Sarasota’s Special Events Calendar: What time of year does Sarasota offer the special events you would enjoy?

Sarasota’s Special Events Calendar: What time of year does Sarasota offer the special events you would enjoy?

You’ve chosen Siesta Key for its world-famous beaches … but if you are looking for more than sugar-white sand between your toes then Sarasota is perfect spot for your next getaway! Of course Sarasota offers a wide variety of spectacular restaurants, great shopping, a thriving performing arts scene, and an almost endless list of fun activities – but that is just the beginning. The area offers an almost endless schedule of fun festivals and events for you to experience, just pick your passion!

Boat Parade on Main Street, Sarasota, FL

Crowds gather at the Sarasota Boat Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January:
Thunder by the Bay:
This festival is for all you motorcycle lovers! This is a three day long event held each January and offers live music, poker runs, vendors and more. Best of all, it is a charitable event raising money for local special needs children.
Dates: January 8-11, 2015

St. Armand’s Winter Art Festival:
Held yearly at the end of January, this show displays more than 175 artists and craftsman featuring their original artwork. St. Armand’s Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota, not far from Siesta Key!
Dates: TBA

February:
Lido Tides Arts and Crafts Show:
Just around the corner from St. Armand’s Circle, exhibitors sell handmade arts and crafts on the beautiful Lido Key, Sarasota, FL.
Dates: February 8th & 9th, 2014 @ 10:00AM – 4:30PM

***Say “I Do” Again***:
Visiting Siesta Key with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day? Create unforgettable memories by renewing your wedding vows each Valentine’s Day at the Siesta Beach main pavilion.
Date: Valentine’s Day

Siesta Key Vow Renewal

Crowds gather for the annual vow renewal at Siesta Key Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts:
The Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts is one of the area’s largest art events of the year. The festival takes place along Main Street in downtown Sarasota and is fun for all ages! Come to experience the art and the lovely downtown atmosphere of Sarasota, only a 15 minute drive from Siesta Key.
Dates: February 15th &16th, 2014.

March:
Giving Hunger the Blues:
This is one of Sarasota locals’ favorite events of the year! Giving Hunger the Blues provides a wide variety of foods from local restaurant and live music throughout the day on Hillview Street in Sarasota’s Southside Village. The event raises money for the All Faiths Food Bank and other charities.
Dates: March 23, 2014

April:
Florida Winefest and Auction:
Don’t miss Sarasota’s week-long food and wine extravaganza and auction! Sarasota’s best local restaurants will be there along with winemakers from around the world to support local children’s charities.
Dates: April 10-13, 2014

Siesta Fiesta

Booths and vendors line the street for Siesta Fiesta!

***Siesta Fiesta***:
Siesta Fiesta has been a tradition in the Village on Siesta Key for over 30 years. The best part of the event is the talented arts and craft vendors in colorful booths lining Beach Road in front of the Siesta Key Village shops. The bars and restaurants on the Key take part in the fun with live entertainment and food booths in the streets.
Dates: April 26th & 27th, 2014

 

 

 

May:
Classic Corvettes on the Circle:
Come see the 3rd largest classic Corvette car show in the state of Florida while visiting Sarasota! It will take place in St. Armand’s circle on Lido Key, a spectacular shopping and restaurant area that’s a must see for your Sarasota trip… even if it is just for a window-shopping stroll.
Dates: May 3rd, 2014

June:
World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium:
Enjoy this family-friendly festival that includes games and crafts, and hands-on learning experiences in marine science. Get up close and personal with some Florida sealife… its sure to be a fun and informative day. The event is free with regular admission, which is $19/adults, $14/kids (4 – 12).
Dates: June 7, 2014

St. Armand’s Craft Festival:
This is another fabulous St. Armand’s event that will be a great time for the whole family to enjoy while strolling around the beautiful circle. You’ll enjoy browsing a variety of artistic works from paintings to jewelry, ceramics, pottery and much more.
Dates: June 14 – 15, 2014

***Sarasota Stand up Paddleboard Races***:
Calling all beginners and pros! There is a paddle board competition that takes place on Siesta Key Beach with several divisions of racers. There’s a 3-mile and 6-mile course along with fun other events.
Dates: June 21, 2014

Stand Up Paddleboard races in Sarasota, FL

There are SUP races in Siesta Key, come and watch the fun! or participate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July:
Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix:
If you are a boat-racing fan, Sarasota is the place to be for the 4th of July! The event brings with it some of the hottest boats on the market. Watch the races, check out the boats or just enjoy the excitement in the air as Sarasota comes alive with parades and parties to celebrate the races. The event is held around 4th of July every year to raise money for the Child Development Center.
Dates: June 28th – July 6th, 2014

August:
Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament:
This tournament includes Billfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout and Redfish, with offshore and inshore divisions. Come out and show you’re fishing skills!
Dates: August 5 – 9, 2014

The Annual Celebration of Brewing:
Beer enthusiasts, this is will be your favorite day of vacationing in Sarasota. There will be samples of dozens of beers and ciders from around the world. There will also be beer friendly food, a silent auction and benefit raffle.
Dates: 2014 TBA

September:
Annual Labor Day Regatta:
This is the Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s biggest event of the year. Register your boat and take part for $75 – $100, or just bring folding chair and watch the spectacular site of the sailboat race on City Island at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway.
Dates: September 1, 2014

October:
Sarasota Blues Festival:
This nationally recognized event is held annually in October on the Ed Smith Stadium grounds and brings some of the top national and local blues musicians to the stage.
Dates: 2014 TBA

November:
Cine World Film Festival:
This event is held by the Sarasota Film Society and presents the best films of the Toronto, New York and Cannes Film Festivals of the year!
Dates: 2014 TBA

Teddy Bear Run:
The Annual Great Teddy Bear Run is sponsored by the Sarasota Florida HOG (Harley Owners Group) Chapter. This charity event is held in November and will benefit KIDS by the SEA, serving children with cancer.
Dates: 2014 TBA

December:
Sandy Claws Beach Run:
This popular annual run is held in December with race day registration beginning at the Siesta Beach Pavilion. It includes a 1-mile fun-run for any and all ages and a timed 5K run for the more advanced runners!
Dates: December 13, 2014

The Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights:
Every December Sarasota Bay features a competition of holiday-decorated power and sailboats. The water parade of brightly-lit boats is a spectacular sight and a great way to enjoy a Sarasota-style Christmas experience on your vacation! The best viewing is from Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.
Dates: 2014 TBA

Sarasota Downtown Holiday Parade:
This event is held the first Saturday of every December in downtown Sarasota and features floats, music, marching bands and lots of fun. There are thousands of participants and brightly decorated floats, several live marching bands playing songs of the season and parade entries from school and community organizations as well as area businesses.
Dates: 2014 TBA
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