The November Sarasota Events Calendar - the best fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota, Florida and around the sun coast.
*Every effort is made to provide accurate information, 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. Before making any major plans check with event organizers to confirm date of event and that event has not been canceled at the last minute.) The Calendar is updated as information is made available.
November 1 - 26, 2023: It's The Orchid Show 2023: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. The Orchid Show 2023 will include a horticultural display in the Tropical Conservatory and an exhibition in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. Orchids of various shapes, colors, and patterns will abound in the Conservatory, illustrating the beauty and diversity of one of the largest and most beloved families of flowering plants. The Museum exhibition will present a selection of rare artifacts and historical images to help tell the rich story of Selby Gardens’ first 50 years, with emphasis on the plants and people who have made it such a special place. Members Free. Member guests $11. Adults $26. Ages 5-17 $11. Ages 4 and under free. Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown Sarasota Campus, 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL
November 2, 2023: It's Ringling Underground. Enjoy live music, art and atmosphere in the Museum of Art Courtyard during Ringling Underground 8 p.m. -11 p.m. This event features an eclectic mix of local, regional, and national live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. $15 / Free for Students w/ ID & Members. Free with Art after 5 Admission. The Courtyard at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL. (941) 359-5700
November 3, 2023: You're invited to the 23rAnnual Empty Bowls Luncheon benefiting The Food Bank of Manatee. The purpose of Empty Bowls is uniting to show support for the critical work of Meals on Wheels PLUS through The Food Bank of Manatee!. Guests who attend Empty Bowls select a beautiful, handcrafted bowl to keep and enjoy soup, bread, and desserts donated by local restaurants. General admission $35. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Novermber 3, 2023: Check out the eats at the North Jetty food truck rally. Entertainmnet, food trucks and games. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. North Jetty Park, 1000 S. Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL.
November 3, 2023: Lakewood Ranch presents the return of Music on Main the first Friday of each month. Live music, beer, wine and food available. The Black Snake Bayou Band will fill the air with danceable Southern rock grooves and the event will benefit Streets of Paradise; 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. The Main Street is lined with food vendors, beer trucks, and sponsor booths, as well as rides and activities for the kids. Overflow parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Free. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
November 3, 2023: The First Friday event runs along the 1400, 1500, 1600 blocks of Main Street, Palm Ave., 1st & 2nd Street. Prepare to be mesmerized by the array of upscale art, home decor and fashion boutiques, each offering their own unique style and collections.. Free admission. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Lemon Avenue and State Street, downtown Sarasota, FL.
November 3 - 4, 2023: It's the annual Dia de los Muertos / Festival of the Skeletons, one of the highlights of the year! Dias De Los Muertos is a colorful festival centered around the traditional Day of the Dead. From 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, Grab your friends and come on out to explore the art during their biggest event of the year - Festival of the Skeletons! Enjoy the galleries, shops, restaurants, live music, and tasty treats during one of Bradenton's favorite events. Village of the Arts, 1227 12th St W, Bradenton, FL.
November 3 - 5, 2023: 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, FL.
November 3 - 5, 2023: It's the Sarasota Boat Expo. Check out a great selection of new boats, fishing gear and more. Adults $6. 12 and under free. Free parking. Fri & Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Robarts Arena, Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarsaota, FL.
November 3 - 5, 2023: It's the Sahib Shrine Circus and Family Festival with food, drink and entrtainment. They'll also have elepphant, camel and pony rides.Bounce hosues, games, prizes, vendors, human cannonball. Opens Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday & Sunday opens at noon. Circus tickets $10 - $45. Sahib Shrine Event Center, 600 N. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL
November 4, 2023: It's the 22nd 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 9 a.m. - 3 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 4, 2023: The 21st Annual Original Mullet Smoke-Off will feature tasty smoked mullet, the infamous Mullet Toss, Mullet Smoke-Off, Cast Net Toss, arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine along with smoked mullet, smoked mullet dip and mullet cakes. Fun for the whole family. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia Island, North Manatee County, FL.
