2017 October Sarasota
Events Calendar

The October Sarasota Events Calendar has the best of the best fun free (or next to nothing) list of Sarasota happenings on the sun coast.



October 1, 2017: Enjoy the final day of the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park. This is the first time in more than 20 years that these championship racing events have been held in the USA! Racing will be featured in over 20 boat classes during the 8 day long regatta with racing commencing each day at 9 a.m. Click here for tickets and more info on the championship rowing regatta. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL

October 1 , 2017: German food & beer and live music  from 3 German Bands are all part of The Sun Coast Oktoberfest presented by Geier’s Sausage Kitchen. Plus participate in the Chicken Dance competition, Stein Hoisting Competition and more are all part of the fun. Get dressed up in your Dirndl or Lederhosen for a free gift. This is the perfect opportunity to experience a little bit of Germany here in Sarasota, all under a big tent. So it's rain or shine! Admission last year was $2.00. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, Rt. 41, 8201 S Tamiami Trail, in the south JC Penney parking lot, Sarasota. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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October 4, 2017: The Phillippi Farmhouse Market is back and it features locally grown fruits and vegetables, including local USDA certified organic produce and hydroponics. There will be plants, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs and cut flowers for sale along with a wide variety of locally baked goods, delicious barbeque, plenty of food and beverage vendors, arts and crafts, soaps and candles and always live music. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Wednesday, October through April. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Free admission. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 5, 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.

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October 6, 2017: Rules, rules, rules. So many rules. An evening with Stephen King and Owen King, co-authors of Sleeping Beauties: A Novel. Stephen and Owen King will discuss their new novel followed by a Q&A with the audience. Price of admission is one copy of Sleeping Beauties: A Novel, ($32.50 + tax). Due to capacity limits, each person is allowed to purchase a maximum of one  book and wristband. Only one minor may accompany wristband holder. Reservations for the event can be made via email at CRM2737@bn.com beginning Aug. 25, no earlier than 8 a.m. (EST). Please include King Event Reservation Request in the subject line of your email. No phone calls. No exceptions. Hard copy of reservation must be presented on 10/6/2017 at Barnes and Noble in order to purchase book and obtain wristband for entrance to event at Selby Library. No exceptions. 400 Seats are first come, first served for all wristband holders. Please note that there will be no author signing at this event. Customers will receive a signed copy of Sleeping Beauties, at the event’s conclusion. Photographs will not be allowed during the presentation, no flash is permitted. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Event is 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Selby Public Library (1331 First Street), in downtown Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 6, 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 Goodbye Eddie and their Classic Rock 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. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 6 - 7, 2017: Check out the 30th Annual Venice Consumer Expo with more than 100 businesses participating along with door prizes, health screenings and more. Free admission and parking. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice.

October 6 - 8, 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.

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October 6 - 8, 2017: It's the Sarasota Bayfront Boat Show where you may preview the best and newest boats in this boutique boat show on Sarasota's Bayfront Harbor Marina at Marina Jack's. Friday: Noon - 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota.

October 7, 2017: Check out your aura or look into the future at the Psychic Fair which features Psychic Readings, Mediumship, Tarrot Readings and more. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Readings: 20 minutes for $20. Last reading: 2:30 p.m. 238 W. Tampa Ave., Venice Centre Mall #258 KMI, downtown Venice.

October 7, 2017: You're invited to ReptiDay 2017, a one-day expo highlighting reptile shows, events, activities and sales. Click here for more info. You'll have a chance to see live reptiles from around the world plus the chance to purchase pets and supplies direct from experts. One day only! 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Early Entry at 9:30 am). Pre-Sale/Early Admission from 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. $12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free. Early Admission Tickets may be purchased at the door from 9:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Potter Building, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.

October 7, 2017: Oompa! Enjoy and take part in the MGB 3rd Annual Oktoberfest. Come dressed in your best dirndl or lederhosen and get a free soft pretzel! 11 German Beers on tap, outside garden with picnic table seating! Purchase a stein and take it home! While supplies last. 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL



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October 7, 2017: Take in an afternoon and early evening at the 3rd Annual Beer, Bands and BBQ with local craft beer featuring national and local craft beers on tap and bbq from tasty local restaurants available for purchase. The music lineup includes top local bands performing 45 minute sets. Tickets: $10 - $15 General admission, $125 VIP, Children under 12 are free. Click here for more info and tickets. Noon - 7 p.m. Sarasota Farm Bureau, 7289 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, Florida.

