2020 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. Due to coronavirus many events are on hold or decisions have not been made yet as to whether the event will go on as scheduled, be canceled or postponed. All dates, times and events are subject to change, cancellation or postponement by organizers due to coronavirus. Before making any major plans check with event organizers to confirm date of event.) The Calendar is updated as information is made available and updated and current information is very difficult to come by as organizations don't know what to do.



September 1 - 7, 2020: Unfortunately, they have not received as many entries into their virtual parade as they had hoped; so, in the spirit of preserving the tradition, they are officially postponing the reveal of their virtual parade which was to have taken the place of the full festival, which is canceled. While it is disappointing to not be able to stand shoulder to shoulder throughout Old Englewood to watch our beloved parade- their hope is to eventually set up a viewing party in Pioneer Park. This virtual parade is essentially a slideshow showcasing past parades, events and new participants. Further details are pending. The two week celebration known as Pioneer Days wraps up in Englewood with the 63rd Annual Pioneer Days Festival from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Parade at 9 a.m. on Monday, Labor Day, on Dearborn Street. Other fun over the three days includes Cardboard Boat Races, Shipwreck Dance, Open Car Show, a Diaper Derby, a Fish-a-Thon, a Corvette Car Show and more. West Dearborn Street, Olde Englewood Village. The Pioneer Days Parade begins at 9 a.m. at St. Raphael's Church. The annual traditional Parade route follows Olde Englewood Road, turns onto west Dearborn Street, proceeds to north McCall Road, turns left on north McCall Road. Click for the full schedule and more info here.

September 1 - 20, 2020: Enjoy Selby Gardens' 40th Annual Virtual Juried Photographic Exhibition now on display. More than 500 submissions were received and, to Celebrate Selby Gardens, all photos were taken at our Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses.  Each of the five categories has first, second, and third place winners as well as honorable mentions. Click here to see entries and winners.

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September 4, 2020: Postponed For 2020 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 5, 2020: Canceled for 2020. To put a little fun in the dog days of a Sarasota summer it's the AquaPalooza 2019, 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.

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September 5, 2020: Not scheduled for 2020. All public gatherings are on hold until further notice. Sarasota National Cemetery will be hosting a POW-MIA-OREE (Outdoor Remembrance, Education Event) for the purpose of showing respect to our Veterans and their families, for the sacrifices made supporting our Ameican way of life. POW-MIA-OREE is the only event that reads live the names of all Veterans interred at Sarasota National Cemetery and when finished leaves a custom challenge coin for the families, friends and loved ones, as a keepsake, to support "No Soldier Should Ever Be Forgotten," all in support of Naional POW-MIA-OREE Remembrance Day. 9 a.m. Sarasota National Cemetery Patriot Plaza, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-922-7200

September 5, 2019: TBD For 2020. Check out Ringling Underground with local and regional live music while up and coming artists showcase their works 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

September 5 - 6, 2020:  Canceled. It's time to enjoy The 12th annual 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! Miami Ave. W., in downtown Venice, Florida. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking.

September 5 - 6, 2020: It's half off admission to Mote on weekends through the month of September for Florida residents. See sharks, manatees, turtles, otters and much more. Open daily but discount applies on Saturday and Sunday only for Florida Residents through September 2020. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 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 6, 2020: Labor Day weekend fun includes outdoor fun with reggae music from Jah Movement, Jamaican food and craft beers for purrchase in the shaded beer garden of Motorworks Brewing. No cover charge. 6 p.m. - midnight. Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W, Bradenton, FL.

September 7, 2020: Postponed.The Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) will host the 73rd Annual Labor Day Regatta,a re-do of last years cancelled event. 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.  8 a.m. - 4 p.m. On City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL.

September 7, 2020: Unfortunately, they have not received as many entries into their virtual parade as they had hoped; so, in the spirit of preserving the tradition, they are officially postponing the reveal of their virtual parade which was to have taken the place of the full festival, which is canceled. While it is disappointing to not be able to stand shoulder to shoulder throughout Old Englewood to watch our beloved parade- their hope is to eventually set up a viewing party in Pioneer Park. This virtual parade is essentially a slideshow showcasing past parades, events and new participants. Further details are pending.The two week celebration known as Pioneer Days wraps up in Englewood with the 63rd Annual Pioneer Days Parade on Monday, Labor Day, at 9 a.m. The Pioneer Days Parade begins at 9 a.m. at St. Raphael's Church. The Parade route follows Olde Englewood Road, turns onto west Dearborn Street, proceeds to north McCall Road, turns left on north McCall Road. Click for the full schedule and more info here.

September 7, 2019: Canceled For 2020. 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. 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. - 1 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL   



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September 7, 2019: Pending for 2020 depending on COVID-19 conditions. 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

September 11, 2020:  Even though it will not be open to the public, the Tribute to Heroes memorial remembrance will still take place at the Memorial site on the Bradenton Riverwalk on Friday. The event will be live streamed at Facebook/City of Bradenton Fire Department, beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday. The event will also be filmed by METV and will air the following day. There will be a limited number of people on hand for the event - planners, film crews and support staff. They will practice social distancing and masks are required for those people at the event.  Organized by the Manatee County Fire Chief's Association. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 11, 2020: TBA/TBD for 2020. Join USF-Sarsota-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, 2020: Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. Fellow Veterans and All Patriots are invited to the 7th Annual 9/11 Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony. The program will be from 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. and will feature guest speakers and more. Welcome Remarks Event Host is Retired USAF MSG Barbara Miller-Vaughn. National Anthem Sung By Collin Thompson. Music by The Lion Rampant Pipe and Drum Band of Sarasota. 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 11, 2020: Canceled. It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert Featuring Amy Peck. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the vibe. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Centennial Park Gazebo, downtown Venice, FL.

September 11 - 13, 2020: Postponed to January 22, 23 & 24, 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

September 12, 2020: Get in gear for the SUP & Run, 5K. You may choose to run, paddle or both in the 5K Run or walk, 5K SUP and 5K SUP. & 5K Run. Shirts, Custom Finisher Medals & Challenge Coins, Great Prizes and a SPECTACULAR Post Race Party & Food, the Libation Lounge, Live DJ & more. Yummy food and more will round out the day of racing and festivities. All races start at 8 a.m. Benefits Operation Second Chance. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 12 - 13, 2020: It's half off admission to Mote on weekends through the month of September for Florida residents. See sharks, manatees, turtles, otters and much more. Open daily but discount applies on Saturday and Sunday only for Florida Residents through September 2020. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL.




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September 13, 2020: The 17th Annual Venice/Manasota Key Triathlon takes place with these events: 1/4 mile Swim  - Bike 10 Miles - Run 3K. The event is limited to 250 athletes. The event starts at 7:15 a.m. from the north end of Manasota Beach.

September 13, 2019: No info available for 2020. 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 13 - 14, 2019: No updated info available for 2020 from oranizers. Well, jeepers-creepers! It's the 2nd annual Suncoast Jeep Festival complete with local and national Jeep vendors, food vendors, games and activities and some amazing raffle prizes. There will be an obstacle course for Jeepers and an RTI ramp for measuring your Jeep’s flex. They will have a moment of silence to recognize those military, police and firefighters who lost their lives for their community and country. $15 - $40. Fri 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Info: 941-374-5511.

September 14, 2019: Canceled for 2020. 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.

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September 19, 2020:Suspended. Help Keep Sarasota County Beautiful on the Annual International Coastal Clean Up Day. Various locations include: Sarasota, Venice, Laurel, Nokomis, North Port and Englewood. At Oscar Scherer State park you may paddle or walk along South Creek picking up trash on the banks or by walking the shores of the freshwater lakes. Free event and park entry for registered participants. Canoes are provided but limited. Registration opens in early August, 2020.  (941) 861-5000  8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

September 19, 2020: 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 19, 2020: You're invited to the Sunset Safari Feast, a feast with the wildest guests around, at the Big Cat Habitat. Featuring exotic animal guests, bar, wild auction and more along with 3 course dinner. Cocktail hour 6 p.m., The feast begins at 7 p.m. Advance reservations only. Limited seating to ensure social distancing. $150 per plate. For reservations and more info: evetns@bigcathabitat.org or 941-371-6377. Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL.

September 19 - 20, 2020: It's half off admission to Mote on weekends through the month of September for Florida residents. See sharks, manatees, turtles, otters and much more. Open daily but discount applies on Saturday and Sunday only for Florida Residents through September 2020. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL.

