2020 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: Amid the coronavirus outbreak, we are making every attempt to stay as accurate as possible. We encourage you to please check with event organizers to be sure an event is going forward before making plans to attend.)

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May 1, 2021: 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 1, 2021: It's the 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 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.

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May 1, 2021: ALL LGDSO EVENTS CANCELLED TILL FURTHER NOTICE 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 1 - 2, 2021: The Florida State Fair takes place and gates open daily at 9 a.m.The fairgrounds are at 4800 U.S. 301N. Tampa. You can also get there via I-75. (From I-75 N, take exit 261 to merge onto I-4 W toward Tampa. Take exit 7 to merge onto FL-600 W/E Hillsborough Ave/US-92 W toward US-301 W/Busch Gardens. Take the ramp to Riverview, Merge onto FL-41 S/FL-43 S/US-301 S. Continue to follow FL-43 S/US-301 S - fairgrounds will be on the right).  I've gotten there in about 75 minutes from Sarasota. Drive carefully!  May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 1 - 2, 2021: It's fun for all kids and kids at heart. It's the PAL Sailor Circus Spring Show! The Greatest "little Show on Earth" celebrates the tradition of the circus arts with more than 100 young circus artists. The youth circus, with members from 8 - 18 years old, uses over 800 costumes along with music from many of your favorite animated classics. Tickets $20 - $30. America’s longest-running youth circus performing in the newly renovated Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL. (941) 355-9335

May 1 - 2, 2021: Canceled for 2021. Celebrate Mexican-American culture at the premiere of the Sarasota Cinco de Mayo Festival. Select from delectable foods cooked on site incorporating the freshest ingredients. A variety of entrees including meat dishes (e.g., sausage, chicken) seafood, and vegetarian dishes will be available. Supplement your main course with a diversity of side dishes and desserts, and either alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.Listen to the sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents in a diversity of genres. Friday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. JD Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota, FL at Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 1 - 3, 2021: It's Forks and Corks for Foodies and Wine Connoisseurs with winemaker events and upscale dinners to casual tasting and sampling events. The Grand Tasting, January 26, annually takes place at the Ringling Museum Courtyard and sells out fast each year. Various dates, events, costs, times and locations. Enjoy! April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

May 1 - 9, 2021: Canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, the Annual Sarasota Film Festival, is still one of the year's biggest events. It's 10 days of movies, celebrities and parties when Hollywood comes to Sarasota! Hollywood Stars that appeared here in 2019 were Greg Kinnear, Blythe Danner, Anne Heche,and Tyne Daily. Hollywood Stars who made appearances in 2018 included actress Virginia Madsen and actor Steve Guttenberg, who received a career achievement award from the festival. The 2017 Film Festival included Diane Lane, Rory Kennedy, and Aisha Tyler. Actors Stanley Tucci, and Rosanna Arquette, who took part in the "In Conversation With" series, also attended the 2017 festival. On the 2016 appearance agenda were actresses and actors: Sophia Loren, Olympia Dukakis, George Hamilton, Mathew Modine, and Treat Williams. Making appearances in 2015 were actresses Cloris Leachman, Jane Seymour and Blythe Danner. Making an appearance at the 2013 Film Festival was actress Mariel Hemingway. The 2012 Feature actor and special guest was Frank Langella. 2011's special guest and honoree was the legendary Christopher Plummer, who received the "Cinema Master" Award. Also receiving an award in 2012 was Oscar Award winning actress Geena Davis. 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 2, 2021: TBD for 2021. All Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Shows are currently on hold. 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. Sarasota, FL. 388-1666.

May 2, 2020: Postponed to Sept. 19, 2020. It's the 23rdyear for Corvettes on the Circle taking place on St. Armand’s Circle. This show will feature present day models back to the classics of 1953. Over 150 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 Interior, Best Engine Bay, Best Paint Finish, Best in Show and Skyway Corvette Club Favorite. Awards ceremony at 3 p.m. It's free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. St. Armand's Circle Park, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL.  May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 3 - 17, 2021: Enjoy the Bayfront Gardens at The Ringling for Acoustic Sunsets with a solo musician on Ca' d'Zan Terrace! This socially distanced event will feature live music with food and drink for purchase. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Masks are encouraged when social distancing isn't possible. Enjoy a relaxing evening of music during sunset. Sandwiches, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase on the terrace, and The Ringling Grillroom is offering other tasty items for pre-order. Please pre-order your items 24 hours in advance. For pick-up, just stop by The Ringling Grillroom in the Visitors Pavilion. Orders can be available after 4:00 pm. $20 / $18 Members. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each event. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL

May 4, 2021: The Bradenton Marauders will embark on their 12th season in franchise history. The Marauders will open their season at LECOM Park on Tuesday, May 4, kicking off a six- game series against the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (Minnesota Twins). Bradenton will follow with their first road series, a six - game set against the Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays) beginning May 11. The season will consist of 120 games, including 60 home games and 60 road games. Each Monday will be a league - wide off day, and no league playoffs will be held.  LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL   

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May 7, 2020: Canceled. 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, FL.

May 7, 2021: Canceled TFN. 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. The Midnight Mama band will fill the air with a mix of rock/soul & dance music. 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 7 - 9, 2020: Virtual only. On site events canceled. Click on link to participate. The 11th annual Harvey Milk Festival features a variety of music, art, theatre and film events over three days. The live music portion of the fest is in Downtown Sarasota at Five Points Park. Various other venues. Admission is free to JD Hamel Park music festival events on Saturday. Sarasota, FL.  

May 8 - 9, 2020: Canceled. You're invited to join the Sarasota Orchestra for a fan-friendly outdoor Pops concert at Ed Smith Stadium. The Orchestra's 7th annual concert at the ballpark will feature iconic songs of the 1970s. Enjoy classic favorites such as James Taylor’s Fire and Rain, Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide, Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend and so much more. A spectacular fireworks display closes out an evening of hits and home runs. Tickets $15 - $48. Parking $5 (benefiting All Faiths Food Bank). 8 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL.Sarasota. Enter through the Left Field Gate. 

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May 8 - 10, 2020: Canceled. It's the 4th annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival taking place in Centennial Park featuring seafood, meat and vegetarian delights prepared fresh on site by local Venice 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. Friday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Downtown Venice's Centennial Park,  200 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 9, 2020: Postponed to 2021. It's the Great Mother’s Day Race 5K Run/Walk Sarasota. This 5K race is at the number one beach in the world: Siesta Key Beach. Not only will you run next to pristine waters, you’ll get to experience the incredible white sands. It doesn’t get better than this! They offer free race pictures, dry-fit shirt, race medal, custom bib, goodie bag, awards and prizes, food and drinks, and more. Registration Prices/dates vary. Race starts at 8 a.m. at the RED lifeguard stand. Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota , FL.

May 9, 2020: A “Suncoast at Home” virtual concert fundraiser, featuring several national recording artists and special guest will benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. National recording artists performing include some of the best in country music such as Walker Hayes, Michael Ray, Hudson Moore, and Cody Webb. Erik Turner, rhythm guitarist from the classic rock band WARRANT, will also be performing along with other special guests. 8 p.m. The concert will be streamed live on suncoastcharitiesforchildren.org where listeners will be able to make online donations.

May 9 - June 14, 2020: Canceled. It's time to drop your hook, line and sinker for the 90th Annual Sarasota Tarpon Tournament! Entry fee is $125 and proceeds benefit a local charitable organization. Important Dates: The Kick-Off Celebration for the start of Tarpon Season  will be held on Wednesday, May 6th at The White Buffalo Saloon in Sarasota with registration starting at 6:00 p.m. and the party starting at 7:00 p.m. Your $150 entry into the tournament gets you food and fun and a cash bar will be available. Happy angling and may you catch your share!

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May 10, 2020: Canceled. 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 - 13, 2021: The annual Sarasota Jazz Festival usually hosts concerts around the city for a week. Some of the venues from previous years have included Phillippi Estate Park, Burns Court Cinema, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, and the Art Center Sarasota. For "Swinging Under the Stars" in 2021 the event will take place at Nathan Benderson Park and will feature among others The Manhattan Transfer, Ken Peplowski. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL. (A note from the jazz Club: "Yes, we know it might be too soon. That's why a final decision to hold the festival will not be made until March 31st. We will have everything in place and organized to start selling tickets then, but only if the virus numbers are way down and if vaccine inoculations are way up.")

