The May Sarasota Events Calendar - fun free (or next to nothing) Sarasota happenings around the sun coast.
(*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. PLEASE NOTE: We encourage you to check with event organizers to be sure an event is going forward before making plans to attend.)
May 1, 2023: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with SoulRcoaster on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets will be available approx. one month prior to each event, and will include a 24 hour pre-sale period for members. Members please note: $10 tickets are limited to one for Individual Memberships and two for all other Membership levels. Additionally, members may purchase up to four additional tickets at full price ($20) during the pre-sale period. Tickets are limited and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. General public tickets on sale April 1, 2023. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180.
May 1 - 6, 2023: Check out a unique theatrical experience with "The Ballad of Old Manatee," an immersive historical drama with original folk music inspired by true events from the Village of Manatee's origins. It will run for a limited time from at the Manatee Village Historical Park. Manatee Village Historical Park 1404 Manatee Avenue East Bradenton, FL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ballad-of-old-manatee-tickets-525940731887
May 3, 2023: TBA for 2023. Check out NBP Rec Day! This is a great opportunity for natural sound and family-friendly imagery on the water. For a small fee, children and their parents and siblings can get out on the water with their choice of our equipment, and switch out at their whim — kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, a pedal pontoon boat, even a 15-foot sailboat with captain (masks required). $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger. Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more) All must complete the waiver form. Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
May 4, 2023: It's the Venice National Day Of Prayer Outside Happening. Bring a chair and join the First Baptist Church of Venice for an hour of worship, music, and speakers. Various people from the community (government, first responders, churches, businesses, schools, etc.) are invited to participate in the Prayer Service. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL.
May 4, 2024: It's Ringling Underground. Enjoy live music, art and atmosphere in the Museum of Art Courtyard during Ringling Underground 8 p.m. -11 p.m. This event features an eclectic mix of local, regional, and national live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. $15 / Free for Students w/ ID & Members. Free with Art after 5 Admission. The Courtyard at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL. (941) 359-5700
May 5, 2023: The Cinco de Mayo Block Party with full street closure with live music, street food and drinks – Music w/ The Bri Rivera Band - Beats by @srqbeats - Street Food – Cinco De Mayo Cocktails – And a few surprises that will blow your mind! VIP tables, outdoor bars and more. The block party will be held outside of El Melvin Restaurant. Free admission. 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. . 1355 Main St, Sarasota FL.
May 5, 2023: It's a Cinco De Mayo- Circo 2nd Street Carnival They are gearing up and getting ready for Cinco De Mayo this year-DJ from 3pm-12am. Amazing tacos -Margarita, Shot and beer specials -Local Vendors & partners. Come out and party at the 2nd street carnival! 11 a.m. -12 a.m. Circo, 1435 2nd St, Sarasota, FL
May 5, 2023: Check out the block party for Cinco De Mayo at Rocco's Tacos at UTC with pop up food and drink vendors, door prizes and live entertainment.The all-day fiesta will be featuring mouth-watering Mexican dishes, delicious cocktails, and live entertainment! 2 p.m. - ? Rocco's Tacos, 243 N Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL.
May 5, 2023: Enjoy the Venice Community Orchestra Concert as they perform their 'Annual Spring Benefit Concert.' Bring a blanket or chair. Free 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL
May 5, 2023: Check out Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota and Chris Romeo, Artistic Director cordially invite you to our 25th Anniversary “Purple Tie” Celebration. The evening includes a cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, a choral performance commemorating 25 years and special guests. Tickets $40. 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
May 5, 2023: It's the last of the season of Music in the Park. On Friday evenings there are few better ways to relax and welcome in the weekend than listening to great local music in an outdoor setting. Thanks to this Realize Bradenton series, for seven Fridays you can enjoy the best in local music at the Rossi Park Pavilion on the Riverwalk. Tonight's music is by Combo Fusion with Variety Dance & Latin music from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - bring a chair or blanket for relaxing and listening! Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater, 606 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL
May 5, 2023: It's the first Friday of the month on so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch from 6 - 9 p.m! Beer, wine and food available. Memphis Rub Band will fill the air with dynamic blues, R&B and rock n’ roll music and the event will benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County. The street is lined with food vendors, beer trucks, and sponsor booths, as well as rides and activities for the kids. 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.
