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.

Wed, Sep 26

September 26th - Marketing on Main - Roaring Connections

Make some "roaring connections" at Sarasota's Premier networking event, Marketing on Main. This month we are taking it back to the prohibition days of the 1920's - Business was booming and the ...

Thu, Sep 27

2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta

From September 27-September 30, 2018, the World Rowing Masters Regatta, an international rowing regatta organized by FISA (the International Rowing Federation), will be held at Nathan Benderson Park, ...

Thu, Sep 27

Medical Cannabis Talk with Dr. Fred Harvey

What is Medical Cannabis? What is involved in licensing? How can CBD options support you - without a prescription? Join Dr. Fred Harvey of The Harvey Center for Integrative Medicine for the FREE ...

Sat, Sep 29

4th Annual Oktoberfest

The best Oktoberfest party in Sarasota will be at Mandeville Beer Garden! As always, you get to keep your liter stein with your purchase of your favorite German beer. The polka band will be playing ...

Sat, Sep 29

Braden River Bluegrass Festival

Live music all day on the Braden River. Fun for the whole Family! Linger along the lazy Braden River and listen to the music of local Bluegrass bands. Browse an array of vendors and feast on our ...

Sat, Sep 29

Noche de Pure Salsa

This is it Salseros!!! Sarasota | Bradenton | Ft Myers | North Port | Tampa You wanted live Salsa and you are going to get it.. ---> LALO PEÑA & ORQ. will be bringing the beats 1) $50 ...

Sat, Sep 29

Scotch & Cigars at Maduro

Maduro Cigar & Bar, 7386 South Tamiami Trail 941 925 4747

Charity Fund raising event for The Knights of Columbus. Sampling Highland Park, Bruichladdich & Macallan 12 Double Cask scotch paired with 2 fine premium cigars. This fun evening will also ...

Sat, Sep 29

SJC Wrench Party

Join us... wrench party!?? We will Convoy to Jason's from the Mobile Gas Station on Clark near 75.

Sun, Sep 30

Maduro's Cigar Bar Jeep Meet

Join for some cigars, beer and/or wine! ??

Sun, Sep 30

Mr. and Mrs. Mouse Toddler Time

Mr. and Mrs. Mouse are coming to Sky Zone Sunday September 30th from 9am - 11am! Purchase your tickets online ASAP, we will sell out. Tickets are $14 for 2 hours.

Sun, Sep 30

When The Beat Drops - Brunch - Panel Discussion

When The Beat Drops: A Dance Documentary This film explores the development of bucking, an energetic form of the dance, from the point of view of Anthony Davis, an Atlanta native who helped ...

Wed, Oct 3

A Taste Of Sarasota 2018

Come Join Us for the 26th Annual "A Taste Of Sarasota" 2018 15 Terrific Local Restaurants will be serving up Great "Tastes" Here's all the Info you need! When: Wednesday, October 3, ...

Thu, Oct 4

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Presents Set the Bar

Set the Bar is back for another round, this year featuring the finest whiskey cocktails on the Suncoast! Join the Sarasota-Manatee Originals for the 2nd Annual Set the Bar Cocktail Competition ...

Thu, Oct 4

YPG After Hours at The Westin

Join us on Thursday, October 4th at The Westin Sarasota for this month's YPG After Hours! Whether you're looking to make new friends, build your network, or learn more about what Sarasota has to ...

Sat, Oct 6

American Cancer Society Fundraiser at Naughty Monk Brewery

Spend a fun-filled Saturday with friends in an awesome atmosphere and help the Indigo C.R.E.W. (Cancer Research Everybody Wins) team raise funds for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides ...

Sat, Oct 6

Beer Bands & BBQ Presented by Music Compound

Music Compound is excited to present and host the fourth annual Beer, Bands and BBQ event. This event was previously held at the Sarasota Polo Fields. Guests can look forward to local and national ...

Sat, Oct 6

Convoy to Jeep's vs Harley's 2018 The Rematch

Tri County Jeepers, Bear Off-road Alliance, Trail Monkeys 4x4, and Blackwater Jeepers in Full Sponsorship From Jeepin Central Florida Magazine Proudly Presents... #JeepsVsHarleys2018 Rematch ...

Sat, Oct 6

Oktoberfest Celebration

We're excited to be hosting this years Oktoberfest with our friends from The Schnitzel Trailer again! Don your best lederhosen or dirndl and join us for some authentic German beer, food and ...

Sun, Oct 7

Joan M Durante Park Jeep Meet

Join us for a fun day of BBQ, Hiking, and relaxation! The park has a covered pavilion, open grass area, playground and bathrooms. Bring the family!??

Sun, Oct 7

TOP DOG 2018

Come walk the catwalk and be part of the show! It's FASHION, FUR & FUN at TOP DOG 2018! Enjoy Sunday BRUNCH at the Van Wezel by Executive Chef Paul Mattison. Check out our CANINE FASHION SHOW ...

Tue, Oct 9

Circus City Bluegrass Jam

Join hosts Fil Pate & The Preservation Society for this monthly Bluegrass Pickers Jam (2nd Tues) Bluegrass means many things to many people. It was born out of strife & hardship, mostly in the poor ...

Fri, Oct 12

Giving Hunger The Blues & Jazz On The Bay 2018

What is Giving Hunger The Blues & Jazz on the Bay? In its 22nd year, Giving Hunger The Blues & Jazz On The Bay has become Sarasota's favorite outdoor music festival. Great music from national, ...

Sat, Oct 13

First Bon Fire Jeep Meet

Join us for our first Bon Fire of the year! We will have a food truck, corn hole, and good Jeeples!?? Bring your own chairs!

Sat, Oct 13

Hempfest Florida 2018 - Florida's Medical Marijuana Awareness Festival

Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, Fl., 2505 W Bella Vista St 8135629599

Hempfest Florida (formerly Hempfest Tampa) is Florida's Largest Hemp & Medical Marijuana Awareness fest. We debuted in 2016 with over 25k attendees over 2 days.... pre - amendment 2! We are back in ...

Sat, Oct 13

Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular

Big league family fun at Ed Smith Stadium! Children dress up in costume to enjoy games and activities on the concourse and outfield from 5-6:30 p.m. A costume parade around the bases begins at 6:40 ...

Sun, Oct 14

19th Annual Firehouse Chili Cookoff

Save the date for the 19th Annual Morton's Gourmet Market Firehouse Chili Cookoff benefiting the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund on Sunday, October 14 from 2:00 to 5:00. Admission is FREE ...

Sun, Oct 14

BS Bonfire#2: Let go of limiting beliefs!

There's saying that goes "If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become truth for you." ~Louise Hay Are limiting beliefs holding you back so that you can't seem to find clarity in your ...

Mon, Oct 15

October Wine Dinner

"AUTUMN IN BORDEAUX" Held in Element: Modern Mediterranean Grill's Private Dining Room October 15, 2018 | 6:30pm | $65+ per person "In the entire circle of the year there are no days so ...

Fri, Oct 19

Beached on Beer Can - Island Camping Party (October 19-21)

Naughty Johnny, The House Movement, and Tiki Bay Island are proud to bring you the second installment of our bi-annual celebration of music and community! 3 Days and 2 nights on our private ...

Fri, Oct 19

Lakewood Ranch Block Party

Want to see the Lakewood Ranch lifestyle all in one place? Come to our 4th annual Block Party, the kickoff event every year to our Tour of Homes. Everyone will be here - from local businesses and ...

Sat, Oct 20

Convoy to Jeeptoberfest

Join us on our Convoy up to Jeeptoberfest! Event starts Friday... this convoy leaves Saturday and the event goes thru Sunday. One of the oldest running Jeep only events in the S.E. Three Huge ...

Sat, Oct 20

Evie's @ Spanish Point Halloween Hayride

Fun for the entire Family! We did this event last year and it was a blast! We will show a movie and have a hayride, bone fire, bone fire bags and lots of fun for all ages! Stay tuned to find out what ...

Sat, Oct 20

RhondaK, Island Chimes, Siren's Circle Mystic at Bayfest

I will be at the Bayfest with large and small mermaid paintings, funny bar signs, PLUS Island Chimes Molly Citera and Mermaiding tarot card readers. SEA US FOR A SIGN OF A GOOD TIME! Presented by ...

Sat, Oct 20

St. Armands Boat Show

Boats, shopping, restaurants and ice cream. All together in one outstanding location for only one weekend! Cannons Marina and their exceptional boats will invade St. Armands Circle on October 20th ...

Sun, Oct 21

Medicinal and Edible Plants Walk with Bob Linde

PLEASE REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE DIRECTLY (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medicinal-and-edible-plants-walk-with-bob-linde-tickets-49562976196) Take a stroll with Chinese Medicine Extraordinaire Bob ...

Mon, Oct 22

Transition Sarasota's Suncoast Gleaning Project Season Kick-off

Join us for a FREE tour of Jessica's Organic Farm and introduction to Transition Sarasota's Suncoast Gleaning Project, which harvests unused produce for local distribution by All Faiths Food Bank. ...

Thu, Oct 25

Rocky Horror Picture Show Spooktacular at Sarasota Sky Bar

Lets do the Time Warp again Sarasota! Join us for an evening of debauchery, amazing drinks, sexy atmosphere, and an amazing shadow cast you don't want to miss! Bring your friends and get ready to ...

Thu, Oct 25

Simply Sarasota 2018 Cookbook Launch Party

Please join us in celebrating the launch of the Junior League of Sarasota's newest cookbook: Simply Sarasota ~ From Fresh to Fabulous! Cocktail attire Price includes hors d'oeuvres, music, and ...

Fri, Oct 26

BOOFest

BOOFest is our annual Halloween event! It's a HOWLING good time for all ages! Come out and explore, watch our local dancers, and enjoy our spooky balloon artist! Have your children bring their ...

Sat, Oct 27

2nd Annual Masquerade Ball

Made in Italy and Venice MainStreet request your company for an evening of intrigue, mystery and entertainment. Find a mask and join us for a one of a kind party in Historic Downtown Venice. ...

Sat, Oct 27

3rd Annual Sarasota Celtic Music Festival Oct 26/27

@The Celtic Art of Hamish Burgess Join the New World Celts Sarasota for their 3rd Annual Celtic Music Festival!! SAVE THE DATES! Oct 26 & 27 - Sarasota FL PURCHASE DISCOUNTED TICKETS ONLINE ...

Sat, Oct 27

Barctober Fest!

CELEBRATE YOUR PET AND SAVE OTHERS The first annual BARCTOBER FEST at Robert (Bob) Gardner Park is here! Enjoy a fun-filled day of pet-related activities with your pooch. Try a variety of beer, sip ...

Sat, Oct 27

Grim Reaper Jeeper Bonfire & Camping Event

Join us for our first Grim Reaper Jeeper Bonefire and Camping event! We will convoy from the Wawa off 70 and Lorraine Rd. Scariest Jeep will win a prize! TBD

Sat, Oct 27

Main Street Live KICK OFF Oct 27!!

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 and awesome local food trucks ...

Sat, Oct 27

Naughty or Nice // Un Evento Espantoso Y Sexy

More info coming soon!! ---> Dancing | Prizes and more!

Sat, Oct 27

Sarasota Oktoberfest

Bring on autumn and pull out the lederhosen ? as Downtown Sarasota celebrates fall and all things Bavarian at Oktoberfest ? October 27 & 28. The weekend excitement includes delectable smoked ...

Wed, Oct 31

All Ladies Drink Free! $1K in Cash & Prizes @Midnight, Night #2!

We're paying homage to the long loved #thewalkingdead series on #amc by decking out our good ol' BCSK in the post-apocalyptic spirit! AND AT MIDNIGHT we're giving away $1000 in Cash and Prizes ...

Thu, Nov 1

4th Annual St. Jude Presents: Foodlosophy

Join us for the fourth annual St. Jude Presents: Foodlosophy, a Sarasota Culinary Experience. Guests will enjoy a creative, delicious and nutritious meal designed and prepared by some of Sarasota's ...

Fri, Nov 2

Pappy Van Winkle Dinner w/ Tom Fischer - tickets on sale now!

Vertical Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Flight and Dinner Tickets Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Bourbon Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 Year Rye Pappy Van ...

Sat, Nov 3

Harvest Fall Festival

The BEST Fall Festival in all of Sarasota and its absolutely FREE! We provide FREE food, bounce houses, professional and Family Friendly entertainment, face painting, a Festival Marketplace with ...

Sat, Nov 3

Spearfish Grille Jeep Meet

Join us for some good eats right near the marina! Seating inside and out. ??

Sat, Nov 10

17th Annual Suncoast Food & Wine Fest

Enjoy samplings from more than 40 restaurants, wonderful wines, beer and live music at the Suncoast Food & Wine Fest. ? Organized by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, festival proceeds have ...

Sat, Nov 10

7th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival

6th Annual Cortez Stone Crab Festival

Sat, Nov 10

Beer, Boats & Bacon 2018

Tickets & More Info at www.BeerBoatsandBacon.com > Unlimited Samples from 80+ Craft Beers, Homebrews & Cocktails > Homebrewing Competition - You Vote for Your Favorite > Inshore / Offshore Boat ...

Sat, Nov 10

Calusa's Mixed Culture Invitational

Save the date and stay tuned for details about our upcoming mixed-culture event featuring the crazy enthusiasm from brewers near and far. November 10th, 2018

Sat, Nov 10

Convoy to 4th Annual Krawl'n for the Fallen 2018

Join us as we convoy to the 4th Annual Krawl'n for the Fallen 2018! We will leave from the PDQ off 70 near 75.??

Tue, Nov 13

National Philanthropy Day Celebration

Honor the Power of Philanthropy! We are fortunate to live in a remarkable community, renowned for so many things - natural beauty, cultural offerings, creativity, enterprise and scholarship to ...

Wed, Nov 14

Jeep Night at Good Liquid & Hooters

Drive out to Good Liquid Brewing Company & Hooters of Bradenton on Wednesday, Sept.12th & November 14th for a "Jeep Night"! Good Liquid Brewing Co: *Special reserved parking in front of Good ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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... ??

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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... ...

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.

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 ...

Sat, Jan 26

Fiorelli Winery Bon Fire Meet

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

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Sat, Feb 23

SJC Convoy to Jeepin with Judd

Convoy to Jeepin with Judd! ??

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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!

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 ...