2019 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.



January 1, 2019: 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. - 2 p.m. Free. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S Tamiami Trl., Osprey, FL.January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 1, 2019: Clancy's Irish Pub in Bradenton sponsors their 11th Annual Shamrock Shiver Challenge with volunteers braving the chilly Gulf of Mexico waters of Bradenton Beach to raise donations for Caring for Children Charities. The challenge takes place at noon on Bradenton Beach at Gulf Drive and Seventh Street South, Anna Maria Island, FL. A post plunge party takes place at Clancy's, 6218 Cortez Road. To pledge, donate or for more info: 941-794-2489.

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January 2, 2019: It's a free concert with live music on Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

January 3, 2019: 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. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. Also on 01/04/18. Click here for tickets.

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January Sarasota Events Calendar

January 4, 2019: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with The Dan Miller/Lew DelGatto Quartet. Dan toured internationally and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Tom Jones and Woody Herman. As a member of the Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra, Miller traveled the world, recording numerous albums and TV specials. Lew Del Gatto was a member of Doc Severinsen’s Tonight Show Band and played 25 years with the Saturday Night Live Orchestra. He has played with bands on many other TV shows and recorded for numerous movie sound tracks. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.

January 4, 2019: Dance along to the Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch 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 4, 2019: It's the Gazebo Starlight Cinema feature film. This is a free event for the whole family to enjoy. Movie TBA. You are welcomed and encouraged to bring your chairs and blankets to sit under the stars and enjoy the movie in Historic Downtown Venice. Free. Sunset. Centennial Park Gazebo, downtown Venice, FL.

January 4 - 6, 2019: 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 $5, 12 and under are free. Free parking. Fri and Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL. 

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January 4 - 6, 2019: Under the Big Top at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary; In union with the Big Cat Habitat is proud to announce an extraordinary Fundraiser event this winter at the Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary! After 15 years sweeping the nation, Cirque Ma'Ceo will be performing for the first time ever in front of their hometown crowd, Sarasota Florida! A portion of the proceeds will be directly donated to the Big Cat Habitat. Fridays at 6:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Free parking. Tickets: $10 - Family 4-pack for $60. Fri, Sat., Sun. Through February 3, 2019. Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 5, 2019: It's the 6th Annual Health Expo featuring 100 booths of vendors from the Health & Beauty, Supplement, and Natural Grocery industry, plus local businesses and non-profit organizations.  Attendees will have the opportunity to visit booths to test and take home samples, watch live cooking & essential oils demonstrations. Cooking demonstrations are sponsored by BluLiving Magazine working with Chef Mike from 941Organics, a meal delivery service, and Nikki Nagy from Paleo Connection. Kids have a designated area with games & toys, balloon artist and face-painter. This year's event will kick off with speaker Gail Levy, CEO and Founder of H-Factor hydrogen water, and former chair of the White House Millennium Green Council. Levy will discuss water quality, why hydrogen water is beneficial, and cancer research; doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and begins promptly at 9:00. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

January 5 - 6, 2019: Enjoy the 61st Annual Orchids Expo Show and Sale put on by the Sarasota Orchid Society. "For the Love of Orchids,” is the theme for 2019'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 5 - 6, 2019: 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.

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 8 - 9, 2019: 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.com

January 9, 2019: Put on your Sunday finest and travel back in time to an old-fashioned tea party with Bertha Palmer. Mrs. Bertha Palmer (played by Kathryn Chesley) will be in attendance sharing stories about her life here in Sarasota and back in Chicago. High tea will be served promptly at 2:00 pm in the schoolhouse. 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. $35 Non-Members / $30 Annual Members. Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey, FL. RSVP required 941-966-5214.

January 9, 2019: 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 Reverend Barry and the Funk Band. Also, a Silent Auction offers a highly coveted selection of items. This year’s event also features Spirit University intuitive readers, tea readings, a variety of artists, organizations and full cash bars on both floors. Tickets are available inside the Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore. Inclusive low-ticket price. $30 Advance; $40 at door. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Inside Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-260-9614

January 11, 2019: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with The Kitt Moran and the Mike Moran Trio.Vocalist Kitt and pianist Mike Moran performed in the top jazz clubs in NYC, Philadelphia and New Jersey including Atlantic City casinos. They perform regularly in Sarasota, Venice and Port Charlotte. Kitt is also a playwright and award winning artist.  $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.



