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Fill Your Itinerary with These Local Events

Sarasota Chalk Festival attracts thousands of visitors and over 100 artists to the Venice airport each year in November.
The Sarasota Chalk Festival attracts thousands of visitors and over 100 artists to the Venice Airport each year.

Sarasota and Bradenton were voted 1-2 respectively in American Style Magazine’s top arts destinations in the nation for populations of 100,000 or less. Quite an accomplishment. The culture here supports opera, ballet, symphonies, theater and family entertainment. The height of the season is from November to April, but there is plenty to do the entire year. I’ve compiled a list from online sources so that you have one location for some suggestions I have for you to spend your time in the area around Longboat Key and Sarasota.

Kick off your weekends on any given Friday night when you can always catch "Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night!" with live entertainment at a revolving downtown location, Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch the first Friday of the month or Music Friday Night each week at the gazebo in Centennial Park, Venice.

If you have additions to this list please feel free to add them in the comments below. If you need more information there are a variety of sources for each event, just a Google search away. Find your events and fill your schedule. In that way you can enjoy your favorite performing arts and special events that this area has to offer.

 

224 events listed through June 30, 2018
Updated June 21, 2017
Current Multiple Day Events Listed First


Now - June 24 Sarasota Music Festival Multiple venues, Sarasota


Now - June 25 Keith Alberstadt, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


Now - June 25 Beau Jest, play Player's Centre for Performing Arts, Sarasota


Now - June 25 Senior Follies, play Lemon Bay Playhouse, Englewood


Now - June 30 Broadway in Black, revue Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Sarasota


Now - June 30 MASHterpieces, exhibit Art Center, Sarasota


Now - July 2 Naming True, play Urbanite Theatre, Sarasota


Now - July 2 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, play Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


Now - July 16 The Jersey Tenors, quartet chorus Historic Asolo Theater, Sarasota


Now - July 29 IncrediBello!, summer circus Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


Now - July 31 Marc Chagall, flowers and French Riviera Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

 

*************************** 2017 Events ***************************


June 21 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


June 21 Networking at Noon, chamber event Harry's Continental Kitchen, Longboat Key


June 22 SMF Artist Showcase 3, Special Gems Holley Hall, Sarasota


June 23 Diana Ross, concert Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


June 23 Music Friday Night, Kat Crosby Band Centennial Park, Venice


June 23 Fourth Friday at the Downtown Village! Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


June 23 SMF Rising Stars 3 Holley Hall, Sarasota


June 23 SMF Friday Festival 3, yMusic Opera House, Sarasota


June 23 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Rosemary District and Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


June 24 Bob Rizi Golf Classic, Powerboat Festival The Meadows Country Club, Sarasota


June 24 Mote Marine, Turtle Walk Beach Access, 4795 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key


June 24 Mote Volunteer Interest Coffee Mote Marine Laboratory, City Island


June 24 Sarasota Farmers Market Lemon Avenue at Main Street, Sarasota


June 24 Central Sarasota Farmers Market Florida House Learning Center, Sarasota


June 24 Selby's Splashin Saturdays Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota


June 24 SMF Saturday Symphony 3, Adagio and Rhapsody Opera House, Sarasota


June 24 - August 19 Orioles of Gulf Coast League, baseball Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota


June 25 Car Show, Powerboat Festival Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


June 25 Women's Triathlon Siesta Key Beach


June 25 The Dream, HD opera Opera House, Sarasota


June 25 Boat & Personal Watercraft Fun Run, Powerboat Festival Marina Jack


June 25 Kevin Nealon, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


June 26 Forty Carrots Partners In Play, free class Elsie Quirk Library, Englewood


June 26 - July 1 Shark Days at Mote Mote Marine Aquarium & Laboratory, City Island


June 27 Bradenton Networking Polo Bar and Grill, Lakewood Ranch


June 28 Chamber New Member and Refresher Breakfast Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce office


June 28 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


June 28 Friendliest Catch Fishing Tournament, Powerboat Festival Sarasota Outboard Club, City Island


June 28 Grand Prix Comedy Night, Powerboat Festival McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


June 28 Grand Prix Kickoff Party, Powerboat Festival Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens, Sarasota


June 28-29 John Carfi, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


June 30 Meet & Greet, Powerboat Festival autograph signing Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Sarasota


June 30 Boats on Main Block Party, Powerboat Festival Main Street, Sarasota


June 30 - July 1 Kevin Nealon, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 1 Finz Finds Motorcycle Charity Ride, Powerboat Festival Rossiter's Harley-Davidson, Sarasota


