2018 October Sarasota
Events Calendar

The October Sarasota Events Calendar has the best of the best fun free (or next to nothing) list of Sarasota happenings on the sun coast.



October 3, 2018: The Phillippi Farmhouse Market is back and it features locally grown fruits and vegetables, including local USDA certified organic produce and hydroponics. There will be plants, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs and cut flowers for sale along with a wide variety of locally baked goods, delicious barbeque, plenty of food and beverage vendors, arts and crafts, soaps and candles and always live music. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Wednesday, October through April. 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Free admission. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 3, 2018: 15 Terrific Local Restaurants will be serving up Great “Tastes” at the 26th annual “A Taste Of Sarasota.” Admission: $10 Early Bird OR $15 at the Door.  5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sarasota Event Center at the Shriners Auditorium, 600 N Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL.

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October 4, 2018: Get groovin in the courtyard at Ringling Underground where you can enjoy live music in the Museum of Art Courtyard. An eclectic mix of local and regional live music is featured in the series. Plus check out up and coming artists with select galleries open until 11 p.m. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with "Art After Five" admission. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL. 941-360-7399.

October 5, 2018: Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Live music, beer, wine and food available. The Hydramatic will fill the air with stripped down Soul with Soul music and the deejay will keep you dancing with today’s Top 100 hits. Bring your chairs, but leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash. Overflow parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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October 5 - 6, 2018: Check out the Business Showcase (formerly Consumer Expo) with more than 100 businesses participating along with door prizes, health screenings and more. Free admission and parking. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice.

October 5 - 7, 2018: There's a Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show with lots on display to see from dealers from around the country selling gems, jewelry, beads, crystals and more. Adults $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

October 6, 2018: It's the “Fish For United Way” tournament benefiting the region’s United Ways and hosted by Florida Power and Light Company. Anglers can cast their lines in the 4,000-acre cooling reservoir, also known as Lake Parrish, that serves the FPL Plant. Home to bass, crappies and catfish, the reservoir is a delight for anglers, who pay $250 per boat (includes 3 anglers, $50 each additional angler), to participate in one of the open tournament days. The reservoir is normally closed to the public, but opens three times a year for the fishing tournament which benefits the surrounding communities. Top prize: $1,000. Tournament is limited to 50 boats. All of the money raised is shared by United Way of South Sarasota County, United Way Suncoast and United Way of Manatee County. Click here for more information and to register for the tournament.

October 6, 2018: Take in an afternoon and early evening at the 4th Annual Beer, Bands and BBQ featuring local food and BBQ Vendors, and of course an assortment of beer available for purchase. The music lineup includes 7 top local bands: The Good Time Groove Band, Auto Kania, Jah Movement, Daisy Dukes Band, Steve Arvey, and Fiya Wata. In between sets there will be student performances, featuring Music Compound students, Sarasota's rising stars. Family friendly. Tickets: $10 - $15 General admission, students $5. Children 10 and under are free. Noon - 7 p.m. Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and tickets.

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October 6, 2018: Don your best Oktoberfest attire for a great time and a big Oktoberfest celebration which will include many of the typical items you actually get when you go to Oktoberfest in Munich including Large Bretzeln, White Radish, and much more. There will also be a Stein hoisting contest, costume contest plus The Schnitzel Trailer with authentic German food!  Authentic live German music from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. by Petra and Teresa! 3 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Mr. Beery's, in Gulf Gate, 2645 Mall Dr, Sarasota, FL. More info here.

October 6 - 7, 2018: The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual ride and game activity booth, including pony rides, rock wall, bounce house, and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $2 – $7. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Additional dates are: 10/13 - 10/14, 10/20 - 21, & 10/27 - 10/28. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

October 6 - 7, 2018: are the dates for this year's 24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival. Held in downtown Sarasota at Orange and Main Street, this is one of the more popular annual two day events on my Sarasota Calendar of Events and features everything from paintings to woodwork. Find , explore and shop among a variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1 Central Avenue,, downtown Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 7, 2018: Is your dog the Top Dog? Check out the 2018 Top Dog Show, "Fashion, Fur & Fun." It's a Westminster type dog show. At this year's event you can enjoy the Top Dog event on Sarasota Bay with Sunday Brunch by Executive Chef, Paul Mattison. There will also be a Canine Fashion Show and more! Your Top Dog ticket purchase helps support Donte’s Den, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization and the only facility anywhere offering long term and permanent care for dogs whose owners are unable to care for any number of reasons or situations. 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. 



