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.

Fri, Oct 18

An Evening in India 2019

This special event features delicious Indian cuisine, amazing performances and a full bar for all to enjoy, all while shining a spotlight on the positive impact of our organization. An Evening in ...

An Evening in India 2019

Fri, Oct 18

Fish, Fun & Fright 2019

Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun & Fright! Enjoy spooky activities throughout the Aquarium, unearth shark teeth in "Coffin Creek" and feast on ...

Fish, Fun & Fright 2019

Fri, Oct 18 - Sun, Oct 20

Sarasota Oktoberfest

Fall means it's time for Oktoberfest! No matter where it is celebrated, there are a universally common staples: lively music, mouthwatering food, and big, big pints of beer. Now Paragon and the ...

Sarasota Oktoberfest

Fri, Oct 18

USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals

October could be dubbed as "Month of the Big Hill Super Tracks" - as USA BMX heads to two of the newest BMX super tracks in the country. First up is the legendary Sarasota BMX - one of the longest ...

USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals

Sat, Oct 19

Anna Maria Island Bayfest 2019

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun filled day on Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria! The AMI Chamber of Commerce is proud to present our 19th annual Bayfest, an all-day street ...

Anna Maria Island Bayfest 2019

Sat, Oct 19 - Sun, Oct 27

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest

Our 31st annual Pumpkin Fest is an event suitable for all ages. Stroll under the shade of large oak trees to see local vendors in the craft show with their one of a kind crafts. The Pumpkin Fest runs ...

Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest

Sat, Oct 19 - Sun, Oct 27

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Family Fun at Hunsader Farms each Saturday & Sunday beginning October 12 through October 27. The Wall of Death will perform hourly all 3 weekends of the festival! Everyday of the Pumpkin Festival ...

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Sat, Oct 19

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Join the American Cancer Society for a walk to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. This walk is a non-competitive 5k where participants gather to celebrate survivors and honor loved ones ...

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Sat, Oct 19

Pumpkin Fest Food Truck Rally

Prepare your taste buds for a day filled with amazing food trucks. October brings beautiful fall weather along with seasonal and delicious treats. Food Truck lineup for October 19th: Funky ...

Pumpkin Fest Food Truck Rally

Sat, Oct 19

Slime Blowout 2019 - a slime convention

Do you love slime? Join us at the Slime Blowout in Sarasota, Florida this October 19th! We'll have great VIP Slimers like pianoslimeshoppe, cornwishslime, theslimebasin, satisfactorystore, ...

Slime Blowout 2019 - a slime convention

Sat, Oct 19

SRQ Family Fun Halloween Party

At the event: - Receive a Trick or Treat bag to visit vendor tables to get a treat. - Face painter and balloon artist on site (no additional charge for kids!) - Crafts including making slime ...

SRQ Family Fun Halloween Party

Sat, Oct 19

UnGala 2019 - The Evolution

Save the Date! UnGala 2019 - The Evolution will be held in the Museum of Art Courtyard Oct. 19, 2019 #UnGala2019 The Ringling is thrilled to announce the return of the much-loved signature event. ...

UnGala 2019 - The Evolution

Sun, Oct 20

Around The World Food Truck Rally

We are presenting the Around the World Food Truck Rally, giving you an opportunity to gather in one location to dine on your favorite or try new cuisines from all over the globe! Enjoy the ...

Around The World Food Truck Rally

Sun, Oct 20

Pumpkin Carving at Pop's

Join us in the courtyard for Pumpkin Carving fun! We will enjoy BOOs and Booze with speciality fall cocktails and tons of fun?! Fall is one of our favorite times of the year! The weather begins to ...

Pumpkin Carving at Pop's

Tue, Oct 22

History Under The Stars

Enjoy an evening of storytelling under the stars! Discover the magical true stories of our community's past, presented by Compass Rose History Experiences. FREE Event. Bring your lawn chairs and ...

History Under The Stars

Wed, Oct 23

A Taste Of Sarasota

15+ Great Local Sarasota Restaurants will be serving "Awesome Tastes" Don't Miss This Fun Event!

A Taste Of Sarasota

Thu, Oct 24

Safari Sarasota 2019

Join us for one-of-a-kind South African food & wine events! For detailed information visit: www.safarisarasota.com Safari Sarasota is a three-day, five event experience inspired by Gulf Coast ...

