First Friday Sip & Shop
The Sarasota Downtown Merchants First Friday event runs along the 1400, 1500, 1600 blocks of Main Street, Palm Ave., 1st & 2nd Street. The event is open to the public. Stroll trendy fashion boutiques, art galleries, experience wine tastings, and live music throughout Main Street. Tourists and locals, even the occasional celebrity, enjoy caricatures by as the perfect souvenir, something hand-drawn and one of a kind.
March 11, 2023 10 AM-5 PM
Join us for Downtown Sarasota’s French-style Marketplace and see the many talented artists. Enjoy a fun day with amazing creations and beautiful music by Michelet Innocent! Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Michelet is an International Romantic singer. He sings in French, English, Spanish and Italian in concerts, from the New York Metropolitan Opera, for the UN to a performance for French President Jacques Mitterand’s wife. His sound is a blend of Charles Aznavour, Nat King Cole and Johnny Matthis. GPS Address: 100 Central Ave. Sarasota FL 34236
Great Eats & Beats! Free Admission.
January 27-29, 2023 in JD Hamel Park
Relax to live musical performances by some of Florida’s top musical talents in such genres as R&B, blues, jazz, rock, soul and more. Address: 199 Bayfront Drive Sarasota Florida 34236. Festival Hours: Friday 4-10 PM | Saturday 11-10 PM & Sunday 11-6 PM.
15th Annual Dog-A-Ween Costume Contest
The Annual Dog-A-Ween costume contest returns Saturday, October 28, 2023 to the Sarasota Farmers Market Halloween Festival. All proceeds benefit the Donte’s Den Foundation. Become A Sponsor! Match funds or donate a gift basket! Call Pro It Out Marketing at (941) 323-7754.
Join the celebration
Downtown Sarasota’s Christmas Tree is the perfect backdrop for your holiday snapshot. The annual tree lighting event will take place Thursday, December 7th from 6 – 8 PM in Selby Five Points Park, located across the street from the Selby Public Library.
Enjoy refreshments are donated by Pastry Art, holiday carols will be performed by the Sarasota Military School, and photos with Santa Claus! The Christmas Tree will be lit at 7 PM where photos can be taken. Come early and stroll downtown’s many gift stores! Toys for Tots boxes will be available throughout the downtown district thru December 15th.
Sarasota NYE Pineapple Drop Block Party
Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023 from 1PM to 1AM
Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller), valid from 1 pm – 6 pm, are $30 online until 3 pm Dec. 31 or on site till 5 pm while supplies last.
Ride tickets, valid anytime, are available at the carnival or online till 3 pm for $50/50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.)
Carnival hours are 1 pm – 1 am. Parent/guardian supervision is required for ages 17 and younger. Please check the website for updates before attending.