The November Sarasota Events Calendar - the best fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota, Florida and around the sun coast.
November 2, 2017: 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.
November 3, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Eddie Tobin, keyboard and vocals and former pianist/conductor for Englebert Humperdinck. $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.
November 3, 2017: Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.! Live music, beer, wine and food available. Check out Robin and the Retros and their 60s, 70s & Motown sounds. 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.
November 3 - 5, 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 $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 4, 2017: It's the “Fish For United Way” tournament benefiting the region’s United Ways and hosted by Florida Power and Light Company. Anglers can cast their lines in the 4,000-acre cooling reservoir, also known as Lake Parrish, that serves the FPL Plant. Home to bass, crappies and catfish, the reservoir is a delight for anglers, who pay $250 per boat (includes 3 anglers, $50 each additional angler), to participate in one of the open tournament days. The reservoir is normally closed to the public, but opens three times a year for the fishing tournament which benefits the surrounding communities. Top prize: $1,000. Tournament is limited to 50 boats. 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.
November 4, 2017: It's the 16th Annual Ferrari's at St. Armand's Circle. The show revs up from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in circle park. Over 75 Ferrari owners will be showing off their rides and competing for the top prize trophy. Free admission. St. Armand's Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 4, 2017: The 18th Annual Original Mullet Smoke-Off will feature tasty smoked mullet, the infamous mullet toss, live music, cast net toss, arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine along with smoked mullet, smoked mullet dip and mullet cakes. There's also barbecue and hot dogs.Fun for the whole family. Free admission. 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia Island, North Manatee County.
November 4, 2017: The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast's Fall Family Festival will feature old fashioned games, arts and crafts, kayaking, a fire truck, face painting, a kids workshop, tree climbing, live music and more. Free admission. It takes place on Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Ave, Osprey. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. More info: 941-918-2100.
November 4, 2017: It's the Taste of Manatee. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Bradenton, you'll find great food, live music, arts & crafts and more. Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Free admission. At the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton. Click here for more info.
November 4, 2017: Harvest Church is holding their Harvest Fall Festival and they invite you and your family to this memorable event to celebrate the good things happening in our lives! There will be roasted corn, bounce houses, vendors, face painting, a photo booth, Trunk or Treat, a Marketplace and more. Free admission. 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Harvest Church, 3650 17th Street Sarasota FL.
November 4, 2017: It's the 2017 Snooty's Gala fundraiser, "Elements," for the South Florida Museum. There will be a raffle and silent auction, dinner by Michael's on East, live music by Serenade of Souls, Open Bar, Black Tie, Complimentary Valet Parking. All proceeds benefit the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium. Tickets: $200/person. 6 p.m. South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West, Bradenton FL. More info: 941-216-3463
November 4, 2016: The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce hosts its 27th Annual Sandfest Dinner and Party at the Siesta Key Beach Pavilion. The annual event comes with a "Flashback to the 80's" theme complete with dinner, music, dancing, silent auction, cash bar and more. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Chamber members: $25, non members: $35. Siesta Key Public Beach Pavilion, 948 Beach Road. More info at Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce: (941) 349-3800.
November 4 - 5, 2017: It's the 30th Annual Venice Art Fest, originally begun in 1987. Another of the numerous open air festivals on my November Sarasota Events Calendar, this outdoor event is held in Historic Downtown Venice, on west Venice Avenue. With free admission for all, the Fest takes place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day and features the works of over 150 artists. The weather in Sarasota and along the gulf coast is usually perfect for the Venice Art Fest. Click here to learn more about the Venice Art fest. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 4 - 5, 2017: The FSDA Sarasota Stamp Show will
feature not only stamps but covers, postcards and supplies plus buying,
selling and appraising. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Free
admission and parking. New location: Knights of Columbus, 4880 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL
November 4 - 5, 2017: It's time for the annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. There's jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides and games along with food and drinks from turkey legs to hearty ales. There's also Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths plus 11 stages holding over 75 shows daily! Adults $17.95 Student/Senior $15.95 Children 5-12 $8.95 and 4 and under free. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info. Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 4 - 5, 2016: The Village of the Arts celebrates its 11th Annual Festival of the Skeletons. Galleries, restaurants and other shops will be decorated in honor of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as they celebrate the life of passed loved ones. There will be a community shrine in honor of David Bowie, Mexican food, a memorial fence, skeleton crafts, strolling skeletons and more. Friday: 6 p.m, - 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL Click here for more info.
November 4 - 5, 2017: It's the Nathan Benderson Park Rowing Festival featuring the Sarasota-Bradenton Chase Race and two days of non-stop racing. Rowing and Dragon Boat races and the Beer, Boats, and Bacon festivities will also be taking place during the event. Free admission and open to all. Saturday 9 a.m - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Here's more info.
November 4 - 5, 2017: It's time for a brew! The Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest will feature over 60+ craft beers to sample with the General Admission & VIP Ticket. Throughout the event there will be various bacon bites and samples from local restaurants and caterers plus more food available for purchase from over 15 vendors. The festival will have live music, a family friendly section, craft beers sampling and more. Parking $5. 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Click here for more info and tickets.
November 5, 2017: It's the 43rd annual Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club’s premier southwest Florida event: Gulf Coast Cycle-fest! Join with other cyclists from around the country as they enjoy new routes through Manatee County. Not a race, it's designed to be a whole family event with routes of 100, 62, 35, or 20 mile distances. Number of riders is limited. Get in early. Event time: 6:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Fees: Register by October 1, $45.00. Register after October 1, $50.00. Event location: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch. Click here for more info and registration.
November 5, 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 is the last show of the fall season. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) More info at: 388-1666.
November 5, 2016: You're invited to enjoy a Pinecraft Christmas with all Local and USA made gifts. Vendors feature pottery, jewelry, beautiful handmade wood bowls, fiber art, hand crafted note cards, crochet items, wreaths, and much more. Many items made by local Mennonite and Amish community members. Soft pretzel and kettle korn food trucks. Hand quilting by local Amish ladies at Alma Sue's Quilt Shop. Free admission. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 3737 Bahia Vista street, intersection of Beneva and Bahia Vista, Sarasota.
November 5, 2016: Enjoy the atmosphere of the 14th Annual Hispanic Fall Festival which will feature music, dance, food, culture, a children's playground and fun.10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free. Tickets available to buy for food purchases. St. Jude Catholic Church, 3930 17th Street, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-955-3934
November 5, 2017: The first concert of the season 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. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 5, 2016: The Sarasota Film Festival in partnership with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources invites you to join them on the beach under the stars for a for another in the series of Moonlight Movies for the screening of the Disney film "Aladdin." Don't forget to bring your picnic baskets, blankets and beach chairs! Free admission. Begins at Sunset. Siesta Beach Pavilion, Siesta Key.
November 6, 2017: There will be a concert performance titled "American Salute" by the Venice Concert Band. 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of Venice High School, 1 Indian Ave, Venice. Details on ticket purchases here. More info at 941-480-1704. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 6 - 7, 2017: For two days only it's the Sahib Shrine Circus with incredible acts, all the best the circus has to offer and family fun for everyone. Shows will take place at Bradenton Area Convention Center. Free parking. General admission tickets: adults: $24, children 12 and under: $8.00. However, the first 100 adult tickets sold directly through the Garden Bros. Tickets also available from the Sahib Shriners at 600 North Beneva Road, Sarasota. Performances at: Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto FL Click here for more info.
November 10, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring The Valerie Gillespie Ensemble. A multi talented musician, she also plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax, flute, piccolo and clarinet. $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.
November 10, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Robin and the Retros in the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 7 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Venice. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 10 - 13, 2017: The 10th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival
takes place for its 4th year in Venice, Florida. The theme of the 2017 festival is: "EVANESCENT." Hundreds of chalk artists will create
artwork using the pavement of the Venice Airport Festival Grounds as
their canvas and the grounds will also serve as the main parking area and site of the 4 day event. Last year over 500 national and international artists participated in the Sarasota Chalk Festival. The fest features street painting; 3D Pavement Art, Traditional Pavement Art as well as other events and attractions connected to the fest! Admission is from $5 - $25. Click here for pictures and more details on the Sarasota Chalk Festival!
November 10 - 13, 2017: Come out and enjoy the 8th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Master Sand Sculptors from across the U.S. will compete in paired teams for Thousands in prize money. Other events connected to the competition will take place, as well. Those activities, including live music and food and retail vendors in a "vendor village" setting are also a part of the festival. Friday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Various on line discount available with various ticket packages including reserved private parking. You can purchase daily admission upon arrival to the event. Click here to see and read more about The Siesta Key Master Sand Sculpture Contest.
November 10, 2017: The 4th Annual Sarasota Kiwanis Club Veterans' Day Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Rear Admiral, USCG (retired) Steve Branham, CFS . The breakfast benefits the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation and Veterans Services at USF Sarasota-Manatee. 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Individual tickets: $25 per person available through Nov. 3. Question and Reservations: 925-2970 or SRQKiwanisVeterans-DayBreakfast@gmail.com. Event takes place at Sahib Shriners, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and tickets.
November 11, 2017: The Manatee County Veteran's Council holds its annual Veteran's Day Parade starting at the Manatee County Fairgrounds at 10:00 a.m. The parade marches south on 11th avenue west and ends at Sutton Park, 1050 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Following the Parade will be the annual Veterans Day Event Service. Afterwards, the City of Palmetto and the Manatee County Curator will open the nearby historic village and Veteran museum to the public. The service begins at about 11 a.m. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 11, 2016: You can salute local vets during the Sarasota Veterans' Day Parade. The Parade, featuring the Marching Bands of Sarasota, Riverview and Booker High Schools, starts at Main Street and Osprey Avenue at 10:00 a.m. and proceeds down Main Street to Five Points Park where a ceremony is to be held at approximately 11:00 a.m. There will be a special guest speaker along with local elementary and middle school students singing the National Anthem and other patriotic songs. Sponsored by the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 11, 2016: There is a Veterans' Day Observance and Ceremony at Patriot's Park in Venice: Venetia Bay Boulevard just off Rt. 41 south of Roberts Bay on the east side of Rt 41 (just north of the Legacy Trail Bridge over Rt. 41 in Venice), 800 Venetia Bay Blvd. Ceremonies are from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Patriot's Park. You are welcome to bring chairs. Sponsored by the Marine Corps League 643 of Nokomis. Following the ceremony all veterans are invited back to the American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 in Venice for the Veteran's Day Open House. 1770 E. Venice Ave., Venice. 941-488-1157. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 11, 2016: The Rotary Club of Longboat Key will be sponsoring the LBK 3rd Annual Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program.The parade route begins at the Longboat Key Bank of America and ends at the Temple Beth Israel entrance, approximately ¼ mile. A Veterans Honor Program, refreshments, and socializing will immediately follow the parade. The Veterans Day Parade and Honor Program is open to ALL Longboat Key veterans, their family and friends who live, rent, work, worship or are visiting on Longboat Key. Longboat Key encourages all veterans from Allied nations along with their families and friends to participate. Event begins at 2 p.m. For more information contact: Gene Luca, Email - Geneluca21@gmail.com, Cell - 609-605-7025. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 11, 2016: The Annual Veteran's Day Mass is being held at the Sarasota National Cemetery at 3 p.m. Opening Ceremonials begin at 2:45 p.m. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane who invites all to attend a Catholic Memorial Mass in gratitude for the dedication and loyal service of all active duty, retired and deceased Military Veterans. Active military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniform. There will be ample free seating and parking. Sunscreen and hats recommended. Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Road) in Sarasota (five miles east of I-75). November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 11, 2017: Enjoy the 16th Annual Suncoast Food & Wine Festival featuring unlimited sampling of fare from dozens of Suncoast Restaurants. Also enjoy wines and craft beers with live entertainment. There will also be cooking demonstrations and a grand prize drawing at the end of the event. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free parking. Rain or shine. Sarasota Polo Grounds at Lakewood Ranch. Tickets: $80 per person, VIP ticket gets you in an hour earlier with special food and drink. All proceeds donated by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch to charities. Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and tickets.
