2018 May Sarasota Events Calendar

The May Sarasota Events Calendar - fun free (or next to nothing) Sarasota happenings around the sun coast.



May 3, 2018: You're invited to the Riverview H.S. Kiltie Band's Spring Concert. $5. 7 p.m. Riverview H.S. Performing Arts Center. 1 Ram Way, Sarasota..

May 4, 2019: There's a street party: "Main Street Live" on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12  a.m. with live music throughout the night. The event also features food vendors and arts and crafts. Last event of this season. Resumes in October. No cover charge to attend. Old Main Street between Manatee and 3rd avenues, downtown Bradenton, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 4, 2018: Enjoy Live Music in the Park at Cafe in the Park with Trevor Bystrom. Food service: 6 p.m., Music: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Enjoy music, food, weather, and views of Sarasota's most charming little downtown park. Seating is limited so feel free to bring a beach chair or folding chair. Cafe in the Park is just located south of downtown Sarasota in Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL.

May 4, 2018: 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. 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.

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May 4 - 5, 2018: The City of Venice is partnering with other organizations to hold a Hurricane Expo as a public service prior to hurricane season. Various speakers from the county, Sheriff's Office, Red Cross and Suncoast Humane Society are also planned among others through the event. Vendors, raffles and more along with food and drinks available. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL.

May 4 - 5, 2019: It's the inaugural Venice Seafood & Music Festival taking place in Centennial Park featuring seafood, meat and vegetarian delights prepared fresh on site by local Sarasota restaurants along with drinks. Enjoy your foodie experience while jamming to live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Music will be from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. There will also be a marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products. Free admission. Various food & drink prices. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Downtown Venice's Centennial Park,  200 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 5, 2018: Bring your pail, shovel, sunglasses and creativity to Siesta Key Public Beach on 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. See and read more about the Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest.

May 5, 2018: It's the 21st year for Corvettes on the Circle taking place on St. Armand’s Circle. Running from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. this show will feature present day models back to the classics of 1953. Over 200 pristine & original Class Corvettes will be on display in the Circle Park. Trophies will be awarded to the top three Corvettes in each generational class as well as Best in Show. Awards ceremony at 3 p.m. It's free. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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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May 5, 2018: Here's your chance to be one of the first to check out a brand new festival. It's the inaugural Sarasota Veg Fest! The new event will feature environmentally friendly vendors and exhibitors, vegan food, food demos, yoga classes, live music, a scavenger hunt, animal rescue groups and more. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.

May 6, 2018: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. The last show of the 2018 season! This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.

May 7, 2018: It's the 19th Annual Siesta Key Chamber Golf Tournament. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 19th Annual Golf Tournament at TPC Prestancia, 4409 Tournament Players Club Drive, Sarasota, FL.
Shotgun start with multiple prize holes, silent auction and awards luncheon. For more information, contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce at (941) 349-3800.

May 10 - 12, 2018: The 9th annual Harvey Milk Festival features a variety of music, art, theatre and film events over three days. More on the fest. Downtown Sarasota at Five Points Park and various other venues. Admission is free to Five Points Park music festival events on Saturday.  



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May 11, 2018: Enjoy Live Music in the Park at Cafe in the Park with Bill Buchman's Art of Jazz Trio. Food service: 6 p.m., Music: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Enjoy music, food, weather, and views of Sarasota's most charming little downtown park. Seating is limited so feel free to bring a beach chair or folding chair. Cafe in the Park is just located south of downtown Sarasota in Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL.

May 11, 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). At Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL. Sidewalk Astronomy at Sarasota's Riverview High School Planetarium is located on the Sidewalk outside the Planetarium theater.

May 11 - 12, 2018: The Orioles present “Outdoor Pops: Field of Dreams,” the 5th annual Outdoor Pops performed by the Sarasota Orchestra.  Broadway stars Deedee Magno Hall and Cliffton Hall will headline as the musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra play a wide range of audience favorites from a stage on the outfield grass. Performances end with a fireworks display.Concessions will be available for purchase. Tickets: $15 - $45. Show time: 8 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium,  2700 12th Street, Sarasota. More info and tickets.

