2021 January Sarasota
Events Calendar

The January 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.



January 1, 2021: TBA for 2021. Take part in The First Day Hike and Scavenger Hunt at Oscar Scherer State Park. Hidden among six trails will be concealed signs for you to find. Hike the trails, find the signs, and take a photo of each one. Find them all and bring the images to the Nature Center and claim a prize. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S Tamiami Trl., Osprey, FL.January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 1, 2021: Clancy's Irish Pub in Bradenton sponsors their 13th Annual Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge with volunteers braving the chilly Gulf of Mexico waters of Bradenton Beach to raise donations for Caring for Children Charities to help disadvantaged children of Manatee & Sarasota Counties. The challenge takes place at noon on Bradenton Beach at Gulf Drive between 4th Street South and 12th Street South, Anna Maria Island, FL. All participants will be socially distanced to ensure the health and safety of our community. 100% of the proceeds will fund The Blessing Bags Project, Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Inc., and Parenting Matters Charities, all 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. A post plunge party with live music and door prizes takes place at Clancy's, 6218 Cortez Road. To pledge, donate or for more info: 941-794-2481 ext 2. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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January 1, 2021: Join The Green at Lakewood Ranch and OneBlood to help save local lives. The January 1st blood drive will provide all donors with a $20 eGift Card, a OneBlood long sleeve t-shirt, as well as a wellness checkup, including a COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, temperature, iron count, and a pulse and cholesterol screening. Interested donors should be in good general health and at least 16 years old. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. 11525 State Road 70 E, Lakewood Ranch, FL January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 1 - 2, 2021: More than a million lights shine and twinkle brightly during the Selby Gardens 17th annual "Lights in Bloom" celebration where you can explore and view life-size garden-themed holiday lights that transform the gardens into a tropical wonderland, all in a safe and socially distanced outdoor Gardens-wide experience. Activities will include touchless face painting, balloon artistry, and photo opportunities. Masks are required for entry. 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. nightly. Admission: $20 Member Adults; $25 Non-Member Adults; $7 children 5 - 17; Free for those 4 and under. 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL.  December Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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January 1 - 3, 2021: Enjoy Asolo Rep's Holiday Concert, "We Need a Little Christmas." The stage will be set up outside and seating will be limited to 200 per show. All tickets are advance sale until 2 hours before each show. No walk-up sales. Actors will perform in 12-foot bubbles and audience seating will be widely spaced out. Masks and temperature checks will be required for audience members. Portable restrooms will be available as audience members will not have access to the building. There will be no concession sales. Tickets $25 - $50. FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. 941-351-8000.

January 1 - 3, 2021: Check out "A Digital Old-Fashioned Christmas" by Manatee Village Historical Park. Normally, the museum holds an annual event called “An Old Florida Christmas” on site. Due to COVID-19, this year will be different. While the museum will not be having an in-person event, they are excited to offer a different, free digital event called “A Digital Old-Fashioned Christmas.” This special event for 2020 will include a story time, a craft, and a recipe. The public is invited to view “A Digital Old-Fashioned Christmas” from the comfort of their own homes. Those who access the digital event will be able to enjoy the Manatee Village Historical Park version of “The Night Before Christmas” which includes a funny twist. Museum staff will show how to make orange & clove pomanders, an easy Holiday decoration that smells fresh and spicy. For the recipe, museum staff will introduce a special cookie tutorial that’s both sweet and fun. Click here to watch. This video will be approximately 15 minutes in duration. Free. Manatee Village Historical Park is located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) Bradenton, FL.

January 1 - February 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

January 2, 2021: Canceled for 2021. It's your chance to enjoy "Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan" on the grounds of the Ringling Museum. The mansion is all decked out for the holiday season including a 10' tall tree during extended hours. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 Free for members and included with "Art After Five" admission. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180.