July 1 Selby's Splashin Saturdays Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota


July 1 P1 Superstock and Aquax qualifiers, Powerboat Festival Lido Beach, Lido Key


July 1 Marauder Baseball, Fireworks LECOM Field, Bradenton


July 1 Mote Marine, Turtle Walk Beach Access, 4795 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key


July 1 Miss Power Boat Swim Suit Contest, Powerboat Festival Centennial Park, Sarasota


July 1 Spectacular Fireworks Show Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota


July 1-2 Fan Fest, Powerboat Festival Centennial Park, Sarasota


July 1-2 VIP Race Viewing, Powerboat Festival Sandcastle Resort, Lido Key


July 2 P1 Superstock and Aquax races, Powerboat Festival Lido Beach, Lido Key


July 2 Race Team Award Presentations, Powerboat Festival Centennial Park, Sarasota


July 2 John Carfi, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 4 Independence Day Tribute to those who helped free this country

***** Independence Day Fireworks *****


July 4 All American Cook-out Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota


July 4 Freedom Fest Bicentennial Park, Longboat Key


July 4 Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular, Powerboat Festival Island Park, Sarasota


July 4 Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay Bayfront Park, Sarasota


July 4 Siesta Key Fireworks Display Siesta Key Beach


July 4 Festival and Fireworks over Manatee River Sutton Park, Palmetto


July 4 Venice Fireworks South Jetty, Venice Beach


July 4 Fireworks Spectacular Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria Island


July 5 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


July 5-8 The World Series of Comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 5 - August 6 The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, play Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


July 7 Music on Main Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


July 7 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Five Points Park, Sarasota


July 7-8 Decades Rewind, nostalgia concert Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


July 8 Selby's Splashin Saturdays Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota


July 8 Mote Marine, Turtle Walk Beach Access, 4795 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key


July 10 Forty Carrots Partners In Play, free class Elsie Quirk Library, Englewood


July 12 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


July 12-16 Al Ernst, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 13-15 Ninth Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Multiple venues, Sarasota


July 13 - August 14 How I Got Over, tribute to Mahalia Jackson Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Sarasota


July 14 Tarpon Fishing Tournament, awards banquet Hyatt Regency, Sarasota


July 14 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Burns Square, Sarasota


July 15 Selby's Splashin Saturdays Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota


July 15 Mote Marine, Turtle Walk Beach Access, 4795 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key


July 16 Garden Music Series, Soulrcoaster Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota


July 17 Forty Carrots Partners In Play, free class Elsie Quirk Library, Englewood


July 18 - August 20 The Blue Eyed Bettys, chorus Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


July 19 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


July 20 Ladies Night, discount shopping St. Armands Circle


July 21 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Towles Court, Sarasota


July 21-23 Nate Bargatze, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 22 Selby's Splashin Saturdays Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota


July 22 Mote Marine, Turtle Walk Beach Access, 4795 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key


July 24 Forty Carrots Partners In Play, free class Elsie Quirk Library, Englewood


July 26 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


July 26-30 Pat Godwin, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 28 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Rosemary District and Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


July 28 Fourth Friday at the Downtown Village! Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


July 29 Selby's Splashin Saturdays Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota


July 29 Mote Marine, Turtle Walk Beach Access, 4795 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key


July 31 Forty Carrots Partners In Play, free class Elsie Quirk Library, Englewood


August 2 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


August 2-6 April Macie, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


August 2-20 Coublewide, play Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


August 4 Music on Main Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


August 4 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Five Points Park, Sarasota


August 9 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


August 11 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Burns Square, Sarasota


August 16 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


August 17 Ladies Night, discount shopping St. Armands Circle


August 18 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Towles Court, Sarasota


August 22 - September 24 Roar, The Music of the 20s+, cabaret Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


August 23 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


August 23-27 Louis Johnson, Jr, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


August 25 Fourth Friday at the Downtown Village! Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


August 30 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Rosemary District and Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


August 2 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


September 1 Music on Main Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


September 1 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Five Points Park, Sarasota


September 4 Labor Day Relax and enjoy your day


September 6 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


September 8 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Burns Square, Sarasota


September 13 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


September 15 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Towles Court, Sarasota


September 20 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


September 20-24 Josh Sneed, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


September 21 Ladies Night, discount shopping St. Armands Circle


September 22 Fourth Friday at the Downtown Village! Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


September 22 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Rosemary District and Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


September 27 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


October 4 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


October 6 Music on Main Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


October 6 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Five Points Park, Sarasota


October 7 Jagfest - Classic Jaguar Car Show St. Armands Circle


October 11 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


October 12-15 Drew Hastings, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


October 13 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Burns Square, Sarasota


October 14 Taste of St. Armands St. Armands Circle


October 18 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


October 19 Ladies Night, discount shopping St. Armands Circle


October 20 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Towles Court, Sarasota


October 21-22 St. Armands Boat Show St. Armands Circle


October 25 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


October 27 Fourth Friday at the Downtown Village! Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


October 27 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Rosemary District and Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


October 31 Annual Fright Night St. Armands Circle


November 1 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


November 1-5 John Novosad, Hippieman, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


November 1-19 Oedipus, play FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Sarasota


November 3 Music on Main Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


November 3 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Five Points Park, Sarasota


November 4 Ferraris on the Circle St. Armands Circle


November 8 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


November 9-10 Bacchus on the Beach Longboat Key Club


November 10 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Burns Square, Sarasota


November 10-13 Street Chalk Festival Airport Festival Fairgrounds, Venice


November 11 Veterans Appreciation Day St. Armands Circle


November 11-12 Annual Art Festival St. Armands Circle


November 15 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


November 15-17 Evita, play preview Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


November 15-19 Dale Jones, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


November 16 Ladies Night, discount shopping St. Armands Circle


November 17 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Towles Court, Sarasota


November 18 - December 30 Evita, play Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


November 22 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


November 22-26 Carmen Ciricillo, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


November 24 Fourth Friday at the Downtown Village! Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


November 24 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Rosemary District and Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


November 29 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


December 1 Annual Holiday Night St. Armands Circle


December 1 Music on Main Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


December 1 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Five Points Park, Sarasota


December 6 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


December 6-10 Mark Klein, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


December 8 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Burns Square, Sarasota


December 9 Porches in the Park St. Armands Circle


December 13 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


December 15 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Towles Court, Sarasota


December 20 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


December 21 Ladies Night, discount shopping St. Armands Circle


December 22 Fourth Friday at the Downtown Village! Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


December 22 Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night! Rosemary District and Historic Downtown Village, Sarasota


December 27 Sarasota Real Estate Investors, luncheon Oriental Buffet Restaurant, Sarasota


December 27-30 Mark Klein, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota

 

*************************** 2018 Events ***************************


January 3 Salute to Vienna, New Year's Eve concert Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


January 3-21 The Motherf***r With the Hat, play FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Sarasota


January 6-7 A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, musical Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


January 10-12 Shakespeare in Love, play preview Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


January 12 Tango Fire, dance Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


January 13 - March 28 Shakespeare in Love, play Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


January 16 Renée Fleming, opera Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


January 17-18 The Morning After Grace, play preview Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


January 19 - March 4 The Morning After Grace, play Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


February 1 BalletBoyZ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


February 5-6 Circus 1903 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


February 7 Shaping Sound After the Curtain Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


February 7-8 Rhinoceros, play preview Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


February 9 - April 14 Rhinoceros, play Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


February 21 - March 11 The Rehearsal, play FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Sarasota


February 22 China National Symphony Orchestra Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


February 27 Romeo & Juliet Carmen, Moscow ballet Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 6-7 The Wizard of Oz, play Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 11 National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 12 Dance to the Movies Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 14-15 Roe, play preview Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


March 16 - April 14 Roe, play Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


March 17 St. Patrick's Day Ready for some corned beef and cabbage?


March 24 In the Fields with Joshua Bell, orchestra Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 26 Peter Pan, 3D stage spectacular Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 27 - April 1 Motown, the Musical Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


April 4-5 Gloria, play preview Cook Theatre, Sarasota


April 6-29 Gloria, play Cook Theatre, Sarasota


April 10-12 Jersey Boys, musical Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


April 13-22 Sarasota Film Festival Multiple venues, Sarasota


April 18 - May 6 Much Ado About Nothing, play Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota


April 19 Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


April 24-25 A Chorus Line, musical Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


April 26 Mummenschanz, violin concert Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


May 1-3 Ragtime, play preview Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


May 4-27 Ragtime, play Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


May 28 Memorial Day Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice


June 6-7 Summer Family Production (TBA), play preview Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


June 8-30 Summer Family Production (TBA), play Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


July 4 Independence Day Tribute to those who helped free this country


September 3 Labor Day Relax and enjoy your day

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