The April Sarasota Events Calendar - fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota and around the Suncoast.
(*Every effort is made to provide as accurate of information as possible, however dates, times, places and event schedules are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, last minute changes or cancellations made by event organizers, mistakes, misinformation from sources and/or events beyond anyone's control, etc. We encourage you to check with event organizers to be sure an event is going forward before making plans to attend.)
April 1, 2023: It's the 37th Annual Run/walk for the Turtles sponsored by Mote Marine on Siesta Key Public Beach. Run, walk or crawl to support Mote's sea turtle conservation and research! 6:30 a.m. - Packet pick up & race day registration opens, 7:00 a.m. - Warm Up! 7:30 a.m. - 1 Mile Fun Run, 8:00 a.m. - 5K Run sanctioned by Manasota Track Club, Award ceremony to follow 5K. Race registration (for both the 1 Mile Fun Run & 5K) includes a complimentary race t-shirt, access to the food station, kids activities area & more! This event is family friendly and spectators are welcome. 6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota. FL.
April 1, 2023: Bring the kids out to EGGstravaganza at Waterside Park for an Easter celebration including fun activities, entertainment and of course- an egg hunt! the longest-running egg hunt in Lakewood Ranch! Thousands of fun-filled Easter eggs will be spread out over the beautiful Waterside Park, separated by age groups, (ages 3-5 & 6+) for children to have fun finding. Make sure to grab a photo with the Easter bunny and then get your face painted while enjoying some of the wonderful food and refreshment options. We can’t wait to show you what we have in store! Pre-registering for this event is required. Ages 3 +. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $10 resident/$20 non resident. Waterside Park, Lakewood Ranch. 7500 Island Cove Terrace, Unit 103, Lakewood Ranch, FL. 34240
April 1, 2023: Check out the Annual Florida Wine Brunch and Charity Auction for a bayfront champagne reception followed by a 4-course seated and served brunch by Chef Paul Mattison featuring fine wines, caviar and “no calorie” desserts, just fooling. Guests will enjoy live music provided by the Foolharmonic Band, a Mystery Box Raffool, and a Live Auction hosed by Charles Foley of Christie’s London. The Auction will include rare wines, fine jewelry, one-of-a kind-trips, unique culinary experiences & more. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami. Sarasota, FL.
April 1, 2023:. It's the Wild About Nature Festival, a day of fun and outdoor adventure. Reconnect with the great outdoors and help foster a love of nature in the next generation as you spend a day in the sun on the beautiful shores of Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve. Families of all ages are encouraged to take part in this fun-filled day of nature-based education and exploration. The wide variety of activities include dip-netting, face painting, hula-hoop lessons, crafts, games, and more including a fossil dig, tree climbing, arts and crafts. There will be live music and food trucks, too. This is a FREE family festival open to all. Registration is not required. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bay Preserve at Osprey, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey, FL
April 1, 2023: It's an Aqua Egg Hunt at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex! Hunt for eggs at the Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex! Youth will enjoy hunting for eggs in the pool while they look for the “golden” egg to win prizes! 1 p.m.: 4 yrs. & younger. All children 4 and under must have a guardian join them in the pool. 1:20 p.m.: 5 – 8 yrs. old. 1:40 p.m.: 9 – 12 yrs. old (shallow). 2 p.m. 9 - 12 yrs old (deep). Fee: $2 per child. Please arrive early, the hunts start promptly at 1 p.m., 1:20 p.m. & 1:40 p.m. Register here Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldmere St., Sarasota, FL. 941-263-6732 for more information.
April 1, 2023: The Sarasota Film Festival's "In Conversation With..." series features in-depth interviews with iconic Hollywood artists led by a member of the national press. This year's festival's "In Conversation Luncheon" is with Roma Downey. Join in for a unique opportunity to learn from and experience the contemporary architects of cinema first-hand. The ticket includes a fixed lunch menu from Bijou Garden Cafe + “Be an Angel” book signed by Roma Downey. Tickets $100. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Bijou Garden Cafe, 1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL.
April 1, 2023: The Manatee Community Concert Band performs "Make it a Broadway Night" featuring some of your all time favorite show tunes. Tickets are $15 each. 7 p.m. All Concerts are at the Neel Performing Arts Center on the campus of State College of Florida. SCF Neel Performing Arts Center - 5840 26th Street West, Building 11 East, Bradenton, FL.
April 1 - 2, 2023: It's the Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show. This quality juried fine art and fine craft show bring artists with all disciplines to sell their original and personally handmade art. The focus is visual arts and fine arts and fine crafts created by award-winning artists from around the world with all disciplines for sale – paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, jewelry, and more. There is free admission; $5 parking supports Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
April 1- 2, 2023: Check out Spirit Fest, a Metaphysical and Holistic Fair, with vendors, readers, artists, authrors, cyrstals, 80 booths and more. Speakers all day, each day. Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL
April 2, 2023: 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. 941-388-1666.
April 3, 2024: It's a free concert with live music with the Gentlemen of Jazz, which recreates the New Orleans Preservation Hall style of jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. This free concert take place every Wednesday through April 6, 2022 in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 3, 2023: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with the Billy Rice Band on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets will be available approx. one month prior to each event, and will include a 24 hour pre-sale period for members. Members please note: $10 tickets are limited to one for Individual Memberships and two for all other Membership levels. Additionally, members may purchase up to four additional tickets at full price ($20) during the pre-sale period. Tickets are limited and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. General public tickets on sale March 4, 2023. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180.
