Here’s a list of some annual Sarasota events:
Catch Siesta Key’s winter season with the Halloween Parade and Sidewalk Stroll. This parade is complete with costumes, decorated cars, and plenty of candy for children.
Sarasota Opera Season kicks off in the fall to run through early spring. The season includes up to six main-stage productions and a Young Artists Showcase event. In addition to opera shows, there are many educational opportunities available for those interested including ballet lessons and masterclasses taught by singers from around the world.
The Ringling International Arts Festival is a three-day event that features circus acts from all over the globe as well as dance performances. There are workshops for patrons interested in learning more about circus performing.
The Sarasota Film Festival is a ten-day event that takes place in April every year. During this time, films from all over the world are screened and shown at various locations throughout the city. This festival also offers workshops for those who want to learn more about film production.
Sarasota Highland Games and Scottish Festival is an annual event that features athletic competitions, food, and live entertainment. The games originate from Scotland but have spread around the world with each country hosting their own events.
Sarasota Chalk Festival celebrates art by inviting artists from around the world to create works using chalk on public sidewalks as well as musical performances by local musicians. This three-day festival runs annually in mid-October at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
Surf, Sand and Suds Beer Festival is an annual event that raises money for local charities while offering samples of craft beers. Each year this festival celebrates a different charity and features several well-known regional breweries.
The Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In and Expo is a five-day event in early April at the Page Field Airport located in Fort Myers, FL. This air show includes aerial acrobatics, vintage aircraft on display, military flybys, food trucks, vendors, as well as flight schools for those interested in learning how to fly airplanes or helicopters.
Siesta Fiesta is held annually during spring break to offer residents and visitors opportunities to explore Sarasota County’s rich Latin American culture. This event features salsa dancing, Latin cuisine, arts and crafts, entertainment acts, a parade, and more.
The Sarasota Open is an annual PGA Tour tournament that brings professional golfers from all over the world to Siesta Key’s Premier Golf Club. The best part about attending this event is that there are no ticket prices for attendees who want to watch from any of the free seating areas on-site.
Sarasota Quakes Baseball offers affordable games for families with children in April and May at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota County. There are fireworks shows after every Friday home game and pre-game chalk talks where fans can learn tips from former MLB players such Johnny Damon.
Additionally, there are several other annual events in Sarasota FL including but not limited to the Anna Maria Island Seafood Festival, Siesta Fiesta Music & Art Celebration, Asian-Pacific Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, Parrot Head Getaway Weekend, Mar Vista Farmers Market, People’s Powerhouse Summer Concert Series + Fireworks Shows at Cini Park every Sunday night in July and August, Downtown Outdoor Farmer’s Market during the winter season from November through April, Tour d’Italia bicycle race that runs along a route around Sarasota County.