2021 November Sarasota
Events Calendar

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

*Every effort is made to provide as accurate of information as possible, however dates, times, places and event schedules are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, last minute changes or cancellations made by event organizers, mistakes, misinformation from sources and/or events beyond anyone's control, etc. 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, 2021: Postponed to April 1 - 4, 2022 Target Dates due to COVID. The Sarasota Chalk Festival returns to the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. Scores of chalk artists from all over will create artwork using the pavement of the Venice Airport Festival Grounds as their canvas, the theme being 'Spirited Festivities' over Halloween weekend. 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, live music, craft, food and drink vendors and attractions connected to the fest! Venice Airport, 610 Airport Avenue East, Venice, FL Click here for more.

November 1, 2021: Join the Venice Concert Band for Our Heroes as they return to the stage with a concert that will honor not only our military veterans, but also the many local heroes who served on the front lines of necessary services during the recent pandemic. Tickets will be available for this performance October 18, 2021. 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

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 November 1 - 19, 2021: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Ringling Re-imagined in the Community Gallery. This special exhibition highlights artwork by local children who were inspired by works of art in the museum's collection. The Ringling’s Community Gallery is always free and open to the public. The public exhibition space is located on the ground floor of the museum’s Chao Center for Asian Art. Those wishing  to visit the Community Gallery may ask for a free wristband at the Visitors Pavilion upon arrival. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL.

November 1 - 28, 2021:  It's The 46th Anniversary Orchid Show at Selby Gardens, brings together two of Sarasota, Florida’s most renowned legacies —orchids and the circus. Presented in collaboration with the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (The Ringling), The Orchid Show 2021: Aerialists from the Tree Top to the Big Top!, is presented by Better-Gro®, celebrates the breathtaking beauty of orchids in tree-top canopies high above the forest floor with the artistry and spectacle of the circus, particularly the aerialists who perform extraordinary feats of human ability high above captivated crowds. Pairing astonishing air plants with amazing aerial acts enables a fascinating exploration of the intersection of nature and entertainment. Admission: Free for members, $10 - $20 for member guests and non-members. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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November 3, 2021: It's NBP Rec Days! A great way to get on the water, family-style! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more. Fee is $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger  Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more). All must complete the waiver forms.  Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. NBP Rec Days! are held at the base of the finish tower on Regatta Island. Depending on events, however, they may move to the west shore, near the playground. Signs will be in place to direct you, either way. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.

November 4, 2021: You're invited to the 21st Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon benefiting The Food Bank of Manatee. Enjoy this symbolic meal of soup and bread and unite to envision hunger-relief in Manatee County. General admission $30, VIP ticket with early entry for bowl selection $50. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL.

November 4, 2021: Check out Ringling Underground with local and regional live music in the museum courtyard while up and coming artists showcase their works also in the museum courtyard. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Admission: $15. Free for  Members and College Students w/ ID and free with "Art After Five" admission, College Students Free with College ID. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700.

November 4 - 5, 2021:  You're invited to the 21st Annual 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! Come anytime between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and they will have seating and to-go options. Your support of Empty Bowls will help children, families, and seniors in need, right here in our community. All proceeds benefit The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. Now, more than ever, they need the support of the community. General admission $30, VIP ticket with early entry for bowl selection $50. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thurs Nov 4 at Manatee Performing Arts Center, 503 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton, FL and Friday Nov 5 at 8131 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

There are numerous recurring, fun things to do in Sarasota throughout the year. Click here for my list of recurring Events in Sarasota!

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November 5, 2021: The 7th Annual Sarasota Kiwanis Club Veterans' Day Breakfast will feature keynote speaker LTC David Thompson (Ret.).Single tickets: $25. RSVP: SarasotaKiwanis.com | Kim Noyes: 925-2970 fax: 827-2920 - SRQKiwanisVeteransDayBreakfast@gmail.com. 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Carlisle Inn, 3727 Bahai Vista St., Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

November 5, 2021:The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with The Roy Gerson Trio. Jazz pianist Roy Gerson performed in the top jazz clubs in NYC during the 1990s at venues such as the Village Gate, the Blue Note, Tavern on the Green and Zanzibar. Roy has appeared in over a dozen movies, including Cotton Club, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Mirror Has Two Faces and The Associate. Gerson's rendition of "If I Had You" can be heard in the film "Eyes Wide Shut". Roy was also involved in the production of the soundtrack for the film. He has recorded three CDs. Joining Roy are Mark Neuenschwander, bass and Dave Morgan, vocals, drums and vibes. Concert from 2 p.m. - 4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL. Tickets available at the door, Jazz Club members $10; non members $20. For information call: (941)260-9951.