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September 20, 2019: Canceled for 2020. Enjoy an evening on the bay front and some free live music at the 18th annual summer music fest, "Friday Fest," at the Van Wezel with  the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing funk, jazz and samba with blues, soul and rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for "Best Original Song by a Local Group" in the Bradenton Times "Best of the Bay." Bring your lawn chair or blanket, take in the music along with the beautiful Sarasota sunset and enjoy food from food trucks and drinks from local vendors. Outside food and drink is prohibited. This free concert takes place rain or shine, it moves indoors in case of inclement weather. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Bayfront Lawn, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 21, 2019: TBD for 2020. Celebrate Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live at the Ringling Museum and The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. All venues of the Ringling Museum will be open and free of charge as part of Museum Day Live! It's a great time and price to explore the Ringling Museums and grounds. Explore paintings and sculptures in the Museum of Art and enjoy the grounds all together! Ringling Museum: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will also participate in the free Smithsonian’s Museum Day. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL. Download your ticket on line from the link above.

September 25, 2020: Canceled. It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert Featuring Blues to Blackstreet Duo. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the vibe. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Centennial Park Gazebo, downtown Venice, FL.

September 26, 2020: Get set for the 36th Annual Siesta Key Triathlon. There's a .3 mile swim, a 12.2 mile bike race and a 3.1 mile run. The course includes Siesta Key Beach and benefits the national champion Sarasota Sharks Swim Team. Various options and registration fees. 7:30 a.m. Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL.

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September 26, 2020: 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: Ticket sales for this event are suspended. 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: Join the "Casting for Kids" fishing tournament to raise money for local families currently going through hospital treatment. $400 per boat with all proceeds going direct to families. 2 p.m. Evie's at Spanish Point Restaurant, 135 Bayview Dr, Osprey, FL More info, email: castingforthekids@gmail.com

September 26, 2020: "Neighborkids" will lead a Newtown Community Group in a caravan to Lido Beach beginning at 3 p.m and share the story of the 1955 beach caravan. Cars will line up at 20th Street and Central Avenue in Sarasota and caravan to Lido Beach. Anyone interested in joining the caravan is welcome. The celebration at the beach will allow for all to sim and play together in COVID-19 compliant ways. Children need to bring a parent or other adult. No cost to participate. Bring your own picnic or there's a snack bar at Lido Beach, 400 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL.

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September 26, 2020: Canceled. 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, 2020: The Atlanta Braves are proud to bring the popular band #NoFilter back to Cool Today Park in North Port. This concert will be held outdoors on the Plaza, the palm-lined green space in front of the stadium. 10’X10’ grass lined spaces will be available to accommodate groups of 4. Each space will be 6 feet apart in this safe outdoor environment.  VIP Spaces are $100. General Admission Spots are $60 and include 4 tickets and are FIRST COME, FIRST AVAILABLE locations. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Seats are not included in general admission spots but chairs will be available to rent for $5 at the event. No outside food or beverages, tents, coolers or umbrellas. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on 9/11/20.  Gates open at 6 p.m., showtime 8 p.m. Cool Today Park, 18800 South West Villages Parkway, Venice, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 26, 2020: Cut loose with Reverend Barry & The Funk and their dance music at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. You can sit, stand, dance, lie in the grass, do whatever you want, just stay in your square. Proper social distancing will be enforced. Tickets: $40 - $60 per space. $80 (VIP). Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.

September 26 - 27, 2020: It's half off admission to Mote on weekends through the month of September for Florida residents. See sharks, manatees, turtles, otters and much more. Open daily but discount applies on Saturday and Sunday only for Florida Residents through September 2020. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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September 26 - 27, 2020: It's the Mystical Bazaar 2020. Find fun and mystical connections and experiences! It is a marketplace hosting many different things: Vendors, Psychic Readers, Speakers, Message Gallery, Healers, Aura Photos, Gemstones and Jewelry, Metaphysical Items. Over 70 Exhibits with products and services. You'll find Psychic and Intuitive Readers including Tarot, Palm, Medium, and more along with Mystical Dancers and Artists who weave through the crowd at various times throughout the day. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $5. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 26 - 29, 2019: Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. 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 27 - 29, 2019: Canceled for 2020. It's the 8th 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 29, 2019: TBD for 2020. All Sarasota Ski-A-Rees are currently on hold. 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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