April 4, 2023: The Fan Favorite Event, Meet the Marauders is returning to LECOM Park on April 4. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. A formal announcement of the roster will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m.. There will be plenty of activities for fans of all ages including corn hole, a photo booth, and inflatables. There is no charge to enter the event. Concessions will be available for purchase. LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL
April 4, 2024: It's Ringling Underground. Enjoy live music, art and atmosphere in the Museum of Art Courtyard during Ringling Underground 8 p.m. -11 p.m. This event features an eclectic mix of local, regional, and national live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. $15 / Free for Students w/ ID & Members. Free with Art after 5 Admission. The Courtyard at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL. (941) 359-5700
April 4 - 28, 2023: Sarasota County will celebrate Arbor Day with tree workshops and adoptions. In celebration of National Arbor Day on April 28, Sarasota County is holding tree workshops throughout the county where participants can walk away with a native tree.“The Suncoast region lost a significant number of trees from Hurricane Ian,” said Forest Hecker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ specialist with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. “As we replant our properties, let us be mindful of what we plant, avoiding nuisance invasives and focusing on Florida-friendly trees.” The one-hour “Florida-Friendly Landscaping™: Planting Trees for the Suncoast” classes, offered on various April dates and at locations across Sarasota County and online, will showcase trees that thrive in the Suncoast area, with an emphasis on native trees, flowering trees, and edible fruit and nut trees. Sarasota County Extension has scheduled four in-person workshops across the county and an Arbor Day webinar to allow those interested in attending to find a session that fits their needs: April 04, 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. April 11, 1-2 p.m.: Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota. April 19, 1-2 p.m.: North Port Public Library, 13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port. April 22, 1-2 p.m.: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. April 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Online (tree pickup required at Extension within five business days). Registration required. Learn more: email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 941-861-9812.
April 5, 2023: TBA for 2023. Check out NBP Rec Day! This is a great opportunity for natural sound and family-friendly imagery on the water. For a small fee, children and their parents and siblings can get out on the water with their choice of our equipment, and switch out at their whim — kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, a pedal pontoon boat, even a 15-foot sailboat with captain (masks required). $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger. Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more) All must complete the waiver form. Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
April 6, 2023: The Music Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present “Old Blue Eyes is Back” at the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center. Fly from New York to Las Vegas in this rowdy tribute to Frank Sinatra and the rate pack of crooners. SCF Jazz welcomes amazing vocalist Scotty Wright for a concert of big band classics. Wright has demonstrated his soaring jazz vocals from Bangkok to Los Angeles. From “Fly Me to the Moon” to Beyond the Sea,” this concert serves as a showcase of the great American songbook. 7:30 p.m Tickets for each performance are available online at SCF.edu/Neel or by calling 941-752-5252. The cost is $15 for general admission and $5 for SCF students and staff unless otherwise noted. SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL.
April 6, 2023: Check out Ringling Underground and enjoy live music, art and atmosphere in the Museum of Art Courtyard during Ringling Underground 8 p.m. -11 p.m. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. $15 / Free for Members & Students w/ ID. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL
April 7, 2023: It's the annual Hernando De Soto Children’s Parade! This year’s theme is “Manatee’s Got Talent”. Your float, and or group performance should showcase your special talent! Also, this year, we will be awarding $1,000 to the participating group who’s float entry best represents this year’s theme. Three additional $500 prizes. The parade starts at 10 a.m. The parade lines up at Manatee County Fair Grounds and 15th Street West in Palmetto and ends at Sutton and Lamb Parks. After the parade "Party in the Park," presented by the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, at Sutton & Lamb Parks goes until 2:00 pm. There will be free resources and information for parents, while children can enjoy games, face painting, arts and crafts, and more!
April 7, 2023: A Stations Of The Cross observance will be held. Twenty-three Sarasota congregations will participate in a Stations of the Cross pilgrimage down the center of Main Street on Good Friday, April 7. An estimated 1,000 pilgrims will gather for the event, which includes stops at 14 Stations with readings, prayers, and songs. This will be the 22nd year the Sarasota Ministerial Association joins Church of the Redeemer in planning the event. Mayor Kyle Scott Battie and Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Neunder will present the First STATION. The pilgrimage is three quarters of a mile long. Pilgrims will be inspired by the Men Of Vision, Light Of The World Church, Male Ensemble providing sacred music and choral support. Pilgrims begin to gather at 7 a.m. and the pilgrimage starts at 7:20 a.m. on Main Street at the Regal Hollywood movie theater, 1993 Main St., Sarasota, FL. For those who would like to park at the final station (Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave.), complimentary Siesta Trolley service will transport pilgrims from Redeemer to Regal Hollywood starting at 6 a.m. The pilgrimage will conclude at about 8:30 a.m. A Sarasota Police Department escort will be controlling traffic and providing security. For information, contact Rev. Dr. Tom Pfaff, Ministerial Association President, at email@example.com. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
April 7, 2023: Join The Mall at UTC for an Egg-cellent time during our annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza! 40,000+ Egg Hunt along The Mall at UTC Bunny Trail (inside at participating stores). Bounce Houses (outside the East Main Entrance near Kona Grill). Kids Safety Expo (inside in Dillard's Court). Live Entertainment, Face Painting & Balloon Twisting (inside in Grand Court). Giveaways. The first 500 kids (12 & under) will receive a free egg hunt tote bag! Entry is free! Egg hunt is while supplies last. 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL
April 7, 2023: It's a new season of Music in the Park. On Friday evenings there are few better ways to relax and welcome in the weekend than listening to great local music in an outdoor setting. Thanks to this Realize Bradenton series, for seven Fridays you can enjoy the best in local music at the Rossi Park Pavilion on the Riverwalk. Tonight's music is by the Eric Von Band from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - bring a chair or blanket for relaxing and listening! Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater, 606 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL
April 7, 2023: 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. Kettle of Fish will fill the air with original music that is an amalgam of rock, blues, reggae and New Orleans soul; the deejay will keep you dancing with today’s Top 100 hits; and the event will benefit the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. 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 7, 2023: The Bradenton Marauders home opener as they will embark on their 14th season in franchise history. The Marauders’ home opener is scheduled against the Clearwater Threshers at 6:30 p.m. LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL
April 7, 2023: It's the final 2023 Moon Over Myakka Fundraising Concert at the South Pavilion with Wandering Hours playing neo-traditional mountain folk music combines contemporary songwriting with an old-timey feel. Banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and upright bass underscore the band's thoughtful lyrics and storytelling. Tickets: $25 per person, $20 for Friends of Myakka River Members. Half price tickets for children under 12 available at the door only. Park entrance fee waived after 5 p.m. with concert ticket. Bring a chair/blanket and a picnic basket or food. Food, wine and beer will be available for sale from the Lazy Gator Cafe. 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. - 9:30 p.m. North gate will be open 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. Entrance is on the left.
