2018 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.



September 1, 2018: The Sarasota Farmer's Market Woodstock Revival was very similar to the Woodstock in '69. Then the rains came. So, there will be a "Woodstock Revival Redo" (Labor Day weekend) from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.! Live music by Paisley Craze, Vintage VWs, Tiny House Expo, Kids Activities, Blood Mobile, Bicycle Helmet Giveaway, Free Raffles, and more! The second annual “Best Dressed Hippie” Contest will once again take place with prizes for the winners. Participants should come to the Big Stage on First Street dressed in their finest 60’s-era apparel at 11:00 a.m. to compete. (Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Market Information booth on the corner of 1st Street and Lemon Avenue.) Prize categories include Best Hippie Couple, Best Dressed Hippie, and Best Dressed Hippie Dog. On State Street, a Tiny House “Open-House” will be provided by Tiny House Beach Resort on Siesta, built by Brian Kelly of Tiny Lifestyle Homes. Also on State Street will be the Mad Hatter Photo Booth, with free photos for attendees and additional live music. Downtown Sarasota Farmer's Market. Every Saturday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.  1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL. (941) 225-9256. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 1 -  2, 2018: It's time to enjoy The 10th annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival. Art and craft vendors will be displaying their works. Everything from functional art to gift items to a green market with plants and things! Venice City Hall, 401 W Venice Ave.,in downtown Venice, Florida. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. 

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September 1 - 2, 2018: Sailing is the name of the game when the Sarasota Sailing Squadron puts on its 72nd Annual Labor Day Regatta, its biggest event of the year. The event is attended by sailors from ages 8 to 80, both from the U.S. and Canada 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. Click here for more  or 941-388-2355. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 1 - 3, 2018: The two week celebration known as Pioneer Days wraps up in Englewood with the 62nd Annual Pioneer Days Festival from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Parade at 9 a.m. on Monday, Labor Day. 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 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.

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September 3, 2018: The two week celebration known as Pioneer Days wraps up in Englewood with the 62nd 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 4, 2018: With an exciting roster of exhibits, ArtCenter Manatee opens its new season along with events, classes and new handcrafted gifts in the Artists’ Market gift shop. Keeping with a tradition of offering the finest in exhibits, they will open the season with the annual Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) juried exhibit. This premier exhibit of paintings by Florida watercolorists will feature 100 pieces selected from a field of 600 entries by award-winning artist and juror, Thomas Schaller. The Exhibit will be on display September 7 through October 26. The opening reception will be Friday, September 28, from 5:30 to 7:30. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St W., Bradenton, FL. 941-746-2862. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 6, 2018: 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 7, 2018: Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.! Live music, beer, wine and food available. Jah Movement will fill the air with Reggae, Top 40, Rhythm & Blues, Funk and Soul music. 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

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 7, 2018: Unfortunately due to the summer construction in downtown Venice their Free Music Friday Night summer concerts in Centennial Park are on hiatus until November, 2018.

September 8, 2018: The 15th Annual Venice Triathlon takes place with these events: Swim .25 mile - Bike 12.1 Miles - Run 3.1 Miles. The event is USAT sanctioned and is open to individuals or relay teams. The morning starts at 7:30 a.m. at Sharky's on the Pier, 1600 S. Harbor Drive, Venice and moves in a closed course through downtown Venice. Click here for registration and more info. And here's more info and sign up.

September 8, 2018: Enjoy Literacy Among 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. 10:00am - 2:00pm. Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey.   

September 8, 2018: Enjoy $7 dollar Saturday at Mote Aquarium! Florida residents may take advantage of discounted admission every Saturday through September, 2018. Experience a world of wonder at Mote Aquarium and enjoy all they have to offer. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. 941-388-4441.



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September 11, 2018: You're invited to the "Pay Tribute to Heroes" Memorial Service, in remembrance of those lost on September 11, 2001, organized by the Manatee County Fire Chief's Association. 8:30 a.m. at the Emergency Services Memorial at the Riverwalk, 400 3rd Avenue West, downtown Bradenton. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 11, 2018: Fellow Veterans and All Patriots are invited to the 6th Annual 9.11 Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony. The program will be from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and will feature guest speakers and more. 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. 

September 14, 2018: Enjoy an evening on the bay front and some free live music at the 17th annual summer music fest, "Friday Fest," at the Van Wezel with the Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, this group knows how to wow a crowd with high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo, fiddle & more to close out this year's summer music fest series. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, take in the music along with the beautiful Sarasota sunset and enjoy food and beverage 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 14 - 16, 2018: 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. Free admission and parking. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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September 15, 2018: Check out the 6th annual Life's a Beach Triathlon. It's somewhat of a kinder, gentler triathlon with a shorter swimming course. There's a 200 yard swimming race, 5 miles on bike and a 2 mile beach run. Register early and save. Starts at 6 a.m. with racer packet pickup. First wave goes at 8 a.m. Beach bash after party when you finish the race. Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Parkway, Lido Key, Sarasota. More info and register here.

September 15, 2018: Hosted by the Sarasota Scullers, it's the Battle of the Bridges Rowing Regatta. Traveling through the heart of Venice on the Intracoastal Waterway, athletes will use their strength, skill and teamwork to maneuver boats under three bridges. Battle of the Bridges Regatta is a USRowing Sanctioned event so Rules of Rowing will be used to ensure a fair, safe, and fun regatta. You can join the excitement along the Legacy Trail or Venetian Waterway Park. Free to all spectators. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Venice Historic Train Depot, 303 E Venice Ave., Venice, FL. More info here.

September 15, 2018: Well, jeepers-creepers! It's the Inaugural Suncoast Jeep Festival complete with an obstacle course for Jeepers as well as food, vendors, games and activities for kids along with local and national Jeep vendors. $15 - $35. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Info: 941-374-5511.

September 15, 2018: 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, 2018. (941) 861-5000  9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Click here for updates, locations and more information.

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September 15, 2018: Enjoy $7 dollar Saturday at Mote Aquarium! Florida residents may take advantage of discounted admission every Saturday through September, 2018. Experience a world of wonder at Mote Aquarium and enjoy all they have to offer. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. 941-388-4441.

September 15, 2018: Let your palette enjoy the 5th 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. Proceeds benefit Sarasota Youth Opera. Tickets: $75 per person.1 p.m. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Click here for more info. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 15, 2018: Check out some heavenly bodies during Sidewalk Astronomy courtesy of the local group of Deep Sky Observers. Telescopes will be up and available for public viewing from sunset. - 10 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (weather permitting). 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 15, 2018: Remembering Puerto Rico “Before & After.” You are invited to an exotic Caribbean Evening of music and dance under the stars at The Westin Sarasota, located in the heart of beautiful Downtown Sarasota. Tickets and more info. With a fabulous menu of Appetizers, door prizes, raffles, and exotic drinks -- cash bar. There will be a silent auction and many door prizes, with 100% of all proceeds benefitting the Puerto Rico Small Farmers. Dress Elegant Cocktail. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. $125.00 per person / $180.00 per couple. The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL.




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September 21, 2018: Unfortunately due to the summer construction in downtown Venice their Free Music Friday Night summer concerts in Centennial Park are on hiatus until November, 2018.

September 22, 2018: Get set for the 34th Annual Siesta Key Triathlon. There's a .3 mile swim, a 13 mile bike race and a 3.1 mile run. The course includes Siesta Key Beach and benefits the national champion Sarasota YMCA Sharks Swim Team. Various options and registration fees. 7 a.m. Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and sign up.

September 22, 2018. Find the Sarasota Farmers Market on First Street. The market temporarily shift locations. The move is in response to safety concerns from ongoing construction activity of The Mark during market hours, and the bricking of Lemon Avenue in early 2019. 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine.Their new footprint will extend to First Street, between Orange and Lemon Avenues in downtown Sarasota, FL.

September 22, 2018: It's National Public Lands Day. Taking place at The Celery Fields, the event will focus on trail beautification, branch and debris removal, and general cleanup of the park. 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL. More info and to volunteer, click here.

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September 22, 2018: Celebrate Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live at the Ringling Museum. 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, participate in a scavenger hunt through the Circus Museum, and enjoy the grounds and Playspace all together! Ringling Museum: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. The event also takes place at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. Click here to print your free ticket. 

September 22, 2018: Enjoy $7 dollar Saturday at Mote Aquarium! Florida residents may take advantage of discounted admission every Saturday through September, 2018. Experience a world of wonder at Mote Aquarium and enjoy all they have to offer. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. 941-388-4441.

September 22, 2018: Manatee Village Historical Park will host Scarecrow Workshops; create a life-sized scarecrow! Ideal for families and small groups of friends. Each group will be provided with the armature (frame), stuffing, material for a head covering, and an instruction packet. Participants are asked to bring the clothing, shoes, and decorations/accessories for their scarecrow—tradition or creative encouraged. This family-friendly event will also feature simple crafts for children. The children’s crafts will be available and free to workshop participants. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy our courtyard after you are finished. The cost of the workshop is $20 per scarecrow. For example, if a group of five people wanted to make one scarecrow together, they should register for one slot on the Sign-up Genius and the cost would be $20. Or if the group wanted to make two scarecrows, they should register for two slots on the sign-up, and the cost would be $40. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (both sessions are identical). Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, FL. Click here for sign up and more info.

