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!
Please check with each event for updates and changes.

Sat, Nov 17

Chillounge Night St.Petersburg. Illumination

Magical wonderland of "glow". Feel the magic as N. Straub Park radiates into a beautiful playground of color! Enjoy a mix of our traditional Chillounge Night flair interwoven with our new LED ...

Chillounge Night St.Petersburg. Illumination

Sat, Nov 17

Ringling Museum Jeep Meet

Join us... we will meet at the Ringling Museum to walk the grounds which has a playground for the kids, a Rose Garden for the ladies, and fresh air for the gents. This is a beautiful time of ...

Ringling Museum Jeep Meet

Fri, Nov 23

Black Friday Celtic / Jeep Meet

Jeepers save some $$ on Black Friday and join the New World Celts at the Naughty Monk for some great Celtic fun. Push yourself away from the dining room table and visit with us. Trinity will be our ...

Black Friday Celtic / Jeep Meet

Fri, Nov 23

Black Friday Celtic Style

Save some of your hard earned $$ on Black Friday and join the New World Celts at the Naughty Monk for some great Celtic fun. Push yourself away from the dining room table and visit with us. Trinity ...

Black Friday Celtic Style

Sat, Nov 24

Epic Bon Fire Jeep Meet

Join us... we are going epic! Bon Fire at Ken Thompson park... bring your cooler and chairs! We will have a food truck! Tell your friends... ??

Epic Bon Fire Jeep Meet

Sun, Nov 25

Donut & Jeep Bridgehead

Join us for our Sunday coffee and donuts Jeep Meet! First five (5) Jeep drivers get a FREE donut from 5'O Donuts! See you there!???? Note: Military, Fire and Police get a 10% Discount!

Donut & Jeep Bridgehead

Tue, Nov 27

TACO TUESDAY SPIRIT NIGHT

Come out and help support our students and school, and help your students class win a taco party!!!!

TACO TUESDAY SPIRIT NIGHT

Fri, Nov 30

10th Annual Gingerbread Festival

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is excited to announce our 2018 Gingerbread Festival. We hope you'll join us, either as a participant or visitor, as this FREE, unique, family-friendly event makes ...

10th Annual Gingerbread Festival

Fri, Nov 30

2018 Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend

The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend kicks off on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, with a free "Blues Appetizer" Concert. The Bradenton Blues Festival is on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, with an outstanding ...

2018 Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend

Sat, Dec 1

23rd Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade

A HOLIDAY FOR ALL AGES! High school marching bands, area churches and nonprofits, local businesses...and of course the big finale - the arrival of Santa Claus - make this a beloved kick-off of the ...

23rd Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade

Sat, Dec 1

Deck the Halls at Cheval

Join us at the Deck the Halls at Cheval Holiday Party for a night of fun! Get your tickets at www.DecktheHallsCheval.com > Ugly Sweater Contest > Deck the Halls Golf Tournament > Holiday ...

Deck the Halls at Cheval

Sat, Dec 1

Holiday Bradenton Shabby Chic Vintage Market & Artisan Day

Shabby Chic Vintage Market and Artisan Day events are growing fast and has become one of the most unique shopping events in Tampa Bay. Each location is different and also brings its own unique crowd ...

Holiday Bradenton Shabby Chic Vintage Market & Artisan Day

Sat, Dec 1

Winter Jeep Jam Toy Drive

Bring a toy and Join us for our 5th Annual Winter Jeep Jam & Toy Drive hosted by Firkins Jeep! Raffles, Live Music, Food Trucks, RTI ramp, Trophies and so much more!

Winter Jeep Jam Toy Drive

Sun, Dec 2

Top Golf Jeep Meet

Join us for a morning of golf at Top Golf! We will convoy from PDQ off 70 near 75. Mellow Mushroom for lunch!

Top Golf Jeep Meet

Thu, Dec 6

2018 Installation & Awards Banquet

Join us as we celebrate and recognize the 2018 RASM award recipients and install the 2019 Officers and Directors of the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee. Enjoy cocktail hour and ...

