Annual Events In Sarasota You Wouldn't Want to Miss

Florida's gulf coast is always booming with activity. No matter what time of year you visit, something interesting is always happening. Whether it's an extended stay or a last-minute getaway, you'll love it here! One of the many perks of Sarasota are all the annual festivals, featuring everything from art to food; it's no wonder we're ranked among Florida's friendliest cities. If you want to have a great time in Sarasota, here are some of the best immersive and fun-packed events you can try.

Sarasota Arts & Cultural Events

Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts

For decades the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts has been at the forefront of supporting art and bringing art lovers together from across the US. It features more than 200 local and regional artists, showcasing their art in an open-air environment. The spectacular event covers more than five city blocks in downtown Sarasota.

If you're in Sarasota around February, make your way downtown and walk among life-sized paintings and sculptures, browse photographs, jewelry, ceramics, and handmade crafts. You can always take something home to remind you of the wonderful experience. 


Forks and Corks

If you love wine and fine cuisine, then you definitely need to check out the Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival! Winemakers from all over the world flock to Sarasota to share their best wines in all sorts of creative flavors. Enjoy unique wine from around the world, coupled with delicious cuisine prepared by the best Manatee County and Sarasota Chefs. The festival is held at the famous Ringling Museum of Art.


Sarasota Film Festival

Every year, the Sarasota Film Festival runs for a week in April! At this event you can meet filmmakers, attend presentations, watch movies in various genres, and see brand new, unique showings at the end of the week.


Sarasota Music Festival

Sarasota is full of art, so it’s no surprise the city hosts a world-renown classical music event. The Sarasota Music Festival takes place in June and attracts students and classical music lovers from all over the world. The event features various different musical performances including Saturday symphonies, Friday festivals, and beautiful performances from both upcoming and professional musicians. The events take place at the Sarasota Opera House and Sarasota Symphony Center.  


Sarasota Medieval Fair

Step back in time to a magical era of chivalry, sword fighting, and endless merriment at this extraordinary fair. Immerse yourself in the thrilling displays of skill, savor the mouthwatering feasts, and embrace the enchanting traditions and rituals of yesteryear.


Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Experience the awe-inspiring talent of sandcastle artists as they create stunning masterpieces on the pristine shores of Siesta Key beach. Be mesmerized by the intricate towers, whimsical creatures, and extraordinary attention to detail showcased in this prestigious international competition.


Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival

Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and craftsmanship at this lively festival. Indulge in the beauty of handcrafted jewelry, exquisite ceramics, captivating paintings, and more, as you embark on a journey to find the perfect keepsake or holiday gift.


Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival

Let loose your inner rebel and indulge in your passion for music at this exhilarating festival. Immerse yourself in the powerful beats of live rock bands, marvel at the gleaming motorcycles on display, and soak up the pulsating energy that electrifies the atmosphere.


Sarasota Holiday Events

Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Your antidote for the holiday seasons big-box, Black Friday-esque shopping culture has a name: the Atomic Holiday Bazaar! This street-fair event features colorful vendors showcasing their wonderful creations. If you love unique items, especially at ridiculously low cost, this is the place to be. The Atomic Bazaar offers free admission for kids, and adults only need to part with $5 to get in. Every year the extravaganzas, crafts, and arts for the world's delightful irregulars come back bigger and better than ever. 

Lights In Bloom

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens transforms into a luminous dreamscape each year, with millions of twinkling lights adorning gardens, trees, and even whimsical sculptures. Witness this enchanting spectacle throughout the holiday season, a luminous feast for the senses.


Downtown Holiday Parade

Witness a vibrant cavalcade of decorated floats, marching bands, and illuminated vehicles winding through downtown streets. Grab your holiday cheer and soak in the spectacle, held annually on a crisp December evening.

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade

Take to the water or find a waterfront perch for the dazzling Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade. Marvel at yachts and boats aglow with festive lights and holiday music, creating a shimmering spectacle on the bay, usually held in early December.


Sarasota Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrate America's Independence Day with a dazzling fireworks display over Sarasota Bay. Enjoy live music, family-friendly activities, and patriotic pride on the waterfront.


Sarasota is a city of culture and art. It’s a place where art lovers from around the world meet and showcase their beautiful creations. It's also a wonderful place to experience art and the beauty of music at its finest. The events mentioned above are just a tip of the iceberg! There's more to see and do in Florida's west coast. Come down and check it out for yourself!

Everybody loves to have fun every now and then and at Liberty Savings Bank we don’t want to be left behind. Besides offering advice and help on banking activities, you can get more information about the city at our branches! Contact us and set up a meeting for all your queries. 

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