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October 7, 2018: You can enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 7, 2018: Check out the 3rd 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. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. Free admission. 3 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). Click here for more details on locations. 

October 11, 2018: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will present a “Global Initiative” as the season debut for the SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra. The audience will embark on a trip around the world with the orchestra and guest piano soloist and music faculty member Aza Torshkoeva. Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” will take the listener to the land of the midnight sun followed by an excursion to Warsaw with Addinsell’s “Warsaw Concerto” and finally Dvorak’s classic “New World Symphony.” Ticket holders are invited to a reception and music discussion at 6:30 p.m. in The Gallery at SCF adjacent to SCF’s Neel PAC lobby. Refreshments will be served. 7:30 p.m.General admission tickets are $15; student and staff tickets are $5. For more information or to purchase tickets visit SCF.edu/Neel or call 941-752-5252. SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL.

October 12, 2018: Unfortunately due to the summer construction in downtown Venice their Free Music Friday Night summer concerts in Centennial Park are on hiatus until November, 2018.

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October 12 - 13, 2018: Celebrating its 22nd Anniversary, the Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on the Bay Music Festival becomes 2 days of music and fun in 2018 and takes place again on the outdoor grounds of the Van Wezel Auditorium. With Sarasota Bay as a backdrop there will be live music with16 national musical, regional and local musical acts. Live music for 2 days! Oct. 12's line up includes: Hot Club SRQ, Synia Carrol with The Phil Magallanes Trio, Fred Johnson and more. Oct. 13's line up includes headliner, Sarasota's own, Lauren Mitchell, the Florida Blues Brothers, Brandi Adams, The Koko Ray 5 and more. A selection of the area’s most delicious restaurants and vendors add to the fun. Proceeds benefit the the Mayor's Feed the Hungry Program and the Generoso Foundation to feed, protect and nurture children and families in our community. Tickets prices, bands event times to be announced. Free parking as well as paid parking available. Van Wezel Auditorium grounds, Sarasota Bay Front on Rt. 41, north of the Ringling Bridge. 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Click here for more info.

October 13, 2018: The 13th Annual UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Master Gardener Plant Sale offers visitors the chance to purchase beautiful plants and consult with Master Gardener volunteers on plant selection, gardening tips, and other plant and pest questions. Free admission. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

October 13, 2018: Sun Coast Jaguar Club of Florida is hosting the 32nd Annual Concours d'Elegance on St. Armands Key. This is a JCNA Sanctioned event and is open to all vintage thru modern Jaguar cars. Cars may be entered in non-judged or judged classes, $35-$55. The event is free to the public. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL. More info here.

October 13, 2018: It's the 4th annual Howl-O-Ween Movie night Spooktacular shown on the Ed Smith Stadium outfield video board. Children can come dressed in their favorite costume to enjoy free games, candy and prizes from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and a costume parade around the bases at 6:40 p.m. The movie, Hocus Pocus, begins at approximately 7 p.m. Bring your blanket for outfield viewing or watch from stadium seating. Concessions available. Coolers are not permitted. No strollers, lawn chairs or high heels allowed on the field. Admission is a non-perishable food item donation to All Faiths Food Pantry. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Entry is at the left field gate. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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

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October 13, 2018: Check out some heavenly bodies during Sidewalk Astronomy courtesy of the local group of Deep Sky Observers. Telescopes will be up and available for public viewing from sunset. - 10 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Robinson Preserve, 10299 9th Avenue NW, Bradenton (Use the park entrance on 9th Avenue NW, just west of 99th Street West in Bradenton.).

October 13 - 14, 2018: Take part in an exciting weekend of racing and watch top international triathletes compete at the 2nd annual Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival. A two-day celebration of all things triathlon. With racing opportunities for, age-group, collegiate and elite athletes alike, registration is now open for the USAT Age Group Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon World Qualifier and Age Group Non Draft Legal Open Sprint Triathlon. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL. Registration and more info here.

October 13 - 14, 2018: Get into the 27th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft booths, live music, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, pumpkin games for charity, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Additional dates: Oct 20 - 21 and Oct  27 - 28. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $10, kids 12 & under free, parking $5. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

October 13 - 14, 2018: The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual ride and game activity booth, including pony rides, rock wall, bounce house, and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $2 – $7. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Additional dates are: 10/20 - 21, & 10/27 - 10/28. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL.




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October 13 - 14, 2018: See what's being called "Sarasota’s Most Elegant Home Show" featuring suppliers of everything for your home from builders and contractors to kitchens & baths, Pools, Spas, Windows and much more. Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

October 13 - 14, 2018: The Global Friendship Foundation(GFF) invites you to the 12th Annual Hungarian FestivalDancers, children's activities including pony rides, arts and crafts, games and fun for the whole family. Plus world famous Hungarian dishes and desserts. The festival features live concerts and entertainment all day. Goulash soup cooking competition. Enjoy authentic Hungarian cuisine, sample traditional dishes, pastries, cakes and wines. Sat: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Admission adults $12. Kids 12 - 17 $5, Kids under 12 free. Free parking. Sarasota County Fairgrounds behind Robarts Arena off Fruitville Road - 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota.

October 14, 2018: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 14, 2018: The 19th Annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off features Sarasota firehouses competing for the best chili award. Celebrity judges, live entertainment and more. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Morton's Gourmet Market in Southside Village. Proceeds benefit the Sarasota Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund. Free admission. $10 to sample all Chili. Tickets in advance at Morton's.1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota. Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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October 19, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" as Al Hixon opens the 2018 -19 Jazz at Two season with a jam session. Area musician and vocalists are invited to sit in. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.

October 19 - 21, 2018: You're invited to The annual Sun Fiesta! Events begin Friday evening and continue all day Saturday and Sunday. Funny Bed Races, a Parade and the Miss Sun Fiesta Pageant culminating in a young woman being selected to win a $1,000 scholarship. Also: arts and crafts, food and drink, live music and entertainment and more throughout the 3-day weekend event. Fri: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Free admission and free parking.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 19 - 21, 2018: Check out the Coin Show and Sale put on by the Sarasota-Manatee Coin Clubs. Learn the history behind the coins that also reflects the history of the country. 93 tables! Fri - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Free admission and free parking. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

October 19 - 21, 2018: Take a trip down to Charlotte County for the Florida International Air Show at the Punta Gorda Airport. From static displays of aircraft to flying high overhead, the show will also feature a variety of performers. Various ticket prices and options. Friday: gates open at 5 p.m. with performances from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and a fireworks finale. Saturday & Sunday: gates open at 9 a.m. with noon shows. Punta Gorda Airport, 28000 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda, F.L  More info here.

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October 20, 2018: Check out their new location for The 21st Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market with lots of used boat stuff, some new boat stuff, too, to buy or trade along with antiques, dive gear, fishing gear and more. Meet fellow boaters, enjoy some live music, food and have a good time. 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Free admission and parking. Open to the public. Rain date: October 27, 2018. Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL.

October 20, 2018: Check out and enjoy the 18th Annual Anna Maria Island Bay Fest featuring live music all day including the Dr Dave Band plus a Classic Car Show featuring vintage cars from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., a Kids Zone, arts and crafts vendors, "Taste of the Island" Food Court from local restaurants and vendors, soda, water, beer, wine & rum drinks for sale. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 20, 2018: The Newtown Farmers Market in Sarasota hosts the 3rd annual Big Mama's Collard Greens Fest. The fest is a celebration of community and culture, with influence from Cajun, Creole, Southern and Caribbean styles. The legendary "big mama" represents the best-tasting family collard greens recipes, some dating back more than 100 years. In addition, chefs from major restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the Tampa Bay area will showcase their collard greens and specialty foods. Entertainment will highlight local talent! 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free Admission. Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, FL.

October 20, 2018: You're invited to Sarasota Pride Fest 2018. Live music, Tiki Bar, Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Family Zone, Face Painting and more. Noon - 6  p.m. J.D. Hamel Park, Gulfstream and Main, downtown Sarasota, FL.




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October 20 - 21, 2018: Get into the 27th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft booths, live music, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, pumpkin games for charity, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. Additional dates: Oct  27 - 28. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $10, kids 12 & under free, parking $5. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

October 20 - 21, 2018: The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual ride and game activity booth, including pony rides, rock wall, bounce house, and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $2 – $7. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Additional dates are: 10/27 - 10/28. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

October 20 - 21, 2018: Come sail away, perhaps, and enjoy the St. Armands Boat Show around Circle Park with a wide variety of boats to see. There's sure  to be one on display to fit your fantasy or wallet! Free admission. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. St. Armand's Circle Park, Sarasota. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

October 20 - 21, 2018: The FSDA Sarasota Stamp Show will feature not only stamps for collectors but also covers, postcards, coins & paper money and supplies plus buying, selling and appraising. Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Hosted by Sarasota Philatelic Club & Venice Stamp Club. Free admission and parking. New location: Columbus Hall, 4880 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL.

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October 20 - 21, 2018: The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is hosting the 5th Annual Arcadia Fall PRCA Rodeo featuring the baddest bulls and broncs this side of the Mississippi along with all of the timed events everyone knows and loves!  Gates open at 11:00 a.m. The Arcadia Rodeo Shootout Gang will perform at 1:00 p.m. The Rodeo action begins at 2:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! Enjoy a weekend of family fun with the best cowboys and cowgirls around! Tickets range from $5 - 15. Arcadia Rodeo, 124 Heard Street, Arcadia, FL. 

October 21, 2018: It's the Annual InStride Community Barbeque. In addition to delicious BBQ and other fixings at the ranch there will be music, games, pumpkin painting, bounce houses, mini horses, horse demonstrations, prizes, beer and lots of delicious barbeque for the whole family! All proceeds benefit the InStride Rider Scholarship Fund. Purpose: Partnering with horses, they challenge individuals with special needs to reach their fullest potential. The riders of InStride represent all ages and backgrounds and have varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological and sensory disabilities. Tickets: Adult $15, 12 and under free.12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. InStride Therapy, Inc. 1629 Ranch Rd., Nokomis FL. Click here for more info and advance tickets.

October 21, 2018: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. Free. 388-1666. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 23, 2017: One more Oktoberfest with with fun contests, games and prizes. Put on your Lederhosen and bring your stein. Best Dressed Contest - Bring out your Dirndl or Lederhosen for a men's and woman's best dressed competition. Winners will be chosen at 3:30 p.m. and will receive a $50 bar tab. Beer, food, music, Stein race and Stein holding games and more. $4 pints of German beer all day. No cover charge. 11 a.m. - close. J. Dub's Brewing Company & Tap Room, 1215 Mango Ave., Sarasota.

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Publisher's Note: October, 2018: Usually held at this time of year, after 20 years, The Humane Society of Sarasota County has discontinued its Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest. 

October 26, 2018: Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" featuring Eddie Tobin & Friends. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.

October 26, 2018: Unfortunately due to the summer construction in downtown Venice their Free Music Friday Night summer concerts in Centennial Park are on hiatus until November, 2018.

October 26 - 27, 2018: A weekend fest of live music and beer, song and dance at the 3rd Annual Sarasota Celtic Music Festival which will feature Celtic Fusion, Celtic Folk and Celtic Rock. Eat, drink and be merry and sample a variety of craft beers plus authentic Celtic food, drink and craft vendors and a kids tent. Friday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. General Admission: $20, 12 & under are free. Free parking. Location: Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. Get more info here.

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October 27, 2018: The 15th Annual Boo Run & Boo Dash is a family oriented 5K run & Dash with a costume contest and awards. More info by clicking here! With over 1,200 runners and spectators expected, the race begins at 8:30 a.m. with a Boo Dash Kids Race at 7:45 a.m. All runners will receive a bib, t-shirt and a treat bag at registration. Costumes will be judged in these categories: Best Couple, Most Creative, Most Funny, Best Male/Female Kids Under 10. Day of late registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Main Street off Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

October 27, 2018: Hit a howl-in-one at the 3rd annual Tee Time for Tots, a Halloween-themed, family-friendly, mini golf fundraiser benefiting the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County. From toddlers and tweens to baby boomers and beyond, this benefit will have something for everyone. In addition to trick or treating at every hole, Tee Time for Tots will feature face-painting, a caricature artist, fun Halloween-themed games and more. Enjoy story time on a quilt under large oaks trees. While costumes are optional, there will be a costume contest with prizes for all ages. Don't forget to check out their boo-tiful raffle baskets too! Each ticket includes one round of miniature golf, a slice of pizza and a beverage. All proceeds go toward childcare scholarships for children, under the age of 5, whose families qualify as low income. Online player registration (preferred) is requested by October 20, 2018. Same-day registration will be available. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Evie's Miniature Golf Center, 4725 Bee Ridge Road,  Sarasota, FL. $20 per player or $60 per foursome. Player registration and payment is available here.

October 27, 2018: It's that time again for another Oktoberfest! Put on your Dirndls and Lederhosen and come enjoy one of MANY German/ Oktoberfest beers, pretzels, schnitzels, schnapps, and an oompah band!! This year we will dance and drink to the sounds of the Stein Swingers!!! Dancing, drinking, games, and prizes!! Doors open at 4 p.m. and entry is only $5 for all of the fun.  Outdoor seating is provided, but not guaranteed. Feel free to byoc! 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. British Open Pub, 367 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice, FL

October 27, 2018: The Main Street Live Downtown Street Party kicks off its new season and it takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. with live music and dancing in the street throughout the night. The event also features food and drink vendors and arts and crafts. No charge to attend. Old main Street, Downtown, Bradenton, FL.October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota




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October 27 - 28, 2018: Check out the Vintage and Collectibles Fair with lots of exhibitors with everything from antiques, books, collectibles, linens and more. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults $3 for the entire weekend, kids 12 and under free. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

October 27 - 28, 2018: Get into the 27th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival featuring fun for all including craft booths, live music, pioneer trades village, scarecrow displays, pumpkin games for charity, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, frog jumping championships, kids train ride, fresh roasted sweet corn, rock climbing wall, face painting and more. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission $10, kids 12 & under free, parking $5. Hunsader Farms: C.R. 675, halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70, 10 miles east of I-75. Heading north on I-75 from Sarasota take exit 217A or heading south on I-75 take exit 220. 941-322-2168. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

October 27 - 28, 2018: The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual ride and game activity booth, including pony rides, rock wall, bounce house, and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $2 – $7. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 27 - 28, 2018: The UTC Fine Art Fair with Craft Marketplace brings the nation’s best artists and crafters to UTC. Stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, a separate craft festival and much more. No matter what you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it among the various array of artists and crafters participating in this fine art and craft festival. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr in Sarasota, FL.

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October 27 - 28, 2018, 2018: Fall means it's time for Sarasota Oktoberfest! Stuff yourself with smoked sausages, roasted meats, sauerkraut, cabbage, and pretzels while enjoying authentic German music and dancers. Saturday music will be provided by the OktoberFest Band and on Sunday by Alpine Doc & Fraeulein Gretel. Bavarian Dancers all weekend will be Schuhplattler Gruppe Alpenrose. Also enjoy a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 33 S. Gulf  Stream Avenue, downtown Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 27 - 28, 2017: Check out Blood Jam, an annual 2 Day Music Festival, Haunted House and Blood Drive that benefits the SunCoast Blood Bank. DJs from the area will be playing hot dance music all night long mixing a blend of Hip Hop, Rap and Electronic Dance Music.  Suncoast Blood Bank is the main beneficiary of this event by having the blood mobile on location with a Haunted House during the day called Alien Beach. The Suncoast Blood Bank's Bloodmobile will be outside the venue from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on October 28 before the event and everyone that donates blood will get Free Pretzel Stix from Ben's Soft Pretzels and FREE admission to the Haunted House. 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. Tickets start at $15. Central City Lounge & BJAM5 RADIO at 1945 17th Street, Sarasota, FL. Tickets and more info here.   October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 27 - 29, 2017: Cast a spell of sights, sounds and tastes of fall at The Manasota Pumpkin Festival at DeSoto Square Mall, sure to be entertaining and exciting for all ages. A Sarasota and Bradenton area tradition, festival Goers will be amazed by the new performances, pumpkin patch and maze, pie eating contests, free shows, family midway amusement area complete with rides, games, inflatable land, petting zoo and pony rides along with delectable food, craft vendors and a beer garden. In addition there will be free hayrides and safe trick or treating from vendor to vendor, live bands and more! 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily. DeSoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd W, Bradenton FL.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 28, 2018: It's the 9th Annual Tour de North Port Bicycle Ride. This year's theme is "It's The Green Pumpkin!" Click here for more details. It's not a race but different courses in and around the streets of North Port. There are 15, 35, and 65 mile routes that highlight North Port’s most natural settings and the parks that border the Myakkahatchee Creek with each route having its own color-coded road markings. Breakfast donated by FirstWatch, a catered lunch prepared by the Earth Cafe, delicious desserts including homemade pies, rest stops with homemade snacks, full mobile Support And Gear (SAG) provided by Louie’s Bicycle and The Bicycle Center. Pre-registration online by Oct. 26 $40, on-site $45. First 350 to pre-register by Oct. 1 are guaranteed to receive a free ride t-shirt, “got shade?” sunglasses, and a goodie bag. Begins/Ends at The Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore Street (near the intersection of Toledo Blade and Gateway Blvd.) in North Port. Check in begins at 7 a.m. Group starts begin at 8 a.m. More info: (941) 426-9752. Annual fundraiser for People for Trees, Inc., a local native tree advocacy non-profit group.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October Sarasota Events

October 28, 2018: It's the 30th Anniversary Bill's Beer Run Marathon. The 5-mile, fund-raising run named after Bill Menard, takes place on Casey Key and the field is limited to 750 runners.  Race begins at 8 a.m. Arrive early because there's limited parking, or carpool. Because it's close to Halloween time some runners wear costumes! North Jetty Park, Casey Key, FL. Click here for more info.
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October 28, 2017: The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is hosting Howl’ween, a pet costume contest and parade on Old Main Street. Dress your pet in its best Halloween costume and celebrate the fostering and adopting of animals by participating in a parade. Watch as lines of pooches strut down Old Main Street in Halloween costumes with their owners. Signup is at 10 a.m.; the pet parade is at 10:30 a.m. on Old Main Street; judging is at 11 a.m. Downtown Bradenton. (941) 621-6471

October 28, 2018: Enjoy the Selby Gardens Spooktacular with the whole family. With fun and not too scary festivities, bring your camera for pictures of your costumed family! There will be Trick or Treating, pumpkin decorating, a mad scientist experiment center for kids who are a little older and fun and educational activities for all. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: Free, Members' Guests: $10. Regular admission: Adults $20, kids 4 - 17 $10, Reciprocals: free, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 28, 2018: Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. Free. 388-1666.  October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October Sarasota Events

October 31, 2018: Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a Safe Treats Halloween in Siesta Key Village. Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows in Siesta Village along Ocean Blvd. and the surrounding streets. Free. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Siesta Key Village, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

October 31, 2018: It's the Children's Costume and Halloween Parade in downtown Venice in Centennial Park. Meet at the Gazebo at 4 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. led by Old Betsy the Firetruck followed by trick or treating at Venice Avenue shops. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

October 31, 2018: It's the 10th Annual Fright Night on St Armand's Circle for Halloween fun from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There will be haunted store fronts, frightening characters around every corner and statues dressed in the Halloween spirit. Kids can trick-or-treat around The Circle with numerous shops and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with customized promotions. A performance of "Thriller" will take place in collaboration with the Sarasota H.S. Drama Dept. about 8 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL. October Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com








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