The February Sarasota Events Calendar includes the best of the best fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota.
*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. Due to coronavirus many events are on hold or decisions have not been made yet as to whether the event will go on as scheduled, be canceled or postponed. All dates, times and events are subject to change, cancellation or postponement by organizers due to coronavirus. Before making any major plans check with event organizers to confirm date of event and that event has not been canceled at the last minute.) The Calendar is updated as information is made available and updated and current information is very difficult to come by as organizations don't know what to do.
February 1, 2020: Canceled for 2021 Next event February 5, 2022. Check out the 26th Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Enjoy the sound of bagpipes, drums, Highland dancing and athletic events, Border Collie demonstrations, kid's games and events and all things Scottish. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. rain or shine. 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.
February 1 - 2, 2020: Canceled for 2021. The Venice Area Orchid Society presents their 53rd annual show and sale. Thousands of blooming orchids will be for sale and on display in 15 artistically designed exhibits. Orchid art, accessories and supplies will also be for sale. Widely regarded as the most popular orchid show on Florida's west coast. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $5.00, children under 10 free. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 1 - 2, 2020: TBA for 2021. The 11th Annual Sarasota Masters Art Festival features 50 or more of the nations' finest artists with their one of a kind works in categories including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry and blown glass. Live entertainment, food vendors too. Free admission. 10 a.m - 5 p.m. Gulf Stream Avenue on the corner of Main and Rt. 41, downtown Sarasota, FL.
February 1 - 7, 2021: It's the 32nd Annual Gulf Coast Games for Life. This multi-sport event program is for adults 50 and over. Events take place in Sarasota County, Manatee County and the City of North Port. In 2019 there were 16 events: Bag Toss (Corn Hole), Basketball Shooting, Bocce Ball, Bowling, Cribbage, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Racquetball, Shuffleboard, Swimming, Table Tennis, Target Shooting, Track and Field, and Volleyball. One-time registration fee of $12. Entry fee of $3 per event. Bowling and golf have a facility fee. Registration deadline: Jan. 11, 2021. Call 941-861-PARK (7275) to register by phone.
February 1 - 28, 2021: The Photoville FENCE makes its third consecutive appearance at Nathan Benderson Park.The public photography project is exhibited year-round in major parks and downtowns across North America. Featuring more than 90 photographers annually, the exhibition brings compelling visual stories into the public realm, and to a wide and diverse audience. As an outdoor exhibition, social distancing is a distinct built-in feature of the show.“The local show also includes a showcase of seven Florida photographers, judged separately from the international show. The Photoville Fence will appear on the upper finish tower parking lot, on both sides of a chain-link fence between the two bridges onto the park’s Regatta Island. Free. 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL. 941-358-7275
February 1 - May 17, 2021: Enjoy the Bayfront Gardens at The Ringling for Acoustic Sunsets with a solo musician on Ca' d'Zan Terrace! This socially distanced event will feature live music with food and drink for purchase. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Masks are encouraged when social distancing isn't possible. Enjoy a relaxing evening of music during sunset. Sandwiches, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase on the terrace, and The Ringling Grillroom is offering other tasty items for pre-order. Please pre-order your items 24 hours in advance. For pick-up, just stop by The Ringling Grillroom in the Visitors Pavilion. Orders can be available after 4:00 pm. $20 / $18 Members. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each event. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL
February 2, 2020: Canceled for 2021. Run for a song and rock your way along! The 5th Annual Sarasota Music Half Marathon will be a 10K and new 5K courses that will start and end at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center parking lot and will wind its way through Selby Gardens, up Orange Avenue into the Cherokee Park neighborhood, back through Selby Gardens and finish back at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. There will also be 20 bands along with cheerleaders, lawn parties, crowds and energy and after party. Starts at 6:30 a.m. Sarasota, FL.
February 3, 2021: Enjoy world-class performances by local performing arts organizations at the Sunken Garden on Little Sarasota Bay. This performance is by Choral Artists of Sarasota, Marching to Freedom.Historic Spanish Point Campus. 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Food and beverages available for purchase. Selby Gardens Members $20 Non-members $25 Virtual live stream $20. Tickets and more info. Historic Spanish Point, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL COVID-19 protocols will be in place and masks are required to be worn at all times except when stationary for eating and drinking.
February 3, 2022: Check out Ringling Underground with local and regional live music in the museum courtyard while up and coming artists showcase their works also in the museum courtyard. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with "Art After Five" admission, College Students Free with College ID. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700.
February 4 - March 25, 2021: The Brown Bag Concert series begins the first Thursday in February and continues to the last Thursday in March. Adding new local musicians. Bring your lawn chair and lunch, relax and enjoy wonderful music in a delightful park setting. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 4, 2020: Postponed for 2021. May be rescheduled later in the year. It's the 17th Annual Anna Maria Jazz Fest. The Gulf Drive Duo will perform along with Koko Ray and Matt Coates. Koko is an outstanding vocalist and plays two saxes at the same time! He has been a Jazz Fest guest performer for many years and always presents a first-class performance. Local vocalist Matt Coates returns and will play a full variety of music from the 1940s to 2000s. Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sandbar Restaurant Pavilion, 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria Island. Tickets $10 - $15, on line, at the door if still available or at the AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February: On indefinite hiatus, this event may return at a later date, according to organizers. It's the 6th annual Celebration of Pets Fest at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.
