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, 2018: Clancy's Irish Pub in Bradenton sponsors their 10th Annual 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. More info: 941-794-2489.
January 3, 2018: 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.
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 5, 2018: DUE TO UNSEASONABLY COLD WEATHER THE ALTER EAGLE CONCERT IS RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 19TH. ALL TICKETS PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED WILL BE HONORED ON THE NEW DATE. PLEASE VISIT EVENTBRITE FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS. It's the Moon Over Myakka Concert Series 2018 at the South Pavilion with The Alter Eagles. The Alter Eagles are by far the most authentic representation of The Eagles! 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. Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info.
January 6, 2018: The free movie night series continues with Disney's "Moana" from the Sarasota Film Festival and Nathan Benderson Park. View the movie from the park's Regatta Island and bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Movie starts at sunset. Free admission to this dog-friendly evening. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL.
January 6 - 7, 2018: Enjoy the 60th Annual Orchids Expo Show and Sale put on by the Sarasota Orchid Society. "For the Love of Orchids,” is the theme for 2018'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 6 - 7, 2018: The Venice Antiques Show features over 50 national and regional exhibitors. Featured: Art Glass, Pottery, Fine Art, Jewelry, Asian and European Antiques, Americana 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.
January 6 - 7, 2018: It's the 11th 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!
January 9 - 10, 2018: 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 10, 2018: Party inside Selby Public Library! Friends of Selby Public Library will sponsor the 8th Annual "Looking into the Crystal Ball" Fundraiser. Featured will be specialties from local restaurants, continuous entertainment including specialty acts, singers, musicians, and other quality performances plus intuitive readers, wellness, art and author exhibits. Cash bar. All proceeds support Selby Library’s youth programs. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets are an inclusive low price- $30 advance at Selby Friends Bookstore, $40 door. Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota. More information: 941-861-1140.
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 11 - 14, 2018: Check out the 25th Annual Sarasota Dollhouse Miniatures Festival now called the 2018 Venice Fun in the Sun Miniature Show. Dolls, teddy bears and more are being featured at the new location along with two days of workshops January 11 - 13. Show preview Saturday January 13 ($18) 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. The show is Sunday January 14 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Adults $7, under 12 $3. Hotel Venezia Resort ( Formerly Ramada Venice Resort,) 425 S Tamiami Trail/US Hwy 41, Venice, FL. More info: 267-684-6276. More info here. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
January 11 - 21, 2018: 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, 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. Click for more about the Manatee County Fair.
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, 2018: It's Free Music Friday Night with live music opening the year at Centennial Park's 2018 Friday Night Concerts featuring David Smash. The music takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Venice. Bring your folding chairs or blankets.
January 12 - 13, 2019: The 7th Annual Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival includes works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and more. Free admission. 10 am to 5 pm. Gulf Stream between Cocoanut Avenue and McAnsh Square, downtown Sarasota, FL.
January 12 - 14, 2018: 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.
January 12 - 14, 2018: Looking for a new watercraft? Check out the Sarasota Bayfront Boat Show for new and pre-owned boats and yachts. Free admission Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun: Noon. - 5 p.m. Marina Jacks, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
January 13, 2018: 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 13, 2018: Another of our fun January 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 13, 2018: Can you carry a tune? The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions, 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 Thursday, March 1 or March 22 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 noon. 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.-12:00 p.m. LECOM Park, 1611 9th Street W, Bradenton. For more information call 941-747-3031. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
January 13, 2018: Check out Barefoot on the Beach with a large selection of handmade artisan items from jewelry made with sea shells and sharks teeth to flower arrangements, hand-painted glassware, greeting cards, arts and crafts, refreshments, beach, sand, waves and more including live music. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nokomis Beach Plaza, 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis.
January 13, 2018: It's a celebration of circus history and heritage as The 31st Annual Circus Ring of Fame induction ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. 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.. Pre-ceremony festivities begin at 1:15 p.m. Here's more on the ceremonies and the Circus Ring of Fame.
January 13 - 14, 2018: It's the 22nd 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 Pass Bridge.
January 13 - 14, 2018: Enjoy the 6th 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. Main St. between Osprey and Orange in downtown Sarasota.
January 14, 2018: 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.
January 15, 2018: 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. Click here for tickets and more info. January Sarasota Events on Escape to-Sarasota
January 16 - 17, 2018: 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 19, 2018: It's the Moon Over Myakka Concert Series 2018 at the South Pavilion with The Alter Eagles. Click here for more info. The Alter Eagles are by far the most authentic representation of The Eagles! 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. Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL.
January 19 - 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. Click here for more info. 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.
January 19 - 21, 2018: Take in the 11th 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 9 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 6 - 12, 5 and under are free. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. More info: email@example.com January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
January 19 - 21, 2018: The Venice-Nokomis Rotary's 26th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival & Rotary Concert Bandana Bash features talented artists and craftspeople and music. Friday night, January 19, 2018, it's the Rotary Bandana Bash, 3 hours of Rock & Roll as it should be played. The gate opens at 5:30 with beer, wine, soft drinks, and food from local vendors and restaurants. Music is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds, $10.00 entrance fee per person. The Fine Art & Craft Festival is Saturday and Sunday. There's also free entertainment throughout the weekend plus children's play area, 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. Click here for more.
January 19 - 21, 2018: The Sarasota Arts & Antiques & Design Show will feature 40 select dealers from across the country with fine antique furniture, silver, bronzes, antique & estate jewelry, crystal, porcelain, pottery, paintings, prints, vintage clothing and accessories, and much more! Fri: & Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon - 5 p.m. Weekend admission $8 at the door. Free parking. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Click here for more info.
January 19 - 21, 2018: 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.
January 19 - 21, 2018: 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 20, 2018: You're invited to take part in ”The 5k Zombie Run," family friendly and fun for all ages and participants of all abilities. The choice is yours: Be a Runner (human) and run from the Zombies or be a Zombie and pull the runner's flags as they run through your "Zombie Zone." The runs are purely for fun and neither run is timed or competitive in any way. There will be t-shirts & finisher medals for everyone plus an after race party with music, food, vendors and a family fun atmosphere. Registration dead line and entry fee. Event begins at 9 a.m., runners check in at 8 a.m., Zombies check in at 7:30 a.m. and it takes place at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Click here for more on the Zombie Run.
January 20, 2018: It's the 2018 Postcard Show featuring thousands of vintage postcards. Buy, sell, trade or just look. Admission $4. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Rd, Sarasota. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
January 20, 2018: This event is not taking place. It has either been cancelled or the date was changed. If you're a car enthusiast you'll enjoy the Classic Antique Car Show, Hot Rods and Customs and see some of the greatest autos in history. The opportunity for you to view the greatest classic antique automobiles in a beautiful & relaxing setting. Vehicles will be on display from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free admission. St. Armand's Circle Park on St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
January 20, 2018: From continental cuisine to seafood, Italian to Irish, Spanish to Cuban and a little taste of Floribian thrown in for good measure, it's The Taste of St. Armands! Over 19 restaurants will participate along with wineries and microbreweries in St. Armasnds Circle Park. Music and more, too. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. General admission tickets, which include all food and drinks, are available for purchase in advance for $55 and for $65 at the door, the day of the event. St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL. Tickets and more info here.
January 21, 2018: 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 featuring Bill Buchman, jazz pianist and an award winning artist. Bring your folding chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the sounds. Free. 7 p.m. Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL.
(On going) - January 21, 2018: 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. More about the Manatee County Fair. 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, 2018: The Venice Concert Band performs its Winter Concert, “Here, There and Everywhere." Admission: $7. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. All concerts are held at the new Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice. 7:00 p.m. (941) 480-1704. Click here for ticket info.
January 23 - 24, 2018: 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 24, 2018: Check out the Sarasota Snowbird Palooza Senior Expo, a senior friendly health and wellness expo featuring a Card Game Lounge, multiple live entertainment, coffee and doughnut hour, business marketing, free health checks, and more. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
January 26, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring La Lucha, which has been voted the "best of the bay - jazz ensemble" four consecutive years. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $15 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.
January 26, 2018: It's Free Music Friday Night live at Centennial Park. The music of Magnetique Music takes place at the Gazebo in the park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Downtown Venice. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
January 26, 2018: The evening before The 24th 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 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: 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 - 29, 2018: 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 28, annually takes place at the Ringling Museum Courtyard and sells out fast each year. There's also the Trade Tasting, January 29, at Selby Gardens. Various dates, costs, times and locations. Enjoy! Click here for more info.
January 27, 2018: Check out the 24th 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. Here's more info on the event.
January 27, 2018: You're invited to take in Sarasota County's Fire Fest 2018. 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. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
January 27, 2018: 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. 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 27 - 28, 2018: 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 27 - 28, 2018: Billed as the Sarasolo Festival, this two weekend event will feature local 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 during the 6 day schedule. Tickets: $15. Continues Feb 2 - 4, 2018. The Historic Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota. Click here for more info.
January 27 - 28, 2018: It's the 6th 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, Tom Jones, and Little Richard. Friday and Saturday: 3 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $49.00. Free parking. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, off Fruitville Road. Click here for more info.
January 28, 2018: 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 48th Annual Deveraux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet. The show is free and features vehicles vintage 1991 and older. Free admission. Parking: $5. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 12205 on Rangeland Parkway in Lakewood Ranch. Click here for more info. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
January 28, 2018: My January Sarasota Events has for you The Temple Sinai's 10th Annual Jewish Food Festival featuring health vendors, arts & crafts, a plant and used book sale as well as children's activities and food! Free admission. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. 941-924-1802. January Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
January 30 - 31, 2018: 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.