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, 2018: 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 2, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with the Marc Mannino Quartet. Marc Mannino was the director of jazz studies for music at State College of FL. Guitarist for many Florida productions of Broadway Shows. Mannino was the guitarist for Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Bernadette Peters on their Florida tours. $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 2, 2018: Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is hosting an inaugural food truck rally at North Jetty Park! Come out for this free 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.
November 2, 2018: Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.! Live music, beer, wine and food available. The Hydramatic will fill the air with stripped down Soul with Soul music and the deejay will keep you dancing with today’s Top 100 hits. 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.
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.
November 2 - 4, 2018: There's a Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show with lots on display to see from dealers from around the country selling gems, jewelry, beads, crystals and more. Adults $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 2 - 4, 2018: 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 3, 2018: 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 9 a.m. to 2 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 3, 2018: It's the 17th Annual Ferrari's at St. Armand's Circle. The show revs up from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in circle park. Over 75 Ferrari owners will be showing off their rides and competing for the top prize trophy. Free admission. St. Armand's Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
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 3, 2018: The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast's
Wild About Nature Festival 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. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. It takes place on Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Ave, Osprey, FL. More info: 941-918-2100.
November 3, 2018: You're invited to enjoy The Taste of Mixon's as Mixon Fruit Farms kicks off its 80th season. Samples will range from orange salsa to ice cream to Mixon's Select Wine and more. Check out the grilled cheese cook-off, Mixon's Orange Blossom Express and more. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission. Mixon's Groveside Market, 2525 27th St E., Bradenton, FL.
November 3, 2018: The 19th 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 3, 2018: Enjoy yourself with your family at the Harvest Fall Festival complete with Bounce Houses, Rock Painting (Sarasota Rocks), Mote Marine interactive displays, Live entertainment from Dynasty Dance Studio, Spotlight Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre. Also a marketplace with vendors hand picked and suited for families with children and a free hot dog, snack and drink. Free admission. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Harvest Church, 3650 17th St.,Sarasota FL.
November 3, 2018: Find out if they have your favorite foods at the "Biggest Food Truck Rally in Manatee County." Along with the food there will be live music from the BIlly Rice Band which plays rock, country and soul. Admission $2. From 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. DeSoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd W, Bradenton, FL
November 3, 2018: It's another in the series of Moonlight Movies. In Partnership with the Sarasota Film Festival, a free family-friendly movie is being shown under the stars. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the film "Moana." At Sunset. Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL (Rain Date is November 4, 2018).
November 3 - 4, 2018: It's time for 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! Adults $17.95 Student/Senior $15.95 Children 5-12 $8.95 and 4 and under free. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and updates. Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 3 - 4, 2018: It's the 31st 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. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 4, 2018: It's the 44th 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 104, 79, 63, 35, or 20 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. Click here for more info and registration.
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, 2018: 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 5, 2018: There will be a concert performance by the Venice Concert Band. 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. Details on ticket purchases here. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 5 - 16, 2018: The Orioles are once again teaming up this fall with local nonprofits Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program and All Faiths Food Bank to fight hunger in Sarasota. To support the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium beginning on Monday, November 5, and will host the charity’s Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the ballpark on Friday, November 16, 2018. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection station is located inside Café 54 on Euclid Avenue. The stadium will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, in observance of Veterans Day. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL. Here's more info.
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.
November 9, 2018: Unfortunately due to the construction in downtown Venice their Free Music Friday Night concerts in Centennial Park are on hiatus until December, 2018. Downtown Venice. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 9, 2018: You're invited to the Gazebo Starlight Cinema's Movie Night. Free and Family friendly, the film The Princess Bride, begins at sunset (about 5:40 p.m.). Bring your chairs! Centennial Park, Downtown Venice, FL.
November 9 - 12, 2018: Come out and enjoy the 9th 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.
