The September Sarasota Events Calendar includes the best listing of fun things to do in Sarasota, Florida and around the sun coast.
September 1, 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. 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. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 1, 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.
September 2, 2017: The 14th Annual Venice Triathlon takes
place with these events: Swim .25 mile - Bike 12.1 Miles - Run 3.1
Miles. The event is USAT sanctioned and is open to individuals or relay
teams. The morning starts at Sharky's on the Pier, 1600 S. Harbor Drive,
Venice and moves in a closed course through downtown Venice. Click here for registration and more info.
September 2 - 3, 2017: It's time to enjoy The 9th annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival. Art and craft vendors will be displaying their works. Everything from functional art to gift items to a green market with plants and things! Miami Avenue in downtown Venice, Florida. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking.
September 2 - 3, 2016: The USA Under-17 Women’s National soccer team vs. Venezuela game scheduled for today (Sept. 2) will be played, with a 6 p.m. kickoff. Ain't that a kick! The Premier Sports Campus will open its new stadium on Friday, Sept. 2 to the USA Under-17 Women's National Soccer Team vs Venezuela at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Both games kick off at 7 p.m. Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd. Lakewood Ranch, FL
September 2 - 4, 2016: Sailing is the name of the game when the Sarasota Sailing Squadron puts on its 70th Annual Labor Day Regatta, its biggest event of the year. The event is attended by sailors from ages 8 to 80, both from the U.S. and Canada and it draws about a thousand visitors each year. It's free viewing for spectators. On City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway. Click here for more or 941-388-2355. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
September 2 - 5, 2016: The Annual Labor Day Weekend Soccer Tournament, one of the The Premier Sports Campus’ biggest events of the year, will host soccer players, parents and spectators from all over the state of Florida as well as teams from across the U.S. for the Chargers Soccer Club’s 2016 Labor Day Showcase. More than 260 teams and approximately 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the long-weekend soccer event. Several competing teams are from Sarasota and Manatee counties with about 90 percent coming from outside the area. The age groups represented will be U11 through U19 for both boys and girls. The event is free and open to the public; parking is also free. Games are scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday; group play is Saturday and Sunday, with finals on Monday. Free bus rides between the sports campus and Main Street Lakewood Ranch on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The buses will pick up every 20 minutes. Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 3, 2016: Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources presents 'One Night Rodeo', winner of the nationally televised Next Great American Country Star competition in another of their popular 2016 Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series. Cash bar and food concessions will be available. Blankets, lawn chairs and beverages are welcome at the outdoor concerts, but glass is prohibited. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Nokomis Community Park Pavilion, 234 E. Nippino Trail, Nokomis. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 3 - 5, 2016: The two week celebration known as Pioneer Days wraps up in Englewood with the 60th Annual Pioneer Days Festival and Parade on Monday, Labor Day, at 9 a.m. Other fun over the three days includes Cardboard Boat Races, Shipwreck Dance, Open Car Show, a Diaper Derby, a Fish-a-Thon, a Corvette Car Show and more. West Dearborn Street, Olde Englewood Village. The Pioneer Days Parade begins at 9 a.m. at St. Raphael's Church. The Parade route follows Olde Englewood Road, turns onto west Dearborn Street, proceeds to north McCall Road, turns left on north McCall Road. Click for the full schedule and more info here.
September 5, 2016: The two week celebration known as Pioneer Days wraps up in Englewood with the 60th Annual Pioneer Days Parade on Monday, Labor Day, at 9 a.m. The Pioneer Days Parade begins at 9 a.m. at St. Raphael's Church. The Parade route follows Olde Englewood Road, turns onto west Dearborn Street, proceeds to north McCall Road, turns left on north McCall Road. Click for the full schedule and more info here.
September 5, 2016: Wrap up your summer on Labor Day and enjoy the Brews, Bands & Boots Festival. Day long Live Music line up starts at 11:30 a.m., craft beers and more. The music line up includes: Bodie Valdez, The Daisy Dukes Band and the Randy Stephens Band. Admission: $10 at the door; includes two drink tasting tickets and a bottled water, and first 100 guests get a free 16 ounce beer and souvenir boot cup. Benefits Friends of Sarasota County Parks. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Avenue, Venice. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 8, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Melanie Massell (Pop) 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.