May 5 - 6, 2023: You're invited to join the Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at Ed Smith Stadium. It's Dancing in the Street: Music of Motown. Hear funky sounds from the height of the Motown era transformed into a symphonic experience with Sarasota Orchestra. The program features smash hits made famous by artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder. Songs include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I Heard it Through The Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Superstition,” and more. A spectacular fireworks display rounds out this evening of hits and home runs at the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium. Tickets various prices $15 - $50. Parking $5. 8 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL. Enter through the Left Field Gate.
May 6, 2023: It's the 3rd annual fundraiser benefitting CoreSRQ and Satchel’s Last Resort Animal Rescue and Sanctuary- a 5K Run and Fun Walk at beautiful Payne Park, Sarasota! 5k Race will be chip timed and awards will be given to fastest overall female and male runners, and to the top 3 finishers in each age group. Pre- registration includes a t-shirt, finisher medal and a Swag bag with a raffle ticket, entry to the agility course and other goodies. Race day registration will include tickets and swag bags while they last. Pick your distance for the Fun Walk- all pre-registrants will receive a “Wag” bag with a special gift for your four legged friend, a raffle ticket, entry to the agility course and other goodies! Everyone is welcome to walk, but only pre-registrants will receive the Wag bag. Registrants on event day will receive Wag bags while they last. After the Race/Walk enjoy our Pet Related Vendor Market, Food Trucks, music, games and FUN! Must register before April 20th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt. All registrants will receive an email with additional information prior to the event including packet pick up location, parking, and other important details. By registering you are saving animals’ lives and making a difference in the health and wellness of your community. So come on out and make a difference while having a wonderful day with your friends and family! 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Both the run and walk will take place completely inside Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL
May 6, 2023: Get in gear for the SUP & Run, 5K, Walk. You may choose to run, paddle or both in the 5K Run or walk, 5K SUP and 5K SUP. & 5K Run. Several categories you can sign up for including handcycle and wheelchair division (which is free of fees). All races start at 8 a.m. Various registration fees. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL.
May 6, 2023: It's the 25th annual Corvettes on the Circle Car Show at the beautiful St. Armand's Circle where you can spend the day viewing over 150 models of an American automotive classic. The show is limited to 175 models. The show will include all Corvette model years from the classic 1953 C1 to the current Corvette Stingray. Trophies will be awarded to the top three Corvettes in each generational class as well as Best in Show and Skyway Corvette Club Favorite. It’s a fun-filled day meeting friends and experiencing these beautiful automobiles up close and personal. It's free. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. St. Armand's Circle Park, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 6, 2023: This event is no longer. From the Sarsota County Recreation Department: "After 50 years, the Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest has come to a close. Low participation was the main component to our decision. Crystal Classic has an amateur component to the festival in November and we hope some sculptures will come to participate then." Bring your pail, shovel, sunglasses and creativity to Siesta Key Public Beach for the Annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest. The contest, traditionally held the first Saturday of May, is held near the Pavilion on the beautiful white sandy Siesta Public Beach. Free and open to all ages of participation, the Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest also awards five cash prizes and is one of our very popular happenings for both locals and visitors on our Escape to Sarasota Calendar of Events. The page about the event will remain on my website as a tribute to the event. See and read more about the Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest.
May 6, 2023: Three organizations — Venice Historical Resources, Venice Heritage, and the Venice Area Historical Society — will celebrate Venice history with the return of Venice Museums Day. This free event takes place at the Venice Museum, 351 Nassau St S, Venice, FL., Lord-Higel House, 409 Granada Ave, Venice, FL., and the Venice Historic Train Depot, 303 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL. Each organization will offer activities at each site. A free trolley bus will shuttle between sites. Start at any site and use the free shuttle to visit all three. Water and snacks will be available at each location. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Various locations.
May 6, 2023: It's their Butterflies & Fairies Mother’s Day Tea! Enjoy a light fairy menu with tea sandwiches, fairy berries, cupcakes, and organic hibiscus tea. We will be crafting Mother’s Day “Seed Tea Bags” with native wildflower seeds and including them in homemade cards for Mom. Come to story time at the stage and learn how to make fairy houses in the garden for our fairy friends. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost for non-members is $25+tax for ages 13&up and $22+tax for ages 2-12. The cost for members is $22.50+tax for ages 13&up and $20+tax for ages 2-12. The Children's Garden and Art Center, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL. (941) 330 - 1711. The Children’s Garden is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization.
May 6, 2023: It's Manatee's 2nd Annual Taco Fest. The 2022 event featured over 70 of Tri-State Area's Best Taco and other Food Vendors alongside a variety of Specialty Cocktails and entertainment, with an attendance of over 3000. This is a family friendly event featuring a kid zone with a free petting zoo, free jump houses, face painting, free children books from the Manatee Early Learning Coalition and so much more. General Admission to this event includes access to the fair grounds and all on-site entertainment. General admission $10, seniors 65 and over $5, kinds under 13 are free. Tickets at the door. 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Manatee County Fairgrounds 1402 14th Avenue West Palmetto, FL
May 6, 2023: It's SkippyDeeDooDah, the Skip-a-Thon fundraiser that helps to fund the aftercare for survivors of child trafficking, Skipping for those that skipped an innocent childhood. The event is an all-ages family/fitness fun skipping event that is followed by educational awareness delivered by special guest speakers consisting of journalists, survivors, and other advocates who are passionate about eradicating crimes against children. There will be an interactive audience Q&A forum to close the event which is scheduled to end around sundown. SkippyDeeDooDah was created to serve non-profit organizations in the fight to eliminate crimes against children. The 2023 event will serve International Bikers Against Trafficking (BAT) and Slave Free Project. SkippyDeeDooDah is designed to encourage others to take action by speaking up and showing up in the fight to prevent and eliminate child trafficking and child sex exploitation. Tickets to participate are $35 and all event fees serve as your donation. Arrive and register before 4 p.m. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Half mile skip. 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Food & beverage truck row. 5:30 p.m. entertainment and guest speakers. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. or sunset. Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
May 6 - 7, 2023: Check out the 3rd annual Sarasota Spring Craft Show with a variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more - all handmade in America - will be on display, ranging from $15 to $3,000. An expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices and freshly popped kettle corn. 5 Points Park, on Central and First Street, downtown Sarasota, FL.
May 6 - 7, 2023: You're invited to Repticon Bradenton 2023, a two-day expo highlighting reptile shows, events, activities and sales. You'll have a chance to see live reptiles from around the world plus the chance to purchase pets and supplies direct from experts. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Various ticket prices on line. Online ticket sales only. Tickets not sold at the door. Note: Recent changes in Florida law prohibit the display of pet Iguana species and Tegus in public settings. For everyone's protection, pet Green Iguanas and Tegus are not allowed within the show, regardless of permit status. Bradenton Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd.., Palmetto, FL
May 6 - 7, 2023: Check out the 3rd annual Downtown Sarasota Spring Craft Fair. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more - all handmade in America - will be on display, ranging from $15 to $3,000. An expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend, blending nature with nurture. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. 5 Points Park, on Central and First Street. 1 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL.
May 6 - June 11, 2023: It's time to drop your hook, line and sinker for the 93rd Sarasota Tarpon Tournament! Entry fee is $150 and proceeds benefit a local charitable organization.The Kick-Off Event this year will be held at Joyland, 8341 Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota on Wednesday night, May 3, at 6:30 PM, dinner is included with your Entry Fee, and a cash bar will be available. Registration and Check-In begins at 6 PM. Happy angling and may you catch your share!
