Sarasota's Top 10 weekend events, galas, parties and fundraisers

We show you some of the Best Events in Sarasota

From Sarasota Festivals to Celebrations, Music and Parties, from the Quirky to the biggest Block Parties - you will always find something to do in Sarasota!

5th Annual Fun RUn

Sat, Oct 22

7150 N Tamiami Trl (941) 355-2600

The Bearded Clam 5th Annual Fun Run, Benefiting the Manatee County Humane Society. Our stops include Swordfish Grill, Salty Dog, New Pass Grill,Bridge Tenders & Seafood Shack. $10 per hand Top 3 ...

6th Annual Witch's Pumpkinfest

Sat, Oct 22

111 2nd Ave NE (727) 821-2533

Tis that time of the year again and Pumpkin style beers have been on the shleves now for weeks (Geez it is only 95 degrees out). We do beers in the season when they are meant to be enjoyed and we ...

941 Food Truck Association

Sat, Oct 22

Hello friends! The Church , West Coast Church of the Cross... that hosts Bulgogi Sarasota was recently broken into, vandalized, had a bunch of electronic and misc items stolen. Since we consider ...

Circus by the Sea

Sat, Oct 22

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy (941) 388-4441

Join Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and The Circus Arts Conservatory for Circus by the Sea, an exciting collaboration celebrating the arts and culture of these unique organizations right in your ...

JLS Art of Food Masquerade

Sat, Oct 22

1331 1st St (941) 953-5600

Don't miss this exclusive affair with mystery and intrigue, entertainment, dancing and bar! An elegant evening masquerade party celebrating Sarasota gourmet culinary artistry. Arrive in cocktail ...

Tuxes & Tails- Arabian Nights

Sat, Oct 22

333 S Franklin St (813) 876-7138

Tuxes & Tails returns with a sultry swagger as Arabian Nights! Get all the info here: Join us for our signature black-tie gala featuring live and silent auctions, a ...

Celebration of the Arts!

Mon, Oct 24

777 N Tamiami Trl (941) 365-5118

RSVP here! ~ FREE and open to the public! ~ The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County's annual "Celebration of the Arts" event on ...

Farm to Table Keynote Dinner and Discussion

Mon, Oct 24

1418 13th St W (941) 702-GROW (4769

TWO SEATINGS: 5:30 or 8:00pm. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Join Ortygia Restaurant, Slow Food Greater Sarasota, and Transition Sarasota for a very special farm to table dinner and facilitated ...

State Street Lounge- Hot Club of SRQ Duo 6-9pm

Mon, Oct 24 - Mon, Dec 26

1533 State Street 941.951.1533

Hot Club SRQ Duo performs 7-10 in the swanky lounge of State Street Eatery. Eat first and come thirsty as the kitchen is closed on Mondays.

An Evening of Celebration

Tue, Oct 25

7051 Wireless Ct (941) 677-8840

Join Selah Freedom as we commemorate a night of celebration with gourmet bites donated by various local restaurants, sweet libations, many forms of dance and instruction with a special show and ...

Sarasota Choral Festival

Tue, Oct 25

104 S Pineapple Ave

Key Chorale's Sarasota Choral Festival is a community event open to singers high school age and older. Last year 200 voices participated in the festival and this year Key Chorale is delighted to ...

All You Can Eat Fajitas $15

Wed, Oct 26

1525 4th Street (941) 954-7400

All you can eat fajitas in a fun and entertaining atmosphere for only $15 a great way to spend your Wednesday!

Lunch in the Gardens: Orchid Madness

Wed, Oct 26

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

Co-chairs: Ariane Dart and Ping Faulhaber A presentation of the truth and lies behind growing and displaying your orchids presented by Selby Gardens, Orchid Show designer Angel Lara, Assistant ...

Key to the Cure 2016

Thu, Oct 27

120 University Town Center Dr (941) 917-1286

Key to the Cure, Sarasota has raised more than $1,100,000 to support Women's Cancer Care Programs at SMHCS. Thanks so much to our longtime partner Saks Fifth Avenue and to the community for your ...

The Pumpkin Festival

Fri, Oct 28

5895 Post Blvd (941) 219-8410

Outdoor Fall Festival with all things Pumpkin Free Shows, Live Entertainment, Thrill Shows, Pumpkin Patch and Maze, Hayrides, Kids Amusement Area and More.

CeltoberFest - Sarasota

Sat, Oct 29

3000 Ringling Blvd

SAVE THE DATE! Visit for TICKETS at Pre-Event Savings! Bands include: Seven Nations Off Kilter Fighting Jamesons McIntyre Lucid Druids Celtic Conundrum Bawdy Boys Ballads & ...

Sip the Sunshine All Florida Craft Beer Festival

Sat, Oct 29

5851 Nathan Benderson Cir (941) 358-7275

A fun-filled event with live music, beer, and food! Event time is tentative and is subject to change. Official event facebook page:

Eat Local Week Fall Harvest Fest

Sun, Oct 30

1401 99th St NW (941) 792-0985

In honor of Eat Local Week, Geraldson Community Farm will be hosting its third annual Fall Harvest Fest! The event will be held on October 30, 2016 at Geraldson Community Farm. We had so much fun ...

Giving Hunger The Blues 20

Sun, Oct 30

Giving Hunger the Blues is an annual, one-day music festival. Formerly a Southside Village street festival, this year GHTB20 will relocate to the iconic Van Wezel Performing Arts center on beautiful ...


Sun, Oct 30

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

Celebrate Halloween at Selby Gardens with family activities all day on Sunday, October 30th!

Puttin' On The Poodle 3rd Annual Fundraiser

Tue, Nov 1

1212 S East Ave (727) 265-1766

Once again, the exclusive Michael's on East in Sarasota will be the location of the annual "Puttin' on the Poodle'' fund-raiser to benefit Florida Poodle Rescue. This year's event runs from ...

Riverhouse Waterfront Market

Tue, Nov 1

1001 Riverside Dr (941) 721-3800

Enjoy a night out of pre-holiday, festive fun! Featuring a unique shopping experience on the Manatee River waterfront, including food, drinks, live music, raffles, and more!

Wine & Design

Wed, Nov 2

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

Join us for Wine & Design Floral Design Workshops, a hands-on date for you and your friends led by a local professional floral artists. Learn how to design a gorgeous, custom flower arrangements, as ...

Flip Flops & Fashion Luncheon

Thu, Nov 3

1600 Harbor Dr S (941) 953-3877

Get ready for the 9th Annual Flip Flops & Fashion! Enjoy a delicious lunch as you watch our lovely models strut their stuff in the latest fashions. Fashion Show at 11:30 AM Lunch at 12:15 ...

Ringling Underground

Thu, Nov 3

5401 Bay Shore Rd (941) 359-5700

Ringling Underground: A series of one night only events combining live music and experiential artworks in the Courtyard. ______________________+MUSIC_____________________ The Ringling and SRQ Arts ...

Save the Date! 4th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (TAMPA)

Thu, Nov 3

700 S Florida Ave

Created for women who enjoy fine wine, great style, and supporting a noble cause, Wine Women & Shoes is one of the fastest-growing charity events in the country. Featuring wine tastings, a live ...

Cars & Couture Motorfest Weekend

Fri, Nov 4


Welcome to the 6th Annual Cars & Couture Motorfest Weekend. Exotic Car Gala, Driving Events, and Vintage Motor Show! Benefiting Autism Speaks Presented by Maz Exotics Friday, November 4th- Cars & ...

Fall Family Festival

Sat, Nov 5

400 Palmetto Ave (941) 918-2100

Enjoy a laid-back family day along the shores of Little Sarasota Bay. Activities this year include tree climbing, family hula hoop lessons, the Discovery Zone for outdoor play, expert bocce court ...

