2021 September Sarasota
Events Calendar

The September Sarasota Events Calendar includes the best listing of fun 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. This Calendar is updated as information is made available.)



September 1 - 3, 2021: Enjoy Selby Gardens' 41st Annual Virtual Juried Photographic Exhibition now on display. Last year more than 500 submissions were received and, to Celebrate Selby Gardens, all photos were taken at their Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses. There are five categories. They begin accepting photos on Sunday, August 1, 2021. In-person submissions will not be accepted, all photos must be submitted digitally.

September 1 - 6, 2021: Canceled for 2021. The annual Englewood Pioneer Festival is a family-friendly occasion filled with fun events. Englewood Pioneer Days Committee statement, in part: "After talks with Sarasota County, the Committee has been made aware of the construction and improvements scheduled to start at the end of June or beginning of July.  The revamping of Dearborn Street is to take place all summer; the next phase: the Pioneer Park amphitheater to begin September 1. Unfortunately, the timing is not in line with Pioneer Days Events. The Committee has looked into other options and avenues - quite literally - but there is not another safe option as far as the festival and parade are concerned. It’s difficult to imagine missing yet another year of Pioneer Days Events; we will miss everyone but with safety concerns and the construction - it just isn’t possible. We look forward to planning the 2022 events and using the brand new park for our festival."

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September 2, 2021: It's the 5th Summer Foodie Fest, A taste of Venice. 15+ restaurants serving up all the Tastes You Can Eat! Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. “Early Bird” Tickets are $15 until they are sold out. General admission $20.Tickets include all Food Tastings. Beverages are available at the Cash Bar. Hotel Venezia, 425 US 41 Bypass N, Venice FL.

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

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September 3, 2021: Postponed For 2021 TFN. 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. 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. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 3 - 5, 2021: The Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) will host the 73rd Annual Labor Day Regatta. The Labor Day Regatta is the longest running annual regatta in the southeast since 1946. The signature event for the SSS, the regatta draws hundreds of competitive sailors from across the U.S. and Canada. its biggest event of the year. The event is attended by sailors from ages 8 to 80 and it draws about a thousand visitors each year. It's free viewing for spectators. Fri: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. On City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL.

September 4, 2021: Enjoy Literacy Under the Trees in celebration of International Literacy Day. This fun and family-oriented event will feature various literacy activities and readings for all ages to enjoy. Celebrate International Literacy Day with local organizations and authors in a fun outdoor setting all about literacy awareness, reading and being in nature. Literacy activities and crafts available for kids young and old. The park's normal entrance fees will be waived if you donate a gently used family friendly book or present a library card upon entrance on this date. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL   

September 4, 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.

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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September 4 - 5, 2021: It's time to enjoy The 12th annual Labor Day Weekend Downtown Venice Craft Festival. Art and craft vendors will be displaying their works. Everything from functional art to gift items including a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and much more, to a green market with plants and things!  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. 401 West Venice Ave in Venice, FL.

September 5, 2021: To put a little fun in the dog days of a Sarasota summer it's the AquaPalooza 2021, an on the water party for boaters with music and fun in the sun, free give-aways and more. The fest takes place at New Pass Sandbar, just in front of the MarineMax Marina, 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. The fest is being called "the largest party on the water" by organizers. Have fun, stay safe and be safe. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. More info: 941-388-4411.

September 6, 2021: Canceled for 2021: Englewood's  64th Annual Pioneer Days Parade on Monday, Labor Day, at 9 a.m. Englewood Pioneer Days Committee statement, in part: "After talks with Sarasota County, the Committee has been made aware of the construction and improvements scheduled to start at the end of June or beginning of July.  The revamping of Dearborn Street is to take place all summer; the next phase: the Pioneer Park amphitheater to begin September 1. Unfortunately, the timing is not in line with Pioneer Days Events. The Committee has looked into other options and avenues - quite literally - but there is not another safe option as far as the festival and parade are concerned. It’s difficult to imagine missing yet another year of Pioneer Days Events; we will miss everyone but with safety concerns and the construction - it just isn’t possible. We look forward to planning the 2022 events and using the brand new park for our festival."

September 7, 2019: 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). Celery Fields / Sarasota Audubon. The Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Telescopes are set up in the parking lot at the southeast corner of the Celery Fields. (The intersection of Palmer Blvd. and Center Road.). Visitor parking is available in the parking lot on the west side of the Audubon Society building. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota



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September 8, 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.

September 9, 2021: There will be a Tribute to Heroes 20th Anniversary Luncheon, remembering those lost on September 11, 2001. Presented by the Emergency Services Memorial Committee, the Tribute to Heroes luncheon will feature special guest speaker State Representative Tommy Gregory of District 73. Tickets: $35 per person for Emergency Services Personnel, $45 per person for civilian attendees. Dress: Emergency Services - Class A / Civilian - Business Attire. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Grove Restaurant, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

September 10, 2021: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert featuring Phoenix Rising. 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! They are asking family and friend groups to limit to a maximum of 6 people sitting together or less. Attendees are REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK during the entire concert. Everyone is asked to remain socially distant and follow CDC guidelines for safety. Venice Ave., downtown Venice, FL.

September 10 - 12, 2021: Check out the Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show for new ideas for your home. See home improvement experts for advice and interesting products for your home. Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. 7 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. $10 admission at the door,free passes on line. Free parking. Free admission with on line registration. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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September 11, 2021: It's The Tribute to Heroes 20th Anniversary Memorial Remembrance. A special Memorial Service will be held at the Emergency Services Memorial Site to pay tribute to those who perished on the attacks on 9/11 as well as to honor the Manatee County Emergency Responders who risk their lives everyday protecting the community. This free Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service will be from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. at Rossi Park, 400 3rd Avenue W., Bradenton, FL. Organized by the Manatee County Fire Chief's Association. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 11, 2021: Join your fellow Americans for a September 11 Memorial Event. Join local first responders and officials in remembering and honoring the fallen on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The event begins at 8 a.m. and will be held at the Emergency Services Memorial Site at Rossi Park on the Riverwalk, Bradenton, FL.

September 11, 2020: TBA/TBD for 2021. Join USF-Sarasota-Manatee in honoring the victims of 9-11 at a ceremony that will include a talk by Dan Hoffe of Sarasota, who was inside the World Trade Center when the building was struck. The remembrance is free, open to the public and will include 2,977 small flags, one for each victim, planted into the lawn of the campus courtyard behind the Campus Center. The ceremony is scheduled to being at 8:20 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony then move to an area behind the courtyard. University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 11, 2021: Fellow Veterans and All Patriots are invited to the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of 9-11 at the 9-11 Monument in Patriots Park in Venice. The Lion Rampants Pipes and Drums directed by Bob Fair will be there along with a number of local people who were there on 9-11 to share their recollections. The 9/11 Victims and Fallen Military Heroes Memorial honors the more than 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the more than 6,852 US Military Servicemen and Women who have been killed in the War on Terrorism. Patriots Park, 800 Venetia Bay Blvd, Venice, FL. For More details call 941-483-0773 or email bvdees@reagan.com

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September 12, 2021: Canceled for 2021 due to renovations at the restaurant and RV park through at least January 2022. It's the Braden River Bluegrass Festival with live music from Host Band, Highway 41 South, Blast Of Grass out of Jacksonville, Penny Creek from Palm Bay,  and Duck Wallow Lane from Plant City. Vendors, food and more. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Admission: $15. Free for those 10 and under. Linger Lodge Restaurant and RV Campground, 7205 85th St. Court E., Bradenton, FL. 941-755-2757.

September 13, 2019: TBD for 2021. You are invited to explore Historic Spanish Point in the moonlight! On our Full Moon walking ghost tour you will hear stories of intrigue and mystery about Sarasota and Florida history as you visit the historic houses, prehistoric burial mound and pioneer cemetery of Historic Spanish Point. Each full moon there will be two tours a night starting at the Gazebo. 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. $20. Historic Spanish Point, 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL.

