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sarasota_skylineSarasota offers its visitors and residents a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities. The beautiful beaches, like Siesta Key Beach and Longboat Key Beach, the breathtaking sunsets, amazing flora and wildlife are a perfect backdrop to a day or evening of enjoyment. Take in the open air venues such as the downtown market and informal concerts. Enjoy a volleyball competition on the beach, or cheer from courtside at a championship tennis match on Longboat Key. Or perhaps an evening enjoying a concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center then strolling downtown to one of the many fine restaurants to top off your night is more your style. The Sarasota Opera House and the Apolo Repertory Theater continuously delight audiences with spectacular performances. World renowned St. Armands Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge and boasts superb indoor and outdoor dining and shopping venues. There is always something going on! There is truly something for everyone in Sarasota! Here are some of the events to take in during the month of January:

Jan. 1st 6-9 pm "Live from Downtown-It's Friday Night!" Main Street at 5 Points Park and Palm Avenue, downtown Sarasota. Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer.

Jan. 1st. 6-9 pm "Music on Main". Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Free event. Come and enjoy live music and a great time! Bring a chair. Dogs welcome but must be on leash. No coolers. 8131 Lakewood Main Street Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202 Main Street Lakewood Ranch

Jan. 2nd. Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market. State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine. 1420 State Street Sarasota, Fl. 34236

Jan. 2nd and 3rd. "Annual Orchids Expo". Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-5.will provide a showcase for orchids and orchid-related accessories for purchase from commercial orchid growers and artists from across the state of Florida. Admission is $5.00, Student with valid ID $1.00, children under 8 are free. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium 801 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Fl. (941) 954-4165

Jan. 3rd, 7 pm. "Salute to Vienna New Years Concert". Strauss Symphony of America. Sweeping melodies from operettas and Strauss waltzes will be performed by European singers, costumed dancers, and full orchestra. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

Jan. 4th, 5th and 6th. 8 pm. "Buddy. The Buddy Holly Story". Rock n Roll musical features many of his classic songs as well as popular songs from other artists such as Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

Jan. 8th 6-9 pm. "Live from Downtown-It's Friday Night!" Burns Square. Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer.

Jan. 8th-10th. 10-5 each day. "Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show". Admission $4. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium 801 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Fl. (941) 954-4165

Jan. 9th Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market. State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine. 1420 State Street Sarasota, Fl. 34236

Jan. 9th-10th 10-4:30. "Coquina Beach Winter Fest". Arts and Crafts show right on the Gulf. Free Admission. Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Just North of Longboat Key Pass Bridge.

Jan. 15th- 6-9 pm "Live From Downtown-It's Friday Night!". Towles Court.Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer.

Jan. 16th Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market. State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine. 1420 State Street Sarasota, Fl. 34236

Jan. 16th 8 pm. Air Supply in concert. Celebrating 40 years together making hits. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

Jan. 16th "Annual All Trails Hike". Oscar Scherer State Park. With 15 miles of hiking trails to choose from, you can create your own trail adventure at your own pace! Each trail has its own unique features, flora and fauna. Multiple rest stops on all of the trails along the way will have water and snacks. After working up an appetite come enjoy the concert while having lunch at the Nature Center until 2:00pm. Music provided from 12:00pm until 2:00pm. The cost to participate is $10 for individuals 16 years and older; under 16 years old eat free with paid adult. Oscar Scherer State Park U.S. 41, 6 miles South of Sarasota 941-483-5956.

Jan. 16th 4-7 pm "Barefoot Beach Bazaar". Handmade items available. Beautiful beach setting. Nokomis Beach Plaza 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis.

Jan. 16th. Sunset til 10 pm. "Sidewalk Astronomy". Telescopes will be set up in the parking lot behind Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, to view the stars. Free and open to public. Lakewood Ranch Town Hall 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Lakewood Ranch, Fl.

Jan. 16th-17th 10 am-5 pm. "Sarasota Winter Fine Arts Festival" Gulfstream Avenue Downtown Sarasota

Jan. 17th. 7 pm. Paul Anka. Legendary Singer/Songwriter. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

Jan. 18th 5pm. "Ringling by the Bay", Bayfront Gardens. Live music and dancing 5-8 pm. Food and Beverages available for purchase. Music by Funktastic Soul. The Ringling 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, Florida 34243

Jan. 23rd-24th . "Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival". Family entertainment. Five Points Park. Downtown Sarasota. Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-6. A unique blending of fresh local seafood, music and visual entertainment.           Seafood Festival Website

Jan. 23rd. Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market. State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine. 1420 State Street Sarasota, Fl. 34236

Jan. 24th 7 pm "Wynonna and The Big Noise-Stories and Song". Wynonna Judd and her band. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

Jan. 27th 8 pm "Renee Fleming with the Sarasota Orchestra". Renowned soprano in concert. Songs range from Italian opera to Broadway. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

Jan. 28th 8 pm "Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons". Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-953-3368 for information Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

Jan. 30th 7 pm "Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi. One of opera's most beloved tales of a tragic love triangle. Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-366-8450 or 941-328-1300 for information Sarasota Opera Website

Jan. 30th 9am-5pm "Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival". Sarasota Fairgrounds 3000 Ringling Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34237

Jan. 30th Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market. State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine. 1420 State Street Sarasota, Fl. 34236

Jan. 30th-31st 10am-5pm "Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival". St. Armands Circle. Just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota.

Below are some links to Sarasota attractions.

Mote Marine Aquarium and Laboratory Sarasota Jungle Gardens Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Sarasota Ballet Asolo Repertory Theater Marie Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point The Ringling St. Armands Circle Sarasota Film Society More Sarasota Area Info