April 7 - 16, 2023: It's back! New Owners. New Team. A New Vision. It's the 2023 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament. The Sarasota Open ATP Challenger will be held in the City of Sarasota’s recently renovated Payne Park. Various ticket prices and packages. Kick-Off Events April 7 - April 9. Tournament is April 10 - 16, 2023. Location: Payne Park, 2010 Adams Ln, Sarasota, FL 678-478-6649
April 8, 2023: It's the annual Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt. New this year, the Egg Hunt will be held on the Siesta Key Chapel's shade-covered grounds. Come join in this fun-filled morning. Live animals, goody bags. Take photos with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy children's games and activities. Advance registration is required for the Egg Hunt. Participation in the Egg Hunt is limited to 200 children ages 1-6. Please bring a bag or basket for your child to put his or her eggs in. All registered children receive a goody bag. Admission: $12 per child (ages 1-6). Free parking. 9 a.m. - Noon. Siesta Key Chapel, 4615 Gleason Ave Siesta Key FL .941-349-3800. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
April 8, 2023: It's the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at The Children's Garden. Each child can collect 12 eggs filled with treats and treasures to bring home. If you're lucky, you might find the rare GOLDEN EGG, or one of three other eggs with a prize ticket inside. We will be joined for a visit by "somebunny" very special - the Easter Bunny!- who will hand out prizes to the winners and stay for photos. We'll also have an Easter craft for after you've collected your eggs. This event is included with admission and free for garden members (while eggs last). The doors will open at 9:45 a.m. - The Hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp! The Children’s Garden is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization. Admission: 0-2 Yrs. Free, 3-12 Yrs. $6, Teens-Adults $10, 60+Seniors $9. The Children's Garden and Art Center, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL
April 8, 2023: Hippity hoppity, the Easter Bunny is on his way to the Easter Eggstravaganza! Join in the Easter fun this year with an egg hunt in Centennial Park! Bring your basket and meet the Easter Bunny! Music by DJ Tony Accardi of Top Shelf Entertainment. This event is for children ages 8 and under. Must be accompanied by an adult. Fun for the whole family from 10 a.m. - noon in Centennial Park 200 W. Venice Avenue, FL.
April 8, 2023: It's an Easter Egg Drop! A 50,000 Easter Egg helicopter drop. Activities for all ages sponsored by Coast Life Church. Food trucks, Face painting, bounce houses, and other actives. 10 am: Doors open. 10:30 a.m.: First egg drop (ages 1-6). 11:30 a.m.: Second egg drop (ages 7-11). 12:00 p.m.: End of event. Children with physical limitations, sensory needs, or unable to participate in traditional egg drop for any other reason will be able to hunt for eggs in our “Sidekick Zone” throughout the entire event as well as participate in activies happening in the “Sidekick Zone.” 10 a.m - 12 p.m. Venice High School Stadium, 1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL
April 8, 2023: The Newtown community will host an Egg Hunt and Cookout at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St, Sarasota, FL., from noon to 4 p.m. There will be plenty of colorful eggs for the little ones to collect, games, music and tempting bites from the grill. Newtown is geographically bordered by Hwy. 301 to the east; Bradenton Road to the west; Myrtle Street to the north and 17th Street to the south, with Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard in the center.
April 8, 2023: It's a Food Truck Rally and Easter Eg Hunt at Big Top Brewing featuring Smoking Mama's BBQ and others from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt is 5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free admission. Big Top Brewing, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-371-2939
April 9, 2023: Easter Sunrise Service - Pine Shores Presbyterian Church hosts its 64th Easter Sunday sunrise service at Siesta Key Beach near the pavilion. Bring a beach chair or blanket. 6:30 a.m. Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 9, 2023: Kiwanis of Anna Maria Island will celebrate the 58th anniversary of the Easter Sunrise Service held at the Manatee County Public Beach. All the Island churches participate. The crowd normally numbers 1,200- 2,000 people. There is ample parking. Trolley will be up and running at 6:00 a.m. The Anna Maria Beach Café will also open at 6:30 a.m.. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on and dress to the weather. To view the Easter Sunrise Service LIVE at home you will need to go directly to You-Tube and type in: "Kiwanis of AMI Easter Sunrise Service."
April 9, 2023: Easter Sunrise Service The Church of the Palms hosts sunrise service near the Lido Beach Pavilion on Lido Key and Live Streaming. 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 Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 9, 2023: Easter Sunrise Service takes place at the Riverwalk Amphitheater at 6:30 a.m. Sunday on the Manatee River in Rossi Waterfront Park, 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton and it's open to the public with Loving Hands Ministry.
April 9, 2023: Easter Sunrise Service at the lake front at the Lakefront Campus of First Baptist Church of Venice. 7 a.m. 3100 Executive Dr., Venice, FL.
April 9, 2023: You're invited to an Easter Morning Celebration at Sunrise Service. Service will be hosted outside at the Living Nativity set in a beautiful surrounding on The Tabernacle campus. Bring your lawn or beach chair. 7 a.m. The Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Rd. Sarasota, FL 941-355-8858
April 9, 2023: Hope City Church presents the Sarasota Egg Drop. 10,000 Easter eggs will fall from the sky behind Tatum Ridge Elementary School, 4100 Tatum Rd, Sarasota, FL. The Egg Drop is part of Hope City Church’s Easter Celebration which includes a church service, music, programming for kids, and a message of hope from Lead Pastor Peter Gowesky. Services are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with the Sarasota Egg Drop following the 10:30 a.m. service. Be sure to get registered for the Egg Drop. Hope City Church, 4456 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL
April 9, 2023: 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 9, 2023: It's The Newtown Spring Fling Festival & Parade with the parade starting at 2 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Osprey, then heading west to Cocoanut Avenue. Parade particpants still welcome. Post-parade festivities will include live music, vendors and food trucks located adjacent to the historic Leonard Reid house at MLK Way and Orange Ave. Everyone is invited to attend this free Sarasota event, enjoy the sense of community and start a new family tradition! 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Newtown is geographically bordered by Hwy. 301 to the east; Bradenton Road to the west; Myrtle Street to the north and 17th Street to the south, with Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard in the center.
April 9, 2023: The Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Cheryl Losey Feder, harp, and Abraham Feder, cello with a program which includes their own transcriptions of music by Bach and Johann Strauss, Jr. The couple met when they began their orchestral careers on the same day in 2008 as they assumed principal positions in the Sarasota Orchestra. He is now assistant principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony and she a sought-after soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. 4:00 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL. For tickets and more information call (941) 306-1202.
April 10, 2023: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret. Monday Night Jazz at the Cabaret presents an exciting evening of jazz with top entertainment in an intimate cabaret setting in downtown Sarasota at the John C. Court Cabaret at FST; First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for food and beverage service. Click here for tickets and updated information on performer.
April 12, 2023: Check out the Mote SEAsonal Tasting at Nathan Benderson Park! Enjoy delicious food during this special event at the Finish Tower at Nathan Benderson Park celebrating restaurants of University Town Center and benefiting Mote Science Education Aquarium, your future neighbor in the UTC community! This ticketed event will feature restaurant stations where you can sample light bites. 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL
April 12, 2023: Enjoy the Bayfront Gardens at The Ringling for Acoustic Sunsets with a solo musician on Ca' d'Zan Terrace! This event will feature a solo or duo musical group performing acoustic music as the sun sets on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 6 p.m. $15 Members. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each event. In the case that there are tickets still available one week prior to each event, members will be able to purchase up to 4 guest tickets for $20 each. These tickets, if available, will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. one week prior to the event. 2nd Wednesday of the month January - April 2023. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL
April 13, 2023: The Music Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present “Youthful Inspirations.” Enjoy the unique compositions of SCF student composers. The works performed at this concert were prepared in SCF’s music composition course. The experience of hearing the work of these precocious composers will be enhanced by the intimate setting of the SCF’s newest recital hall. The cost is $15 for general admission and $5 for SCF students and staff unless otherwise noted. To learn more about SCF’s music program, visit SCF.edu/Music or call 941-752-5579. 7:30 p.m. Studio for the Performing Arts Recital Hall. SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL.
April 14, 2023: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with Tom Carabasi and Latin/Samba Sounds. Tom Carabasi, originally from Philadelphia, is a drummer and percussionist. Carabasi has performed and recorded with many of the area’s top jazz artists. In 2001 he arranged and produced a CD entitled “Portraits in Black and White” with an assortment of Brazilian and jazz standards featuring Kenny Drew Jr. on piano. The recording was voted one of the top new CD’s by jazz radio, WUSF, Tampa. Carabasi is also the department head of photography and design at Ringling
School of Art and Design. Concert from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd. Admission at the door $15 members; $20 guests. For information call: (941) 260-9951.
April 14, 2023: The 2023 Paws on the Red Carpet Combines high-energy entertainment, exclusive shopping, fabulous raffle prizes, certified Hot Guys, bundles of adoptable animals, and signature cocktails. In years past, the main attraction has been a fashion show, an artwalk, and a dance party. For the 2023 edition, we’re adding a dose of Hollywood movie magic. Think red carpets, awards, and all-out glamour. Click here for more details and tickets. Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL
April 14, 2023: The USFSM Carnival Celebration is free and open to the public to celebrate the campus during USF week 2023! 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 14, 2023: It's a new season of Music in the Park. On Friday evenings there are few better ways to relax and welcome in the weekend than listening to great local music in an outdoor setting. Thanks to this Realize Bradenton series, for seven Fridays you can enjoy the best in local music at the Rossi Park Pavilion on the Riverwalk. Tonight's music is by Kettle of Fish with Blues, Rock, Soul music from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - bring a chair or blanket for relaxing and listening! Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater, 606 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL
April 14 - 16, 2023: It's the first of 2 April weekends of 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. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL. Happens again on April 28 - 30, 2023.
April 14 - 16, 2023: 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, FL.
April 14 - 16, 2023: If you're a weekend D.I.Y'er you'll want to check out the Sarasota Bradenton Home Show. Featuring everything from kitchens and baths to landscapers and pools, solar, builders, contractors and more, you'll pick up some great ideas or find just the folks who can help you with everything for your home. Admission is free with online registration or $10 at the door & free parking. Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m, Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Robarts Arena, Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Off Fruitville Road. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
April 14 – 16, 2023: Check out the outdoor food and fun at the Punta Gorda Seafood & Music Festival. Choose entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) cooked fresh onsite. Add on with a diversity of side dishes and of course – scrumptious desserts! Select from both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Performers scheduled for this year’s festival are: David Chastain Band, The Big Bad Wolves, Hurricane Shane Band, Undr8ed Band, 22N, The Billy Rice Band, Dead Set Florida, K-Luv & United Funk Foundation, Thunder Beach, Nigel Mack & The Blues Attack, Memphis Lightning. Free admission. Fri: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission. Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, FL.
April 14 - 23: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Theatre will present Lewis Black’s “One Slight Hitch" under the direction of Amanda Schlachter, features a cast of SCF students. It's Courtney's wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations will be perfect. If the decorations ever arrive, that is. Then, like in any good farce, the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect. Tickets: $15. Various dates, 8 p.m. & 2 p.m. Howard Studio Theatre, 5840 26th St. W., Building 11 West, Bradenton, FL. https://www.scf.edu/Neel/ box office at 941-752-5252
April 15, 2023: It's the De Soto Landing Event at De Soto National Memorial. This is a recreation of the landing of Hernando de Soto in Tampa Bay. Along the shores of the memorial living historians will talk about the impact the De Soto expedition had on the indigenous people and the history of the United States. Landing times are at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. De Soto National Memorial, 8300 Desoto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL
April 15 2023: It's time to Celebrate World Circus Day at the Circus Museum at the Ringling. Enjoy free admission to the Ringling Circus Museum and Bayfront Gardens. 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! There will be a Juggling Party at 11 a.m. in the Bayfront Gardens and other special highlights.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 15, 2023: The State College of Florida (SCF) Foundation will host “Oh, What a Night." Celebrate over 30 years of good times with family and friends under clear blue skies and twinkling stars amid the natural beauty of the SCF Venice campus. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the SCF Presidential String Quartet and SCF Jazz Band, and rousing performances by the Pops Orchestra. VIP Seating will include a tasty meal with beer and wine. A firework show set to the Pops Orchestra will conclude the night. Cocktail casual attire suggested. 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets $30 - $150. SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL.
April 15, 2023: TBA for 2023. Celebrate World Circus Day with Showfolks. It's an opportunity to tour this one of a kind club for circus
professionals and meet some of the talented international circus stars
that call the Sarasota area home, exhibiting their unique skills. You
can enjoy refreshments as you view circus history in Sarasota through
hundreds of photos, spectacular wall murals and circus literature. They will have face painting, performing pooches, juggling, clowns, mystical magic, free hot togs and soda, plus the annual circus flea market, circus model builders, pipe organ music, balloons and more! Free admission. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Showfolks Of Sarasota, 5204 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL. (941) 359-2542
April 16, 2023: It's the Joy of Jazz at Centennial Park, Venice. The Jazz Club and the Gulf Coast Community co-sponsor a free jazz concert at the Gazebo in Centennial Park 200 W. Venice Ave, Venice. A fun outdoor event for the whole family. Concert from 2 - 4 pm. Bring chairs or blanket for seating. Performers TBA. Click here for updates. Centennial Park 200 W. Venice Ave, Venice, FL.
April 16, 2023: 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 16, 2023: 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 17, 2023: The Music Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present “Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem — Music Theatre Showcase.” The Music Theatre Ensemble presents a showcase of music theatre songs and scenes from musicals which have murder, mystery, and mayhem as their theme. From dramatic moments to those with a touch of dark comedy, the students in the Music Theatre Ensemble shine in a variety of small group and large ensemble numbers. The cost is $15 for general admission and $5 for SCF students and staff unless otherwise noted. To learn more about SCF’s music program, visit SCF.edu/Music or call 941-752-5579. 7:30 p.m., SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL.
April 20, 2023: The Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Guitarist JIJI who was selected by the Washington Post as "one of the 21 composers/performers who sound like tomorrow." Her virtuosic performances of music range from traditional classical to free improvisation, played on both acoustic and electric guitar. The first guitarist to win the Concert Artist Guild competition first prize in 30 years, JIJI has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and has been featured on PBS and NPR. 5:30 p.m., outdoors at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound St. Sarasota, FL For tickets and more information call (941) 306-1202.
April 20, 2023: The Music Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present “High Voltage.” Step on our amplifier cables and be shocked by the blast of electric guitars and the SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra with new music commissioned for this unique and daring concert.$15 for general admission and $5 for SCF students and staff unless otherwise noted. To learn more about SCF’s music program, visit SCF.edu/Music or call 941-752-5579. 7:30 p.m., SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL.
April 20 - 23, 2023: It's fun for all kids and kids at heart. It's the PAL Sailor Circus Spring Show, "Around the World in 80 Days;" a dizzying international journey on land, sea and of course, in the air. 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. Various show days/times and ticket prices. 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 20 - 24, 2023: It's Forks and Corks for Foodies and Wine Connoisseurs with winemaker events and upscale dinners to casual tasting and sampling events. The Grand Tasting, April 23, takes place at the Ringling Museum Courtyard and sells out fast each year. Various dates, events, costs, times and locations. Enjoy!
April 21, 2023: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with James Suggs and Friends. One of the finest jazz trumpeters in the Bay area, James Suggs, is from Harrisburg, PA. Suggs earned his music degrees at Youngtown State U and USF Tampa. At the age of 16, he began playing professionally in northeast Ohio and Suggs has toured with the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras. Much in demand in the area, he has performed with Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, John Lamb, La Lucha and others. Suggs has performed critically acclaimed tribute shows to Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Harry James. His CD, You’re Gonna Hear From Me , has received rave reviews from critics. Concert from 2 - 4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd. Admission at the door $15 members; $20 guests. For information call: (941) 260-9951.
April 21, 2023: It's a new season of Music in the Park. On Friday evenings there are few better ways to relax and welcome in the weekend than listening to great local music in an outdoor setting. Thanks to this Realize Bradenton series, for seven Fridays you can enjoy the best in local music at the Rossi Park Pavilion on the Riverwalk. Tonight's music is by Dual Exhaust with Country, Blues, Rock music from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - bring a chair or blanket for relaxing and listening! Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater, 606 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL
April 21 - 22, 2023: The Venice Symphony Returns to the Venice Performing Arts Center with "Fairy Tales & Flutes." This concert features one of the greatest flute players of our time. Jim Walker, former principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, solos on Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, John Williams’ The Face of Pan and Mancini’s Pennywhistle Jig. William Walton’s The Wise Virgins Suite, based on the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream round out the concert. Tickets on line or save on fees and call 941-207-8822 or visit The Venice Symphony Box Office at 700 U.S. 41 Bypass North, Suite 4, Venice, FL from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office closes at 2 pm on Concert Fridays. Concert Venue: The Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave, Venice, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 21 - 23, 2023: The 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, and more. Fri - Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Last year ticket prices were: Adult One-Day General Admission Tickets are $18. Military Veterans, Active Duty, and children under 16 are free. Tickets are only available for purchase online, and there will not be a ticketing box office at the show. Marina Jack’s, #2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 21 - May 6, 2023: Check out a unique theatrical experience with "The Ballad of Old Manatee," an immersive historical drama with original folk music inspired by true events from the Village of Manatee's origins. It will run for a limited time from at the Manatee Village Historical Park. Manatee Village Historical Park 1404 Manatee Avenue East Bradenton
April 22, 2023: It's Earth Day with the Venice Arboretum.In honor of Earth Day, the City Arborist and Arboretum volunteers will provide information about trees (including a tree giveaway), butterfly gardens, composting, and rain barrels. There also will be children's activities, including a Tinkergarten and nature scavenger hunt. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. West Blalock Park, 401 Pensacola Rd., Venice, FL.
April 22, 2023: It's Oscar Scherer State Park’s 34th Annual Sarasota Earth Day Festival! Celebrate
Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park along with Scrub Jay Fest, together in 2023, with live music, fun-filled
activities for kids, various environmental and informational booths,
environmental speakers, photo contest, guided hikes, tram tours, food vendors, and much
more! Free entry.
Location: Lake Osprey Picnic Area Fee: Free. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oscar
Scherer State Park is located in Osprey, FL, south of Sarasota, north of
Venice, at 1843 S. Tamiami Trail. (941) 483-5956
April 22, 2023: This year, The Bay Park is hosting the Earth Day celebration from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy many other family-friendly Earth Day activities starting at 8:30 a.m. at The Bay – Sarasota’s newest signature park along Sarasota’s bayfront! The Bay is offering kid-friendly nature walks, and family-friendly yoga in partnership with Wholehearted Education, opportunities to explore The Bay’s mangrove bayou on tandem kayaks provided by Ride & Paddle, Sidewalk Science will be on site with fun Earth Day science experiments for kids, First 1000 Days Suncoast will be on hand encouraging all to Plant, Grow & Bloom with a seed planting activity, and Southface Sarasota and UF Engineering’s Innovation Station will provide S.T.E.M. activities and hands-on learning about energy efficiency, ecosystems, engineering and more! Plus, learn tips on how to become an even better Earth citizen at the Earth Day Celebration Tabling Event in partnership with the City of Sarasota. The Bay Park, 1055 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL
April 22, 2023: Celebrate Earth Day at Historic Spanish Point and engage with nature using all of your senses! Explore a variety of hands-on activities to celebrate and appreciate nature this Earth Day! Open to all ages. Explore your senses through stations like a "guess the scent" challenge, a color change experiment, and more! You'll also be able to create a make-and-take craft, explore our Butterfly House, and partake in a plant scavenger hunt. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.10:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. Historic Spanish Point, 401 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL
April 22, 2023: Join Florida Maritime Museum celebrates Earth Day at the Longboat Island Chapel for Nature Talks and Walks! Enjoy environmental panel discussions, local exhibitors, bay walks, and a food truck in Longboat Key to celebrate Earth Day! Event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL.
April 22, 2023: A concert including the top music selections sung by Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota over the past 25 years. A 25th Anniversary Celebration. Tickets $20. 3 p.m. Holley Hall Beatrice Friedman Sym. Ctr., 709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
April 22, 2023: Party down at another Main Street Live block party in downtown Bradenton.The night features an Earth Day theme plus live music from Mathew Curry Band, local food and drinks/trucks, vendors and arts and crafts. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton, FL.
