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|Sarasota Blues Festival - Held in
the Fall at Ed Smith Stadium grounds, this nationally recognized event
brings some of the top national and local blues musicians to the stage.
(See photos of the Sarasota Bluesfest.)
|Florida Winefest and Auction is held
in April each year. The Winefest is a week-long food and
wine extravaganza and auction that benefits many local charities.
|Cine World Film Festival
is a November event of the Sarasota Film Society and presents a kaleidoscope of
cinematic colors with the best films of the Toronto, New York and Cannes
|Fiesta on Main
is expected to draw several thousand people to Main Street in downtown
Sarasota for their 1st annual Mexican American festival event on
May 1st. Mexican fashion, games, great food,
live Mexican entertainment are scheduled. The event is timed to be close
to Cinco de Mayo
|Bowls of Hope is
an annual community event benefiting the
Faiths Food Bank of Sarasota. It is held shortly before Thanksgiving each year. For a donation, all of which goes directly to the food bank, patrons choose from a
variety of soups and stews donated by Sarasota's best restaurants..
|Circus Ring of Fame
This January annual event recognizes
those persons who have made a significant contribution to the circus.
|Classic Corvettes on the Circle
Held in the beginning of May,
this is the 3rd largest classic Corvette car show in the state of
|Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
The annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is
the main fund raising vehicle for the Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage. This two-day event is held the third weekend of
February every year. Cortez is located on the northern edge
of Sarasota Bay. Live music, nautical arts and crafts, children’s
activities, environmental exhibits, tons of fresh seafood and, of
|Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts
February each year the Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of
the Arts is one of the area’s biggest art events. The event is held
along Main Street in downtown Sarasota, spanning from Five Points-Selby
Park to Orange Avenue.
|Giving Hunger the Blues is an annual
food and music event held in March on Hillview St. in Sarasota's
Southside Village. The event raises money for the All Faiths Food Bank
and other charities. Local restaurants offer a variety of foods and
there is live music throughout the day.
|St. Barbara Greek Glendi
Festival Takes place each
February on the grounds of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671
North Lockwood Ridge Rd. Featuring Greek food, live Greek music dancing
and culture. Free on-site & off-site Parking.
|Holiday Night of Lights
The official kick off to the Holiday season, the
December evening begins
with the lighting of St. Armands' four story tall Christmas tree and the
arrival of Santa Claus.
Suncoast Super Boat Grand
Prix is a powerboat event held around 4th of July every year to
raise money for the Child Development Center. Over the years the event
has raised millions to build facilities in Sarasota including a Special
Olympic training facility in Venice, FL.
|Sandy Claws Beach Run
This popular annual event is held on a Saturday in
December with race day registration
beginning at the Siesta Beach Pavilion. It includes a 1-mile fun run and
a timed 5K run for the more serious runners.
|Sarasota County Fair - Held in march
every year the annual fair features 4H and agricultural exhibits, live
entertainment, midway rides and games, lots of food, and more.
Taste of the Suncoast, held in February is a fundraiser for the All
Faiths Food Bank. Dozens of Sarasota's top restaurants and wine
merchants donate their food and products to raise money to fight hunger
in Sarasota. More...
Teddy Bear Run
Annual Great Teddy Bear Run, sponsored by the Sarasota Florida HOG
(Harley Owners Group) Chapter. This charity event is held in
November and will
benefit KIDS by the SEA, serving children with cancer.
|Florida International Air Show is held
each April at the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda. Past
performances have included the Navy Blue Angels team as well as a
variety of vintage and modern aircraft such as a F-117 Stealth Fighter.
|Venice Sharks Tooth Festival is held
each April on the Venice Airport Festival
Grounds. The event celebrates Venice's
distinction as the shark's tooth capitol of the world and features
entertainment, food as well as displays of shark's teeth and other
|The Venice Holiday Parade held at the
end of November is the kickoff to the holiday season. The parade runs
through downtown Venice and futures floats and marching bands.
|Say "I Do" Again
Renew your wedding vows each
Valentine's Day at Siesta Beach main pavilion.
Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of
held each December in Sarasota Bay and features a competition of decorated power and
sailboats in several classes. Some of the efforts are quite impressive
with many involving thousands of lights. Best viewing from Bayfront Park
in downtown Sarasota, FL.
|Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade
Held each the first Saturday of December
in downtown Sarasota and features floats, music, marching bands and lots
of fun. A tradition since 1996, there are thousands of participants and
brightly decorated floats, several live marching bands playing songs of
the season and parade entries from school and community organizations as
well as area businesses.
|Sarasota Exotic Car Fest
The Ferrari Owners Club- Florida Region invite you to join them for
the international "kick off" event for the Ferrari season! The annual
Sarasota Exotic Car Fest takes place in
February in the picturesque Circle Park of St. Armands
with over 80 exotic cars competing for the coveted "Best of Show".
Siesta Fiesta has been happening in the Village on Siesta Key for
more than 30 years. The largest part of the event is the arts and craft
vendors that line Beach Road in front of the many Siesta Key Village
merchants. The bars and restaurants on Siesta Key take part in the
festivities offering live entertainment and many have food booths in the
arts festival on the street. Siesta Fiesta happens in
April each year.
|St. Armands Winter Art Festival
Held in January, the show
features more than 175 artists and craftsman displaying their original
|Super Sunday Ford Mustang & Shelby Show
Held in November on St.
Armands Circle the show features Mustang and Ford enthusiasts from
throughout the region competing for awards. See outstanding examples of
restored and preserved older and newer Mustangs.
|Thunder by the Bay motorcycle oriented
event held each January in Sarasota. It offers live music, poker runs,
vendors and has activities over three days. More...
|Venice Italian Feast and Carnival
This event, held in
February, began 20 years ago as a way to bring to Florida the
Italian street fairs that are common in New York and other parts of the
Northeast - where many of the club's members are from.
|Lido Tides Arts and Crafts Show
Just around the corner from St. Armand’s Circle Exhibitors sell
handmade arts and crafts.
|Downtown Venice Art Classic
This March art festival features
life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels,
photography, ceramics, and much more.
|Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo
This annual event takes place the second weekend in
March and features all the traditional
rodeo activities and competition. Go back in time to old Arcadia, once
known as Tater Hill Bluff, one of Florida’s original small cow towns.
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