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January 2 - 3, 2021: It's the Venice Home Show complete with everything for in and around your home. Builders, contractors and much more plus cooking seminars all weekend. Free admission. A safe, CDC compliant event. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL

January 2 - 10, 2021: In shape? Join hundreds of other runners for the Scrub Jay 5K & 10K run at Oscar Scherer State Park. Scrub Jay 2021 is coming to you Virtually Anywhere!  At this time Florida State Parks are not permitted to hold organized events so we invite you to pick the when and where for your Virtual Scrub Jay race. You'll be able to post your own race results online between January 2nd and January 10th. If you want to do your Scrub Jay on the beautiful trails of Oscar Scherer State Park on your own or just enjoy a day at the park, you can use your race bib for FREE ENTRY to Oscar Scherer Park between January 2, 2021 to January 10, 2021.  For running your "Virtually There" Scrub Jay 5K or 10K, no entry allowed after 5 p.m. PARK CLOSES at 6:00 p.m. so be sure to plan your run accordingly! All participants will receive a custom finishers medal, custom race bib and a snazzy tech race shirt. Oscar Scherer State Park is located in Osprey, south of Sarasota, north of Venice, at 1843 S. Tamiami Trail.  More information at (941) 483-5956. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 4, 2020: Canceled for 2021. Honk horns and explore all sized trucks at Touch a Truck live and in person for kids ages 10 and under! A fun, free family event, enabling kids to touch, sit in and explore a wide range of trucks. Free. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Manatee County Public Library, north (river side) parking lot, 1301 1st Ave W, Bradenton, FL

January 4, 2021: Canceled until 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). Robinson Preserve, 10299 9th Avenue NW, Bradenton (Use the park entrance on 9th Avenue NW , just west of 99th Street West in Bradenton.).

There are numerous recurring, fun things to do in Sarasota throughout the year. Click here for my list of recurring Events in Sarasota!

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January 4 - 5, 2020: No show in 2021. Enjoy the 62nd Annual Orchids Expo Show and Sale put on by the Sarasota Orchid Society. "Orchids in Paradise,” is the theme for 2020's celebration and the show will spotlight thousands of award-winning orchids in the displays created by orchid vendors and local orchid societies. Interact with growers, attend seminars, purchase orchids or just enjoy the beauty of orchids! Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults $5, under 8 free. It all takes place at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiamia Trail, Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 7 - 8, 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.

January 8, 2021: Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is hosting another food truck rally at North Jetty Park! Come out for this free family friendly event. They'll have fun yard games, music and of course plenty of food trucks. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. North Jetty Park, 1000 S. Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL. 941-861-5000. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarsota.com

January 8, 2020: No info available for 2021. It’s party time at the Selby library and everyone is invited! It’s not every day that people can participate in the “Eat, Drink, Dance and be Charitable”  The Crystal Ball, a People’s Gala fundraiser. A gastronomic showcase will give attendees the opportunity to sample the best of Sarasota’s restaurants, one bite at a time. A gathering of over 30 of the best restaurants will present their finest foods and feature some of the region's most celebrated chefs. Live music with Kettle of Fish. Also, a Silent Auction offers a highly coveted selection of items. Cash bar, delicious bite, exhibitors, entertainers. Tickets are available inside the Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore. Inclusive low-ticket price. $35 Advance; $40 at door. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Inside Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-260-9614



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January 8, 2021: Postponed until further notice. Dance along to the Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch with The Reality band which will fill the air with Funk, Jamtronica & Reggae music from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Beer, wine and food. Check out the fountain area for a balloon twister, face painting and other 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com.

January 8, 2021: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. Grab a mask and enjoy the music and fun in downtown's Centennial Park with the North Jetty All Stars. Free and open to the public.7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for seating. Pre-registration is required here. COVID-19 safety plan is in place!

January 8 - 10, 2021: Canceled due to covid. There's a Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show featuring  exhibitors with a wide variety of the finest gem, jewelry and bead collections and more. Adults $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

January 8 - 10, 2021: Canceled due to COVID-19. Check out the 27th Annual Sarasota Dollhouse Miniatures Festival now called the Sarasota Fun in the Sun 2021 Miniature Show. The show has moved back to Sarasota. Dolls, teddy bears and more are being featured. Worksops on January 8 & 10. Show & Sale on January 9. $5 at the door. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport, 8009 15th Street East, Sarasota, FL. More info: 267-684-6276. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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January 9, 2021: Canceled due to COVID-19. The Sarasota County Centennial Celebration will kick off at Phillippi Estate Park with an exciting daylong schedule of food and entertainment. Free community family friendly event, with entertainment changing hourly, 1920 re-enactors, food trucks, children’s activities, 1920’s cars, the Edson Keith Mansion will be open with circus exhibits & much more in the planning stages. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

January 9 - 10, 2021: Canceled as of Nov 2020. Enjoy the 9th Annual Sarasota 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. Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. JD Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main Street, downtown Sarasota, FL

January 9 - 31, 2021: It's the Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica Exhibit and Sale at Selby Gardens. Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica showcases artists from the Borucan Indian tribe. Join us and experience the vibrant, hand-carved, and painted balsa wood masks on display in the Museum of Botany & the Arts at our Downtown Sarasota campus. Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica Preview and Sale. This year, due to occupancy limitations, the sale will take place at two different times. The exhibit is free to members and included with general admission to Selby Gardens. Proceeds from mask sales provide financial support to the Borucan Village with a portion of proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens' education, research, horticulture, and scientific work. 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL.

