The September Sarasota Events Calendar includes the best listing of fun things to do in Sarasota, Florida and around the sun coast.
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September 1, 2022: TBA for 2023. 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, 2023: Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.! Taylor Opie Band will fill the air with a soulful, funky, and engaging sound, 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
September 1 - 3, 2023: The Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) will host the 75th 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. Activities include a Friday night welcome party, five separate race courses, Saturday dinner and Sunday awards ceremony. Friday: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. On City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL.
September 1 - 30, 2023: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will present its 43rd Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition. This year’s exhibition will again be conducted virtually, with digital photos entered through an online portal and all accepted submissions displayed in an online gallery for the duration of the show. The open call for submissions will run from August 7 through 14. Photographs that are entered for consideration for the show must have been taken at or of either Selby Gardens campus—Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point—within the past year. Last year’s photo exhibition garnered nearly 300 entries. “Best in Show” was awarded to Patricia Nebel for her black-and-white image titled The Bishop.
September 2, 2023: 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. Fee: $36 member adults, $40 non-member adults; $27 member youth, $30 non-member youth; 2 and younger are free. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL
September 2, 2023: 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 in a fun outdoor setting all about literacy awareness, reading and being in nature. Fun activities, games, projects, and books. Free entry to the park with a library card or donate a gently used family book. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL
September 2, 2023: Experience the largest and last fireworks of the season at fan appreciation night with the Bradneton Marauders and Palm Beach Cardinals. Gates open at 5 p.m. Games starts at 6:30 p.m. LECOM Park, 1611 Ninth St. W, Bradenton, FL.
September 2 - 3, 2023: See Manataees, Sharks, Turtles, Otters and more during Half Off weekends through September at Mote Aquarium for Florida residnets. Bring your ID or other proof of Florida residency to Mote Aquarium. Purchase tickets online and use the promo code HALF. Open Every Day: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
September 3 - 3, 2023: It's time to enjoy The 14th 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. Miami Avenue West in Venice, FL.
September 3 - 5, 2022: Canceled for 2023. They hope to be back in 2024. Click the link for more info on cancelation. The 66th annual Englewood Pioneer Festival is a family-friendly occasion filled with fun events. Englewood, Florida.
September 4, 2023: Enjoy a Labor Day Pig Roast with the Knights of Columbus. The menu includes roasted pig, plantains, BBQ beans, potato salad, cole slaw, ice cream sundae bar, ice tea, lemonade. water, beer & wine available. $20 perp erson. Doors open 1 p.m Dinner buffet 2 p.m. Register on line at epiphanyknights.org by Sept 1. Kights of Columbus Hall, 512 Substation Road, venice, FL.
September 5, 2022: Canceled for 2023. They hope to be back in 2024. Click the link for more info on cancelation. 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 7, 2023: It's Ringling Underground. Enjoy live music, art and atmosphere in the Museum of Art Courtyard during Ringling Underground 8 p.m. -11 p.m. This event features an eclectic mix of local, regional, and national live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. $15 / Free for Students w/ ID & Members. Free with Art after 5 Admission. The Courtyard at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL. (941) 359-5700
September 8, 2023: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. Enjoy the music of Robert Garcia in downtown's Centennial Park. Free and open to the public.7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park. Centennial Park, downtown Venice, FL.
September 8 - 10, 2023: 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, 2023: 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. - 3 p.m. St. Armand's Circle, St . Armand's Key, Sarasota, FL.
September 9, 2023: 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 9, 2023: The Party on the Plaza is back featuring Pure Country! Pure Country of Southwest Florida is a premier country band that performs the hits from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. They play dynamic songs with powerful vocal harmony. The kind of music you loved to hear growing up.Gates open at 5 p.m. Music at 7 p.m. Tickets $15. VIP $120purchase tickets now at the CoolToday Park box office, by calling 941-413-5004. Cool Today Park, 18800 S West Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL.