November 5, 2021: Lakewood Ranch presents the return of Music on Main the first Friday of each month. Live music, beer, wine and food available. Rebel Heart, a 5 piece female fronted high energy cover band, will fill the air with a diverse mix of upbeat pop, rock, country and dance music that ranges from the 70’s through today’s hits; 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. All visitors under the age of 16 years old of age must be accompanied by an adult after 6 p.m. 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 5 - 6, 2021: It's the annual Festival of the Skeletons/Dia de los Muertos! This year marks the 17th festival and they are planning a party for the whole community! Grab your friends and come on out to explore the art during our 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. Friday 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Village of the Arts, 1227 12th St W, Bradenton, FL.

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November 5 - 7, 2021:  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. $6, 12 & under free. Free parking. Robarts Arena, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.

November 5 - 7, 2021: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Music Theatre Ensemble will present The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The interactive musical theatre experience, based on Charles Dickens’ final unfinished novel, is set in 1892 England and centers on young Edwin Drood, who has been mysteriously murdered by an unidentified culprit. Unfortunately, Dickens passed away before revealing the culprit, so to solve the mystery, the murderer must be chosen by audience vote – revealing a different ending at each performance. Unlike other performances, the audience members will have a chance to become involved in the show. This unique musical, with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes – best known for the 1979 pop hit “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” – premiered on Broadway in 1985 and went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Score. The musical’s 2012 Broadway revival also was nominated for six Tony Awards. General admission tickets are $15; student and staff tickets are $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SCF.edu/Neel or call 941-752-5252. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. SCF Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL. (Masks are strongly encouraged on campus while inside when proper social distancing cannot be practiced, for individuals not fully vaccinated or if preferred by the individual.)

November 6, 2021: Canceled for 2021. It's the annual Sandblast day-long Sand-sculpting competition taking place along the shores of Manatee Public Beach in support of Keep Manatee Beautiful, a group dedicated to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement throughout the county. In addition to showcasing the local talent, Sandblast also offers free clinics taught by master sculptors Learn the “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” of sand sculpture at free clinics taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, while the competition is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. Great Family Fun In the Sun. Manatee Public Beach, Lifeguard Tower, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island. Click here for more info.

November 6, 2021: TBA for 2021.  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.

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November 6, 2021: It's the 20th Annual Ferrari's at St. Armand's Circle. Over 75 Ferrari owners will be showing off their rides and competing for the top prize trophy, "Best of Show." Free admission. The show revs up from 10 a.m. - 4  p.m. in circle park. St. Armand's Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 6, 2021: Experience LeMarche Bohemien Parisian-Inspired Outdoor Marketplace, Sarasota’s First Open-Air Marketplace for Eclectic Creations, Treasures and Art – From Chic to Salvaged, Coastal to Repurposed, Vintage and More. An amazing event of local artisans and music! Experience a unique and different 1-day open air market of up to 50 juried vendors and enjoy refreshments, original and vintage creations.This event will be in one of Sarasota's beautiful parks at the end of Main Ave. Vendors will be set up under the trees on the wide sidewalk that wraps a portion of the Selby Five Points Park under the trees. Entertainment and food vendors will add to the European open air ambiance. Free admission.  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Selby Five Points Park, 1331 First Street, Sarasota, Florida.

November 6, 2021: The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast's
Wild About Nature Festival
is a fall family festival. Reconnect with the great outdoors and help foster a love of nature in the next generation as you spend a day in the sun on the beautiful shores of Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve. Families of all ages are encouraged to take part in this fun-filled day of nature-based education and exploration. The wide variety of activities include a fossil dig, face painting, a chance to try kayaking, hula-hoop lessons, crafts, games, and more. Live music and  food trucks.11 a.m. - 4 pm. Free. On Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Ave, Osprey, FL. More info: 941-918-2100.

November 6, 2021: Canceled for 2021. Enjoy the atmosphere of the 17th Annual Hispanic Fall Festival which will feature live entertainment, music, dance, food, culture, a children's playground and fun.10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free. Tickets available to buy for food purchases. St. Jude Catholic Church, 3930 17th Street, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-955-3934. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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November 6, 2021: You're invited to enjoy The Taste of Mixon's as Mixon Fruit Farms kicks off its 83rd season. In the past this family friendly day included tasty samples ranging from orange salsa to kettle corn to butter-finger milkshakes, Mixon's Select Wine and more. Find out what they have in store this year! Check out Mixon's Orange Blossom Express. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free admission. Mixon's Groveside Market, 2525 27th St E., Bradenton, FL.

November 6, 2021: Canceled for 2021. They hope to put on the fest in 2022. The 20th Annual Original Mullet Smoke-Off will feature tasty smoked mullet, the infamous mullet toss, mullet eating contest, live music, cast net toss, arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine along with smoked mullet, smoked mullet dip and mullet cakes. There's also barbecue and hot dogs. Fun for the whole family. Free admission. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Seabreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia Island, North Manatee County, FL.

November 6, 2021: It's the Sarasota Locals Reunion Party with Great Rock and Roll, Great Food Trucks, and Great Times. They'll be bringing our favorite local bands: Kettle of Fish, The Kara Nally Band, Reckless Deriver, Luv 2 Shine, and The Heart Machine along with food trucks and nonprofits to beautiful downtown Sarasota. This event will give 5 of Sarasota finest rock and roll bands, 10 favorite food trucks and our non-profits a unique opportunity to showcase their music, food and the great work they all do for us here in Sarasota. 2 p.m. - 11 p.m. Free admission. Payne Park, 2010 Adams Ln, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-500-3348.

November 6, 2021: It's the 8th Annual Rockin' Lobster Beach Party at Sharky's On the Pier. Rock out to live music, hear a testimonial from a family in our program, and finish out the night with s'mores on the beach! Watch the sun set over the Venice Pier while enjoying an exclusive beachside experience with a lobster feast and all of your favorite libations from Fins at Sharky’s Restaurant in celebration of Children First’s 60th Anniversary. Tickets here.  6 p.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, please contact Samantha Kingsley: skingsley@childrenfirst.net or 941-953-3877 ext. 1138. Sharky's On the Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive S., Venice, FL.



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Venice Art Fest in Venice Florida

November 6 - 7, 2021:  It's the 33rd 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 6 - 7, 2021: For some old time fun check out the 17th 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. Plus, join in on the fun with this years Scottish scenario, the Battle of Falkirk, 1298 AD. The Sarasota Medieval Fair brings together local artisans, performers, and vendors, and serves as a fundraiser to multiple non-profit organizations. Single day tickets: Adults $21.95 Student/Senior/Military $18.95 Children 5-10 $9.95 and 4 and under free. Other 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 Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 6 - 7, 2021: 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. Also: 11/13-14, 11/20-21, 11/27-28. Gates are Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Various ticket prices and packages from daily admission: Under 5 are free. Children $17, adults $25 to season passes for $156 adult, $96 child.  Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

November 7, 2021: It's the 46th 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 25, 36, 50, and 75 mile routes, well-stocked rest stops, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, event shirt for the first 850 registrants. Limited to 1,000 riders. Event time: 6:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Fees: Register by September 30 for $50.00. Event location: 8100 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

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November 7, 2021: It's one of the area’s best loved shows; the Bill Mergens 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. There will be something for every interest including T-Buckets, Muscle Cars, Street Rods, Classics, Modified Imports, Off Road and Military Vehicles, Exotics and maybe even a vintage Fire Truck or two! 9 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 7, 2021: The University of South Florida is pleased to announce that Brunch on the Bay will return to the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. Consider attending the 27th celebration of Brunch on the Bay, one of the region’s premier social events of the season. Attendees will enjoy exquisite cuisine from local restaurants and caterers, wonderful camaraderie with friends and the opportunity to support student scholarships. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail,  Sarasota, FL.  941-359-4603.

November 7, 2021: 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 7, 2021: Canceled for 2021 They may have this event in April 2022. Check out the 4th Annual Porchfest music fest with numerous different acts playing on 20 different porches! It's a grassroots community music fest where front porches become stages. Featuring a variety of music along with food and beverage vendors. In 2018 there were 60 bands playing on 30 porches. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. Free admission. 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Arlington Park Neighborhood, Sarasota, FL. (East or Rt 41 to S. Tuttle and from Webber Street north to Bahai Vista Street). 

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November 7, 2021: It got too hot in August  so they’ve moved Jerry Day to November 7. There's a party going on called Very Merry Jerry Day to celebrate and remember the late Jerry Garcia of the band The Grateful Dead. Community radio station WSLR sponsors the annual commemoration with live bands performing. The 12th Annual Very Merry Jerry Day will feature two bands that love to play Dead music, fun vendors and food trucks. $12/$15. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center Patio, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 8, 2021: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret with Dominick Farinacci Trio. Dominick Farinacci, New York based jazz trumpeter, has headlined at many major festivals and clubs both  nationally and internationally including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Birdland, Yoshi’s, Scullers, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Tri-C JazzFest and both the Toronto and Montreal Jazz  Festivals in Canada. Single tickets, $35 Jazz Club members, $39 for non members. Full series discounts available.  7:30 p.m. Court Cabaret at the Florida Studio Theatre, First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. For information call the Jazz Club at (941)260-9951.

