2022 May Sarasota Events Calendar

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.)

Deveraux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet

May 1, 2022: It's the 51st Annual Devereaux-Kaiser Car show, hosted by the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund, one of the largest shows of its type in Florida! Cars, trucks, motorcycles, hot rods & customs, military and service vehicles; 25 years and older. No judging, registration or charge for show vehicles. $5 admission for spectators, kids under 10 free. Car corral - $25, vendors, food trucks, beer garden. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota FL

May 1, 2022: Canceled for 2022. It's the 5th annual, 2021 Beach'n Food Truck & Music Festival. This all day family friendly festival features: several live bands, a  classic car show from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., arts and crafts vendors, a kid zone and local bands will be performing live music from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening...lots of food trucks including some of the area's favorite food trucks! Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water. Hosted by Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, event runs 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Rain or shine. Holmes Beach City Field, just north of Holmes Beach City Hall located at 5801 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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May 1, 2022: Celebrate World Laughter Day in Venice. It'll be an upbeat observance to encourage people all over the world to gather for friendship and laughter. Bring your friends and family to share in the laughter, giggles, guffaws, chuckles and good vibes. 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave.,  Venice, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 1, 2022: 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 free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.

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 2, 2022: 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 2, 2022.  Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180.

May 4, 2022: 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 5, 2022: The Cinco de Mayo Block Party will be bigger this year with an outdoor stage 40-feet long. Live music with Bri Rivera Band and DJ Natipitch. VIP tables, outdoor bars, street food and more. The block party will be held outside of El Melvin Restaurant. Free admission. 11 a.m. - Midnight. 1355 Main St, Sarasota FL.

May 5, 2022: It's the Sarasota’s National Day Of Prayer Outside Happening. Come to pray with Sarasota Leadership at Sarasota's National Day of Prayer. Pray with representatives from the Sarasota Police Department, Office of the Sheriff, City and County Commissioners, business leaders. Clergy from Sarasota’s Judeo Christian community shall lead prayers for reconciliations in America. Come to watch and pray for each other and America. Organized by the Sarasota Ministerial Association in collaboration with The Sarasota House of Prayer. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Payne Park ,2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL.

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May 6, 2022: 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. Benefiting Meals on Wheels Plus – Paul Fournier - Rock, Soul, R&B. 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 6 - 7, 2022: You're invited to join the Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at Ed Smith Stadium. Grab your bell bottoms and come out to the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium for a night of music from a time when "catch you on the flip side" referred to vinyl records. Sarasota Orchestra backs the powerful vocals of Nashville-based duo Swearingen & Kelli, who faithfully recreate the magic of '70s singer-songwriters such as James Taylor, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, and more. A spectacular fireworks display closes out an evening of hits and home runs. Tickets $15 - $48. Parking $5.  8 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL.Sarasota. Enter through the Left Field Gate. 

May 6 - 8, 2022: It's the Sarasota Blues & Barbecue Fest with great BBQ, Live Music, Cold Beer & Premium Drinks. Choose your foods from a diverse menu of barbecue and meat dishes (along with vegetarian and seafood of course) all cooked fresh on site by local restaurants and food purveyors. Select from a diversity of side dishes and of course – awesome desserts! Liquid refreshment includes selections of alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks along with sodas and bottled water. During breaks between performances, enjoy time shopping a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items. Free admission. Fri: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Outside at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest Sarasota Florida

May 7, 2022: 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. See and read more about the Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest.



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May 7, 2022: It's the 24th annual 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 will include all Corvette model years from the classic 1953 C1 to the current 2022 C8 mid-engine 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. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. St. Armand's Circle Park, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL.  May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 7, 2022: They're calling it Manatee's 1st Annual Taco Fest! The fest features over 150 of the Tri-State Area's Best Taco Producers alongside a variety of Specialty Cocktails and entertainment. This is a family friendly event featuring inflatables, face painting and more. General Admission to this event includes access to the grounds and all on-site entertainment. Vendors are direct cash sales to attendees. Admission: $10 - $15.  Kids under 10 are Free. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Avenue West, Palmetto, FL.

May 7, 2022: TBA for 2022. 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 7 - 8, 2022: 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.