Safari Sarasota 2019

Fri, Oct 25

Arlington Park Halloween Trail Carnival

Join in on the frightfully fun games, tricks and treats during our Halloween Trail Carnival. Enjoy carnival games, costume contest and parade, face painting, and much more, Perfect for ages 2 to 13. ...

Arlington Park Halloween Trail Carnival

Fri, Oct 25

BOOFest

Come out and watch our local dancers on the Art & Soul Dance Performing Arts stage, and enjoy our spooky balloon artist! Have your children bring their trick or treat bags to collect the many treats ...

BOOFest

Fri, Oct 25

Family Halloween Fall Festival

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT! Join us for a family fun Halloween Fall Festival held at the Lakewood Ranch Family YMCA. Our Fall Festival is a fun time or families to come together, get imaginative, and ...

Family Halloween Fall Festival

Sat, Oct 26

2019 Boo Run 5k & Boo Dash

Join us for the 16th Annual Boo Run 5k & Boo Dash! Over 1200 runners, walkers, dog walkers take to the streets for a fun, family, friendly event! To include costume contest, amazing vendors and ...

2019 Boo Run 5k & Boo Dash

Sat, Oct 26

22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is excited to announce the 22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market, taking place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 8 am- 1 pm. There will be live music from 10 am ...

22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market

Sat, Oct 26

Boo! at the Bazaar - Free Trick or Treat Event

Little ghouls and goblins near and far, Come one, come all to... Boo! at the Bazaar Join us for a fun and kid-friendly halloween bash! Trick or treat throughout the Bazaar's local vendors, ...

Boo! at the Bazaar - Free Trick or Treat Event

Sat, Oct 26

Braden River Library's Annual Fall Festival

Ages 0-11 & their families. Join us for a Candyland-themed party, sponsored by the Friends of Braden River Library.

Braden River Library's Annual Fall Festival

Sat, Oct 26

Elsa Frozen Visit

Elsa from Frozen is visiting our store. Capture the moment as your child meets their favorite Disney princess. This is a free event.

Elsa Frozen Visit

Sun, Oct 27

Morton's Firehouse Chili Cook-Off 20th anniversary

Exciting News to come for The 20th!!

Morton's Firehouse Chili Cook-Off 20th anniversary

Sun, Oct 27

Spooktacular at Selby Gardens

Spooktacular at Selby Gardens is a playful, family-friendly event. Daytime activities will include traditional, wholesome Halloween happenings like trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating, fun ...

Spooktacular at Selby Gardens

Tue, Oct 29

Halloween Story Time

Reserve a spot on Eventbrite. Things are getting scary at Learning Express. Join us for a special Halloween story time. This is a free event and is recommended for children 2+. Reservation required. ...

Halloween Story Time

Wed, Oct 30

Oct 30th Halloween Affair | Explore, Network, & Connect with SRQ

The 3rd annual Marketing on Main Halloween Affair happening at TDB on Wednesday, October 30th. Get your friends, and co-workers ready for a spooktacular evening as the MonM family takes over TBD for ...

Oct 30th Halloween Affair | Explore, Network, & Connect with SRQ

Thu, Oct 31

Fright Night on St. Armands

Our fabulous Halloween event for the "young and young at heart." FRIGHT NIGHT! transforms St. Armands Circle from island sophistication to Halloween fun. Decorated store fronts set the stage for ...

Fright Night on St. Armands

Thu, Oct 31

Rock Lee's Annual Halloween Costume Party in our Deep Six Lounge

Join us for Rock Lee's Annual Halloween Costume Party on Thursday, October 31st starting at 7pm. We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for best costumes, along with Spooky Drink Specials ...

Rock Lee's Annual Halloween Costume Party in our Deep Six Lounge

Fri, Nov 1 - Sat, Nov 2

Dia de los Muertos at Mi Pueblo

Join us for our Second year in commemorating the Traditional Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos! November 1st & 2nd at our University Location, We will have our Authentic Ofrenda on ...

Dia de los Muertos at Mi Pueblo

Fri, Nov 1

Sarasota Country Music Festival

Head over to downtown Sarasota for the best weekend ever! The inaugural downtown Sarasota Country Music Festival will feature live music, arts/crafts, special attractions & lots of family fun!! ...

Sarasota Country Music Festival

Sat, Nov 2

2019 Wild About Nature Festival

Mark your calendars because Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast's annual Wild About Nature Festival is back! Join us for a day of fun and outdoor adventure at Bay Preserve on Saturday, November ...

2019 Wild About Nature Festival

Wed, Nov 6

Chamber Expo 2019

The Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Sarasota Chamber of Commerce teamed up once again to offer our members the greatest of networking opportunities. Attended by hundreds of Chamber members and ...

Chamber Expo 2019

Sat, Nov 9

8th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival

8th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival

8th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival

Sat, Nov 9

Discover the Island 2019

Come to the island to learn about the military history, lighthouse and the wildlife. Guided walking tours, many exhibitors and lots to see and do. Historical reenactors and lighthouse keeper ...

Discover the Island 2019

Sat, Nov 9

Le Marche Bohemien Parisian-Inspired Outdoor Marketplace

A Parisian-Inspired Outdoor Marketplace - Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Five Points Park once again will be transformed into a open-air marketplace featuring ...

Le Marche Bohemien Parisian-Inspired Outdoor Marketplace

Sat, Nov 9

Symphony on the Sand 2019

7th annual Symphony on the Sand, Nov. 9, 2019, Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island Join us this year for the 7th annual Symphony on the Sand - Nov. 9, 2019, 4:30 p.m. - Coquina Beach, Anna Maria ...

Symphony on the Sand 2019

Tue, Nov 12 - Tue, Nov 12

Sunset Yoga at O'Learys TIKI Bar & Grill Dock

Relax, Unwind and NAMASTE at Oleary's TIKI Bar Sunset Yoga on the Docks Join Claudia from Pineapple Yoga Studio for yoga on the docks facing the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy gorgeous water views and the ...

Sunset Yoga at O'Learys TIKI Bar & Grill Dock

Wed, Nov 13

Power Hour Lunch (PHL) - The Sarasota Modern

Hungry for new business? Leverage your lunch with the power of business connections and referrals at our Power Hour Lunch. Hosted the second Wednesday of every month, you are given the opportunity ...

Power Hour Lunch (PHL) - The Sarasota Modern

Fri, Nov 15 - Sat, Nov 16

Giving Hunger the Blues

Sarasota Polo Grounds 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota, Florida 34240, 8201 Polo Club Lane

The 23rd Annual Giving Hunger the Blues music festival will take place at the Sarasota Polo Grounds on November 15 & 16, 2019. All proceeds benefit the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program, a 501(c)(3) ...

Giving Hunger the Blues

Fri, Nov 15

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Recently named America's #1 Beach, the Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. Citing the beauty and cleanliness of the pristine white sand, ...

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Fri, Nov 15 - Mon, Nov 18

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Every November, 24 international artists come to Siesta Key, Florida, to compete in this Master Sand Sculpting competition. The sculptors create a large community carve and 12 team masterpieces from ...

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Sat, Nov 16 - Sun, Nov 17

Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival

Are you an art collector? Looking for art to beautify your home or office? Or just wish to be inspired? Then join us for the 7th Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival in downtown Sarasota on ...

Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival

Sat, Nov 16

Wreaths Across America Scavenger Hunt

Save the date!! ? 1st Annual Wreaths Across America Scavenger Hunt. Check-in will be at Firkins at 10:00am. All vehicles back by 3:30pm. There will be prizes, raffles and more. ...

Wreaths Across America Scavenger Hunt

Sun, Nov 17

IMG Academy November Discovery Open

From November 17 - November 23rd, 2019, some of the world's newest talent will meet at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL for the 2019 IMG Academy Discovery Open . This invite-only international tennis ...

IMG Academy November Discovery Open

Sat, Nov 23

Mixon's Harvest Festival Craft Fair

A free Fun family event! Entertainment and shopping. Watch for details!

Mixon's Harvest Festival Craft Fair

Tue, Nov 26 - Tue, Nov 26

History + Beer

Enjoy the magical true stories of Sarasota's past while sipping uniquely paired craft beers from 99 Bottles Taproom & Bottle Shop. This storytelling presentation by Andrea and Mimi of Compass Rose ...

History + Beer

Thu, Nov 28

Florida Turkey Trot 2019

Fit2Run and Nathan Benderson Park are coming together to provide a 5K Turkey Trot to help local families kick off their Thanksgiving! This race will be a part of your Thanksgiving tradition as you ...

Florida Turkey Trot 2019

Thu, Nov 28

Thanksgiving on the Water at Marina Jack

Join us for Thanksgiving this year in the Marina Jack Main Dining Room, or on our Marina Jack II Lunch and Dinner Cruise! Dinner in the Main Dining Room will be featuring our regular dinner menu, ...

Thanksgiving on the Water at Marina Jack

Fri, Dec 6

Music on Main: Sugar & Spice Revue Band

Join us on Lakewood Ranch Main Street from 6 - 9 pm for Music on Main, a free concert series and block party for the public! This event is hosted on the first Friday of each month and will supply ...

Music on Main: Sugar & Spice Revue Band

Fri, Dec 6

Sledding with Santa

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT! Bring the whole family to the Lakewood Ranch Family YMCA and enjoy treats, hot chocolate, arts and crafts with Santa and Sledding on REAL SNOW! Don't forget your cameras!

Sledding with Santa

Sat, Dec 7 - Sun, Dec 8

Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts

Don't just go through the motions this holiday. Instead find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts at the Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts on December 7-8, 2019. Gather your friends and come see Lido Beach ...

Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts

Sat, Dec 7

Pop's Exclusive Boat Parade 2019

The 2019 Venice Christmas Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 7th and will be here before you know it! The boats line up at the bridge and pass right by Pop's so it truly is prime ...

Pop's Exclusive Boat Parade 2019

Sun, Dec 8

Cookies with Santa

Sarasota Mom's Blog 2nd annual Cookies with Santa ? ?? event is right around the corner! You wont want to miss this event! Tired of long lines & over priced photo packages? Then this is the event ...

Cookies with Santa

Fri, Dec 13

IMG Junior World Championships- Florida Challenge

The IMG Academy Junior World Championships - Florida Challenge is a sister event to the world-renowned IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships at Torrey Pines and a premier event on the IMG ...

IMG Junior World Championships- Florida Challenge

Sat, Dec 14

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 14

Candy Cane Hunt

Santa's elves have hidden candy canes throughout the park and it's up to you to find them! Some will be hidden high and some hidden low. Prizes will be awarded to those who find the prize candy ...

Candy Cane Hunt

Sat, Dec 14

Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade 2019 Onboard Shellebrate!

5-9pm BE A PART OF THE BOAT PARADE! I'LL BE DECORATING & ENTERING SHELLEBRATE! Dress in Christmas attire and receive 10% off! Departure and arrival at Turtle Beach. Boat ride to the start of the ...

Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade 2019 Onboard Shellebrate!

Mon, Dec 16

Kettle of Fish LeBarge Holiday Party

We've had sooo much on these cruises that we have to do it again!! Tickets are $30 and go on sale September 16th. Tickets will be available online or at Kettle of Fish shows.

Kettle of Fish LeBarge Holiday Party

Fri, Dec 20

2019 The Jingle 5K

One of the largest and most cheerful 5K races in the area, The Jingle 5K is a race that runners and walkers participate in year after year. Last year we had over 1,900 registrations! Runners are ...

Sun, Dec 22

3rd Annual Christmas Jeep Parade

Join us for our 3rd Annual Christmas Jeep Parade sponsored by Gear America! We will meet Santa at St Jude's Catholic Church and Convoy down Main Street, Siesta Village, and UTC Mall area. Food ...

3rd Annual Christmas Jeep Parade

Tue, Dec 31

2020 EPIC Sarasota New Year's Eve Celebration

2020 is going to be such an EPIC New Year Celebration. NO ONE is going to stay home to watch Time Square on TV again;-) We have already given a tentative commitment to an AWESOME Band that is ...

2020 EPIC Sarasota New Year's Eve Celebration

Tue, Dec 31

New Years Eve Gala

Selby Gardens is proud to present Sarasota's most sophisticated black tie New Year's Eve experience, with a private tour of Lights In Bloom, an exquisite four-course dinner, fireworks, and ...

New Years Eve Gala

Fri, Feb 21

2020 Beach Blast

The IMG Academy Beach Blast continues to attract the nation's most elite basketball players to participate in unrivaled competition. Located at the world-renowned IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, the ...

2020 Beach Blast

Wed, Mar 4

4th Annual Everything Buffalo Party - Sarasota 2020

The 4th Annual Everything Buffalo Party will be held on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4th, 2020 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena Early Bird Priced Tickets On Sale for only $47. ...

4th Annual Everything Buffalo Party - Sarasota 2020

Sat, Mar 7

Asolo Rep's Annual Gala 2020: A Bollywood Ball

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 2020: A Bollywood Ball

Wed, Mar 18

Wine & Design: A Surreal Fantasy

Join us for Wine & Design floral design workshops, a hand's-on date for you and your friends. Learn how to design gorgeous, custom flower arrangements as we partner with local floral gurus and a ...

Wine & Design: A Surreal Fantasy