2022 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.)



September 1, 2022: It's the 5th Summer Foodie Fest, A taste of Venice. Many of your Favorite Local Eateries Serving Up Awesome Tastes! Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Limited Early Bird Tickets Available in July, 2022 until they’re 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. (aka Ramada by Wyndham Hotel Venezia)

September 1, 2022: Check out Ringling Underground with local and regional live music featuring Dog Days of Summer 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 1 - 25, 2022: Enjoy Selby Gardens' 42nd Annual Virtual Juried Photographic Exhibition now on display. In previous years 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. Online submissions will be accepted from August 8 through August 15. In-person submissions will not be accepted, all photos must be submitted digitally.

September 2, 2022: Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.! Frequency M will fill the air with cool tunes that everyone knows and loves; the deejay will keep you dancing with today’s Top 100 hits. The street is lined with food vendors, beer trucks, and sponsor booths, as well as rides and activities for the kids. 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

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September 3, 2022: Check out Breakfast with the Sharks and start your day with their sharks before the Mote Aquarium opens to the public. You and your chums will have a great time sinking your teeth into a light continental breakfast while you learn about our favorite finned friends and Mote’s breakthrough shark research. During this program, you'll meet our resident sharks, watch a narrated feeding of our bonnet heads, and have all of your shark questions answered. After breakfast, you’ll learn about the breakthrough research going on at Mote during a guided tour of our Aquarium. 8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Breakfast with the Sharks does not include general admission to Mote Marine Laboratory. Advanced reservations are required. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult participant. $36 member adults, $40 non-member adults; $18 member youth, $20 non-member youth; 2 and younger are free. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL

September 3, 2022: It's NBP Rec Day! 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 3, 2022: 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 with local organizations including the Sarasota County Library and The Patterson Foundation in a fun outdoor setting all about literacy awareness, reading and being in nature. Literacy activities and crafts available for kids young and old. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL   

September 3 - 4, 2022: The Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) will host the 74th 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. On City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, 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 3 - 4, 2022: It's time to enjoy The 13th 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 parking. 401 West Venice Ave in Venice, FL.

September 3 - 5, 2022: The festival is canceled for 2022. The 66th annual Englewood Pioneer Festival is a family-friendly occasion filled with fun events. Englewood, Florida.

September 5, 2022: Canceled for 2022 due to road construction. The 66th Annual Englewood Pioneer Days Parade and Festival wraps up today and begins the day with their traditional parade along its traditional  route, begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.(rain or shine). Dearborn street will be closed ONLY for the Parade on  Labor Day, Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The parade is approximately 90 minutes and begins at Englewood Center Parking Lot, 200 S. Indiana Ave. and runs WEST on Cowles to NORTH on McCall Road to WEST on Dearborn Street, to NORTH on Old Englewood Road ending at Stewart St.

September 5, 2022: Check out the Knights of Columbus 2022 Labor Day Pig Roast starting at 3:00pm for our Labor Day picnic. Dinner will be at 4:00pm, and there will ll be roast pig, plantains, BBQ beans, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw and Dessert, as well as multiple drinks. Beer and wine will also be available. Hurry and reserve, this will sell out fast! $20 per person. Knights Hall, 512 Substation Drive, Venice, Fl



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September 6, 2022: Check out ArtCenter Manatee as it opens its new season with an exciting roster of exhibits, classes, events and new handcrafted gifts in the artisan gift shop. Their exhibition season features nine open juried exhibits and seven curated exhibits. Exhibits change monthly and the opening receptions are always free and open to the public. Highlights of the season include an open show, Create, with a first-place award of $1,500. On display September 7 - 30 with an opening reception on Thursday September 8, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ArtCenter Manatee , 209 9th St W, Bradenton, FL

September 7, 2019: TBA for 2022. 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 9, 2022: The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and the Office of Veteran Success will host a remembrance ceremony commemorating the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The remembrance ceremony will start at 8:15 a.m. An honor guard will raise the flag at the campus’ entrance. After that, attendees will be directed to the courtyard where the featured speaker will be Peter Abbott, who on Sept. 11, 2001, was executive officer in the Office of the First Deputy Commissioner of the New York Police Department. The ceremony will also include remarks from USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Regional Chancellor Karen A. Holbrook, patriotic performances by the Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School children’s choir, a moment of silence, a 21-gun-salute and a bugler playing "Taps." The remembrance on is free and open to the public. University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus • 8350 N. Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL.

September 9, 2022: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. Enjoy the music of Phoenix Rising 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.

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September 9 - 11, 2022: 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. - 5 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

September 9 - 15, 2022: The Sarasota Film Festival is proud to present the 3rd annual Sarasota Native American Film Festival (SNAFF), which takes place in a hybrid format. The mission of the free-to-attend event is to present cinematic works related to the experience of indigenous people in the Americas. Showcasing a diverse program, presented both in-person and online, this year’s SNAFF features over 25 films and experiences focused on Native American art and music, the history and culture of the Seminole Tribe in Florida, as well as the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Live events will take place at New College of Florida’s Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL on September 9th and 10th, while online showcases will be available from September 9th through 15th on line here. The festival is produced by the Sarasota Film Festival and the Boxser Diversity Initiative, in collaboration with the Native Reel Cinema Festival.

September 9 - 18, 2022: The Orioles and USA Baseball will host the U-18 Baseball World Cup at Ed Smith Stadium. The tournament, which is returning to the United States for the first time since 1955, will feature some of the best amateur players from across the globe. Ed Smith Stadium will host three games each day of the tournament. Games are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. General Admission tickets, which include access to all three games, can be purchased for $10 for adults and $5 for children at the gate or online. Fans should enter the stadium through the Left Field Gate. Parking will be available in the East Lot off Tuttle Ave and 12th Street. The Team Store will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for individuals with a game ticket. Concessions will also be available. On Monday, September 12, USA Baseball and the Orioles will host a Special Olympics baseball game on the Ed Smith Stadium backfields, prior to the USA vs. Canada game at 7:00 p.m. USA Baseball will also host a PLAYBALL Youth Clinic on Saturday, September 10, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Participants ages 4 to 12 will receive two free game tickets. The tournament will culminate with closing ceremonies at Ed Smith Stadium on September 18, following the championship game. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL

September 10, 2022: It's Exotic Cars On The Circle car show sponsored by the  Ferrari Drivers of Sarasota. All proceeds benefit Flight to the North Pole, a charity that provides financial and emotional support to terminally ill children and their families in Sarasota/Manatee Counties. Free admission. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, St . Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL.




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September 10, 2022: The annual Sarasota Wellness Expo is returning to The Mall at UTC for its fifth year. This interactive health and wellness expo series is designed for all ages and will feature something for everyone, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Guests can take advantage of free health screenings, product samplings, demos, live entertainment, giveaways and more! There will also be clean cooking classes, food sampling, holistic and alternative features and onsite medical professionals. Free entry. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL

September 10, 2022: The grand opening celebration of Mineral Springs at Riverwalk East that was scheduled for September 10, 2022at 11 a.m. has been re-scheduled until Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. The conditions at the park are just untenable – too much mud and more rain predicted. You're invited to the Grand Opening celebration of a new City of Bradenton park, now open, at the corner of 2nd Avenue East and 14th Street East in Bradenton. This tranquil park provides stunning views of the Manatee River, a Little Free Library, educational panels, and public art. The completion of this park is the first phase of the Riverwalk East expansion project. The path connecting this park to the current Riverwalk will be complete early 2023. The celebration will begin at 11:00 am with remarks from Mayor Gene Brown. Opening remarks will be followed by musical performances from the Manatee High School Band, Erol Oz, and Combo Fusion. Parking for the event will be available at Manatee LIFE Church at 315 15th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34208. Handicapped parking will be available on the edge of the park on 14th Street. Free to attend. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Corner of 2nd Avenue East and 14th Street East in Bradenton, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 10, 2022: It's the International Ocean Film Festival at Mote Marine. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium invites you to view a selection of imaginative, inspiring and award winning films presented in partnership with the International Ocean Film Festival. Two showing times are available (matinee & evening) for this family friendly event. Cost: $8 for Mote Member tickets, $10 for Early Bird Tickets (now through Sept. 1) and $12 for Regular Tickets (Sept. 1 through Sept. 10 at the door). Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway Sarasota, FL

September 10, 2022: The Party on the Plaza is back at CoolToday Park, featuring The Tams! The Tams have been entertaining audiences for over 50 years. Their style of music can be classified as a mixture of Smooth Soul, and R&B. Gates open at 5 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $12. VIP $100. Learn more at cooltodaypark.com or purchase tickets now at the CoolToday Park box office, by calling 941-413-5004. Cool Today Park, 18800 S West Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL.

September 10 - 11, 2022: It's Half-off weekends in September 2022 at Mote Aquarium! Florida residents get half-off admission to Mote Aquarium on every Saturday and Sunday in September 2022. Purchase tickets online and use the promo code HALF. Bring your ID or other proof of Florida residency to Mote Aquarium. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL.

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September 11, 2022: It's The Tribute to 9/11 Heroes Anniversary Memorial Remembrance. A special Memorial Service, "Never Forget," 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

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September 11, 2022: An Anniversary Commemoration of 9-11 will be held at  Patriots Park in Venice.  The event will include first responders with emergency vehicles, speeches and tributes, Venice Police presenting the colors, Venice Fire Rescue bell ringing for those lost, Venice High School Chorus, and bagpipes. All are invited; bring chairs. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Patriots Park, 800 Venetia Bay Blvd, Venice, FL.

September 14, 2022: It's NBP Rec Day! 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 16, 2022: After being canceled for 2 summers because of Covid-19 The Van Wezel's Friday Fest has returned this summer! This Friday Fest will feature Jah Movement. Jah Movement is made up of some of the best musicians in southwest Florida. Jah Movement has a glorifying sound where the individual talents of each member come together and add their style of talent to music. Free admission. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. Friday Fest takes place in “rain or shine.” In the event of inclement weather, the festival will move indoors to our grand foyer or main stage of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Bringing in food, beverages and coolers from outside Friday Fest is prohibited. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall lawn, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

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September 17, 2022: Help Keep Sarasota County Beautiful on the Annual International Coastal Clean Up Day. Various locations including Sarasota, Venice, North Port, Osprey, Oscar Scherer State Park, Nokomis and Englewood. More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 500,000 volunteers during recent Coastal Cleanups. Be sure to register early and reserve your volunteer spot by clicking on the above link. The first 500 volunteers to register qualify for FIRST OPTION ACCESS to this year's annual commemorative T-shirt. (941) 861-5000.       8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

September 17, 2022: It's the Laurel Community Cleanup when those who gather clean up and gather discarded household items, appliances, junk and tree trimmings as the county hosts a free community cleanup in the Laurel area from 8 a.m. to noon. Dumpsters for residential customers will be available at the following locations: Laurel Park, 509 Collins Road, Nokomis, FL. and Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church's parking lot, 506 Church St, Nokomis, FL.

September 17, 2022: You're invited to the Summer Concert Series in Circle Park on St. Armand's Circle on select Saturdays from July to September. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family and friend, rain or shine beneath the event tent for free music featuring The Sarasota Jazz Project as you'll be wowed with an afternoon of jazz standards. Celebrating all the swing of the 1930s, the Circle comes alive with a full horn section and conductor. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Circle Park, St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL.

September 17, 2022: Check out the Sarasota Opera Food & Wine Festival 2022! Formerly known as Taste of Downtown, the Sarasota Opera Food & Wine Festival returns with a roster of participating restaurants from across the Sarasota and Manatee region. It's hard to think of a better way to support Sarasota Youth Opera than an afternoon of great food and fabulous wine while enjoying performances from one of the nation's top youth music training programs. Watch this space for a running list of restaurants and specialty food, wine, and coffee shops you can sample during this fun, entertaining, and yummy event! $75 per person if purchased in advance. $85 per person at the door. Doors Open 1:00 p.m. Sarasota Youth Opera Performances| 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.. Raffle Drawings and Food & Wine Tastings Ongoing until 4 p.m. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL

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September 17, 2022: 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.Check their site for participating local museums. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 17 - 18, 2022: It's Half-off weekends in September 2022 at Mote Aquarium! Florida residents get half-off admission to Mote Aquarium on every Saturday and Sunday in September 2022. Purchase tickets online and use the promo code HALF. Bring your ID or other proof of Florida residency to Mote Aquarium. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL.

September 17 - 19, 2021: TBA for 2022. 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 18, 2022: Come Celebrate International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day at Sarasota Children's Garden! Arr, landlubbers can learn pirate lingo, visit a pirate tattoo parlor, and at the stage at 11:30 a.m. listen to a story called, "Pirate Pete!" Find the hidden pirate flags around the garden and bring home your own loot bag! It’s a great day to bring a picnic lunch and stay and play afterwards. This event is included in admission and free for garden members while supplies last. 10 a.m. - Noon. ​0-2 Yrs. Free., 3-12 Yrs. $6 + tax., Teens-Adults $10 + tax., 60+Seniors $9+ tax. Sarasota Children's Garden, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL. (941) 330 -1711. The Children’s Garden is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization.

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September 18, 2022: 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 their first show of the 2022 fall season. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. Free. 388-1666.  September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 21 - 22, 2022: SCF Music presents Caribbean Rhythms. Join Dr. Pete Carney and the SCF Jazz Ensembles for a night of salsa, bossa nova, tango and more. These special concerts by SCF Jazz for Hispanic Heritage Month celebrate music from Cuba to Brazil and Argentina. From his gigs with Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, and Willie Chirino, Carney brings the flavor of Miami to both SCF campuses for these sizzling concerts. 9/21 concert is at the Center for Innovation and Technology and is free. SCF Lakewood Ranch, FL. 9/22 concert Admission $15, Students $5. and is at the Recital Hall, SCF Bradenton, FL.

September 23, 2022:  It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. Enjoy the music of Kit M. Jones in downtown's Centennial Park. Free and open to the public.7 p.m. - 9 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: Social distancing is required and masks are recommended. 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. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park.Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 24, 2022:The National Public Lands Day will be observed at Culverhouse Nature Park. Register and volunteer and take part in the work service projects.National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event to improve and enhance America's public lands. This year, the theme for NPLD is Giving Back Together. Join us at Culverhouse Nature Park and help us connect to nature through Service.Help improve 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. All ages welcome. More info: Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000. Event is from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Culverhouse Nature Park, 7301 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, FL  September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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September 24, 2022: It's Fishermen’s Village 9th annual Key Lime & Tropical Fest.Enjoy the day exploring Shops, Restaurants and Specialty Vendors showcasing Key Lime. Tropical and other delights! Live music around the village from noon - 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. All kinds of Key Lime specialties will be at Village restaurants, in stores and on the promenade. Admission and parking for the Key Lime & Tropical Fest is free. Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 24, 2022: You're invited to participate in National Public Lands Day at Oscar Scherer State Park. Give back to your public lands by volunteering for a service project. Oscar Scherer State Park will have a choice of projects available. Free park entry and free lunch for participants. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 24, 2022: It's the Ruffs & Fluff Pup Crawl to benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County! Make your way down Main Street in Sarasota, enjoying Motorworks’ award-winning beers at each of the four host bars. There will be a raffle and interactive games throughout the day with a chance to win pawsitively purrfect prizes and—of course—some adorable, adoptable animals. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of. Tickets include VIP access and drinks at the four participating bars. All proceeds will benefit HSSC, the area’s premier no-kill shelter, where more than 2,600 cats and dogs are helped each year. Online ticket sales will STOP at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 23. If you didn’t get a chance to buy your tickets in advance, you will be able to purchase tickets for $30 at Evie's Tavern & Grill On Main Street between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Upon arrival, check in at Evie's Tavern & Grill On Main Street between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, to be assigned your “pup” crawl group. Will you be Team Snoopy, Scooby, Goofy, or Underdog? Don’t worry, you can “pup” crawl with your friends – just make sure you request the same team at check-in! Participating Bars: Evie’s Tavern & Grillon Main Street, Pizza ‘N’ Brew, Gator Club, Joe’s Pub, Raffurty’s Bar and Grill **The event is dog-friendly, but all dogs must be kept on a non-retractable leash and the owner must make sure the dog is properly cared for at all times. **Pets will not be permitted indoors at any of the bars, so we recommend a buddy system for those who bring their dog and need to go inside any of the participating establishments. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Evie's Tavern & Grill on Main St., 1560 Main Street, Sarasota, FL.

September 24, 2022: Enjoy Cocktails with the Captain, Captain Lee Rosbach from Bravo TV's Below Deck. Captain Lee will make the rounds in this Meet & Greet. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Space is limited. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at the Friends of the Venice Library Bookstore, 941-861-1351. Event takes place from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Venice Yacht Club, 1330 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, FL. Also, from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., enjoy an Evening with the Captain at the Venice Performing Arts Center, located at 1 Indian Ave., Venice. This is a free public event presented by Sarasota County Government. No registration is required. First come, first seated.

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September 24 - 25, 2022: It's Half-off weekends in September 2022 at Mote Aquarium! Florida residents get half-off admission to Mote Aquarium on every Saturday and Sunday in September 2022. Purchase tickets online and use the promo code HALF. Bring your ID or other proof of Florida residency to Mote Aquarium. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL.

September 25, 2022: 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.  September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 27, 2022: Postponed due to the projected path of Hurricane Ian. LECOM Park will host its annual “Battle of the Badges” charity game between the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bradenton Police Department. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. Tickets for the game are $10, with proceeds split between foundations for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bradenton Police Department. The Pirates organization will also make a donation to the winning team. Parking for guests is free, and the LECOM Park concession stand will be open throughout the evening. LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL.

September 28, 2022: Canceled due to weather conditions from Ian. It's NBP Rec Day! 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








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