May 12, 2018: It's the Youth Fishing Spring Tournament for ages 1 - 14 at Nokomis Beach. Grab your pole and tackle box for this catch-and-release tournament. Bait and prizes are provided and awards are presented. Children must be supervised by a parent/guardian at this event. Free. Day-of-event registration begins at 8 a.m. The tournament is 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Preregistration preferred by calling 941-486-2780. Nokomis Beach, Casey Key.

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May 12, 2018: The Sarasota-Bradenton Rose Society presents their Annual Rose Festival which will feature award winning roses on display, plus rose bushes for sale and experts available to answer your questions along with seminars, all at the Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park, just in time for Mom's day! Free admission and parking. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail. Free. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 12, 2018 - June 17, 2018: It's time to drop your hook, line and sinker for the 88th Annual Sarasota Sports Fishing Anglers Club Tarpon Tournament! Entry fee is $125 and proceeds benefit a local charitable organization. Important Dates: There is a Kick-off party that will be held on May 9th at White Buffalo Saloon in Sarasota with registration starting at 6:00 p.m. and the party starting at 7:00 p.m. Your $125 entry into the tournament gets you food and fun and a cash bar will be available. Find out more here.

May 13, 2018: How often do you get to treat your mom to something special? Take her to the annual Mother's Day Brunch, featuring an award winning brunch menu at the breathtaking bay front Crosley Estate. With 2 seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the menu will include: a kid friendly Belgium waffles station with an assortment of toppings including chocolate chips, whip cream and fresh fruit and berries. Or try a more traditional breakfast of bacon, sausage, omlettes, croissants, jams and breakfast breads. Back by popular demand are the brunch selections with salmon and shrimp options, an assortment of tea sandwiches and speciality quiches. They've also added a carving station of Sunday ham and New York Strip loin. Brunch includes vegetarian options and a wide assortment of freshly made salads and delicious desserts! Coffee, tea, juices, and milk are served. Cash bar. Your private table is available indoors in the main ballroom and dining room or at the Pavilion next to the bay. Live Steel Band music is perfect with the bay breezes. Adults are $48.00, children 3 to 11 are $27.00, and Children under 3 are complimentary. Powel Crosley Estate & Museum, 8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Click here for more info or reservations. Click here for more info or reservations.

May 13, 2018: Treat mom to a special Mother's Day Brunch at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Delight in a sumptuous buffet provided by Michael’s On East while enjoying panoramic views of Sarasota Bay providing the perfect backdrop. Seating available at half-hour intervals:10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $30, $70, $80. Your brunch purchase is accompanied by admission to the Gardens for the day. Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and seating reservations.

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May 15 – June 22, 2018: The beauty of watercolor. The diverse styles representing each artists unique vision, along with the high technical quality of each piece, makes the 41st Annual Juried Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society a must see show. From a field of over 200 watercolor paintings representing artists from 19 southern states, the juror, John Salminen, an internationally recognized urban landscape painter, selected 94 paintings for inclusion in the exhibit. The Exhibition, will be on display in all three galleries of ArtCenter Manatee. The Opening Reception will be Saturday, May 19th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Hours: M,F, S  9 a.m.  - 5 p.m. - T, W, Th 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Sunday. ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St W, Bradenton, FL.

May 18, 2018: Enjoy Live Music in the Park at Cafe in the Park with Hot Club SRQ. Food service: 6 p.m., Music: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Enjoy music, food, weather, and views of Sarasota's most charming little downtown park. Seating is limited so feel free to bring a beach chair or folding chair. Cafe in the Park is just located south of downtown Sarasota in Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL.

May 18 - 20, 2018: There's a Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show with lots on display to see from dealers from around the country selling gems, jewelry, beads, crystals and more. Adults $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 19, 2018: Get in gear for the SUP & Run, 5K. You may choose to run, paddle or both in the 5K Run, 5K SUP & Run or 5K SUP. Shirts, Custom Finisher Medals & Challenge Coins, Great Prizes and a SPECTACULAR Post Race Party & Food featuring the Ladies of the Libation Lounge, Live DJ & more. Yummy food and more will round out the day of racing and festivities. All races start at 8 a.m. Benifits Operation Second Chance. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. More info and sign up here.

