The September Sarasota Events Calendar includes the best listing of fun things to do in Sarasota, Florida and around the sun coast.
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! Miami Avenue in downtown Venice, Florida. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission and parking.
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 2, 2017: Bacon, Bacon, Bacon. It's the "When Pigs Fly Bacon Festival." A line up of food trucks will serve tasty bacon dishes. Plus get your favorite craft beers, too, and take in live music with local rock band The Hydramatic. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. JDub's Brewing Company & Tap Room, 1215 Mango Ave., Sarasota, FL.
September 2 - 4, 2017: The two week celebration known as Pioneer Days wraps up in Englewood with the 61st Annual Pioneer Days Festival and Parade on Monday, Labor Day, at 9 a.m. 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 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, 2017: The two week celebration known as Pioneer Days wraps up in Englewood with the 61st 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, 2017: It's Brews & Boots on the Myakka with live country music featuring Evan Steele from 11 a.m. - 12:30 pm. and The Jack Michael Band from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Food & Drink specials available. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Snook Haven, 5000 East Venice Ave., Venice, FL
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. 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 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 7, 2017: 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 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 9, 2017: Enjoy Literacy Among the Trees in celebration of International Literacy Day. This fun and family-oriented event will feature storybook telling by local authors suitable for all ages, followed by book signings and sales, literacy activities, and a book swap for all ages. 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 11, 2017: You're invited to the Pay Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service, a memorial event for local emergency workers organized by the Manatee County Fire Chief's Association. 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Great Lawn of the Memorial SIte at the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 11, 2017: Fellow Veterans and All Patriots are invited to the 5th 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
September 14, 2017: Help Keep Sarasota County Beautiful on the Annual International Coastal Clean Up Day. Locations include: Sarasota, Venice, Laurel, Nokomis, North Port and Englewood. There will be a 2nd date, as well: October 28, 2017. Due to the large number of participants this event usually draws volunteers are asked to only sign-up for one day. The first 1,200 volunteers who register for Sept. 16 and the first 500 volunteers who register for Oct. 28 will have FIRST OPTION ACCESS* to this year's commemorative t-shirts and all volunteers will receive trash bags and gloves. 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Click here for more information.
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 16, 2017: It's the kickoff to Oktoberfest Season at Big Top Brewing complete with The Schnitzel Trailer at 5 p.m., live band Babyl at 7 p.m. and beer. Lederhosen wearers get their first core beer on the house. 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Big Top Brewing Company, 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota, FL. 800-590-2448.
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: Enjoy the Venice Beach Party, Music and Beer Festival, a "Lovin' our Locals" event! Get in the party mood with Live Music, Children’s Activities, Food Vendors, Beer and Spirits. Free admission. 2: 45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. No coolers/no pets. Venice Beach, 725 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL.
September 22 - 24, 2017: It's the 6th Annual Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge. The event is hosted by The Seafood Shack Restaurant and Marina 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. Weigh in will be on September 24 starting at 10:30 a.m. The Seafood Shack Restaurant and Marina, 4110 127th Street West, Cortez, FL. Get all the details including sign up and registration by clicking here. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.
September 23, 2017: Celebrate Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live at the Ringling Museum and Historic Spanish Point. 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. Additionally the event is also being observed at Historic Spanish Point. Ringling Museum: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Historic Spanish Point: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 337 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey, FL Click here to print your free ticket.
September 23, 2017: What's in your future? Find out at the Mystical Bazaar which will feature psychic readers, healers, aura photos, vendors and national and local speakers and more. Admission: $5. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 23, 2017: Check out the annual Oktoberfest at JDub's featuring their own brews as well as German-style ones plus food from the Schnitzel Trailer. There will also be music and stein games plus a best dressed contest with winners chosen at 3:30 p.m. Free admission. 11 a.m. - midnight. JDub's Brewing Company, 1215 Mango Ave, Sarasota, FL. 941-955-2739.
September 23, 2017: 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) At GT Bray Park in Bradenton on the large field just east of the US Coast Guard Aux building that's near the 59th Street entrance to the park. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 23, 2017: You're invited to enjoy the 2017 World Rowing Championships with its Olympic Games like opening ceremonies which will feature Circus Sarasota, live music, the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees and much more entertainment. The family friendly fest will also an area of food trucks and restaurants selling food and beverages. Free admission to the biggest celebration of the year at Nathan Benderson Park. Things get underway at 5:30 p.m. Opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets and more info on the rowing regatta which runs from September 23 - October 1. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL
September 23 - 25, 2016: This event is listed as on "hiatus" for 2017. A little road trip is in order for some family fun for the Annual Fisherman's Village Pirate Festival in Punta Gorda. Featured will be vendors and unique treasures in the shaded breezeways, hear the thunder of cannons near by, see the Pirate Flotilla & Invasion. Plus there's a living history pirate encampment along with interactive games, see Blackbeard's Pirate Ship and more! Fri: Noon - 6 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Festival admission is free. Voluntary $2 contribution welcome. Fisherman's Village, Punta Gorda, 1200 W Retta Esplanade #57A, Punta Gorda, FL. There's also an Adults Only Pirate's Ball on Friday 9/23/16 from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. with advance tickets available. Click here for more info.
September 23 - October 1, 2017: Enjoy the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park. This is the first time in more than 20 years that these championship racing events are being held in the USA! Racing will be featured in over 20 boat classes during the 8 day long regatta with racing commencing each day at 9 a.m. Click here for tickets and more info on the championship rowing regatta. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 24, 2017: 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
September 25, 2017: Fellow Veterans and All Patriots are invited to the 5th 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 29 - October 1, 2017: German food & beer and live music from 3 German Bands are all part of The Sun Coast Oktoberfest presented by Geier’s Sausage Kitchen. Plus participate in the Chicken Dance competition, Stein Hoisting Competition and more are all part of the fun. Get dressed up in your Dirndl or Lederhosen for a free gift. This is the perfect opportunity to experience a little bit of Germany here in Sarasota, all under a big tent. So it's rain or shine! Traditional Opening Keg Tapping Ceremony at 11 am Friday September 29. Admission last year was $2.00. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, Rt. 41, 8201 S Tamiami Trail, in the south JC Penney parking lot, Sarasota. September Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
September 30, 2017: Get set for the 33rd 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. 7 a.m. Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL.
September 30, 2017: It's National Public Lands Day at Alligator Creek at Woodmere Park and you're invited to take part with your family and friends. Get outdoors for a good cause! This event will focus on: Beautification of trail and park, litter pickup and removal of invasive plants and exotic vegetation, improving the habitat and park features. 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmmere Park, Venice. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Please visit Volunteer Sarasota County.
September 30, 2017: 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, tram tours (fee for tram), work project to give back to the environment, all age fun activities & various demonstrations & informational booths. Free park entry. Free lunch provided to registered work project participants. Event is from 9 a.m. - 2:00 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
September 30, 2017: Let your palette enjoy the 4th annual "A Taste of Downtown Sarasota" with menu tastings from over 20 of your favorite downtown restaurants along with fine wine pairings all in a unique setting on stage at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Proceeds benefit Sarasota Youth Opera. Tickets: $65 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 30, 2017: Check out the Oktoberfest at Calusa Brewing which will feature The Schnitzel Trailer serving authentic Bavarian cuisine plus two special release beers and live music from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. with Justin Layman. 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Calusa Brewing, 5701 Derek Ave., Sarasota, FL 941-922-8150.
September 30, 2017: Food trucks, live music and beer are a part of the Roktoberfest at Darwin Brewing. Featuring Hail Dale, Band of Sorrows and Matt Burke of Have Gun, Will Travel, plus family fun at this dog-friendly celebration. 4 p.m. - ? Darwin Brewing Company, 803 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. 941-747-1970.
September 30, 2017: Join in welcoming guests from the World Rowing Championship and visitors from around the world and Celebrate a Sarasota Sunset on the Bay with live music from Yesterdayze and the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe on the outdoor stage. Guests from around the world are invited to mingle with the Sarasota community during Sunset on the Bay to celebrate achievements, enjoy live music, take in a breathtaking sunset and relax along Sarasota’s Bayfront. The event will take place rain or shine and in the event of inclement weather, will be moved indoors. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Outside food and drink are prohibited; coolers and large umbrellas are also prohibited. Free admission. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Bayside Lawn. 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL