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!

CD RELEASE Fandango- Hot Club SRQ Trio 7-10pm

Fri, Sep 30 - Fri, Sep 30

1812 South Ospery Ave 941.954.5400

Keven Aland (violin) and Jon McLaughlin (guitar) and JP Coley perform the new release, "Mosaic". Reservations recommended. Reserve your table now by calling (941) 954-5400. ...

FST Improv Ha Ha Happy Hour

Fri, Sep 30

1289 N Palm Ave (941) 366-9000

FST Improv Ha-ha Happy Hour at Louie's Modern & Buddy Brew - Downtown Sarasota Calling all SRQ locals! Do you like happy hours, great local eats, and laughter? We've got an event for you. Join ...

Official CD Release

Fri, Sep 30

1812 S Osprey Ave

Our new release, "Mosaic" will be available for $10.00 (cash only). Make sure you reserve your table by calling 941-954-5400. Seating will be limited so call now!

Oktoberfest at The Saltwater Cafe

Fri, Sep 30 - Sun, Oct 16

1071 Tamiami Trail N 941-488-3775

Join us for our annual Oktoberfest September 23 - October 16th! We have traditional food like Wiener Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Sauerbraten with German Beer and Wine! Free Beer on Friday September ...


Fri, Sep 30

999 Cattlemen Rd, Unit F (941) 378-1359

Join us for POUND at Fly, then brunch at First Watch (Bee Ridge/Cattlemen). Can't wait!

10th Annual Golf Tournament & Church Challenge

Sat, Oct 1

2700 Gary Player Blvd (941) 926-2959

Please join us for our 10th Annual Golf Tournament & Church Challenge! Who does the tournament benefit? Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast is a fully accredited counseling center with ...

Beer, Bands, & BBQ presented by Music Compound

Sat, Oct 1

8201 Polo Club Ln (941) 379-9100

The 2nd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ, presented by Music Compound, will be hosted at Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch, Saturday, October 1st from noon to 7PM. -10 National and local beers will be on ...

Matt Walden Presents: The Hometown Show

Sat, Oct 1

2520 43rd St W

Matt's 1st Annual Hometown Show on October 1st, 2016 from 7:30-10pm. Held at "The LOFT @ The Church at Bradenton" 2520 43rd St. W. Bradenton, FL. 34209 This show will be fully produced and filled ...

Wild Ginger Apothecary's 2 Year Anniversary

Sat, Oct 1

6557 Superior Ave (941) 312-5630

Join us at Wild Ginger Apothecary for our 2 Year Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 1st! It's been a wonderful two years of eco-friendly health + beauty, amazing customers, and the fantastic ...

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

Mon, Oct 3 - 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.

Organic Produce Co-Op at Wild Ginger Apothecary

Tue, Oct 4

6557 Superior Ave (941) 312-5630

Wild Ginger Apothecary will be a pickup location for Yellow Submarine Co-Op Club for weekly Organic Produce - starting in October! For just $24 per week, you can pick up organic farm fresh food and ...

Appreciating You

Thu, Oct 6

6557 Superior Ave

You are invited as a special guest to our fun and information filled evening at Wild Ginger Apothecary! REGISTER AT EVENTBRITE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT: Enjoy an ...

Designing Daughters Presents: (Beauty) Bar Crawl

Thu, Oct 6

1819 Main St 941-504-4288

Join the Designing Daughters of Sarasota as we kick off the season with a different kind of bar crawl! Enjoy champagne and lite bites while you experience a variety of "Beauty Bars" where the ...

Paul Mattison's Book Signing at Williams-Sonoma

Thu, Oct 6

140 University Town Center Dr, Ste 253 (941) 552-7000

Florida Winefest & Auction Invites the Public to Meet Award-Winning Chef Paul Mattison - offering a seafood tasting to celebrate the launch of a new fall seafood benefit "The Great Catch." Book ...

Mudtoberfest October 7-9

Fri, Oct 7

4222 N. US 301 (727) 776-4544

Mudtoberfest October 7-9 Coolers Welcome, No Glass Bottles, Camp Fires, UTV's Welcome, ATV's Welcome, ATV/UTV Mud Pit, Mud Truck Pit. Mud, Tug-O-War, Jeep Trails, Family Fun, Bands, DJ, Vendors, ...

