What’s Happening in Sarasota, the Beaches and Beyond - October 5-7
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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Sarasota Contemporary Dance – Dance for Every Body w/Live Drumming
Friday | 3:30 p.m.
This class incorporates modifications to allow all abilities to participate. The class warm up begins seated in a circle to connect you with your fellow movers in the room. The class progresses to full bodied standing movement, encouraging joy and community connection to shine through. Whether you're a dance veteran, or this is your first time stepping into the studio - this class is for you!
Kids Rock Concert
Friday | 6:00 p.m.
Join your friends and family this October for Kids Rock. This third annual event will showcase rising stars and our music community with the mission to raise funds, food, and awareness for the Mayor's Feeding the Hungry Program. This event is in partnership with Giving Hunger the Blues. All proceeds benefit the Mayor's Feeding the Hungry. Buy your tickets before the event for $10 or by tickets at the door for $15
Friday | 6:00 p.m.
Under the streetlamps of East Coast cities, doo-wop emerged, bringing tight harmony to the soundtrack of the 1950s. Beginning with doo-wop groups like The Drifters and The Platters, Unchained Melodies celebrates the swingin’ harmonies of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Featuring songs like “Blue Moon,” “16 Candles,” “Save The Last Dance,” and “Working My Way Back To You.”
Babyl at Mango Bistro
Friday | 6:45 p.m.
Babyl is a high energy alternative band from Sarasota, FL comprised of Ben Jacobs (Chuck) vocalist/piano, David Cornecelli (Duff) on bass, and Ryan Thompson on lead guitar. Each member displaying great on stage chemistry in a unique way. Their passion and enthusiasm shown through their catchy melodies and lyrics will keep you babbling on.
Sarasota Orchestra Presents: Gold Rush
Friday | 7:00 p.m.
Program of 12 short pieces of great music, none longer than 5 minutes, from the classical to Pops! A wonderful introduction to the Symphonic Orchestra experience. Free admission for families. Designed for students grades 6 – 8, plus younger students able to sit for an hour, plus adults intrigued by the concert experience!
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 at Historic Spanish Point.
Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor
Friday | 7:30 p.m.
It’s a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company when world-famous tenor Tito Merelli arrives to perform in Otello. Through a series of farcical mishaps, Tito takes a double dose of tranquilizers, setting off a hilarious chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity.
Modern Works Festival
Friday | 8:00 p.m.
This collection of staged readings will be comprised of the highest-rated scripts submitted. At the conclusion of the festival, with the help of attendees, one writer will win a $5000 honorarium for her new work. To qualify to vote on the winner, patrons must attend a reading of all three finalists.
“Dine to the Nines” Restaurant Week
Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many great locally owned restaurants in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Venice as your schedule allows. From October 1st – 14th, the best area restaurants will be featuring specially priced breakfast, lunch and dinner prix fixe menu selections. Restaurant week is the perfect opportunity for food lovers to celebrate a special occasion, try out a new establishment, or simply enjoy a meal with friends and family all while supporting locally owned restaurants!
Sarasota Laps for Life 5k
Saturday | 8:30 a.m.
Be a part of the culture of life with the Knights of Columbus and join us at Nathan Benderson Park as we run, walk, or skip to complete a 5k lap. The Money raised will go directly to help expecting mothers in crisis with free life-changing services including counseling, ultrasound, and infant care. Register as an individual or with a team! Every participant runs or walks for different reasons, but our goal is all the same: to help save babies. Will you join us? Check in and late registration starts at 7:30am. Runners begin race at 9:30am followed by walkers of all ages. *Sign up now to ensure you get a free race T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to top overall runners in age group and Top fundraising team and individual.
Fruitville Grove's 30th annual Pumpkin Festival!! Free admission and free parking! Pumpkin patch, expanded vendor section, food trucks, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, pie eating contest, scarecrows, scavenger hunt, costume contest, an amazing selection of pumpkins of all different colors, shapes, and sizes, and much more! Bring the family out to the Pumpkin Festival for a great time and make amazing memories! Make sure to take photos in our Fall picture spots. Festival is every weekend in October starting Oct. 6th! Festival hours are 10am - 5pm.
24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival
Saturday | 10:00 a.m.
Sarasota, located along Florida's Gulf of Mexico is well known for its white sandy beaches and beautiful architecture. This popular Craft Festival has garnered crowds of fine craft lovers each year. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more. An expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend.
Pirates Invade Palm
Saturday | 11:30 a.m.
Over 20 merchants on Palm Avenue will be promoting the Flower Show & Plant Sale by decorating their store fronts with the Pirates in Paradise Flower Show theme. The winning storefront will be judged by three VIP’s from the City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Matey! Come judge for yourself!
Frost & Ross at Mango Bistro
Saturday | 6:45 p.m.
Two singer-songwriters and a powerhouse drummer come together to create "Frost and Ross". An eclectic band showcasing originals by Matthew Frost and Emily Ross plus some classic covers while they are accompanied by Garrett Dawson. They play a very diverse set, ranging in styles of jazz, soul, and folk.
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. Old Main Street is a tree-lined retail district of cafes and restaurants running three blocks north from Manatee Avenue to the Manatee River, where it meets the Bradenton Riverwalk.
2018 Old Miakka Fall Hootenanny
Sunday | 10:00 a.m.
It's time for a toe-tappin', knee slappin', hootenanny of a good time. Homemade soaps, ceramic wind chimes, unique handmade pottery, incredible paintings by local artists, local honey, live music, children's games, silent auction, crafts, register to vote or update registration for all Fl counties. Tour the old Schoolhouse. Fun for the whole family. Chicken and pork dinners, hot dogs, desserts and drinks available. Proceeds of the event benefit preservation of the 1914 Old Miakka Schoolhouse.