November 4, 2023: Check out a unique event that brings a touch of Parisian charm to the Gulf Coast. The Le Marche Bohemien open-air marketplace at Five Points Park is a celebration of art, culture, and community, and offers visitors the chance to browse handmade and eclectic creations from a range of talented vendors. Inspired by the iconic Parisian markets that are a fixture of the French capital’s cultural landscape, the marketplace is a vintage collector’s paradise, with wearable clothing and accessories that feature vintage photographs and re-purposing vintage apparel. Other artists will showcase re-purpose furniture and home accessories using chalk paint and stencils in intricate designs. From wall hangings crafted from stained glass and natural elements to sculpted work and intricate jewelry created from antique buttons, sterling silver and semi-precious stones, and more. With its colorful stalls and lively music, Le Marche Bohemien captures the essence of the bohemian spirit that has long been associated with Paris. Free. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Five Points Park, 1 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL
November 4, 2023: Enjoy the atmosphere of the 19th Annual St. Jude Hispanic Fall Festival which will feature live entertainment, music, dance, food, culture, kids' activities 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
November 4, 2023: Enjoy the Celebrity Softball Game and Concert featuring Country Music Star Rodney Atkins! The Atlanta Braves are teaming up with United Way of South Sarasota County to introduce the First Annual Celebrity Softball Game and Concert to Benefit My Warrior’s Place, Local Heroes and Their Families. The game includes two teams with players from MLB, NFL, NHL, television, movie and radio personalities; music stars and other celebrities. One Ticket buys you a seat at the game AND the Concert. 4 p.m. Tickets: $45. CoolToday Park, 18800 W Villages Pkwy, North Port, FL
November 4, 2023: It's the grand return of The Bash at The Bishop, A Celestial Affair, benefiting The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, one of Bradenton’s top cultural venues. Highlights of the evening include cocktails, dinner, dancing with a fabulous, seated 3 course dinner prepared by Innovative Dining, dancing to the live musical styles of Tropical Avenue, auctions, and a chance to meet special guest NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott. Formal attire. Silent auction. 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. 201 10th St. West, Bradenton, FL
November 4, 2023: Are you ready for a rockin’ good time? It's the 10th Annual Rockin' Lobster Beach Party at Sharky's On the Pier. Enjoy the easy, breezy atmosphere at our Rockin’ Lobster Beach Party as the sun sets over the Venice Fishing Pier. Kick back and relax in a special lounge where you can sip on all of your favorite libations. There will be lobster and delectable fare from Fins at Sharky’s, scrumptious s’mores, upbeat live music, and impactful testimonials from Children First families. 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Individual ticket $250. Sharky's On the Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive S., Venice, FL.
November 4 - 5, 2023: It's the 35th 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 4 - 5, 2023: For some old time fun check out the 19th annual Sarasota Medieval Fair and their new location: The Woods of Mallaranny! The Woods of Mallaranny offers 47-acres of stunning natural surroundings that will bring the fair to life. There are knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. The Sarasota Medieval Fair brings together local artisans, performers, and vendors, and serves as a fundraiser to multiple non-profit organizations Various ticket options and prices available. Free parking. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Also Nov 11-12, Nov 18-19, Nov 25-26. The Woods of Mallaranny is located right on SR-70, approximately 13 miles east of I-75 (moments past Lakewood Ranch and across from Dakin Farms). Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E., Myakka City, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 4 - 5, 2023:: The USAF Thunderbirds Return to the Florida International Air Show. 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. Saturday & Sunday: gates open at 9 a.m. with noon shows. Ticket includes free parking. Various ticket prices and packages $15 - $75. If for any reason this Air Show is cancelled, your ticket will be honored at the following event. Punta Gorda Airport, Challenger Blvd, Punta Gorda, FL
November 4 - 25, 2023: See the Veteran Artist Exhibit featuring the works of Diana De Avila, Jessica Hartman, John Quigley, and Mark Wiseman. Arts Advocates is pleased to feature its member artists who share the distinction of having served in the U.S. Armed Forces in an exhibit and an art talk in November. Saturdays only, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Both take place in the Arts Advocates Gallery, The Crossings at Siesta Key Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
November 5, 2023: It's the 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 and SarasotaCounty. With four beautiful cycling routes from 16 - 100 miles through Manatee and Sarasota counties, there is a ride for every rider. Not a race, it's designed to be a whole family event with routes of 25, 36, 50, and 75 mile routes, well-stocked rest stops, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, event shirt for the first 500 registrants. Event time: 7 a.m - 1 p.m. Fees: Register by September 30 for $60.00. Event location: 8100 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.
November 5, 2022: They are hoping to resume this car show in spring 2024. It's one of the area’s best loved shows; the Bill Mergens 25th Anniversary Memorial Car & Truck Show. Car and Truck enthusiasts from all across West Central and Southwest Florida will be on hand to display their rides. Hundreds of classic cars and trucks will be on display from the early 1900’s to today.Benefiting the Gamble Plantation Preservation Alliance. This is an open car and truck show featuring awards and specialty trophies. Live Music, door prizes, 50/50, and concessions available. Movie and TV car display by Bandit Movie Cars. $100 Cash Club Participation Award. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. To attend the show there is a $1.00 Donation at the entrance the day of the show. Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, U.S. 301 in Ellenton, FL one mile west of I-75 off exit #224. 708 Patten Ave, Ellenton, FL. 941-723-4533.
November 5, 2023: The 2023 Brunch on the Bay at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus will feature fine cuisine from area restaurants and caterers served on the campus courtyard, with proceeds supporting student scholarships and campus expansion initiatives. For more information about tickets and sponsorships for the 2023 Brunch on the Bay, contact Pam Gleason at (941) 359-4603. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA
November 5, 2023: 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 Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 6, 2023: Join the Venice Concert Band for Freedom as they return to the stage with a concert that will honor the men and women in our military services. If you do not have season tickets, you can purchase $14 tickets online two weeks before each performance or $14 (cash only) tickets at the door on concert dates. All concerts are at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC), 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 7, 2023: It's the Bradenton Kiwanis Annual Veterans Appreciation Lunch. Doors open 11:15 a.m. Program begins Noon sharp. Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton.Tickets are required, and a limited number are available at Manatee Veterans Services, 1401 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton. For more information, call (941) 745-3795.
