The April Sarasota Events Calendar - fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota and around the Suncoast.
April 1, 2020: It's a free concert with live music on Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.
April 1 - 5, 2020: It's the 22nd Annual Sarasota Film Festival, one of the year's biggest events. It's 10 days of movies, celebrities and parties when Hollywood comes to Sarasota! Hollywood Stars that appeared here in 2019 were Greg Kinnear, Blythe Danner, Anne Heche,and Tyne Daily. Hollywood Stars who made appearances in 2018 included actress Virginia Madsen and actor Steve Guttenberg, who received a career achievement award from the festival. The 2017 Film Festival included Diane Lane, Rory Kennedy, and Aisha Tyler. Actors Stanley Tucci, and Rosanna Arquette, who took part in the "In Conversation With" series, also attended the 2017 festival. On the 2016 appearance agenda were actresses and actors: Sophia Loren, Olympia Dukakis, George Hamilton, Mathew Modine, and Treat Williams. Making appearances in 2015 were actresses Cloris Leachman, Jane Seymour and Blythe Danner. Making an appearance at the 2013 Film Festival was actress Mariel Hemingway. The 2012 Feature actor and special guest was Frank Langella. 2011's special guest and honoree was the legendary Christopher Plummer, who received the "Cinema Master" Award. Also receiving an award in 2012 was Oscar Award winning actress Geena Davis. Here's where you can find out more.
April 2, 2019: The Bradenton Marauders will host “Meet the Marauders” with live music and games, including corn hole, the Marauders inflatable speed pitch, the prize wheel, and a photo booth where fans can pose for pictures with Marauders players. The official Marauders roster will be introduced by Marauders General Manager Rachelle Madrigal and team play-by-play broadcaster Matt Neverett at about 6:45 p.m. After the speaking portion of the event concludes, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the team. 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. LECOM Park, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL.
April 2, 2020: 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. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 2 - 5, 2020: Check out the 30th Annual Florida Winefest and Auction. There are numerous wine events, lunches, grand tasting, brunch and charity auction, wine on the water, and winemaker dinners in and around Sarasota over the 4 day fest. Various times, locations and ticket prices. Sarasota, FL.
April 2 - 13, 2020: The critically-acclaimed La Musica International Chamber Music Festival celebrates 34 seasons this year with four concerts. Joining Artistic Director Bruno Giuranna (violist) and Associate Artistic Director Derek Han (pianist) this season are violinists Zachary DePue, Jennifer Frautschi, Anastasiya Petryshak; violist Daniel Palmizio; cellists Dmitri Atapine, Christine J. Lee; harpist Ann Hobson Pilot; pianist Steven Lin; violist Daniel Palmizio; Dee Moses on double bass; and Brandon Ridenour on trumpet. Ridenour’s arrangement of four John Lennon/Paul McCartney songs for trumpet and string quintet is featured in the April 10 concert. A four-concert subscription is $180 and includes a pass to all rehearsals; single tickets are $50. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL.
April 3, 2020: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with Brian Post's Oceans 11 Band. Led by the extraordinary drummer Bryan Post, Oceans Eleven is dedicated to promoting and continuing the jazz traditions as practiced by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich , and Quincy Jones among others. This ensemble combines years of experience, incredible showmanship and vibrant solos by some of Sarasota's finest musicians. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.
April 3, 2020: A new season of Music in the Park is underway at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 24, 2020. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 3, 2020: It's the first Friday of the month so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch is from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m with The Daisy Dukes Band, who will fill the air with good times & hot country jams. Beer, wine and food sales. 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.
April 3, 2020: It's the Moon Over Myakka Concert Series 2020 at the South Pavilion with The Tobacco Road Band. 7 p.m. Bring a chair and a picnic! Cost: $20 per person ($15 for Friends members). Park entrance fee waived for concert if you arrive after 5 p.m. For more info call 941-361-6511 or 941-373-7839. Tickets sold at Ranger Station day of event or buy them in advance and bring your ticket with you. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. Entrance is on the left.
April 3 - 5, 2020: Want to go hunting for Shark tooth fossils? Want a simple and inexpensive way to do it? Then attend the 28th Annual Venice Sharks Tooth Festival
on the Airport Festival Grounds in Venice, Florida on Airport Avenue.
Admission is only $5, kids under 12 are free and there's even free
parking at this, one of the spring's most popular fests held at the Venice Airport Festival grounds. There are fossils, food, arts and crafts,
entertainment and children's activities. No pets allowed. Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m,
Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venice Airport Festival grounds, 610 E Airport Ave, Venice FL
April 4, 2020: It's the 34th Annual Run/walk for the Turtles sponsored by Mote Marine on Siesta Key Public Beach. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Siesta Key Gazebo south of the pavilion. The one-mile fun run or walk begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5-K Run begins at 8 a.m. The entry fee benefits the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory. 388-4441 xt 357.
April 4, 2020: 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). Robinson Preserve, 10299 9th Avenue NW, Bradenton (Use the park entrance on 9th Avenue NW , just west of 99th Street West in Bradenton.).
April 4 - 5, 2020: It's the 18th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival with a wide variety of arts and crafts. You'll find jewelry and pottery, ceramics plus photography as well as painting, clothing and much more. Everything is handmade in the USA! There's also a "Green Market" with all kinds of plants, flowers, hand made soaps, gourmet spices and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. 1 Central Avenue, downtown Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 4 - 5, 2020: Take in the 5th annual Lido Beach Spring Fine Art Festival where you will find an outdoor gallery of creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and more. Free admission and parking. Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lido Beach, Lido Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 5, 2020: 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.
April 5, 2020: 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, FL.
April 5, 2019: The USFSM Carnival Celebration is free and open to the public to celebrate the campus. Admission and carnival rides are free. There will also be games, food trucks and more. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. USFSM, south parking lot on campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
April 6, 2019: It's the 5th Annual Children's Book Fair and Family Fun Day at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. This free event includes a dozen children’s book authors signing their books, live readings of the authors’ books, hands-on activities about how food grows and vegetable gardening, planting summer vegetable seedlings to take home and grow, craft making, a scavenger hunt, and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market, located on Old Main Street, 400 12th St W, Bradenton, FL. Between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, is open on Saturdays through May 25th. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 6, 2019: The Bradenton Marauders will embark on the 10th season in franchise history. The team’s home opener is against the St. Lucie Mets. Opening Night promises to be an enjoyable kickoff to a historic season. The ZOOperstars! troupe of inflatable entertainers will take the field between innings to thrill the crowd. Each of the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Marauders in the Majors Deck of Playing cards. After the game there will be spectacular postgame fireworks from Zambelli Fireworks and sponsored by Budweiser. Season ticket holders, “All-You-Can-Eat” Plan A purchasers, and group ticket buyers will be invited onto the field to view the fireworks. Gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the season at 6:30 p.m. LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL
April 6, 2020: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with the Lisa Ridings Band on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180.
April 7, 2019: It's the 2019 Exotic Bird Extravaganza presented by the Florida West Coast Avian Society to support local parrot rescues and sanctuaries. Parrots, finches, canaries, cages, toys, perches and food for sale. Raffles at 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3pm; tickets $1. Free bird care information. Free Parking. Admission $4. Contact: email@example.com or 941-927-6079 for more information. The Florida West Coast Avian Society, Inc (FWCAS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to Avian Welfare. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Potter Building (Sarasota Fairgrounds), 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.
April 7 - 8, 2020: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.
April 10, 2020: A new season of Music in the Park is underway at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 24, 2020. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.
April 10, 2020: It's Free Music Friday Night Concert Series with live music from Skylark. Enjoy music under the stars at the Gazebo in Centennial Park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Downtown Venice, FL.
April 10, 2019: Enjoy the Spring Concert performed by the Venice Community Orchestra and Friends with Conductor Bob Delfausse, Flute Soloist Karen Romig and Trumpet Soloist Luca Stine. Free will offering accepted for needy families of South Sarasota County. 7 p.m. Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice, FL. More info: 941-488-2258.
April 10, 2020: Check out Spooky Stories Ghost Tours at Historic Spanish Point. Enjoy Spooky Stories of Florida's past as you walk our historic houses, ancient mounds, and our pioneer cemetery. There will be two tours each evening. The tours will meet at the white Gazebo on the Historic Spanish Point site and each tour will last approximately 90 minutes and will be roughly a ¾ of a mile walk outdoors with some pathways up and down stairs. In the event that the tour is canceled due to severe weather conditions, then it will be rescheduled for the following Friday. 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. (Repeats May 8) Historic Spanish Point Members: $20. Future Members: $25. 337 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey, FL.