2018 Installation & Awards Banquet

Thu, Dec 6

Annual Downtown Christmas Walk

Get in the Christmas Spirit with our Annual Christmas Walk! Shop all of the Avenues: Miami, Venice and Tampa Avenue late, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy specials, discounts and goodies from ...

Annual Downtown Christmas Walk

Thu, Dec 6

Carriage Rides, Strolling Carolers, Santa Strolls

Come to Main Street at Lakewood Ranch and celebrate the Christmas season with us! Take a relaxing carriage ride and listen for the carolers harmoniously singing all of your favorite Christmas songs. ...

Fri, Dec 7

Holiday Night on St. Armands

Crab & Fin Restaurant proudly presents "Holiday Night of Lights." St. Armands is THE holiday destination on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Watch as the Circle magically comes to light and life with grace ...

Holiday Night on St. Armands

Sat, Dec 8

33rd Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

The 33rd Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday December 08, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bay front Park, City ...

33rd Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Sat, Dec 8

Fiorelli Bon Fire Jeep Meet

Join us for a beautiful evening at the winery with a large Bon Fire, food truck and live music! Family friendly.??

Fiorelli Bon Fire Jeep Meet

Sat, Dec 8

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k

This fun family friendly festive event features dozens of Christmas decorations at the start and finish line and music that creates an atmosphere that will get your Christmas season started off ...

Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k

Wed, Dec 12

Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting

Back by popular demand! Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6 - 8 p.m. Michael's Wine Cellar It's (Almost!) the most wonderful - and sparkling - time of the year ...

Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting

Thu, Dec 13

6th Annual Men, Whiskey & Watches

Men, Whiskey & 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 networking ...

6th Annual Men, Whiskey & Watches

Fri, Dec 14

Holidays Around The Ranch

Lakewood Ranch Community Activities welcomes you to our annual holiday celebration of magical charm for all to enjoy. Bring in the holidays by watching Santa Claus' grand entrance in his beautiful ...

Holidays Around The Ranch

Fri, Dec 14

Holidays Around the Ranch

Holidays Around the Ranch is our annual holiday sensation of magical charm for all to enjoy. Children and adults alike will stand in awe at the sight of Santa Claus as he makes his grand entry in his ...

Holidays Around the Ranch

Fri, Dec 14

Hunsader Farms Country Christmas!

Join us for our 2018 Country Christmas! Dates are December 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23 from 6pm-10pm Parking: FREE | Admission: $10 per person | Children 5 years and under: FREE - CASH ...

Hunsader Farms Country Christmas!

Sat, Dec 15

A Night Before Christmas

Get ready for family fun at the annual Night Before Christmas event at GT Bray! Santa will be visiting the park to meet with all the children. The event will include face painting, bounce house, ...

A Night Before Christmas

Sat, Dec 15

Top Shop Coffee & Donuts Jeep Meet

Join us to check out Top Shop's retail store!! Coffee and Donuts!??

Top Shop Coffee & Donuts Jeep Meet

Sat, Dec 15

Toys for Tots Fill the Jeep Event

Join us... drop off a toy and get a ticket to win a set of Hercules Tires. More details coming soon!

Toys for Tots Fill the Jeep Event

Sun, Dec 16

2018 Gala

As JFCS helps clients navigate through the jungle of life, please join us in an evening of hope and celebration. Sunday, December 16th, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota NEW - Attire is ...

2018 Gala

Sun, Dec 16

Christmas Jeep Parade 2018

Join us for our 2nd Annual Christmas Jeep Parade! Don't forget to light your Jeep! We will meet Santa at St Jude's Catholic Church and Convoy down Main Street, Siesta Village, and UTC Mall ...

Christmas Jeep Parade 2018

Wed, Dec 19

Hob Nob Jeep Meet

Join us for some amazing burgers at Hob Nob!

Hob Nob Jeep Meet

Wed, Dec 19 - Thu, Dec 20

The Sound of Music

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to the Van Wezel! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill ...

The Sound of Music

Sat, Dec 22

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the ...

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Sun, Dec 30

Donut & Jeep Breakout

Join us for our Sunday coffee and donuts Jeep Meet! First five (5) Jeep drivers get a FREE donut from 5'O Donuts! See you there!???? Note: Military, Fire and Police get a 10% Discount!

Donut & Jeep Breakout

Mon, Dec 31

New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is proud to present Sarasota's most sophisticated and diversely entertaining New Year's Eve experience; a black-tie event featuring a private journey through tropical ...

New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens

Mon, Dec 31

New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Bay

Join us for the 8th Annual New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Bay! Viewing is free from anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park. The display is an awesome sight from a boat ...

New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Bay

Mon, Dec 31

New Years SJC Convoy Countdown

Join us New Years as we start our convoy at Siesta Beach to bring in 2019! Meetup Location: Siesta Beach 948 Beach Rd Sarasota, FL 34242 Timeline: 5:30pm-6:30pm First ...

New Years SJC Convoy Countdown

Mon, Dec 31

Sarasota New Years Eve Illumination Party | Lamborghini

Lamborghini of Sarasota presents THE Sarasota New Years Eve Red Carpet ILLUMINATION Party at the Municipal Auditorium. It's the 3rd year at such a great remodeled Historic venue Downtown ...

Sarasota New Years Eve Illumination Party | Lamborghini

Mon, Dec 31

Sarasota New Years Eve Party 2019

The Area's BIGGEST New Year's Eve Party ???? Ring in the New Year at Sarasota's Pineapple Drop Celebration! This FREE annual Downtown Sarasota event attracts between 20,000 to 25,000 Floridians. ...

Sarasota New Years Eve Party 2019

Sun, Jan 6

Miles for Smiles Jeep Event

Join us at the Sarasota Sahib Shrine Bar, Restaurant, Auditorium & Event Center. We will have donuts and coffee. See you then??

Miles for Smiles Jeep Event

Sat, Jan 12

Ginnie Springs Camping Bash

Ginnie Springs camping event for SJC! We will meet at the PDQ off70 near 75... join us! We will camp and float down the river! You can bring your own tube or rent them. Join us... ...

Ginnie Springs Camping Bash

Wed, Jan 16

Women In Power Luncheon 2019

The National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section's 37th Annual Women in Power Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Michael's on East. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m ...

Women In Power Luncheon 2019

Sat, Jan 19

Hard Rock Off-Road Adventure

Join us for an off road adventure at Hardrock Off-Road Park! ?? We will convoy from PDQ off SR 70. Bring a sack lunch as we will eat on the trail. We will also grab dinner before we leave.

Hard Rock Off-Road Adventure

Sat, Jan 19

Sarasota Winter Carnival & Bazaar

We're taking winter in Florida to a whole new level! Be prepared for Sunny, Winter Wonderland at the Sarasota Winter Carnival & Bazaar. Indulge in sweets at the multiple Sweet Spots, smile at the ...

Sarasota Winter Carnival & Bazaar

Sat, Jan 19

Taste of St. Armands

St. Armands Circle Association and Wagner Realty present the 9th annual Taste of St. Armands! St. Armands Circle is renown not only for its upscale boutiques, galleries and fine shops, but also for ...

Taste of St. Armands

Thu, Jan 24

The 12th Annual Forks & Corks

Savor local flavor during the SunCoast's premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks 2019 will showcase the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and ...

The 12th Annual Forks & Corks

Sat, Jan 26

25th Sarasota Highland Games & Celtic Festival

The Scottish Heritage Society of Sarasota, Inc.'s main function is to hold and host the Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival. The sound of the pipes, the beating of drums, Food Vendors, ...

25th Sarasota Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Sat, Jan 26

Fiorelli Winery Bon Fire Meet

Join us for a Bon Fire at the Fiorelli Winery! ?? We will have a food truck!

