2018 November Sarasota
Events Calendar

The November Sarasota Events Calendar - the best fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota, Florida and around the sun coast.



November 1, 2019: The 6th Annual Sarasota Kiwanis Club Veterans' Day Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Sgt. Major Jocey Henderson (Ret.), who served over 30 years.The breakfast benefits Green Path Veterans Farms. 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Individual tickets: $25 per person. Question and Reservations: 941-925-2970 or SRQKiwanisVeteransDayBreakfast@gmail.com. Event takes place at Carlisle Inn Sarasota, 3727 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL.

November 1, 2019: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with the Bob Miner Quartet. Saxophonist Bob Miner and his quartet will perform jazz standards and music from the American songbook. Miner performs with his group “All that Jazz” in the Sarasota/Venice area. Also performs with big bands including the Sarasota Jazz Project and Oceans 11. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552. 

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November 1, 2019: Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is hosting another food truck rally at North Jetty Park! Come out for this free family friendly event. They'll have fun yard games, music and of course plenty of food trucks. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. North Jetty Park, 1000 S. Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL. 941-861-5000. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 1, 2019: Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each month. Live music, beer, wine and food available. The Eric Von Band will fill the air with Classic and Pop-Country music and the deejay will keep you dancing with today’s Top 100 hits; the event will benefit the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund. 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. Free. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75.

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November 1, 2019: You're invited to the Gazebo Starlight Cinema's Movie Night. Free and Family friendly, the film The Peanuts Movie. 6:30 p.m - 9:30 p.m.. Free. Bring your blankets or chairs! Centennial Park, Venice Avenue, Downtown Venice, FL.

November 1 - 3, 2019: Take a trip down to Charlotte County for the Florida International Air Show at the Punta Gorda Airport.  From static displays of aircraft to flying high overhead, the show will also feature a variety of performers. Various ticket prices and options. Friday: gates open at 5 p.m. with performances from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and a fireworks finale. Saturday & Sunday: gates open at 9 a.m. with noon shows. Various ticket prices and packages. Punta Gorda Airport, Challenger Blvd, Punta Gorda, FL.

November 2, 2019:  It's the annual "Sandblast" day-long Sand-sculpting competition taking place along the shores of Manatee Public Beach in support of Keep Manatee Beautiful, a group dedicated to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement throughout the county. In addition to showcasing the local talent, Sandblast also offers free clinics taught by master sculptors Learn the “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” of sand sculpture at free clinics taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, while the competition is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Great Family Fun In the Sun. Manatee Public Beach, Lifeguard Tower, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island. Click here for more info.

November 2, 2019: The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast's
Wild About Nature Festival
, a fall family festival which will feature a wide variety of activities including: animal interactions, a discovery zone, face painting, a chance to try kayaking, hula-hoop lessons, crafts, games and more plus live music and food trucks. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. It takes place on Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Ave, Osprey, FL. More info: 941-918-2100.

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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November 2, 2019: It's the 18th Annual Ferrari's at St. Armand's Circle. Over 75 Ferrari owners will be showing off their rides and competing for the top prize trophy, "Best of Show." Free admission. The show revs up from 10 a.m. - 4  p.m. in circle park. St. Armand's Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 2, 2019: The 20th Annual Original Mullet Smoke-Off will feature tasty smoked mullet, the infamous mullet toss, mullet eating contest, live music, cast net toss, arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine along with smoked mullet, smoked mullet dip and mullet cakes. There's also barbecue and hot dogs. Fun for the whole family. Free admission. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia Island, North Manatee County, FL.

November 2, 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. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

November 2 - 3, 2018:  It's the annual Dia de los Muertos / Festival of the Skeletons! This year marks the 14th festival and they are planning a party for the whole community! Village artists and residents are working together with the Artists Guild of Manatee to deliver the absolute best local art, food & music.They promise live music on multiple stages; shrines, face painting, sugar skull art, and fire breathing! The event promises to deliver a feast for all  senses together with a celebration to honor your loved ones done right. Friday 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Village of the Arts, 1017 12th Ave W, Bradenton, FL. More info here.

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Venice Art Fest in Venice Florida

November 2 - 3, 2019: It's the 32nd Annual Venice Art Fest, originally begun in 1987. Another of the numerous open air festivals on my November Sarasota Events Calendar, this outdoor event is held in Historic Downtown Venice, on west Venice Avenue. With free admission for all, the Fest takes place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day and features the works of over 150 artists. The weather in Sarasota and along the gulf coast is usually perfect for the Venice Art Fest. West Venice Avenue, Downtown Venice, FL.November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 2 - 3, 2019: The FSDA Sarasota Stamp Show will feature not only stamps for collectors but also covers, postcards, coins & paper money and supplies plus buying, selling and appraising. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Hosted by Sarasota Philatelic Club & Venice Stamp Club. Free admission and parking. Knights of Columbus Hall, 4880 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL.

November 3, 2019: It's the 45th annual Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club’s premier southwest Florida event: Gulf Coast Cycle-fest! Join with other cyclists from around the country as they enjoy new routes through Manatee County. Not a race, it's designed to be a whole family event with routes of 100, 73, 58, 34, or 26.2 and 16 mile distances. Number of riders is limited. Breakfast and lunch provided. Get in early. Event time: 6:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Fees: Register by September 30 for $45.00. Event location: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

November 3, 2018: Enjoy the atmosphere of the 16th Annual Hispanic Fall Festival which will feature live entertainment, music, dance, food, culture, a children's playground and fun.10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free. Tickets available to buy for food purchases. St. Jude Catholic Church, 3930 17th Street, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-955-3934. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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November 3, 2019: The first concert of the season by the Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band. Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability. Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway. 3131 61st Street, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 3, 2019: It got too hot in August  so they’ve moved Jerry Day to November 3. There's a party going on called Very Merry Jerry Day, the 11th annual, in fact, to celebrate and remember the late Jerry Garcia of the band The Grateful Dead. Community radio station WSLR sponsors the annual commemoration with live bands performing. Times and admission TBA. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center Patio, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 4, 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. This is the last show of the fall season. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) More info at: 388-1666. 

November 4, 2019: There will be a concert performance by the Venice Concert Band, "America the Beautiful." 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of  Venice High School, 1 Indian Ave, Venice. More info at 941-480-1704. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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November 7, 2019: Get groovin' in the courtyard at Ringling Underground where you can enjoy live music in the Museum of Art Courtyard. An eclectic mix of local and regional live music is featured in the series. Plus check out up and coming artists with select galleries open until 11 p.m. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with "Art After Five" admission. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL. 941-360-7399.

November 8, 2019: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with Melanie Massell & Company. Melanie delights and entertains audiences with her charm and charisma. An Atlanta native, she has been a featured performer at the Atlanta Jazz Festival and was nominated as “Outstanding Jazz Artist” at the Coca-Cola Music Awards. She relocated to the Sarasota/Bradenton area in 2007 and has been performing in venues throughout the area with her vast repertoire of jazz, blues, r&b, soul, pop and Latin music. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552. 

November 8, 2019: It's another in their Free Music Friday Night concerts in Centennial Park. Move and groove to the sounds of Swinging Bridge. Bring a blanket or folding chair to sit on.  7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Centennial Park gazebo. Downtown Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 8 - 9, 2018: Grab a bite and take part in Manatee County's "Longest Lunch Table" to raise funds for the Food Bank of Manatee at their "Empty Bowls" event. Sample soups and chowders made by more than a dozen restaurants and take home an empty ceramic bowl made by a local artist. Admission: $30, VIP tickets available for $50. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. both days. Thursday at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, FL. Friday at Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. 941-747-4655.

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November 8 - 10, 2019: Check out the Sarasota Boat Expo with new boats, fishing gear and more including a fishing school. Fri & Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $5, 12 & under free. Free parking. Robarts Arena, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.

November 9, 2019: It's the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity 25th Anniversary Event. Live music, games, food and refreshments, vendors and informational displays will help citizens become more aware of and celebrate the work of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.  8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion area, downtown Bradenton, FL.

November 9, 2019:  You're invited to enjoy The Taste of Mixon's as Mixon Fruit Farms kicks off its 81st season. This family friendly day will include tasty samples which will range from orange salsa to kettle corn to butter-finger milkshakes, Mixon's Select Wine and more. Check out Mixon's Orange Blossom Express. Prizes and more. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission. Mixon's Groveside Market, 2525 27th St E., Bradenton, FL.

November 9, 2019: Enjoy the 18th Annual Suncoast Food & Wine Festival featuring unlimited sampling of fare from dozens of Suncoast Restaurants. Also enjoy wines and craft beers with live entertainment. There will also be cooking demonstrations and a grand prize drawing at the end of the event. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free parking. Rain or shine. Sarasota Polo Grounds at Lakewood Ranch. Tickets in advance only. $75 - $150 per person, VIP ticket  gets you in an hour earlier with special food and drink. All proceeds donated by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch to charities. Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota



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November 9, 2019: Enjoy yourself with your family at the Harvest Fall Festival complete with free food, bounce houses, professional and Family Friendly entertainment, face painting, a Festival Marketplace with vendors, local non-profits and much much more. Free admission. 3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Harvest Church, 3650 17th St.,Sarasota FL.

November 9, 2019: It's the Veterans Day Block Party with Live music, food and fun. The celebration will take place along May Lane, kicking off at 4:00 with a “Street Yoga” class and closing around 9:00 with performances by Dan Johnson Music, Ari and the Alibis, Kara & Kaleidogroove and Enrique Simone Casados. Great food and beverages provided by  Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Tsunami Sushi, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, JDubs, including other local delights and cocktails. There will be a raffle and door prizes throughout the evening, along unique presenters including a special appearance by Jerry Springer and other celebrity ambassadors. Free admission. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. On May Lane alongside City Side Apartments, 700 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL.

November 9, 2019: It's A Musical Event in the Key of Sea: the 7th annual Symphony on the Sand will return to Coquina Beach and provide the opportunity for you to enjoy the award-winning Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (a 45-piece orchestra) during sunset on Anna Maria Island as well as wine, beer and the best delicacies from the top area restaurants. The event features a full orchestra, chorus and professional soloists. Several options available with tickets from $20 - $125. 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Coquina Beach Park, Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, FL. 540-325-3268.

November 9, 2019: The Manatee Community Concert Band opens their 2019-2020 season with their Fall Concert. All concerts are free and open to the public. 7 p.m. Neel Performing Arts Center | SCF, 5820 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL. Advance Purchase Tickets Recommended. Call 941-753-5634.

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November 9 - 10, 2019: For some old time fun check out the annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. There's jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides and games along with food and drinks from turkey legs to hearty ales. There's also Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths plus 11 stages holding over 75 shows daily! Single day tickets: Adults $18.95 Student/Senior/Military $16.95 Children 5-12 $9.95 and 4 and under free. Other ticket options and prices available. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL.

St Armands Art Festival

November 9 - 10, 2019: It's the 31st Annual St. Armand's Circle Fall Art Festival around Circle Park. Usually held under sunny skies, with warm temperatures, this outdoor festival on my Sarasota Calendar of Events is attended by thousands of art lovers who come to see and buy the works of artists from around the nation. Admission is free, as is parking. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 9 - 10, 2019: It's time to "get crackin" at the 8th Annual Stone Crab & Music Festival in the fishing village of Cortez, along Sarasota Bay. Two days of food, drinks, live music, beer tent, a kids zone plus fresh stone crabs. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days. Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar, 4628 119th St W., Cortez, FL. Marker 49 by boat. 941-798-2035. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 9 - 18, 2018: It's the Englewood Beach Waterfest, Englewood's version of the Sarasota Offshore Grand Prix Super Boat Racing Fest.  Numerous events include: Paddlefest, Block Party, The Family Conservation Center, OPA/APBA Offshore World Championship. On the racing card are multiple classes of high speed offshore racing boats, vying for awards, off Engelwood Beach. A Race Boat block party takes place Friday evening, Nov. 16 starting at 5 p.m. on Dearborn Street with the street lined with race boats and In the park there will be music, food and drinks along with vendors. Free admission to the block party. Racing is both Saturday and Sunday and awards ceremonies after the races at 7 p.m. in the Race Village. Events are at: Dearborn Street, Race Village, Englewood Beach, Manasota Key, FL 

November, 10 2019: All Faiths Food Bank’s popular Bowls of Hope benefit, which will be held at Ed Smith Stadium. Each year more than 1,500 guests attend the family-friendly event where 40 of the community’s finest restaurants and caterers serve delicious soups, breads, desserts, and more. Guests select beautiful, handcrafted bowls to keep -- all donated by local potters, artists, and students -- while enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL. 

