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Sarasota Events And Happenings For April

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 April:

April 1st. "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). This month's Sidewalk Astronomy location is located on the soccer field between Marina Drive and Flotilla Drive, just north of the Holmes Beach City Hall.
City Field
Holmes Beach

April 1st at 8pm and April 2nd at 2:30 pm. "Sarasota Orchestra-Magnificent Seven". Featuring Beethoven's Symphony #7, Rossini's William Tell Overture, and Mendelssohn's Piano Concierto No. 1. 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

April 1st, 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

April 1st-9th, "Sarasota Film Festival". Various films and venues during this highly anticipated annual event. See website for details.
Sarasota Film Festival Website

April 1st, 6pm, "Sarasota Film Festival Moonlight Movie on Siesta Beach-Finding Dory". Free family event on the big screen on the beach.
Siesta Key Beach
Beach Road
Siesta Key

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

April 5th, 8pm, "Rhapsody and Rhythm: The Gershwin Experience".Host and Pianist Richard Glazier. Multimedia musical celebration of the great George and Ira Gershwin Team. 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

April 7th, 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

April 7th, 8pm, "Neil Sedaka" live in concert. Iconic singer/songwriter of the 50's, 60's and beyond. 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

April 7th-9th, "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

April 8th,10am-10pm, "Beach 'n Food Truck Festival". Continual live music, food, arts and crafts, Classic car show (10-3pm), Kid's Zone and more! And of course those food trucks cooking up great food! Free entry. See website for parking and additional info.
Just south of the Coquina Beach Cafe
2650 Gulf Drive South
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Anna Maria Island
Festival website

April 8th, 8pm, "Rain-A Tribute to the Beatles". This Broadway smash, live multi-media spectacular takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. 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

April 8th, 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

April 8th-9th, "Fiesta on Siesta College Sand Volleyball Tournament". See teams from across the country compete.
948 Beach Road
Siesta Key, Florida
34242

April 8th-9th, "15th Annual Downtown Sarasota Arts and Crafts Festival". On display will be arts and crafts from vendors from across the country. There will also be an expansive Green Market. Free Admission.
1 Central Avenue
Downtown Sarasota

April 12th, 8pm, "Chris Botti", This talented trumpeter back by popular demand. 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

April 13th, 8pm, "The Four Tops and The Temptations". Unforgettable performance by these legendary Motown groups! 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

April 15th, "World Circus Day". Free admission to the Circus Museum on this day.
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
World Circus Day Website and information

April 17th, "Ringling By the Bay". Live music and dancing in the Courtyard. Music by Lisa Ridings Band. $15, Free for members.
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
The Ringling Website

April 21st-22nd, 8pm, "Sarasota Orchestra-Pops:The Music of Sinatra". Vocalist Michael Andrews performs classic Sinatra favorites. Also featuring video clips and narration that tells Sinatra's life story. 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

April 21st-23rd, "Suncoast Boat Show". Downtown Sarasota. All types of boats on display. Plus music, food, and much more!
Marina Jack's
#2 Marina Plaza
Sarasota, FL 34236.

April 15th, 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

April 16th, 10am-1:30pm, "Easter Brunch at Selby Gardens".Delicious brunch, live music, Easter egg hunt, and a visit from the Easter Bunny!
Marie Selby Gardens
900 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-366-5731
Marie Selby Gardens

April 16th, 2pm, "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

April 22nd, 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

April 23rd, 2 pm, "Ski-A-Rees". Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

April 29th, 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

April 29th-30th,10am-5pm, "39th Annual Siesta Fiesta". Arts and Crafts, and a Green Market. Free admission.
5124 Ocean Blvd.
Siesta Key

April 30th, 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