May 10, 2020: Canceled. 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. Sarasota, FL. 388-1666.

May 16, 2020: Postponed. It's the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival. Everyone ages 12+ are invited to take part. Gather 24 of your friends, co-workers, church friends, family, etc. and form a team! Boats, life-vests, paddles and coaches are provided...you provide the fun! Race distances include 200m and 500m events for Sport and Community Division teams, with the addition of the ever-thrilling 2k pursuit for Sport Division teams only. Interested teams are required to sign up in advance for a fee. 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. 

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May 16, 2020: The Annual Tree Fair, sponsored by People for Trees, will have hundreds of 3-gallon native trees (4-8ft. tall) for sale for only $15 each: sweetgum, elm, bald cypress, slash pine, longleaf pine, southern red cedar, dahoon holly, pignut hickory, red maple, sycamore, sugarberry. Informational “Tree Talks” will be held throughout the morning about all of these wonderful native trees starting at 10 a.m.  There will be tree planting and tree climbing demonstrations, and you can “Ask an Arborist” your tree questions courtesy of Simply Trees. See the four stages of a butterfly and feed one right from your hand at “The Butterfly Encounter”, a screened-in exhibit, meet “Orion”, a barred owl from the Peace River Wildlife Center. Children’s activities, face painting. People for Trees is a non-profit native tree advocacy group in North Port since 1997. Volunteers and vendors needed. Contact Alice White (941) 468-2486  10 a.m. - 2 p.m. City Center Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

May 16 - 17, 2020: 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 8:30 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 16 - May 31, 2020: The Sarasota Chalk Festival opens its "3-D Illusion Museum," where you can walk in and become part of the artwork by stepping into the illusion! The museum includes over 25 illusions which were hand painted by artists from the Chalk Festival. $5 - $25. Chalk Festival 3D Illusion Museum, 1314 10th St., Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 17, 2020: Canceled. 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 2020 season! This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. Sarasota, FL. 388-1666. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 18, 2020:  CANCELED. 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. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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May 20, 2021: The Bridge Jazz Concert series is a collaborative project with the Jazz Club of Sarasota, Fogartyville/WSLR, and SAMBA, a group of area jazz enthusiasts anxious to bridge the void of excellent jazz performances created by the pandemic.The final show in the Concert series features the Synia Carroll Quartet plus Gumbi Ortiz with New Groove City. Synia Carroll is a vocalist inspired by the jazz legends of the 40s, 50s, 60s, such as, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson. Whether singing a ballad or up tempo swing number, she brings the same clear, smooth tones and excitement to the classic jazz standards. Gumbi Ortiz and New Groove City - Gumbi Ortiz is known for his exciting conga performance and his knowledge of rhythm and percussion. The band plays Cuban salsa music. The live-streamed event will allow for a very limited live audience with safe and responsible social distancing. Tickets: $10 for members of the Jazz Club, Fogartyville and WSLR and $15 for non-members and $25 for those hosting a watch party! Click here for tickets. Concert live streams from Fogartyville Art and Media Center, Sarasota from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Online access from 7:00 pm. Information: (941)284-2176. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

May 22, 2020: Grab your cocktail shakers and your laptop - Kettle of Fish is bringing a virtual concert to a screen near you. Chef Greg Ische will also be sharing some fabulous Happy Hour bites and Christian Hershman from The Overton will shake up a few different cocktails you can make at home and enjoy during the concert. Free. 6 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Facebook Page.

May 22, 2020: Canceled. It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert featuring Blues to Backstreet Duo at the Gazebo in Centennial Park. Bring your beach towel or blanket to sit on. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Venice Avenue, Downtown, Venice, FL.

May 22 - 24, 2020: Canceled. Check out and enjoy the 4th Annual St. Armand’s Seafood & Music Festival. There will be delectable seafood dishes and entertainment by top local and regional musical performers. Foods will be accompanied by a delicious assortment of side dishes, desserts and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. While enjoying your meal and drinks, be caressed by the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents. Friday evening enjoy The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell (Americana, rock, variety), West Coast Steel Pan Band (jazz, Caribbean) and Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (soul, rock). Return Saturday for more great food and relaxation with performances by: North Jetty Allstars (classic & yacht rock, bluegrass, blues), Big Night Out (Latin funk, Motown), Kettle of Fish (rock, blues, reggae), JP Soars & The Red Hots (soul, blues) and Fleetwood Max (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band). Return Sunday to enjoy performances by: Ocean’s Eleven Big Band (big band, jazz, swing), Dr. Dave Band (classic rock, country, bluegrass) and The Verge (classic rock 70’s to present). The final ‘seasoning’ will be a walk through a marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products. Free admission. Friday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  St. Armands Circle Park, St. Armands Key, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 23, 2020: Canceled. Celebrate the suds! The Venice Brew Bash 8 returns to Centennial Park 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 plus live entertainment. Must be 21 and older to attend. Tickets: $35 in advance, $45 day of show at the gate. $5 for designated drivers and all other visitors. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Avenue.,Venice, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 23, 2020: Canceled. Will return May 29, 2021. The Venice Symphony will present its second annual Patriotic Pops Concert, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Featuring a rousing concert of American standards, a salute to veterans, film music and much more. Tickets from $15. Students $10 in certain sections. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. CoolToday Park, 18800 South West Villages Parkway, Venice, FL.

May 24, 2020:  Canceled. Enjoy the season finale of the Selby Garden Music Series with live music by local favorite, Ari and the Alibis returns to the Garden Music Series again this spring. Infusing, Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues, Soul and Rock, Ari and the Alibis take the audience on a musical journey where anything is possible. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Limited seating provided on first come, first served basis. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including a cash bar of beer, wine, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. B’s Cool Treat’s will have their cart on-site with a wide assortment of frozen treats. No outside food/beverages allowed. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. FREE with General Admission. Adults: $25. Members free, members guests $10. Ages 4 - 17: $15. 3 & under are free. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-366-5731.

May 25, 2020: Hear personal Gold Star stories about fallen heroes. Memorial Day at the National Cemetery will be held only virtually and honor America's fallen military members in remembrance of their ultimate sacrifice. With special guests and dignitaries, the ceremonies will be broadcast live here on their Facebook Page at 10 a.m. from Sarasota National Cemetery Patriot's Plaza, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL. (There will be a short ceremony at 8 a.m. for viewers to see the flag being lowered to half-mast and hear Taps sounded.)

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May 25, 2020: Hosted by Manasota Veterans and Manatee County Veterans’ Council, there will be a joint county ceremony for Memorial Day due to COVID-19 safety concerns, they will conduct this ceremony via Facebook Live. This event is expected to last approximately 30 minutes which will include  the  Invocation, National Anthem, Keynote Speaker (Retired  Navy Captain, Michael Hartford), Taps, laying of Wreath, closing remarks and benediction. Master of Ceremonies will be Edwin Robinson, Chairman, Manatee County Veterans’ Council. 9 a.m. The Manatee County Veterans’ Council (MCVC) May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 25, 2020: Canceled. Sarasota Memorial Day Parade: The Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee encourages all Sarasota residents to line Main Street as we recognize the sacrifices, courage, and patriotism demonstrated by Veterans. The parade will honor our fallen brothers and sisters who stood for the United States of America and pledged their lives for our freedom. The parade will consist of Color Guards, local Veteran's organizations, Civic Clubs and others. The Sarasota Military Academy, Sarasota High School, Booker High School, and Riverview High School, Venice Middle School Young Marines will March bands and JROTC units. The parade starts at exactly 10 a.m. at Osprey and Main and conclude at the West end of Main Street. The Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Rev. J.D. Hamel Park near the end of Main Street at 10:45 a.m., downtown Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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May 25, 2020: Canceled. The Annual Venice Area Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Patriots Park. American Legion NO-VEL Post will once again be the host. This will be a joint service with all of the Venice Area Veterans organizations (VFW, DAV, Marine Corps League) participating. Each organization and their auxiliaries will be laying wreaths. Guests presenters include Mayor John Holic and County Commissioner Charles Hines. Music will be provide by the Suncoast wind ensemble. Guests are asked to bring a chair. Ceremonies begin at 10:00 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 25, 2020: Canceled. Snook Haven along with the Suncoast Blues Society present the 9th Annual Myakka River Bues Festival on Memorial Day. This year's lineup includes Randy Stephens and the Groove, Lauren Mitchel, Artur Menezez, L.C. Williams and the Driver, Ruth Wyand and the Tribe of One and Tommy Z! 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: $15 pre-sale and $25 at the door. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to Venice Challenger Baseball and Friends of Sarasota County Parks. 11a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Snook Haven Restaurant on the Myakka River. 5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL  Click here for tickets and more info. 