April 11, 2020: It's the Blossoms Garden Party in the Mable Ringling Rose Garden on the beautiful Ringling Museum grounds. Surrounded by blooming roses, you will enjoy musical entertainment, mimosas and a variety of foods as you stroll the gardens. In recognition of Mable's legacy the net proceeds from this event will support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the Bayfront Gardens. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $76.50 - $85. Bayfront Gardens, Mable's Rose Garden, The Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL.
April 11 - 13, 2019: It's fun for all kids and kids at heart. It's the PAL Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary Spring Show! The Greatest "little Show on Earth" celebrates the tradition of the circus arts with more than 100 young circus artists. The youth circus, with members from 8 - 18 years old, uses over 800 costumes along with music from many of your favorite animated classics. Repeats 4/18/19 - 4/20/19. America’s longest-running youth circus performing in the newly renovated Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL. (941) 355-9335
April 12, 2020: 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. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 13, 2019: Register to volunteer for the 2019 Great American Cleanup and Keep Sarasota County Beautiful! Cleanup projects take place at various locations throughout Sarasota County. Pre-event registration is required. The first 700 volunteers who register will qualify for FIRST OPTION ACCESS to this year's commemorative t-shirts. All volunteers will receive work gloves, and bags for trash and recyclables. 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. To register for the 2019 Great American Cleanup please sign up online or call 941-861-5000. Here's where you can sign up.
April 13, 2019: Hippity Hop Hop! Lakewood Ranch hosts its "EGGstravaganza" Easter Egg Hunt at Greenbrook Adventure Park for kids ages 2 -13. Here's more on the event! The day's events and attractions also feature the grand arrival of the Easter Bunny. Bring your own baskets to collect eggs in. Also, Face painting, balloon art, music and refreshments are just a few of the other activities to enjoy. In past years: For residents: $5 per adult, $3 for children, 2 and under are free. Also in the past advance registration was required. The Egg Hunt Event will have over 22,000 eggs spread across the field. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Greenbrook Adventure Park, 13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Info: 941-757-1530
April 13, 2019: The Venice Presbyterian Church hosts its Easter Egg Hunt with special guest, the Easter Bunny. Plus basket raffle, games, music & prizes. All are welcome. Free to the public. 10 a.m. -12 p.m. 825 The Rialto, Venice Island, FL.
April 13, 2019: It's the "Beach'N Food Truck Festival" featuring several live bands, a huge classic car show from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., arts and crafts vendors, a kid zone and Local bands will be performing live music 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening...lots of food trucks including some of the area's favorite food trucks! Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water. Parking is available on Coquina Beach. You can also park in other locations further away along Bradenton Beach, Manatee Public Beach, etc. and ride the free trolley to the event. Event runs 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Rain or shine. South end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around. Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.
April 13, 2019: Celebrate the near end of tax season at "Main Street Live" Street Party! It takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. The event features live music, food and beverage vendors and more.There is no charge or age limit to attend, but you must be at least 21 to get into the bars. Street closes to traffic at about 3 p.m. Old Main Street, Downtown Bradenton, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 13, 2019: A locally sourced, six course, fine dining experience prepared by distinguished local chefs will be featured once again as Bradenton's Longest Table event returns to downtown Bradenton to celebrate local chefs, cars, cuisine, and history at the Long Table at Jake's Automotive. The event will feature Chef Rich Knowles of EnRich Bistro, Chef Richard Demarse of Chiles Group, and Chef Paul Mattison of Mattison's City Grille Bradenton Riverwalk. Each chef will prepare two courses of locally-inspired cuisine to 150 guests at a 100-foot long table in a historical automotive landmark, surrounded by classic and exotic cars. Courses will be paired with fine wines and locally-brewed craft beer. Vegan alternatives for each course are available. In addition to the meal, guests will enjoy the sounds of the string guitar of Renesito Avich, who will complement the unique experience with classical, jazz, and world music. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person and are available on line. Proceeds from the event will benefit the downtown Bradenton Farmers' Market. Jake's Automotive, 708 9th St W, Bradenton, FL
April 13, 2019: The Florida Studio Theatre’s home Improv team goes head-to-head in a truly one-of-a-kind celebration of spontaneity, improvisation, and April Fool’s Day. Some of the Gulf Coast’s top improvisers will compete in a series of scenes, songs, and games to win your laughter, your applause, and the coveted title of “Champion of Fools.” The exclusive performance takes place in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre. Full menu and bar are available. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Show time: 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 each from the FST Box Office in person, by calling (941) 366-9000, or online. Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL
April 13 - 14, 2019: It's the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sculling Championships featuring single, double and quad sculling events vying for Florida's youth state championships. More than 600 are expected to participate. Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park. Off Cattlemen Road between University Pkwy and Fruitville Rd, near the Super Target Plaza.5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 14, 2020: It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. This free concert take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.