September 10, 2016: Enjoy Literacy Among the Trees in celebration of International Literacy Day. This fun and family-oriented event will feature storybook telling by local authors suitable for all ages, followed by book signings and sales, literacy activities, and a book swap for all ages. The park's normal entrance fees will be waived if you donate a gently used family friendly book or present a library card upon entrance on this date. 10:00am - 2:00pm. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey.
September 10, 2016: Check out The Manasota India Festival sponsored by organizations from Manasota, Manatee and Sarasota Counties featuring everything from food and shopping to live entertainment, presentations and activities native to India. Family friendly, this year's theme is Celebrating Dances of India. 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. $3. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd, Palmetto. Click here for more info.
September 10, 2016: Let your palette enjoy the 3rd annual "A Taste of Downtown Sarasota" with menu tastings from over 20 of your favorite downtown restaurants along with fine wine pairings all in a unique setting on stage at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Proceeds benefit Sarasota Youth Opera. Tickets: $55 per person.1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Click here for more info. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 10, 2016: 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. (weather permitting) at Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 11, 2016: Fellow Veterans and All Patriots are invited to the 4th Annual 9.11 Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony. The program will be from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will feature Music by Braden River Pipe & Drum, Bradenton, Florida Braden River Pipe and Drum along with guest speakers and more. The 9.11 Victims and Fallen Military Heroes Memorial honors the more than 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the more than 6,852 US Military Servicemen and Women who have been killed in the War on Terrorism. Patriots Park, Venice, Florida. Click here for more info.
September 11, 2016: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their first Sunday afternoon show of the new fall season 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.) More info at: 388-1666. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 11, 2016: You're invited to attend Standing With Our Fallen, 9/11 15 year Commemoration service. Taking Place at Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery, the service will afford an opportunity to "adopt" one of the fallen from a list of victims of the attack with the goal being to have all 2,977 names represented in the audience during the Tolling of the Bell by the Sarasota County Fire Department and again during a performance of "Amazing Grace." Red, white and blue flowers will be given to the first 500 people who arrive at the Commemoration. The flowers will be placed in a mesh that will eventually render Old Glory, in front of the stage. Admission if free. 6 p.m. Sarasota National cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Road), Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info.
September 12, 2016: There will be a Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service with a special ceremony taking place at Riverwalk’s Emergency Services Memorial to pay tribute to those who died on 9/11 as well as honoring local public service employees and local emergency workers who risk their lives daily to protect the community. Sponsored by the Manatee Fire Chief's Association, the event is open to the public and takes place at 8:30 a.m - 10 a.m.. Memorial Site at Riverwalk, Bradenton.
September 15 - 18, 2016: The 2016 Wilson Premier Classic, one of the nation’s top amateur baseball tournaments, will be played at two Sarasota locations: Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. The Wilson Premier Classic showcases young amateur players for dozens of professional and college scouts. Organizers are expecting approximately 1,000 players and coaches from across the nation. The tournament will include 130 games using the five fields at Buck O’Neil complex, as well as the main field and three practice fields at Ed Smith Stadium. Ed Smith Complex - 2700 12th St - Sarasota, FL. Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex (Twin Lakes Park) - 6700 Clark Rd. - Sarasota, FL. Click here for game times, details and locations for tournament games.
September 16, 2017: Check out the 6th annual Life's a Beach Triathlon. It's somewhat of a kinder, gentler triathlon with a shorter swimming course. There's a 200 yard swimming race, 5 miles on bike and a 2 mile beach run. Register early and save. Starts at 6 a.m. with racer packet pickup. First wave goes at 8 a.m. Beach bash after party when you finish the race. Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Parkway, Lido Key, Sarasota. More info and register here.
September 16 - 18, 2016: Check out the Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show for new ideas for your home. See home improvement experts for advice and interesting products for your home. Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. 7 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission and parking. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
September 17, 2016: Help keep Sarasota County beautiful on the Annual International Coastal Clean Up day. In recent years these locations have been included: Bay Island Park, Bayfront Park and Marina, Bird Key Park, Brohard Beach, Caspersen Beach, Centennial Park, Edwards Islands, Golden Beach, Ken Thompson Park, Lemon Bay Park and Nature Center, Lido Beach, Manasota Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Park, North Port , Philippi Estate Park, Quick Point Nature Preserve, Rattlesnake Island, Ringling Causeway, Service Club Park, Siesta Beach, South Jetty Beach, South Lido Beach, Turtle Beach, Venice Beach, Venice Fishing Pier and Whitaker Bayou. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Click here for more information.