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, 2018: It's time for a brew! The Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest will feature over 60+ craft beers to sample with the General Admission & VIP Ticket. Throughout the event there will be various bacon bites and samples from local restaurants and caterers plus more food available for purchase from over 15 vendors. The festival will have live music, a family friendly section, craft beers sampling and more. Parking $5. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL.
November 10, 2018: Enjoy the 17th 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 10, 2018: It's A Musical Event in the Key of Sea: Symphony on the Sand will return to Coquina Gulfside Park 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 Gulfside Park, Anna Maria Island. Click here for more info. 540-325-3268.
November 10 - 11, 2018: It's the 30th 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 10 - 11, 2018: Check out the Vintage and Collectibles Fair with lots of exhibitors with everything from antiques, books, collectibles, linens and more. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults $3 for the entire weekend, kids 12 and under free. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail.
November 10 - 11, 2018: 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! Adults $17.95 Student/Senior $15.95 Children 5-12 $8.95 and 4 and under free. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL Click here for more info and updates.
November 10 - 11, 2018: It's time to "get crackin" at the 7th 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, 2018: The 5th Annual Sarasota Kiwanis Club Veterans' Day Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Colonel Micheal E. Pheneger (Ret.), who served 30 years and a U.S. Ar,y Intelligence Officer. The breakfast benefits Green Path Veterans Farms. 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Individual tickets: $25 per person available through Nov. 3. Question and Reservations: 925-2970 or SRQKiwanisVeterans-DayBreakfast@gmail.com. Event takes place at Carlisle Inn Sarasota, 3727 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and tickets.
November 10, 2018: 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 are from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Patriot's Park. You are welcome to bring chairs.Sponsored by the American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 in Venice. 1770 E. Venice Ave., Venice. 941-488-1157. 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. More info here. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 11, 2018: 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. The theme is: "All gave some. Some gave all." This year's parade honors Vietnam Veterans. 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. The featured speaker is CSM Charles Thomas, a highly decorated Veteran. 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.
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 15, 2018: 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, 2018: The Symphonic Band at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present a concert featuring our furry and not-so-furry friends. In conjunction with its “Animal Instinct” concert, SCF will host an adoption event with the Humane Society of Manatee County. The band will feature “Our Cast Aways,” a newly released score written about the 6.5 million animals taken to shelters each year. The concert also will include “Hounds of Spring,” “Tiger Tail March,” “Alligator Alley” and “Blues for a Killed Cat.” Robyn Bell, SCF’s director of instrumental studies, will conduct the concert, which is open to the public. 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10; SCF student and staff tickets are $5. To purchase tickets, visit SCF.edu/Neel, or contact the box office at 941-752-5252. SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
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.
November 15 - 18, 2019: The November 2018 event was postponed until April 5 - 7, 2019 when it will take place in downtown Sarasota's Burns Square and will then resume in Venice, FL 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!
November 16, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with the Valerie Gillespie Ensemble. One of the Bay area’s most talented and versatile performers, Valerie is a vocalist and reed instrumentalist. She performs with the Florida Orchestra and big band concerts at Ruth Eckert and the Van Wezel. $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 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, 2018: This year’s theme is "Florida Fancy" at Historic Spanish Point’s Party at the Point annual event. Live music plus dining, dancing and a silent auction. 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Additional details in late September. Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL.
November 17, 2018: It's the LWR running Club's Turkey Trot Thanksgiving-themed 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 are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Food Bank of Manatee County. Sign up: $10 - $30/$35. Day of registration starts at Lakewood Ranch Main Street at 6:30 a.m. 7:15 a.m. Kids Turkey Dashes, 8:00 am 5K. 8:05 a.m. One Mile Walk/Run. Mainstreet Lakewood Ranch, FL. Info and sign up here.
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. More info and tickets here. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 17, 2018: The Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch is hosting its 18th Annual 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
November 17, 2018: It's Mixon’s Harvest Festival and Arts and Craft Fair. A fun day of entertainment and shopping Unique gift ideas for the holiday. 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. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 17, 2018: Sarasota County is hosting its inaugural America Recycles Day. The event will feature: a Student Art Contest, Musical performance by The Garbage-Men band, Tours of the Landfill, Composting demonstrations, Fun games and activities, Garbage and Recycling Trucks on display, Nunn Better BBQ Food Truck (food available for purchase). 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex, 4000 Knights Trail Rd., Nokomis, FL.
