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Sarasota Events And Happenings For March

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 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 March:

March 1st, 8pm, "Orchestre National de Lyon". Enjoy a rich repertoire spanning classical to contemporary pieces, including Ravel's Sheherazade overture. 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

March 1st-5th, "Circus Sarasota". Nik Wallenda headlines the show under the big top featuring international circus stars. See website for dates, times and further information. Tickets range from $15-$55.
Big Top
140 University Town Center Drive
Sarasota, FL 34243
Circus Sarasota website

March 2nd, 8pm, "Smokey Robinson in Concert". Enjoy performance by this legendary singer/songwriter/producer. 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

March 2nd, "Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series”. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair. Featuring Jimmy Mazz, Music Comedy Impressions.
Phillippi Estate Park
5500 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl.
941-861-5000

March 3rd, "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

March 4th, 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

March 4th, "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).
Riverview High School
1 Ram Way
Sarasota, Florida
34231

March 4th-March 5th, 10am-4:30pm, "Lido Tides Arts and Crafts Show". Showcasing products like paintings, bronzes, stone, clay, glass, metal, wood, pottery, sculptures and more! Beautiful location just around the corner from St. Armand's Circle.
Lido Beach Pavilion on Lido Key
400 Ben Franklin Drive
Sarasota, Fl. 34236

March 5th, "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

March 9th, 6-9pm, "Chagall Nights" at Marie Selby Gardens. A select performance by the Sarasota Opera. Admission includes full access to the Gardens, hors d'oeuvres, and a complimentary craft cocktail, wine or beer. Admission $50 Guests, $40 Members.
Marie Selby Gardens
900 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-366-5731
Marie Selby Gardens

March 9th, “Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series”. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair. Music by "Jerry White Swing Band".
Phillippi Estate Park
5500 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl.
941-861-5000

March 10th, 7:30, and March 11th at 2pm and 7:30 pm, "Sarasota Ballet Performs A Tribute to Ashton". Celebrating famed choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton. Considered a ballet for all the family to enjoy.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Tribute to Ashton information

March 11th, 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

March 11th and 12th, 10am-5pm both days, "4th Annual Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival". Original, handmade works from artisans from across America. Free admission. Downtown Sarasota at Gulfstream and Main.
801 Gulfstream Avenue
Sarasota 34236

March 12th, "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236.

March 16th, "Sarasota Concert Association Presents the Royal Scottish National Orchestra".
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center website

March 16th, “Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series”. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair. Music by "Stephen Ditchfield of the Ditchfield Family Singers".
Phillippi Estate Park
5500 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl.
941-861-5000

March 17th-19th, "Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show". Held in the Art Deco designed Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, a historic Sarasota landmark.
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
801 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl. 34236
941-954-4165

March 17th-26th, "Sarasota County Fair". All the fun and excitement you expect from a County Fair! Check website calendar as fair is open different hours different days.
Sarasota County Fairgrounds
3000 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, Fl. 34237
941-365-0818
Fair hours

March 18th, 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

March 18th, 4pm. "Barefoot Beach Bazaar". Enjoy the beauty of Nokomis Beach along with arts and crafts created by local artisans. Stay for the sunset! Free admission.
Nokomis Beach Plaza
100 Casey Key Road
Nokomis, Florida 34274

March 19th, "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

March 20th, "Ringling By The Bay". Live music and art in the Courtyard. Music by "Funtastic Soul".
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
The Ringling Website

March 23rd, “Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series”. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair. Music by "Sophisticated Swing Orchestra", and Art Show/Sale
Phillippi Estate Park
5500 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl.

March 24th at 8pm, and March 25th at 2pm and 8pm, and March 26th at 2pm and 7pm, "Chicago".The number one longest running American Musical in Broadway history. Dazzling music and dancing. 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

March 25th, 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

March 26th, "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

March 30th, “Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series”. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair. Music by "Good Time Groove Band".
Phillippi Estate Park
5500 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl.

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