October 7, 2017: Put on your Lederhosen once more for Oktoberfest. With outdoor festival size tent, live German band music, dancing, food, games and prizes. Beer tents, smoked bratwurst and more. Admission $5. Noon - 10 p.m. British Open Pub, 367 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice.

October 7, 2017: We are all born with a blank canvas on which to draw our lives. Alan Manning was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and suddenly started drawing.  Alzheimer's unlocked the treasures in his mind. There's an  Alzheimer's Fundraising Event at The Dancing Crane Gallery, Village of the Arts, Bradenton, with live music, refreshments, door & raffle prizes.100% of the funds being donated to the Alzheimer's Association. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Village of the Arts, 1017 12th Ave W, Bradenton, FL. 

October 7, 2017: Don your best Oktoberfest attire for a great time and a big Oktoberfest celebration which will include many of the typical items you actually get when you go to Oktoberfest in Munich including Large Bretzeln, White Radish, and much more. There will also be a Stein hoisting contest, costume contest plus The Schnitzel Trailer with authenttic German food!  Authentic live German music by Petra and Teresa! 3 p.m. Mr. Beery's, in Gulf Gate, 2645 Mall Dr, Sarasota, FL. More info here.

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October 7, 2017: Postponed until January 20, 2018 becuase of Hurricane Irma. Tasty, Tasty, Tasty! Enjoy the Taste of St. Armand's Circle from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. featuring tasty treats, food and drinks from more than 15 of the "Circle's" restaurants featuring their most mouth watering dishes plus entertainment. Advance tickets are $55, $65 day of event. St. Armand's Circle Park. Advance tickets and more info at 941-388-1554.

October 7 - 8, 2017: Take part in an exciting weekend of racing and watch top international triathletes compete at the first annual Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival. With racing opportunities for, age-group, collegiate and elite athletes alike, registration is now open for the USAT Age Group Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon World Qualifier and Age Group Non Draft Legal Open Sprint Triathlon. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL. Registration and more info here.

October 7 - 8, 2017: See what's being called "Sarasota’s Most Elegant Home Show" featuring suppliers of everything for your home from builders and contractors to kitchens & baths, Pools, Spas, Windows and much more. Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

October 7 - 8, 2017: The 29th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates are: 10/14 - 10/15, 10/21 - 22, & 10/28 - 10/29. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

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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October 8, 2017: You can enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 8, 2017: The 18th Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off features Sarasota firehouses competing for the best chili award. Celebrity judges, live entertainment and more. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Morton's Gourmet Market in Southside Village. Proceeds benefit the Sarasota Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund. Free admission. $10 to sample all Chili. Tickets in advance at Morton's.1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota. Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 8, 2017: Check out the 2nd Annual Porchfest music fest with 40 different acts playing on 20 different porches! It's a grassroots community music fest where front porches become stages. Featuring a variety of music along with food and beverage vendors. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. Free admission. 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Arlington Park Neighborhood, Sarasota, FL. (East or Rt 41 to S. Tuttle and from Webber Street north to Bahai Vista Street). Click here for more details on locations. 

October 13, 2017: It's a meet and greet for the world famous Budweiser Clydesdale Horses. Hang out and get your picture taken with these true American icons. Free. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Between First & Main Street, downtown Sarasota, FL.

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October 13, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Kat & the Rhythm Gators 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.

October 13 - 15, 2017: Take a trip down to Charlotte County for the Florida International Air Show at the Punta Gorda Airport. Among the highlights will be the U.S. Army Golden Knights and the Hurricane Hunter that will be open for boarding and viewing. From static displays of aircraft to flying high overhead, the show will also feature the USAF F-35A Heritage Lightnint II Flight Team. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Gates open at 4 p.m. with a 5 p.m. show on Friday, gates open at 9 a.m. with noon shows on Saturday & Sunday. Punta Gorda Airport.  More info here.