November 17, 2018: 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 17 - 18, 2018: It's the 20th Annual Canine Christmas Festival and Adopt-A-Thon 2018! 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
November 17 - 18, 2018: The Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association presents the 6th 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 17 - 18, 2018: It's the last weekend of 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! Adults $16.95 Student/Senior $14.95 Children 5-12 $8.95 and 4 and under free. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and updates.
November 18, 2018: Giddy up, giddy up! It's the 27th 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 920-944-8137.
November 18, 2018: 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, 2018: The Manatee Community Concert Band opens their 2018-2019 season featuring "Celebrating America, The Spirit Lives On" with the Bay Chorale. Tickets: $15. 4 p.m. Neel Performing Arts Center, 5820 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL. Advance Purchase Tickets Recommended. Call 941-753-5634.
November 19, 2018: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. Click here for tickets and more info.
November 21, 2018: There's a Thanksgiving Eve Party: "Main Street Live" and it takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 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 21, 2018: 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.). They will offer $4 16oz Bud Light, Bud, and Ultra. Souvenir Shirts, Souvenir Koozies (while supplies last) and other prizes and giveaways throughout the night. Kettle of Fish will be playing at SKOB from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Siesta Key Village, Siesta Key, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
November 22, 2018: The gun hasn’t fired to start the inaugural Florida Turkey Trot, and it’s already been highlighted as a recommended Thanksgiving run. Runners and walkers alike will be presented with a special commemorative medal, and the first 100 male and 100 female runners will be presented a special commemorative gift. Cinnamon rolls from Der Dutchman in Sarasota will be given to everyone who crosses the finish line, along with beer and mimosas for the adult runners and juice for the kids. Commemorative performance shirts are also sure to be a favorite. Donations of nonperishable food to the All Faiths Food Bank will be accepted, and the race benefits Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates Inc. In addition to the 8 a.m. start of the 5K for adult runners and walkers and for youths, there will be Kids Turkey Dashes at 7:15 a.m., with age-appropriate distances for all. Participants may also register on race day. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL.
November 22, 2018: It's the 9th Annual Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot 5K 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 food, music, raffle prizes, beer and more. $20 - $45 registration fee. 7:30 a.m. Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota.
November 23, 2018:Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two"with the Billy Marcus Trio. One of the area’s finest pianists, Billy Marcus performs jazz standards, music from the movies and the American Songbook. Billy is a member of the South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame. $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
November 23, 2018: Unfortunately due to the construction in downtown Venice their Free Music Friday Night concerts in Centennial Park are on hiatus until December, 2018. Downtown Venice. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 24, 2018: It's the Fall Family Fishing Tournament at the Venice Fishing Pier. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at Papa's Bait Shop on the pier. Check in on arrival. Fishing is from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Awards: 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sign up at Papa's Bait Shop on the pier or via email and include child's name and age: email@example.com. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots in place of a registration fee this year. Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, FL.
November 24, 2018: It's the 34th 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. Santa will arrive at the Siesta Center at approximately 6:15 PM to greet all children. The first 250 children to see him will receive gift bags donated by Beach Bazaar. At Siesta Center, there will also be face painting and activities. Photos may be taken with Santa, free of charge. 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 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 24, 2018: 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 43 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 route has changed for 2018 because of the construction on Venice Avenue. The 2018 parade route runs from Park and West Venice Avenue and heads east along Venice Avenue until Harbor Drive. It then turns north on Harbor Drive and will march east on Tampa Avenue until Nokomis Avenue. The parade will continue south on Nokomis Avenue until Milan Avenue, turn west and proceed to the finish at Nassau 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 21 will also be removed. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 24 - 25, 2018: It's the Lakewood Ranch Seafood & Music Festival. Taste a variety of seafood fare prepared fresh on site by local restaurants and food purveyors while enjoying your meal and drinks, enjoy the captivating sounds of live musical performances on stage by some of Florida’s and the region’s top musical talents from such genres and R&B, jazz, rock, reggae and Caribbean sounds. This year's performers include on Saturday: the Kate Keys Band (Blues, Rock, Variety), Sarasota Steel Pan Band (Caribbean), Big Night Out (Latin Funk, Motown R&B Dance Music), CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion (Latin Funk, Motown) and the Caribbean Chillers (Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band). Performers on Sunday are: The Whole Band featuring Callie Chappell (Americana, Rock, Bluegrass and R&B), Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio (Rock, Soul) and the Billy Rice Band (Country Rock). There will also be a marketplace of arts and crafts, gourmet food items and specialty products. Free general admission. VIP Tent admission is $75 that includes an open bar serving premium drinks in a private tent. Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
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 the 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 29, 2018: It's your chance to enjoy "Deck the Halls at Ca' d'Zan" on the grounds of the Ringling Museum. The mansion is all decked out for the holiday season including a 10' tall tree during extended hours. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 Free for members and included with "Art After Five" admission. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180. Also on 12/14, 12/21, 12/28 & 01/04/18. Click here for tickets.
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.
November 29, 2018: Check out Edwin Culver presents a World War I Centennial Concert. Edwin Culver is a classical guitarist and composer working in Sarasota. In commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, Culver will present a concert that will feature WWI era music, immersing listeners in history. Attendees will hear songs inspired by those to which soldiers might have listened, sang, and danced. In between the songs, Culver will present brief facts about the war, stories behind the songs, and highlights on Manatee County’s role in the war. 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) Bradenton, Florida, FL. Tickets here.
November 30, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with Skip Conkling’s “Dixie Mix.” One of the area’s finest pianists, Skip’s Dixie Mix plays some of your favorite Dixieland tunes with that New Orleans swing, jazz standards and music from the American songbook. $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 30, 2018: The 7th Annual Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend kicks off with what they're calling their free "Blues Appetizer" Concert. Featuring Memphis Rub Band and the Bridget Kelly Band, you're invited to bring a blanket or chair along to enjoy the music. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from various vendors. Free admission. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Riverwalk Pavilion, 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton. Click here for more info.
November 30 - December 2, 2018: There's a Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show with
lots on display to see from dealers from around the country selling
gems, jewelry, beads, crystals and more. Adults $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 30, - December 2, 2018: It's the Sarasota Art & Handmade Home Show, formerly the Sarasota Craft Show. Exceptional works by more than 125 of the nation’s top artists. Furniture, Ceramics, Art Glass, Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Wearable Art, Jewelry, Decorative Fiber and more. Adults: $12, Seniors: $11, Students: $6, under 10 are free. Friday and Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Robarts Arena off Fruitville Road at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 30 - December 2, 2018: Enjoy warm gulf breezes, fresh seafood and live musical performances at America’s #1 beach at the 3rd annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival. Enjoy
the best and freshest cooked foods by local restaurants and food
purveyors. Foods are cooked on-site using such ingredients as grouper,
mahi mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp and soft-shell crabs. A variety
of vegetarian and rice dishes are available as well as non-seafood
items. Live music, too, with tunes from genres such as
R&B, blues, jazz, rock and Caribbean sounds. $5 general admission. Fri: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat & Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The event will be held along the Siesta
Beach Pavilion. Siesta Key, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 30 - December 5, 2018: Sarasota Christmas presents "Catering Christmas!" This Broadway Style Musical Production is about when the caterer for an office Christmas party cancels at the last minute, a well-known celebrity chef steps in to do a favor for his old friend by providing the food! Performances at 7 p.m., plus Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets: $9 - $10. Sarasota Baptist Church, 7091 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, FL. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 941-922-1449 or click here.
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