November 8, 2023: It's Free Movies in the Park! November's family friendly feature film is Free Birds. Free 7 p.m. Bring chairs & blankets. Centennial Park Gazebo, 200 West Venice Ave, downtwon Venice, FL.
November 9, 2023: Enjoy the Sertoma WIneFeast which is a gathering of twelve excellent restaurants and twelve terrific wine merchants to give people a taste of what they serve. The WineFeast is a fundraiser for the Sertoma Speech Clinic, which provides speech therapy for children who cannot necessarily afford it. 6 p.m - 9 p.m. $85 per person. Venice Community Center 326 S. Nokomis, Ave, Venice, FL.
November 9, 2023: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Veteran Services will host the college’s annual Veterans Day event honoring those who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces Thurs., Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail at the Performance Pavilion, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. outside Building 14. The event is free and open to the public, with noted activities available while supplies last. SCF Venice: The annual Veterans Day ceremony at SCF Venice will feature complimentary meals for SCF Student Veterans and families (with ID), a BBQ fundraiser lunch, meeting with American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 members and recruiter stations. Attendees can also learn about Veterans’ benefits, view military displays and make paracord bracelets and honor quilts. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 8000 S. Tamiami Trail (at the performance pavilion) Venice, FL. SCF Bradenton: The annual Veterans Day ceremony at SCF Bradenton will feature a tug-of-war competition, crafting thank you cards for veterans, making paracord bracelets and sampling military Meals Ready to Eat (MREs). Attendees can also visit local recruiters. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 5840 26 St. W. (outside Building 14) Bradenton, FL
November 9, 2023: Enjoy "New Beginnings." Proudly presented by the SCF Symphonic Band, new beginnings has two meanings for this concert. The obvious one is the start of a new relationship between musicians and director, and director and community. The other is an opportunity to perform a concert of new music. All the repertoire has been composed within the past ten years. 7:30 p.m. Tickets for each performance can be purchased online at SCF.edu/Neel or by calling 941-752-5252. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for SCF students and staff unless otherwise noted. SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL
November 10, 2023: Check out Jazz at Two featuring Robbie Rose Retro Quartet. Jazz pianist Robbie Rose has assembled an outstanding group of musicians for this afternoon concert. Enjoy a great mix of familiar songs from yesteryear, songs from the movies, and a jazzy sound on pop favorites with a little bossa and Latin beat and music from the composers of the American Songbook with Robbie Rose "Retro". . Admission $15-$20 at the door. Unitarian Universalist Church 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL.
November 10 - 13, 2023: Come out and enjoy the 14th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Master Sand Sculptors from across the U.S. will compete for thousands in prize money. Other events connected to the competition will take place, as well: The Learning Curve - sand sculpting lessons and demonstrations are hosted multiple times daily, Fri - Sun; 4 days of live bands, full bar and no entry fee. Vendor Village surrounding Sand Village features over 80 retail vendors and 5 food trailers which are all open to the public. Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday & Monday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Various on line ticket packages including reserved private parking. You can purchase daily adult admission upon arrival to the event for $12 per day or a 4 day pass for $40. More options on line for advance purchase. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 10, 2023: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. Enjoy the music of Rocky Rick in downtown's Centennial Park. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m..Bring your chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 10, 2023: The 8th Annual Sarasota Kiwanis Club Veterans' Day Breakfast . Keynote Speaker: Kevin Womack Single tickets: $25. RSVP: SarasotaKiwanis.com | Kim Noyes: 941-228-9144 or fax: 941-827-2920 - KimNoyesSarasota@gmail.com. 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Carlisle Inn, 3727 Bahai Vista St., Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
November 10, 2023: It's the City of Anna Maria’s “Old Soldiers & Sailors Parade.” The parade leaves Anna Maria City Hall at 9 am. It will proceed down Pine Avenue ending at City Pier Park where a short ceremony will honor veterans. (Businesses or individuals interested in participating in the parade should call Anna Maria City Hall at 941-708-6130, ext. 110 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 11, 2023: The American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 of Venice will once again host the annual Veterans Day Observance and Ceremony. The ceremony will include a Salute to Armed Forces, Color Guard, and guest speakers Gordon Shervin Veterans of Foreign Wars and Norman MacLellan and God Bless America by the Sun Coast Wind Ensemble.There will also be a City of Venice Proclamation from Mayor Nick Pachota, Rifle Salute, and Memorial Taps. The public is invited; please bring chairs. 11 a.m. Patriots Park,: 800 Venetia Bay Blvd, 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), Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 11, 2023: The Sarasota Annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony. The ceremony will feature as guest speaker Carlos Moreira, Jan Solomon will commemorate her father, Chaplain J.D. Hamel, 100th birthday. The parade will include veterans groups, community organizations and local dignitaries. From marching bands to antique military vehicles and more! Keep an eye on the front of the parade, where two local World War II veterans will be honored for their courage, bravery and sacrifice. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Osprey Avenue/Main Street in downtown and will move westward on Main Street, ending at Gulfstream Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Ceremony to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 11, 2023: The Manatee County Veterans Council will co host with the city of Plametto the Veteran's Day Parade to be held in Palmetto at the Grand Stand in Sutton Park. All veteran organiztions, JROTC, High Schools and other bands are invited to paticipate. The parade will form and begin at the Manatee COunty Fairgrounds at 9:30 a.m. and end at Sutton Park. Parade staging begins at 8 a.m. The parade stpes off at 9:30 a.m. sharp. After the parade there will be the annual Veteran's Day Memorial Service beinning at 11 a.m. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 11, 2023: The Diocese of Venice in Florida will hold a Veteran's Day Memorial Mass in honor of the men and women who have served our country and continue to serve and protect us today. This is the 14th year the Diocese will hold a Mass on Veterans Day. Bishop Frank J. Dewane will celebrate the Mass The priests, deacons and Knights of Columbus in the Diocese will join Bishop Dewane for this important event. All are invited to attend, and active military personnel are asked to wear their uniform. Attendees are also encouraged to wear sunscreen and bring a hat. All guests are encouraged to arrive early for pre-Mass ceremonials which begin at 2:45 p.m. There is ample seating and parking at the cemetery. 3 p.m. Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72/Clark Road, about five miles east of I-75. More information:Gail Ardy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-486-4714. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 11, 2023: It's the Veterans Day Observance & Ribbon Cutting of the Karon Family Pavilion. A Veterans program and milestone celebration of the Town Center development with a performance by the Sarasota Orchestra. 3 p.m. Town Center, 600 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL.
November 11, 2023: The Manatee Community Concert Band kicks off their season with their first concert, "God Bless America," a special Veteran's Day Performance. Tickets are $15 each. Save $10 when you purchase a Season Ticket. 7 p.m. All Concerts are at the Neel Performing Arts Center on the campus of State College of Florida. SCF Neel Performing Arts Center - 5840 26th Street West, Building 11 East, Bradenton, FL
November 11, 2023: It's Eternal Reef's 25th Anniversary Block Party to celebrate 25 years of Eternal Reefs creating lving legacies that heal families and the sea. Food trucks, tours, prizes, arts & crafts, games, marine conservation groups and more. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 1126 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL.
November 11, 2023: It's the Suncoast's Largest Food Truck Festival 4.0 with more than 70 food trucks. Free entry and parking. 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Located in Parking Lot 4 (on the east side) of The Mall at University Town Center. Address is 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL
November 11, 2023: The Chorale Artists of Sarasota Present Veterans Day in Song. Presenting the songs that brought us hope and inspiration during military conflicts from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm. Music bolsters the morale of the soldier and highlighting this performance will be tributes to our fighting forces through the centuries. Joining Choral Artists is Sergeant Major (ret) Bob McDonald, baritone and veteran of The US Army Chorus in Washington, DC. 1 p.m. Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL
November 11, 2023: . Enjoy great food, wine and entertainment at the 21st Annual Suncoast Food & Wine Fest. Enjoy an afternoon of samplings and tastings from a large selection of the area's finest restaurants as well as a variety of fine wines and other beverages in a beautiful outdoor setting. Your participation by purchasing a ticket provides financial assistance to many charitable organizations within Sarasota and Manatee counties No tickets will be sold at the gate. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 11, 2023: Check it out: the 8th annual Symphony on the Sand, a musical and gourmet event featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra, 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. Several options available with tickets from $30 - $250. 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 11, 2023: Introducing Friends FULL of Giving, an evening of friends, food, and fun at an exquisite location in Casey Key overlooking the Gulf. All proceeds will benefit the ThankFULL tummies campaign that provides turkeys to our neighbors facing hunger during the holiday season. We look forward to gathering with friends and family to give thanks and enjoy a delicious modern Thanksgiving dinner. 5:30 p.m. 560 N Casey Key Rd, Osprey, FL. More info: Becky Wright at 941.549.8131 I email@example.com
November 11, 2023: See the UTC Christmas Parade with Santa.The holiday season will kick-off in grand style with a magical parade down N. Cattlemen Rd, marking Santa’s official arrival in Sarasota at The Mall at University Town Center! The 1.5-mile-long parade route will run through the heart of the UTC District. Join Santa Claus for a merry celebration that will feature a spectacular light show, a dazzling fireworks display, live entertainment and more! 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL.