April 22, 2023: Celebrate FloFest, the Florida Lifestyle a at this all day fest with food trucks and 2 stages of live music, car show, free parking, food trucks, 9 live bands, live art demos, beer booths, cannabis chefs, VIP lounge. Music starts both days at noon. Tickets: $15 - $75 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Charlotte County Fairgrounds, 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL
April 22 - 23, 2023: After a 3 year pause due to COVID this much loved festival is back for 2023! Want to go hunting for Shark tooth fossils? Want a simple and inexpensive way to do it? Then attend the Venice Sharks Tooth Festival in a new location: Centennial park in downtown Venice. Admission is free. There are fossils, food trucks, arts and crafts, live music and children's activities. No pets allowed. Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Centennial park, Venice Avenue, Downtown Venice FL
April 22 - May 6, 2023: See The Ballad of Old Manatee. Inspired by true events and the early settlers of Manatee County, The Ballad of Old Manatee tells the dynamic love story of James C. Vanderipe and Sarah Lee—and an intense conflict between James and Sarah's father, the Reverend Edmund Lee. This conflict, shrouded in mystery and intrigue, leads to James' death and burial in what is called "The Lonesome Grave." History meets mystery in this unique theatrical experience! Limited tickets available, $27. Friday and Saturday performances. THE BALLAD OF OLD MANATEE is an immersive historical drama with original folk music inspired by true events from Manatee County's origins. Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL
April 23, 2023: Get your motor running at the 19th 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. New location: Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue S, Venice, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 23, 2023: 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 24, 2023: Join the Venice Concert Band for If Not For Music. Enjoy a wide variety of musical selections that will both entertain and inspire you! Tickets will be available for this performance April 10, 2023. If you do not have season tickets, you can purchase $14 tickets online two weeks before each performance or $14 (cash only) tickets at the door on concert dates. For assistance in purchasing tickets, contact the the VPAC box office at 941-218-3779. All concerts are at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC), 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 24, 2023: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret. Monday Night Jazz at the Cabaret presents an exciting evening of jazz with top entertainment in an intimate cabaret setting in downtown Sarasota at the John C. Court Cabaret at FST; First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for food and beverage service. Click here for tickets and updated information on performer. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 25, 2021: TBA for 2023. Enjoy the 2020 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 available. 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. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 25 - 26, 2020: TBA for 2023. It's the always popular 42nd 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 26, 2023: TBA for 2023. Check out NBP Rec Day! This is a great opportunity for natural sound and family-friendly imagery on the water. For a small fee, children and their parents and siblings can get out on the water with their choice of our equipment, and switch out at their whim — kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, a pedal pontoon boat, even a 15-foot sailboat with captain (masks required). $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger. Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more) All must complete the waiver form. Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
April 27, 2023: The Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents Cameron Crozman, named "Canada's next big cello star" by CBC Music. He is making a name for himself as the next superstar of the classical music world. He will be joined by pianist Meagan Milatz in a program titled "Wanderlust," which features music inspired by composers' vacation trips. 11 a.m. Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL performance is followed by lunch. For tickets and more information call (941) 306-1202.
April 28, 2023: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with Rodney Rojas and New Profiles in Jazz. Jazz at Two series features big band jazz with the ten piece ensemble of Rodney Rojas New Profiles in Jazz. Enjoy jazz standards, blues, bossa nova and some favorites music from the American Songbook. Members include Dave DeWitt, Pete BarenBregge, Dave DeWitt, “STretch” Bruyn, Lenny Rojas, Kirk Reyes and Greg Caputo, among others. Concert from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd. Admission at the door $15 members; $20 guests. For information call: (941) 260-9951. For information call: (941) 260-9951.
April 28, 2023: It's a new season of Music in the Park. On Friday evenings there are few better ways to relax and welcome in the weekend than listening to great local music in an outdoor setting. Thanks to this Realize Bradenton series, for seven Fridays you can enjoy the best in local music at the Rossi Park Pavilion on the Riverwalk. Tonight's music is by Bri Rivera SRQ - Latin Fusion, Blues, Funk Rock music from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - bring a chair or blanket for relaxing and listening! Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater, 606 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL
April 28, 2023: The DeSoto Heritage Festival Ball. An elegant, black-tie, evening where they crown a Queen and invest the newest Hernando de Soto in grand style with pomp and circumstance. Come join De Soto’s new Crewe for dancing, fun, and entertainment lasting throughout the night. This glittering affair has been one of Manatee County’s most prestigious social events for several decades. 6:30 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL.
April 28, 2023:. It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. with live music at Centennial Park Featuring Swinging Bridge. Attendees are asked to follow current CDC guidelines. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Centennial Park, Downtown Venice, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
April 28 - 30, 2023: It's the2nd weekend of 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. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL
April 28 - 30, 2023: Check out the Sarasota Tattoo Expo with Live tattooing all weekend by over 80 award winning tattoo artists from around the country! 100 talented tattoo artists all to one location for your tattoo needs! All different styles from realism, traditional, black and grey, to color tattoos. Don't forget the FREE RAFFLES of up to $1,200 in free tattoos throughout the weekend! Tickets will be available at the door only. Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. $20 ($5 off before 5 p.m.), Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. $20, Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. $20, 3-day weekend pass $35. Sarasota Memorial Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL
April 29, 2023: Warriors on the Water and Catch Sarasota, presents the first SRQ Inshore Grand Slam. Captains meeting on April 27th 6pm at Hooters Sarasot. Check In Station open on April 29th 2023 from 3pm-6pm in Sarasota at Harts Landing. Torunament prize payouts will be 80% of collected entry fees. Check in open from 3pm -6pm – Captains Meeting at Hooters Sarasota April 27th 6 p.m., on site registration will be available – Outboard Entry Fee $250 – Kayak Entry Fee $100. All proceeds benefit Warriors on the Water 501(c)(3) and help us serve our mission of facilitating and funding a positive outlet for veterans within nature and one of a kind charter fishing experiences.