November 10, 2019: Check out the 4th Annual Porchfest music fest with numerous different acts playing on 20 different porches! It's a grassroots community music fest where front porches become stages. Featuring a variety of music along with food and beverage vendors. In 2018 there were 60 bands playing on 30 porches. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. Free admission. 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Arlington Park Neighborhood, Sarasota, FL. (East or Rt 41 to S. Tuttle and from Webber Street north to Bahai Vista Street). 

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Sarasota Veterans Day Events

November 11, 2019: There is a Veterans' Day Observance and Ceremony at Patriot's Park in Venice: Venetia Bay Boulevard just off Rt. 41 south of Roberts Bay on the east side of Rt 41 (just north of the Legacy Trail Bridge over Rt. 41 in Venice), 800 Venetia Bay Blvd. Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. You are welcome to bring chairs. Sponsored this year by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post  8118. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 11, 2018: The Manatee County Veterans Council together with the City of Palmetto will be hosting the Veteran's Day Parade in Palmetto. The parade will begin immediately following the 11 a.m. official opening of Veteran's Day at Sutton Park, at approximately 11:40 a.m. The parade will form at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, proceed south on 11th Ave and end at Sutton/Lamb Parks. Post ceremony and parade, food & beverage trucks will be at Sutton Park. This is a family event, so bring the entire family. Live music begins around 12:30 p.m. Palmetto, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 11, 2019: You can salute local vets during the Sarasota Veterans' Day Parade. The Parade, hosted by the City of Sarasota in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will begin at 10 a.m. at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and will end at approximately 11 a.m. at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at the corner of Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue where a ceremony will be held.  All local high schools and Veterans groups will participate in the parade along with various patriotic organizations including the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAV, POW Assiciation, Anerican Legion, POW Association, Vet Center, Vets on bikes, Red Cross, Sarasota Fire Department, Sarasota Sheriff Department, Sarasota Police Department, VFW, Goodwill, DAV, Boy and Girl Scouts, EMS, Red Cross, MOA group, WWII female Veterans, Veterans for Common Sense.  November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 11, 2018: Celebrate Mass at Sarasota National Cemetery to recognize the sacrifices of those who served; to honor them, and to pray for the repose of their eternal souls – as well as for the intentions of the living. There will be a program prior to mass. The event will be held in the Amphitheater, located in Patriot Plaza of the National Cemetery, beginning at 2:30 p.m., with Mass starting promptly at 3:00 p.m. Active military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniform. There will be ample free seating and parking. Sunscreen and hats recommended. Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Road), Sarasota, FL. (five miles east of I-75). November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 12, 2018: The Veteran's Day Parade on Anna Maria Island starts at 1 p.m. from City Hall and will go to the City Pier Park. Honor guards, high school marching band, the Privateers, and more. Veterans participating in the parade may either walk or ride the parade route. Application deadline: November 5, 2018. Any individuals or businesses wishing to join the parade may call City Hall at 941-708-6130, ext 121. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Anna Maria Island, FL.

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November 11, 2018: It's the Waves of Hope annual Music Festival Fundraiser! There will be Live Bands, DJs, Raffles, Auctions, 50/50, Local Vendors, Live Art, Photo Booth and more including The fabulous and hilarious Miss Beneva Fruitville, who will be announcing raffle and auction winners at 6pm! All proceeds will go towards Waves of Hope, a healing retreat for grieving parents. Waves of Hope is a nonprofit program based out of Sarasota that helps facilitate all expense paid retreats to Vida Asana School of Yoga and Mindfulness, for parents nation wide, that have endured the loss of a child. 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave. Sarasota, FL.

November 14, 2019: Enjoy a 90 minute concert featuring the Riverview Kilties and their Fall Concert. 7 p.m. $5 at the door. Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, One Ram Way, Sarasota. 539-5383.

November 15, 2019: This year’s theme is "Secret Gardens" at Historic Spanish Point’s Party at the Point annual event. Live music plus dining, dancing and a silent auction, all under the stars. Attendees are encouraged to dress for an evening garden party (relaxed, yet sophisticated!). 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. White Cottage Lawn, Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL.

Siesta Key Crystal Master Sand Sculpting Competition

November 15 - 18, 2019: Come out and enjoy the 10th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Master Sand Sculptors from across the U.S. will compete in paired teams for Thousands in prize money. Other events connected to the competition will take place, as well. Those activities, including live music and food and retail vendors in a "vendor village" setting are also a part of the festival. Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Monday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Various on line discount available with various ticket packages including reserved private parking. You can purchase daily admission upon arrival to the event for $10 per day or a 4 day pass. More options on line for advance purchase.

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November 15 - 16, 2019: Celebrating its 23rd Anniversary, the Giving Hunger the Blues Music Festival will take place at the Sarasota Polo Grounds and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.There will be 15 food and beverage vendors on-site for the festival. All proceeds benefit the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Live music with performances by local, regional and national acts. Friday, November 15: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free. Saturday, November 16: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. General admission $10 in advance and $20 at the gate. VIP Tickets $65 (includes Sonny’s Barbeque dinner, VIP seating, VIP parking, and 3 adult beverages). Children 12 and under Free. Free Parking. This is a RAIN or SHINE event! Sarasota Polo Grounds, 8201 Polo Trail, Sarasota, FL

November 15 - 17, 2018: You're invited to enjoy the 25th Annual Christmas in Pinecraft Arts & Crafts Festival with all local and USA made gifts from over 40 area artists. Vendors feature pottery, jewelry, beautiful handmade wood bowls, fiber art, hand crafted note cards, crochet items, wreaths, and much more. Many items made by local Mennonite and Amish community members. Gourmet popcorn and kettle korn and other from food trucks. Hand quilting by local Amish ladies.  Free admission. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Beneva Marketplace Shopping Center, corner of Beneva Road and Bahia Vista, Sarasota, FL.

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November 15 - 18, 2019: The theme of the 2019 festival is: 'Garden of Wonders' - "A tribute to the marvels of the natural world and the human imagination." Hundreds of chalk artists will create artwork using the pavement of the Venice Airport Festival Grounds as their canvas and the grounds will also serve as the main parking area and site of the 4 day event. Last year over 500 national and international artists participated in the Sarasota Chalk Festival. The fest features street painting; 3D Pavement Art, Traditional Pavement Art as well as other events and attractions connected to the fest! Click here for more.

November 16, 2019: The Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch is hosting its 19th Annual Fall Art Show and Sale. This art and gifts show features original works of art by local artists and artisans in various mediums, including watercolor, jewelry, pottery, ceramic, wood turning, pastels, acrylics, mixed media and more. Free admission. 9 a.m. -  4 p.m. Free Admission & Parking. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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November 16, 2019: Sarasota County is hosting its 2nd annual "America Recycles Day." The event will feature: a Student Recycled Art Contest, Dumpster painting, Composting demonstrations, Fun games and activities for all ages, Garbage and Recycling Trucks on display, Food Trucks (food available for purchase) Local vendors and services. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Chemical Collection Center, 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL.

November 16, 2018: Get in the groove! Kicking off The 6th Annual Venice Blues Festival it's The Sunset Blues Crawl featuring Henry Lawrence & The Steve Arvey Band, Alex Lopez Express and Victoria Gintry & Ladyhawke. Many food vendors, beer and wine and many other local vendors. $5 donation for Habitat for Humanity of South Sarasota. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Dr S, Venice, FL.

November 16 - 17, 2019: The Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association presents the 7th Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Arts Festival featuring original paintings, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking and more. Free admission. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Gulf Stream between Cocoanut Ave. and McAnsh Square. Downtown Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 16 - 17, 2019: It's the 21st Annual Canine Christmas Festival and Adopt-A-Thon 2019! Canine Christmas is a fun festival for dog owners & their dogs and those looking to adopt a dog. Bring your well-behaved dogs on a leash and enjoy the festival events (dogs must have current inoculation tag). The festival features a parade of adoptable pets, doggie fashion show, games, contests, canine i.q. test, pet pictures with Santa, pet vendors and much more including Food Trucks with plenty of great food and drinks and fun for everyone. Admission is free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bishop SPCA Animal Shelter grounds 5718 21st Ave. West, Bradenton, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota




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November 16 - 17, 2019: For some old time fun check out the annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. There's jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides and games along with food and drinks from turkey legs to hearty ales. There's also Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths plus 11 stages holding over 75 shows daily! Single day tickets: Adults $18.95 Student/Senior/Military $16.95 Children 5-12 $9.95 and 4 and under free. Other ticket options and prices available. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL.

November 17, 2018: The 6th Annual Venice Blues Festival. This year's fest will feature Little Jake & The Soul Searchers, Joel Dasilva, Meg Williams, Super Chikan, Travis Bowlin, Jerry Marotta & Rock City Road. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tickets: $30 on line, $35 at the gate. (There's an After Party Jam from 8 p.m - 12 a.m. at the Hotel Venezia on the 41 Bypass in Venice.) The 6th Annual Venice Blues Blues Fest takes place at Maxine Barritt Park, 1800 Harbor Dr S, Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 17, 2019: Enjoy a concert by the Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band. Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability. Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway. 3131 61st Street, Sarasota. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 18, 2019: 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. Tickets to the general public go on sale September 27, 2019. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. 

November Sarasota Events

November 21, 2019: You're invited to the 19th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon benefiting The Food Bank of Manatee. Enjoy this symbolic meal of soup and bread as we unite to envision hunger-relief in Manatee County. General admission $30, VIP ticket with early entry for bowl selection $50. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL.

November 22, 2019: It's another in their Free Music Friday Night concerts in Centennial Park. Move and groove to the sounds of Larry Yunker & Michael Dempsey. Bring a blanket or folding chair to sit on.  7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free. Centennial Park gazebo. Downtown Venice, FL.
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November 22, 2019: You're invited to the 19th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon benefiting The Food Bank of Manatee. Enjoy this symbolic meal of soup and bread as we unite to envision hunger-relief in Manatee County. General admission $30, VIP ticket with early entry for bowl selection $50. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 8131 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

November 22, 2019: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two"with the Steve Martinucci Quartet. Steve Martinucci on guitar. Graduated UMASS and has music degree from William Paterson University for Jazz Guitar Performance and Five Towns College for recording engineer.  Martinucci studied under renowned jazz guitarist, Gene Bertoncini, Vic Juris and others. He has performed with Jon Faddis, Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid, Dick Hyman and others. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.   November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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November 23, 2019: It's the LWR running Club's Turkey Trot 5K with turkey-themed volunteers, turkey water stop and turkey music. Great Awards plus all participants receive a moisture-wicking Leslie Jordan shirt including children. All participants will finish to a great after party with food and beverages supplied from local restaurants and participants. Sign up/registration cost varies. 5K Race Start 8 a.m.,Kids Turkey Dashes 7:15 a.m. Other various run/walk start times. 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mainstreet Lakewood Ranch, FL.

November 23, 2019: It's Mixon’s Harvest Festival Craft Fair. A fun day of entertainment and shopping. Unique gift ideas for the holiday along with antiques, food items and more. Crafters and vendors from all over the U.S. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St., E., Bradenton, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 23, 2019: Check out Sarasota’s Solutionary Health Festival. It is coming back to the beautiful Oscar Scherer State Park to celebrate healthy, compassionate, and eco-friendly living! 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free event. 1843 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL.

November 23 - 24, 2019: For some old time fun check out the annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. There's jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides and games along with food and drinks from turkey legs to hearty ales. There's also Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths plus 11 stages holding over 75 shows daily! Single day tickets: Adults $18.95 Student/Senior/Military $16.95 Children 5-12 $9.95 and 4 and under free. Other ticket options and prices available. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL.




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November 24, 2019: Giddy up, giddy up! It's the 28th Annual Ponies under the Palms benefit car show featuring Mustangs and other Ford cars. (For auto exhibitors: $25 to register your car for the show, $30 day of show. Check in is 8:00 a.m. Award ceremony is at 3:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs and Take Stock in Children. Free admission. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Along Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. Sponsored by the Mustang Club of West Central Florida. More info at 921-944-8137.

November 24, 2018: It's The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bradenton Beach. The tree is expected to be placed in or near the large planter box in the roundabout at the east end of Bridge Street, near the pier. About 5:45 p.m. Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.

November 27, 2019: There's a Thanksgiving Eve Party: "Main Street Live" and it takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 6 p.m. - 12  a.m. Live music throughout the evening. The event also features food & drink vendors and arts and crafts. Free admission. Old Main Street, Bradenton, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

November 27, 2019: It's the Siesta Key "Turkey Trott" Pub Crawl hosted by the Block that Roxx in Siesta Key Village from 9 p.m. - close (SKOB, Gilligan's Island Bar, Daiquiri Deck and 3.14 Pi.). Additional details pending. Siesta Key Village, Siesta Key, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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November 28, 2019: It's race number 3 of the 3 Holiday Race Challenge, a three-event running challenge that kicked off St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Nathan Benderson Park. The challenge concludes with the second annual Florida Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The race is a part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many area families, drawing more than 2,300 participants in 2018. Runners consider NBP an ideal location for running events because of its generally flat courses and near unlimited visibility of the entire race course from anywhere. The challenge will include running on the “floating final mile,” across the 12-foot-wide floating wave attenuator that runs north-and-south on the NBP lake inaugural event. Register online and at any area Fit2Run store. In addition to the challenge medal, participants who register for all three races by March 16, 2019 will get an exclusive long-sleeve tri-blend T-shirt to commemorate the inaugural Holiday Challenge. Proceeds from all three races benefit SANCA, which manages NBP. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.