Fiorelli Winery Bon Fire Meet

Wed, Jan 30

January 30th (XL) - Marketing on Main - Aloft Sarasota

Welcome to Sarasota's Premier Networking event for the FIRST event of the season! Highlights: There will be up to 500 guests in attendance, and an opportunity to explore 50+ business showcases. ...

January 30th (XL) - Marketing on Main - Aloft Sarasota

Fri, Feb 1

2019 Circus Arts Gala

Step right up and be amazed, the Circus Arts Gala is on its way! An extraordinary evening awaits you under the Big Top on Friday, February 1, 2019. Join us for an incredible Circus Arts Gala full ...

2019 Circus Arts Gala

Fri, Feb 1

Sporting Clay Tournament

Knight's Trail Park (3445 Rustic Road, Nokomis, FL 34275) Registration 11:30 am / Starts 1:00 pm $500 Per Team / $125 Per Person Price includes post event Beer & BBQ dinner

Sporting Clay Tournament

Sat, Feb 2

2019 Florida Trail Team Challenge

Florida Trail Team Challenge is a off-road endurance challenge. The Two-person teams accumulate points by completing challenges including precision off-road driving, vehicle recovery, ...

2019 Florida Trail Team Challenge

Sat, Feb 2

2nd Annual Jeep Poker Run

Details coming soon... stay tuned!??

2nd Annual Jeep Poker Run

Fri, Feb 8

Born To Be Wild Kickoff Party

"BORN TO BE WILD" KICKOFF PARTY February 8, 2019 White Buffalo Saloon (5377 McIntosh Road, Sarasota FL) 6 pm until 10 pm - $75 Per Person Open Bar - Food Stations - Silent Auction - 50/50 ...

Born To Be Wild Kickoff Party

Sat, Feb 9

2019 Orchid Ball: Gauguin's Sunset in Paradise

Guests will experience the opening night of Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise with an exclusive preview of the dynamic horticultural interpretation within the Conservatory, the Museum of Botany and the ...

2019 Orchid Ball: Gauguin's Sunset in Paradise

Sat, Feb 9

Mellow Mushroom Jeep Meet

It's Jeepizza time! Join us for some amazing pizza and good times with the Sarasota Jeep Club (SJC). We will convoy somewhere afterwards!??

Mellow Mushroom Jeep Meet

Fri, Feb 15

21st Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival

What began as a one day charity motorcycle ride has now grown into a multi-day event. Over the years the Festival has won numerous awards, most recent being in March of 2018, where it received a ...

21st Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival

Sat, Feb 16

Croom Off-Road Jeep Adventure

Join us as he head to Croom to off-road! Bring a sack lunch as we will eat on site.?? We will convoy from the Walmart off 64 near 75.

Croom Off-Road Jeep Adventure

Sun, Feb 17

18 Class Bike Show

18 Class Bike Show Over $5,000 In Cash Prizes and Trophies Awarded! Registration $20 / 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Trophies at 4:00 pm · $300 CASH & TROPHY - BEST OF SHOW · $200 CASH ...

18 Class Bike Show

Thu, Feb 21

Night of Hope and Healing

The event formerly known as Men, Whiskey & Watches South County takes on a new name this year! Please join us as we celebrate an evening of hope as we explore how we as a community can offer healing ...

Night of Hope and Healing

Sat, Feb 23

SJC Convoy to Jeepin with Judd

Convoy to Jeepin with Judd! ??

SJC Convoy to Jeepin with Judd

Sat, Feb 23

Starry Night Soiree

Celebrate the wonder and magic of the cosmos, accompanied by a gourmet dinner, live auctions, dancing and more! Funds raised at this special event support local programs and lifesaving research, ...

Starry Night Soiree

Wed, Feb 27

3rd Annual Everything Buffalo Party - Sarasota - Tickets on Sale

The 3rd Annual Everything Buffalo Party will be held on Wednesday, February 27th from 5-10pm at a NEW larger location in Sarasota, Florida. Robarts Arena - located near Downtown Sarasota and short ...

3rd Annual Everything Buffalo Party - Sarasota - Tickets on Sale

Wed, Feb 27

Russian National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa's career, is often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. It is a grandiose and refined blending of the traditional mime, ...

Russian National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Wed, Feb 27

Sarasota Spring Showcase

Join us for Sarasota Spring Showcase! Your Chamber is providing you with the opportunity to network with hundreds of Chamber members at the Sarasota Spring Showcase exhibit. You'll have the ...

Sarasota Spring Showcase

Sat, Mar 2

Asolo Rep's Annual Gala 2019: Vive les Folies Bergère

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

Asolo Rep's Annual Gala 2019: Vive les Folies Bergère

Sat, Mar 9

Tampa Taco Festival

This event will be ethnically themed celebrating the diverse cultural varieties that Mexico has to offer. Make sure to LIKE our Facebook page to find out who all of the delicious vendors will ...

Tampa Taco Festival

Thu, Mar 14

Disney's The Lion King

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney's THE LION KING, ...

Disney's The Lion King

Fri, Mar 29

Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash

The Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash is an annual two-day festival held every March, featuring America's top pit masters competing for a $20,000 purse, International Bluegrass Music award-winning bands ...

Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash

Thu, Apr 4

Pique Nique Sur La Baie, Winefest Style

A gathering of friends and one of the most highly anticipated social events of the year. Glamour, conversation, Sparkling Wine Reception, spectacular luncheon, and wine from our participating ...

Thu, Apr 4

Wine & Winemaker Dinners

Wine and winemaker dinners in private homes and restaurants in and around Sarasota. Venues will be determined soon. Prices range between $95 to $250.

Wine & Winemaker Dinners

Fri, Apr 5

Banquet on the Block

Join us for one of Florida Winefest's most celebrated culinary events. The elegant dining table stretches down Lemon Avenue perfectly dressed and seats 200 people. A true food and wine experience you ...

Banquet on the Block

Fri, Apr 5

Bayfront Showcase Lunch-Tasting

Enter a wine-and-food paradise under the elegant Winefest tent adjacent to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Excite your palate tasting fine wines from our participating wineries and experience ...

Bayfront Showcase Lunch-Tasting

Fri, Apr 5

Chalk Festival

The November 2018 International Chalk Festival is being rescheduled to November 15-18, 2019 at the Venice Airport Fairgrounds, Venice Island. AND, a Spring 2019 festival is being planned for April ...

Chalk Festival

Sat, Apr 6

Children First's Fairytale Ball 2019: The Enchanted Library

Mark your calendars for April 6, 2019 and join Children First at the Fairytale Ball! Stay tuned for a link to secure your seat! For more info on Children First's signature fundraising events ...

Children First's Fairytale Ball 2019: The Enchanted Library

Sat, Apr 6

Grand Tasting, Brunch & Charity Auction

The Grand Tasting will feature wines from more than 70 wineries. Rub elbows with host vintners and knowledgeable winery representatives as they pour their best vintages and most sought-after wines. ...

Sun, Apr 7

Wine on the Water

Bayfront grounds of Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Sunday afternoon is the perfect time for a casual, alfresco wine tasting on the waterfront under the Winefest tent. ...

Wine on the Water

Wed, Apr 10

7th Annual Blue Ties & Butterflies

A signature, event beautifully designed to build awareness about CPC's mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse.

7th Annual Blue Ties & Butterflies

Sat, Apr 27

SJC Convoy to Jeep Beach 2019

Jeep Beach 2019 is held in Daytona FL from April 22nd-28th. Registration opens up in January 2019. Hotel Details: Coming Soon! See you on the Beach!

SJC Convoy to Jeep Beach 2019

Tue, Apr 30

31st Annual Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon

Save the date for the 31st Annual Celebration Luncheon honoring all the Strong, Smart, and Bold leaders in our community! Each year, Girls Inc. of Sarasota County recognizes women, young women, and ...

31st Annual Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon