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!

Thu, Nov 23

All Day Thanksgiving Buffet 2017

Louies Modern, 1289 N Palm Ave (941) 552-9688

Give thanks with family and friends during a bountiful Thanksgiving brunch buffet overflowing with seasonal delicacies and traditional favorites. A day being preoccupied with a giant bird in your ...

Thu, Nov 23

Currents Thanksgiving Buffet

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd Of The Arts (941) 953-1234

Currents Thanksgiving Buffet November 23, 2017 12pm-4pm Hot Buffet: Butternut Squash Bisque Roasted Brussels Sprouts Candied Sweet Potatoes Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes Seared Mahi Mahi ...

Thu, Nov 23 - 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, Nov 23

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Thanksgiving Movie Night

Tap 72, 5733 Clark Road (941) 217-4132

Thanksgiving Night, after the family festivities, join us for our first Movie Night on the Patio! We will start with "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" when it airs at 8pm followed by our feature ...

Thu, Nov 23

Rocky At Munchies420 "Turkeyday Throwdown"

Munchies 420 Cafe, 6639 Superior Ave

After you get your belly full Munchies 420 and I will be ready for the after party.

Thu, Nov 23


The Founders Golf Club., 3800 Golf Hall Dr (941) 371-9720

Thu, Nov 23

Thanksgiving Benefit Yoga Class

Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, 2888 Ringling Blvd (941) 341-9781

This Thanksgiving, we celebrate the abundance present in our lives. Join the Garden of the Heart community in an inspiring, deeply nourishing yoga practice that will help us connect to a feeling of ...

Thu, Nov 23

Thanksgiving Day at Patrick's 1481

Patrick's 1481, 1481 Main St (941) 955-1481

Thanksgiving Day at Patrick's 1481 Thanksgiving is a time to surround yourself with delicious food, dear friends and family. Avoid the mess and stress, let Patrick's serve you this delightful ...

Thu, Nov 23

Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Libby's Cafe + Bar, 1917 S Osprey Ave (941) 487-7300

Join us for a Thanksgiving celebration like no other. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays - it's all about spending time with loved ones, sharing a special meal, and reflecting on all that ...

Thu, Nov 23

Thanksgiving Dining Sarasota-Bradenton

Pier 22 Restaurant - Patio - Ballroom, 1200 1st Ave W (941) 748-8087

Enjoy a lavish housemade Thanksgiving meal and panoramic river views at PIER 22 in downtown Bradenton, Florida! Adults: $29.95 Children (12 & Under): $16.95 Thanksgiving Day Pick-Up Available ...

Thu, Nov 23

Thanksgiving on the Water

Marina Jack: Sarasota Bayfront, 2 Marina Plz (941) 365-4232

Come to Marina Jack on Thanksgiving and celebrate the special day on the water! All areas are open at 11AM and special menus and entertainment are as listed below: The Dining Room: The Dining Room ...

Thu, Nov 23 - Thu, Jan 25

The Cottage- Hot Club of SRQ Duo 6-9pm

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, Nov 24

DQ Events BLACK PARTY on Black Friday

Michael's On East, 1212 S East Ave (941) 351-7947

Ladies pull out those little black dresses & Gents suit up in your best black outfit for DQ Events "9th Annual Black Party" on Black Friday, November 24, 2017, at Michael's On East. Dance to the ...

Fri, Nov 24

MBG Black Friday Bourbon County Brew Fest!

Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N Lemon Ave (941) 954-8688

MBG BLACK FRIDAY BOURBON COUNTY BREW FEST!! Friday, November 24th from 11am-1am --- Goose Island Bourbon County ON DRAFT LIKE NEVER BEFORE! Check out this MBG EXCLUSIVE TAP TAKEOVER: 1. BOURBON ...

Sat, Nov 25

73 Degree Flea Market

JDub's Brewing Company & Tap Room, 1215 Mango Ave 9419605256

Small Business Saturday just got a HUGE upgrade! Skip the boring malls and shop small + local! Join us for our inaugural 73 Degree Flea Market! With a JDub's beer in hand, you can shop amongst ...

Sat, Nov 25

Caffeine and Gasoline After Party at BMW of Sarasota

BMW of Sarasota, 5151 Clark Rd (941) 735-3799

Complimentary Breakfast! We will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots!

Sat, Nov 25

Chakra Cleansing Sound Bath with Jillian

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

Join Jillian for a Chakra Cleansing Sound Bath, each month at Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge. The perfect recovery from the busy Thanksgiving holiday! Sound, vibration, unquestionably ...

Sat, Nov 25

Fiorelli Wine Tasting Jeep Meet

Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, 4250 County Road 675 E

Join us for our first Wine Tasting Jeep Meet! We will meet at the Starbucks off Main Street LWR and convoy to the Vinyard!?? Convoy meet location below: Starbucks 8155 Lakewood Main ...

Sat, Nov 25

Sarasota Florida Snowcrab Festival

Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd


Sat, Nov 25 - 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, 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 ...

Sun, Nov 26 - 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 ...

Wed, Nov 29

Foster Care Luggage Drive

Church of the Palms, Sarasota, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd

JHG members will work with Church of the Palms middle school youth group to set up materials, sort, and stuff luggage. 4 volunteers are needed.

Wed, Nov 29

Urban Agriculture Certificate Course: Series of Classes and Workshops

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County, 6700 Clark Road Twin Lakes Park

Across North America and Florida, town and city dwellers are gaining access to a variety of foods raised in several types of urban sites. Urban agriculture defined in simple terms is the growing, ...

Thu, Nov 30

Caddy's at the Point Jeep Meet

Caddy's At The Pointe, 801 Riverside Drive East

Join us for a fun time out at Caddy's at the Point! They have corn hole, music, drinks and food! Family Friendly! Invite your friends! ??

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 - 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.

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 off 17th in Sarasota. We will be the reindeer for Jeepin Santa this year as we head to the church to bring goodies to all ...

Sun, Dec 3

SJC Christmas Party

Join us for our Inagural Christmas Party! This party will be hosted by Vivian after our Santa Claus Jeep Parade. Whether you join us for the parade or not... join us for a wonderful evening to ...

Fri, Dec 8

Southside Village Holiday Stroll

Enjoy the exciting snow slide, snow machines, a climbing wall and trampoline and more... The Music Compound will host a Holiday Concert, and Santa will greet the little ones. Face painting, nail ...

Sat, Dec 9

Breakfast with Santa

Applebee's Grill & Bar, 5550 Fruitville Rd (941) 355-8808

You're invited to Breakfast with Santa! Celebrate the season with Applebee's at a special Flapjack Fundraiser for The Haven on December 9! Enjoy a buttery, syrupy pancake breakfast along with ...

Sat, Dec 9

Holiday Wine Tasting & Toy Drive

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

Please join us on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2-4 p.m., to taste dozens of international, boutique wines at this casual, walk-about wine tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. Don't forget to bring your ...

Sat, Dec 9

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run -Toning N' Tots group!

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir (941) 216-5240

Join our team as we run the 2017 Sarasota Christmas Glow Run in December! More details and a 5k 8 week plan coming soon! We can register in groups of 5 to save money! We will also include a ...

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! ...

Sun, Dec 10

Stottlemyer's Smokehouse Jeep Meet

Stottlemyer's Smokehouse, 19 East Rd

Join us for some Classic Florida BBQ off Fruitville Rd. Family friendly! ??

Tue, Dec 12

Girls Night Out, The Show at Kelly's Live (Sarasota, FL)

Kellys Live at Sarasota Sky Bar, 1927 Ringling Blvd

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, ...

Thu, Dec 14

The Reserve Jeep Meet

The Reserve SRQ, 1322 N. Tamiami Trail

Join us for some live music, drinks and small bites at The Reserve. See you there ?? Music starts at 7pm Drinks include: Beer, Wine, & Coffee

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, Dec 15 - Fri, May 11

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.

Sat, Dec 16

Jeeps Convoy to Wreaths Across America

Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72

Join us as we Convoy to the Sarasota National Cemetary to help hand out Wreaths for those who have sacrificed everything for our freedom! Convoy leaves at 8:30am from Perq Coffee Shop of ...

Sat, Dec 16

Santa Jaws

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

Bring your camera and meet Santa's helper shark: Santa Jaws! Visitors to Mote Aquarium can visit Santa Jaws - our mascot Gilly the Shark dressed for the holidays - and take photos with him to get ...

Sat, Dec 16

Viper 640 Winter Series 1st Stop

Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy (941) 388-2355

Viper Winter Series - December Stop View Specific Event information here: Saturday: Registration 0930-1030 Competitors Briefing 1100 Warning Signal ...

Sun, Dec 17

A Taste of Chanukah Community Celebration

A Taste of Chanukah, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail (941) 925-0770

Join us for an austanding Chanukah Festival;J o Super clown and daredevil Bello Nock o Live performance by BMX Trick stars o Ride the Tel-aviv-Jerusalem Train o Large balloon menorah o Catered ...

Sun, Dec 17

The 2017 JFCS Gala

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr (941) 366-2224

Please join us for JFCS of the Suncoast's 2017 Gala, Co-Chaired by Marion Levine and Ronnie Sachs. We will be celebrating JFCS's positive impact on the community, and enjoy a special performance by ...

Wed, Dec 20

BCSK Presents: Naughty Santa 2017, wsg 102.5 The Bone's Carmin!

Beach Club Siesta Key - 1947, 5151 Ocean Blvd (941) 349-6311

ALL LADIES DRINK FREE FOR LADIES NIGHT TONIGHT! Join us on Wednesday, December 20th, at 9pm, as we have our special guest Carmin from 102.5 FM The Bone help us all to celebrate our annual ...

Mon, Dec 25

Currents Christmas Buffet

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd Of The Arts (941) 953-1234

Currents Christmas Buffet December 25, 2017 4pm-9pm Hot Buffet: Turnip Bisque with Roasted Beets Roasted Root Vegetables with Brussels Sprouts Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes Chicken Cordon Bleu ...

Wed, Dec 27

Sarasota Music Half Marathon Beer Run Series 12/27

Mr Beery's, 2645 Mall Drive

Join us at the Sarasota Music Half Marathon Beer Run Series! We will be hosting Beer Runs at many of your favorite spots throughout the year, all over the region. 5k Starts promptly at the event ...

Sun, Dec 31

New Years Eve Jeep Meet Convoy

Siesta Key Beach, 946 Beach Rd

Happy New Years!!! Join us as we celebrate bringing in the new year in the best way possible... a Jeep convoy around Sarasota!! We will start at Siesta Beach (South Side of Main Park) to watch the ...

Sat, Jan 6

Jeep Meet Bonfire & Cookout

Ken Thompson park, 2000 Ken Thompson Parkway

Join us for our 2nd 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, Jan 6

Richard's 5th Annual Health Expo

Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd (941) 355-6838

Time to mark Richard's 5th Annual Health Expo in your calendars! What you can expect this year: - Special guest Dr. Michael Murray is speaking on The Role Enzymes Play in the digestion Process. - ...

Mon, Jan 8

A Night with Janis Joplin

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl (941) 953-3368

Sat, Jan 13

Godspeed Poker Jeep Meet

GodSpeed Rides, 6029 Deacon Pl

Join us for our first Poker Game being held at Godspeed Off-Road. We will start the game at 7pm and the buy in is $20. A portion of the proceeds collected will go to a charity of our ...

Sat, Jan 13

The Hospital Gala

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr (941) 917-1286

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation introduces The Hospital Gala. An annual event to support critical needs at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. Proceeds The 2018 Hospital Gala will support ...

Sat, Jan 13

United Craftsmen Craft Show

"The BEST little craft show in town". A real juried craft show featuring only handcrafted items of clothing, jewelry, pottery, artwork, woodcraft and more by the artisans at the table. Craftsmen ...

Sun, Jan 21

Sunset at Phillippi Farm to Fork Dinner - Farmhouse Fundraiser

Phillippi Estate Park 941.921.3400 (Cateri

SUNSET AT PHILLIPPI - 4 Course Farm to Fork Dinner at the Historic Edson Keith Mansion Terrace overlooking Phillippi River Benefiting the Historic Keith Farmhouse Renovation Presented by The Friends ...

Sat, Jan 27

2018 24th Sarasota Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd

The sound of bag pipes, Irish Dancing (Sarasota Highland Feis) and Athletic events reminds all Scots & Celts of our ancient and glorious heritage. Gather up your family and friends and come discover ...

Sat, Jan 27

Sarasota Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Boulevard

The sound of bag pipes, Irish Dancing (Sarasota Highland Feis) and Athletic events reminds all Scots & Celts of our ancient and glorious heritage. Gather up your family and friends and come discover ...

Tue, Jan 30

Cabaret at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl (844) 425-8573

Cabaret Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Sat, Feb 3

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave (941) 366-9000

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation, join Peter and Lucy on their travels to Narnia! The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Peter and Lucy ...

Mon, Feb 5

Circus 1903 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl (844) 425-8573

Circus 1903 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Wed, Feb 7

Travis Wall's - Shaping Sound - After the Curtain

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl (941) 953-3368

Thu, Feb 8

Goodwill Mardi Gras Gala

Michael's On East, 1212 S East Ave (941) 355-2721

THE PARTY OF THE YEAR IS BACK! Feature authentic Cajun food, New Orleans-style music and dancing, and more Goodwill Manasota and Michael's On East invite the public to the most anticipated event of ...

Sat, Feb 10

Valentine At the Ritz

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr

Our 2016 Valentine at the Ritz Black Tie Fundraiser was so popular with the Soul Crooners of the Westcoast Black Theater Troup we just had to bring it back! SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 10, 2018 Same ...

Tue, Feb 13

Dancing with the Stars at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl (844) 425-8573

DANCING WITH THE STARS Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Fri, Feb 16

Informed Assists & Adjustments Weekend Immersion

Circusoul Yoga, 4141 S Tamiami Trail #6 (941) 787-2275

Join CircuSoul and ?Special Guest ?E-RYT500 Marni Task!? in a 3-day Informed Assists & Adjustments Immersion! ?Each day will begin with an inspirational, intelligently sequenced 75 minute yoga class ...

Sun, Feb 18

The Hot Sardines @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl

Thu, Feb 22

SBMR 2018--Sarasota Bay Multihull Regatta

Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy

Trimaran/multihull regatta on Sarasota Bay--an annual event that's always a great time.

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 ...

Fri, Feb 23

SRQ Jeepin' with Judd Convoy

PDQ, 5484 Lena Rd

Jeepin with Judd Convoy. The event is February 23rd-25th in Bartow which is South of Lakeland. Registration Fee: $60 Per Jeep Spectators are Free Not sure where we will be staying yet hotel ...

Fri, Feb 23

Third Annual St. Jude Presents: Foodlosophy

Michael's On East, 1212 S East Ave (305) 537-1422

Join us for the third annual St. Jude Presents: Foodlosophy, a Sarasota Culinary Experience. This exclusive evening features some of Sarasota's best chefs and local farms, who design and prepare a ...

Sat, Feb 24

1st Annual Sarasota Dubfest

1st Annual Sarasota Dubfest. Air cooled VW show and swap meet. Come out to Sarasota for a 2 day VW event. Camping available. This can be a great show. Why? Where other shows fall short, this one ...

Fri, Mar 2


Sarasota Opera, 61 N Pineapple Ave

All-consuming ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a Gypsy and a corporal. One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen will take you on a Spanish journey through Seville, to the ...

Sat, Mar 10

Gaia Gaja of Gaja

Michael's On East, 1212 S East Ave (800) 218-1422

Save the Date: Gaia Gaja of Gaja Saturday, March 10, 2018 - Sarasota Florida For sponsorship information please call 1-800-218-142.

Tue, Mar 27

Motown - The Musical at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl (844) 425-8573

Motown - The Musical Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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 ...

Tue, Apr 24

SRQ Jeep Beach Convoy

PDQ, 5484 Lena Rd

Jeep Beach 2018 is held in Daytona FL from April 24th-29th. Registration opens up in January. Mark your calanders! Hotel Details: Atlantic Ocean Palm 3247 S. Atlantic Avenue Daytona Beach, ...

Fri, Jul 27

1ST Annual Sun N Fun Music Festival

Sun n Fun RV Resort, 7125 Fruitville Rd (941) 371-2505

We are looking for interest in our 2018 Summer Music Festival. 28 Bands with alcohol packages available for guests staying in the park. All genres will be represented. Food truck, vendors and ...

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