September 22, 2018: Get ready for Oktoberfest! The German themed beer fest will take place along with food from the Schnitzel Trailer, live music starting at 4 p.m. and more. 12 p.m. - 11 p.m. Darwin Brewing Company, 803 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL. 941-747-1970. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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September 22, 2018: Enjoy the 3rd Annual Venice Beach Party, Music and Beer Festival, a "Lovin' our Locals" event! Get in the party mood with Live Music from the Steel Pan Band and The Shindigs, Children’s Activities, Food Vendors, Beer and Spirits. Free admission. 2:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. No coolers/no pets. Originally scheduled for Venice Beach, 101 The Esplanade, Venice, FL., it has been moved to Centennial Park in downtown Venice due to the Red Tide issue.

September 22 - 23, 2018: It's the Mystical Bazaar 2018. 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 Municiapal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

September 24, 2018: 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. Click here for tickets and more info.

September 26, 2018: The World Rowing™ Masters Regatta (September 27 - 30, 2018) opening ceremonies are Wednesday with live music by Jah Movement at 6 p.m., an exhibition by the Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory and fireworks. In a special Saturday-evening ceremony for octogenarian rowers, an hour after the last heat, those competitors at least 80 years old will be presented medals for their first year of participation at that level. Repeat octogenarians are presented pins. Admission is free and open to the public. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.

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September 27 - 30, 2018: More than 2,000 rowers from almost 50 nations will converge on Sarasota to compete in a special rowing event. The World Rowing™ Masters Regatta (WRMR) draws rowers ages 27 and older to individual and team competition, men’s, women’s and mixed races, and mixed-nation races. Racing begins with the first heat at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with 42 men’s and women’s races before 3 p.m. each of the first three days. On Sunday morning, after a Saturday-night draw, mixed men’s-women’s races will get under way. Admission is free and open to the public. VIP access is available — a daily ticket is $60 and a four-day pass is $210, and are available by calling 941-358-7275 ext. 5807. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

September 28, 2018: Enjoy $7 dollar Saturday at Mote Aquarium! Florida residents may take advantage of discounted admission every Saturday through September, 2018. Experience a world of wonder at Mote Aquarium and enjoy all they have to offer. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. 941-388-4441.

September 28 - 30, 2018: It's the 7th Annual Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge. The event is hosted by The Tarpon Bay Grill and Tiki Bar 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. The Tarpon Bay Grill and Tiki Bar, 7150 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL.. Get all the details including sign up and registration by clicking here.

September 29, 2018: The Annual National Public Lands Day will be observed at Oscar Scherer State Park. Volunteer and take part in the work service projects. Live music and lunch provided at noon. It's a work project to give back to the environment for all ages, fun activities & various demonstrations & informational booths. Free park entry. Free lunch provided to registered work project participants. Event is from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oscar Scherer State Park, Rt. 41, 1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. More info at:(941) 483-5957. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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September 29, 2018: Check out the Oktoberfest at Calusa Brewing which will feature The Schnitzel Trailer on site and serving authentic Bavarian cuisine plus  special release beers. 2 p.m. Calusa Brewing, 5701 Derek Ave., Sarasota, FL 941-922-8150.

September 29, 2018: Oompa! Enjoy and take part in the MGB 4th Annual Oktoberfest. Come dressed in your best dirndl or lederhosen and as always you get to keep your liter stein with your purchase of your favorite German beer. While supplies last. 11 German Beers on tap, outside garden with picnic table seating! 11 a.m. - midnight. Polka Band from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL

September 29, 2018: The Anna Maria Island Privateers are hosting their Privateer Time Travel Extravaganza. If your heart could go back in time, where would it take you? Dress in your favorite time period costume. Ladies travel in time and be Marilyn Monroe, Katherine Hepburn, Cleopatra, Wilma Flintstone, Greta Garbo, Scarlett O’Hara, or a Roaring 20’s Flapper. Gentlemen be adventurous and come as Al Capone, Dirty Harry, George Jetson, Fred Flintstone, Indiana Jones, Clark Gable, or Blackbeard the Pirate..…Photographer Jamie Blatt will be there to take your souvenir picture. Food to be eaten, drinks to be drank, music to dance to, and pirate booty to be had. Come early as the cocktail and social hour starts at five O’clock. A full liquor, wine and beer cash bar will be available. The Privateer Ball is open to the public. The Privateer Ball is a fundraiser for the Anna Maria Island Privateers, a 501c3 Not for Profit. Organization. A large portion of the proceeds will go toward the AMI Privateers Scholarship Fund. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Admission Price $50.00 per person. Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria Island, FL. Tickets may be purchased from Kim “Syren” Boyd at (931) 639-0986.

September 30, 2018: 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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