2016 May Sarasota Events Calendar

The May Sarasota Events Calendar - fun free (or next to nothing) Sarasota happenings around the sun coast.

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May 2, 2016: It's the 17th Annual Siesta Key Chamber Golf Tournament. The Tournament will be played this year at The Founders Club. This is an excellent opportunity to play this private course. Open to all. Foursome & Dinner: $600, Single Player & Dinner: $150, Dinner Only: $35. 10:30 a.m. registration, 12 p.m. shotgun. Register and more info at 941-349-3800

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, 2017: There's a street party: "Main Street Live" in honor of Cinco de Mayo! on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12  a.m. with live music by Kettle of Fish 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. Last event of this season. Old Main Street between Manatee and 3rd avenues. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 5, 2017: 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.

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May 6, 2017: 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 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: to be announced.  Free admission. 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 3rd Ave W., Bradenton, FL.

May 6, 2017: Look up in the sky! Sidewalk Astronomy is being hosted by the Local Group Deep Sky Observers at Celery Fields/SRQ Audubon in Sarasota. Check out the moon and other heavenly bodies for free. Dusk - 10 p.m. (weather permitting).  The Celery Fields are located at 6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota.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  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.

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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May 7, 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. The last show of the 2017 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 7, 2017: It's the 20th 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 7 - 8, 2016: The 13th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair takes place with more than 100 talented crafters displaying their waresn in downtown Sarasota. From baskets to homemade soaps to jewelry and much more, it's a craft browser's delight! Take your hat or a good sun shade and enjoy! Hours: 10 a.m. - 5p.m. Central Avenue and 5 Points Park in Downtown Sarasota. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 08, 2016: How often do you get to treat your mom to something special? Take her to Mother's Day Brunch on the Bay at the Crosley Estate. With 2 seatings at 10 a.m.and 12:30 p.m., the menu will include: Belgium waffles,traditional breakfast menus, and brunch menus with Southern Tea Sandwiches, Seafood Newburg in puff pastry, our famous Crab Cakes, Chicken Jambalaya, smokey Citrus glazed ham, a selection of fresh salads and fruit, breakfast pastries, muffins and breads and dessert bites. Complimentary Coffee, Hot Tea and Juices.  Cash bar for signature drinks, wine and beer. Live music with seating inside the mansion or bay side. Adults - $42, Children 3 to 10 - $24; Children 3 and under are complimentary. Powel Crosley Estate & Museum, 8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Click here for more info or reservations.

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May 11 - 13, 2017: The 8th 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 12 - 13, 2017: The Orioles present “Arts in the Park,” the fourth annual outdoor Pops performed by the Sarasota Orchestra. 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. Show time: 8 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium,  2700 12th Street, Sarasota. Click here for more info and tickets.

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.

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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 14, 2016: The 15th Annual St. Francis Animal Rescue Cat's Meow Gala will feature dinner, live entertainment, music, dancing, raffle & prizes, silent auction and more. Casual attire. 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. $45 per person. Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd, Venice. Tickets available at the St. Francis Animal Shelter or at 941-492-6200. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 15, 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.

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

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May 19 - 21, 2017: Cast your line in the 5th annual White Buffalo Saloon Tarpon Tournament.  Kick off is Friday, May 19 at 6 p.m. with a mandatory Captains meeting at the White Buffalo Saloon. Saturday and Sunday is all day angling. Enjoy the Tarpon Party and live music Saturday after fishing at Spanish Point in Osprey, also open to the public. Tournament awards given Sunday.  More info: 941-218-6114. More details and info here.

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 an 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 - 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 competition starting at 8:30 a.m. You're sure to see some great volleyball action. Siesta Key public beach volleyball courts. Free spectator admission.

May 20 - 21, 2017: Check out the St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival and enjoy delectable seafood dishes prepared by local Sarasota restaurants. Be entertained by top local and regional musical performances in such genre as R&B, jazz, classical, calypso, reggae and more. Also explore the creativity of the works of arts and crafts exhibitors. Free admission. Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  St. Armands Key,  St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL.

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May 21, 2016: It's the 2nd Annual “Fish United Way” tournament benefiting the region’s United Ways and hosted by Florida Power and Light Company. Beginning at 5 a.m., anglers can cast their lines in the 4,000-acre cooling reservoir that serves the FPL Plant. Home to bass, crappies and catfish, the reservoir is a delight for anglers, who pay $350 per boat (includes 3 anglers), to participate in one of the open tournament days. The reservoir is normally closed to the public, but opens four times a year for the fishing tournament which benefits the surrounding communities. All of the money raised is shared by United Way of South Sarasota County, United Way Suncoast and United Way of Manatee County. Click here for more information and to register for the tournament.

May 21, 2016: It's Blues, Brews and BBQ Fest with Mac McConnell, Blues Pig and Sarasota Slim. There will be food provided by Island Time Bar and Grill and Fire and Stone Pizza as well as a full bar and Budweiser beer truck. Admission: $5 at the gate. 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. 896-2222. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 21, 2016: Step back in time at the Pool Moon Party with an evening of fun and good times hearkening back to the 1950s! Masquerade as a 1950s icon: Dean, Frank, Marilyn, Audrey, etc and enjoy live music from Rob Satori belting out those great Rat Pack Era tunes on the pool deck. Appetizers and open bar, specialty Cocktails (Liquor, Champagne, Beer & Wine), 2 DJ's will be spinning great dance music inside. Benefits the Foundation for the Preservation of Victor Lundy's South Gate Community House. $60 in advance, $75 at the door. 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. South Gate Community Center, 3145 Southgate Circle, Sarasota. Click here for tickets and more info.

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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 28, 2016: 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 including the Trinity Christian Fellowship Choir and student musicians from the Sarasota Military Academy. Patriot Plaza has ample seating. Visitors may bring lawn chairs should they prefer seating with a back.11 a.m. Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota.

May 28, 2016: It's the Venice Brew Bash 5 with over 60 craft and imported beers along with live music (bring a folding chair!) and food for purchase Samples of the beers are provided, not full bottles of beer in a block party like atmosphere. They have added an air-conditioned VIP Tent this year, too. 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. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Centennial Park, downtown Venice. Click here for more info and tickets. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 28 - 29, 2016:  The sport of Lacrosse comes to town with a Lacrosse tournament being billed as the "3rd Annual Laxpalooza's Warrior Shootout." With 22 lacrosse fields, the teams will be of all age levels from the southwest U.S. Last year it was free admission and parking. Premier Sports Complex, 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch. Click here for the schedule and more info.

May 28 - 29, 2016: It's the 5th Annual Suncoast Tarpon Shootout with 2 divisions: kayak and boat. Kayak anglers fish Saturday May 28th or Sunday May 29th. The boat division is on Sunday, May 29th. Boat division prizes are: 1st: $5,000.00, 2nd: $3,000.00, 3rd: $2,000.00. If you are not in the money you still have a chance to win: $1,000.00 blind draw. Kayak anglers will win: 1st: new Hobie Outback,  2nd $1,000.00, 3rd: $500.00. Not in the money: $250.00 blind draw. Hours of fishing are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. in waters of Sarasota County and Pinellas County. Party Sunday at 3 p.m. at Conley Buick GMC, 800 Cortez Rd W., Bradenton. Contact Mike McDonald for information: 941 915-2780. Or click here for sign up and more info.

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: 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

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Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 30, 2016: The Manatee County Veterans’ Council (MCVC) will present the 2016 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 30, 2016: The Annual Sarasota Memorial Day Parade is at 10:00 a.m. beginning at Main Street and Osprey Avenue. Marching units will include the Veteran service organizations, law enforcement agencies, fire departments and their color guards, Civic Organizations, High School Bands and ROTC units and historical military equipment. A ceremony will begin immediately after the parade at at JD Hamel Park at Main St. and Gulf Stream Ave. about 11 a.m. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 30, 2016: The Annual Venice Area Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Patriots Park. American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 will be hosting the ceremony  sponsored by the Marine Corps League of Venice. 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. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 30, 2016: In gratitude for their service, United States Armed Forces
personnel will be honored and celebrated at Sarasota Jungle Gardens on Memorial Day. Veterans and all active service military (with valid ID) receive free admission with the purchase of one adult or child’s regularly priced same day admission. Admission is free for children three and under; $10.99 for children 4-16; $15.99 for adults and $14.99 for seniors. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 30, 2016:  Ready for some blues? The 5th 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 that includes: Stage One: Randy Stephens 11 a.m - 12 p.m., Bing Futch 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m., Mike Davis – No Money Down 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.,  Duffy Bishop Band 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Stage 2: Gator Nate 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Packrat Thompson & Smokehouse 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds of the festival will benefit the Loveland Center and the Loveland Village. Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Avenue, Venice. Click here for tickets and more info. 

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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.

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