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May 19, 2018: It's another Food Truck Rally along with live music and craft beers. Enjoy a variety of cuisine offerings from local food trucks. Also non-alcoholic drinks, soda, juice and more. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. JDub's Brewing & Tap Room, 1215 Mango Ave., Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 19 - 20, 2018: 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 7:00 a.m. and competition starting at 8:00 a.m. 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 21, 2018: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Kettle of Fish. Click here for tickets and more info. 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. 




May Sarasota Events Calendar - Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 25, 2018: Enjoy Live Music in the Park at Cafe in the Park with Hymn For Her . Food service: 6 p.m., Music: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Enjoy music, food, weather, and views of Sarasota's most charming little downtown park. Seating is limited so feel free to bring a beach chair or folding chair. Cafe in the Park is just located south of downtown Sarasota in Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on escape-to-sarasota.com

May 25 - 27, 2018: The NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Committee has selected the teams that will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships with the University of Central Florida serving as host. The  team  championship is  composed of  22 teams. Eleven  conferences  were  awarded  automatic  qualification  and  the  remaining 11 slots  were  filled  with  at large  selections  to complete  the  championship  field. Teams  qualifying  for  the  championship are required to field two boats of eight rowers and one boat of four rowers. For the I Eights, II Eights and Fours, all 22 boats will be seeded into four heats. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. Click here for tickets, times and more info.

May 26, 2018: A program honoring America's fallen soldiers and their families will take place in honor of Memorial Day at Sarasota National Cemetery with special guests and dignitaries. Purple Heart recipient David Taylor will be the key note speaker. Taylor is a US Army veteran. Local artists will perform a medley of patriotic music as the lives of fallen troops are honored and remembered. Patriot Plaza has ample seating, however, visitors may bring lawn chairs should they prefer seating with a back. Ceremonies will begin at 10:00 a.m. Free admission. Patriot's Plaza, Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL.