November 9, 2021: It's Orchid Evening featuring The Circus Arts Conservatory with after-hours viewing of The Orchid Show 2021: Aerialists from the Tree Top to the Big Top! with a special live performance by the The Circus Arts Conservatory under the banyan trees. Refreshments are inspired by the circus and include wine and beer. Selby Gardens' Members $45 / Non-Member $50. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Downtown Sarasota campus, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL

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Sarasota Veterans Day Events

November 11, 2021: American Legion Post 159 of Venice will host The Annual Veterans Day Observance and Ceremony to be held at Patriots Park in Venice. Participating will be all Venice  Veterans Organizations including VFW 8118, DAV 101 and the Marine Corps League. Speakers will include Mayor Ron Feinsod, Commissioner Nancy Detert and others. Music will be provided by the Sun Coast Wind Ensemble. The Public is invited to attend. Please bring  a chair. POC is Norman MacLellan 941-493-1726. 11 a.m. Patriot's Park,  FL: 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, 2021: The Sarasota Veterans Day Parade will honor our Veterans who have served in Afghanistan.  Helicopter pilot and Sarasota Military Academy graduate, Wes Rienhart, who now lives in Denver has agreed to be guest speaker, if he can be released from his current duties. 10:00 a.m. sharp from Osprey and Main, Sarasota, FL. Ceremony to follow at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at 11:00 a.m.  November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 11, 2021: The Manatee County Veterans Council will hold its Veterans Day Service at 11 a.m. at Veterans' Monument Park. The Veterans' Monument Park is adjacent to Manatee Memorial Hospital & the Bradenton Riverwalk. Kevin Wright LTC Army (Retired) is the guest speaker. The park contains several monuments in honor of our nation's troops, including a memorial to troops from Manatee County who perished in the Vietnam War, a memorial to the Korean War veterans and a pyramid-shaped monument to all the branches of the United States Armed Forces. Bradenton, FL.  November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 11, 2021: The City of Anna Maria’s “Old Soldiers & Sailors Parade” progresses East on Pine Avenue from Gulf Drive to City Pier Park with a special veterans recognition ceremony following the parade. The parade and ceremony will feature a USMC Color Guard, 100-year-old World War II veteran, award winning high school marching bands, floats, the AMI Privateers, and much more. Parade starts at 1 p.m. ADA compliant and all CDC guidelines are followed. (Businesses or individuals interested in participating in the parade should call Anna Maria City Hall at 941-708-6130, ext. 121 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 11, 2021: Each year the Diocese of Venice holds a Memorial Mass on Veterans Day in honor of the men and women who have served our country and continue to serve and protect us today. This year, the Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane, will be held at 3:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Amphitheater, located in Patriot Plaza of the National Cemetery, with Mass starting promptly at 3:00 p.m. The Knights of Columbus provides a color guard and a special wreath. 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

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November 11, 2021: Downtown Venice presents Chocolate Walk, Delectable and Decadent! Chocolate bliss awaits you on the avenues in historic downtown Venice for mouth-watering chocolate treats, drinks, chocolate themed items, ice cream and more! 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Downtown Venice, FL.

November 12, 2021: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with The Patricia Dean Trio. Patricia Dean, drums and vocals, is a favorite with local jazz fans and has performed at many Jazz Club sponsored events. She performs regularly at various clubs on Florida’s Gulf coast. Patricia has worked with many top artists, including Nat Adderley, Ira Sullivan, Harry Allen, Dan Miller, Herb Bruce, John Lamb, Giacomo Gates and the late John LaPorta. Patricia is not just a singing drummer or drumming singer. As a drummer, she is an inspiring and supremely tasteful time-keeper, accompanist and soloist. As a jazz vocalist, she is swinging, sensitive and wonderfully musical. Concert from 2 p.m. - 4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL. Tickets available at the door, Jazz Club members $10; non members $20. For information call: (941)260-9951. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 12, 2021: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. Enjoy the music of Patchouli in downtown's Centennial Park. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Family and friend groups are asked to limit to 6 people sitting together, to remain socially distanced from other seated groups, and to follow current CDC guidelines. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 12 - 14, 2021: Don’t miss the 2nd annual downtown Florida Countryfest featuring 3 days of live music, a wide variety of food, several full bar, arts, crafts, a rock wall, several bounce houses  & lots of family fun! Three days of everything from classic country to folk to bluegrass to Cajun, zydeco music and blues featuring Cadilac Blue, Soul Circus, Dr. Dave Band, Side Project Duo. Free admission. Fri: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 11a.m. - 6 p.m. J.D. Hamel Park, downtown Sarasota, FL.

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Siesta Key Crystal Master Sand Sculpting Competition

November 12 - 15, 2021: Come out and enjoy the 12th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. 24 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 70 retail vendors and 6 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 admission upon arrival to the event for $10 per day or a 4 day pass for $30. More options on line for advance purchase. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 13, 2021: It's NBP Rec Days! A great way to get on the water, family-style! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more. Fee is $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger  Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more). All must complete the waiver forms.  Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. NBP Rec Days! are held at the base of the finish tower on Regatta Island. Depending on events, however, they may move to the west shore, near the playground. Signs will be in place to direct you, either way. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.

November 13, 2021: It's Mixon’s Harvest Festival. A fun day of entertainment and shopping. Unique gift ideas for the holiday along with antiques, food items and more. Crafters and vendors from all over the U.S. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St., E., Bradenton, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 13, 2021: The Grilled Cheese Festival is Coming to CoolToday Park. It's a celebration of grilled cheese, fun....and beer!  Featuring: Free entry, $5 Parking, 3 Free Beer samples with entry-21+, Beer Garden - Craft Brews Stations - Domestic Station, Food Trucks with opportunities to cast your vote on your favorite Grilled Cheese! Live music & kids activities. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  CoolToday Park, 18800 W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL.




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November 13, 2021: Enjoy the 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.Tickets in advance only. VIP ticket  gets you in an hour earlier with special food and drink. All proceeds donated by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch to charities. Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 13, 2021:  It's A Musical Event in the Key of Sea: the 8th annual Symphony on the Sand will return to Coquina Beach and provide the opportunity for you to enjoy the award-winning Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (a 45-piece orchestra) during sunset on Anna Maria Island as well as wine, beer and the best delicacies from the top area restaurants. The event features a full orchestra, chorus and professional soloists. Several options available with tickets from $25 - $125. 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Coquina Beach Park, Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, FL. 540-325-3268. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 13, 2021: The Anna Maria Island Privateers say grab your friends, neighbor or spouse and come celebrate with the privateers at their AMI Black-Tie Gala, celebrating 50 years of fun and philanthropy. Seated dining, cash bar, cocktail hour, silent auction. Proceeds benefit their scholarship program for local high school students!!! Table discounts available.Tickets can be purchased here. $150 contribution for 2 tickets. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton, FL.  November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 13, 2021: The Manatee Community Concert Band opens their 2021-2022 season with their Fall Concert, "A Salute to Freedom." All concerts are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. 7 p.m. Neel Performing Arts Center | SCF, 5820 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL. Call 941-753-5634. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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November 13 - 14, 2021: It's the 32nd 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 13 - 14, 2021: It's time to "get crackin" at the 9th 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. 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 13 - 14, 2021: For some old time fun check out the 17th 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. Plus, join in on the fun with this years Scottish scenario, the Battle of Falkirk, 1298 AD. The Sarasota Medieval Fair brings together local artisans, performers, and vendors, and serves as a fundraiser to multiple non-profit organizations. Single day tickets: Adults $21.95 Student/Senior/Military $18.95 Children 5-10 $9.95 and 4 and under free. Other 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 Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 13 - 14, 2021: 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. Also: 11/20-21, 11/27-28. Gates are Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Various ticket prices and packages from daily admission: Under 5 are free. Children $17, adults $25 to season passes for $156 adult, $96 child.  Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

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November 14, 2021: Celebrate the Season and Support The Venice Symphony at Brunch with Beethoven. Listen to the best of Beethoven and classical music performed by musicians from The Venice Symphony while enjoying the Plantation’s signature Sunday brunch and dessert buffet and a cocktail. This event will also feature a program with very special guests, Ludwig’s Libations raffle, and a unique photo opportunity. Tickets: $85. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, FL.

November 15, 2021: It's the Over the Hill Triathlon takes place with these events: 1/4 mile Swim  - Bike 10 Miles - Run 3K on Manasota Key. Other races, too. The event is limited to 250 athletes. The event starts at 7:45 a.m. from the north end of Manasota Beach, FL.

November 15 - 16, 2019: Canceled for 2021 due to COVID-19. Celebrating its 23rd Anniversary, the Giving Hunger the Blues Music Festival will take place at the Sarasota Polo Grounds and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.There will be 15 food and beverage vendors on-site for the festival. All proceeds benefit the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Live music with performances by local, regional and national acts. Friday, November 15: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free. Saturday, November 16: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. General admission $10 in advance and $20 at the gate. VIP Tickets $65 (includes Sonny’s Barbecue dinner, VIP seating, VIP parking, and 3 adult beverages). Children 12 and under Free. Free Parking. This is a RAIN or SHINE event! Sarasota Polo Grounds, 8201 Polo Trail, Sarasota, FL

November 16 - 17, 2019: Canceled for 2021. It's the 21st Annual Canine Christmas Festival and Adopt-A-Thon 2019! Canine Christmas is a fun festival for dog owners & their dogs and those looking to adopt a dog. Bring your well-behaved dogs on a leash and enjoy the festival events (dogs must have current inoculation tag). The festival features a parade of adoptable pets, doggie fashion show, games, contests, canine i.q. test, pet pictures with Santa, pet vendors and much more including Food Trucks with plenty of great food and drinks and fun for everyone. Admission is free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bishop SPCA Animal Shelter grounds 5718 21st Ave. West, Bradenton, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota




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November 15, 2021: Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with Kettle of Fish on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets will be available approx. one month prior to each event, and will include a 24 hour pre-sale period for members. Members please note: $10 tickets are limited to one for Individual Memberships and two for all other Membership levels. Additionally, members may purchase up to four additional tickets at full price ($20) during the pre-sale period. Tickets are limited and will be available on a first come-first serve basis. General public tickets on sale October 16, 2021.  Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 17, 2021: It's NBP Rec Days! A great way to get on the water, family-style! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more. Fee is $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger  Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more). All must complete the waiver forms.  Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. NBP Rec Days! are held at the base of the finish tower on Regatta Island. Depending on events, however, they may move to the west shore, near the playground. Signs will be in place to direct you, either way. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.

November 17, 2021: Enjoy Cocktails at the Cottage: An Open-Air Evening by the Bay at the Historic Spanish Point campus. They're planning a fun, casual evening with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. Watch the sunset and be the first to hear about exciting developments at Selby Gardens' Historic Spanish Point campus. The evening will take place bayfront in front of the 19th Century White Cottage,  Sunken Garden, and Pergola. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Special toast to the future of the Historic Spanish Point campus at 6 p.m. Tickets: $125.00. Historic Spanish Point,  337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL

November 18, 2021: The Wine Feast returns, hosted by the Sertoma Club of Venice, at the Historic Venice Train Station. This is a sell out event. Their 16th year of bringing spectacular wines and food with proceeds benefiting the good works and deeds of the Sertoma Club of Venice. Cheers. $85/pp. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 1927 Historic Venice Train Depot. 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL

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November 18 - 21, 2021: 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! Block Party on Friday Nov. 19, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. and more including Beach Oasis, Cantina & Food Court. Race-day events are Nov 20 - 21. Events are at: Dearborn Street, Race Village, Englewood Beach, Manasota Key, FL November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 19, 2021: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with Tom Ellison and Hip Pocket. Tom Ellison has performed with Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Woody Herman, Aretha  Franklin, The Four Tops, Temptations, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra & more. Locally, he is the leader of Sophisticated Swing Band, and performs in area stage shows & concerts at the Asolo, Venice Theatre & the Van Wezel. Joined by Judi Glover, piano, Nick Bruno, drums, Bill Swartzbaugh, bass. Concert from 2 p.m.- 4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL. Tickets available at the door, Jazz Club members $10; non members $20. For information call: (941)260-9951.

November 19, 2021: Pretzels, popcorn, and butter toast… it’s time for “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!” It's outdoor family movie night, a FREE outdoor block party and movie on the lawn for kids and families! Come watch the classic “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and enjoy free snacks, games, and rides while you wait for the movie to start. Invite your friends, bring a blanket or chair. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Grace Community Church, 8000 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL

November 19 - 20, 2021: The Venice Symphony Returns to the Venice Performing Arts Center with "Brahms and The Boys" to open their 47th season with the epic Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, “a visionary masterpiece” ranked sixth of all classical symphonies by the BBC. They are also thrilled to showcase the mastery of Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, on Haydn’s tour-de-force Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major. This concert also features the rhapsodic God Only Knows by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher as well as Smetana’s buoyant Overture from The Bartered Bride. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Tickets on line or save on fees and call 941-207-8822 or visit The Venice Symphony Box Office at 1515 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 7, Venice from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Venice Performing Arts Center | 1 Indian Ave, Venice, FL.

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November 20, 2021: The Creative Arts Association of Lakewood Ranch is hosting its 19th Annual Fall Art Show and Sale. This art and gifts show features original works of art by local artists and artisans in various mediums, including watercolor, jewelry, pottery, ceramic, wood turning, pastels, acrylics, mixed media and more. Free admission. 9 a.m. -  4 p.m. Free Admission & Parking. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Masks required for entry. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 20, 2021: It's the Escape to Africa fund raising dinner for Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary's future home for their African Caracals. Complete wth a 4 course gourmet dinner there will be specail animal guests, a silent auction, live music, a full bar, raffles and more. 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Advance reservations only:  941-371-6377 ext 3. or email: events@bigcathabitat.org. Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL.

November 20 - 21, 2021: 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 20 - 21, 2021: It's the 8th 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. J.D. Hamel Park, Gulf Stream and Main Street, Downtown Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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November 20 - 21, 2021: For some old time fun check out the 17th 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. Plus, join in on the fun with this years Scottish scenario, the Battle of Falkirk, 1298 AD. The Sarasota Medieval Fair brings together local artisans, performers, and vendors, and serves as a fundraiser to multiple non-profit organizations. Single day tickets: Adults $21.95 Student/Senior/Military $18.95 Children 5-10 $9.95 and 4 and under free. Other 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 20 - 21, 2021: 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. Also: 11/27-28. Gates are Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Various ticket prices and packages from daily admission: Under 5 are free. Children $17, adults $25 to season passes for $156 adult, $96 child.  Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 21, 2021: Check out the "Jazz On The Water" LeBarge Tropical Cruise. Enjoy a smooth sailing 2-hour cruise aboard the LeBarge on the Sarasota Bay. Live Jazz provided by"Just the Two of Us",Annie Addington and Jamil Ghattas. Cash beverage service available on-board. No food or snacks will be sold. You are welcome to bring snacks and finger foods, but no outside beverages allowed. Boarding at the Sarasota Bayfront Marina begins at 1:30 pm; departure 2:00 pm. $35. 10% discount for Jazz Club of Sarasota Members. See Covid-19 safety requirements.

November 21, 2021: Giddy up, giddy up! It's the 29th 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 benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs and Take Stock in Children. 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 921-944-8137.

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November 21 - 23, 2019: TBA for 2021. You're invited to enjoy the 26th Annual Christmas in Pinecraft Arts & Crafts Festival with all local and USA made gifts from area artists. Vendors feature pottery, jewelry, beautiful handmade wood bowls, fiber art, hand crafted note cards, crochet items, wreaths, wood signs, local artist paintings, weather vanes, stove towels, American girl dolls and clothes and much more. Amish baked goods and a food truck or 2. Many items made by local Mennonite and Amish community members. 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 21, 2020 - February 28, 2021: TBD for 2021-2022.The Photoville FENCE makes its third consecutive appearance at Nathan Benderson Park.The public photography project is exhibited year-round in major parks and downtowns across North America. Featuring more than 90 photographers annually, the exhibition brings compelling visual stories into the public realm, and to a wide and diverse audience. As an outdoor exhibition, social distancing is a distinct built-in feature of the show.“The local show also includes a showcase of seven Florida photographers, judged separately from the international show. The Photoville Fence will appear on the upper finish tower parking lot, on both sides of a chain-link fence between the two bridges onto the park’s Regatta Island. Free. 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL. 941-358-7275

November 22, 2021: It's Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret with Sammy Figueroa Latin Jazz Ensemble at Court Cabaret at the Florida. Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world's great musicians. As one of the music's leading percussionists he has played on countless records and is well-known for his versatility in a multitude of musical styles. Besides playing with some of the world's greatest pop stars, such as David Bowie, Chaka Khan and Mariah Carey, Sammy has also played with a multitude of distinguished jazz artists including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, George Benson, and many, many more. Single tickets, $35 Jazz Club members, $39 for non members. Full series discounts available. 7:30 p.m. Court Cabaret at the Florida Studio Theatre, First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. For information call the Jazz Club at (941)260-9951

November 24, 2021: TBD for 2021 season. 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.