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January 10, 2021: Canceled due to COVID-19. They are trying to reschedule for mid-March 2021. It's a celebration of circus history and heritage as The 33rd Annual Circus Ring of Fame induction ceremony takes place in St. Armand's Circle Park. There (usually) will be a live concert performance of circus music with a 60 piece band prior to the induction ceremony at 2 p.m. 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Here's more on the ceremonies and the Circus Ring of Fame.

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January 10, 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, FL.

January 10, 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 the music of Maiden Cane. 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com.

January 10 - April 25, 2021: Due to the temperature forecast for January 10, outdoor concerts at Benderson Park and Bay Preserve (Osprey) are cancelled to avoid any risk of damage to valuable musical instruments. Please see their  list of future Parks and Partners dates for the next opportunity to enjoy live music in warmer weather. 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.

January 11, 2021 (Deadline to enter), January 16, 2021, January 30 - February 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

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January 12, 2021: No Bridge Run in 2021. UPDATE: The Annual Ringling Bridge Run, usually held each year in January was first tentatively moved to March for 2020 in the hopes of being able to continue the run. Unfortunately due to complications, we assume, from the change over at the Sarasota YMCA in 2019, they are not able to hold the Bridge Run in 2020. Stay tuned for next year.January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 14, 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 four evening monthly series will feature 2 sets of incredible music each show. This show will feature the groups  Ariella and The Barker Project. Shows also on Feb 18, Mar. 18, Apr 15. This live-streamed event will also allow for a very limited live audience with safe and responsible social distancing. Tickets can be purchased for individual nights or the entire series with discounts for Jazz Club and Fogartyville members. Ticket information will be available soon. Concerts will probably start at 7:30 pm at Fogartyville Art and Media Center 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL. Jazz Club contact number - (941) 284-2176 - More info to come.

January 14 - 15, 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.

January 14 - 24, 2021: It's not peanuts and crackerjack, but cotton candy and elephant ears at The Annual Manatee County Fair taking place at the Manatee County Fairgrounds,  General admission: $9 for ages 13 and older, $8 for seniors 55 and older, $6 for kids 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. (They strongly recommend all guests wear a facemask to attend. Follow all directional signage that accommodates for a socially distanced capable environment. Frequently use the hand sanitizing stations that will be readily accessible throughout the fairgrounds. Be considerate of others around you and follow social distancing protocols.) 303 17th St. W., Palmetto, FL.

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January 15 - 17, 2021: Canceled as of Nov 2020. It's the 6th Annual Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival featuring family entertainment, local bands with a variety of live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, magicians, face painters and more. Live musical performances in genres from rock, jazz, R&B, big band, calypso and Caribbean sounds. Performers on Friday night are:  RJ Howson (R&B, blues, rock), JP Soars & The Red Hots (soul, blues) and the Black Honkeys (rock, soul).  Performers on Saturday are:  The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell (Americana, rock, variety), The Verge (classic rock 70’s to present), Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (rock, soul) and the Billy Rice Band (country rock).  Sunday performers are:  Big Night Out (dance, rock, alternative), Kettle of Fish (rock, blues, reggae) and Fleetwood Max (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band). Food, music and family fun. What more can you ask for?  Free admission and parking where you can find it. Friday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL (at Gulfstream and Main Street,) downtown Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 16, 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 Feb 20, 2021, Mar 20, 2021, Apr 17, 2021. 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 16, 2021: Canceled due to weather. Next scheduled event is 1/20/21. The first NBP Rec Day! of 202!  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 paddleboards, 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. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL

January 16, 2021: Derek Lersch will take the stage on the plaza at CoolToday Park for Party on the Plaza, their first live show of 2021. Lersch is a rising star on the country music circuit.  He was raised in Lakewood Ranch and spent some time in Nashville on his musical journey. This country concert will take place on the Plaza out in front of CoolToday Park, in a safe outdoor and socially distant environment. Reserved VIP squares for 4 guests can be purchased for $100 dollars and will include 4 chairs and a bucket of 4 beverages. Plaza General Admission squares can be purchased for $60, guests are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Chairs will be available to rent. No outside food or beverages will be allowed. Tailgating is allowed. No weapons of any kind. 18800 South, W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL



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January 16 - 17, 2021: Canceled for 2021. The Venice Antiques Show features over 50 national and regional exhibitors. Featured: Art Glass, Pottery, Fine Art, Jewelry, Asian and  European Antiques, Americana. Also showcases furniture, sterling, toys, Tiffany lamps, cut glass and much more. $7. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S Nokomis Ave, Venice, FL.