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May 25, 2020: It's a special "A Tribute to Heroes" Virtual Memorial Day Parade on the Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Facebook Page from 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. For 2020 this virtual parade replaces the annual live parade which features Local bands and choir groups, drum lines and dance teams, floats, kids decorated bike contest, food, drinks and live entertainment on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

May 25, 2020: Canceled. You're invited to enjoy the Annual  Memorial Day Concert in Philippi Estate Park at the gazebo featuring the Sarasota Concert Band from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Lawn chairs welcome. Adults $5, 12 and under are free. Food and drink vendors will be available. More info at: 941-364-2263. Philippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trl, 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

May 30, 2020: Postponed to September 12, 2020. Get in gear for the SUP & Run, 5K. You may choose to run, paddle or both in the 5K Run or walk, 5K SUP and 5K SUP. & 5K Run. Shirts, Custom Finisher Medals & Challenge Coins, Great Prizes and a SPECTACULAR Post Race Party & Food, 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. Benefits Operation Second Chance. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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May 30, 2020: Canceled. 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 pizza, hot dogs and drinks. Plus you can see their pirate ship up close and hop aboard. Free. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. City Pier Park, 101 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria Island, FL. More info: 941-249-0782.

May 30 - 31, 2020: You're invited to Repticon Sarasota 2020, 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: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (VIP Entry at 9:00 am). Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (No VIP Early Entry). Various ticket prices on line. Online ticket sales only. Tickets not sold at the door. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.Subject to change due to coronavirus conditions at the time.

May 31 - June 21, 2020: Canceled. The Sarasota Orchestra presents The Sarasota Music Festival. From Artist Showcases, Friday Festivals, Saturday Symphonies, Rising Stars, Special Recitals, and more, there's lots to take in. For three weeks you can enjoy the best up and coming young musicians from around the world along with chamber music, master classes and concerts. Enjoy classical music at its finest. Various venues, dates and times.

May 31, 2019: Canceled for 2020. It's the 20th 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, $150.00 for Individual Player $25.00 for Lunch Only. 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 31, 2020: Missing Summer Circus? Catch One World Circus featuring a cast of international Circus Artists. This international live circus event supports the Circus Arts worldwide, presented by the Circus Arts Conservatory. One World Circus is ready to bring chills, thrills and laughs aplenty to audiences during its first ever LIVE virtual presentation. 1 hour live stream. 2 p.m.May Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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"John, your site is excellent! I am coming home from Afghanistan in 2 weeks and discussed with my wife where to go when I get home. We looked from Winter Haven to Tarpon Springs. This site made the choice for us. You have all the information we need in a perfect format. You have set the bar very high." -- David D, Florida

"Just stumbled upon your website and thought I'd send you a shout out. The site is marvelous. My girlfriend and I are paying a visit to Sarasota. It's one thing to hear good things on the Travel Channel; it's another to hear from a real person with real opinions. Thanks for all the info!" -- Brad, Michigan, US

"I just wanted to let you know I thoroughly enjoy reading what you have to say about Sarasota and the fun things to do here. I just recently moved to Sarasota and I am still looking for things to do. I find your site to be very helpful. Thank you for all the work you put into this site, for all of us to enjoy." -- Donna P, Sarasota, FL

"Wow! What a great way to represent our community! I love your site! I can look on here and see what's happening! And we know, there is ALWAYS something happening in Sarasota!" -- Heather P, Sarasota, FL

"Very glad I found your website.....this is a great website...will use it often & let friends know about it."  -- Jayne S, Bradenton, FL

"As a visitor to Siesta Key from the UK, I would just like to say what an excellent source of information your website is. Thanks & please keep it up" -- Chris M, United Kingdom

"Thank you for a great website. Keep up the great work!" -- Carole W, Newburgh, NY

"Cool site" -- Pat W, Massachusetts