January Sarasota Events Calendar

January 11, 2019: It's Free Music Friday Night with live music opening the year at Centennial Park's 2019 Friday Night Concerts featuring License to Chill. The music takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Venice, FL.

January 11 - 13, 2019: 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 11 - 13, 2019: Under the Big Top at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary; In union with the Big Cat Habitat is proud to announce an extraordinary Fundraiser event this winter at the Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary! After 15 years sweeping the nation, Cirque Ma'Ceo will be performing for the first time ever in front of their hometown crowd, Sarasota Florida! A portion of the proceeds will be directly donated to the Big Cat Habitat. Fridays at 6:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Free parking. Tickets: $10 - Family 4-pack for $60. Fri, Sat., Sun. Through February 3, 2019. Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

January 12, 2019: In shape? Join hundreds of other runners for the Scrub Jay 5K & 10K run at Oscar Scherer State Park. The 5K run starts at 8:00 a.m. The 10K run starts at 8:15 a.m., the  Park opens at 6:30 a.m. Over 600 runners participated last year! Oscar Scherer State Park is located in Osprey, south of Sarasota, north of Venice, at 1843 S. Tamiami Trail. Click here for more information and details or call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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January 12, 2019: 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 on Coquina Beach. 8 a.m. –  3 p.m. Free admission. Coquina Beach,  Anna Maria Island. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

January 12, 2019: Can you carry a tune? The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m, open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more. Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates games against Toronto on February 27 or March 8 are welcome to audition using that selection. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at 11:30 a.m. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only. Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  LECOM Park, 1611 9th Street W, Bradenton. For more information call 941-747-3031. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 12, 2019: 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.).

January 12 - 13, 2019: It's the 12th Annual Coquina Beach "Winter Fest Arts & Crafts Show." On Anna Maria Island, this arts and crafts show takes place right on Gulf Of Mexico Drive. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Featuring artists and crafts people from all over. Location: in the town of Bradenton Beach just north of the Longboat Key Pass Bridge. Free admission and parking. Look for the crowds!Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.

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January 12 - 13, 2019: It's the 23rd Annual Anna Maria Island-Fest Arts & Crafts Show. On Anna Maria Island, this arts and crafts show is right at City Hall in the heart of Anna Maria/Holmes Beach. Featuring artists and crafts people from all over. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Free admission and parking. Look for the crowds!  5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL

January 12 - 13, 2019: Enjoy the 7th Annual Sarasota Winter Fine Arts 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.  Downtown Sarasota, FL on Gulf Stream between Coconut Avenue and McAnsh Square. 

January 12, 2019: There will be no 2019 Ringling Bridge Run race due to road construction. Another of our fun January (2018) Sarasota Events is The 15th Annual Ringling Bridge Run starting at 7:30 a.m. from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. One of the most popular yearly Sarasota events, the run draws thousands each year. Various entry fees. There's also a one-mile fun run that starts at 8:30 a.m. Click here for more info and registration.

January 12 - 31, 2019: Check out "The Fence" at Benderson Park. It's an outdoor photography exhibit of pictures taken in Sarasota's Pinecraft neighborhood with more than 200 larger than life size photos on an 800-foot fence, the theme being: "Where the Amish Vacation." Daily park hours through January 31, 2019. Nathan Benderson Park,  5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-7275

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January 13, 2019: It's a celebration of circus history and heritage as The 32nd 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. 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Here's more on the ceremonies and the Circus Ring of Fame.

January 13, 2019: Enjoy the Backyard Concert Series at Summerfield Park in Lakewood Ranch. The free concerts take place on the 2nd Sunday of the month. Featuring live music from Have Gun, Will Travel, there  will also be food trucks on site or bring your own picnic (no glass) for live music in the park. Free admission. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Summerfield Community Park, 6402 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Lakewood Ranch, FL.

January 13, 2019: 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 13, 2019: A Community-Wide Mental Health Awareness Event, One Thing I Wish You Knew is open to the entire community. This event will highlight the vulnerability of mental health. The program will feature candid narratives from four local community members who will share their personal experience with mental health, followed by a panel with leading mental health professionals and a mental health community resource fair. The event is free; however, RSVP's are requested. This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Chabad of Sarasota-Manatee, Compeer Sarasota, Jewish Children and Family Services, and the Marie and Betty Healy Foundation. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Beatrice Friedman Theatre on The Larry Greenspon Campus for Jewish Life, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-928-2220



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January 14, 2019: Check out the Jazz Club of Sarasota Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret Series with Whitney James and La Lucha Trio. Whitney James doesn’t just sing a tune, she creatively engages it. Her sense of time and pacing make her a consummate musician’s singer, she knows how to work with a band, instead of asking it to merely back her. Performing with Ms. James will be the La Lucha trio. Members $35; non members $39. 7:30 p.m. Court Cabaret at FST, First St and Coconut Ave, Sarasota, FL.

January 15 - 16, 2019: 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 16, 2019: Check out the beach and a movie, another in a series of free beach movies. This one, "Inside Out" the hit movie from 2015, starts at 6 p.m. at City Pier Park, 101 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria Island, FL. 941-708-6130 xt 121.

January 17 - 27, 2019: 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. 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto, FL.

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January 18, 2019: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with Mary Rademacher Reed w/Eddie Tobin Trio. Mary has performed in numerous local and regional theatres and travels nationwide as a vocalist.  Awarded West Michigan Jazz Society’s Jazz Musician of the Year 2006. Mary is a true entertainer in every sense of the  word, weaving humor, dance and charm to create a warm rapport with her audience. With the Eddie Tobin trio. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.

January 18, 2019: It's the Moon Over Myakka Concert Series 2019 at the South Pavilion with Reverend Barry & The Funk. 7 p.m. Bring a chair and a picnic! Cost: $20 per person ($15 for Friends members). Park entrance fee waived for concert if you arrive after 5 p.m. For more info call 941-361-6511 or 941-373-7839. Tickets sold at Ranger Station day of event or buy them in advance and bring your ticket with you.  Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. 

January 18 - 20, 2019: Take in the 12th 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: $8 adult, $4 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 18 - 20, 2019: It's the 4th 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 Carribean sounds. Food, music and family fun. What more can you ask for?  Free admission and parking where you can find it. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Gulf Stream between Coconut Ave and McAnsh Square, downtown Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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January 18 - 20, 2019: If you're a weekend D.I.Y'er you'll want to check out the Sarasota Bradenton Spring 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. Free admission & 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 18 - 20, 2019: Under the Big Top at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary; In union with the Big Cat Habitat is proud to announce an extraordinary Fundraiser event this winter at the Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary! After 15 years sweeping the nation, Cirque Ma'Ceo will be performing for the first time ever in front of their hometown crowd, Sarasota Florida! A portion of the proceeds will be directly donated to the Big Cat Habitat. Fridays at 6:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Free parking. Tickets: $10 - Family 4-pack for $60. Fri, Sat., Sun. Through February 3, 2019. Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

January 19, 2019: Check out the 25th Annual Sarasota Dollhouse Miniatures Festival now called the 2019 Sarasota Fun in the Sun Miniature Show. The show returns from Venice to Sarasota in 2019. Dolls, teddy bears and more are being featured. Show & Sale. $7 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

January 19, 2019: It's St. Armands Circle's 9th 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 17 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 Satchels Last Resort Animal Shelter/Sanctuary 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 for purchase at a special discount through Cyber Monday, November 26th for $65, in advance of the event for $75 and for $85 at the door, the day of the event. Rain date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 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 19 - 20, 2019: The Venice-Nokomis Rotary's 27th 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 19 - March 15, 2018: 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. The 15th anniversary exhibit is set for April 4 to June 1, 2018, in Sarasota's Bayfront Park. (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 20, 2019: Get your fingers snappin' and your toes tappin' to the Joy of Jazz live in Centennial Park at the Gazebo brought to you by the Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, featuring Bill Buchman, jazz pianist and an award winning artist. His music has a foundation in everything from New Orleans swing, boogie woogie, blues and Latin jazz. Bring your folding chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the sounds. Free. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 21, 2019: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Big Z Band. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. January Sarasota Events on Escape to-Sarasota

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January 21, 2019: The Venice Concert Band performs its Winter Concert, “From Stage and Scene."  This concert highlights music from both the silver screen and the Broadway stage. 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.

(On going) - January 27, 2019: 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 22 - 23, 2019: 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 25, 2019: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with Tom Ellison Quartet. On reeds and vocals, Tom Ellison is one of the area’s more versatile artists. Tom has performed with artists, such as, Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Woody Herman, Johnny Mathis and others. He performs with big bands and orchestras on the Gulf coast and area stage productions and concerts at the Asolo and Van Wezel and the Venice Theatre. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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January 25, 2019: It's Free Music Friday Night live 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 25, 2019: The evening before The 25th Annual Highland Games is “Ceilidh,” a traditional Celtic social gathering, which usually involves playing music, dancing and food! 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sarasota Fairgrounds. 3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL. (Subject to change without prior notice.) 