November 11 - 12, 2023: For some old time fun check out the 19th annual Sarasota Medieval Fair and their new location: The Woods of Mallaranny! The Woods of Mallaranny offers 47-acres of stunning natural surroundings that will bring the fair to life. There are knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. The Sarasota Medieval Fair brings together local artisans, performers, and vendors, and serves as a fundraiser to multiple non-profit organizations Various ticket options and prices available. Free parking. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Also Nov 18-19, Nov 25-26. The Woods of Mallaranny is located right on SR-70, approximately 13 miles east of I-75 (moments past Lakewood Ranch and across from Dakin Farms). Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E., Myakka City, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 11 - 12, 2023: It's the 34th 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 11 - 12, 2023: It's time to "get crackin" at the 11th Annual Stone Crab & Music Festival in the fishing village of Cortez, along Sarasota Bay. Two days of food, drinks, live music, beer tent plus fresh stone crabs. There will also be a Kid’s Zone and many local artists displaying their wares. A seating area with a large tent will be in place for protection from the sun, or in the event of rain. Music will continue into the evening on stages at the Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days. Parking will be available at the FISH Preserve for $5 per car, guests are advised to enter at 116th Street. Admission will be $5, ages 12 & under will be FREE. A portion of gate monies will be donated to Hurricane Ian relief efforts. 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 11, 2023 - January 2, 2024: It's time to lace up your skates for some wintertime fun at UTC. The Rink at UTC, presented by the Tampa Bay Lightning, opens November 11th and will run daily through January 2nd. Mon - Fri 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. School holidays: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. The Rink is located in the East District at UTC. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL.
Novembr 12, 2023: The 5th Annual SRQ Craft Beer Festival will feature over a dozen breweries plus live music, kids activities like face painting, bounce house and animal balloons. 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. $35 advance/$30 day of. Original Craft Beer and Pizza Cafe, 1837 Hillview St., Sarasota, FL.
November 14, 2023 - April 9, 2024: Enjoy the Bayfront Gardens at The Ringling for Acoustic Sunsets with a solo musician on Ca' d'Zan Terrace! This event will feature a solo or duo musical group performing acoustic music as the sun sets on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 5:30 p.m. $15 Members. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each event. In the case that there are tickets still available one week prior to each event, members will be able to purchase up to 4 guest tickets $20 each. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL
November 16, 2023: Manatee County families will have a new way to help their children’s love of reading grow through the brand-new Story Book Trail at Lincoln Park which takes story-time out of the home and brings it into nature and your community. You are invited to read the book, A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek, as they stroll along the panels throughout the Lincoln Park trail. A variety of activities also will be set up until 3 p.m. A brief opening ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Story Book Trail, Lincoln Park, 501 17th Street East, Palmetto, FL.
November 16, 2023: Enjoy “Jazz at the Movies” presented by SCF’s Jazz Orchestra. From Casablanca to West Side Story, this concert/film screening presents great moments of swing on the silver screen. It is directed by Dr. Pete Carney, and two special guests, Grammy-winner saxophonist and composer Chip McNeill and American Songbook Master and vocalist Bryan J. Hughes. 7:30 p.m. Tickets for each performance can be purchased online at SCF.edu/Neel or by calling 941-752-5252. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for SCF students and staff unless otherwise noted. SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL
November 16 - 18, 2023: You're invited to enjoy the Annual Christmas in Pinecraft Arts & Crafts Festival. Many crafts and artisans featuring unique handmade wooden items, textiles, jewelry. Many items made by local Mennonite and Amish community members. Hand quilting by local Amish ladies. Good time to shop for unique one of a kind items made in the USA. Free admission. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pinecraft Plaza between Der Dutchman restaurant and Alma Sue's Quilt Shop.. 3737 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 16 - 19, 2023: It's the Englewood Beach Waterfest, Englewood's version of the Sarasota Offshore Grand Prix Super Boat Racing Fest. Numerous events plus multiple classes of offshore racing with boats moving at more than 200 mph! PowerUp Pre- Race Party Thursday 11/16, Waterfest Block Party Friday 11/17, OPA Racing World Championships Saturday 11/18 & Sunday 11/19. Events at various locations and, Englewood Beach, Manasota Key, FL November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
Nov. 17, 2023: Get a first-hand look at key agricultural operations in Sarasota County and learn directly from area farmers, ranchers and other growers about their accomplishments and challenges, on a day-long bus tour hosted by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. The tour will focus on highlights, including: A sustainable cattle ranch; A thriving native plant nursery; An organic vegetable farm; and The Mote Aquaculture Research Park. Cost for the event is $69 per person, and includes a seat on an air-conditioned bus, breakfast snacks, a grilled lunch at the Sarasota County Farm Bureau, a guided tour at each stop, and informational handouts. 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
November 18, 2023: The 2023 Mindful Triathlon is a community-wide event that puts a new spin on the typical triathlon by emphasizing health and wellness! The Mindful Triathlon combines a 5k run/walk with rejuvenating yoga and meditation sessions. The 3.1 mile run will wind through Waterside Place, our new Town Center and a beautiful community located in Waterside at Lakewood Ranch. 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Waterside Place at Lakewood Ranch, 7500 Island Cove Terrace, Sarasota, FL.
November 18, 2023: Gather your family for a day of pure enjoyment! at their Gamble Creek Farm's Harvest Festival. Experience live music, exciting family games, delightful photo moments, pumpkins, mouthwatering food, and endless fun for all ages! 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 14950 Golf Course Road Parrish, FL.
November 18, 2023: The Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch is hosting its 20th 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, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 18, 2023: It's the return of the wildly popular 3rd annual Grilled Cheese Festival. The free, family-friendly event will feature food trucks, a beer garden, live music, kids’ activities, and more. Each food truck will offer grilled cheese themed items along with their regular menu. Craft and domestic beers will be available for purchase, along with a custom beer stein. In 2022 Parking was $5 per car. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Pkwy., Venice, FL.