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May Sarasota Events Calendar

May 7 - 8, 2022: Check out the 2nd 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 7 - June 12, 2022: It's time to drop your hook, line and sinker for the 92nd 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 4th, at 6 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 8, 2022: The Great Mother's Day Race 2022 is going VIRTUAL with its Run/Walk. This will be the FINAL Great Mother’s Day Race. No matter where you live, your age, or capabilities, you can participate in the race that celebrates Mothers. They'’ll mail you a  performance t-shirt, custom bib, awesome medal, goodie bag, and more! Day! Join up for the 10th anniversary virtual race in 2022! The Great Mother’s Day Race is a 5K run/walk that the whole family can do together to create a unique and lasting family memory. The event focuses on health and wellness, plus fun competition in the form of a timed race.

May 8, 2022:  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.

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May 8, 2022: Canceled for 2022. 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. Games, kid's activities and family photos are included. Seating available at: 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 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.

May 9, 2022: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret with Vocalist Chiara Izzi. Award winning Italian singer, songwriter Chiara Izzi, described by Jazz Times is “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated” after the release of her debut album “Motifs.” She is currently living in New York and performs regularly around the city in prominent jazz clubs and venues. Chiara’s International debut took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011, where she was awarded first prize by the living musical legend Quincy Jones. Doors open 6:30 pm for dinner and beverages. Show time 7:30 pm. Covid precautions followed. Tickets: $34 - $39.  Information: 941-260-9951.

May 9 - 15, 2022: It's Forks and Corks for Foodies and Wine Connoisseurs with winemaker events and upscale dinners to casual tasting and sampling events. There's a week-long, world-class menu of events, ranging from the always popular University Master Classes, to a robust Virtual Auction and a bountiful selection of Food and Wine Experiences from which to choose. Like last year, the 2022 event has been thoughtfully re-imagined to offer guests a menu of specially-curated and controlled experiences that are designed to provide a safe and celebratory experience.Various dates, events, costs, times and locations. Enjoy! May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

May 11, 2022: Enjoy the Bayfront Gardens at The Ringling for Acoustic Sunsets with a solo musician on Ca' d'Zan Terrace! This event will feature a solo or duo musical group performing acoustic music as the sun sets on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Food and beverages will be available. 6:00 p.m. $10 Members. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each event. In the case that there are tickets still available one week prior to each event, members will be able to purchase up to 4 guest tickets for $15 each. These tickets, if available, will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. one week prior to the event. 2nd Wednesday of the month January - May 2022. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 12 - 14, 2022: It's the12th Annual Fabulous Arts & Music Festival ( FKA Harvey Milk Festival) features a variety of music, art, theatre and film events. May 14, 2022: Day 3 -PRIDE | Be Fabulous Arts & Music Fest. 2:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. General admission is free. Check website for performance times. Rosemary District, Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL.  Rosemary Park, 531 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL.

May 13, 2022: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert.with live music at Centennial Park featuring John Howard. 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 – 15, 2022: Check out the outdoor food and fun at the Punta Gorda Seafood & Music Festival. Choose entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) cooked fresh onsite. Add on with a diversity of side dishes and of course – scrumptious desserts! Select from both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Fri: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission. Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, FL.

May 13 - 15, 2022: Check out the Sarasota Tattoo Expo with Live tattooing all weekend by over 80 award winning tattoo artists from around the country! 80 talented tattoo artists all to one location for your tattoo needs! All different styles from realism, traditional, black and grey, to color tattoos.Don't forget the FREE RAFFLES of up to $1,200 in free tattoos throughout the weekend! Tickets will be available at the door only. Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. $20 ($5 off before 5 p.m.), Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. $20, Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. $20,  3-day weekend pass $35. Sarasota Memorial Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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May 14, 2022: The former Harvey Milk festival is now called the 12th annual Pride | Be Fabulous Arts & Music Festival which has its grand finale Saturday with free music that features an eclectic lineup of national and local artists plus food trucks and a full bar. Free admission. VIP: $75. 2:15 p.m. - 11 p.m. Rosemary Park, 531 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL.

May 14, 2022: At Food Trucks, Tunes and Brews you'll find about 20 food trucks including Smokin Momma Lora's BBQ, a music lineup featuring 3 Bands including Bri Rivera SRQ  TEN76 and Jah Movement and lots of local craft beers, wine, and seltzer’s for those 21+. Activities for all ages. Free entry. 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Fruitville Grove, 7410 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL

May 14, 2022: Check out "A Day of Celtic Music" presented by Cultural Heritage Center, New World Celts and Fisherman's Village and a day of authentic Celtic musicians from all over the country! Performances will be held in all three sections of the Village at various times throughout the day! Headliner: Seven Nations featuring Kirk McLeod, 6 - 9 p.m. in Center Court! Free admission and parking. Fisherman's Village, 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL.