One Love Reggae Party w/ Jah Movement

Fri, Oct 7

5131 14th St W 336-918-1658

One Love One Heart Lets Get Together and Feel Alright. Join us October 7 10pm for a One Love Party. Everyone coming together and enjoying Reggae music and friends. Music by DJ Steel ALL POSITIVE!

2016 Beer, Boats & Bacon

Sat, Oct 8

5851 Nathan Benderson Cir (941) 812-7400 2016 Beer, Boats & Bacon at Nathan Benderson Park is on October 8th from 12pm-7pm. > Tons of Bacon & Food Vendors > Unlimited Craft Beer Sampling from 3-7pm Available > ...

Beer, Boats & Bacon Festival

Sat, Oct 8

5851 Nathan Benderson Cir (941) 358-7275 2016 Beer, Boats & Bacon at Nathan Benderson Park is on October 8th from 12pm-7pm. > Tons of Bacon & Food Vendors > Unlimited Craft Beer Sampling from 3-7pm Available > ...

Sunset Lounge Experience

Sat, Oct 8

5500 Gulf Blvd

ONLY 280 SEATS AVAILABLE. $250 single ticket or $490 for your private daybed for two. Ticket sales will close at 6pm on Thursday, October 6, 2016 in order to insure the fine quality of our menu ...

Taste Of St. Armands

Sat, Oct 8

$45 ADVANCED PURCHASE/ $55 DAY OF EVENT FOR ADVANCED TICKET PURCHASES PLEASE CONTACT 941-388-1554. The St. Armands Circle Association and Wagner Realty proudly present a showcase of our outstanding ...

A Date For Goodness Sake

Thu, Oct 13

1923 Ringling Blvd

Team ACS is pleased to announce their Fundraiser, "A Date for Goodness Sake." Join us for a fun night as local bachelors pair up with their favorite Non-Profits in a live bachelor auction with Master ...

Douglas Brooks! October 14-16

Fri, Oct 14

2888 Ringling Blvd (941) 341-9781

Out of the Shadows: India's Vampire Stories and the Yoga of Light and Darkness with Professor Douglas Brooks By the late 12th century in India the storytelling tradition was replete with tales of ...

The Gunslinger Monster Truck Event

Fri, Oct 14

(941) 952-8846

The Gunslinger monster truck will be at Rocky's Satellite, your local DISH retailer located at 2123 University Pkwy #103 Sarasota, FL, 34243, on Oct 14, 2016. Bring the whole family to take pictures ...

The Local Evolution Craft Market: Halloween Edition

Fri, Oct 14

803 17th Ave W (941) 792-0985

LOCAL BEER+LOCAL CRAFTS= THE LOCAL EVOLUTION Officially the SECOND FRIDAY of every month, Geraldson Community Farm and Darwin Brewing Company are collaborating to bring you an evening of everything ...

Octoberfest Celebration

Sat, Oct 15

5717 18th St E (941) 722-2391

Come enjoy authentic live music and food at Woody's Octoberfest. Have a weekend full of great beer, great food, and awesome scenery!

Sparcc Amazing Raise & Raise the Roof Party

Sat, Oct 15

1212 S East Ave (941) 365-0208

Don't miss Sarasota's most exciting event - SPARCC Amazing Raise & Raise the Roof Party #SPARCCAmazingRaise: 20 teams of 8 fundraising superheroes take to the streets in fully-stocked, chauffeured ...

The 5k Zombie Run Sarasota 10.15.2016

Sat, Oct 15

5851 Nathan Benderson Cir <>

Run for your life from flesh hungry Zombies through a 3.1 mile trail run where ZOMBIES are the obstacles! Oct 15th 2016, The 5k Zombie Run returns to Sarasota for a third year! This time you'll run ...


Sun, Oct 16

1924 S. Osprey Avenue 941.955.9856

Sunday October 16, 2016 from 2pm-5pm. Osprey Avenue between Hyde park street and Hillview Avenue. Fifteen of Sarasota Fire Houses including firehouses from Englewood, North Port and Boca Grande ...

Selby's Secret Garden Sunsets

Wed, Oct 19

900 S Palm Ave (941) 366-5731

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

4th Annual Haunted Trails

Fri, Oct 21

PARK: (941) 483-595

Friday October 21, 2016 8pm-10pm Saturday October 22, 2016 8pm-10pm 5 and under FREE Ages 6-12 - $5 Ages 13+ - $10 A spooky haunted trail for those who dare to be scared and a trick-or-treat trail ...

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 ...

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 ...

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:


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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.

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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