January 16 - 17, 2021: Canceled for 2021. The Venice-Nokomis Rotary's 29th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival features talented artists and craftspeople. It all takes place at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults $3, under 12 free. Free parking. 610 Airport Ave E, Venice, FL

January 16 - 20, 2020: TBA for 2021. The Sarasota Winter Carnival features family fun with rides, fair food, games and more. Plus food trucks, craft beer sampling and more. Single ticket rides: $1.50, wristbands for unlimited rides: $30. Thurs & Fri: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sat & Sun: 12 p.m. - 11 p.m., Mon: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL.

January 16, 2021, January 30 - February 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

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January 17 - 20, 2020: No info available for 2021. The 2nd annual Manatee Kids Festival & Circus is underway in Bradenton. Circus Hollywood presents "Entertain You" a high energy, upbeat, modern performance and first class production. You'll see acrobats, aerialists, comedians, daredevils, and animals galore under the Big Top! Along with the circus there will be a full menagerie in their petting zoo with zebras, highlander cows, llamas, alpacas, miniature horses, donkeys, a kangaroo, sheep, and oodles of goats! They also feature the only traveling Giraffes in the United States! There will also be face painting, rides, and food on our midway. Friday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.  - 10 p.m., Sunday 12 - 10 p.m. , Monday 12 - 6 p.m. Discount Advance tickets are available online. General admission tickets $12 in advance $15 Door. VIP - Ringside $20 in advance $25 door. Family Pass online only 5 people $60. Manatee PAL 202 13th Ave E, Bradenton, FL.

January 18, 2021: No live vocalist auditions this year but video auditions! The Pittsburgh Pirates, this year, are inviting Manatee School District bands, choirs and orchestras to submit a video for a virtual audition. The Pirates will select a video to be played on their video board before each spring training home game. The video and audio must be high quality in order to be considered. For more info: 941-747-3031 ext 4392. Deadline is Feb. 5, 2021. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 18, 2020: Canceled for 2021. All children (up to age 12) are invited to take part in the Buckaroo Bike Rodeo! Presented by People for Trees and the North Port Kiwanis Club, this is the bike rodeo that was originally planned for October 19, 2019 but was cancelled due to inclement weather. A bike rodeo is not a competition between participants but rather allows young riders to test their bike riding skills at various stations such as “ZigZag”, “Stop on a Dime”, and “Figure 8” earning points that can be redeemed for prizes. The top scoring riders will be eligible to enter raffles for one of three free bikes in the age groups of 5-7, 8-9, 10-12. There will also be a Bike Safety Check station and Helmet Fittings/Giveaways provided by the Friends of the Legacy Trail.  Children need to bring a helmet, bike, and a parent/guardian.  Special appearances by “Sparky” from the North Port Fire Department and “Scoopie” from Culver’s. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Ave. North Port, FL. For more information or to volunteer, contact Alice White (941) 468-2486.

January 18, 2020: Not scheduled for 2021. It's St. Armands Circle's 10th annual Taste of St. Armands Proudly showcasing their outstanding St. Armands Circle restaurants as they share a sampling of some of their delicious recipes. From continental cuisine to seafood, Italian to Irish, Spanish to Cuban and a little taste of Floribian thrown in for good measure. Over 18 restaurants are participating in the beautiful setting of St. Armands Circle Park, along with noteworthy wineries and microbreweries or maybe you’d like to try this year’s Taste of St. Armands specialty drink. Musical sounds will fill the air and set the mood for an evening of fine food, libations and perhaps…a little dancing. There will be a Silent Auction and fundraising activities to benefit a local charityy and St. Armands Circle Association. Please keep in mind, no pets will be admitted into the event area. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. General admission tickets, which include all food and drinks, are available in advance of the event for $75 and for $85 at the door, the day of the event. Rain date: Sunday, January 19, 2020 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.




