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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. More...
 
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 Film Festivals.
 
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 fiestaonmainsrq.com
 
Bowls of Hope is an annual community event benefiting the All 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.. More...
 
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 Florida.
 
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 course, beer.
 
Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts
Held in 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. More...
 
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. More...
 
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. 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 prehistoric fossils.
 
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.
 
The Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights is 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
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 artwork.
 
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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