What’s Happening in Sarasota, the Beaches and Beyond - October 19-21
It is our pleasure to bring you just a "slice" of what's available to do this coming weekend in the Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice area of Florida.
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Sights & Sins of Sarasota Trolley Tour
Friday | 9:30 a.m.
You get to choose! A 1.5 hr adventure on the mainland OR staying on-board for the full 3 hr tour including Lido Key & a box lunch picnic! From SRQ Airport to the quaint neighborhoods of Downtown Sarasota to the beautiful gulf views from Lido Key, our professional guides will share with you all that Sarasota has to offer. As you ride along to see the various sites, you will hear details of what there is to see and do in the area, local history, interesting trivia and a few of the ‘Sins’ that happened here. Our air-conditioned trolley will take you to some of the hidden gems that even many locals don’t know about! 3 hr tour includes a box lunch picnic, stops where you can take photos, stretch your legs or use restrooms. We will also have a ‘cool’ surprise for each guest… but if we told you what it is it wouldn’t be a surprise now would it?
Towles Court Art Walk
Friday | 5:00 p.m.
All galleries, restaurants and businesses are open for the Towles Court Art Walk every third Friday from 5-9pm. You will find various styles and mediums of art in a unique and beautiful setting. For directions and details, visit our website. Next art walk is October 19 with live music by Latin Rendezvous.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
October 19-21 2018 | The celebration includes a 5K Run, Bed Races, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Food Vendors, Miss Sun Fiesta, music and dancing. The majority of our scholarship funds are raised during the Sun Fiesta which Women's Sertoma has sponsored and organized since 1994. The first official Sun Fiesta was in October 1973. It originated to provide the community its last chance to get together before the 'snow birds' started migrating in November! It has remained one of the most beloved events of the year for the citizens of Venice.
Lakewood Ranch Block Party
Friday | 5:00 p.m.
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 restaurants to clubs and social groups – so you can get a good taste of what life on The Ranch is really like. Want the inside scoop? Just chat with some of the neighbors while you’re here! It’s the most fun you can have while home shopping!
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Friday & Saturday | 6:00 p.m.
Just in time for Halloween, join The Players in this outdoor adaption of Washington Irving’s classic story. It begins when Ichabod Crane, a lightly goofy schoolmaster, comes to the farming community of Sleepy Hollow with all his worldly possessions. He’s looking for a good life and a wealthy wife who will supply it. Once he sets eyes on the local beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, he’s sure his dream will come true. Unhappily for Ichabod, Katrina has a boyfriend who’s extremely jealous… the boisterous Brom Bones. To complicate matters the graveyard is haunted by a small army of restless spirits, including the most famous phantom of all, the Headless Horseman. What will happen to the new school master? Find out for yourself! Visit Tarrytown before the show (4:30PM until show time)! Tarrytown, the town where Ichabod comes to take over the position of school master, is an interactive experience, including games, face painting, a caricature artist, candied apples and popcorn for purchase, and much more. Come early and enjoy!
Friday | 7:00 p.m.
A historic Victorian Funeral was a fascinating display of etiquette and grandiose public exhibition of death. Join fellow mourners and spectators in the Victorian Funeral as the grieving widow bids farewell to her beloved husband. This theatrical experience is a spooky but fun look into the history of the Victorian era. Tour begins at the Gazebo and are 1 hour in length.
An Evening in India
Friday | 7:00 p.m.
We are excited to announce our second annual fundraising gala – An Evening in India – which will take place on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:00PM and 6:00PM for VIP at Michael’s On East in Sarasota, located at 1212 S. East Avenue. This special event will feature 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 – and we’d love to see you there!
Ghosts & Gruesomes Tour
Friday | 8:00 p.m.
"Ghosts & Gruesomes" Tour! 8:00 p.m.-9:15 p.m. Are there ghosts in Sarasota? Are there unsolved or intriguing murder cases? Absolutely! Join us on this dark and creepy 75 minute walk to hear what we found out when we went exploring the dark streets of Sarasota at night!
Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
Saturday & Sunday | 9:00 a.m.
Family Fun at Hunsader Farms each Saturday & Sunday beginning October 13 through October 28. The Wall of Death will perform hourly all 3 weekends of the festival! Everyday of the Pumpkin Festival consists of: Craft Show • Live Music • 14 Live Shows • Pumpkins • Charity Pumpkin Games • Pioneer Trades Village • Hayrides • Pony Rides • Chainsaw Sculptor • Corn Maze • Scarecrow Displays • Homemade Ice Cream • Farm Roasted Sweet Corn • Food Galore • Pumpkin Pie • Rock Climbing Wall • Power Jump • Petting Zoo • Barnyard Playground • Face Painting • Children’s Train Ride • Big Train Ride • Juggler • Fresh Produce •Butterfly Experience • Frog Jumping Championship • Zip Line
Saturday | 11:00 a.m.
Join Peter on his adventure to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents, no chores, and fairies and pirates rule! Introduce your children and grandchildren to the characters you loved from J.M. Barrie’s timeless masterpiece: Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, a horde of mischievous Lost Boys, Nana the dog, and – last but not least – a very hungry, ticking crocodile. This new and exciting adaptation of this classic story celebrates imagination and storytelling.
Rhythm of the Ringling
Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Let the drums roll as The Ringling kicks-off a new season of performance! Play a plethora of percussive instruments in a jam session lead by percussionist Matthew Duvall then enjoy a dynamic performance by The Kraken Quartet, crescendo-ing to a fireworks display! Join us in the Museum of Art Courtyard to experience delicious hors d’oeuvres stations from Sarasota-Manatee Originals, complimentary beer and wine with an additional cash bar. Don’t miss this chance to get the pulse of The Ringling’s year-long New Stages performance series as you revel in the rhythms of The Ringling.
Garden Music Series
Sunday | 1:00 p.m.
The Garden Music Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is proud to present an eclectic variety of local and international musical artists who perform music of nearly every style and musical genre, both vocal and instrumental. From classical pianists to folk, country, latin and world music, jazz and standards to rock and roll, pop and soul, there is something for everyone. Artists often interpret covers of well know songs in addition to performing original material with repertoire that spans the styles and sounds of current hits to the early 20th century. Garden Music Series guests are offered a world-class outdoor concert experience along with beautiful views and relaxing walks through the Gardens.
Bradenton Farmers’ Market
Saturday | 9:00 a.m.
A place where the community meets each week to enjoy fresh produce, local art, upbeat music, demonstrations by local chefs, and family activities. Parking is free on weekends, and dogs on leashes are always welcome. The market sets up every Saturday on Old Main Street, just north of Manatee Avenue from the first weekend in October to the last week in May.
Saturday | 9:00 a.m.
Every third Saturday, Mainly Art hosts dozens of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their creations. Art, crafts, live music, and food are available from 9am to 2pm on Fourth Avenue West where it connects with the weekly Bradenton Farmers’ Market on Main Street.
South Florida Museum – STREAM Saturdays: Rediscovering the Moon
Saturday | 10:00 a.m.
On STREAM Saturdays, you’ll find hands-on, family-friendly experiments and games, crafts and stories or themed scavenger hunts at the Museum from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Go at your own pace and visit one or all the activities before enjoying the Museum for the rest of the day!
Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest
Saturday & Sunday | 10:00 a.m.
The 30th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest features hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, mini train rides, a petting zoo and more. Lots of Halloween decorations for sale, too, from scarecrows to hay bales. Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, playground, live music, and decorated photo spots are FREE! Individual ride and game activity booth, including pony rides, rock wall, bounce house, and pumpkin painting, has their own set price ranging from $2 – $7. Food available for purchase.
Cortez Nautical Flea Market
Saturday | 8:00 a.m.
Check out their new location for The 21st Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market with lots of used boat stuff, some new boat stuff, too, to buy or trade along with antiques, dive gear, fishing gear and more. Meet fellow boaters, enjoy some live music, food and have a good time.
Anna Maria Island Bay Fest
Saturday | 10:00 a.m.
Check out and enjoy the 18th Annual Anna Maria Island Bay Fest featuring live music all day including the Dr Dave Band plus a Classic Car Show featuring vintage cars from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., a Kids Zone, arts and crafts vendors, "Taste of the Island" Food Court from local restaurants and vendors, soda, water, beer, wine & rum drinks for sale. Free admission.