Parmalee LIVE in concert

Sat, Nov 5

5377 McIntosh Rd (941) 927-6655

Nashville's own Parmalee will be LIVE at the White Buffalo Saloon on Saturday November 5th. Tickets will sell out so get yours early! Visit our website to get the advance discounted price of only ...

Rockin' Lobster Beach Party

Sat, Nov 5

1600 Harbor Dr S (941) 953-3877

Are you ready for a rockin' good time? This scenic, fun party will be what everyone is talking about. Dine on delicious lobster, release floating lanterns and dance the night away in the sand. We ...

Sarasota Medieval Fair - Opening Weekend!

Sat, Nov 5

3000 Ringling Blvd (888) 303-3247

It's the Sarasota Medieval Fair! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Enjoy Celtic ...

The Great Pumpkin Pie Bake-Off!

Sat, Nov 5

2645 Mall Dr (941) 343-2854

EAT or COMPETE!!! Come get your fall "Bake-On" at our inaugural The Great Pumpkin Pie Bake-Off! Young or old, meek or bold, what ever style you prefer, if you love pumpkin and want to share your ...

Walk With A Doc

Sat, Nov 5

5851 Nathan Benderson Cir (888) 777-8839

Walking can help reduce your risk of heart disease, improve your blood pressure and sugar levels, elevate your mood and reduce your risk of osteoporosis and diabetes. That is why Meridien Research is ...

Garden Music Series - Big Night Out

Sun, Nov 6

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

Big Night Out is one of southwest Florida's most popular dance bands, dazzling crowds with rockin' horns, a pulsating percussion and great vocals for over 10 years.

"Beyond the Rainbow"

Mon, Nov 7

1212 S East Ave

Join us at Michael's on East November 7th, 2016 "Beyond the Rainbow " drag show. Cocktails and dinner by the bite starts at 6:30pm, drag show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are $100 per person, tables ...

Grand Opening Celebration

Mon, Nov 7

You are invited to join us in our Grand Opening Celebration. Integrated Healing Arts, LLC, Sarasota Family Acupuncture, Balance For Living and Source Fire Therapeutic Massage are throwing an open ...

Studio 32 Launch Party

Tue, Nov 8

1751 Cattlemen Rd (941) 379-9100

We are hosting the official launch of STUDIO 32 at Music Compound, 1751 Cattlemen RD, Sarasota, FL 34232. This will be a social event in which we celebrate the newest event venue in Sarasota! Join us ...

Chalk Festival Love & Peace

Fri, Nov 11 - Mon, Nov 14

(941) 488-8877

Largest gathering of the world's most famous pavement artists and 3D illusion pavement paintings celebrating the 2016 theme LOVE & PEACE - so get groovy and join us as we turn the road into a museum ...

Designing Daughters Presents: Drinks with Daughters

Fri, Nov 11

1283 S Tamiami Trail | Midtown Plaza 941-504-4288

Our Annual event Drinks with Daughters is just around the corner! Note that we have a new location this year, Michael's Wine Cellar. Join the Designing Daughters on November 11th, 2016 for a ...

2016 Rock for a Cause

Sat, Nov 12

Main Street 941.256.7983

Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m., Main Street, Sarasota Rock for a Cause is a battle-of-the-bands competition where local musicians in Sarasota, Manatee and surrounding counties compete not only for a cash prize ...

4th Annual Customer Appreciation Expo

Sat, Nov 12

3000 Ringling Blvd (941) 355-6838

Time to mark this year's Customer Appreciation Expo in your calendars! - 92 Vendor Booths Representing the Very Best in Supplements, Health & Beauty and Natural Grocery - Local Businesses ...

Holiday Bestie Day Brunch Benefiting Mote Marine Lab

Sat, Nov 12

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy (941) 780-0907

Hitched and Honey and Sunnyday Mercantile present the Holiday Bestie Brunch benefiting Mote Marine Laboratory! The fist Annual Bestie Brunch in spring 2016 was the perfect way to end our busy event ...

Hot Dogs & Cool Cats Gala

Sat, Nov 12

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr (941) 955-4131

Kick off the holiday social season by laughing your paws off at one of Sarasota's favorite events. Now in its 24th year, Hot Dogs & Cool Cats - Laugh Your Paws Off Gala is an elegant, lighthearted ...

Rock for a Cause

Sat, Nov 12

Live on Main Street, Sarasota! Local musicians, chosen by online voting, will compete in the ultimate Battle of the Bands on Nov. 12 on Main Street, Sarasota! Bands of every genre, age and talent ...

Sarasota Medieval Fair - Second Weekend!

Sat, Nov 12

3000 Ringling Blvd (888) 303-3247

It's the Sarasota Medieval Fair! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Enjoy Celtic ...

Power Yoga Master Class with Bryan Kest

Mon, Nov 14

5302 Paylor Lane (941) 217-6066

Bryan Kest Power Yoga Workshop WHEN: Monday, November 14th, 2016 6pm-9pm WHERE: TYS Lakewood Ranch $60 Power Yoga Master Class: Bryan Kest's Power Yoga Master Class is a well-rounded flowing ...

Art & Soul IV: "When I Grow Up"

Tue, Nov 15

301 Bird Key Dr (941) 487-3386

An inspired evening of food, wine and exceptional artistic company. Join us as we explore where dreams begin for the benefit of the wonderful children served by our Sarasota YMCA! Performances by ...

Selby's Secret Garden Sunsets

Wed, Nov 16

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

Take in the sunset as you enjoy the Conservatory and grounds.

All Hands on Deck, The Great Catch Seafood Festival

Fri, Nov 18

P.O. Box 4193 (941) 952-1109

All Hands on Deck - The Great Catch Florida Seafood Festival Catch all the sea has to offer from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico featuring seasonal stone crab to the cold waters of Alaska, ...

3rd Annual Heroes Welcome Home Golf Tournament

Sat, Nov 19

4501 N Tuttle Ave (941) 448-8651

Its that time of year again! Gather your friends and family for fun, skill, & competition, all proceeds to benefit Heroes Welcome Home, a non-profit organization helping Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces ...

Sarasota Medieval Fair - Final Weekend!

Sat, Nov 19

3000 Ringling Blvd (888) 303-3247

It's the Sarasota Medieval Fair! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Enjoy Celtic ...

Venice Blues Festival 2016

Sat, Nov 19

1664 Harbor Dr S

Fourth Annual Venice Blues Festival- Headliners- Lazy Lester and Chris Thomas King. Also Robert "Lefty Preacher" Sampson, Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones and the Lisa Ridings band

The Wild World Art Exhibition

Sun, Nov 20

525 Kumquat Ct (941) 894-6469

The next event presented by Art, Rhymes & Beer takes place on Sunday November 20th, 2016 5pm-9pm in benefit to The All Faiths Food Bank at the Fogartyville Community & Media Arts Center. The Wild ...

Thanksgiving on the Water

Thu, Nov 24

2 Marina Plz (941) 365-4232

Enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving with family and friends overlooking Sarasota Bay! The Dining Room The Dining Room dinner menu will be featured along with holiday specials throughout the day starting ...

3rd Annual Christmas Toy Ride For the Kids

Sun, Nov 27

4511 US Highway 41 N

Presented by The Nite Train Express, Inc. $5.00 entry per person for the $500.00 cash drawing donated by Wittmer and Linehan - must be present to win! Line up starts at noon, KSU 2pm. Ride to Johns ...

2016 Cause4Fashion By The Bay

Thu, Dec 1

777 N Tamiami Trl (941) 926-6413

Cause4Fashion By The Bay 2016 Please join us Thursday, December 1st, 2016 @ 11:30AM for NeuroChallenge's annual luncheon and fashion show featuring designs by Talbot's and Martin Freeman that will ...

Christmas in Candy Land

Sat, Dec 3

1212 S East Ave (407) 622-4673

Relish timeless holiday traditions and support Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida, Sarasota Region at Christmas in Candyland, an unforgettable celebration of holly and hope held at the ...

Jingle Bell Run Manasota/Bradenton

Sat, Dec 3

8100 Lakewood Main St

Be part of the largest holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere - and join the movement to conquer arthritis! The Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise ...

10th Annual Women's Day with Paula Abdul

Wed, Dec 7

1212 S East Ave (941) 371-4546

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee proudly presents its 10th Annual Women's Day Luncheon, featuring Paula Abdul with discussion moderated by Hayley Wielgus from ABC 7. Paula, who celebrated ...

Wine & Design

Wed, Dec 7

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

Join us for Wine & Design Floral Design Workshops, a hands-on date for you and your friends led by a local professional floral artists. Learn how to design a gorgeous, custom flower arrangements, as ...

Easter Seals 70th Anniversary Celebration

Fri, Dec 9

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr

Here at Easter Seals Southwest Florida, we are more excited than ever! The time has arrived to celebrate 70 years of helping countless children and adults living with disabilities lead a more ...

Atomic Holiday Bazaar Saturday Show

Sat, Dec 10

801 N Tamiami Trl Email please, atomic

Atomic Holiday Bazaar, Season 11! Sarasota, FL's indie-craft show featuring affordable and amusing arts and crarts for the world's delightful irregulars - that's Y O U! Please join us for a ...

Atomic Holiday Bazaar Sunday Show

Sun, Dec 11

801 N Tamiami Trl Email please, atomic

Atomic Holiday Bazaar, Season 11! Sarasota, FL's indie-craft show featuring affordable and amusing arts and crarts for the world's delightful irregulars - that's Y O U! Please join us for a ...

4th Annual Men Whiskey & Watches- SRQ

Thu, Dec 15

5500 S Tamiami Trl (941) 365-1277

Men, Whiskey and Watches features whiskey tasting from select distillers, an assortment of fine luxury watches, premium cigars, a live and silent auction, and casino-style games, along with ...

2017 Sarasota New Years Eve Charity Party

Sat, Dec 31

801 N Tamiami Trl

Looking forward to the planning during 2016 to create Sarasota's Biggest & Best Ticketed NYE Party. We are developing a new enhanced Sponosrship Packet. If you are interested in becoming part of ...

New Year's Eve

Sat, Dec 31

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

Sarasota's most sophisticated and diverse black tie New Year's Eve experience, hosted by the Walsh Family.

Thunder by The Bay 2017

Thu, Jan 5 - Sun, Jan 8

(941) 487-7904

OFFICIAL THUNDER BY THE BAY SCHEDULE Thursday ? January 5 Sporting Clay Tournament ? Ancient Oak Gun Club Registration 8:30 am ? Start Time 9:30 am Friday ? January 6 ?Cruisers and Customs? ...

Mercato Nights Music Series- Hot Club of SRQ Trio 6-9PM

Thu, Feb 2

9132 Strada Pl #11103 239-254-1080

Unwind on the lawn with some Gypsy Jazz at the Mercato Nights Music Series!! FREE CONCERT Lawn chairs and well-behaved pets are welcome.

The Orchid Ball: une soiree en fleurs

Sat, Feb 11

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

We are pleased to announce that Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2017 Orchid Ball, will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 on the Gardens Great Lawn. The event will begin with a unique cocktail ...

Asolo Repertory Theatre's Annual Gala 2017: La Fête de Monte Carlo

Sat, Mar 4

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr (941) 351-8000

Asolo Repertory Theatre's biggest fundraiser of the season! The event will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner, paddle raise, live music and dancing. It ...

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