2016 November Sarasota
Events Calendar

The November Sarasota Events Calendar - the best fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota, Florida and around the sun coast.

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November 3, 2016: Check out Ringling Underground with local and regional live music while up and coming artists showcase their works in the museum courtyard. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Admission: $5 - $10. Free for members and free with "Art After Five" admission, College Students Free with College ID. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700.

November 4, 2016: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Eddie Tobin. $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 4, 2016: 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 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.

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November 4, 2016: Enjoy the Swiss Music Fest 2016 featuring the Sarasota Concert Band along with Marianne Cathomen, Lisa Stoll and Streichmusik Alder and their international music and songs.Tickets: $30 and proceeds benefit the Honor Band Program sponsored by the Sarasota Concert Band. Performance at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m. Riverview High School Auditorium, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. Advance tickets and more info at: SwissFestSarasota@gmail.com

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 - 6, 2016: 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 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.

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

Sarasota November Events

November 5, 2016: It's the 15th 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 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, 2016: The 17th 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. 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 5, 2016: 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, live music and more. 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.

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November 5, 2016: It's the 2016 Snooty's Gala fundraiser, "Starstruck," for the South Florida Museum. There will be a raffle and silent auction, dinner, live music. Open Bar, Black Tie, Complimentary Valet Parking. Tickets: $200/person. 6 p.m. South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West, Bradenton FL. More info: 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or click here for more details.

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 5, 2016: 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. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

November 5, 2016: The Manatee Community Concert Band and the Manatee County Veteran's Council are proud to present a FREE “Let Freedom Ring” Concert. The concert will pay tribute to our Local Veterans highlighting your favorite American Patriotic Music including a special performance by the Andrew Sisters Act and other local musicians, a true Patriotic Spectacular! 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Manatee High School Auditorium, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton. More info here.

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Venice Art Fest in Venice Florida

November 5 - 6, 2016: It's the 29th 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 5 - 6, 2016: It's the Nathan Benderson Park Rowing Festival featuring the Sarasota-Bradenton Chase Race and two days of non-stop racing. Plus enjoy more of the fest including live music Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., a vendor market,  kid zone, community displays and beer garden. 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. Click here for more details.

November 5 - 6, 2016: 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 $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. Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 5 - 6, 2016: It's time to "get crackin" at the 5th 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. 9 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

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November 5 - 6, 2016: It was necessary for organizers to cancel this event for 2016 and they hope to have it back new and improved for 2017! It's the 30th Annual Taste of Manatee. Co-sponsored by The Del Couch Musical Foundation and West Bradenton Rotary Club, you'll find great food, live music, arts & crafts and more. Large screen TV will accommodate the football lovers in the crowd. Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 12 p .m. - 7 p.m.  Free admission. Sutton Park in Palmetto. 1006 6th St W, Palmetto, FL. Click here for more info.

November 6, 2016: It's the 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.  Breakfast, high quality dri-fit SHIRTS, five well-stocked rest stops, full SAG support, music and lunch. Get  in early and register by October 5 for a guaranteed dri-fit shirt in your requested size. Six hundred fifty dri-fit SHIRTS available. Event will be limited to 700 cyclists. Fees: $40.00 Register by October 5, $45.00. Register by November 3, $50.00. Register November 4 - November 6. Event location: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch. Click here for more info and registration.

November 6, 2016: Get into the music! It's the Eclectic Fall Garden Music Series at Selby Gardens with Big Night Out, a six-piece tropical style dance band from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Family-friendly. Limited seating and you're invited to bring your own seating and lawn blankets. Sundays through November 13. Free for Selby Members. Others:  Adults $20, kids 4 - 17 $10. Food and drinks available for purchase. No outside coolers please. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

November 6, 2016: 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. 

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November 6, 2016: 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 7, 2016: There will be a concert performance titled "Salute to Veterans" by the Venice Concert Band. 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets $7 at the door or at the Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of  Venice High School from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. day of concert. 1 Indian Ave, Venice. More info at 941-480-1704. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 8 - 20, 2016: The 10th annual Anna Maria Island artsHOP will include a variety of fun, educational and interactive events. Some of the events planned are: art walks in all three island cities, Symphony in the Sand, two additional outdoor concerts on Coquina beach, twelve plays and Sandblast.  artsHOP is the signature festival of Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of Anna Maria Island as a cultural destination by supporting, promoting and advocating for art and culture on the island. Various dates and times. Anna Maria Island. Click here for the full schedule.