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November 24, 2021 - December 4, 2021: Entre Nous Club of Manatee presents its Holiday Festival of Trees online auction. They are feeling festive and think you'll enjoy this year's fundraiser! As the uncertainty of holding a function that can draw a crowd of over one thousand people in a weekend continues, the active members of Entre Nous Club have decided to keep with the holiday spirit and traditions, but move their annual fundraiser online. They invite you to visit their online auction to bid on a variety of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and lots of fabulous gifts to put under the tree. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 25, 2020: TBD for 2021. It's the Fall Family Fishing Tournament at the Venice Fishing Pier. Details are pending for 2021. Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 25, 2021: It's the 4th Annual Florida Turkey Trot at Nathan Benderson Park. Fit2Run and Nathan Benderson Park are coming together to provide a 5K Turkey Trot to help local families kick off their Thanksgiving! All participants will receive a race shirt, race bib, and finisher's medal. Kids 18 and under can register for just $20, so the whole family can trot together this Thanksgiving! 8 a.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL 34235 November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 25, 2021: It's the ALSO Youth 2021 Annual Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot. Enjoy Thanksgiving morning with your entire family on Lido Key Beach for their 11th anniversary of the Turkey Trot! There will also be games, face-painting, food, entertainment, a scavenger hunt, and a costume contest! Enjoy a morning full of fun, running, entertainment, and food for the whole family, and carry on this Sarasota Thanksgiving morning tradition and support a great cause. $25 - $40. The fun run will be happening at the beautiful Lido Key Beach. 8 a.m. - noon. It starts north of the Lido Beach Pavilion, run to the southern point of Lido Key Beach, ​and head back up toward the Pavilion. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

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November 26, 2021: The Friday Jazz at Two Concert Series returns with Dick Hamilton Westcoast Sextet. Dick Hamilton is music director for the Savory Swing Band. Dick is a composer, arranger and a multi  instrumentalist. A brilliant musician, he began playing piano at the age of four and trombone at 9 and soon was playing trumpet, all self taught. He plays all the brass and reed instruments. Dick was a studio musician in L.A. for 45 years. The West Coast Sextet plays his arrangements of jazz standards and some original compositions. Concert from 2 p.m. - 4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL. Tickets available at the door, Jazz Club members $10; non members $20. For information call: (941) 260-9951. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 26, 2021: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert featuring Johnny Rawls. Enjoy the music and fun in downtown's Centennial Park. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for seating. COVID-19 safety plan is in place! Family and friend groups are asked to limit to 6 people sitting together, to remain socially distanced from other seated groups, and to follow current CDC guidelines. Masks recommended. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Venice Ave., downtown Venice, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 27, 2021: It's NBP Rec Days! A great way to get on the water, family-style! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more. Fee is $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger  Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more). All must complete the waiver forms.  Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. NBP Rec Days! are held at the base of the finish tower on Regatta Island. Depending on events, however, they may move to the west shore, near the playground. Signs will be in place to direct you, either way. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 27, 2021:  It's the 36th annual Light Up Siesta Key & Village Holiday Parade.  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. Santa will arrive at the Siesta Center at the end of the parade to greet children from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Photos may be taken with Santa, free of charge. Gift bags provided by Beach Bazaar 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. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Siesta Key Village, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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November 27, 2021: It's the kickoff to the Sun Coast's holiday season with the return of The Venice Holiday Parade which traditionally takes place the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving. The 44 year tradition continues when the annual Parade steps off at 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.  The 2021 Holiday Parade will most likely be smaller this year, but traditionally exciting. The Venice Holiday Parade is expected to draw 40,000 viewers.Due to COVID-19 restrictions: 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. No pre-parade performances are planned. No food vendors will be included. 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. For parade viewers wishing to be more socially distanced along the route, we encourage you to watch the parade from Nokomis Avenue. Masks are encouraged in crowded areas where social distancing is a challenge. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

November 27 - 28, 2021: For some old time fun check out the 17th 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. Plus, join in on the fun with this years Scottish scenario, the Battle of Falkirk, 1298 AD. The Sarasota Medieval Fair brings together local artisans, performers, and vendors, and serves as a fundraiser to multiple non-profit organizations. Single day tickets: Adults $21.95 Student/Senior/Military $18.95 Children 5-10 $9.95 and 4 and under free. Other 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 Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 27 - 28, 2021: 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. Gates are Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Various ticket prices and packages from daily admission: Under 5 are free. Children $17, adults $25 to season passes for $156 adult, $96 child.  Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 28, 2021: Chabad of Sarasota Invites you to enjoy the 11th Annual Taste of Chanukah Food & Music Festival with food, fun, live music, arts and crafts and more. Enjoy catered kosher food by Michael's on East. Entertainment and activities for the whole family. Enjoy a helicopter in the sky to rain down gelt from above, a 3 ton snow slide, 16 foot giant human snow globe and more. Entertainment for the whole family! 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. $7 admission and free parking. Kids under 12 are free.  Sponsored by The Jewish Federation Campus. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

November 30, 2019: TBA for 2021. It's The Annual Bridge Street 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 Pier. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.. Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL. November Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com








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

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

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

"Cool site" -- Pat W, Massachusetts