May 7, 2023: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This final free show of the spring season takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. Sarasota, FL. 388-1666.
May 7 - 8, 2022: TBA for 2023. You're invited to Repticon Sarasota 2022, a two-day expo highlighting reptile shows, events, activities and sales. You'll have a chance to see live reptiles from around the world plus the chance to purchase pets and supplies direct from experts. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Various ticket prices on line. Online ticket sales only. Tickets not sold at the door. Note: Recent changes in Florida law prohibit the display of pet Iguana species and Tegus in public settings. For everyone's protection, pet Green Iguanas and Tegus are not allowed within the show, regardless of permit status. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.
May 8, 2023: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret. Monday Night Jazz at the Cabaret presents an exciting evening of jazz with top entertainment in an intimate cabaret setting in downtown Sarasota at the John C. Court Cabaret at FST; First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for food and beverage service. Click here for tickets and updated information on performer.
May 12, 2023: It's the 24th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament benefiting the scholarship fud. Registration incudes green fees, cart fee, prizes, beer and beverages on course, dinner. $150 per golfer. $550 per team. Dinner only $40 (non players). Registration & lunch : 11:30 a.m., Shotgun start 12:30 p.m. IMG Golf Academy 4350 El Conquistador Pkway, Bradenton, FL. More info/register: 941-778-1541.
May 12, 2023: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. with live music at Centennial Park featuring Tiki Vibe. Attendees are asked to follow current CDC guidelines. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free and open to the public. Centennial Park, Downtown Venice, FL.
May 13, 2023: TBA for 2023. Check out NBP Rec Day! This is a great opportunity for natural sound and family-friendly imagery on the water. For a small fee, children and their parents and siblings can get out on the water with their choice of our equipment, and switch out at their whim — kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, a pedal pontoon boat, even a 15-foot sailboat with captain (masks required). $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger. Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more) All must complete the waiver form. Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
May 13, 2023: It's the 7th Annual Manatee County Pet Expo Adopt-A-Palooza. Adopt-A-Palooza is the largest one-day adoption event and pet expo event in Manatee County and will feature over 100 adoptable puppies, dogs, cats and kittens from Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW), local shelters and animal rescues - all under one roof. There will also be a pet market place, give aways, prizes and raffles. Free admission and parking. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center,1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL.
May 13, 2023: You're invite to Food Trucks, Pirates and Tunes with live music, food trucks, vendors and a pirate ship you can board. An arrrr-normous event to come see yer favorite pirates! Bring a lawn chair, cooler and fill up on yer food, and invade our treasure trove of tent vendors selling yer stuff from the island and ocean off our own Anna Maria Island.12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Holmes Beach City Field, Anna Maria Island, FL.
May 13, 2023: Fishermen’s Village will present the 3rd annual Celtic Fest. Experience a celebration of Celtic heritage, culture and traditions! This year’s Celtic Fest will feature an authentic Celtic Encampment presented by Jacobite Uprisings (Outlander) Group. The live music will be from Noon - 9 p.m. with McIntyre Band 12 noon- 3 pm Dry Beach, Mac Tier Band 12 noon- 4 pm Center Court, Celtic Encampment 12 noon- 9 pm Dry Beach, Kellyn Celtic Dancers 2, 4 & 6 pm Center Court, Bryne Brothers 3- 6 pm Dry Beach, West of Galway 5- 9 pm Center Court, Eireann’s Call 6- 9 pm Dry Beach. Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda at 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL
May 13, 2023: The former Harvey Milk festival is now called the Pride | Be Fabulous Arts & Music Festival held in the Rosemary where all the magic started just a few blocks south to be exact. They will have vendors and LGBTQ+music acts from all over coming to Sarasota. Free admission. Rosemary Park, 531 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL.
May 13, 2023: Sip, savor and celebrate during this wonderful celebration of Polish-American culture, featuring authentic Polish cuisine with famous food trucks Grace Taste of Poland & Kielbasa Bus, beer by Zywiec, Okocim, Warka, Tyskie is brought to you by Sling TV and AN Holding Group It’s cultural immersion at its best- featuring all the wonderful things that Florida’s growing Polish population celebrates. The festival is recognized for inviting popular artists and celebrities from the Polish music scene and worldwide. This year’s performances will be highlighted by Rafal Brzozowski, Pamela Stone & others. This family-friendly event will also include children’s activities, games, and face painting. 3:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park / War Memorial, 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, Florida
May 13, 2023: The Bradenton Marauders are playing a home stand against the Lakeland Flying Tigers and tonight is Star Wars night. Star Wars characters will make appearances at the ballpark and the Marauders will wear Star Wars-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to charity. The evening concludes with post-game fireworks. Tickets $10 - $14. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Game time: 6:30 p.m. LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL.
May 15, 2023: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Kettle of Fish on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets will be available approx. one month prior to each event, and will include a 24 hour pre-sale period for members. Members please note: $10 tickets are limited to one for Individual Memberships and two for all other Membership levels. Additionally, members may purchase up to four additional tickets at full price ($20) during the pre-sale period. Tickets are limited and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. General public tickets on sale April 15, 2023. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
May 19 2023: The Home & Hurricane Expo will take place at the Venice Community Center with Sarasota County Emergency Management; and ABC-7 Meteorologist Bob Harrigan. The start of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season on June 1 through November. If you are new to the area, this Expo should not be missed! Speaker topics will include information gained and lessons learned from Hurricane Ian, storm prep, the role of emergency services, storm water/flooding, evacuation centers and the County transportation plan, common myths and misconceptions, and what to do following a hurricane. free admission. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Venice Community Center, located at 326 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice, FL.
May 20, 2023: It's the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival. Everyone ages 12+ are invited to take part. Boats, life-vests, paddles and coaches are provided...you provide the fun! Race distances include 200m, 500m, and the ever-thrilling 2k pursuit for Sport Division teams, while Community Division teams will race 3x500m. Various entrant/team fees. Beer garden, food trucks, Health & Wellness Village, Marketplace, Entertainment and more. This event is open to the public for free. $5 parking (cash only). Race day check in begins at 6:30 a.m. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Join in on the fun and get bit by the dragon! Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL
May 20, 2023: Ready for it? SRQCon is back and better than ever at Selby Library for a free event that's jam-packed with exciting activities and events for all ages. Selby Public Library's annual pop culture convention, SRQCon, returns again on May 20th! This all-ages event will feature panels, demonstrations, cosplay, trivia, gaming, scavenger hunts, crafts, and much more. Show off your best cosplay and join our cosplay contest! No tickets or registration required to attend the event; entry is free! 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, FL (941) 861-1100
May 20 - 21, 2023: Can you dig it? It's the Dig The Beach - Siesta Key Volley Ball Classic bouncing in for the weekend. It's fun in the sun and sand with check in at 7:30 a.m. and competition starting at 8:00 a.m. Saturday and 8:45 a.m. Sunday. You're sure to see some great volleyball action. Free spectator admission. Siesta Key public beach volleyball courts. 948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 21, 2023: It's the 2023 Sarasota Vegan Fest with live music, a family fun zone, face painting, shopping, vendors, food trucks, education, and lots of vegan food!! Be-Ve Kids' Family Fun Zone is perfect for children of all ages and includes life sized games, coloring, basketball hoop game, and more! This year they are doing a suggested donation for our festival. Please donate $5 or more or get a free ticket to help our vendors know how much to prepare ahead of the festival. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL
Sunday, May 21, 2023: It's Jazz on the Water aboard the Marina Jack II Enjoy live jazz on an afternoon cruise on Sarasota Bay aboard the Marina Jack II. Vessel sails from the downtown Sarasota Bayfront Marina in the Marina Jack Plaza at 3 p.m.. Boarding begins 2:30 pm. More information on tickets and entertainment TBA. Click here for updates.
May 21, 2022: Rescheduled to Sept. 30, 2023. It's the Venice Beach Party with bands, food trucks and fun in the sun. Enjoy food trucks from BrewBurgers, British Open Pub, Kona Ice, Papa’s Pilar Rum Bar on the beach, Pop’s Sunset Grill, and Sharky’s Snack Shack. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Gulf Shores Realty will be giving away free custom t- shirts to the first 1,500 people in line at its booth starting at 3 p.m. Dance in the sand to live music by Sarasota Steel Pan Band at 3 p.m. and Karate in the Garage at 6 p.m. Park downtown and ride the free trolley from Centennial Park. Chairs and blankets welcome. No coolers and no pets, please. Rain or shine! FREE and family friendly. Enjoy this great community event! 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. 101 The Esplanade South, Venice, FL.
May 22, 2023: It's the 23rd Annual Siesta Key Chamber Golf Tournament at TPC Prestancia's Stadium Course. This private outing presents a unique opportunity for Chamber members and guests to play a round of golf on the private, championship-style course. 7:30 a.m. Registration starts along with complimentary continental breakfast. 9:00 a.m. Shotgun start; tournament commences. Awards lunch following play. Fees/Admission: $650.00 per team. $175.00 for Individual Player. TPC Prestancia, 4409 Tournament Players Club Drive, Sarasota, FL. For more information contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce at (941) 349-3800. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
May 22, 2023: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret. Monday Night Jazz at the Cabaret presents an exciting evening of jazz with top entertainment in an intimate cabaret setting in downtown Sarasota at the John C. Court Cabaret at FST; First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for food and beverage service. Click here for tickets and updated information on performer. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 25 - 27, 2023: Break out the big hair and acid-washed denim, Laser Light Nights are back at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature! Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from May 25 through September 2, we are rocking out to some of your favorite artists in the Planetarium! A variety of food options and drinks are available for purchase onsite with cash or card. Tickets for shows between May 25 and July 15 will go on sale at 12:00 PM EST on May 1, 2023. Tickets for shows between July 20 and September 2 will go on sale at 12:00 PM EST on June 1, 2023. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 20110th Street West, Bradenton, FL.
May 26, 2023: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert with live music at Centennial Park featuring Joe Mullan. Attendees are asked to follow current CDC guidelines. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free and open to the public. Centennial Park, Downtown Venice, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
May 27, 2023: You are welcome to take part in Flags for Fallen Vets which will place an American flag at each grave site at Sarasota National Cemetery starting at 8:00 a.m. Anyone wishing to participate must register in advance. Click here to get to the registration page, and then follow the 2023 Volunteer Registration Form to Sarasota and enter your information. 8 a.m. Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 27, 2023: SRQ VETS is hosting the 8th Annual Memorial Day 5K Hike to honor the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. This event will work to unite the local veterans and civilian communities while raising funds to support SRQ VETS and their efforts to help the local veterans. SRQ VETS is a 100% volunteer veteran-run 501c3 whose mission is to find resources and get them to our local veterans and their families. The hike will start at JD Hamel War Memorial Park then around downtown Sarasota, then down Main St. back to the Park for an afternoon of fun that includes a Cookout, Music, Rock wall Bungee Jumping, Raffles, and more. Every paid participant 21 yrs old and up will receive an event t-shirt, a lunch ticket, 1 beverage ticket. Every paid participant that is 13 to 20 yrs old will receive an event t-shirt, a lunch ticket, 1 N/A drink ticket. Children 12 and under will receive 1 lunch ticket and 1 N/A drink ticket. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Race starts at JD Hamel Park - 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 27, 2023: Yo-ho, mateys! Bring the kids to Snook Adams Kids Day for a fun celebration to end the school year. The Anna Maria Island Privateers annual fest includes free hot dogs, pizza and drinks. Lots of games, prizes and fun for kids of all ages. Treasure hunt and costume contest. Pictures with pirates. Admission is FREE. Free. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Holmes Beach City Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes beach, Anna Maria Island, FL. More info: 941-249-0782. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 27, 2023: This year Memorial Day at the Sarasota National Cemetery will honor America's fallen military members in remembrance of their ultimate sacrifice. The Department of Veterans Affairs Sarasota National Cemetery will host a tribute honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in military service to America. Members of Gold Star families will speak about the service and sacrifice of America’s fallen. Akiel Reyes-Melenzez and Raphael Fabyanic, both graduating cadets from Sarasota Military Academy, will offer remarks about the origins of Memorial Day. Local area musicians Lindsey Graham and Jae Langston will perform patriotic music and their original music scores dedicated to fallen troops. VFW Post 10141 will present colors. The 2023 Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Flag Placement will be at 7:30 a.m. To take part, register at www.flagsforfallenvets.com. May 29, 2023: There will be a Memorial Day Concert at 5 p.m. (See more below: May 29). Sarasota National Cemetery, Patriot Plaza, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 27, 2023: Enjoy Patriotic Pops & Fireworks at CoolToday Park with the Venice Symphony! Venice Symphony Music Director Music Director Troy Quinn has programmed an unbeatable concert of American music, patriotic songs and a tribute to our Armed Forces. Their special guest vocalist is the renowned vocal group Liberty Voices. Tickets are on sale on line and at the CoolToday Box Office 941-413-5000. Various ticket prices starting at $49. 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
May 27, 2023: Check out some heavenly bodies during Sidewalk Astronomy courtesy of the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers from 8:15 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (weather permitting). On this particular evening, you will enjoy spectacular views of the first-quarter Moon as well as the planets Mars, Venus and a variety of deep sky objects. southeast corner of Sarasota’s Celery Fields Park,.6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota. FL (telescopes will be set up in the smaller staff parking lot on the east side of the Audubon building. (Please park in the larger, public parking lot on the western side of the building.)
May 27 - 28, 2023: It's the St. Armands Fine Art Festival. Come see the remarkable fine art event and experience the amazing outdoor gallery of original artwork from artisans all over Florida and America. Explore mediums such as sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, glass, ceramics, mixed-media, metalwork, fiber art, woodworking, and more! 10 am.-. 5 p.m. St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL.
May 28, 2023: To put a little fun in the hot days of a Sarasota summer it's the AquaPalooza 2023, an on the water party for boaters with music and fun in the sun, free give-aways and more. The fest takes place at New Pass Sandbar, just in front of the MarineMax Marina, 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. The fest is being called "the largest party on the water" by organizers. Have fun, stay safe and be safe. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. More info: 941-388-4411.
May 28, 2023: It's the 2023 Tribute to Heroes Block Party and Parade. Each year thousands of attendees line Main Street in support of our local veterans and heroes! This annual live parade features local bands and choir groups, drum lines and dance teams, floats, food, drinks and live entertainment from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m... All event Proceeds Benefit Local Veterans Groups & Organizations. Pre-Block party starts at 6 p.m., Parade starts at 7 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.
May 28, 2023: We will always remember. There's a Weekend Beach Service in honor of Memorial Day at North Jetty Park. 6:30 p.m. hosted by First Baptist Church of Venice. Please bring your own chair. All are welcome. North Jetty Park,(south Nokomis Beach area) 1000 S. Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL.
May 29, 2023: Manatee County Veterans Council invites you to join them at the newly named “Donald L Courtney Veterans Park” for Bradenton's annual Memorial Day Service. Special guests and dignitaries will speak along with a color guard, National Anthem and more. Please join the community in recognizing our Veterans who all gave some and some who gave all that we may live in freedom. 9 a.m. The Park is located on the Riverwalk behind Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton, FL..