November 10, 2016: Fina a feast for your taste buds at A Taste of Gulf Gate which will feature local restaurants from the immediate Gulf Gate area along with wine tasting and musical entertainment plus chances to win gift cards. $20. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtis Avenue. More info and advance tickets here.

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Sarasota Veterans Day Events

November 11, 2016: The 3rd Annual Sarasota Kiwanis Club Veterans' Day Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Rear Admiral Thomas Logan Malone. The breakfast benefits the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation and Goodwill Manasota's Veterans Services Program. 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Individual tickets: $25 per person. Question and Reservations: 925-2970 or SRQKiwanisVeterans-DayBreakfast@gmail.com. Event takes place at Robarts Arena, 3000 RIngling Blvd., Sarasota. Click here for more info and tickets.

November 11, 2016: The Manatee County Veteran's Council holds its annual  Veteran's Day Parade starting at the Manatee County Fairgrounds at 10:15 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 including the Veterans Day proclamations by Mayor Bryant  plus the annual Colonel Frederick J. Graves Awards will be presented to the Veteran of the Year, Auxiliary of the Year and the non-Veteran of the Year. 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 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

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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


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November 11, 2016: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Bluestar (Blues) 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 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.

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November 11 - 14, 2016: The 9th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival takes place for its 3rd year in Venice, Florida. The theme of the 2016 festival is: "Love & Peace." Hundreds of chalk artists will create artwork using the pavement of the Venice Airport Fairgrounds 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, Open Fun Zone as well as the Pavement Music Festival, a 5K Fun Run, food and fun! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 12 years of age and younger. Ticket also includes admission to the Pavement Music Festival. Unlimited admission tickets can be purchased for $25. Click here for pictures and more details on the Sarasota Chalk Festival!

November 11 - 14, 2016: Eat, drink and be merry at the 2016 Chalk Festival Pavement Music Festival with local and regional music of all genres from easy listening to "get up & dance!" There will be live musical performances all 4 days on the Pavement Music Festival concert stage with a dance floor as well as tented seating. There will also be food vendors and a beer garden as well as soft drinks available. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free parking. Daily admission to the Chalk Festival is $10 per adult, $5 per student and 12 years old and younger are free. Venice Airport Fairgrounds, 900 Airport Avenue East, Venice, FL. Click here for more info

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Siesta Key Crystal Master Sand Sculpting Competition

November 11 - 15, 2016: Come out and enjoy the 7th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Twenty Master Sculptors from across the U.S. will compete in paired teams for $15,000 in prize money. Other events connected to the competition will take place, as well. Those activities, including live music and food and retail vendors, will be south of the Siesta Key Public Beach pavilion. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Day of Admission on site: $5 for Children 5 - 17;  $10 for 18 years and older. Children under 5 are free. $8 per day for Active and Retired Military Personnel and Seniors (age 65 and up). Identification required for admission. On line discount available with various other 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 12, 2016: Join the Sarasota Chalk Festival 5K Fun Run, an international cultural event beginning and ending inside the Chalk Fest grounds. Run past  beautiful artwork and along the intracoastal waterway. As this year's theme is "Love and Peace," you are welcome to walk, run or jog in a pair of bell bottom jeans or your favorite hippy wig of the era! Far out! $30 per adult and $15 per child - runners receive a Nov. 12th day pass to the Chalk Festival - $10 value. 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Venice Airport Fairgrounds, 900 Airport Avenue East, Venice, FL  Click here for more info and sign up.

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, 2016: The Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch is hosting its 15th Annual Art Show and Sale.They will feature the original artwork of 20 local artists. The exhibits will include: Wood Turning; Japanese Lamps; Stained Glass; Watercolors; Handbags; Jewelry and much more. Free admission. 8 a.m. -  6 p.m. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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November 12, 2016: It's the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's Sarasota County Walk. Walk, support a team or donate. Raise $100 and receive a Walk T-Shirt, raise $500 and receive a Walk T-Shirt and Champion Medal, raise $1,000 and received a Champion T-Shirt and Champion Medal. Route length: Half route is 2 miles, full route is 3 miles. Walk Location: Nathan Benderson Park. Registration is at 8 a.m., Walk starts at 9 a.m. 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and sign up.

November 12, 2016: Check out the 18th Annual Fine Arts and Craft Extravaganza at  Peridia Golf & Country Club.  You'll find local talent selling a variety of gifts, home decor, and fashion accessories.  You will enjoy browsing through the clubhouse featuring local authors, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, fabric and glass items, food gifts, and more. Holiday gifts tool! 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Admission is free and it is open to the public. Peridia Golf & Country Club, Bradenton FL. A short distance from I-75 Exit 217. SR-70 between Lockwood Ridge and 301.  November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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: Enjoy the 15th 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 a silent auction and a grand prize drawing. 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.

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November 12, 2016: Travel back in Sarasota history and enjoy an afternoon with Bertha Palmer as she looked when she settled in Sarasota County.  Sponsored by the Friends of Sarasota County History Center, it will be a special reenactment of Mrs. Palmer, a Chicago socialite and businesswomen, who ultimately spent the final years of her life in Sarasota County. Reenactment will be followed by a Q&A period. Free. 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friends of the Sarasota County History Center, 701 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. Here's more info.

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 12, 2016: 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 complimentary wine, beer and the best delicacies from the top area restaurants. The 2016 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. Couquina Beach Park, Anna Maria Island. Click here for more info. 540-325-3268.  Click here for tickets.

November 12, 2016: Join Chalk Festival Artists and enjoy the Sarasota Chalk Festival's Love Luau on the Beach. VIP ticket includes Buffet, a Live 2 Hour Show featuring Waikiki Dancers, Flame Throwers and Polynesian Music. Cash Bar. VIP tickets: $35. Live show only: $15. 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sharky's on the Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive, South, Venice, FL  More info and Tickets here.

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November 12, 2016: It's the 24th Annual Hot Dogs & Cool Cats Laugh Your Paws Off Gala! Along with a champagne reception, dinner, open bar and valet parking will be hilarious entertainment from this year's headlining comedian, Larry Miller, who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows. The event raises lifesaving funds for the Humane Society of Sarasota, the area's largest no kill shelter. 6 p.m. $250 per person. Ritz-Carlton, downtown Sarasota.

St Armands Art Festival

November 12 - 13, 2016: It's the 28th 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 12 - 13, 2016: 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 12  - 13, 2016: It's the 100-year anniversary celebration of Phillippi Estate Park with concerts, food and a bunch of free events! Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, events scheduled at the park are: November 12: Circus! photography show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dedication of Prodie Shell Midden interpretive signage, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Circus Arts Conservatory Sailor Circus Academy student performances, 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. Located east of the mansion rose garden. Polpo's Wood Burning Pizza Wagon, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the driveway in front of the Edson Keith Mansion. Sarasota Concert Band performance with circus music to John Philip Sousa and ragtime, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. November 13: Circus Arts Conservatory teaching artists/clowns, noon to 4 p.m. Catch them clowning around the park. Light Chasers, noon to 3 p.m.; Sarasota's own plein air painters will be creating, exhibiting and selling their original works of art. Purple Belle ice cream truck noon to 4 p.m. located on the mansion driveway near the Keith Farmhouse. Kitt Moran and Mike Moran Jazz Trio, 2 p.m. - 3  p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy some smooth jazz on the Keith Farmhouse front lawn. Free admission. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL  For more information at 941-861-5000. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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November 12 - 13, 2016: 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 $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 13, 2016: You're invited to Bowls of Hope 2016, 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 $30, $35 at the door, kids 12 & under $10. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota. Click here for more.

November 13, 2016: Get into the music! It's the Eclectic Fall Garden Music Series at Selby Gardens with Lauren Mitchell ,the popular local blues and soul singer from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Family-friendly. Limited seating and you're invited to bring your own seating and lawn blankets. Sundays through November 13. Free for Selby Members. Others:  Adults $20, kids 4 - 17 $10. Food and drinks available for purchase. No outside coolers please. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

November 13 - 14, 2016: Enjoy A Tribute To America's Veterans-A USO-Style Extravaganza by the Pops Orchestra. Honors local veterans and their families for their commitment and sacrifice, the two-hour show, featuring Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson, recalls the music, entertainers and celebrities who traveled overseas to entertain American servicemen and women during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars. November 13 at 3:00 p.m. Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL. November 14 at 7:30 p.m. Neel Performing Arts Center, Building 11 East, Bayshore Gardens, FL  Tickets and more info here.