April 15, 2019: Florida Studio Theatre invites you to the official kickoff of The Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (August 20, 2020) – the Woman’s right to vote. Over 25 organizations and hundreds of individuals are involved in this 18-month, county-wide celebration. On April 15, they will embark on a creative journey in recognition of this extraordinary centennial anniversary that changed America. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. To RSVP, please contact Meg Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, affiliation, and the number of tickets needed by April 10. 5 p.m. FST’s Keating Theatre (Corner of Palm and Cocoanut Avenues) 1241 North Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL.
April 15 - 21, 2019: It's the 2019 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament, with $100,000 in prize money, bringing the top tennis pros in the world to Sarasota. Now in it's 12th year, the Sarasota Open is the premiere USTA Men’s Pro Circuit event on Florida's west coast. Location: Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Box Office (941) 444-8039 Toll Free (888) 374-7834
April 17, 2020: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with the Tom Ellison Quartet. Tom Ellison, reeds and vocals, is joined by Judi Glover, piano and others. The group plays music from the American Songbook and jazz classics. Ellison is the leader of the Symphony Swing Orchestra and performs with concert and stage orchestras throughout the area. He has performed with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Woody Herman, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Temptations and others. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.
April 17, 2020: A new season of Music in the Park is underway at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 24, 2020. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.
April 19, 2019: Join the worldwide Good Friday Stations Of The Cross observance. Proceed with an estimated 1,000 pilgrims down Main Street, Sarasota, Florida, stopping for each of the 14 Station's readings, prayers and choruses led by 30 Sarasota congregations. Starts at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Hollywood 11 Theatre (301 & Main Str.). Ends at Church Of The Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota at 8:30 a.m. To park at the ending Station, take provided free buses from Redeemer to Hollywood 11, 6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. Sponsored by the Sarasota Ministerial Association In Collaboration with Church Of The Redeemer. More information at 941-724-5018.
April 18 - 27, 2019: It's fun for all kids and kids at heart. It's the PAL Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary Spring Show! The Greatest "little Show on Earth" celebrates the tradition of the circus arts with more than 100 young circus artists. The youth circus, with members from 8 - 18 years old, uses over 800 costumes along with music from many of your favorite animated classics. Shows are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. America’s longest-running youth circus performing in the newly renovated Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL. (941) 355-9335
April 19, 2019: It's the annual Hernando De Soto Children’s Parade! The 2019 theme is “Magic Carpet Ride” and will feature floats, schools, families, kids and other organizations decked out to emulate Creatures under the Sea.This year the parade will feature awards for “Best Performance” as well as “Best Cheer leading Performance” and a non-float “School Spirit” cash award. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds and ends with the "Party in the Park" until 2 p.m. at Sutton Park, Palmetto, FL. More info here.
April 19, 2020: Here's a blast from the past for historic and vintage car enthusiasts: More than 1,500 Antique vehicles will be on display at the 51st Annual Deveraux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet. The show is free and features perhaps 1,200 vehicles vintage 1995 and older plus food trucks on site. Hosted by the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund. The took donations last year. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.
April 19, 2019: It's the Annual Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails featuring continuous Easter Egg Hunts, a petting zoo, live bunny interactions, photos with the Easter Bunny available for purchase, plus bird, reptile and wildlife wonder shows and more. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Adults $17.99 kids 4 - 16 $6.50, kids 3 & under are free. Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL
April 19, 2019: Enjoy the Gazebo Starlight Cinema feature, The Life of Pi, at the Gazebo at Centennial Park. Movie starts at sundown. Bring your blankets, chairs, and the whole family to kick off your weekend and enjoy these free monthly movies. Sunset. Downtown Venice, FL.