November 11, 2017: It's A Musical Event in the Key of Sea: Symphony on the Sand will return to Coquina Beach and provide the opportunity for you to enjoy the award-winning Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (a 45-piece orchestra) during sunset on Anna Maria Island as well as wine, beer and the best delicacies from the top area restaurants. The event features a full orchestra, chorus and professional soloists. Several options available with tickets from $20 - $125. 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Coquina Beach Park, Anna Maria Island. Click here for more info. 540-325-3268.
November 11 - 12, 2017: Check out the Vintage and Collectibles Fair with lots of exhibitors with everything from antiques, books, collectibles, linens and more. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults $3 for the entire weekend, kids 12 and under free. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail.
November 11 - 12, 2017: It's time to "get crackin" at the 6th Annual Stone Crab Festival in the fishing village of Cortez, along Sarasota Bay. Two days of food, drinks, live music, beer tent, a kids zone plus fresh stone crabs. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days. Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar, 4628 119th St W., Cortez, FL. Marker 49 by boat. 941-798-2035. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 11 - 12, 2017: It's the 29th Annual St. Armand's Circle Fall Art Festival around Circle Park. Usually held under sunny skies, with warm temperatures, this outdoor festival on my Sarasota Calendar of Events is attended by thousands of art lovers who come to see and buy the works of artists from around the nation. Admission is free, as is parking. Hours:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Click here to read more about the St Armands Art Festival.
November 11 - 12, 2017: For some old time fun check out the annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. There's jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides and games along with food and drinks from turkey legs to hearty ales. There's also Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths plus 11 stages holding over 75 shows daily! Adults $17.95 Student/Senior $15.95 Children 5-12 $8.95 and 4 and under free. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL Click here for more info.
November 11 - 13, 2016: Anna Maria Island will celebrate its 10th annual ArtsHOP weekend, a 2 weekend, three-day arts and cultural celebration that includes art walks through downtown Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. This year¹s event will feature hundreds of original works created by the best local artists as well as delicacies created by top area chefs featuring products grown and caught nearby. This year¹s event will also include performances by The Island Players at their historic theater, an outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival and more. Event continues Nov 18 - 20, 2016. Click here for more info, details and times.
November 12, 2016: It's the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, a Flea Market only Pirate Style! 100’s of Vendors, Treasures to be Found, Food to be Eaten, Fresh Veggies to be bought. Custom Handmade Jewelry to Sharks Teeth on a String, T-Shirts to Bikini’s, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Golf paraphernalia to Fishing Lures, Nuts to Bolts, Antiques to Knock offs, BBQ Brisket to Hot Links. Hang with some Pirates, a 60ft. Pirate Ship and it all happens right on Coquina Beach. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 12, 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 is the last show of the fall season. This
free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway
(near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) More info at: 388-1666.
November 12, 2017: You're invited to Bowls of Hope 2017, an All Faiths Food Bank benefit. Take part in a family friendly day at Ed Smith Stadium and enjoy soup, bread and desserts from 40 restaurants and be reminded of the empty bowls that are filled. Take home a beautiful, handcrafted bowl from local artists as a reminder of the empty bowls you help fill. Advance Tickets $10 - $100. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota. Click here for more.
November 12, 2016: Mama Mia! It's the Festa Italiana at Lakewood Ranch featuring Fine Italian Wine, Italian Beer, Pizza & Calzone, Shrimp Scampi, Linguini & Clam Sausage and Peppers, Zeppole & Spedini, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Italian Coffee & Pastries and Italian Ice! Plus there's a full line up of entertainment in store including children's activities, craft vendors and a dog costume contest to benefit the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Greenbrook Adventure Park, 13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch. Ciao! Here's more info including registration for the dog costume contest.
November 12, 2016: It's a live music competition at the 3rd Annual Rock for a Cause. Top performer in the "Battle of the Bands" style competition wins a $1,500 cash prize and the chance to donate $3,500 to the music department of the Sarasota County school of its choice. This family friendly event will also include vendors selling goods, food and drinks and there will be a "kids only" area with fun and games. 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. 2016 Rock for a Cause is on Main Street starting at the circle at Orange and extending East to Goodrich, Sarasota! Click here for more info.
November 17, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring New Orleans native, David Pruyn with a career spanning over 40 years. $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.November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
November 17, 2016: Enjoy a 90 minute concert featuring the Riverview Kilties and their Fall Concert. 7 p.m. $5 at the door. Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, One Ram Way, Sarasota. 539-5383.
November 17, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with The Blues Crawl in the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Venice. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 17 - 19, 2017: It's the Englewood Beach Waterfest, Englewood's version of the Sarasota Offshore Grand Prix Super Boat Racing Fest. Click here for more info. On the racing card are multiple classes of high speed offshore racing boats, vying for awards, off Engelwood Beach. A Race Boat block party takes place Friday evening, Nov. 17 starting at 5 p.m. on Dearborn Street with the street lined with race boats and In the park there will be music, food and drinks along with vendors. Free admission to the block party. Racing is both Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon and awards ceremonies after the races at 7 p.m. in the Race Village. Events are at: Dearborn Street, Race Village, Englewood Beach, Manasota Key, FL
November 18, 2017: The Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch is hosting its 17th Annual Art Show and Sale. This art and gifts show features original works of art by local artists and artisans in various mediums, including watercolor, jewelry, pottery, ceramic, wood turning, pastels, acrylics, mixed media and more. Free admission. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free Admission & Parking. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 18, 2017: It's the Annual Canine Christmas Festival and Adopt-A-Thon 2017! Canine Christmas is a fun festival for dog owners & their dogs and those looking to adopt a dog. Bring your well-behaved dogs on a leash and enjoy the festival events (dogs must have current inoculation tag). The festival features a parade of adoptable pets, doggie fashion show, games, contests, canine i.q. test, pet pictures with Santa, pet vendors and much more including Food Trucks with plenty of great food and drinks and fun for everyone. Admission is free. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bishop SPCA Animal Shelter grounds 5718 21st Ave. West, Bradenton. Click here for more info. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 18, 2017: The 5th Annual Venice Blues Festival will feature: from Dallas, Texas, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, from Buffalo, NY, the one and only Tommy Z, and Detroit's favorite rockin blues woman Eliza Neals. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Dr S, Venice, FL. Click here for more info. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 18, 2017: It's the 25th Annual Hot Dogs & Cool Cats Laugh Your Paws Off Gala! Hosted by comedians Les McCurdy and Ken Sons, there's usually a champagne reception, dinner, open bar and valet parking. The event raises lifesaving funds for the Humane Society of Sarasota, the area's largest no kill shelter. 6 p.m. $250 per person. Sarasota Yacht Club,1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-955-4131.
November 18, 2016: Follow the swingin' beat to the the Party at the Point and break out your boas and bow ties! "We’re Misbehavin’," is a jazz-themed VIP dinner and bay-front bash on the grounds of beautiful Historic Spanish Point for their annual fund-raising gala. It'll be an evening of dining, dancing and entertainment with Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, direct from New York City, on the museum’s White Cottage lawn, Pergola and Sunken Garden. 6:30 p.m. until the beat stops. Tickets: $200.00 per person for patrons, $300.00 per person for VIPs. 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. For reservations: (941) 966-5214, ext. 2500. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 18 - 19, 2017: The Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association presents the 5th Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Arts Festival featuring original paintings, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking and more. Free admission. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Gulf Stream avenue adjacent to Hwy. 41, downtown Sarasota. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 18 - 19, 2017: It's the last weekend of the annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. There's jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides and games along with food and drinks from turkey legs to hearty ales. There's also Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths plus 11 stages holding over 75 shows daily! Adults $16.95 Student/Senior $14.95 Children 5-12 $8.95 and 4 and under free. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info.
November 18 - 20, 2016: Anna Maria Island will celebrate its 10th annual ArtsHOP weekend, a three-day arts and cultural celebration that includes art walks through downtown Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island. This year¹s event will feature hundreds of original works created by the best local artists as well as delicacies created by top area chefs featuring products grown and caught nearby. This year¹s event will also include performances by The Island Players at their historic theater, an outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival and more. Click here for more info, details and times.
November 19, 2016: It's the annual "Sandblast" day-long Sand-sculpting competition taking place along the shores of Manatee Public Beach in support of Keep Manatee Beautiful, a group dedicated to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement throughout the county. In addition to showcasing the local talent, Sandblast also offers free clinics taught by master sculptors Learn the “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” of sand sculpture at free clinics taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, while the competition is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Great Family Fun In the Sun. Manatee Public Beach, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Anna Maria Island. Click here for more info.
November 19, 2016: It's the annual Harvest Fest Arts & Craft Fair featuring over 65 booths of unique specialty items. Everyone who attends will have a chance to win prizes plus there will be entertainment in the packinghouse. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St., E., Bradenton. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 19, 2016: Put on your dancin' shoes and "Lindy on the Lawn" at Historic Spanish Point's jazz lawn party. Click here for more info. Move and groove to the jazz sounds of Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, direct from New York City, the beautiful historic site on the Little Sarasota Bay. Tickets: Hotsy Totsy - General Admission – $40 per person, The Bee’s Knees - Patrons -$100 per person (includes lunch and 2 drink tickets), The Cat’s Meow - VIPs – $250 per person (includes served lunch, 4 drink tickets, and seating in the special VIP tent). 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Get tickets by calling 941-966-5214. Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey.
November 19, 2016: If you're into road trips and cigars check out the Ybor City Cigar Festival.The yearly smoker features handmade premium and boutique cigars, cigar rolling demos, a cigar lounge, live music, wine, beer and more. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission $5. Centennial Park, 1800 E 8th Ave, Tampa. In The Historic District of Ybor City, about an hour's drive, give or take, from the Sarasota area.
November 19, 2017: Giddy up, giddy up! It's the 26th Annual Ponies under the Palms benefit car show featuring Mustangs and other Ford cars. (For auto exhibitors: $25 to register your car for the show, $30 day of show. Check in is 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Award ceremony is at 3:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs and Take Stock in Children. Free admission. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Along Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Sponsored by the Mustang Club of West Central Florida. More info at 920-944-8137.
November 19, 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. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 20, 2017: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Kettle of Fish. Click here for tickets and more info. 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.
November 22, 2017: There's a Thanksgiving Eve Party: "Main Street Live" and it takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. Live music throughout the evening. The event also features food & drink vendors and arts and crafts. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
November 23, 2017: It's the 8th Annual Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot 5K across the Ringling Bridge. Click here for more info. Organized by ALSO Youth, the race begins at the Hyatt and crosses the Ringling Bridge. Along with the run there's food, music, raffle prizes, beer and more. $30 - $35 registration fee. 8 a.m. Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota.
November 24, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Bill Buchman's, whose music has a foundation in everything from New Orleans jazz, swing, boogie woogie, blues and latin jazz. $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. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 24, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Kraig Kenning in the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Venice. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 25, 2017: Something new to check out: the Solutionary Health Festival where you will have the opportunity to learn about creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world through a fun-filled festival. Featuring knowledgeable speakers, health food, live music from a variety of talented musicians, health-oriented vendors, a kids' health zone, health trivia, yoga, and more, it's fun for all age groups and they welcome diversity. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $2 park admission. Oscar Scherer Park, 1843 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. Click here for more info.
November 25, 2016: Check out the opening night of the annual seasonal festival Holly Days and Mangrove Lights at Historic Spanish Point with their decorated homestead buildings and lighted gardens in a beautiful 30 acre setting. Miniature white lights on the trees and in the mangroves lends a magical holiday ambiance. The museum will be open until 8 p.m. tonight and on Thursdays and Fridays until January 6, 2017. Regular admission applies. Free for Members. Adults and Teens $12.00 | Senior
discount $2.00 Children ages 5-12 $5.00. Guests accompanying Members
$5.00. 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. 941-966-5214. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 25, 2017: It's the kickoff to the Suncoast's holiday season with The Venice Holiday Parade which traditionally takes place the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving. The 38 year tradition continues when the annual Parade steps off at 7 p.m. on the streets of Historic Downtown Venice. With over 3 thousand participants representing about 120 local companies, schools, churches, social organizations and music groups, this is one of the biggest Holiday Parades along the Suncoast. The Venice Holiday Parade is expected to draw 40,000 viewers. Pre-parade entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. in the downtown Venice area. The parade route runs from Park Blvd and West Venice Avenue to the Venice Community Center. Weather can vary from year to year but it's best to bring a sweater, sweatshirt or lightweight jacket. Streets in the parade route close at 3 p.m. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 25, 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./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. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
November 26, 2016: It's the Fall Family Fishing Tournament at the Venice Fishing Pier for 3 age groups, 5 - 9, 10 - 12, 13 - 16. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at Papa's Bait Shop on the pier. Check in on arrival. Fishing is from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Sign up at Papa's Bait Shop on the pier or via email and include child's name and age: firstname.lastname@example.org. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The tournament is free but donations to the Wildlife Center of Venice will be kindly accepted. Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 26, 2016: Better than air guitar? How about the Cigar Box Guitar Festival? Featuring workshops and lessons on how to make and play your own cigar box guitar, there will also be performances by Justin Johnson, one of the genre's most recognizable performers of the art. There will also be food vendors and more. $15 advance/$20 day off show. 4 p.m. Hosted by community radio station WSLR at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 26, 2016: Enjoy the Tree Lighting Ceremony and then watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," the original 1966 cartoon film, the outdoor holiday movie. Also enjoy a live music performance by the Sweet Adelines. Free admission. Popcorn & refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own chairs & blankets. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. Click here for more info.
November 26, 2016: It's the annual Light Up Siesta Key Village Parade and Holiday Open House where the festivities take place from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. The event features a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and Santa will arrive by fire truck following the parade at approximately 6:15 pm. Santa will greet all children with the first 250 to see him receiving gift bags donated by Beach Bazaar. At Santa’s Village there will also be a clown, face painting and games with prizes. Photos may be taken with Santa and there will also be live musical entertainment by the Pine View High School Jazz Band, Keyboard Players and choirs singing holiday songs.Free Trolley Rides from Siesta Key Public Beach to Siesta Village from 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 30, 2017: It's your chance to enjoy "Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan"
on the grounds of the Ringling Museum. Click here for tickets. The mansion is all decked out
for the holiday season including a 10' tall tree during extended hours. 5
p.m. - 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 Free for members and included with "Art
After Five" admission. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. Also on 12/14, 12/21, 12/28 & 01/04/18.