September 17, 2016: During Darwin Brewing Company's 3rd Annual Finchtoberfest Celebration they will be featuring 8 traditional German beers along with German cuisine. There will also be 2 bands providing live music from 1 - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Family friendly. 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Darwin Brewing Company, 803 17th Ave W, Bradenton, FL.
September 18, 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 free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) More info at: 388-1666.
September 22, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Rick Andre 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.
September 23, 2016: Enjoy an evening on the Bayfront and some free live music at the 15th annual summer music fest series known as "Friday Fest" at the Van Wezel with live music with the Dr. Dave Band playing Classic Rock, Country, and Blues Hits. Tonight closes out this season's series. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, food and drink vendors available, outside food and drink is prohibited. This free concert series takes place rain or shine, it moves indoors in case of inclement weather. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 23, 2016: Check out the Live Music in the Park Series with a new artist singer-songwriter, Doug Burns and his brand of country tunes inspired by the legends of country music. Rain or shine the show goes on at Payne Park's Cafe in the Park. Food available starting at 6 p.m. Free admission. Bring a blanket or folding chair to sit on. Music starts about 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. Cafe in the Park, 2010 Adams Ln, Sarasota.
September 23 - 24, 2016: German and American food & beer and live German music will all be part of The Gulf Coast Oktoberfest presented by Geier’s Sausage Kitchen. Plus participate in the Chicken Dance competition, Stein Hoisting Competition, Polka Dance lessons and more all part of the fun. This is the perfect opportunity to experience a little bit of Germany with some American flair. Live German music both Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $2.00. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, Rt. 41, 8201 S Tamiami Trail, in the JC Penney parking lot, Sarasota. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
September 23 - 25, 2016: It's the 5th Annual Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge. The event is hosted by The Seafood Shack Restaurant and Marina and benefits a new charity each year. Each year, for this exciting underwater hunt and challenge, there is free entry for Military, Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement personnel. Weigh in will be on September 25 starting at 10:30 a.m. The Seafood Shack Restaurant and Marina, 4110 127th Street West, Cortez, FL. Get all the details including sign up and registration by clicking here. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
September 23 - 25, 2016: A little road trip is in order for some family fun for the Annual Fisherman's Village Pirate Festival in Punta Gorda. Featured will be vendors and unique treasures in the shaded breezeways, hear the thunder of cannons near by, see the Pirate Flotilla & Invasion. Plus there's a living history pirate encampment along with interactive games, see Blackbeard's Pirate Ship and more! Fri: Noon - 6 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Festival admission is free. Voluntary $2 contribution welcome. Fisherman's Village, Punta Gorda, 1200 W Retta Esplanade #57A, Punta Gorda, FL. There's also an Adults Only Pirate's Ball on Friday 9/23/16 from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. with advance tickets available. Click here for more info.
September 24, 2016: You're invited to take part in the Second annual Free Family 5K Walk/Run at Nokomis Beach. Hosted by The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, The race begins promptly at 8 a.m., rain or shine. All fitness levels are welcome. This free event is designed for the whole family to enjoy. A 1.5 mile walk/run option is also available. Heart healthy snacks will be provided following the event. No pre-registration is required. Nokomis Beach, 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis. For more information: 941-861-2969.
September 24, 2016: Get set for the 32nd Annual Siesta Key Triathlon. There's a .3 mile swim, a 13 mile bike race and a 3.1 mile run. The course includes Siesta Key Beach and benefits the national champion Sarasota YMCA Sharks Swim Team. Click here to get more info including registration details.
September 24, 2016: Take part in Sarasota's 23rd Annual National Public Lands Day for the removal of nuisance exotic plants and picking up trash and other debris. What to wear: Field appropriate clothes (or old clothes that can get dirty), closed-toe and closed-heel shoes such as hiking boots or old sneakers that may get wet, sunblock, hat, sunglasses and insect repellent. What to bring: Volunteers are encouraged to bring loppers, clippers or shears. Bring your own work gloves, extra drinking water and insect repellent. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. 9 a.m. - noon. Pinecraft Park, 1420 Gilbert Avenue, Sarasota. Volunteers should register in advance. Click here for registration and more info. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 24, 2016: The Annual National Public Lands Day will be observed at Oscar Scherer State Park. Volunteer and take part in the work service projects. Live music, tram tours (fee for tram), work project to give back to the environment, all age fun activities & various demonstrations & informational booths. Free park entry. Free lunch provided to registered work project participants. Event is from 9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, Rt. 41, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL More info at:(941) 483-5957. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 24, 2016: Celebrate Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live at the Ringling Museum, South Florida Museum and Historic Spanish Point. All venues of the Ringling Museum will be open and free of charge as part of Museum Day Live! It's a great time and price to explore the Ringling Museums and grounds. Additionally the event is also being observed at our other great area museums: the South Florida Museum and Historic Spanish Point. Ringling Museum: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. South Florida Museum: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 201 10th Street West, Bradenton FL. Historic Spanish Point: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 337 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey, FL Click here to print your free ticket.
September 24, 2016: It's everything reptile! ReptiDay will feature classes, animals and fun for those who are into reptiles. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults $12, ages 5 - 12 $5. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Potter Building, 3000 Ringling Blvd (off Fruitville Rd), Sarasota.
September 24, 2016: What's in your future? Find out at the Mystical Bazaar which will feature psychic readers, healers, aura photos, vendors and national and local speakers and more. Admission: $5. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 24, 2016: It's the ViVa International Latino Festival in honor of Latin Heritage month. With the best in in Latino Music, All the Best Latino Food, the street will be filled with vendors and the sights sounds and smells of Latin America. DJs and Bands with music featuring everything from Salsa to Mariachi and dancers in colorful costumes from their native lands. Free admission. 11 a.m - 7 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch. More info here.
September 24, 2016: Oompa! It's Beer, Bites & Bavaria! Check out the Oktoberfest party in downtown Sarasota and enjoy a live Polka Band from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., traditional German Oktoberfest cuisine and German beer. You're invited to wear your best Lederhosen and Dirndl, Bavarian costume or traditional outfit and get into the spirit. Starts at 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Avenue, downtown Sarasota. More info: 941-954-8688.
September 24, 2016: Going to the beach! It's the Venice Beach Party. Along with food and beer vendors in the Venice Beach parking lot south of the pavilion there will be beach music with a large shaded tent right on the beach. This one-of-a-kind event free music festival with 4 bands held on Venice Beach will feature reggae and ska. Bring your own chair or beach towel to enjoy the fun. A free shuttle service will be available to pick you up from these Venice area parking lots: City Hall, W Miami Ave, Centennial Park, Our Mother's House, and Graser Park. Chairs and blankets welcome. No coolers, no pets. Rain or shine. 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Venice Beach, 101 The Esplanade, Venice, FL. For more information contact co-sponsor Venice MainStreet.
September 25, 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 free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) More info at: 388-1666. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 30, 2017: It's the “Fish For United Way” tournament benefiting the region’s United Ways and hosted by Florida Power and Light Company. Anglers can cast their lines in the 4,000-acre cooling reservoir, also known as Lake Parrish, that serves the FPL Plant. Home to bass, crappies and catfish, the reservoir is a delight for anglers, who pay $250 per boat (includes 3 anglers, $50 each additional angler), to participate in one of the open tournament days. The reservoir is normally closed to the public, but opens three times a year for the fishing tournament which benefits the surrounding communities. Top prize: $1,000. Tournament is limited to 50 boats. All of the money raised is shared by United Way of South Sarasota County, United Way Suncoast and United Way of Manatee County. Click here for more information and to register for the tournament.
September 30, 2016: Check out more of the Live Music in the Park Series featuring local talent Lady and the Bard with their blend of traditional American folk songs, spirituals, blues, ragtime, and early jazz. Free admission. 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Food and drink service begins at 6 p.m. Payne Park's Cafe in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota.