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!

Drive-In Movie Night: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Thu, Dec 8

1215 Mango Ave (941) 955-2739

Join us at sundown in our biergarten every 2nd Thursday for a 'Drive-In Style' Movie Night! We recommend bringing a lawn chair or blanket to get comfortable in front of our 12ft movie screen! We have ...

Illumination

Thu, Dec 8

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

Bromeliad tree lighting and Associates' holiday fundraiser.

Nite Train Express Thank You Party

Thu, Dec 8

7051 Wireless Ct 941-356-4127 or 941-

Because you ALL have been so generous and instrumental in helping the Nite Train Express continue to grow & help so many, we want to say "Thank You"! Please join us for light bites, libations and ...

The Southgate Village Shops Holiday Sip & Stroll

Thu, Dec 8

2135 Siesta Drive (941) 296-1500

The Southgate Village Shops present the first annual Holiday Sip & Stroll on Thursday, December 8th 5:00pm-8:00pm. Enjoy drinks, light bites, music, art, entertainment and holiday shopping! Join us ...

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 ...

Holidays Around the Ranch

Fri, Dec 9

8100 Lakewood Main St (941) 757-1530

Holidays Around the Ranch, our community holiday sensation of magical charm takes place Friday December 9th on Lakewood Main Street from 6-9pm. Children and adults alike will stand in awe at the ...

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 ...

Bad Santa Beer Festival

Sat, Dec 10

6111 B Porter Way (941) 812-7400

www.BadSantaBeerFestival.com 2016 Bad Santa Beer Festival is on December 10th from 5pm-9pm. > Unlimited Samples of 50+ Craft Beers from 5-9pm > Dinner from Busted Chef or Sonny's BBQ included ...

Pet Photo Day at Wild Ginger Apothecary

Sat, Dec 10

6557 Superior Ave (941) 312-5630

Join Berkley and our friends at Little Skull Photography for a Pet Photo Day at Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge - just in time for the holidays! For just $50 you'll get a professionally ...

Sarasota Boat Parade of Lights

Sat, Dec 10

2 Marina Plz (941) 365-4232

The 31st Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday December 10, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City ...

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Sat, Dec 10

(954) 767-0686

Celebrating our 45th Anniversary at the signature event in this area and the "Greatest Show on H2O!" Find out how to get involved, participate in the parade and enjoy this lifetime experience with ...

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 ...

Leash Walking Class

Sun, Dec 11 - Sun, Dec 11

2542 17th Street 941-366-2404

Learn how to walk adoptable Cat Depot cats on a leash and harness to provide the cats with much needed physical and mental stimulation. If you are interested in attending, you must register ...

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

Mon, Dec 12 - Mon, Dec 12

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.

2016 Embracing Our Differences Annual Luncheon

Wed, Dec 14

1212 S East Ave (941) 404-5710

You can be a part of creating a culture of kindness and respect. Please join us for a brief program about Embracing Our Differences and its lasting impact on our youth and our entire ...

4th Annual Christmas Cocktails with the SYR's

Wed, Dec 14

(954) 593-9615

We invite you to Jingle & Mingle with your fellow Sarasota Young Republicans! This year's Christmas Cocktails is once again sponsored by Gold Coast Eagle and will include unlimited beer, wine & hors ...

Holiday Champagne Tasting

Wed, Dec 14

1283 S Tamiami Trail | Midtown Plaza (941) 955-2675

It's (almost!) the most wonderful - and sparkling - time of the year already! Michael is pleased to announce our annual Holiday Champagne Tasting! From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, ...

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 ...

Holiday Sing Along

Thu, Dec 15

2 Marina Plz (941) 953-7565

This special luncheon will feature the fabulous and famious SPSS singers - you.... come for the great meal, entertainment and comradery

North Pole Express

Thu, Dec 15

12210 83rd St E (941) 776-0906

North Pole Express Dates and times vary, visit website tickets for more info.

Art Rhymes & Beer- Holiday Edition

Sat, Dec 17

6111 B Porter Way (941) 371-2939

The next episode of Art, Rhymes & Beer is happening at Big Top Brewing Company on Saturday December 17th, 2016 6pm-12am. Art, Rhymes & Beer brings you a holiday party in celebration of music, people, ...

Beers and Bites

Sat, Dec 17

5701 Derek Ave (941) 957-1214

The Oasis Café & Bakery is so excited to team up with Calusa Brewery for this Holiday season!! We will be grilling up some lite bites and pair everything with awesome seasonal beers!

Gulf Gate Village Holiday Shop

Sat, Dec 17

Gulf Gate Shopping Village

Finish your holiday shopping in Gulf Gate Village! Join the Gulf Gate Area Merchants Association for the "Gulf Gate Village Holiday Shop" on Saturday December 17th. Hours and businesses vary, stay ...

Movie in the Park

Sat, Dec 17

5851 Nathan Benderson Cir (941) 358-7275

Join us for a free screening of Frozen at NBP's December Movie in the Park! The event will be held on Regatta Island, make sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets! The movie will start at sunset, ...

Rock Hard Revue

Sat, Dec 17

5377 McIntosh Rd (941) 927-6655

Orlando's own Rock Hard Revue will be in the building Saturday December 17th!! In order to give each and every one of you the experience that you are craving, we are drastically reducing the number ...

Wreaths Across America, Sarasota National Cemetery

Sat, Dec 17

9810 State Road 72 (941) 782-0748

Wreaths Across Program that you don't want to miss this year! A semi-truck full of beautiful, natural wreaths will be delivered and distributed by the public on every headstone. Come early to avoid ...