There will be pet adoptions; cats/kittens – puppies/dogs. Fun for the
whole family including a wiener dog derby and live music. Free parking, admission $5 for adults. Kids 6
& under & leashed pets are free and welcome. Get answers to questions about pets and more. 10
a.m. - 4 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, behind Robarts Arena, off
Fruitville Road, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota – Read more about this Sarasota Pets Festival.
February 4 - 5, 2020: TBD for 2021. 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.
February 5, 2021: The Venice Symphony presents Brilliant Brass and Percussion. Join the symphony for the premier of their 3rd virtual concert, recorded at tehe Venice Performing Arts Center. This concert is free and available on demand after 7:30 p.m. February 5, 2021.
February 5, 2021: Canceled TFN. It's the first Friday of the month so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m! Beer, wine and food sales plus check out the fountain area for a balloon twister, face painting, and more fun. 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. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 6, 2021: It's the 1st First Saturday Cleanup of 2021! Sign up here. Part of the Keep Manatee Beautiful campaign, this event takes place at Coquina Beach. Join your fellow citizens. They will have a table set up at the bus loop for you to check-in and pick up supplies. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.
February 6, 2021: Due to COVID and healthy practices, the 2021 Airing of the Quilts is canceled. Young and old are invited to Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild's 5th annual "Airing of the Quilts: Quilt Show and Sale." See not only modern quilts made by talented members of the guild but there will also be quilts and other boutique items for sale along with food trucks offering tasty treats. Quilts will be hung under and around the Big Pavilion in a beautiful beach-side park. Admission is free! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maxine Barritt Park (near Sharkey's and the pier) at 1800 S. Harbor Drive, Venice, FL.
February 6, 2021: ALL LGDSO EVENTS CANCELLED TILL FURTHER NOTICE.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). Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL. Sidewalk Astronomy at Sarasota's Riverview High School Planetarium is located on the Sidewalk outside the Planetarium theater. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 6 - 7, 2021: Canceled for 2021.You're invited to the 19th Annual Plantation Festival at Gamble Mansion and Plantation. Enjoy an arts and crafts show, a student art competition, free tours of the Gamble Mansion, food and beverage vendors and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and $1 donation for parking. Directions: Exit 224 from I-75. Head west for 1 mile on US 301. Look for the Landmark white picket fence and turn right into the main park entrance. 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL.
February 6 - 7, 2021: Canceled for 2021. The 27th Annual Winterfest at the Mansion Arts & Crafts Show features artists and crafters from 12 states. Free admission and parking. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
February 6 - 7, 2021: Canceled for 2021. Enjoy the 5th Annual Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival and marvel at unique creations by 120 of America’s top artisans in the mediums of painting, jewelry, sculpting, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media and more. Enjoy the rare opportunity to meet and interact with the talented creators of the artwork. Discover how each came to their art form and how they are inspired. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lido Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL.
February 6 - 9, 2020: Postponed to March 5 - 7, 2021. The St. Barbara Greek Festival has been changed to March 4 - 7, 2021. It's the 36th Annual "Greek Glendi - A Greek Festival." Food and festivities abound from traditional Greek food & pastries to live Greek music and dancing. Thursday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m, Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m. Admission is $4, kids under 12 free. There's free parking on the church grounds or take a free shuttle (look for signs).St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church at 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 6 - 17, 2020: Postponed to April 22 - May 2, 2021. The Florida State Fair takes place and gates open daily at 9 a.m.The fairgrounds are at 4800 U.S. 301N.
Tampa. You can also get there via I-75. (From I-75 N, take exit 261 to
merge onto I-4 W toward Tampa. Take exit 7 to merge onto FL-600 W/E
Hillsborough Ave/US-92 W toward US-301 W/Busch Gardens. Take the ramp to
Riverview, Merge onto FL-41 S/FL-43 S/US-301 S. Continue to follow
FL-43 S/US-301 S - fairgrounds will be on the right). I've gotten there
in about 75 minutes from Sarasota. Drive carefully! February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
February 7, 2021: TBD for 2021. Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their 1st Sunday afternoon show of the new season at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.
February 7, 2021: TBD. All Suncoast Concert Band Dates Depend on Corona Virus 19 Regulations. 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. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 7, 2021: Shamrock Pub's annual Neighborhood Super Bowl watch party is on. Grab a square, a pint and a seat. Bring something to share. 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. 2257 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL
February 7, 2020: Due to the challenges and uncertainty of trying to plan a safe event the series is canceled for 2021. It's the Moon Over Myakka Concert Series 2020 at the South Pavilion with Southern Cross. 7 p.m. Bring a chair and a picnic! Cost: $25 per person ($20 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.
February 7 - 9, 2020: Canceled for2021. The Sarasota Shell Club presents its 57th Annual Shell Show! Whether a serious shell lover or seeking a new shell idea, the Sarasota Shell Show is one of the largest shell shows in the world and the perfect place for new creative ideas for you! Beautiful shell crafts and rare shell exhibits are displayed from around the world. Fri and Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is only $5 for adults, $2.50 for students age 12 to 18, and free for children 11 and under with a paid adult. Potter Building at the Sarasota County Fair Grounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 7, 2020 - March 1, 2020: Circus Sarasota is Canceled for 2021 due to covid. Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls....It's Circus Sarasota celebrating 23 years of Big Top Performances. Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota's own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota's high wire artist, Nik Wallenda. The all new winter production features 33 performances under the Red and White Big Top at various times, dates and ticket prices. Every year features a new cast in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top. This year’s show features incredible artistry on the flag pole and single trapeze, fast paced Alanian riders on horseback, hand-to-hand acrobatics, juggling and much more! Performances take place under the Big Top which opens 1 hour before show time. Big Top Parking: $5 for local charities. 140 University Town Center Drive. Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC, Sarasota, FL.
February 7 - April 25, 2021: This concert season, Sarasota Orchestra expands its community engagement tour known as “SO on the Road” to bring live music into local parks and cultural destinations. While admission is free, attendees will be required to register to hold a seat at performances. Registration will open on Eventbrite one month prior to concerts. Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. through April. Various outdoor locations around Sarasota and Bradenton parks.
February 8, 2020: No updated information available for 2021 on the Rays' website so we assume this is not happening. It's the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest with autographs and photo opportunities on the field, clubhouse tours and numerous other fan fest special attractions from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission and free parking in lots 6 & 7. All attendees 18 years and older must individually obtain an admission ticket to attend. Children 17 and under do not need a ticket. An email notification will be sent out when tickets are available to claim. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL.
February 12, 2022: Water sports is the order of the day at the annual Bradenton Area River Regatta on the Manatee River just east of the Green Bridge. Watch the boat races from either the Bradenton or Palmetto river fronts or on the bridge itself. It's a free event featuring Formula 2 powerboat racing. In prior years before last year's canceled event due to the coronavirus outbreak, the daylong fest also featured live music on two stages in both Bradenton and Palmetto, a food fest, a fireworks finale over the river choreographed to music and much more including an evening 5K run to finish under the fireworks! Further details for 2022 are pending or check the above link to the event's website. More than 120,000 spectators attended the last event in 2020. Free admission. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk and in Palmetto, FL.
February 8, 2020: TBD for 2021. There's a street party for you: "Main Street Live!" on Historic Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. with live music. The event also features food vendors and arts and crafts. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight.
February 9, 2020: TBD for 2021. 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. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 9, 2020: Moved to April 25, 2021. Come walk the Red Carpet as the Sarasota Film Society will be hosting its annual Academy Awards Party. Watch the Academy Awards live on the Big Screen.The evening will also feature food and drink options inspired by the award nominees, red carpet photos, Oscar trivia, and raffles and more fun! Tickets at the box office. Members $25. Non members $35. Tickets include food. Drinks available for purchase. 7:00 p.m. SFF Cinematheque, 500 Tallevast Rd. #105, Sarasota, FL.
February 10 - 13, 2021: Canceled for 2021. Quilts, quilts & more quilts are the highlights of the Palm Grove Amish Quilt & Craft Show. See beautiful quilts of all sizes (mostly Amish made) and a variety of handmade crafts for sale and watch quilters at work. You can surely find one you'll like. $3 admission donation for charity to a Haiti Mission Project. Wed - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m. - noon. Palm Grove Mennonite Church, 1087 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL.
February 11, 2021: The Bridge Jazz Concert series is a collaborative project with the Jazz Club of Sarasota, Fogartyville/WSLR, and SAMBA, a group of area jazz enthusiasts anxious to bridge the void of excellent jazz performances created by the pandemic. This show features two groups; Ariella and The Barker Project. Ariella is a Bay area favorite performing a mix of jazz, blues, funk, samba and soul. The duo features Ari McManus on vocals and Nicolaas Kraster on guitar.The Barker Project is a young, energetic group of talented local musicians under the leadership of bassist, Johnnie Barker. The group includes two vocalists and a horn section. This is a virtual online event only. Tickets: $10 for members of the Jazz Club, Fogartyville and WSLR and $15 for non-members and $25 for those that will host a watch party! Click here for tickets. Concert will stream live from Fogartyville Art and Media Center, Sarasota from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Online access from 7:00 pm. Information: (941)284-2176.