May 26, 2018: It's the Venice Brew Bash 7 with over 60 craft and imported beers. Representatives from the breweries will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. There will be beer on tap for sale and food vendors. Must be 21 and older to attend. Tickets: $35 in advance, $45 day of show at the door and you'll get an armband, glass and an afternoon of unlimited beer tasting. $5 for designated drivers and all other visitors. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave.,Venice, FL. Click here for more info and tickets. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 26 - 27, 2018: As a result of the tropical depression this coming weekend, the St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival will be rescheduled to Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, 11am - 8pm. It's the inaugural St. Armand's Seafood & Music Festival taking place in St. Armand's Circle Park featuring seafood prepared fresh on site along with drinks. Enjoy your foodie experience while jamming to live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Music will be from such genres as R&B, jazz, classical, calypso, reggae and more. Performers this year are, on Saturday: Nostaljah, Hard Luck Society, Kettle of Fish and Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues.  Sunday performers are: Act 3, RJ Howson, Sarasota Steel Pan Band and Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio. There will also be a marketplace of arts and crafts exhibitors and select from a variety of fine products. While at the event, the Humane Society, co-sponsor, will have their "Big Mac" mobile adoption center onsite. Free general admission. VIP tent admission $130. Various food & drink prices. Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.  St. Armand's Circle, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 26 - 28, 2018: In gratitude for their service, United States Armed Forces personnel will be honored and celebrated at Sarasota Jungle Gardens for Memorial Day. Veterans and all all active duty military members and their families are eligible to receive one free admission (with valid ID)  with the purchase of one adult or child’s regularly priced same day admission (see venue for details). Admission is free for children three and under; $12.99 for children 4-16; $17.99 for adults and $16.99 for seniors 65+. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 27, 2018: It's the special "A Tribute to Heroes" Memorial Day Parade on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday evening. The parade will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Local bands and choir groups, drum lines and dance teams, floats, kids decorated bike contest, food, drinks and live entertainment. There will also be before and after parade festivities. Pre-parade block party starts at 6 p.m. with the street festivities continuing after the parade. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. (This event is come rain or shine. However, in the event of excessive bad weather, please follow along on their Facebook page for updates on the event. Click here for more info.)  May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 28, 2018: The Manatee County Veterans’ Council (MCVC) will present the 2018 Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans’ Monument Park. The keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Richard Blunt. There will also be many Veteran related organizations laying wreaths in honor of those that made the ultimate sacrifice. Those organizations include; The Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Legion, Elks, VFW, Korean War, Vietnam War, WWII, WWI and the Gulf War era. Veterans’ Monument Park is located directly behind the Manatee Memorial Hospital near U.S. 41 and the Bradenton Riverwalk, Bradenton. 9 a.m. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 28, 2018: Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee: "Due to the pending serious weather, it has become necessary to cancel the Memorial Day Parade. There will be a group of Veterans marching our flag down Main Street at 10:00 a.m. regardless of the weather. We will double down our efforts for the Veterans Day Parade and make it the biggest and best in Sarasota History. "  The 2018 Sarasota Memorial Day Parade's theme is: "All Gave Some. Some Gave All." 130 band members from Blair High School from Omaha, Nebraska will join in the parade and the Sarasota Military Academy will represent local area high schools. The following units will participate in the parade: City of Sarasota Police Color Guard, Sarasota County Sheriff's Color Guard, Sarasota County Fire Department Color Guard, EMS units, Vets on Bikes, American Legion Post 30, VFW Post 3233, DAV Chapters 3 and 97, Vet Center, Vietnam Veterans, Goodwill/USF Veterans, MIA/USF Veterans, Veterans for Common Sense, Sun Coast Retirees, Pear Harbor Survivor Capt. Robert O'Neil, Local Dignitaries, SAR/DAR, Ex-POW's, Woman Navy Veterans, WWII Female Veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, MOA group. The Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee encourages all Sarasota  residents to line Main Street as we recognize the sacrifices, courage, and patriotism demonstrated by our Viet Nam Veterans. Parade organizers are hoping for an Air Force fly over at 10 a.m. The parade starts at exactly 10 a.m. from Osprey and Main in Sarasota. There will be a fitting Memorial Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at Chaplain J. D. Hamel Park at the West end of Main Street. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 28, 2018: Update: They've rented a huge tent and merged both stages under the big top, so the show will go on at Snook Haven. Snook Haven along with the Suncoast Blues Society present the 7th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival on Memorial Day. This year's headliner is The Rusty Wright Band from Michigan. The lineup also includes The Dale Robbins Band from Australia, Harmonica Wizard Dockta D from Baltimore, Sarasota Slim, Nitro Boseman and many more.  Snook Haven is off the beaten path, near the riverbed in a natural cove with true old Florida ambiance. Two stages with non-stop music. Tickets: $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. 11a.m.- 6 p.m. Snook Haven Restaurant on the Myakka River. 5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL  Click here for tickets and more info. 

May 28, 2018: Cancelled due to weather. The Annual Venice Area Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Patriots Park. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8118 will be sponsoring the ceremony. All the areas Veterans Organizations will be participating. The public is invited to attend. Bring a folding chair if you like. Water will be provided. Ceremonies begin at 10:00 a.m. 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.Following the services at Patriots Park, American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 will continue their tradition of hosting an open house at their Post Home, 1770 E. Venice Venice Ave., Venice, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 28, 2018: Statement from the band: "Due to the rain forecast we regrettably have to cancel the concert." You're invited to enjoy the Annual  Memorial Day Concert in Philippi Estate Park featuring the Sarasota Concert Band from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Lawn chairs and coolers welcome. Adults $5, 12 and under are free. Food and drink vendors will be available. More info at: 941-364-2263. 5500 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL  May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 29, 2018: Explore Historic Spanish Point in the moonlight during their Full Moon walking ghost tour. You'll hear stories of intrigue and mystery about Sarasota and Florida history as you visit the historic houses, prehistoric burial mound and pioneer cemetery of Historic Spanish Point. Each full moon there will be two tours a night starting at the Gazebo. 9:30 p.m. $20. Historic Spanish Point, 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. Tickets and more info here.

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








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