November 18, 2023: Take a short road trip to Punta Gorda. Fishermen’s Village will herald in the Holiday Season with their spectacular “Lighting of the Village.” This celebration is the official kick off of the annual “FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS,” a display of more than ONE MILLION LIGHTS and themed decorations. Start your evening at Sunset Beach Club as the Shane Duncan Band takes the stage at 5:00pm. Santa will arrive at 5:45 p.m. via the Punta Gorda Fire Department, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony culminating in the grand Lighting of the Village at 6:20 p.m.! Visits with Santa and the Grinch until 9 pm after Lighting Fishermen's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, FL. (Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village.)
November 18, 2023: Kick off the Holidays in Paradise 2023 and Light Up Bradenton Beach with caroling, hot chocolate and the annual Lighting of the Bridge Street Christmas Tree at the Post Office on Bridge Street. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The lighting of the 42' tall tree lighting marks the kickoff of their Annual Light Up Bradenton Beach. Bradenton Beach’s Historic Business District, Bridge Street area, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 18, 2023: Check out some heavenly bodies during Sidewalk Astronomy courtesy of the local group of Deep Sky Observers. Observing highlights for the evening will include the beautiful ringed planet Saturn, giant Jupiter and all four of its Galilean moons, as well as extraordinary close-up views of the features on our own Moon. Other deep-sky objects, as well as a couple of additional planets will also be featured in the club member’s telescopes. Free, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Celery Fields, 6799 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Parking will be available in the large lot just WEST of the Nature Center building. The telescopes will be set up in the small parking lot on the east side of the Nature Center.
November 18 - 19, 2023: The Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival returns for its tenth season. Whether you are an art collector or wish to find original, creative handmade arts and fine crafts for home or office, come see the palette of art the event will lay for you. This fine art festival is held in downtown Sarasota in JD Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main Street.
November 18 - 19, 2023: For some old time fun check out the 19th annual Sarasota Medieval Fair and their new location: The Woods of Mallaranny! The Woods of Mallaranny offers 47-acres of stunning natural surroundings that will bring the fair to life. There are knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. The Sarasota Medieval Fair brings together local artisans, performers, and vendors, and serves as a fundraiser to multiple non-profit organizations Various ticket options and prices available. Free parking. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Also Nov 25-26. The Woods of Mallaranny is located right on SR-70, approximately 13 miles east of I-75 (moments past Lakewood Ranch and across from Dakin Farms). Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E., Myakka City, FL.
November 18 - 19, 2023: It's the Sarasota Open Air Fine Arts Show featuring 50 quality juried artists whose art is for sale to the public. The focus is visual arts and features fine art and fine crafts created by award-winning artists from around the world with all disciplines for sale – paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, fiber, wood, jewelry, and more – all juried by art professionals. There is something for everyone in all price ranges. Great food from local area restaurants and music adds to the ambiance of this beautiful show. Free Admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $5 parking. Phillippi Estate Park, Sarasota, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
November 18 - 19, 2023: Come one, come all and check out The SunCoast Renaissance Festival, a recreation of a Renaissance or Medieval village that's filled with costumed actors, crafts and games to give you the illusion that you have stepped back in time.100’s of performances plus craftspeople and more. Different theme each weekend. Gates are Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Various ticket prices and packages from daily admission to season passes: Under 5 are free. Also Nov 25-26, Dec 2-3, Dec 9-10. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.
November 19, 2023: Giddy up, giddy up! It's the 31st Annual Ponies under the Palms benefit car show featuring Mustangs and other Ford Powered cars and trucks. (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 will benefit two wonderful charities: Denis V. Cooper Foundation “Wishes for Heroes” to benefit local needy military veterans and Take Stock in Children a scholarship and mentoring program for low-income secondary students who aspire to post high school education.Free admission. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, FL . Sponsored by the Mustang Club of West Central Florida. More info at 920-944-8137.
November 19, 2023: It's time for Jazz on the Water aboard the Marina Jack II. Enjoy live jazz on an afternoon cruise on Sarasota Bay aboard the Marina Jack II. with the swinging sounds of New Orleans aboard the Marina Jack II. Cruise Sarasota Bay with Skip Conkling's Dixie Mix band. Boarding 1:30 p.m. at the Marina Jack Plaza on the Sarasota Bayfront. Tickets $35 - $40, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL .
November 19 - December 31, 2023: It's the annual “FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS,” a display of more than ONE MILLION LIGHTS and themed decorations at Fisherman's Village. 1200 W. Retta Esplanade Punta Gorda, FL. (Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village.)
November 22, 2023: Come party in Downtown Bradenton at their Pre-Thanksgiving Party! Hosted by Out & About Bradenton With Tyler Butler. Live Music from 22N - The Ultimate Party Band at the Heintz Law Stage. The Heintz Law stage will be located at Hwy 64 and 12th St W. Come share in an evening of great music, food, a kids area, and drinks with downtown merchants, food trucks, and local vendors. Free entry. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. 450 12th St W, Bradenton, FL.
November 23, 2023: It's the 6th Annual Florida Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning, 8 a.m., with the Kids Dash at 7:15 a.m. This 5K run/walk event brings nearly 4,000 runners, joggers and walkers from across the Suncoast and beyond for what's become a new Thanksgiving tradition. All participants will receive a finisher medal. The top 100 overall male and top 100 overall female finishers will receive a special Thanksgiving themed award that will be given out in the post race party. Entry fee: $20 - $35. Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL 34235 November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 23, 2023: Join the Knights of Columbus for Thanksgiving Dinner complete with roasted carved turkey, stuffing, whipped potatoes, corn souffle, salad, pumpkin and apple pie and more. Doors open at 1 p.m. Sit Down dinner served at 2 p.m. Open to the public. No charge. Free will donations accepted. Reservations by 11/20: epiphanyknights.org or 941-321-0415. No walk-in carryouts. 512 Substation Rd., Venice, FL.
November 23, 2022:TBA for 2023. 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 23, 2022: TBA for 2023. It's the annual Turkey Trot 2022 pub crawl in Siesta Key Village hosted by The Block that Roxx!: Daiquiri Deck, SKOB, The Hub, The Beach Club, MVP, Pi, Gilligan's and Bud Light. Early admission 8 p.m. General admission 9 p.m. $10 pre-sale wrist bands available for early admission to Daiquiri Deck only. Turkey Trot 2022 pub crawl, Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key Village, Sarasota, FL.
November 24, 2023: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. Enjoy the music of Paul Mezzanotte in downtown's Centennial Park. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 24 - 26, 2023: Check out the Fall Classic Sports Collectors Show. Dealers will be buying & selling sports cards & memorabilia from the 19th century to present. 100 dealer tables. "Free Appraisals," Card Grading & Autograph Authentication Services. Baseball, Football. Basketball, Hockey, Boxing, Soccer, Pokemon, Comics. $3 Admission (12 and under free) & Free Parking. Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m - 3 p.m. Hotel Venezia Banquet Center, 425 US 41 By-Pass North, Venice, FL.
November 24 - 26, 2023: It's the Sarasota Food Truck Rally & Music Festival. Spice up your November with the Food Truck Rally & Music Festival at J.D. Hamel Park! The rally will offer a diverse selection of food trucks, each ready to provide a unique culinary journey. From local favorites to exotic dishes, there’s something to satisfy every palate. A lineup of talented local musicians will keep you entertained with a mix of rock, pop, jazz, and country tunes, creating a vibrant backdrop for the food truck rally. Friday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Treat your taste buds to a variety of culinary delights. J.D. Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL
November 25, 2023: Check out Breakfast with the Sharks and start your day with their sharks before the Mote Aquarium opens to the public. You and your chums will have a great time sinking your teeth into a light continental breakfast while you learn about our favorite finned friends and Mote’s breakthrough shark research. During this program, you'll meet our resident sharks, watch a narrated feeding of our bonnetheads, and have all of your shark questions answered. After breakfast, you’ll learn about the breakthrough research going on at Mote during a guided tour of our Aquarium. 8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Breakfast with the Sharks does not include general admission to Mote Marine Laboratory. Advanced reservations are required. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult participant. $36 member adults, $40 non-member adults; $27 member youth, $30 non-member youth; 2 and younger are free. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
November 25, 2023: It's the 38th annual Light Up Siesta Key & Village Holiday Parade. Festive décor and holiday atmosphere will Light Up Siesta Key. Enjoy the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Village Gazebo and the holiday parade which begins at Avenida del Mare and Beach Road at 5:30 p.m. and travels north on Beach Road onto Ocean Blvd. and on into the Village. Local businesses and groups will participate in the parade and welcome Santa to Siesta Key Village. Santa will arrive at the Siesta Center immediately following the parade to greet children. Photos may be taken with Santa, free of charge. Gift bags provided for the first 250 kids to visit Santa. 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). Live music at various places, carolers, refreshments and holiday bargains. Free and open to the public. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Siesta Key Village, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 25, 2023: 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 45 year tradition continues when the annual Parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. on the streets of Historic Downtown Venice at the corner of Park Blvd. and W. Venice Ave (south side). It will proceed on the north side of W. Venice Ave. after crossing over Harbor Drive. From there, it will make a turn on Nokomis Avenue and go all the way down to Turin Street, where it turns right, ultimately making its way to the Venice Community Center, where the parade ends. Here's a map of the parade route. The Venice Holiday Parade is expected to draw 40,000 viewers. No early setup of chairs, blankets, etc. along the parade route. These items will be removed by the City. Chairs may be set up the afternoon of the parade ONLY. Additionally, with the complete redesign and expensive landscaping of the Venice Avenue median, spectators will not be permitted to use the median as a parade viewing site. Signage will be posted. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
November 25 - 26, 2023: For some old time fun check out the 19th annual Sarasota Medieval Fair and their new location: The Woods of Mallaranny! The Woods of Mallaranny offers 47-acres of stunning natural surroundings that will bring the fair to life. There are knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. The Sarasota Medieval Fair brings together local artisans, performers, and vendors, and serves as a fundraiser to multiple non-profit organizations Various ticket options and prices available. Free parking. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Woods of Mallaranny is located right on SR-70, approximately 13 miles east of I-75 (moments past Lakewood Ranch and across from Dakin Farms). Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E., Myakka City, FL.