Hometeam New Year's Rally 2016

Thu, Dec 29

2505 W Bella Vista St

5th Annual Hometeam New Years Rally! What's the Hometeam New Years Rally you ask? Why, it's not just a festival, it's a union and a reunion for family and friends who share a love for music, art ...

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 ...

6th Annual New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Bay

Sat, Dec 31

2 Marina Plz (941) 365-4232

In conjunction with Suncoast Charities for Children, Marina Jack is proud to host the 6th Annual Fireworks On the Bay! RESTAURANT & MARINA JACK II All areas will be open for lunch at 11:15am ...

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 Festival VIP Tickets Here Your ticket includes admission into the VIP Tent with comfortable seating offering a great view of the stage, complimentary food ...

Gulf Gate Village Bike Night

Fri, Jan 6

Gulf Gate Shopping Village

Save the Date! Join Gulf Gate Area Merchants Association in welcoming 2017 with Gulf Gate Village Bike Night. Participating businesses will be open extended hours for a fun "block" party - ...

Thunder By The Bay

Fri, Jan 6

8389 S. Tamiami Trail (941) 552-8825

Full on Block Party. Food and Drink specials with procedes going to Suncoast Charities for Children. $10 BBQ Chicken Dinner $2 BBudweiser Beer Specials $4 Drink Specials Bikini Bike Wash Live ...

Mary J. Blige 'No More Drama'Tribute Concert

Sat, Jan 14

7333 Scotland Way

Award-winning vocalist Shantel Norman is putting on a benefit concert for the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC). She will be portraying her idol, 9 time grammy award winner Mary J Blige. ...

Sarasota Jewish Food Festival

Sun, Jan 15

4631 S Lockwood Ridge Rd (941) 924-1802

What do bagels, chopped liver, chicken soup, blintzes, corned beef and pastrami sandwiches (FF9 's fabulous Corned Beef and Pastrami are being provided by Sarasota's own former New York deli-man Sol ...

St Pete Beer & Bacon Festival

Sat, Jan 21

701 Bayshore Dr. NE (941) 812-7400

www.StPeteBeerandBacon.com 2017 St Pete Beer & Bacon at Vinoy Park is on January 21st from 12pm-6pm. > Tons of Bacon from Local Restaurants & Food Trucks > Unlimited Craft Beer Sampling from 2-6pm ...

January 25th - Marketing on Main

Wed, Jan 25

1989 Ringling Blvd 941-266-9657

Marketing on Main is Sarasota's Preimer Networking event it is created by business owners for business owners! Who - Business-minded individuals looking to better themselves in Sarasota and ...

An Evening for Healthy Start - January 26, 2017

Thu, Jan 26

1093 Central Ave (941) 373-7070

Save the Date! The party of the year is just around the corner... "An Evening for Healthy Start" A Unique Annual Event to Benefit Sarasota's Pregnant Women, Infants, and Young Children Featuring: ...

2017 Circus Arts Gala 20th Birthday Bash!

Sat, Jan 28

(941) 355-9335

Wear polka dots and stripes aplenty, the Circus Arts is turning twenty! There will be big surprises and lots of fun - of all the Galas, don't miss this one! Join us under the Big Top for an ...

The 2017 Forks & Corks Grand Tasting

Sun, Jan 29

5401 Bay Shore Rd (941) 365-2800

The Grand Tasting is the ultimate destination for the foodie and wine or beer lover! Enjoy fabulous food from over 50 of the area's top restaurants, taste wine from over 80 international wineries and ...

Designer Handbag Event Benefiting Caring for Children Charities

Thu, Feb 9

1289 N Palm Ave (941) 952-1109

Slip on something sassy or sophisticated and add your bling! Enjoy an engaging, exciting and fun-filled evening of bingo, beverages and bon viveur bites. Be the lucky winner of a Coach, Chanel, ...

Unforgettable Bachelor Auction

Thu, Feb 9

1927 Ringling Blvd

Join us for an incredible evening benefitting Children's Healthy Pantry- Put the FUN back into Fun-draising! Have a great time bidding on the "Bachelors" and the auction packages with friends- ...

16th Annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala Featuring Steve Martin & Martin Short

Fri, Feb 10

777 N Tamiami Trl (941) 366-5578

You won't want to miss out on this special evening which includes cocktails by the bay, an elegant dinner, premium performance seating and an exclusive after-party! Steve Martin and Martin Short will ...

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 ...

Bon Jovi - This House Is Not For Sale - Tour

Tue, Feb 14

401 Channelside Dr

Bon Jovi - This House Is Not For Sale - Tour

6th Annual Superhero 5k and Fun Run

Sat, Feb 18

5851 Nathan Benderson Cir (310) 422-7179

The 6th Annual Superhero 5K and 1k Fun Run will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. This is a local Foster Care Awareness Event -- Even Superman Needed ...

Cooking for Wishes

Thu, Feb 23

1212 S East Ave (407) 622-4673

*A Taste of the Hawaiian Islands* February 23, 2017 is the seventh Annual Cooking for Wishes - our signature event and our largest fundraiser. We are thrilled to once again be having the interactive ...

Southwest Florida Heritage Festival

Sat, Feb 25

16405 Myakka Rd (941) 322-1000

Join us Saturday February 25, 2017 $10 per carload includes parking and all demos/workshops throughout the day at Crowley Museum and Nature Center in Myakka Florida for this one of a kind event ...

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 ...

5th Annual Whiskey Obsession Fest, 3/29 - 4/1/17 in Sarasota

Wed, Mar 29

(941) 400-9889

The Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be held Wednesday, March 29 to Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida. With 2,500 guests enjoying twenty-five different classes and tastings ...

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