April 29, 2023: The Annual Tree Fair, sponsored by People for Trees, a non-profit native tree advocacy group, since 1997! Celebrating 25 years of promoting the native trees of Florida and the importance of maintaining our native tree canopy. Hundreds of native trees for sale: 3-gallon ($15), 7-gallon ($25). Selections include: Longleaf Pine, Sweetgum, Bald Cypress, Dahoon Holly, Pignut Hickory, Red Maple, Sycamore, Sugarberry. "Ask an Arborist", vendors, food trucks, music. Contact Alice White (941) 468-2486 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. City Center Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 29, 2023: The Children's Booktopia returns to the Bradenton Public Market. In addition to local children's book authors and illustrators and fun activities, they are welcoming a special guest this year.... DANIEL TIGER! This is a FREE event during market hours 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 3rd Ave W. and Old Main Street at the Bradenton Public Market.
April 29, 2023: Big trucks are rolling into CoolToday Park for Big Truck Day. Now in its 27th year, kids can learn more about the vehicles and trucks they see on the streets. Families and individuals of all ages are invited to honk horns, pull levers and take a closer look at over 30 big trucks and heavy machines. Enjoy free hands-on crafts and children's games, take a tour of CoolToday Park. 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Free. CoolToday Park.18800 S W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL. More at 941-861-5000. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 29, 2023: Check out Pop Culture to the Max at SarasotaCon - Pop Culture Event, striving to be Florida’s best and truest comic convention with exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests from comic books and movies to toys, video games, apparel, toys and more plus a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are guaranteed in attendance for fans to meet and greet. Admission $20. Kids under 11 free. Free parking. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Carlisle Inn & Conference Center, 3727 Bahia Vista, Sarasota, FL .
April 29, 2023: It's a full day enjoying FREE hands-on family fun at the Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum. Each site will be holding a Suncoast Remake Learning Event, as part of the 10-day Remake Learning Festival held in four area counties, including Manatee. From 10 AM to Noon, visit “Art in the Historical Park,” and create fun art projects related to the history of each building. From 1 PM to 3 PM, join the Agricultural Museum and Soar in 4 Manatee as they host “Butterfly Extravaganza” at the Ag Museum. Along with the free events, have lunch on the grounds with the Friends of Manatee County Agricultural Museum. For $3 per person, you can enjoy a hotdog lunch and purchase some goodies from their bake sale. Lunch will be available from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. It can be a full day of fun and food for you and your family along with lots of take-home goodies! Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum at 515 10th Ave. West, Palmetto, FL.
April 29, 2023: Enjoy the De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade, a parade for all ages to see with over 150 parade entries. The parade will follow its traditional route down 9th Avenue West to 39th Street West and continue down Manatee Avenue to 9th Street West and will feature beautifully decorated floats and krewes from throughout the southwest Florida area. Historically, it has been on of the largest parades in Florida. Tens of thousands of people will line the streets of Bradenton to view the illuminated floats and catch a glimpse of the new Hernando DeSoto, Captain of Crewe and their newly crowned Queen and Princess. Beads, coins and other fun items are handed to the crowd throughout the night. Starts from Manatee H.S. in Bradenton at 7 p.m. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 29, 2023: Canceled for 2023 due to potential bad weather. 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 shortly after 8:00 p.m., and continuing until 10:30 p.m.. (weather permitting). You'll enjoy spectacular views of the first-quarter Moon as well as the planets Mars, Venus and a variety of deep sky objects. Southeast corner of Sarasota’s Celery Fields Park, 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, FL. (Telescopes will be set up in the smaller staff parking lot on the east side of the Audubon building. (Please park in the larger, public parking lot on the western side of the building.)
April 30, 2023: Sharky's "Ride The Beaches" returns! They are 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. 1,000 PARTICIPANT LIMIT!. All riders will start the day with breakfast on the beach at Sharky’s. Breakfast will be fresh fruit, juice, bagels, fruit bread, and coffee. All rest stops will be stocked with water, sports drink, fresh fruit, snacks and/ or sandwiches. BBQ lunch will be served on the beach at Sharky’s. The charity ride benefits three Foundations.Full details on web site. 6 am - 2 p.m. Sharky's is at 1600 Harbor Drive on Venice Island. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
April 30, 2023: It's the SUP & RUN 5K. Three great races, world-class venue, awesome shirts, custom 4″ finisher medals, CHALLENGE coins, great prizes, spectacular post-race party with the libation lounge, SIP & RUM, yummy food, live DJ & more! 8 a.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL
April 30 2023: The Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund presents the 52nd Annual Devereaux Kaiser Car Show featuring classic and antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Customs, hot rods, military and service vehicles 25 years and older only. Also celebrating 70 years of the Corvette. Plus food trucks, beer tent, and vendors. $5 donation. Kids under 10 are free. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.
April 30, 2023: It's a Sarasota Orchestra Parks and Partners Performance as The Sarasota Brass Quintet will be performing popular favorites at G.T. Bray Park Amphitheater (just behind the Happy Tails Dog Park). Bring a chair or outdoor blanket, sunscreen, bug spray, and something cool to drink (non-alcoholic beverages, only). Capacity at this event will be limited due to limited parking. Registration will open 30 days prior to the performance.2:30 p.m. G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave Dr W, Bradenton, FL
April 30, 2023: Enjoy a concert by the Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band. Final concert of their season. 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 Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com