September 9 - 10, 2023: See Manataees, Sharks, Turtles, Otters and more during Half Off weekends through September at Mote Aquarium for Florida residnets. Bring your ID or other proof of Florida residency to Mote Aquarium. Purchase tickets online and use the promo code HALF. Open Every Day: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
September 11, 2023: The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus will remember victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and pay tribute to survivors, first responders, members of the military and their families, during a remembrance event on Monday, Sept. 11, at Sarasota National Cemetery. Usually held on the Sarasota-Manatee campus, the annual remembrance event is being moved this year to Patriot Plaza on the cemetery grounds off State Road 72 in Sarasota, to avoid interfering with ongoing construction of a new student center and residence hall on campus. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. The featured speaker at the remembrance event on Sept. 11, which is organized by the Sarasota-Manatee campus and the USF Office of Veteran Success, is retired firefighter Matt Bruce. USF Federal Credit Union is the title sponsor. The ceremony will also include remarks from USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Regional Chancellor Karen Holbrook, patriotic performances by the Saint Stephen's Episcopal School children’s choir, a bagpiper playing “Amazing Grace,” a moment of silence, a 21-gun-salute and a bugler playing "Taps." The remembrance on is free and open to the public. 8:30 a.m. Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL.
September 11, 2023: The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Veteran Services and Student Veterans of America will host the college’s 11th annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Monday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail at the southeast parking flagpoles, and 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. at the south entrance flagpole on 60th Ave. W. near the Library and Learning Center, Building 3.
September 11, 2023: An Anniversary Commemoration of 9-11 will be held at Rossi Park in Bradenton. The tribute to heroes memorial service will begin at 9 a.m. 453 3rd Avenue, West., Bradenton FL.
September 11, 2023: The Sarasota County Fire Department will commemorate 9/11 and those lost that day with a speial ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Fire Station 8, 840 Apex Road, Sarasota, FL.
September 11, 2023: A 9/11 Victims & Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony will be held at Patriots Park in Venice. The program will feature music, keynote speaker and more. All are invited; bring chairs.11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Patriots Park, 800 Venetia Bay Blvd, Venice, FL.
September 12, 2023: Celebrate Barks and Brews! Furry friends and their families are invited to this paw-ty in support of Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue featuring adoptable dogs, craft brews, live music, pup-friendly vendors and more. Bring your friendly dogs (on a leash) and come out for a tail-waggin’ good time on The Green at UTC! Barks & Brews is held on the second Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL.
September 15, 2023: The ArtCenter Manatee Presents A Premier Season Of Art for 2023-24. Classes, Exhibits, Events and an Artisan Gift Shop. Their exhibition season features seven open juried exhibits featuring local artists, and nine curated exhibits including the 156th International American Watercolor Society (AWS)Traveling Exhibit in January. Exhibits change monthly and the opening receptions are always free and open to the public. The opening reception is October 12, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. .A complete schedule is available at the ArtCenter or online at ArtCenterManatee.org. ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St W, Bradenton, FL .
The September 16, 2023: 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. Registration opens in August 2023. Be sure to register early and reserve your volunteer spot by clicking on the above link..8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (941) 861-5000.
September 16, 2023: It's Interntational Talk Like a Pirate Day! Celebrate the day with a storytelling of "Pirate Pete," a visit to the pirate tatoo parlonr, fun folklore, pirate ship, coloring sheets and a treasure hunt at The Children's Garden. 10 a.m. - Noon. (941) 330-1711. Admission::0-2 Yrs.Free. 3-12 Yrs. $6. Teens-Adults $10.. 60+Seniors $9. The Children's Garden, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL. The Children’s Garden is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization.
September 16, 2023: It's the Day for Kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Desoto Counties. Help a young person experience the richness of a positive and healthy childhood. Join in on a fun filled Day for Kids event with the special children in your life and rediscover how fun it is to be a kid. They'll have waterslides, rock wall, obstacle courses, hot dogs, chips, drinks, games, prizes, fire truck amd more surprises. 1st 150 kids get a free t-shirt. Free event. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robert and Joan Lee Boys & Girls Club, 920 Gulf Coast Blvd., Venice, FL.
September 16, 2023: Yay!!! This Free Fall Music Series kicks off with Kettle of Fish under the stars under the Ringling Bridge in downtown Sarasota. Bring a blanket or lawn chair but sorry no BYOB. They have what you need at the bait shop! Support local business and local music. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Harts Landing, 920 Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, FL.
