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Sarasota Events And Happenings For April, 2016

Sarasota 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 Asolo 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 April:

April 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

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

April 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th 7-9 pm. "PAL Sailor Circus". More than 100 talented youth circus performers!
Sailor Circus Arena
2075 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, Florida
941-355-9805

April 1st-10th "Sarasota Film Festival". A much anticipated event, with hundreds of film viewing opportunities and a variety of special events.
941-364-9514 for more information.

April 2nd, 7 am-1 pm "Downtown Sarasota Farmer's 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

April 3rd , 2 pm "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

April 4th, 8 pm, “Broadway! The Big Band Years!” Featuring hits from great Broadway shows.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Website

April 5th, 8 pm. "Chris Botti in concert." The famous trumpeter is back by popular demand.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Website

April 8th, 6-9 pm "Live from Downtown-It's Friday Night!"Burns Square. Downtown Sarasota South of Main Street just past the intersection of Ringling Blvd. and S. Pineapple Avenue. Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer.

April 8th-10th "Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show". Be inspired for your next home project in a fun, interactive environment!
Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds
3000 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, Florida 34237

April 8th-10th "Fiesta on Siesta College Sand Volleyball Tournament".
948 Beach Road
Siesta Key, Florida 34242
941-861-5000

April 8th, 9th and 10th "Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show".
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
801 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl. 34236
941-954-4165

April 9th, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. "Downtown Sarasota Farmer's 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. 342

April 9th-10th, 10am-5pm, "Siesta Fiesta". Sidewalk craft and art fair. Siesta Key Village.

April 9th-10th (10-6 Saturday, 11-5 Sunday). "Lido Beach Spring Fine Art Festival". Painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, more! Admission and parking free. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Their mobile pet adoption center will be onsite so you can go home with a new best friend!
400 Benjamin Franklin Drive
Lido Beach

April 10th, 2 pm "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

April 15th, 6-9 pm "Live from Downtown-It's Friday Night!" Towles Court. 3 blocks South of Main Street between Washington Blvd. and Osprey Avenue. Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer.

April 15th-17th "Suncoast Boat Show." Shop for your new boat in a festive waterfront atmosphere with music, food, tent shops. Sarasota downtown waterfront.
Marina Jack's
#2 Marina Plaza
Sarasota, Fl. 34236

April 16th, 6 pm. "Snow Queen". Presented by the School of Russian Ballet.
Sarasota Opera House
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-328-1300
Sarasota Opera Website

April 16th, 4pm-Sunset. "Barefoot Beach Bazaar". Peruse arts and crafts in this beachfront location! Catch the sunset while there! Free parking and free admission.
Nokomis Beach Plaza
100 Casey Key Road
Nokomis

April 16th, Sunset to 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.

April 16th, 7 am-1 pm "Downtown Sarasota Farmer's 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

April 17th, 2 pm "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

April 18th, 5 pm, "Ringling By the Bay". Live music and dancing on the Bayfront. Food and beverage available for purchase. Adm. $10, Free for members.
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243
941-358-3180 for information

April 19th and 20th, 8pm “Mamma Mia!” Top-selling Broadway musical.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Website

April 23rd, 7 am-1 pm "Downtown Sarasota Farmer's 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

April 24th, 2 pm "Ski-A-Rees" Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

April 30th, 7 am-1 pm "Downtown Sarasota Farmer's 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

 

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

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