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January 18 - 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 January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 20 - April 1, 2021: Sarasota's Bayfront Park has been the backdrop for Embracing Our Differences' colorful, larger-than-life canvases integrating powerful imagery and thought-provoking messages celebrating diversity. The scale and impact of this outdoor exhibition has continued to grow, attracting over two million visitors since its inception. In 2021 there will be entries from 128 countries and 48 states. (Park entrance is located at the corner of Ringling Boulevard and Bayfront Drive/US Route 41). For more information about Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 20, 2021: The first NBP Rec Day! of 202!  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 paddleboards, 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. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 21, 2021: The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Music program will host their virtual spring recital, “Best of the Best: SCF Music Student Artist Showcase.” The performance will be available for viewing free of charge through a livestream at Facebook.com/SCFMusicProgram. Donations to support the SCF Music program will be accepted at SCF-Foundation.org/Donate2Music or by texting SCFmusic to 41444. 7:30 p.m.

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

January 22 - 24, 2021: 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. - 6 p.m. Robarts Arena, Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Off Fruitville Road. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 22 - 24, 2021: Canceled for 2021. Delicious foods, live music and shopping thru a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products are all features of the 4th Annual Englewood Seafood & Music Festival. For food, choose from a variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes all cooked fresh on site. Listen to Florida’s top musical groups from genres such as R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds. Free admission. Friday evening 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dearborn Street Plaza, Englewood, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 22 - 24, 2021: Time for a new boat or just dreaming about your first one? Check out the Bradenton Boat Show complete with boats, accessories, fishing equipment and more along with fishing seminars. Adults $6, 12 and under are free. Free parking. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL.  January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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Janaury 22 - 24, 2021: The 2021 Sarasota National Stamp Expo will be held virtually. Philatelic & literature entries are open. See historic stamps during the Sarasota Philatelic Club's Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition. This is part of the American Philatelic Society's "World Series of Philately" program. It's the largest annual Florida stamp show and exhibition. They offer free appraisals, seminars and door prizes. Free admission and parking. Fri - Sat: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 23, 2021: Canceled for 2021. You're invited to Sarasota Pride Fest 2021. Live music, Tiki Bar, Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Family Zone, Face Painting and more. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. J.D. Hamel Park, Gulfstream and Main, downtown Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 23 - 24, 2021: Canceled for 2021. It's the 14th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival featuring a blend of contemporary craft, all handmade in the U.S. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This is one of the very popular fests on my Sarasota Calendar of Events and it takes place on Miami Avenue in downtown Venice, FL. Free admission. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 23 - 24, 2021: It's the Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show. This quality juried fine art and fine craft show brings artists whose work is for sale in all medium. Something for everyone in all price ranges! Sat & Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free parking; Admission $5 supports Inst for the Arts & Education. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

