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!

Fri, Oct 20

Night of Fish, Fun & Fright

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy (941) 388-4441

Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun and Fright! Unearth shark teeth in "Coffin Creek", enjoy deep sea delights in the "Diner of the Dead" and take ...

Fri, Oct 20

Rocky Horror Picture Show Spooktacular at the Francis

The Francis, 1289 N Palm Ave

It's time to do the TIME WARP AGAIN! Come out and join us for RHPS on the big screen with our live shadow cast at the Francis! The sexiest show in town is bringing back your favorite cult classic for ...

Fri, Oct 20

SRQ Jeeptoberfest Convoy

PDQ, 5484 Lena Rd

We are planning a Convoy to the Hardrock camping site to get ready for Jeeptoberfest. Bring your tent, camping bags, folding chairs, and anything else you might need to get comfy. Bug spray? ...

Sat, Oct 21

Bayfest 2017

Pine Aveune, Anna Maria (941) 778-1541

FAST FACTS What: Bayfest 2017 When: October 21, 2017, 10 AM to 9 PM Where: Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Ticket prices: Free! Bayfest, one of Anna Maria Island's most anticipated events, returns for its ...

Sat, Oct 21

HealWell & THRIVE!!! In Venice Fl

Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Venice Island, 200 Tamiami Trl N 9412245924

Learn, Discover and Sample ( includes #infusedcuisine) with CEO Elizabeth Massey and Celebrity Chef Craig Chasky of The Food Network- reinforcing your resilience to successfully adapt to and ...

Sat, Oct 21

October Donut Dive - Pumpkin Carving

Turtle Beach Sarasota, FL, 8918 Midnight Pass Rd (941) 870-4461

Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Bring those pumpkins and creative ideas and let's see who can come up with creepiest, scariest, creativeist, scuba divingist carving of them all! Every third ...

Sat, Oct 21

Poker Fun Run for Manatee PAL

Bearded Clam Waterfront Restaurant & Tiki Bar Sarasota, 7150 N Tamiami Trl (941) 747-1118 Ext 2

This 7th Semi-Annual boat and personal watercraft "Fun Run, AKA Poker Run" on Sarasota Bay will be starting at the Bearded Clam and ending at the Bearded Clam, the run will include prizes, raffles, ...

Sat, Oct 21

Spice presents: A Taste Of History

Join us for a star lit patio dinner in a charming 1920's renovated Craftsman's Bungalow. This dinner will feature Chef Louis Robinson of the SPICE pop up restaurant and Florida Pure Sea Salt. Come ...

Sat, Oct 21 - Sat, Dec 30

State Street Lounge- Hot Club of SRQ Trio 7-10pm

State Street Lounge, 1533 State Street 941-951-1533

The Hot Club of SRQ Trio performs music of Django Rienhardt, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bireli Lagrene, Dizzie Gillespie, originals and much more!!! State Street offers ...

Sat, Oct 21

The 4th Annual Fall PRCA Rodeo

Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, 124 Heard St (863) 494-2014

Come one, come all to the 4th Annual Fall PRCA Rodeo October 21 - 22, 2017. Tickets are $15 general admission. Kids 10 and under are $10. ON SALE NOW! Gates open at 11:00 p.m. Shootout Gang performs ...

Sat, Oct 21

The Cheaters at Sarasota Pride 2017!

JD Hamel Park, 2 Marina Plz

Time TBA. Honered to be a part of Sarasota Pride again this year!!

Sun, Oct 22 - Sun, Dec 31

Beer Bar Bingo - Every Sunday

Mr. Beerys, 2645 Mall Dr (941) 343-2854

Just a little luck and a lot of fun... Every Sunday at 5pm, stop in for a few beers, a few laughs, and a some tasty craft brew prizes... 4 different bingo rounds with mix n match 4 packs up for ...

Sun, Oct 22 - Sun, Dec 17

Fat Point Tap Room- Hot Club SRQ Trio 2-5pm

Fat Point Brewery (Tap Room), 611 Charlotte Street

The Hot Club of SRQ Trio performs at our favorite South Florida Brewery.

Thu, Oct 26

14th Annual Fall Festival

Hazeltine Nurseries, Inc, 2401 N River Rd (941) 485-1272

We are a 90 acre nursery and tree farm with a large inventory of palms, hardwood trees, fruit trees, shrubs, butterfly garden plants and garden accessories. We have everything to spruce up your yard ...

Thu, Oct 26

Da Capo Society Fall Kick Off

Sarasota Opera, 61 N Pineapple Ave (941) 328-1322

SAVE THE DATE! The Da Capo Society is ready to kick off their 2nd full season of bringing Sarasota's best and brightest together at the Sarasota Opera House. We'll enjoy delicious bites, cocktails, ...