May 29, 2023: The Sarasota Memorial Day Parade will host numerous Veterans groups and the Sarasota Military Academy will participate in the parade, about 135 jeeps from the Vets with Jeeps groups. SPD, Sheriff’s Department, and SCFD will lead the parade. Micah Adams will provide bagpipe music. Local Girl Scout units will march in the parade. The Antique Car Association will have numerous cars in the parade. Local elected officials will also march in the parade. In addition, the local H.O.G. Association will have a number of motorcycles in the parade. In addition, the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution will march near the fron of the parade. Our local POW/MIA association with be placed near the beginning of the parade along with the VWF chapters. Local schools will conclude the academic year before the parade, so I do not expect the high school bands or JROTC units to participate in the parade. The 2023 Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Osprey and Main in downtown Sarasota, FL. The Memorial Day Ceremony will be conducted at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at the end of Main Street at 11:00 a.m. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 29, 2023: The Annual Venice Area Memorial Day Ceremony will be hosted by the American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 at 10 a.m. at Patriots Park. All veterans organizations in the Venice area are invited to participate. The public is also invited. The event will feature the traditional "laying of the wreaths" by area veterans organizations and auxiliaries including VFW 8118, DAV 1001 and the Marine Corps League. Guest speakers will include Mayor Nick Pachota and Col. Norman MacLellan, USA, Ret. Patriotic music will be provided by the Sun Coast Wind Ensemble. Bring chairs. 10 a.m. Patriots Park, 800 Venetia Bay Blvd. Venice, FL. Patriots Park is located on U.S. 41, just north of the intersection of U.S. 41 Bypass North and U.S. 41 Business. It was formerly known as Curry Creek Park. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 29, 2023: You're invited to the annual Memorial Day ceremony to honor our fallen heroes on Anna Maria Island. Immediately following the ceremony, they will also be honoring the city's 100th anniversary with 1920's music along with interesting and fun facts from the city's start in 1923. The celebration will include birthday cake and refreshments. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. City Pier Park, City Pier Park, 103 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 29, 2023: Join the Knights of Columbus for their annual Memorial Day ceremony and picnic. All your favorite picnic foods will be available in the comfort of their Hall. Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn, side dishes and more. $15 per person. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony at 12 p.m. 2023 Memorial Day Picnic after the ceremony. Knights Hall, 512 Substation Rd, Venice, FL.
May 29, 2023: Snook Haven present its FINAL Myakka River Blues Festival on Memorial Day. The lineup for this year’s festival will appeal to all audiences, with styles from American electric and soul blues, international blues and swing to everything in between: Noon to 1 p.m. – Joey Gilmore, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Liz Mandeville. Tickets must be purchased online and in advance. Tickets are $30 or $50 for a ticket plus a commemorative event t-shirt. Ticket sales will be limited to 400 to keep audience size minimal and allow for all parking to take place at Snook Haven. Carpooling is highly recommended and suggested. Rain or shine. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Snook Haven, located at 5000 East Venice Avenue in Venice, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
May 29, 2023: Memorial Day, at 3:00 pm, there is a National Moment of Remembrance, an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00 pm local time, to pause for one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States. TAPS Across America encourages all who are interested to play TAPS at 3:00 pm. The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying time off for work for the national holiday.(in 2022 this event took place at Patriot Plaza on Memorial Day from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sarasota National Cemetery, Patriot Plaza, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL We are awaiting news from Sarasota National Commentary as to their involvement in this event in 2023 but at this time they have not responded to our phone inquires.)
May 29, 2023: You're invited to enjoy the Annual Memorial Day Concert in Phillippi Estate Park at the gazebo featuring the Sarasota Concert Band from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Lawn chairs welcome. Free admission. Food and drink vendors will be available. More info at: 941-364-2263. Philippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
May 29, 2023: There will be a Memorial Day Concert at Sarasota National Cemetery featuring the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble. Selections will include, America The Beautiful and numerous other patriotic melodies. Free and open to all. 5 p.m. Sarasota National Cemetery, Patriot Plaza, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL.
Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those many heroes who have given so much to secure the freedoms we today take for granted here in the U.S. Have a safe and meaningful Memorial Day weekend, from my May Sarasota Events Calendar and Escape-to-Sarasota. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com