January 25 - 26, 2019: It's the 7th 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, and Little Richard. Saturday & Sunday: 3 p.m. - 9:30  p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $54.00. Free parking. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, off Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info.

January 25 - 27, 2019: Delicious foods, live music and shopping thru a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products are all features of the 2nd 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. Friday night performers are:  =Mike Tozier (country, folk, Delta blues), Sarasota Steel Pan Band (calypso, reggae, Latin, Brazilian) and the Kate Keys Band (blues, rock, variety).  Saturday performances are by: Kettle of Fish (rock),  CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion (blues, soul, roots), Reverend Barry & The Funk (funk, soul), the Billy Rice Band (country rock) and the Bob Marley Tribute Band featuring Yvad (reggae).  Sunday performances are by: The New Rulers (ska, reggae, soul, rocksteady), The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell (Americana, rock, bluegrass and R&B), Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (rock, soul), and the Caribbean Chillers (Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band). Free admission. Friday evening 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pioneer Park, 300 W Dearborn St, Englewood, FL.

January Sarasota Events

January 25 - 27, 2019: 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 27, annually takes place at the Ringling Museum Courtyard and sells out fast each year. Various dates, events, costs, times and locations. Enjoy! Click here for more info.

January 25 - 27, 2019: Under the Big Top at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary; In union with the Big Cat Habitat is proud to announce an extraordinary Fundraiser event this winter at the Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary! After 15 years sweeping the nation, Cirque Ma'Ceo will be performing for the first time ever in front of their hometown crowd, Sarasota Florida! A portion of the proceeds will be directly donated to the Big Cat Habitat. Fridays at 6:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Free parking. Tickets: $10 - Family 4-pack for $60. Fri, Sat., Sun. Through February 3, 2019. Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 26, 2019: Check out the 25th 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. Here's more info on the event.

January 26, 2019: 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 2019 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 Boulevard 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. Click here for more info.

January Sarasota Events

January 26 - 27, 2019: It's the 12th 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 26 - 27, 2019: There's a Flea Market Vintage and Collectibles Fair featuring over 60 exhibitors with everything from "A-Z." Antiques, books, artwork, coins, jewelry, vintage clothing, glassware and more. Adults $3 for entire weekend. Under 12 free. Hours: Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. 801 N. Tamiami Trail. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

January 26 - 27, 2019: Check out the 16th 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 175 artists and craftsmen displaying their works. 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free. Click here to read more about the St Armands Art Festival. 

January 26 - 27, 2019: Billed as the Sarasolo Festival, this 2 weekend event will feature 16 local and international solo performers featuring a variety of performances from improv to musical, story telling to dance, plays, cabaret, stand up and more featuring a selection of some of our best local performers. Numerous and varied performances and show times during the fest's schedule (Also February 2 - 3, 2019). Tickets: $15. The Historic Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota. Click here for more info.

January Sarasota Events

January 27, 2019: It's the Temple Sinai's 11th 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. - 3 p.m. Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-400-64742. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

Deveraux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet

January 27, 2019: Here's a blast from the past for historic and vintage car enthusiasts: More than 1,500 Antique vehicles will be on display at the 50th Annual Deveraux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet. The show is free and features vehicles vintage 1994 and older plus food trucks on site. Admission $5 donation to the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, F.L Click here for more info.  January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 28, 2019: Check out the Jazz Club of Sarasota Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret Series with Gumbi Ortiz. World renown percussionist Gumbi Ortiz best known for his many years playing with superstar guitarist Al Di Meola, has achieve world wide recognition as one of the most exciting and knowledgeable congeros around. Members $35; non members $39. 7:30 p.m. Court Cabaret at FST, First St and Coconut Ave, Sarasota, FL. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

January 29, 2019: Check out the GeneroCITY Event which brings together more than 50 non profit organizations under one roof for an evening to learn, celebrate, and engage with the organizations that make Sarasota-Manatee one the most "giving" areas in the country.  Grab a glass of wine and stroll through the Municipal Auditorium and meet over 50 nonprofits and learn how to get involved with a cause that you can stand behind! Free admission. 4:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m. Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL.

January 29 - 30, 2019: 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 31 - February 3, 2019: Venice Airport will once again host The Wings of Freedom Tour. On display and available for walk through tours will be the B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-25 Liberator and TF-51D Mustang. Walk through tours are $15 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. - 4:00 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.








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