Thu, Oct 26 - Thu, Dec 28

Pitcher & Pool Night - Every Thursday

Mr. Beerys, 2645 Mall Dr (941) 343-2854

Come hone your pool shark skills over some great craft brews every Thursday at our Pitcher & Pool Night! Enjoy $15 select 60oz craft pitchers and FREE pool from 8pm to Close! CHEERS!

Thu, Oct 26 - Thu, Oct 26

The Cottage- Hot Club of SRQ Duo 7-10pm

The Cottage Restaurant, 153 Avenida Messina (941) 312-9300

Every Thursday I (Keven-violin) alternate between two of my favorite guitarists, Nikola Baltic and Jon McLaughlin. This is a wonderfully intimate stage on the back patio of a "foodie favorite" on the ...

Fri, Oct 27

Grand Opening

1844 4th St, Sarasota, FL 34236-4205, United States 9413751069

Come to Historic Downtown Village's 4th Friday Fun! The Healing House in The Downtown Historic Village will be here with The Brow House and Iyengar Yoga Sarasota celebrating a Grand Opening ...

Sat, Oct 28

14th annual Boo Run 5k & Boo Dash

Lakewood Ranch Main Street, 8100 Lakewood Main St

Check out the 14th running of the Boo Run 5k & Boo dash!! Details and sign up can be found at 100% of the proceeds going to the Another Day for Gray Foundation.

Sat, Oct 28

Age-Friendly Festival

Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd

The Age-Friendly Festival will be a celebration of lifelong well-being in our region. This community event aspires to connect people of all ages. Individuals and exhibitors from businesses, ...

Sat, Oct 28

Giving Hunger The Blues & Jazz on the Bay

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl

The 21st Annual Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on The Bay Festival will feature local, regional, and national musical talents on two stages. A full day of music, food, and entertainment for the whole ...

Sat, Oct 28

Haunted Hotel IV - Aloft Tampa Downtown

Aloft Tampa Downtown, 100 West Kennedy Boulevard

A spell has been cast over Tampa. The witching hour strikes and all the creatures of the night descend upon the two towns, for this is a night of spectral celebration! By the light of the full moon, ...

Sat, Oct 28

Main Street Live in Downtown Bradenton

Old Main Street Downtown Bradenton Fla, 420 12th St W

This is downtown Bradenton's most popular street party! Old Main Street (12th Street West) between Manatee and 3rd avenues is closed to vehicular traffic as vendors line the streets and live music ...

Sat, Oct 28

Oceanic Evening

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr (941) 388-4441

Emerald City goes sea green... It takes brains, heart and courage to be good stewards of our oceans and planet. Think green and have fun during this year's dazzling Oceanic Evening at The ...

Sat, Oct 28

Siesta Key Rum Jeep Meet

Siesta Key Rum, 2212 Industrial Blvd.

Join us for our Siesta Key Rum Jeep Meet. Our rum Tasting will start at 3:30pm and will last until 4:30pm. We can buy bottles on site but not individual drinks. Bring your coolers and lawn ...

Sun, Oct 29

The Harvest Grille

Longwood Park, 6050 Longwood Run Blvd (941) 953-3559

Bring your friends and family to the newly announced Harvest Grille! On the last Sunday of each month beginning on October 29, 2017 we will be celebrating our members, visitors, guests and their ...

Thu, Nov 2

Beer School

Mr. Beerys, 2645 Mall Dr (941) 343-2854

The prevalence of craft beer today has many people demanding beer with more flavor and complexity, so it's time for "Beer School" to go back in session! This expanded world of good beer can be ...

Thu, Nov 2

Pillar Of Hope Tasting and Awareness Event

The Child Protection Center, Main Office: 720 S Orange Ave (941) 365-1277

Join The Child Protection Center as we host the fifth annual Pillar of Hope Tasting and Awareness Event and Open House. Enjoy entertainment, food from the best of Sarasota's restaurants and tour the ...

Thu, Nov 2

Pup Crawl Jeep Meet

Naughty Monk Brewery, 2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Join us at the Naughty Monk where 10% of all proceeds go to support Nates Honor Animal Rescue.

Fri, Nov 3

Creative Business Breakfast - Exclusive November Edition!

Sarasota 727-342-4496

Hello Business Owners!! We are back with our 2nd edition of our CREATIVE BUSINESS BREAKFAST series! Our last event in September was such a hit guests werent' ready to leave! Meaningful connections ...

Fri, Nov 3

Opening Day of Live Championship Greyhound Racing

Sarasota Kennel Club & One Eyed Jacks Poker Room, 5400 Bradenton Rd (941) 355-7744

Join us for the return of Live Championship Greyhound racing. Enjoy 50 cent beers, hot dogs, and soda. Spin the Bud Prize Wheel !! Make your reservations for lunch and dinner 941-355-7744

Fri, Nov 3

Share Care Global's Evening in India Gala

BMW of Sarasota, 5151 Clark Rd

Mission: To share healthy food with hungry people, care for the sick by providing necessary healthcare, and equipping women and children across the globe with the knowledge they need to live ...

Sat, Nov 4

5th Annual Rockin' Lobster Beach Party

Sharky's On the Pier, 1600 Harbor Dr S (941) 953-3877

Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico as you dine on delicious Maine lobster under a large tent on the beach. On Saturday, November 4th, the Rockin' fun begins with live music by Version 3.0, ...

Sat, Nov 4

Beer, Boats and Bacon 2017

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir > 60+ Craft Beers & Cocktails to Sample > Tons of Delicious Bacon Dishes > Live Music. Games & Prizes

Sat, Nov 4

Harvest Fall Festival

The Harvest Sarasota, 3650 17th Street (941) 953-3559

Fall Festival at The Harvest is a memorable event you and your family won't want to miss! Come on over and join us for the best free fall event in Sarasota, The Harvest Fall Festival on November 4th ...

Sat, Nov 4

Sarasota Medieval Fair

Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd (888) 303-3247

The Sarasota Medieval Fair is RETURNING on Nov. 4-5, 11-12, & 18-19, 2017 from 10am to 5:30pm at the Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds! Join the merriment with three weekends of festive ...

Sat, Nov 4

Tea House Jeep Meet

The Tea House, 1869 Fruitville Rd

Come join us for a day of fun at the The Tea House. We will have music and a local food truck for the day. See you in November! Note: Don't forget about Daylight Savings

Wed, Nov 8

Gulf Gate Merchants Association: November Meeting w Sarasota Cty

Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge, 6553 Superior Ave

GULF GATE AREA MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION -- NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING -- Special Guest: Donna Thompson, Sarasota County Zoning Administrator Please join us! What: November Membership Meeting to ...

Fri, Nov 10

Santa's Grand Arrival & Fireworks Spectacular

The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr (941) 552-7000

Join The Mall at UTC and Benderson Development on Friday, November 10th for a magical evening filled with family-fun, fireworks and giveaways! The festivities begin at 6:00pm outside the West ...

Fri, Nov 10

Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sandsculpting Festival

Siesta Key Beach, 946 Beach Rd (941) 349-3800

Come out and view 12 masterpieces made only from our #1 beach sand and water. Listen to live music everyday. NEW THIS YEAR - Visit us Friday or Saturday night for amazing colorful lit display of ...

Sat, Nov 11

6th Annual Cortez Stone Crab Festival

Cortez Stone Crab Festival, 4628 119th St W (941) 798-2035

6th Annual Cortez Stone Crab Festival

Sat, Nov 11

BUTI GLOW: November

Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge, 6553 Superior Ave (941) 312-5630

Join Leila for a BUTI Yoga GLOW at Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge - a fun (and healthy) night out with your Buti Tribe! Buti Yoga workouts transform your BODY + SOUL with cardio-intensive ...

Sat, Nov 11

Jeep Meet Bon Fire & Cookout

Ken Thompson park, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy

Join us for our inaugural Jeep Meet Bon Fire and Cookout! Bring your own coolers, chairs and any dogs you want to cook over the fire. See you at the event! ?? Any additional wood is appreciated!

Sat, Nov 11

Wine, Women & Shoes Retail Tasting

Michael's Wine Cellar, 1283 S Tamiami Trail | Midtown Plaza (941) 955-2675

Michael's Wine Cellar hosts a walk-about tasting in the local wine and spirits shop on a monthly basis. However, each November, the Michael's team hosts an extra-fashionable tasting hosted by ...

Sun, Nov 12

Classic Car Pinup Style Photoshoots

2520 Manatee Ave East Bradenton Florida 7274531303

Introducing a new series/photo event of ours! Classic Car Pinup Style Photoshoots! We will have some really neat, vintage cars available for your shoot! Cars like: VW Beetle Vintage Mustang VW ...

Sun, Nov 12

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Jets

Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy

For groups of 10 or more tickets, please call the Buccaneers group sales office at (866) 582-BUCS (2827). All patrons, regardless of age, require a ticket. No refunds or exchanges. Sale Dates and ...

Wed, Nov 15

Celtic Thunder - Sarasota

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl

The Celtic Thunder 2017 US Symphony Tour kicks off in Miami, FL on 14th of November 2017, following Celtic Thunder's 10th Anniversary Cruise. This will be the second Symphony Tour for Celtic Thunder, ...

Thu, Nov 16

Ruskin Drive In Jeep Meet

You heard it right!!! An OUTDOOR Movie Meet! We will convoy from Sarasota to Ruskin to watch a movie at one of the last standing outdoor movie theaters in ...

Fri, Nov 17 - Fri, Mar 16

Apollonia Grill- Aland Trio/Hot Club of SRQ 6-9pm

Apollonia Grill, 8235 cooper creek (941) 359-4816

Aland Trio-violin, guitar- Gypsy Jazz and Rumba Flamenco. Fine Mediterranean cuisine.

Fri, Nov 17

Venice Blues Festival & Pub Crawl

Venice MainStreet, Inc., 101 W Venice Ave, Ste 23 (941) 484-6722

Venice Blues Festival and Pub Crawl. Friday November 17 & Saturday November 18th. Friday the Pub Crawl starts at 5pm on Miami Ave. and participating venues. Saturday November 18th from 10-6pm at ...

Sat, Nov 18

Duathlon at the Bend

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir

A fun, yet challenging experience, the Duathlon at the Bend features a 5K rowing head race followed by a 6K run around the lake at beautiful Nathan Benderson Park! Youth and master level athletes ...

Sat, Nov 18

Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival

Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road

19th Annual Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival, Saturday November 18th, 2017. Gates open at 10 AM, Music from Noon to 10 PM. Live music on 2 stages: Off Kilter, BROTHER, Tartan Terrors, ...

Sat, Nov 18

Gator Grind 6K Run & Walk

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir

The Gator Grind 6K Run & Walk is a great event for the serious competitors, fitness enthusiasts, and fun-loving families! Particpants will begin on the main island of Nathan Benderson Park and follow ...

Mon, Nov 20

Ringling By The Bay feat. Kettle of Fish

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd (941) 359-5700

Enjoy live music and dancing on the Sarasota Bay! Kettle of Fish plays festiblues, the kind of festival music that features blues, soul and funk with the energy of rock n roll. They make old songs ...

Sat, Nov 25

Sarasota Florida Snowcrab Festival

Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd


Sat, Nov 25

Wild West style train robbery.

Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St E (941) 776-0906

Guard your gold, the no good Hole in the Head Gang will attempt to rob the train. Will the US Marshall save the day? This family fun, Wild West style event takes place Saturday and Sunday 11/25 and ...

Thu, Nov 30

North Pole Express

Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St E (941) 776-0906

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

Fri, Dec 1

Wild Ginger Apothecary's 3 Year Anniversary Celebration

Wild Ginger Apothecary, 6557 Superior Ave (941) 312-5630

Join us at Wild Ginger Apothecary for our 3 Year Anniversary Celebration on Friday December 1st! Appreciating our amazing customers and the fantastic community of friends that has formed around us ...

Sun, Dec 3

LeAnn Rimes @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl

Sun, Dec 3

Santa Claus Jeep Parade

Join us for our first Santa Claus Jeep Parade to St. Jude's Catholic Church in Sarasota. We will be the reindeer for Santa this year as we head to the church to bring goodies to all the good children ...

Sat, Dec 9

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir

Elite Events is excited to announce the BRAND NEW Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k at the beautiful Nathan Benderson Park! This fun family friendly festive event features miles of Christmas ...

Sat, Dec 9

Ugly Sweater Crawl - Sarasota

The 2nd annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl is here and we want the city of Sarasota to join in on the fun. Get that Goodwill sweater, find those tacky holiday pants, and get ready to jingle bell ROCK! ...

Wed, Dec 13

Holiday Champagne Tasting

Michael's Wine Cellar, 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 13, 2017, ...

Fri, Dec 15

5th Annual Men Whiskey Watches & Wheels

8070 15th St E, Sarasota, FL 34243-2714, United States (941) 365-1277

Men, Whiskey, Watches & Wheels 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 ...

Fri, Feb 23

Jeepin' with Sheriff Judd

We encourage everyone to come out and take part in this awesome event. Spectators are FREE and are very much encouraged to attend, so bring the entire family! There will be bounce houses for the kids ...

Wed, Apr 11

Sixth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival!

Whiskey Obsession Festival (941) 400-9889

The Sixth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be held from April 11 to April 14, 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. Whiskey Obsession is the largest world whiskey festival in the U.S., with four days of ...

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