What’s Happening in Sarasota, the Beaches and Beyond - October 26-28
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?
Braveheart Kilt Run 5k
Friday | 5:30 p.m.
Held in conjunction with the third annual Sarasota Celtic Music Festival, this Friday evening 5k race will begin at 5:30p outside the festival and will finish inside the festival right behind the Main Stage in Nathan Benderson Park! You'll be piped in by the sound of Old Scotland on the bagpipes! Award Ceremony will be held at 7:00p on the Main Stage.
Friday | 6:00 p.m.
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 Trick or Treat bags to collect the many treats that will be given out from our generous sponsors and merchants. Each year we have a costume contest, so make sure to get creative and dress up!
Ghosts and 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!
15th Annual Boo Run 5k & Boo Dash
Saturday | 8:30 a.m.
Join us for the 15th Anniversay of the Boo Run 5k & Boo Dash! Once again 100% of the proceeds will go to the Another Day for Gray Foundation to bring an END to Duchenne! Boo 15 will include the following… • Family friendly to include strollers and pets • Chip timing • Awesome Age Group Awards • Fabulous Door Prizes • Great Post Race Party • Shirt size guaranteed if registered by 10/1/2018 • Costume contest • And part of the Lakewood Ranch Triple Challenge
Mummies at the Market! Trick or Treat at the Farmers Market
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
Mummies, ghouls, and little monsters delight - The Sarasota Farmers Market will be quite a sight! Come to trick or treat - while supplies last - stay for the costume contest - it will be a blast! Live music and crafts and surprises in galore - you won't want to miss what we've got in store! Trick or Treat: 9am - 11am (While Supplies Last) Costume Contest: 11am
Tee Time for Tots
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
Whether it’s Popeye or Pocahontas, put on a costume, pick up a putter and help raise money for Sarasota’s littlest learners. Hit a howl-in-one at the 3rd annual Tee Time for Tots, a Halloween-themed, family-friendly, mini golf fundraiser benefitting the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County. Each ticket includes one round of miniature golf, a slice of pizza and a beverage. From toddlers and tweens to baby boomers and beyond, this benefit will have something for everyone. In addition to trick or treating at every hole, Tee Time for Tots will feature face-painting, a caricature artist, fun Halloween-themed games and hands-on, sensory table activities. Enjoy story time on a quilt under large oaks trees. While costumes are optional, there will be a costume contest with prizes for all ages. Don’t forget to check out our boo-tiful raffle baskets too!
Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
Saturday & Sunday
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
3rd Annual Sarasota Celtic Music Festival
Friday & Saturday
Join the New World Celts Sarasota for their 3rd Annual Celtic Music Festival!! 2018 Bands include: Seven Nations Fighting Jamesons Screaming Orphans Whiskey Dregs Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfetones Clovers Revenge Bobby Vesey Blue Skye Pipes & Drums. Clans & Socities Highland Athletic Demo Celtic Merchants Children's Area Traditional Food Dog Parade
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.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Join this eclectic group of characters in this Tony Award winning comedy by Christopher Durang. Three “unique” siblings live, love and argue in their family’s home, that just happens to be located in a cherry orchard! (Yes, there are some great Chekhov moments.) Will they lose their ancestral home? Fun, smart and the Drama Desk Award winner for outstanding new play!
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.
Halloween Spooktacular Celebration
Sunday | 5:30 p.m.
Join us for our 15th Annual Halloween Spooktacular Celebration on Sunday, October 28th from 5:30 - 7pm! This family fun event hosts vendors, a costume judging contest with 3 lucky prizes, trick or treating throughout the garden & a Spooktacular Gallery to visit if you dare......(nothing too scary for little ones) Free admission with Donations for All Faith's Food Bank. Please help The Children's Garden feed the hungry for the holidays!
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.
Main Street Live!
Saturday | 5:00 p.m.
Old Main Street will be filled with food trucks, and all the businesses -- including the bars, pubs and restaurants -- along Old Main Street will be open for business as usual. Besides the food trucks, lots of local merchants will be setting up shop along the street for the evening. So you can get some shopping done while you're chowing down, listening to the local live music, and dancing in the street.
Saturday | 10:00 a.m.
KidSpace is a program for kids who want to explore everything there is to know about space and become Masters of the Universe. From 10:15 – 11 am on the second and fourth Saturday morning of each month, we’ll unleash the awesome power of the Bishop Planetarium, taking off from Earth’s surface and flying to places no human has gone before: the Sun, the planets, other moons of our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for kids in elementary school (grades 1-5), and their grown-ups.
Manatee Performing Arts Center - Cabaret
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
It’s the early 1930s in Berlin and life is changing. On the horizon is an ugly and dangerous threat, but that’s no concern for sensational cabaret singer Sally Bowles, whose only goal in life is to have a good time. Sally soon finds herself living with a young writer visiting from America to work on a new novel. While their relationship moves beyond just being friends, around them the lives of citizens go from ordinary to a nightmare. Will Sally recognize her own selfishness or will she look at the ground as the Nazis steamroll over everything she holds dear? Be part of the action with limited on-stage seating!
Bradenton Blues Brunch
Sunday | 11:00 a.m.
Join us on the beautiful Bradenton Riverwalk the last Sunday of each month for our new series, the Bradenton Blues Brunch! Guests will enjoy live music and the new Mattison's City Grille Brunch Menu, featuring local and sustainable cuisine. Each month a new band will perform, so don't miss a beat! There is no cover charge for the music, simply order your brunch and drinks off the menu.