September 18, 2021: Help Keep Sarasota County Beautiful on the Annual International Coastal Clean Up Day. Various location. In recent years it has been at Oscar Scherer State Park, Laurel, Nokomis, North Port and Englewood. More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 500,000 volunteers during the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup. Registration opens in early August, 2021. (941) 861-5000  8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

September 18, 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.




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September 18, 2021: Postponed to 2022. You can spend the day viewing over 150 models of an American automotive classic at  the 23rd annual “Corvettes on the Circle” show sponsored by the Skyway Corvette Club of Sarasota/Bradenton. The show will include all Corvette model years from the classic 1953 C1 to the current models! Trophies will be awarded to the top three Corvettes in each generational class as well as Best Interior, Best Engine Bay, Best Paint Finish, Best in Show and Skyway Corvette Club Favorite. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. St. Armand’s Circle, St. Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL.

September 18, 2021: It's Smithsonian Magazine's Annual Museum Day. Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 18, 2021, for two people. Check their site for participating local museums. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 22, 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. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 24, 2021: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert featuring The Curators. 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! They are asking family and friend groups to limit to a maximum of 6 people sitting together or less. Attendees are REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK during the entire concert. Everyone is asked to remain socially distant and follow CDC guidelines for safety. Venice Ave., downtown Venice, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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September 24 - 26, 2021: Canceled for 2021. It's the 9th Annual Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge. The event is hosted by Marina Jack and benefits a new charity each year. Each year, for this exciting underwater hunt and challenge, there is free entry for Military, Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement personnel. Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL. Across from downtown on the bay front. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 26, 2020: TBA for 2021. The National Public Lands Day will be observed at Caspersen Beach Park. Register and volunteer and take part in the work service projects. Help improve Caspersen Beach Park by weeding, pruning, removing nuisance plants and picking up trash. Bring loppers or hand pruners, gloves, a hat, sunglasses, water, bug spray and sunscreen. Wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes, such as hiking boots or sneakers. Register online at scgov.net (keyword volunteer) or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000. Event is from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 4100 Harbor Drive South Venice, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 26, 2020: TBA for 2021. Let your palette enjoy the 7th annual "A Taste of Downtown Sarasota" with menu tastings from your favorite downtown restaurants along with fine wine pairings and assorted beers, all in a unique setting at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Individual tickets for this event will go on sale online to the general public on August 1, 2020. Proceeds benefit Sarasota Youth Opera. Tickets: $60 per person.$75 VIP. 1 p.m. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 26, 2020: TBA for 2021. Enjoy the 5th Annual Venice Beach Party with live music, food, drinks and a good time. Get in the party mood with Live Music, Food Vendors, Beer and Spirits. Chairs and blankets welcome. Free admission. Catch a free shuttle ride from Centennial Park. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. No coolers/no pets. Venice Beach, 101 The Esplanade, Venice, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 26 - 29, 2019: TBA for 2021. Check out a fun filled Oktoberfest weekend in Da Vinci German Restaurant’s Oktoberfest Tent. Delicious authentic German “Favorites” to be cooked fresh daily from the family chef, Mom Stephanie. Choose Schnitzel or Pork Shank, Bratwurst or Chicken, and be delighted by this home-style German cooking. Fresh draft German Beers like Paulaner, Warsteiner and Becks will be served in a original “Masskrug” if you wish. Their directly from Germany imported live music all day, every day will make you dance and “schunkel” off the calories. Enjoy the unique atmosphere and celebrate! Admission: $5 for all 4 days. Thurs & Fri: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat & Sun: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tent Location: 928 S Tamiami Trail, 34229 Osprey, FL next to Tervis Tumbler. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 29, 2019: TBA for 2021. Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their first Sunday afternoon show of the new fall season 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.) More info at: 388-1666. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota








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