October 14, 2017: The 12th Annual UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Master Gardener Plant Sale offers visitors the chance to purchase beautiful plants and consult with Master Gardener volunteers on plant selection, gardening tips, and other plant and pest questions. Free admission. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.

October 14, 2017: Check out their new location for The 20th Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market with lots of used boat stuff, some new boat stuff, too, to buy or trade. Meet fellow boaters, enjoy some live music and have a good time. 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.  Free admission and parking. Open to the public. Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL




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October 14, 2017: Sun Coast Jaguar Club of Florida is hosting the 32nd Annual Concours d'Elegance on St. Armands Key. This is a JCNA Sanctioned event and is open to all vintage thru modern Jaguar cars. Cars may be entered in non-judged or judged classes, $35-$55. The event is free to the public. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL. More info here.

October 14, 2017: It's the 3rd annual Howl-O-Ween Movie night Spooktacular featuring a Halloween Themed Movie shown on the Ed Smith Stadium outfield video board.  Come dressed in your favorite costume to enjoy free games, candy and prizes and a costume parade around the bases. The movie, Monsters, Inc begins at approximately 7 p.m. Bring your blanket for outfield viewing or watch from stadium seating. Concessions available. Coolers are not permitted. No strollers, lawn chairs or high heels allowed on the field. Admission is a non-perishable food item donation to All Faiths Food Pantry. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 14 - 15, 2017: Get into the 26th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft booths, live music, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, pumpkin games for charity, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Additional dates: Oct 21 - 22 and Oct  28 - 29. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $10, kids 12 & under free, parking $5. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

October 14 - 15, 2017: The 29th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates are: 10/21 - 22, & 10/28 - 10/29. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

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October 14 - 15, 2017: CANCELLED due to after effects of Hurricane Irma. Join thousands at the DeSoto Pumpkin Festival in Arcadia which will offer families with children of all ages an opportunity to enjoy an affordable and fun-filled experience and all things pumpkin! This year take in new thrills at the event including: Zip Lines, Costume Contests, Local Company Demonstrations, Business and Craft Vendors, Amazing Cuisine, Pony Rides, Carnival rides and games, art & crafts, Live entertainment, delicious food vendors, pie eating contest, FREE hay rides, safe trick or treating, pumpkin patch, pumpkin maze, over 50 Free Shows and more. Click here for more info. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Location: DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park, 2195 NW American Legion Dr., Arcadia, FL 

October 14 - 15, 2017: The Global Friendship Foundation(GFF) invites you to the 11th Annual Hungarian Festival.  Dancers, children's activities including pony rides, arts and crafts, games and fun for the whole family. Plus world famous Hungarian dishes and desserts.The festival features live concerts and entertainment all day. You can even participate in a fabulous Gulyas Soup Cooking Competition. Enjoy authentic Hungarian cuisine, sample traditional dishes, pastries, cakes and wines. Sat: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Admission adults $15. Kids 12 - 17 $5, Kids under 12 free. Free parking. Free beer per person 21+, Free soda per person under 21.Sarasota County Fairgrounds behind Robarts Arena off Fruitville Road - 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. Click here for more info.

October 15, 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 free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 15, 2017: It's the Annual InStride Community Barbeque. In addition to delicious BBQ and other fixings at the ranch there will be music, games, pumpkin painting, bounce houses, bake sale, beer and lots of delicious barbeque for the whole family! All proceeds benefit the InStride Rider Scholarship Fund. Purpose: Partnering with horses, they challenge individuals with special needs to reach their fullest potential. The riders of InStride represent all ages and backgrounds and have varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological and sensory disabilities. Tickets: Adult $15, 12 and under free.12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. InStride Therapy, Inc. 1629 Ranch Rd., Nokomis FL. Click here for more info and advance tickets.

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October 18 - 21, 2017: It's the 9th Annual Ringling International Arts Festival. Enjoy the opening night west courtyard of the museum of art celebration with entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and a cash bar, dancing and more. The opening Night Courtyard Celebration on October 18 features "Wanted." Take in and be a part of the music, dance and adventure of "Wanted." Find out about additional festival performance dates, times, prices and purchase tickets by clicking here.

October 20, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" as Al Hixon brings his Monday Jazz Jam trio to open the 2017 -18 Jazz at Two season. Area musician and vocalists are invited to sit in. $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.

October 20, 2017:  Enjoy the 3rd annual Lakewood Ranch Block Party. Features will include live music by Doug Deming and the Jeweltones, beer trucks and food tents.  Bring chairs, but please leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL

October 20 - 22, 2017: It's the Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show where you can explore new and different ideas for home improvements. Find products and services for kitchens, baths, general contracting and much more to make your life more comfortable. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission & parking. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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October 20 - 22, 2017: You're invited to The annual Sun Fiesta! Events begin Friday evening and continue all day Saturday and Sunday. Funny Bed Races, a Parade and the Miss Sun Fiesta Pageant culminating in a young woman being selected to win a $1,000 scholarship. Also: arts and crafts, food and drink, live music and entertainment and more throughout the 3-day weekend event. Fri: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Free admission and free parking.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 21, 2017: It's being called the Holistic Halloween Siesta Spooktacular to help Hurricane Irma victims by having fun on the beach! The fun run/walk begins at 8 a.m. on Siesta beach. You can choose between a 1k and a 5k. All ages welcome!! There will be prizes for costumes, so wear your favorite one. Food, drinks and prizes have been graciously donated by many places including Earth Origins, Crop Juice, Veg & Grille to name just a few. $25 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. If you still want to participate, but can't pay the full price, we can help! Simply contact us. 100% of the Siesta Spooktacular net proceeds will benefit those most affected by Hurricane Irma. Help your community and have fun while doing it!! Hosted by Longevity Wellness Clinic in partnership with the nonprofit organization, the Florida State Oriental Medical Association (FSOMA). 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL. Info: 941-923-9355. Sign up here.

October 21, 2017: The Sarasota Garden Club presents Garden Fest featuring member grown plants for sale, garden tours, garden related vendors, raffles, music and more. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. rain or shine. Join SGC Members for a day on their botanical grounds. Free parking and admission. 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 21, 2017: The 4th Annual ‘Ghost 5K Run’ and Poker Walk is taking place on Old Main Street in Bradenton. The family fun filled Halloween oriented healthy multi event features a 5K competitive run, a 5K chip timed run for Doggies with their owners, a one mile fitness walk, and the Children’s Monster races for children of all ages. In addition there is a Poker Walk for the 5Kers and casual walkers to attend the Main Street local taverns to obtain playing cards with the top hands winning prizes. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. on Old Main Street for all events. The 5K Doggie Run follows the competitive 5K runner event and features doggie watering holes on the way and awards to the top doggie finishers. Both events finish on Old Main Street to a great after party celebration. Awards are for top finishers and category winners in the 5K run plus boys and girls in the 3-4; 5-6; 7-9; and 10 to 12 age groups. There is an nontraditional POKER WALK that begins at 5:00 p.m. 4th Avenue & 12th Street West, Old Main Street Downtown Bradenton. The event benefits The Hearts and Minds Foundation. Click here to sign up.

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October 21, 2017: A fun day of live music and beer, song and dance at Celtober Fest which will feature Celtic Fusion, Celtic Folk and Celtic Rock. Eat, drink and be merry and sample a variety of craft beers from Highland Brewery plus authentic Celtic food, drink and craft vendors and a kids tent. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. General Admission: $15, 12 & under are free. Free parking. Location: Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. Get more info here.

October 21, 2017: It's the 17th Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest featuring live music plus a Classic Car Show featuring vintage cars from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., a Kids Zone, arts and crafts vendors, "Taste of the Island" Food Court from local restaurants and vendors, soda, water, beer, wine & rum drinks for sale. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 21, 2017: It's the 2nd Annual Big Mama's Collard Greens Fest at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. Along with with live music, participating restaurants will include the Blue Rooster, Nancy's BBQ, Mattison's City Grille, and Ray's Vegan Soul. It's a family friendly, alcohol free event. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit on as seating is limited. Free admission. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St, Sarasota, FL. (Rt 301 & 34th Street). October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 21, 2017: USA Ultimate is hosting a free Learn to Play clinic for kids ages 7 to 12 from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at the 2017 USA Ultimate National Championships. Register here. No previous ultimate or disc throwing experience necessary. USA Ultimate is also hosting a free Learn to Compete clinic for kids ages 13 to 18 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the 2017 National Championships! This ultimate clinic is perfect for those kids with previous ultimate experience that would like to advance their skills. All participants receive free admission to watch the National Championships the rest of the day of the clinic. The clinic is free, and each participant receives a free disc. Registration: Online or on-site at the USA Ultimate Info Tent. Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL.




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October 21, 2017: You're invited to Sarasota Pride Fest 2017. Live music, Tiki Bar, Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Family Zone, Face Painting and more. Noon - 6  p.m. J.D. Hamel Park, Gulfstream and Main, downtown Sarasota.

October 21 - 22, 2017: Get into the 26th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft booths, live music, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, pumpkin games for charity, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Additional dates: Oct  28 - 29. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $10, kids 12 & under free, parking $5. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. . October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

October 21 - 22, 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. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

October 21 - 22, 2017: Come sail away, perhaps, and enjoy the St. Armands Boat Show around Circle Park with a wide variety of boats to see. There's sure  to be one on display to fit your fantasy or wallet! Free admission. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. St. Armand's Circle Park, Sarasota. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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October 21 - 22, 2017: The 29th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates are: 10/28 - 10/29. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

October 21 - 22, 2017: The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is hosting the 4th Annual Arcadia Fall PRCA Rodeo featuring the baddest bulls and broncs this side of the Mississippi along with all of the timed events everyone knows and loves! Gates open at 11:00 a.m. The Arcadia Rodeo Shootout Gang will perform at 1:00 p.m. The Rodeo action begins at 2:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! Enjoy a weekend of family fun with the best cowboys and cowgirls around! General admission is $15. 124 Heard Street | Arcadia, FL  Click here for details and more info.

October 22, 2017: It's the 8th Annual Tour de North Port Bicycle Ride. This year's theme is "It's The Green Pumpkin!"  It's not a race but four different courses in and around the streets of North Port. There are 15, 35, and 65 mile routes. $40 pre-registration will get you breakfast and a full lunch at the ride's end. And there will also be homemade snacks and desserts. Begins/Ends at The Imagine School (Upper Campus) located at 2757 Sycamore Street (near the intersection of Toledo Blade and Gateway Blvd.) in North Port. First 350 to register by Oct. 1 are guaranteed a free ride t-shirt, “got shade?” sunglasses, and a goody bag. Check in begins at 7 a.m. Group starts begin at 8 a.m. More info: (941) 426-9752. Annual fundraiser for People for Trees, Inc., a local native tree advocacy non-profit group. Click here for more details.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 22, 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 free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. Free. 388-1666. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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October 23, 2017: One more Oktoberfest with with fun contests, games and prizes. Put on your Lederhosen and bring your stein. Best Dressed Contest - Bring out your Dirndl or Lederhosen for a men's and woman's best dressed competition. Winners will be chosen at 3:30 p.m. and will receive a $50 bar tab. Beer, food, music, Stein race and Stein holding games and more. $4 pints of German beer all day. No cover charge. 11 a.m. - close. J. Dub's Brewing Company & Tap Room, 1215 Mango Ave., Sarasota.

October 25, 2017: The Humane Society of Sarasota County hosts its 20th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest.  Pets of all shapes and sizes dressed in their favorite “Howl-O-Ween” costumes are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for such categories as "Cutest Costume, Funniest Costume, Spookiest Costume, Most Creative Costume, Best Costumed Rescue and Best Pet/Owner Look-a-like Costume." Entry fee: $15 donation per pet. Humans are free! Lots of free parking. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Pet Costume Contest pre-registration is required. Contest begins at noon. Takes place at: Phillippi Farmhouse Market, Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

October 27, 2017: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame pianist, Billy Marcus with music from the movies, the American songbook and jazz standards. $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.

October 27, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Eileen Kozloff 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.

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October 27, 2017: You are invited to join Upward Notes for its first Fundraiser Concert. Upward Notes is an ensemble of musicians who are building humanity and connecting community through the universal language of music. This season they will be providing free-of-charge concerts to children at Forty Carrots, Parkinson's patients at the Neuro Challenge Foundation, Dementia patients at Pines of Sarasota, the Humane Society of Sarasota County, residents at First Step Addiction Center, residents at Selah Freedom, and inmates of various maximum security prisons around the area.  After the concert, they will have a fun and casual reception with food and drink where you will also find Upward Notes t-shirts and tote bags for purchase. Suggested $20 donation at the door. 7:30 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1031 South Euclid Avenue, Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 27 - 28, 2017: It's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," A Theatre in the Filed Experience! Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel and of course the Headless Horsemen come to life in this immersive outdoor theatre experience held at The Sarasota Polo Grounds. What will be the outcome when Ichabod confronts his desires, fears, and of course, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow? A Fun family event! 6 p.m. Tickets: $12 - $50. Sarasota Polo Grounds, 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL. Tickets and info here.

October 27 - 28, 2017: Check out Blood Jam, an annual 2 Day Music Festival, Haunted House and Blood Drive that benefits the SunCoast Blood Bank. DJs from the area will be playing hot dance music all night long mixing a blend of Hip Hop, Rap and Electronic Dance Music. Suncoast Blood Bank is the main beneficiary of this event by having the blood mobile on location with a Haunted House during the day called Alien Beach. The Suncoast Blood Bank's Bloodmobile will be outside the venue from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on October 28 before the event and everyone that donates blood will get Free Pretzel Stix from Ben's Soft Pretzels and FREE admission to the Haunted House. 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. Tickets start at $15. Central City Lounge & BJAM5 RADIO at 1945 17th Street, Sarasota, FL. Tickets and more info here.

October 27 - 29, 2017: Check out the Coin Show and Sale put on by the Sarasota-Manatee Coin Clubs. Learn the history behind the coins that also reflects the history of the country. Fri - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Free admission and free parking. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.




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October 27 - 29, 2017: CANCELLED due to after effects of Hurricane Irma. Cast a spell of sights, sounds and tastes of fall at The Manasota Pumpkin Festival at DeSoto Square Mall, sure to be entertaining and exciting for all ages. A Sarasota and Bradenton area tradition, festival Goers will be amazed by the new performances, pumpkin patch and maze, pie eating contests, free shows, family midway amusement area complete with rides, games, inflatable land, petting zoo and pony rides along with delectable food, craft vendors and a beer garden. In addition there will be free hayrides and safe trick or treating from vendor to vendor, live bands and more! 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily. DeSoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd W, Bradenton FL.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 28, 2017: Help Keep Sarasota County Beautiful on the Annual International Coastal Clean Up Day.   Locations include: Sarasota, Venice, Laurel, Nokomis, North Port and Englewood. Due to the large number of participants this event usually draws volunteers are asked to only sign-up for one day. The first 1,200 volunteers who register will have FIRST OPTION ACCESS* to this year's commemorative t-shirts and all volunteers will receive trash bags and gloves. 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. More info by clicking here.

October 28, 2017: The 14th Annual Boo Run & Boo Dash is a family oriented 5K run & Dash with a costume contest and awards. With over 1,200 runners and spectators expected, the race begins at 8:30 a.m. with a Boo Dash Kids Race at 7:45 a.m. All runners will receive a bib, t-shirt and a treat bag at registration. Costumes will be judged in these categories: Best Couple, Most Creative, Most Funny, Best Male/Female Kids Under 10. Day of late registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch. More info by clicking here!

October 28, 2017: Check out, energize yourself and enjoy the Age Friendly Sarasota Festival, a community celebration of lifelong well-being featuring more than 125 exhibits, experiences and performances. Fun for all ages. Free admission. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling, Blvd., Sarasota, FL.

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October 28, 2017: It's the 5th Annual Doggie & Kitty Halloween Parade, Festival and Costume Contest for pets! Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be prizes, refreshments, raffles, music, games, exhibits, treats and more including the pet costume parade at 10:15 a.m. 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Cash Prizes! Parade begins at Lemon / First Street Fountain - Ends at Paul Thorpe Park. Registration: $8. Event takes place at the downtown Sarasota Farmer's Market on Lemon Ave & First Street from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Click here for registration and more info. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 28, 2017: The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is hosting Howl’ween, a pet costume contest and parade on Old Main Street. Dress your pet in its best Halloween costume and celebrate the fostering and adopting of animals by participating in a parade. Watch as lines of pooches strut down Old Main Street in Halloween costumes with their owners. Signup is at 10 a.m.; the pet parade is at 10:30 a.m. on Old Main Street; judging is at 11 a.m. Downtown Bradenton. (941) 621-6471

October 28, 2017: Celebrating its 21st Anniversary, the Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on the Bay Music Festival takes place again on the outdoor grounds of the Van Wezel Auditorium. With Sarasota Bay as a backdrop there will be live music including Rythym & Blues featuring headliner John Nemeth and Albert Castiglia and a new addition this year, the Jazz Stage, which will feature 8 local and regional performers. Live music all day! A selection of the area’s most delicious restaurants and vendors add to the fun. Proceeds benefit the the Mayor's Feed the Hungry Program and the Generoso Foundation to feed, protect and nurture children and families in our community. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the entrance, 12 and under are free. VIP tickets include dinner and special parking: $75. Noon - 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Free parking as well as paid parking available. Van Wezel Auditorium grounds, Sarasota Bay Front on Rt. 41, north of the Ringling Bridge. 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Click here for more info.

October 28, 2017: The Main Street Live Downtown Street Party kicks off its new season with a Halloween Party and costume contest and it takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 10  p.m. with live music throughout the night by Wild Root. The event also features food and drink vendors and arts and crafts. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight. No charge to attend. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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October 28, 2017:  Enjoy a free screening of Beauty and the Beast at NBP's October Movie in the Park! The event will be held on Regatta Island. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. The movie will start at sunset, and drinks and snacks will be available for cash purchase. Gates will open at 5:00 pm. Parking is free. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 28, 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. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 28, 2017: The Manatee Community Concert Band opens their 2017-2018 season featuring a touring band from France, Les Philharnmoniste.  The two organizations will perform a few numbers separately and will conclude with several musical numbers with the combined groups for an amazing evening of music from around the world. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Manatee High School Auditorium, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton, FL. More info: (260) 410-4126.

October 28 - 29, 2017: Get into the 26th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft booths, live music, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, pumpkin games for charity, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $10, kids 12 & under free, parking $5. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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October 28 - 29, 2017: The 29th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 28 - 29, 2017: are the dates for this year's 23rd Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival. Held in downtown Sarasota at Orange and Main Street, this is one of the more popular annual two day events on my Sarasota Calendar of Events and features everything from paintings to woodwork. Find , explore and shop among a variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street, downtown Sarasota . October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 29, 2017: It's the 29th Anniversary Bill's Beer Run Marathon. The 5-mile, fund-raising run named after Bill Menard, takes place on Casey Key and the field is limited to 750 runners. Race begins at 8 a.m. Arrive early because there's limited parking, or carpool. Because it's close to Halloween time some runners wear costumes! North Jetty Park, Casey Key. Click here for more info. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 29, 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 free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. Free. 388-1666.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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October 29, 2017: Enjoy the Selby Gardens Spooktacular with the whole family. With fun and not too scary festivities during daytime hours, bring your camera for pictures of your costumed family! There will be Trick or Treating, pumpkin decorating, a mad scientist experiment center for kids who are a little older and fun and educational activities for all. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Members: Free, Members' Guests: $10. Guests pay normal admission, Reciprocals: free, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 31, 2017: It's the Children's Costume and Halloween Parade in downtown Venice in Centennial Park. Meet at the Gazebo at 4 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. led by Old Betsy the Firetruck followed by trick or treating at Venice Avenue shops.

October 31, 2017: Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a Safe Treats Halloween in Siesta Key Village. Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows in Siesta Village along Ocean Blvd. and the surrounding streets. Free. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 31, 2017: Take part in the Community Trick-or-Treat Stroll, perfect for families with small children. There will be child-friendly decorations and friendly Villagers passing out treats. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Village of the Arts, 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 31, 2017: It's the 9th Annual Fright Night on St Armand's Circle for Halloween fun from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There will be haunted store fronts, frightening characters around every corner and statues dressed in the Halloween spirit. Kids can trick-or-treat around The Circle with numerous shops and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions. A performance of "Thriller" will take place in collaboration with the Sarasota H.S. Drama Dept. about 8 p.m. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com






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