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Sarasota Events And Happenings For January 2017

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 Apollo 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:

January 3rd, 7pm, “Salute to Vienna’s New Year’s Eve Concert”, a stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas will be performed by a full orchestra, acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers. Ticketed event.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center website

January 5th-8th, “Thunder By the Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival”.
Lakewood Ranch
941-487-7904 for more information or visit website
Thunder By the Bay website

January 6th, 6-9 pm, “Music on Main”,Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Free event. There are food and drink vendors. 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

January 7th, Dusk til about 10pm, “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).
Cityfield, Holmes Beach
On the soccer field between Marina Drive and Flotilla Drive, just north of the Holmes Beach City Hall.

January 7th 9am-5pm and January -8th 10am-5pm, “60th Annual Orchids Expo Show and Sale” . General admission $5.00. Students with valid ID $1.00, Children under 8 Free.
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
801 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236

January 7th (also 14th, 21st, 28th), 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

January 10th at 8pm and January 11th at 2pm and 8pm, “Dirty Dancing”. Theater sensation, telling the classic story of Baby and Johnny, featuring great music (“Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby”, “Do You Love Me?” and “I’ve Had The Time of My Life”), as well as spectacular dancing. Highly acclaimed. Ticketed Event.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center website

January 13th-15th, 10am-5pm daily. “Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show”.Held in the Art Deco designed Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, a historic Sarasota landmark. Admission $5.00 adults
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
801 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl. 34236
941-954-4165

January 14th, “Annual Ringling Bridge Run”.
Visit website for further information
Bridge Run website

January 14th, 8pm, “Dick Fox’s Golden Boys”, starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell, teen idols from the late 50’s and 60’s. Singing their greatest hits and teaming up on several songs.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center website

January 15th, 7pm, “Michael Bolton” live concert.Ticketed event.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center website

January 16th, “Ringling By the Bay”.Enjoy waterfront live music and dancing 5:00- 8:00 PM. Food and beverage are available for purchase on the bayfront. Outside food/beverage, chairs and coolers are not permitted at Ringling by the Bay. Limited seating is available. Music provided by Big Z band.
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243
941-359-5700
The Ringling website

January 21st, “11th Annual All Trails Hike”. All trails are combined into a 12 mile route, with rest stops every 2 miles offering water, juice, fruit and snacks. Enjoy a light lunch and concert at the end of the hike. See website for further details and important information for participants.
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 483-5956
All Trails Hike website

January 21st-22nd, 10am-4pm “Classic Antique, Hot Rod and Custom Car Show”. On Saturday enjoy the Classic Antique Car Show and on Sunday the Hot Rod and Custom Vehicles will be on display.
St. Armands Circle
Just across the John Ringling Bridge from Downtown Sarasota

January 21st and 22nd, “19th Annual Winterfest Arts and Crafts Show”, downtown Sarasota at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue

January 21st 10am-7pm, and-January 22nd 10am-6pm, “Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival”. A unique blending of fresh local seafood, music and visual entertainment. Free admission
Five Points Park
Downtown Sarasota

January 24th and 25th, 8pm, “Riverdance”, Live Irish dancing performance. Ticketed event.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center website

January 27th, 8pm, “Kenny Rogers-Final World Tour”. Ticketed event.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center website

January 27th-29th, “Sarasota Bayfront Boat Show”. Preview new and pre-owned boats for sale. Friday 12pm-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
Marina Jacks
2 Marina Plaza
Sarasota, Florida 34236

January 28th-29th, 10am-4:30pm “Annual Winterfest at the Mansion Arts and Crafts Show”.
Phillippi State Park
5500 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl. 34231

January 29th, 7pm. “Johnny Mathis” live in concert. Ticketed event.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center website

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