November 25 - 26, 2023: Sarasota's original indie arts & craft show, the Atomic Holiday Bazaar, a Sarasota Holiday Shopping Tradition, enters its 15th season after a 2 year hiatus. Atomic features unique and amusing hand made indie crafts and arts. 2022 admission was: Adults $6, 12 and under free. Hours: Saturday 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Robarts Arena, Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.
November 25 - 26, 2023: Come one, come all and check out The SunCoast Renaissance Festival, a recreation of a Renaissance or Medieval village that's filled with costumed actors, crafts and games to give you the illusion that you have stepped back in time.100’s of performances plus craftspeople and more. Different theme each weekend. Gates are Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Various ticket prices and packages from daily admission to season passes: Under 5 are free. Also Dec 2-3, Dec 9-10. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.
November 29 - December 17, 2023: The Sarasota Players gets holly, jolly with A Tuna Christmas. The play is both an affectionate commentary and withering satire of small-town Southern life and attitudes and is sure to strike a chord with any theatre-goer. It’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Warnings: Adult language/Content. Various shows times, dates and ticket prices. The Sarasota Players, 501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota, FL. Please park and enter the mall by Connor’s Steak and Seafood.
November 30, 2023: Enjoy the annula Holiday Splendor at The Ringling. Celebrate the holiday season and help support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties. Local schools will provide musical entertainment and there will be Art Making, as well as a free Holiday Book Market. Children will receive a free book of their choice! All venues will be open for self-touring, including the Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan, and the Circus Museum. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Admission to this event is free with one unwrapped toy per person. Regular admission will apply without a toy donation. $15 Adult / $5 Child. Guests are encouraged to shop in the Museum Store, which as a large selection of toys under $20. Please enter through the Visitor's Pavilion.Toys are available for purchase in the Museum Store. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Also Dec 7 & 14 The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL.
November 30, 2023: You're invited to The Mayor's Hometown Christmas at the Gazebo in Centennial Park in Venice. At 5 p.m. there will be a performance by First Baptist Church of Venice Choir. At 5:30 p.m. a performance by the Venice Chorale. The Tree Lighting will be at 6 p.m. with the City of Venice Mayor Nick Pachota and Santa Claus. At 6:15 p.m. there will be a performance by Union Missionary Baptist Church Choir. The Gazebo in Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice avenue, downtown Venice, FL.
November 30, 2023: Check out Downtown Sarasota’s Enchanting Christmas Tree Lighting. Selby Five Points Park becomes the backdrop for a magical evening of joy, music, and festive lights. Join us in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, as the Selby Five Points Park transforms into a holiday haven, complete with the majestic centerpiece—the dazzling Christmas Tree. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Selby Five Points Park, 1 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL
November 30, 2023: Enjoy “Merry & Bright.” Join SCF Choirs, SCF Guitar Ensemble and SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra for a festive holiday concert reveling in the sights and sounds of the season with a fresh take on contemporary and traditional selections. 7:30 p.m. Tickets for each performance can be purchased online at SCF.edu/Neel or by calling 941-752-5252. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for SCF students and staff unless otherwise noted. SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL
November 30 - December 3, 2023: You're invited to the Singing Christmas Tree Spectacular to enjoy the wonder of Christmas. Presented by the First Sarasota Downtown Baptist Church, The Singing Christmas Tree, some 25 feet tall, sporting over 10,000 lights with 12 levels that hold 115 choir members, is a music and drama production written & directed by church members and accompanied by an orchestra featuring songs of the Christmas Season and stunning pageantry. There are 5 performances taking place, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., Dec 1 at 7 p.m., Dec 2 at 11 a.m., Dec 2 at 2 p.m. and Dec 3 at 5 p.m. Tickets: Adults: $20, children: $15. Tickets available here to buy online. First Baptist Church of Sarasota, 1661 Main St, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-365-2846.
November 30 – December 6, 2023: Come to Ever Green Days at The Bay, Sarasota’s newest signature park and blue-and-green oasis along Sarasota Bay. Enjoy a wide range of interactive green and eco-friendly experiences including family-friendly activities, guided eco-tours, hands-on eco-education, and more! Check back as we add new activities. As always, all events at The Bay are free and open to everyone, so bring your family and friends and find your adventure! Free. The Bay Park, 655 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida
November 30 - December 21, 2023: Take a ride on the North Pole Express, a 35 minute ride from Parrish, FL to the North Pole. Upon arrival, everyone will detrain at our special North Pole station where Santa awaits to visit with every child. During your stay a variety of entertainment, activities, camp fires and all the hot chocolate and cookies you care to eat are included with every train ticket. Additional food and beverage will be available for purchase at the North Pole. Various dates/times/ticket prices. All children Ages One and Up must have a ticket for the North Pole Express. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd Street East, Parrish, FL. (941) 776-0906