November 28, 2019: It's the 10th Annual Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot 5K Run or Fun Walk across the Ringling Bridge. Organized by ALSO Youth, the race begins at the Hyatt and crosses the Ringling Bridge. Along with the run there's  GREAT vendors and a YUMMY breakfast plus Turkey Trot shirt, snacks, and a variety of beer, wine, and refreshments. $20 - $35 registration fee. 7:30 a.m. Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL.

November 29, 2019: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two"with Joe Bruno's Hot Dogs. Joe Bruno formed his Dixieland Hot Dog in the early 90's playing all your toe-tapping and foot stomping favorites and the swinging sounds of  New Orleans jazz. Joe Bruno, Sr on trumpet, Joe Jr, bass; Nick Bruno, drums and others. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552. 

November 29, 2018: It's the annual downtown Sarasota Christmas Tree lighting ceremony! Lights, music, carolers, refreshments. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tree lighting at 7 p.m. Five Points Park, N Pineapple Ave, downtown Sarasota, FL.

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November 30, 2019: It's the Fall Family Fishing Tournament at the Venice Fishing Pier for ages 5 - 17. Registration is from  7 a.m. - 8 a.m. at Papa's Bait Shop on the pier. Check in on arrival. Fishing starts at 8 a.m. Awards: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sign up at Papa's Bait Shop on the pier or via email and include child's name and age: venicefishingpier1600@gmail.com. All children must be accompanied by an adult to enter. Bring an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots or a $5 donation for the Veteran's Fund. Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, FL.

November 30, 2019: It's the 35th annual Light Up Siesta Key and Village Holiday Parade. Enjoy the Christmas Tree at the Village Gazebo, Santa's arrival, live music, and other entertainment. The Village Holiday Parade will begin at Avenida del Mare and Beach Road at 5:30 p.m. traveling north on Beach Road onto Ocean Blvd. into the Village. Many businesses and local groups will be participating in the parade and the welcoming of Santa to Siesta Village. Free public transportation is provided courtesy of the Siesta Breeze Trolley from Turtle Beach to the Village (with multiple stops along the route, including Siesta Beach). Shops and restaurants will offer refreshments and special holiday bargains from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. There will also be live music at various venues, plus carolers. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Siesta Key Village, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 30, 2019: It's the kickoff to the Sun Coast's holiday season with The Venice Holiday Parade which traditionally takes place the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving. The 44 year tradition continues when the annual Parade steps off at 7 p.m. on the streets of Historic Downtown Venice. With over 3 thousand participants representing about 120 local companies, schools, churches, social organizations and music groups, this is one of the biggest Holiday Parades along the Suncoast. The Venice Holiday Parade is expected to draw 40,000 viewers. Pre-parade entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. in the downtown Venice area at Harbor Drive and Venice Avenue. The parade will return to its traditional route in 2019. There will be road closures in the area and bleachers, couches, rope, stakes, tarps or mats are not allowed and will be removed. Chairs placed prior to 6 p.m. November 27 will also be removed. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 30 - December 1, 2019: For some old time fun check out the annual Sarasota Medieval Fair. There's jousting, human combat chess tournaments, rides and games along with food and drinks from turkey legs to hearty ales. There's also Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths plus 11 stages holding over 75 shows daily! Single day tickets: Adults $18.95 Student/Senior/Military $16.95 Children 5-12 $9.95 and 4 and under free. Other ticket options and prices available. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL.

November 30 - December 9, 2018: Feast your eyes on more than 150 Gingerbread houses on display at the 10th Annual Gingerbread House Festival. Created by school kids, youth groups, local businesses and organizations, presented by the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. You can also pick up a great centerpiece to use for your own holiday decorations or enter your own gingerbread house.The gingerbread village will be open during mall hours. The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com








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