September 16 - 17, 2023: See Manataees, Sharks, Turtles, Otters and more during Half Off weekends through September at Mote Aquarium for Florida residnets. Bring your ID or other proof of Florida residency to Mote Aquarium. Purchase tickets online and use the promo code HALF. Open Every Day: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
September 17, 2022: On Pause for 2023. 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, 2023: 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
Septerber 21, 2023: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens officially kicks off its 50th anniversary with a year-long schedule of special exhibitions, programs, celebrations, and the unveiling of a commemorative book, Orchid. As Selby Gardens continues its mission to provide bayfront sanctuaries that connect people with air plants of the world, native nature, and regional history, it invites visitors to engage in the exploration of the Gardens today and into the next 50 years. Members Free. Member guests $11. Adults $26. Ages 5-17 $11. Ages 4 and under free. Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. *Closed Christmas Day. Downtown Sarasota Campus, 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL
September 22, 2023: It's back! The Van Wezel's Friday Fest has returned this summer! This Friday Fest will feature reggae band Jah Movement. The winner of Manasota Honors 2021 Musical Artist of the Year, Jah Movement features a glorifying sound where individual talents of each member come together. Highlighting the talented ensemble is hometown hero and vocalist extraordinaire Shantel Norman. Adding their own touch of R&B, soul and funk to some of the best live reggae music, Jah Movement has won the hearts of many across the Suncoast and creates a show that can’t be missed. 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.
September 22, 2023: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert. Enjoy the music of 2 Peace in downtown's Centennial Park. Free and open to the public.7 p.m. - 9 p.m.. 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 23, 2023: 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 Headliner Band: Tropical Avenue 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on the Dry Beach! All kinds of Key Lime specialties will be at Village restaurants, in stores and on the promenade. 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. 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 23, 2023: Check out the Sarasota Opera Food & Wine Festival 2023! 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
September 23, 2023:The National Public Lands Day will be observed at Potter 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. Please join Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources at Potter Park and help us connect to nature through volunteer service. More info: Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000. Event is from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Potter Park, 8587 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota, FL September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 23, 2023: 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 service projects available to chooses from. Free park entry and free lunch for registered volunteers. 941-882-7219. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Long pants, close toed shoes, water and sunscreen recommended) Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 23, 2023: 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 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m./10:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Observing highlights at this weekend’s event will include the beautiful ringed planet Saturn as well as extraordinary close-up views of the features on our own Moon. Other deep-sky objects will also be featured in the club member’s telescopes. Celery Fields / Sarasota Audubon. The Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Parking will be available in the large lot just WEST of the Nature Center building. The telescopes will be set up in the small parking lot on the east side of the Nature Center.
September 23 - 24, 2023: See Manataees, Sharks, Turtles, Otters and more during Half Off weekends through September at Mote Aquarium for Florida residnets. Bring your ID or other proof of Florida residency to Mote Aquarium. Purchase tickets online and use the promo code HALF. Open Every Day: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
September 24, 2023: 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 29, 2023: It's Selby Public Library's 25th Anniversary Celebration. They have an exciting lineup of activities to make this milestone event truly unforgettable: Help them in celebrating a quarter-century of knowledge, community and growth at Selby Library's 25th Anniversary Celebration! 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, FL.
September 30, 2023: See Manataees, Sharks, Turtles, Otters and more during Half Off weekends through September 30 at Mote Aquarium for Florida residnets. Bring your ID or other proof of Florida residency to Mote Aquarium. Purchase tickets online and use the promo code HALF. Open Every Day: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
September 30, 2023: It's the Venice Main Street Beach Party with live music with the Sarasota Steel Pan Band, The Beach Bumz Jimmy Buffet tribute Band and Flip Flop Dave. Food Trucks, Beer & Wine Trucks, Beach Bar with Specialty Drinks. Kona Ice, El guero Tacos, Pop's Sunset Grill and more. Chairs and blankets welcome. No pets. No coolers. 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Venice Piblic Beach, 101 The Esplnade, South, Venice, FL/ (Park downtown and catch a free trolley from Centennial Park.
September 30 - October 1, 2023: It's the St Armand's Craft Festival and Sidewalk Sale. With over 175 artisans you're bound to find something nice. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, FL.
September 30 - October 1, 2023: The 35th 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 rides and game activity booth, including pony rides, unicorn encounter, hug a goat and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $1 – $10. Children’s Costume Contest every Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the animal barn and free to participate in. Torres Family Circus and Extreme Riders Free daily showtimes each weekend 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. While some vendor booths may accept cards, many are cash only so please be prepared. For your convenience they will have ATMs set up. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional dates: Oct 7 - 8, Oct 14 - 15, Oct 21 - 22 and Oct. 28 - 29. Free admission and parking. East of I-75 off exit 210, on the right. 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL.