored by "Reopen Beach Road." Line up some water transport via paddle-board, boat, kayak, sunfish, etc. 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Big Pass Sand Bar, Siesta Key. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 13, 2017: Kick up your boots (or heels) at the first ABA Academy Blue Jean Ball in Style. The event will feature live music from Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band, dancing, dinner, open bar, silent auction, & 50/50 raffle to benefit the ABA Academy. The ABA Academy is a nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities. 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $75.00 per person, seating is limited. Farm Bureau Pavilion, 7289 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and tickets.
May 13, 2017: It's Military Appreciation Night at Lecom Park/McKechnie Field as the Bradenton Marauders host the Palm Beach Cardinals. It's also Military Heroes Card Set Giveaway Night to the first 1,000 fans that enter the ballpark! Advance ticket purchase recommended. Game time: 6:30 p.m. Lecom Park (McKechnie Field) 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton. Click here for tickets and more info.
May 14, 2017: Treat mom to a special Mother's Day Brunch at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Delight in a sumptuous buffet provided by Michael’s On East while enjoying panoramic views of Sarasota Bay providing the perfect backdrop. Seating available at half-hour intervals:10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $30 - $80. Your brunch purchase is accompanied by admission to the Gardens for the day. Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and seating reservations.
May 14, 2017: How often do you get to treat your mom to something special? Take her to the annual Mother's Day Tea Party, featuring an award winning brunch menu at the breathtaking bay front Crosley Estate. With 2 seatings at 10:30 a.m.and 12:30 p.m., the menu will include: a delicious assortment of breakfast and brunch menus that feature quiches, blintzes, tea sandwiches, mini desserts and a seafood station of smoked and poached salmon, poached shrimp cocktail and raw oyster bar with Virgin Mary shooters. Also, mini desserts including scones, sweet tea breads and macaroons. Dress attire is tea party beautiful. So add your favorite hat for special gifts. Cash bar. Live jazz music and lawn croquet long with seating inside the mansion or bay side. Adults - $44, Children 2 to 10 - $27; Children 2 and under are complimentary. Powel Crosley Estate & Museum, 8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Click here for more info or reservations. Click here for more info or reservations.
May 18, 2017: You're invited to attend the 2nd Annual Men, Whiskey & Watches, an evening to benefit Child Protection Center of Sarasota County, being held at the Suncoast Air Center. It's your chance to enjoy libations from local restaurants along with whiskey tasting from select distillers and full bar as well as an assortment of fine luxury watches, premium cigars, and live and silent auction. And for the ladies in the room, a ladies sky lounge from Sun Bug! Proceeds will support Child Protection Center’s mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse. General admission: $75.00. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Venice Airport Hangar, Suncoast Air Center, 400 Airport Ave. E. Venice, FL. Click here for tickets and more info. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 19, 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). Celery Fields / Sarasota Audubon. The Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Telescopes are set up in the parking lot at the southeast corner of the Celery Fields. (The intersection of Palmer Blvd. and Center Road.). Visitor parking is available in the parking lot on the west side of the Audubon Society building.
May 19 - 21, 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. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 20, 2017: Get in gear for the SUP & Run, 5K. You may choose to run, paddle or both in the 5K Run, 5K SUP & Run or 5K SUP. Shirts, Custom Finisher Medals & Challenge Coins, Great Prizes and a SPECTACULAR Post Race Party & Food featuring the Ladies of the Libation Lounge, DJ JB Baxter & Emcee Edwin Robinson. Pulled pork BBQ, PDQ, Smoothie King, Jay's Hot Dog's and more will round out the day of racing and festivities. All races start at 8 a.m. Benifits Operation Second Chance. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. More info and sign up here.
May 20, 2017: Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic downtown Venice in honor of its 90th anniversary. The tour, by Venice Florida Tours and the City of Venice, requires reservations, costs $15 p.p. cash only and runs from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. More details and sign up at: 817-793-8433 or https://www.facebook.com/VeniceFloridaTours/
May 20 - 21, 2017: Can you dig it? It's the Dig The Beach - Siesta Key Volley Ball Classic bouncing in for the weekend. It's fun in the sun and sand with check in at 7:30 a.m. and competition starting at 8:00 a.m. You're sure to see some great volleyball action. Siesta Key public beach volleyball courts. Free spectator admission.
May 20 - 21, 2017: It's the inaugural St. Armand's Seafood & Music Festival taking place in St. Armand's Circle Park featuring seafood prepared fresh on site along with drinks. Enjoy your foodie experience while jamming to live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Music will be from such genres as R&B, jazz, classical, calypso, reggae and more. Saturday's music line up: Ocean’s Eleven Big Band 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sarasota Steel Pan Band 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m., Kettle of Fish 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday's music line up: Sarasota Jazz Project 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Jah Movement 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio 3:30 p.m - 5 p.m., Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. There will also be a marketplace of arts and crafts exhibitors and select from a variety of fine products. While at the event, the Humane Society, co-sponsor, will have their "Big Mac" mobile adoption center onsite. Free general admission. VIP tent admission $50. Various food & drink prices. Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 21, 2017: Free outdoor music Sunday afternoon! Enjoy the Joy of Jazz live featuring the Marc Mannino Jazz Sextet. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the music. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Gazebo in Centennial Park, Venice Avenue, downtown Venice, FL
May 21, 2018: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Kettle of Fish. 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.
May 21, 2017: You're invited to community radio station WSLR's hosting of Bob's Birthday Bash to celebrate the birthday of musician and Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan. Multiple bands will pay tribute including: Ship of Fools, the Steve Arvey Band and Roy Handcuff ( Mark Zampella, Kid Red, Paul Louis and Scott Blum). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. 6 p.m. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL.
May 26, 2017: Check out Free Music Friday Night with Al Fuller in the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 7 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Venice.
May 27, 2017: Row, row, row your boat. Hosted by the Sarasota Crew, the American Youth Cup Series III is an annual series of three not-for-profit regattas that act as a lead-up to the USRowing Youth National Championships (YNC) and the Saratoga Jr B/C National Champioinships (SNC). 8 a.m - 5 p.m. Admission is free for all attendees and spectators. Parking: $5. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota.
May 27, 2017: A program honoring America's fallen soldiers and their families will take place in honor of Memorial Day at Sarasota National Cemetery with special guests and dignitaries hosted by American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 of Venice. Patriot Plaza has ample seating, however, visitors may bring lawn chairs should they prefer seating with a back. The program at Patriots Plaza will began at 9:45 with Patriotic music by the Sun Coast Wind Ensemble. Ceremonies will begin promptly at 10 a.m. State Representative and Navy Veteran Julio Gonzalez will give the official greetings and Lieutenant General Thomas Montgomery is scheduled to be the Guest Speaker. Begins at 9:45 a.m. Free admission. Patriot's Plaza, Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL.
May 27, 2017: It's the Venice Brew Bash 6 with over 60 craft and imported beers along with live music by local favorite The Jah Movement (bring a folding chair!). There will be beer on tap for sale and food vendors. Must be 21 and older to attend. Tickets: $35 in advance, $45 day of show at the door and you'll get an armband, glass and an afternoon of unlimited beer tasting. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Centennial Park, 200 W Venice Ave, downtown Venice, FL. Click here for more info and tickets. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 27 - 29, 2017: The 2017 Florida Wave Cup tournament takes place and features the best soccer teams from the U.S. and Canada with more than 120 college coaches and scouts attending. Starts at 8 a.m. The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch. 5895 Post Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch, FL. More details pending.
May 27 - 29, 2017: In gratitude for their service, United States Armed Forces
personnel will be honored and celebrated at Sarasota Jungle Gardens for Memorial Day. Veterans and all all active duty military members and their families are eligible to receive one free admission (with valid ID) with the purchase of one adult or child’s regularly priced same day admission (see venue for details). Admission is free for children three and under; $12.99 for children 4-16; $17.99 for adults and $16.99 for seniors 65+. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 28, 2017: It's the special "A Tribute to Heroes" Memorial Day Parade on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday evening. The parade will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Local bands and choir groups, drum lines and dance teams, floats, kids decorated bike contest, food, drinks and live entertainment. There will also be before and after parade festivities. Pre-parade block party starts at 5 p.m. with the street festivities continuing after the parade. Lakewood Ranch. east of I-75. Click here for more info. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 29, 2017: The Manatee County Veterans’ Council (MCVC) will present the 2017 Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans’ Monument Park located directly behind the Manatee Memorial Hospital near U.S. 41 and the Bradenton Riverwalk, Bradenton. 9 a.m. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 29, 2017: The 2017 Sarasota Memorial Day Parade honoring our fallen brothers and sisters will also pay a special tribute to the Battle of Midway Veterans as the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway will be recognized. The Parade will be led by the City of Sarasota Police Color Guard, the Sarasota Sheriff's Color Guard, and the Sarasota County Fire Department Color Guard, the Florida Fire Service, and Vets on Bikes. The Sarasota Military Academy, Sarasota High School, Riverview High School, Booker High School, and the Sarasota Academy of the Arts will march in the parade along with numerous Veterans groups such as the VFW, Vets on Bikes, National Guard, American Legion, Viet Nam Veterans, SRQ Veterans, DAV, Pearl Harbor Survivors, Ex-POW's, Navy League, and Vet Center. The parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Sarasota and marches from Osprey and Main to the Rev. J.D. Hamel Park at Main and Gulf Stream. There Jim D'Angelo, M.D., a nationally recognized Battle of Midway scholar, will be the featured speaker during the Memorial Ceremony at the conclusion of the parade at 11:00 a.m. The Sarasota Academy of the Arts will provide singers for the National Anthem and God Bless America along with a patriotic medley and the Sarasota Military Academy will provide pipers and buglers for the concluding ceremonies. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 29, 2017: The Annual Venice Area Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Patriots Park. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8118 will be sponsoring the ceremony. All the areas Veterans Organizations will be participating. The public is invited to attend. Bring a folding chair if you like. Water will be provided. Ceremonies begin at 10:00 a.m. Patriots Park is located on U.S. 41, just north of the intersection of U.S. 41 Bypass North and U.S. 41 Business. It was formerly known as Curry Creek Park.Following the services at Patriots Park, American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 will continue their tradition of hosting an open house at their Post Home, 1770 E. Venice Venice Ave., Venice, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 29, 2017: Ready for some blues? The 6th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival is taking place on Memorial Day at Snook Haven. Music gets underway at 11 a.m. with an all day and into the evening line up on two stages with a line up that includes: Biscuit Miller, Ben Presitage, The All Veterans Blues Band, Kellie Rucker, and Souliz. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Avenue, Venice. Click here for tickets and more info.
May 29, 2017: You're invited to enjoy the Annual Memorial Day Concert in Philippi Estate Park featuring the Sarasota Concert Band from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Lawn chairs and coolers welcome. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Adults $5, 12 and under are free. Food and drink vendors will be available. More info at: 941-364-2263. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those many heroes who have given so much to secure the freedoms we today take for granted here in the U.S. Have a safe, happy and meaningful Memorial Day weekend, from my May Sarasota Events Calendar and Escape-to-Sarasota.