May 15, 2022: Enjoy the season finale of the Selby Gardens Music Series with live music from Halie Loren. Her music conveys the wonders of the invisible world: wounded defiance, stubborn love, hard-earned hopefulness. The music series features everything from classical pianists, folk, country, Latin and world music, jazz and standards, pop, soul and rock and roll, enjoy an eclectic variety of local and  international music in a world-class bayfront  garden. Limited seating available, guests encouraged to bring their own chairs. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free for Selby Gardens’ Members and included with General Admission for non-members. All Spring 2022 Garden Music Series performances will take place at our Historic Spanish Point campus, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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May 16, 2022: 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 16, 2022.  Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

May 17, 2022: It's the 2nd annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo where you can learn about insurance, evacuation levels and more. There will be vendors and emergency vehicle showcase, door prizes and give aways, fun and educational for the whole family. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL.

May 18, 2022: 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 20, 2022: The Hurricane Expo, originally planned for Friday, May 20, at the Venice Community Center, will be virtual this year. The video release will include staff from the Police, Fire and Engineering departments; Sarasota County Emergency Management; and ABC-7 Meteorologist Bob Harrigan. The link to this video will be posted on the city website, VeniceGov.com, and social media platforms prior to the start of the 2022 hurricane season on June 1. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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May 20 – 22, 2022:  It's the Sarasota Shrimp & Music Festival with fresh seafood, live music and drinks. Sit back and enjoy the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Choose entrees (seafood, meat and vegetarian) cooked fresh onsite. Select from a diversity of side dishes, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and of course – scrumptious desserts!  The final ‘seasoning’ is shopping a marketplace of arts and crafts (e.g., painting, mixed-media, glass), gourmet food items and specialty products. Enjoy during the breaks between band performances! Fri: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission. JD Hamel Park, Gulfstream and Main, downtown Sarasota, FL.

May 21, 2022: Join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Venice, Florida Flotilla 86 for National Safe Boating week for complimentary vessel safety checks and more from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Venice Boat Launch (Train Station), Marina Park and Boat Ramp, 301 E. Venice Ave. Venice, FL.

May 21, 2022: 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 tent, food truck vendors, Health & Wellness Village, Marketplace, Entertainment and more. This event is open to the public for free. $5 parking (cash only). For more information: info@gwndragonboat.com. Join in on the fun and get bit by the dragon! Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 

May 21, 2022: The City of Bradenton is having a birthday bash and you are invited! On May 19, 1903, Bradenton officially became a city! Realize Bradenton will celebrate this special occasion at the Downtown Bradenton Public Market in an interesting way - a fun history performance (that might explain how the City name dropped that "w"), a kazoo band, and birthday cookies. Please join in this one-of-a-kind celebration for this one-of-a-kind city! 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Old Main St. and 4th Avenue, downtown Bradenton, FL.

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May 21, 2022. It's the 6th Annual Manatee County Pet Expo Adopt-A-Palooza with over 100 adoptable pets. There will also be a pet market place, Free Vaccine Clinic (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.), give aways, prizes and raffles. Free admission and parking. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center,1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL.

May 21, 2022: 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 21 - 22, 2022: 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 22, 2022: Check out "Diversity:" the Voices of Sarasota as they celebrate the artists of Motown: songs by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Ben E. King and others. 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. David Cohen Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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May 22, 2022: It's the 2022 Tribute to Heroes Block Party and Parade. Each year thousands of attendees line Main Street in support of our local veterans and heroes! Having been only virtual the past couple of years due to covid, in the past this annual live parade featured local bands and choir groups, drum lines and dance teams, floats, kids decorated bike contest, food, drinks and live entertainment. A set of military marches will be performed by 19 members of the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble prior to the parade. The group will be set up in the portico on the North side of main Street. The performance of these marches, including National Emblem, Pan American, American Legion, Gallant Marines, St. Julien, and Invercargill, will begin around 6 p.m. All event Proceeds Benefit Local Veterans Groups & Organizations.  6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

May 23, 2022: It's the 22nd 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: $600.00 for Foursome ($500 limited early bird discount), $150.00 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 23, 2022: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret with The La Lucha Trio. The La Lucha Trio: Alejandro Arenas, bass; John O’Leary, piano; and Mark Feinman, drums. Winners of Creative Loafing’s best jazz group  six times, La Lucha, in addition to being featured at local area festivals, has performed at international festivals in Spain and Italy. Doors open 6:30 pm for dinner and beverages. Show time 7:30 pm. Covid precautions followed. Tickets: $34 - $39. Information:941-260-9951. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 27, 2022: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert.with live music at Centennial Park featuring George Durham and Company. 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

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May 28, 2022: SRQ VETS is hosting the 7th 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. - 3 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the Hike starts at 9 a.m. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 28, 2022:  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 2022 Volunteer Registration Form to Sarasota and enter your information. Also, on Saturday, May 28, following the flag placement, there will be a short program at Patriot Plaza from 10:00 to 10:30 am. Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241  May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 28, 2022: 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. The names of fallen military members will be called aloud and Taps will be played. Musicians and vocalists from Pine View School will perform and a video production reflecting the lives of Master Sgt.Charles J. Brown Jr., Cpl. Laurence O’Dea, and Pfc. Jalfred D. Vaquerano will be live streamed a t 11 a.m.  The 2022 Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
Sarasota National Cemetery, Patriot Plaza, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 28, 2022: 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. - 2 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 28, 2022: Enjoy Patriotic Pops & Fireworks at CoolToday Park! 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 a cappella group ROCKAPELLA. “MVP” tickets that include premier seating, access to air-conditioned suites and a donation to The Symphony are available by calling The Venice Symphony at 941-207-8822. Tickets are on sale on line and at the CoolToday Box Office 941-413-5000. Various ticket prices starting at $15. 7:30 p.m. CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

May Sarasota Events Calendar
Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 29, 2022: To put a little fun in the hot days of a Sarasota summer it's the AquaPalooza 2022, 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 29, 2022: First Baptist Church of Venice is holding a Memorial Day service at North Jetty Park at Nokomis Beach, FL. Bring your own chairs. 7 p.m - 8 p.m.. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

May 30, 2022: The Manatee County Veterans Council will conduct a Memorial Day Service. Guest speaker is Donna Fournier, CDR, USN (Ret). Please join the  community in recognizing our Veterans who all gave some and some who gave all that we may live in freedom. The program starts at 9 a.m. at Veterans Park behind the Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 30, 2022: The Sarasota Memorial Day Parade will recognize and honor our fallen brothers and sisters who died in the name of Freedom. There will be approximately 35 non-commercial units in the parade including Sarasota Veterans groups, Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, various church groups, The Sarasota Military Academy, high school JROTC units, Biker Vets, The Antique Car Club, British Antique Car Club, Civil Air Patrol, Veterans Jeep Club, Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota Fire Department, Sarasota Sheriff’s Department, and many other patriotic groups. Micah Adams will play the bagpipes during the parade and ceremony and Megan Ronan will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. Cynthia West will be the featured speaker during the Memorial Day ceremony at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park. Cynthia is a graduate of the Sarasota High School JROTC program and she was commissioned as an officer in the Army and is Airborne qualified. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Osprey and Main and   proceed down Main Street to Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park where a Ceremony will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 30, 2022: 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. There will be music and speakers. 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 Sarasota Events Calendar
Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 30, 2022: 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. You will hear buglers throughout our region, including some musicians who will play at Sarasota National Cemetery, and this year for the first time, there will be a concert performed by the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble 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

May 30, 2022: You're invited to the annual Memorial Day Patriotic Symphony Salute which will include a performance of patriotic music by the Anna Maria Island Orchestra. The Memorial Day ceremony will begin with a Marine Corps color guard posting at the park. This year’s event will also include a military fly-over. The Memorial Day salute is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. City Pier Park on Anna Maria Island across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier under the park’s shade-sails.  City Pier Park, 103 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 30, 2022: Snook Haven present their Annual Myakka River Blues Festival on Memorial Day. They will have a memorial day Salute from 11 a.m. -  12 p.m. This year's lineup: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Nitro Boseman Band (Legendary Chicago Harmonica player), 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Jan Wellinghoff (Belgium Blues Artist), 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Lauren Mitchell Band. Snook Haven is off the beaten path, near the riverbed in a natural cove with true old Florida ambiance. There will be two stages with non-stop music. Tickets $30. Ticket sales will be limited to a maximum of 400 to keep audience size minimal and allow for all parking to take place at Snook Haven. Carpooling is suggested.11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Snook Haven Restaurant on the Myakka River. 5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

May 30, 2022: 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. 2022 Memorial Day Picnic after the ceremony. Knights Hall, 512 Substation Rd, Venice, FL.

May 30, 2022: 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

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








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