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Sarasota Events And Happenings For May

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 May:

May 3, 5-8 pm, "Lance's Cruzin to the Hop Car Show", featuring over 50 classic cars.
Lakewood Main Street
Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202

May 6, "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 Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, Fl. 34240

May 6, 10am-4pm, "Corvettes on the Circle". Free event. View over 150 models of this classic auto, beginning with circa 1953 to the present. All in the beautiful surroundings of shops and restaurants that are St.Armands Circle! Enjoy a stroll over to the beach while you are there!
St. Armands Circle Park (just over the John Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota)

May 6, 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

May 5, 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

May 7, 2pm, "Ski-A-Rees" Enjoy this free water ski show!
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

May 13, 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

May 12th and 13th, 8pm. "Arts in the Park" Outdoor Pops performance by the Sarasota Orchestra. Enjoy a hot dog, great music favorites, and a spectacular fireworks display. Tickets start at $15.
Ed Smith Stadium
2700 12th Street
Sarasota, Florida 34237
941-893-6300

May 14, 10am-1:30pm, "Mothers' Day Brunch" at Marie Selby Gardens. Enjoy a delicious buffet provided by Michael's On East on the beautiful bayside grounds of Selby Gardens. Call phone number below for reservations.
Marie Selby Gardens
900 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-366-5731
Marie Selby Gardens Website

May 15, 5-8pm, "Ringling By the Bay", Live music and dancing in the Courtyard. Music by Vertigo. Tickets $15, Free for members.
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
The Ringling Website

May 19-21, 10am-5pm, "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

May 20, 7pm, "Cinderella", the classical fairy tale ballet performance by The Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet.Ticketed event.
Sarasota Opera House
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-328-1300

May 20-21, 11am-8pm, "St. Armand's Seafood and Music Festival". Great seafood, live music, arts and crafts. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Sarasota County. They will have their mobile adoption center onsite. Come and enjoy the festival, and you just might go home with a new furry friend!

May 20, 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

May 27, 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

May 20, 8pm, "Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons", 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

May 29, 10 am, "Sarasota Memorial Day Parade". Parade will begin at Osprey Avenue, go down Main Street, and afterward there will be a ceremony at Hamel Park at Gulfstream Avenue.
Downtown Sarasota.

May 29, 2-4pm, "Annual Memorial Day Concert"Honoring all branches of our Military services. Music performed by the Sarasota Concert Band. Vendors on site for food and beverage purchases or you can bring your own picnic. Lawn chairs or blankets are welcome. Admission $5 for adults, 16 and under free.
Phillippi Estate Park
5500 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida

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