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January 23, 2021: Venice Concert Band has canceled their November, December and January concerts of the 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 virus situation. The Venice Concert Band performs its Winter Concert, ““Carousel of Music”  Hop of the carousel as the Venice Concert Band takes you around the world with music from many different countries!  You will visit Cuba, England, Finland, and other countries on this musical tour. Tickets available online only January 6 at 9 a.m. – January 20 at 9 a.m. Admission: $7. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. All concerts are held at the new Venice Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m. Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. (941) 480-1704. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 23 - 24, 2021: It's the 2nd Annual Beer & Burger Festival and Carnival. There will be 2 days of local grill masters from 10 award-winning Food Trucks competing for the title of People's Choice Best Burger. On Saturday, January 23rd there will be Free Beer Samples from local Craft Breweries from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Who will win the title of Best Brew and Most Creative Craft? You decide! On Sunday, January 24th they will be attempting to beat the Guinness World Record of the largest Flip Cup Competition and they will have special Sink or Swim wristbands to kill the keg available at the gate. Live music both days Festival entry is $10 each day with tickets available online for easy entry. Sunday Kill-The-Keg Beer Wristbands are $15. All tickets and wristbands can be purchased at the event. Drink Responsibly. Noon - 6 p.m. As in years past, this event features a full-size carnival with fun for all ages from Jan 21-Jan 24th. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL.January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 23 - 26, 2020: TBA for 2021. They hope to be operating again in 2021. Venice Airport will once again host The Wings of Freedom Tour. On display and available for walk through tours will be the B-25 Mitchell, a B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang. Walk through tours are $10 adults, $5 for 12 and under. WWII vets get into the ground tours free. Walk through tour times are: Thurs: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Fri - Sun: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Flight Experiences take place before and after tours. Venice Municipal Airport, Sun Coast Air Center, 400 Airport Ave E, Venice, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 23 - 27, 2020: Moved to April 29 - May 3, 2021. 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, January 26, annually takes place at the Ringling Museum Courtyard and sells out fast each year. Various dates, events, costs, times and locations. Enjoy! January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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On going through January 24, 2021: It's not peanuts and crackerjack, but cotton candy and elephant ears at The 101st Annual Manatee County Fair taking place at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto.  General admission: $7 for ages 13 and older, $6 for seniors 55 and older, $5 for kids 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. Happy fair-going from my Escape to Sarasota Calendar of Events! January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 25, 2020: Moved to April 17, 2021. Aarrgg! If you don't mind a short drive the downtown streets of Tampa host the Annual Gasparilla Festival from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. An expanded Pirate Fest in 2020 will feature stages along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa. The Gasparilla Parade Of Pirates is from 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and begins at Bay to Bay and Bayshore Boulevard. It continues along Bayshore Boulevard to Brorein Street, turns east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive. The Pirate Fest will feature stages along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa with live entertainment, pre and post parade, in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (Ashley and Twiggs), MacDill Park (Ashley and Whiting), The Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center, and Fergs Tampa (Jefferson and Channelside Drive). Free and open to the public. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 25 - 29, 2021: This year, 2021, Fire Fest is a virtual event and consist of a series of educational video segments posted from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29 to Sarasota County's social media pages. If you need more information for 2021, call 941-861-5000. Last year, 2020: You're invited to take in Sarasota County's Fire Fest 2020. Fire Fest provides a first-hand look at how prescribed burns protect our communities and property from wildfires as well as maintain Florida’s natural ecosystems for present and future generations.There will be prescribed burn demos, helicopter water drops, games for kids, guided nature walks, free food and more! 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (rain or shine). Free. T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve (Carlton Reserve). 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice, FL. 941-861-5000. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 26, 2020: Canceled for 2021. It's the Temple Sinai's 12th Annual Jewish Food Festival where you can enjoy world famous NYC Carnegie Deli Corned Beef and Pastrami, other traditional Jewish food and delicious homemade desserts.There will be Craft and Jewelry vendors, and Art & Treasures Sale, too. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 34p.m. Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-400-64742. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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January 29, 2021: Canceled for 2021. Put on your red, white and blue and take in the Riverview High School Kiltie Band's annual concert performance of the music of John Phillip Sousa. 7 p.m. $5 donation at the door. Off Proctor Road at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 29 - 31, 2021: Event Moved to February 2021.Take in the 14th Annual Sarasota Native American Indian 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. Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets at the gate in 2020 were: $10 adult, $5 ages 6 - 12, 5 and under are free. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. More info: pobsrq@gmail.com January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 30, 2021:The Van Wezel is proud to announce a partnership with Impact100 SRQ to host the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry food drive. The event will be held in the Van Wezel’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and members of the community are encouraged to donate perishable and non-perishable food items for those in need during that time. Since its beginning in 1987, the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program has raised over 4 million dollars, feeding over 765,000 members in need throughout the local communities.  Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL

January 30 - 31, 2021: Canceled for 2021. Check out the 18th annual St. Armand's Circle’s Art Festival for fun and creativity at new levels. Usually held on the last weekend in January on St. Armand’s Circle in Circle Park, there are over 200 artists and craftsmen displaying their works from across the globe in a prestigious show encompassing life-sized sculpture, fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and hand-crafted apparel and decor. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Click here to read more about the St Armands Art Festival. 

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January 30 - February 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 30 - June 6, 2021: Bring the kids to Mote Marine for "Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure," based on the popular PBS kids' show. Located in Mote's WAVE Center, the interactive exhibit focuses on building STEM-based skills for kids ages 3 - 9 and families while they explore marine animal habitats. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. 941-388-4441.

January 31, 2020: Canceled for 2021. The evening before The 65th Annual Highland Games is Ceilidh,” a traditional Celtic social gathering, which usually involves playing music, dancing and food! Clover's Revenge will be the entertainment for the evening. The tickets are $10.00 and they include dinner, dessert and beverage. There will be games, raffles, dancing, and music. The is a family friendly event. There will be beer and wine to purchase.Cash Bar.7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Potter Building, Sarasota Fairgrounds. 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL. (Subject to change without prior notice.) January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota








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