February 11 - March 25, 2021: The Brown Bag Concert series begins the first Thursday in February and continues to the last Thursday in March. Adding new local musicians. Bring your lawn chair and lunch, relax and enjoy wonderful music in a delightful park setting. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission and Free parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Park Gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 12, 2021: TBD for 2021. It's Free Music Friday Night Concert Series with live music at Centennial Park. The music of Patchouli and Terra Guitarra takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Downtown Venice, FL.
February 12 - 13, 2021: It's A Valentines Evening in the Park. Celebrate that special someone at Nathan Benderson Park! Socially distant dining atop the Finish Tower. Fine dining from Michael's on East Friday 2/12 & Mattison's on Saturday 2/13. Receive a three course meal with complimentary beverages, champagne toast, sunset and fireworks at 9:00 p.m., outdoor movies and more! $145 – $165. Proceeds will benefit youth programs at Nathan Benderson Park, which is operated by SANCA, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, in partnership with Sarasota County, ensuring all children who may not be able to afford program fees can still participate. Benderson Family Finish Tower at Nathan Benderson Park,
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL
February 12 - 14, 2021: Take in the 14th Annual Sarasota Native American Art & Music Festival and experience the culture and artistry of the of the Native American people. Find authentic, handmade, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, bead work and leather work along with story telling, dance and Native American food. The festival will continue to be a tribute to the extraordinary life of artist Rex A. Begaye, its founder. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets at the gate, $10 adult, $5 children 6-12, 5 and under are free. Military and 1st responders $8. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. More info: email@example.com February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 13, 2021: It's the start of the annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride. The week-long Florida historical re-enactment horse back ride will begin near the Manatee Village Historic Park and ride East on 64 to Morgan Johnson Road. The ride takes place from February 13 - 20. A few of the Cracker Trail riders will be departing from near the Manatee historical village Saturday Feb 13 apx 9:30am riding east on SR 64 to Morgan Johnson. Official ride out is Sunday 9 am the 14th from Kibler Ranch (now Falkner) in east Manatee County. Located in a field near Kibler Ranch Rd and SR 64. and will continue across Florida and end in Fort Pierce with a parade to celebrate on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 13, 2022: It's the Sarasota Half Marathon & 10K. THE 10K IS ON!, so be ready to have fun on Feb 13, 2022. Whether you want to run like a Cheetah or stroll with your friends…this is the event for YOU! The Sarasota Half Marathon will be back in 2023. Both of the courses start and finish in Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. The Sarasota Half will take you past some of the most beautiful scenery with spectacular views of the Gulf, Inner Coastal and city. T-shirts, Medals and After-party with live music.
February 13, 2021: The Food Truck Rally at Big Top Brewing company will feature not only food trucks and award winning beer but also live music in a free concert by Rye Road at 7 p.m. and free admission for this family friendly event. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Big Top Brewing, 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota, FL. 941-371-2939.
February 13, 2021: You're invited to Big Cat Habitat's Love is in the Air benefit 4 course gourmet dinner by Chef Jarek Dymek including complimentary champagne, limited beer & wine, non-alcoholic drinks along with a silent auction, special animal guests, live music, full bar 50/50 cash raffle. 6 p.m. coktails. 7 p.m. dinner. Advance reservations only. By RSVP Date February 6: Single ticket: $150, Couples ticket: $275. After Feb 6: $175/$300. All proceeds directly benefit the animals at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL. 941-371-6377.
February 13 - 14, 2021: The Bradenton Home Show features everything for in and around your home from builders and contractors to pools & spas and more. Free admission. Saturday: 10 a.m - 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd.(U.S. 301), Palmetto, FL.
February 13 - 14, 2021: Enjoy the 33rd Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts. Featured are some of the best artists in the nation displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more. It's ranked as one of the Top 100 Fine Arts Shows in the country by a national artists magazine. Begun in 1988, the festival features life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, photography and inspired creativity for all to see (and buy!). Free. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street in downtown Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
February 13 - 14, 2021: 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.
February 14, 2021: It may not be quite the Tennessee Bird Walk but the Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll. Stroll Siesta Key and look for balloons at participating businesses and merchants offering specials, discounts and sweet treats. Free admission. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Siesta Key Village, FL.
February 14, 2021: Say "I Do" all over again. This will be a virtual event in 2021. In lieu of their traditional in-person event, they invite you to download a certificate and vows to participate this year. Visit any Sarasota County park or recite vows at the location of your choice.Click here for the vows.
February 14 - 16, 2021: Canceled for 2021.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. Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 15, 2020: Canceled for 2021. It's the Pittsburgh Pirates Annual Pep Rally. Activities at the Pep Rally include a photo booth, autograph sessions with current and former Pirates players, and games operated by the Pirates, team sponsors, and community organizations. 1960’s cover band Yesterdayze headlines the live entertainment at the event. The Manatee High School drumline will also make an appearance. Pirates VIPs will address the Pep Rally from the main stage during the event. The Pep Rally serves as an annual launch of Spring Training festivities in Bradenton. Show your spirit and wear your best Pirates colors or costume. Free to attend. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Old Main Street between 3rd Avenue and Manatee Avenue in downtown Bradenton, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 15 - 16, 2020: TBD for 2021. The 19th Annual Fine Arts Show & Sale will feature works of local artists in acrylics, oils, watercolors, along with jewelry, glass, pottery, wood and fabric. Free admission along with an outdoor cafe. Both days: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 15 - 16, 2020: The 2021 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival has been cancelled due to COVID 19. See you in 2022. It's the 38th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and it is held in the historic fishing village of Cortez, Florida. It celebrates the rich heritage of the area's commercial fishing industry and features two days of marine life exhibits, seafood, events for kids and live music. It runs from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. East end of town adjacent to the Florida Maritime Museum located at 4425 119th St. West, Cortez, Florida. Admission is $4, children under 12 are free. Offsite parking is available at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., with shuttles to Cortez for $3 round trip. As in past years, this same shuttle service is being provided from the remote parking area located at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Island folks can take the free trolley to the parking site. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
February 16, 2020: In response to COVID-19, the 2021 Jewish Food Festival at the Jewish Congregation of Venice has been canceled. Yummy! The 26th Anniversary Jewish Food Festival & Flea Market takes place with all kinds of delights from home made deli and bakery items including corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, stuffed cabbage, soup, dairy, beer and wine, and much more plus music through out the day. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. The Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Road, off East Venice Ave, Venice, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 16, 2020: Currently on hold for 2021. 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. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 16, 2020: Canceled for 2021 due to covid. Enjoy an afternoon of musical and dramatic excellence! Experience the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra as it presents Symphony off the Sand, featuring classical, Broadway and popular favorites. 2:00 p.m. Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL.Tickets at the Anna Maria Island Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach and, if still available, at the door.
Through - February 17, 2020: Postponed to April 2021. The Florida State Fair takes place and gates open daily at 9 a.m. The fairgrounds are at 4800 U.S. 301N. Tampa. You can also get there via I-75. (From I-75 N, take exit 261 to merge onto I-4 W toward Tampa. Take exit 7 to merge onto FL-600 W/E Hillsborough Ave/US-92 W toward US-301 W/Busch Gardens. Take the ramp to Riverview, Merge onto FL-41 S/FL-43 S/US-301 S. Continue to follow FL-43 S/US-301 S - fairgrounds will be on the right.) I've gotten there in about 75 minutes from Sarasota.
Through - March 1, 2020: Canceled for 2021 due to covid. Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls....It's Circus Sarasota celebrating 23 years of Big Top Performances! Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota's own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota's high wire artist, Nik Wallenda. The all new winter production features performances at various times and dates. Ticket prices range from $12 - $44. Performances take place Under the air-conditioned Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC. The Big Top opens 1 hour before show time. Big Top Parking: $5 for local charities. 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL.
February 18 - 19, 2020: TBA for 2021. 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.
February 19 - 21, 2021: Want to see some great looking motorcycles? How about a biker's outdoor festival with food, fun, live music and more? It'll be a fun weekend as the Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Music & Motorcycle Festival revs up my February Sarasota Events Calendar for another year! You'll see bikes, bikes and more bikes. (New safety measures will be in place for the 2021 Fest. Some of these new safety measures include daily temperature checks for everyone coming onto the property, multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the grounds, sanitization of all restroom facilities and port-a-potties after use, pre-marked seating areas to view the stage, specified restrictions for all vendors, and face masks will be required when social distancing is not possible with disposable masks available for purchase on site.) Here's more about the Thunder by the Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival.
February 20, 2021: It's the Nokomis and Laurel Community Cleanup! It's time to clean out the garage and gather discarded household items, appliances, junk, tree trimmings and other garbage as Sarasota County will hold a free community cleanup in the Nokomis and Laurel area from 8 a.m. to noon. Dumpsters will be available at the Nippino Trail Community Center, 234 Nippino Trail E., Nokomis. Hazardous waste will not be accepted at the listed location. Electronics, appliances, computers and tires no larger than 26 X 16 will be accepted at this site. In addition, commercial printers will not be accepted. Sarasota County staff will require vehicles to queue at this site in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, county staff will not be able to handle any materials brought to the site due to CDC health and safety guidelines. Masks are also required.
February 20, 2021: By participating in the 10th annual Superhero 5K and Fun Run hosted by Bridge a Life you'll help raise awareness about foster care needs in our community. The 5k is certified and chip-timed...race shirts and post race food! Fun for all ages! Trophies, awards and prizes for fastest male and female overall and in each age group. Awards for best dressed Super Hero, Super Hero Team, Super Hero Family, Super Hero Pet and more. Great family fun and more. 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 20, 2021: It's the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, a Flea Market, only Pirate Style! 100’s of Vendors, Treasures to be Found, Food to be Eaten, Fresh Veggies to be bought. Custom Handmade Jewelry to Sharks Teeth on a String, T-Shirts to Bikini’s, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Golf paraphernalia to Fishing Lures, Nuts to Bolts, Antiques to Knock offs, BBQ Brisket to Hot Links. Hang with some Pirates, a 60ft. Pirate Ship and it all happens right at G.T. Bray Park. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission. Repeats on Mar 20, 2021, Apr 17, 2021. 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, FL.
February 20 - 21, 2021: Row, Row, Row! It's the American Youth Cup Series I. This is the first of four American Youth Cup regattas held across the Southeast. The regatta is a two-day regatta this year. Start times for both Saturday and Sunday will be 10 a.m. Heats will be on Saturday and Finals will be on Sunday. Spectators park for free and watch from the park’s south end; the park’s island is restricted to athletes and coaches. American Youth Cup IV will be in the same venue May 8-9. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. (I-75, exit 213 to University Parkway, turn on North Cattleman Road and follow signs)
February 20, 2021: It's the 2021 Beertopia, a sampling of a variety of craft and imported beers along with dishes from local restaurants with live entertainment by Kettle of Fish. There will be a silent auction, raffle tickets and a beer & wine bar. Tickets: $50. 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Manatee County Fairgrounds Mosaic Arena, 1402 14th Ave W, Palmetto, FL.
February 20 - 23, 2020: The 33rd Annual Festival is Canceled for 2021. The 32nd Annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival
at the Venice Airport Paved Midway. My February Sarasota Events Calendar reports the event features all your Italian
favorites from Sausage & Peppers to Ravioli, Chicken and much more. This
fest is four days of food,
fun, dancers, carnival rides, live entertainment and more. Admission is free. Parking,
$5. Food and carnival rides at cost. Starts at 4 p.m. Thursday and
Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. Four days of fun and Italian food!
February 21, 2020: No info available for 2021 from the Pirates at this time. The 13th annual Pirates Charities Spring Training Golf Classic, presented by TLI Sports, will take place at the River Wilderness Golf and Country Club in Parrish, Florida. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf with a Pirates celebrity while supporting the efforts of Pirates Charities in Manatee County. For more information contact Mary Lanzino at Pirate City in Bradenton at Mary.Lanzino@pirates.com
February 21, 2020: No information available about when this event will resume in 2021. It's Free Music Friday Night Concert Series with live music at Centennial Park. The music of Wendy Barmore takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Downtown Venice, FL.
February 21 - 22, 2020: No info available for 2021 and the website is gone. It's the 9th Annual Shake, Rattle and Soul Fest featuring
world champion Elvis impersonator Dwight Icenhower. There will also be
tribute performances for other music legends: Rod Stewart, James Brown,
Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys and Little Richard. Friday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. After party at 10 a.m., Saturday 3 p.m. -
9:30 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. After party at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $54.00. Free parking.
Robarts Arena at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd,
off Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL.
February 22, 2020: No performance scheduled for 2021. Enjoy local talent at its finest at the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys
performance their 71st Annual Show, "With a Song in Our Hearts!" The more than 160 member Chorus
and featured Quartets will perform everything from Broadway Hits to
classic barbershop, patriotic and inspirational numbers and more. $20 -
$35. Performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Riverview Performing Arts
Center, 1 Ram Way (Off Proctor east of Rt. 41), Sarasota, FL.
February 22, 2020: Canceled for 2021. Fall Performances to be Determined. Enjoy the music of the Venice Community Orchestra featuring soloist Delia Montenegro (oboe) and Bob Felman (clarinet). 7 p.m. Free will offering will benefit All Faiths Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 115 Center Road, Venice, FL.
February 22 - 23, 2020: Not scheduled for 2021. It's the 19th annual Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County featuring fine craft, painting, jewelry, clay, stained glass, leather and more hosted by the ArtCenter Manatee. More than 75 artists will display their work in this juried show with cash prizes. The festival features local, regional and national award-winning artists, artist demos, music, food vendors with seating and more. Free admission. Free parking available in the Bradenton Financial Center, 1402 Manatee Ave W. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4p.m. At the beautiful Riverwalk Park on the Manatee River, downtown Bradenton, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 23, 2020: Due to COVID-19, Garden Music Series is not taking place in 2021. Enjoy the Selby Gardens Music Series with live music from Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali who has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega and has recorded with and supported Sting. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Limited seating provided on first come, first served basis. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including a cash bar of beer, wine, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. B’s Cool Treat’s will have their cart on-site with a wide assortment of frozen treats. No outside food/beverages allowed. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. FREE with General Admission. Adults: $25. Members free, members guests $10. Ages 4 - 17: $15. 3 & under are free. Also on Mar 15, Apr 19, May 24. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-366-5731.
February 23, 2020: Currently on Hold for 2021. 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. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 24, 2020: Venice Concert Band 2020-2021 Season Cancelled. 2020-2021 Season Tickets have been extended through the 2021-2022 concert season.The Venice Concert Band performs its Mid-Winter Concert, "Are We There Yet?" You will hear a wide variety of musical styles that make up the American musical landscape. Open seating. 7 p.m. All concerts are held at the new Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. (941) 480-1704. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 25 - 26, 2020: TBD for 2021. 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. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 26, 2021: There will be a tour, but it will only be virtual in 2021. More info on their website.The Junior League of Sarasota announces the Simply Sarasota Tour of Homeswith demonstrations. Each home will host culinary and cocktail demonstrations by chefs, local artists and musicians, and designers so visitors can not only enjoy the architectural design and decoration of the homes, but will come away with tips and tricks on how to entertain in their own homes. Also featured will be a Toast of the Tour Happy Hour and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, VIP Trolley Tour $100. 941-953-5600.
February 26 - 28, 2021: Back by popular demand...Nik Wallenda's Daredevil Rally is coming to Nathan Benderson Park for an incredible adrenaline filled performance hosted by king of the high wire, Nik Wallenda. Fun for the entire family! NEW Helicopter Stunt with Erendira Wallenda. Some of the best daredevils you’ll ever see all in one place. Great social distancing, all from the comfort of your car or lawn chair. Also March 5 - 7, 2021. 5851 Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, FL.
February 27, 2021: The next NBP Rec Day! From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for a small fee, children and their parents and siblings can get out on the water with their choice of equipment, and switch out at their whim. There are kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, a pedal pontoon boat, and a 15-foot sailboat with captain (masks required). Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL
February 27, 2021: It's The 8th Annual Sarasota Cigar Box Guitar Festival. Cigar Box Guitar Builders will be on hand selling instruments. This promises to be a fantastic afternoon of music and art. Both Dovydas And Steve Arvey have been recognized internationally on Youtube with a combined 70 Million views. Steve has performed at Cigar Box Guitar Festivals all over the world. Dovydas who moved to Sarasota Florida in 2012 is known all over world from his unique style of playing Cigar Box Guitars, Bowling Pin Guitars and Shovel Guitars. Free admission. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse, 19 East Road, Sarasota, FL.
February 27, 2021: It's the Food Truck, Tunes & Brew Festival with 20 Food Trucks along with bands, DJs, and drinks. No outside coolers allowed. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free admission. Noon - 7:30 p.m. Fruitville Grove, 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL.
February 27, 2021: Join the Sarasota Film Festival for a fun free family screening of Lego Movie. The screening will be outside, following Covid-safety procedures including social distancing. Free. 7 p.m. Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
February 27 - 28, 2021: Canceled for 2021. Take some time to enjoy the 27th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival. Everything from folk art, handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and more! From the more than 100 crafters surely you can find a unique item for your home in one of the outdoor galleries. The Fair is a tradition and draws a huge crowd. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Free Admission. Ocean Blvd in Siesta Key Village. 5124 Ocean Blvd. in Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 27 - 28, 2021: Canceled for 2021. Chug on in to the Real Rails 44th Annual Huge Model Train Show featuring all scales and everything for the railroad hobbyist with more than 150 dealers on hand plus railroad antiques and collectibles. Buy, sell, trade. Also featuring a children's "hands on" layout, the Greater Florida Lego Users Group layout, door prizes and more. Sat: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Adults: $8, kids 13 & under: free with paid adult admission. Free parking. Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL.
February 27 - 29, 2020: Moved to March 11 - 13, 2021.1Check out the Annual Pinecraft Days Arts & Crafts Festival! More than 40 exhibitors including Amish and Mennonite and upscale artists from around the Sun Coast area. Find handmade and home made items from wood bowls to wind chimes, canvass, art, jewelry, candles, soaps, crafts, white elephant sale and more. Free admission. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Beneva Marketplace, 1231 S Beneva Road located at intersection of Beneva Road and Bahia Vista Streets, Sarasota, FL.
February 27, 2021 and March 6, 2021: It's the 12th Annual Shark's Tooth 10K run.
It starts at Rothenbach Park in Sarasota. Select either Saturday,
February 27th or Saturday, March 6th when you register. Limited to 100
each Saturday. Start time: whenever you’re ready during an open start
time frame between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m.Proceeds benefit Special Olympics.
Registration fee is $45. You can also do a virtual Sharks Tooth 10k. For
the Shark's Tooth 10K run/jog/walk: Rothenbach Park, 8650 Bee Ridge Rd,
Sarasota, FL 34241 (About 3 miles east of I-75, exit 207)
February 28, 2021: The Baltimore Orioles will play their first of 16 home Spring Training games at 1:05 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ed Smith Stadium, 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
February 28, 2021: The Tampa Bay Rays will play their first home Spring Training game against the Atlanta Braves. Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 28, 2021: The Pittsburgh Pirates will celebrate the opening of Spring Training exhibition game season as the Pirates visit the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
February 28, 2021: The Atlanta Braves will celebrate the opening of Spring Training exhibition game season as the Braves visit the Tampa Bay Rays in Pt. Charlotte, FL at 1:05 p.m. Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL.