April 20, 2019: Enjoy all the fun of the Annual Eggstravaganza 2019 Children's Easter Egg Hunt. There will be prizes, candy, entertainment, the Easter Bunny, the Bunny Hop and Egg hunting in various age groups. 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bring your own basket. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Avenue, downtown Venice, FL.
April 20, 2019: Bring the little ones to the Siesta Key Children's Egg Hunt for ages 1 - 6 at Turtle Beach. Come celebrate this Easter with the Siesta Key Children's Easter Party and Easter Egg Hunt! This family-friendly event is open to children ages 1-6 ($10 per child). Activities include an Easter egg hunt, games, free photos with the Easter bunny, the Sheriff’s mounted patrol, and more! Kona Ice will be offering items available for purchase. Children ages 1 to 6 are invited to register and participate. All Easter eggs will contain prizes donated by Siesta Key Chamber Member businesses. Each child who registers will also receive a goodie bag. Children should bring something to carry their collected eggs in. Pre-registration begins March 20th, and is required for the Easter Egg Hunt and limited to 175 children. There is a $10 fee per child. The free Siesta Breeze Trolley service will begin at 8:30 on that morning and will be making rounds approximately every thirty minutes from SK Village to Turtle Beach. Event time: 9 a.m. - noon at Turtle Beach, 8699 Turtle Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL. More info and registration here.
April 20, 2019: The Sandbar Restaurant will host its 33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. sharp at the Pavilion at the Sandbar (ok to arrive at 8:30 a.m.). Make sure to bring your own basket(s) for the Easter Egg Hunt. They will also hold their 10th annual Easter Egg Roll and they will have 2 Easter Bonnet contests, one for Adults and one for children. Judging is at 10:30 a.m. 1st prize for Adults is a 2 night stay at one of the Pine Avenue Guest Houses and 1st prize for the Children's contest is lunch at the Sandbar Restaurant with four of their BFF’s including Ice Cream Sundaes. Sandbar Restaurant,100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, FL, Anna Maria Island, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
April 20, 2019: There's a free Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza hosted by the Nokomis East Homeowner's Association for kids ages 10 and under. It takes place at the Nokomis Community Center in Nokomis Community Park at 10 a.m. sharp. No registration is needed. Don't forget to bring your own basket, Prizes for all. No rain date. 234 E. Nippino Trail, Nokomis, FL. 941-861-5000.
April 20, 2019: It's the 23rd Annual Big Truck Day Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt at Nathan Benderson Park
from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and it's a fun annual happening featuring all
kinds of trucks; firetruck, dump truck and more for kids to climb
into. And with it being Easter weekend there will be 2 Easter egg hunts
at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., so bring a basket. One hunt is for kids 4
and under. One is for kids 5 and older. Photos with the Easter Bunny,
games and other kids activities, too. Food and concessions
admission. 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. More at 941-861-5000. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
April 20, 2019: It's time to Celebrate World Circus Day with all day free admission to the Circus Museum at the Ringling. This year they are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the modern circus! See the world's largest miniature circus while you're there along with John Ringling's Club Cars and explore the history of the circus from ancient times till now. It's amazing. It's enchanting. It's fun! Free admission all day. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Ringling Museum Complex is at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 20, 2019: Marking the end of season, it's the Townie Cup 3v3 Street Soccer Tournament & Waldo party put on by the Shamrock Pub. Watch 8 local teams compete for $250 cash and the TownieCup. They close the streets and have music with DJ Shamrockable cranking the tunes, rocking reggae, summertime and party hits all day. Munchies by the Taco Truck all day. Pub opens at 10 a.m. - Tournament starts 11 a.m. - Townie Cup Final 6:30 p.m. There's an after party with live music by Bri Rivera SRQ inside the pub at 8 p.m. Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 20, 2019: Join The Showfolks Of Sarasota for World Circus Day 2019 for an open house and flea market! Enjoy some special guests presenting their amazing talents, face painting, tours of our one of a kind club house and peruse some incredible photos, costumes and other items for sale. Learn about Circus history right here in Sarasota from the performers themselves and take some history home with you. 11:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Showfolks Of Sarasota, 5204 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 20, 2019: Check out the Homegrown Palooza, a full day of rock n roll featuring 9 local bands. There will also be food trucks, beer & wine, vendors selling unique arts & crafts and other items. 18 and older. Admission: $10 cash. 11 a.m - 11 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 20, 2020: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with SoulRCoaster on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180.
April 21, 2019: Easter Sunrise Service - The DeSoto Society’s annual Service starts at 6 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Sunday on the Manatee River at the Mosaic Amphitheater in Rossi Waterfront Park, 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton and it's open to the public.
April 21, 2019: Easter Sunrise Service - The Tabernacle Church hosts a service in Sarasota's Bayfront Park, Bay Island Park, off of downtown Sarasota area, next to Marina Jack. Bring a folding chair if you like. 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 am. There will be chairs available.
April 21, 2019: Easter Sunrise Service - Pine Shores Presbyterian Church hosts its 61st Easter Sunday sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. at Siesta Key Beach near the pavilion. Bring a beach chair or blanket.
April 21, 2019: Easter Sunrise Service - The Church of the Palms hosts sunrise service near the Lido Beach Pavilion on Lido Key. It is recommended that you bring your own chair or a blanket as seating is very limited. All are welcome and dress is casual. 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
April 21, 2019: Enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch at Marie Selby Gardens with brunch provided by Michael's on the Bay with a carving station, omelets made to order and a dessert bar. The kids will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt around the gardens, kids activities and family photos with the Easter Bunny. Seatings are from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $30 - $80. Your brunch purchase is accompanied by admission to the Gardens for the day. Free on-site parking at Selby Gardens is limited. A complimentary trolley service will be available to and from the Friendship Center. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and registration.
April 21, 2019: 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. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 22, 2019: The City of Sarasota and UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County will host an Earth Day Festival with information booths, a chance to tour two tiny homes, pick up free bicycle gear, try out an e-scooter. There will also be a food truck and a number of free native plants and trees available while supplies last. 11:30 am. - 1:30 p.m., Selby Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-926-6686.
April 22, 2019: Enjoy the Venice Concert Band's final performance of the season, “Happily Ever After," at the Venice Performing Arts Center. The band, which features both professional and amateur musicians, features a wide variety of sounds from Africa, Spain, and main street USA. The show begins at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m. the Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. (941) 480-1704. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 24, 2020: The 2020 season of Music in the Park wraps up tonight at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.
April 24 - 26, 2020: 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.
April 24 - May 10, 2019: Florida Studio Theatre announces that, in association with the National New Play Network (NNPN), it will produce and host the NNPN Women in Playwriting Festival this spring. Part of FST’s Sarasota Festival of New Plays, this three-week Festival will take place throughout April and May, with staged readings of the featured plays in FST’s Keating Theatre on April 26, May 3, and May 10, and in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre on April 24. The series of staged readings is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made online at floridastudiotheatre.org, by phone at (941) 366-9000, or by visiting the FST Box Office. Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL.
April 25, 2019: A series of Summer Movie Nights kicks off at Cool Today Park with the baseball classic "Field of Dreams." The movie nights will take place the 2nd and 4th Thursday evening of the month. There will be concessions available for purchase. too. Admission: $5, but free for season ticket holders. 6:30 p.m. Cool Today Park, 18800 W. Villages Parkway, North Port, FL.
April 25, 2020: Enjoy the De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade, a parade for all ages to see, which steps off at 6:30 p.m., with over 150 parade entries, from Manatee H.S. in Bradenton, then goes west on 9th avenue, north along 39th street to Manatee avenue, then turning east headed toward downtown to 9th street. About 200,000 are expected to view the festive parade, the largest parade in the region. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 25, 2019: Join the Music Department at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, for an outdoor concert to concluded its year. The concert will feature choral and instrumental selections and is free and open to all. Seating is provided but you may bring your chairs or blankets as well as food and nonalcoholic drinks. 7 p.m. Performance Pavilion, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 25 - 27, 2019: It's fun for all kids and kids at heart. It's the PAL Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary Spring Show! The Greatest "little Show on Earth" celebrates the tradition of the circus arts with more than 100 young circus artists. The youth circus, with members from 8 - 18 years old, uses over 800 costumes along with music from many of your favorite animated classics. Shows are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. America’s longest-running youth circus performing in the newly renovated Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL. (941) 355-9335. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 26, 2020: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. Last show of the season. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 26, 2020: 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, FL.
April 26 - 27, 2019: The City of Venice is partnering with other organizations to hold a Hurricane Expo as a public service prior to hurricane season. Various speakers from the county, Sheriff's Office, Red Cross and Suncoast Humane Society are also planned among others through the event. Vendors, raffles and more along with food and drinks available. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 26 - 27, 2019: Sarasota County will celebrate National Arbor Day with tree adoption events, part of the local "Treejuvenation" urban forestry program. Visit any of four locations across the county on those dates to adopt a green buttonwood or dahoon holly sapling for transplant, while supplies last. Green buttonwoods and dahoon hollies are ideal trees for small- to medium-sized home lots. They grow to provide shade and beauty without overwhelming lawns and landscapes. April 26, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL and North Port Library, 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL. April 27, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL and Jacaranda Library,4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL. To qualify, individuals must bring proof of a Sarasota County address and agree to participate in a follow-up survey by providing their name, mailing address and email address. Only one sapling will be supplied per physical address, and only while supplies last. More information: 941-861-982. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 26 - 27, 2019: Manatee Village staff will host Spiritualism & Tea and fascinating stories of psychics, ghosts and divination at Charms of Leffingwell in Ellenton. Manatee Village Historical Park will be opening a new exhibit, “Religion in Manatee”, in April. Manatee Village staff will provide trivia and a brief talk on the history of Spiritualism, a fascinating religious movement that started in the mid-1800s based on the belief that spirits of the deceased remain present and are able to communicate with and give guidance to the living. The talk will touch on topics like the ghost story that started the movement in 1848 and the founding of Cassadaga, Florida’s famous “Psychic Capital of the World”, around 1875. Charms of Leffingwell is a tea room and antique store housed in a 1905 historical home in Ellenton. Tickets are $22 and include tea, sweets, and savories. They may be purchased online or by calling Manatee Village staff at (941) 749-7165. Dress up is encouraged. There will be a best hat contest. There will be two identical sessions offered on either Friday, April 26 or Saturday, April 27 at 11a.m. The teas will take place at Charms of Leffingwell: 905 Leffingwell Ave, Ellenton, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 26 - 28, 2019: Explore the many cultures of India at the "A Journey through India Festival" which kicks off with the Bollywood Dance Party at the Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. Friday evening Dj Pram brings his signature high-energy style to teach dance moves while scenes from classic Bollywood films are projected around the courtyard. Enjoy local Indian fare and beverages available for purchase and a special dance performance by Bollywood choreographer Rajat “Rocky” Batta. Rocky Batta is the Dance India Dance USA Season 1 Winner! Indian food and beverage will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tickets: $15 / $13.50 Members. The festival continues Saturday and also Sunday when you can enjoy a free, celebratory morning yoga event on Ca' d'Zan terrace led by a trained instructor from the Isha Foundation at 8:30 a.m. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 26 - 28, 2019: The 37th annual Suncoast Boat Show takes place at downtown Sarasota's Bayfront Marina. 100s of watercraft on display. Along with boats and yachts there will be marine products and accessories. Cruisers, Runabouts, Bowriders, Sportfishers, Center Consoles, Motor Yachts, Inflatables and more. Food, drinks, music, Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel and more. Fri - Sat: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults $15, under 15 free. Marina Jack’s, #2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 27, 2019: Get your motor running at the 17th Annual "Building to a Cure" Benefit Classic Car Show featuring classic and vintage vehicles from pre-1950s - 1990s. Always a great show with cars from every era on display for close up viewing. Participants compete for 28 Trophies. Money raised benefits Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free Admission. Venice High School, 1 Indian Ave, Venice, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 27, 2019: Enjoy the 2019 Air Fair Giant Fly In sponsored by the Sarasota RC Squadron featuring radio controlled airplanes. Flying from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. both days. It is a free fly in for all to attend with plenty of free parking, handicap parking and is a wheel chair friendly flying field. Sun shelters are available with ceiling fans. Bring your own chairs and sunscreen. Food truck for munchies. Free admission. Directions: The field is located 3 miles east on Bee Ridge Road (at the east end of Bee Ridge Road) in the Sarasota County Rothenback Park. Exit #207 off I-75 and go in gate and turn to the right, go up the hill to the Sarasota Radio Control Squadron Field. Here's more on the air fair.
April 27, 2019: Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc., “Tree Fair 2019,” will offer hundreds of 3-gallon native trees (approx.6-8 feet tall) for sale for only $15 each. Choose from Florida Sweetgum, American Elm, Bald Cypress, Slash Pine, Southern Red Cedar, Dahoon Holly, Pignut Hickory. The native shrubs of Walter’s Viburnum and Wax Myrtle will also be available. You can find out more information about these glorious trees and how to plant and maintain them by attending a free indoor 30-minute tree workshop at 11:30 that will include a slideshow presentation and handouts. Fairy House display and contest, music by “Rev. Faerie” Elaine Silver, tree-climbing demonstrations and Q&A by “Simply Trees” certified arborists. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. North Port Community Education Center, 4940 Pan Am Blvd., North Port, FL. More information at (941) 468-2486. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 27, 2019: Get back to nature under the beautiful sunshine-filled Florida sky at the 30th Annual Sarasota Earth Day Celebration at Oscar Scherer State Park. Admission to one of the most popular of Sarasota Parks is free on Earth Day. And with so many events scheduled, sites to see, live music and nature and wildlife to enjoy, you can probably fill the entire day's schedule from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 27, 2019: Check out the Junior League Jamboree, a circus-themed family friendly event with delicious food, cash bar,circus-style games, bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting, silent auction and more all to support the Junior League of Sarasota's charitable efforts. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Adults $50, kids 4 & Up $25, 3 & under free. Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E Laurel St., Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 27, 2020: Check out the Jazz Club of Sarasota Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret Series with Roy Gerson Quartet. Roy Gerson is an American jazz pianist. He appeared in the movies, The Cotton Club, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Mirror Has Two Faces and The Associate. Gerson performed in jazz clubs in New York City during the 1990s at venues such as the Village Gate, Blue Note, Tavern on the Green and others. ''What I like best about (him) is that besides being a great musician, he truly loves to perform and finds great joy in entertaining people,'' said Tony Bennett. Members $35; non members $39. Full bar and dinner available, doors open 6:30 for dinner. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret, First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota. Tickets are available from the Florida Studio Theatre box office (941) 366-9000. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 27 - 28, 2019: It's the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep Championships featuring High School teams and clubs vying for the State Champion Title for the pairs, fours and eights rowing events. Over 1800 participants are expected to attend Saturday and Sunday. Sat: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Sunshine State Conference Regatta takes place on Friday, April 28 starting at 8 a.m. Nathan Benderson Park. Off Cattlemen Road between University Pkwy and Fruitville Rd, near the Super Target Plaza.5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 27 - 28, 2019: It's the always popular 41st annual Siesta Fiesta which takes place in Siesta Key Village from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's sort of a farewell party for all of our “snowbird” friends from the colder climates of the northern U.S, Canada and afar, who come to be with us in Sarasota throughout the winter season. It's one of the most awaited fests of the year and it's on my April Sarasota Events Calendar for you to enjoy. See more of what’s special at the Siesta Fiesta! April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 27 - 28, 2019: It's the 2nd Annual the Lakewood Ranch Fine Art Festival. Find original handmade artwork to enrich your life and beautify your home and office. Artwork by local, regional and national artisans. Works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass and ceramics, photography, fiber and wearable art to mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more will be on display. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 28, 2019: It's the 17th Annual "Ride The Beaches" scenic bike rides sponsored by Sharky's on the Pier. There's a 70 mile, 35 mile and 15 mile ride. Check in and breakfast starts at 6:00 a.m. The 70 mile ride starts at 7:30 a.m. The 35 mile ride begins at 8 a.m. The 15 mile ride begins at 9 a.m. There's a full lunch served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The ride benefits the Live Strong Foundation. $45 registration. 6 am - 2 p.m. Sharky's is at 1600 Harbor Drive on Venice Island. Click here for more information and registration.