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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 18, 2016: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Tom Carabasi. $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 18, 2016: Kick off the Blues Festival weekend and be bop to the Blues on Miami featuring the Blues Pigs from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and Souliz from 8 p.m - 10 p.m. all while doing the Venice Blues Crawl from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. The 200 block of W Miami Ave will be closed for a block party including a stage, beer truck, and a wine vendor. You can also find blues at the Gazebo in Centennial Park. Free admission. Miami Ave., downtown Venice.  November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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

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November 18, 2016: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Steve Arvey 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 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 18 - 20, 2016: It's the Englewood Beach Waterfest, Englewood's version of the Sarasota Offshore Grand Prix Super Boat Racing Fest. On the racing card are more than 40 world class high speed boats, vying for awards, off Engelwood Beach. A Race Boat block party takes place Friday evening starting at 5 p.m. on Dearborn Street. Racing begins both Saturday and Sunday at noon with 3 heats each day and awards ceremonies at 7 p.m. in the Race Village. General admission: $15 which includes both racing days, parking, bus transportation and admission to Race Village. Englewood Beach, Manasota Key, FL Click here for more info.

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.

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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: It's the Annual Canine Christmas Festival and Adopt-A-Thon 2016! 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 Doggie Fun Zone, 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 19, 2016: Put on your dancin' shoes and "Lindy on the Lawn" at Historic Spanish Point's jazz lawn party. 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. Click here for more info.

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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. Click here for more pictures and details on the annual Ybor City Cigar Fest!

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November 19, 2016: It's the 4th Annual Venice Blues Festival with a great run down of national and local blues performers including Grammy Award- winning blues artist and actor Chris Thomas King plus Lazy Lester, Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones and others. Bring your own chair. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 - $30. Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Drive S, Venice, FL Click here for more info.

November 19, 2016:  Join Riverview High School alumni, supporters and friends for Riverview Rendezvous DOWNTOWN DISCO! Ticket price includes: complimentary adult beverages from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., dinner, music, silent auction and more. Have a great time and help the RHS Foundation continue to serve students and families in our community. $50 -  $75. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. The Francis, 1289 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota. More info:jaarmour2@gmail.com or Click here for more info and tickets.

November 19, 2016: It's the Venice Blues Festival After Party Jam with harmonica player Hurricane Hawk and the Invaders. 7 p.m. -11 p.m. $5 at the door. Food and drinks available for purchase. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S., Venice, FL.

November 19 - 20, 2016: The Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association presents the 4th 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 11  a.m. - 5 p.m. Selby Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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November 19 - 20, 2016: 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 20, 2016: Giddy up, giddy up! It's the 25th 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. - 10:00 a.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. More info at 920-944-8137 or Click here for more info. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 20, 2016: 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 21, 2016: 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.

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November 23, 2016: 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 features local rock group Whiskey Blind playing at 6 p.m. The event also features food vendors and arts and crafts.  November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

November 24, 2016: It's the 7th Annual Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot 5K across the Ringling Bridge. 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. Click here for more info.

November 25, 2016: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Whitney James. $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 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

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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, 2016: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Larry & Taylor (Folk, Pop) 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 25 - 27, 2016: It's time to enjoy the annual Sahib Shrine's Feztival of Trees, a family friendly Christmas event that displays dozens of Christmas Trees each year that are also raffled off. The  trees are donated and decorated by community businesses and organizations throughout the area. There's also music, pictures with Santa, a kids workshop, fish pond and craft fair. Admission $2, children 12 & under are free. Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sahib Shrine, 600 North Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL Click her for more info.

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: venicefishingpier1600@gmail.com. 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

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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: 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 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 30, 2016: It'll be a kick! The 2016 Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Winter Showcase will be held  at the Premier Sports Campus (PSC) in Lakewood Ranch.  The format of the tournament includes three doubleheaders with the USA match played in the evening of each match day. Nov. 30 – Brazil vs. Turkey, 3:30 p.m.; USA vs. Portugal, 7 p.m. Dec. 2 – Portugal vs. Brazil, 3:30 p.m.; USA vs. Turkey, 7 p.m. Dec. 4 – Turkey vs. Portugal, 1:30 p.m.; USA vs. Brazil, 5 p.m. Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL. Continues Dec 1 - 5. Click here for more info.





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