February 28, 2020 Not happening in spring 2021. They hope to reschedule in the fall of 2021. Meow! It's the 14th Annual Paws on the Catwalk Luncheon. Taking place at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota, doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for signature cocktails, interactive experiences, and premium shopping at pop-up boutiques from a curated collection of retailers. Around noon, guests will sit down for a delicious lunch and live entertainment. The fashion show of previous years has been replaced with a dynamic, artsy, and sizzlin' hot main event that's sure to be a crowd pleaser. Along the way, there will be a premium raffle, one-of-a-kind art, and adorable animals to pet, snuggle, and maybe even adopt. Afterwards, we'll head to the rooftop bar to keep the party going.Tickets: $200 each. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County, the area's largest no-kill shelter. 10:30 a.m. Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL.
February 28, 2020: TBD for 2021 as to when this event will resume. It's Free Music Friday Night with live music at Centennial Park. The music of Wendy Barmore takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Downtown Venice, FL.
February 28 - March 1, 2020: Canceled for 2021. It's the DeSoto Food & Music Festival, a 3 day event with food, music, arts & crafts plus family fun. There will be local artisans, vendors, a Kid's Zone and more. Among the bands performing will be The Georgia Satellites, Rebel Heart, and John Michael Montgomery. Admission: $10 per day. Fri: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL.February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 28 - March 1, 2020: Canceled for 2021. Check out North Port's San Pedro Community Festival where there will be live music, carnival rides, festival food, a market place and a beer and wine tent. On Saturday they are hosting their inaugural Festival 5K Race beginning at 7:30 a.m. and a car and bike show on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission. Fri: 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. San Pedro Catholic Church, 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL.
February 29, 2020: Moved to March 27, 2021. The Lakewood Ranch 14th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament happens at Lake Uihlein (behind Town Hall) from 9 a.m. - Noon. This "catch and release" fishing tournament is for different age groups: 5-8, 9-11, and 12-15. Prizes will be awarded for the various age categories. Don't forget to bring your rod, reel, chair, and sunscreen! Bait will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your own. Each participant receives a T-Shirt, Swag Bag, and the first 50 arrivals on tournament day will receive a Cool Today Cooler Bag! Lunch will be supplied to participants on the day of the tournament, however, guests must pre-pay $5 if they wish to have lunch (Burger or Hot Dog/Chips/Drink). Space is limited to first 125 anglers. All children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent. Registration begins in January. 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 29, 2020: Not scheduled for 2021. It's the 4th Annual Exotic Car Festival put on by the Ferrari Drivers Group Sarasota. See some neat rides while you stroll through the cars on display. Fee and open to the public. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 29, 2020: Canceled for 2021 due to COVID. The Rubonia Mardi Gras Parade returns for another year with the traditional Mardi Gras style parade in this small Manatee County town. The parade is scheduled to step off at 12 noon just north of the I-275 overpass at Bayshore Rd and 79th Street East. Bring a lawn chair to view the parade from plus there are numerous front yard vendors selling seafood and BBQ on the streets that run off of Bayshore Road. After parade festivities until 6 p.m. include food vendors, entertainment and more at the Rubonia Community Center where Musical/Entertainment guests include: T&L Characters, AJ & the Automatics, and The Beat Down Band. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Rubonia Community Center is at 1309 72nd Street, East, Rubonia, FL. More info at D.L. Randall Foundation: 941-773-1072. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
February 29, 2020: Not happening in February 2021. May happen later in the year. The Gator Club hosts its 4th annual OsFest Reggae Music Block Party to honor the late great musician Oswald Caines of Democracy Reggae Band. There will be plenty of food, drinks, more live bands, and DJs, Kid activities, raffles and much more. You can also listen to a live Band and DJs inside The Gator Club. This is a Reggae Music Takeover. The past few years there has been over 5,000 attendees throughout the day. Its a great time for the entire family! 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Admission: $5 for everyone over 5 years old. Tickets available online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Queens of Domestic Violence Awareness. Lemon Ave and Main Street right in front of the Gator Club, 1490 Main Street, downtown Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
February 29, 2020: Not taking place in 2021 due to COVID. It's the 1st Annual Concert Under the Stars. Join us for our 1st evening concert. There will not be a concert on this date for another 4 years! Popular local band “Passerine” with an opening act. Fun kid’s activities. Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the music under the stars at Lake Osprey picnic area. Please plan accordingly for outdoors. Tickets sold at door. Cash only. Beer & wine tent available. Adults $10.00, kids 12 & under $5.00. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL.February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
February 29 - March 1, 2020: No info available. We assume it's canceled for 2021. Enjoy the 31st Annual Lido Tides Arts & Crafts Show in the open air along the beach in front of the Lido Beach Pavilion. Featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over. Lots of creativity on display and for purchase from spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, and photography to ceramics, and much more. No matter what you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it among the various array of artists and crafters participating in this arts and craft festival. Free admission and parking. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lido Key, 400 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL. February Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota