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Sarasota Events And Happenings For October, 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 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 October:

Oct. 1, 12pm-7pm. “Beer, Bands and BBQ”. Enjoy local craft and domestic beers on tap. BBQ offered by local restaurants. Live music. Tickets $15 at the gate. Tickets include admission and parking. All food and drink available for purchase. Bring a chair or blanket. Dogs on leashes welcome.
Sarasota Polo Club
8201 Polo Club Lane
Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Oct. 1, 7am-1pm “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

Oct. 1, 10am-5pm. “Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show”.
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
801 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl. 34236
941-954-4165

Oct. 2, 1:30 pm. HD at the Opera. “Barber of Seville-Opera Film”.
Sarasota Opera House
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, Fl. 34236
941-328-1300

Oct. 2, 2 pm “Ski-A-Rees”. Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

Oct. 7, 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

Oct. 8, “Sidewalk Astronomy”.Telescopes will be set up to view the stars. Free and open to the public. Starts at sunset and ends around 10 pm. (weather-permitting). On the soccer field between Marina Drive and Flotilla Drive, just north of the Holmes Beach City Hall.
City Field
Holmes Beach, Fl.

Oct. 8, 12-7 pm. “Beer, Boats and Bacon Fest”. 60+ craft beers to sample. Sample delicious bacon dishes. Also featuring a family friendly area with live music, games, and “learn to row” courses. Admission Fee applies.
Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Sarasota, Fl. 34235
941-358-7275
www.beerboatsandbacon.com/faq.html

Oct. 8, , 7am-1pm “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

Oct. 8 and 9, “BMX Supercross World Cup Finals”. The world’s best BMX racers will be racing in the World Cup Title. Ticketed event.
SRQ BMX
1590 N. Tuttle Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34237
941-960-1578

Oct. 9, 2 pm “Ski-A-Rees”. Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

Oct. 15, 10am-10pm “16th Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest”. A celebration of food, music, arts and crafts, car show, Kids Zone. Free entry and open to the public.
Pine Avenue
Anna Maria Island
941-778-1541

Oct. 15, 8pm. “Celtic Thunder”. The Celtic Thunder vocalists are backed by an eight piece band. Enjoy lively, fast paced and upbeat songs, celebrating the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

Oct. 15, 7am-1pm “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

Oct. 15 and 16, 10-5 on Sat., 10-4 on Sun. “Vintage and Collectibles Fair”. Over 45 vendors. $3 admission covers entire weekend!
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
801 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl. 34236
941-954-4165

Oct. 16, 2pm, “Ski-A-Rees”. Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

Oct. 21, 5-8 pm. “Annual Block Party on Main Street”. Live music, kids zone, and more.
Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Oct. 22, 7:30 pm. “Doo Wop Spectacular”. Performances by some of the greatest performers from the doo-wop era, including Charlie Thomas and the Drifters, The Mystics, The Teenagers.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

Oct. 22, , 7am-1pm “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

Oct. 22-23, 10am-4pm. “St Armands Boat Show”. Many boats on display on the Circle! Surrounded by shops and restaurants, expect a special time!
St. Armands Circle
Just over the John Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota

Oct. 22-23, 10am-5pm. “Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival”
Main Street, downtown Sarasota

Oct. 23, 2 pm “Ski-A-Rees”. Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

Oct. 28, 8pm. “Mary Chapin Carpenter”. Live concert.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

Oct. 28, 7:30 pm. Performance of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”.
Sarasota Opera House
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, Florida34236
941-328-1300 for further information

Oct. 29, , 7am-1pm “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

Oct. 30, 10 am-2 pm“Selby Gardens Spooktacular”. Family friendly event will include trick or treating (bring your own trick or treat bag), pumpkin decorating, fun and educational activities.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
900 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-366-5731 for more information

Oct. 30, 2pm, "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
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