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Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival

Whether you are an art collector, need artwork for your home or office, or merely wish to support the arts, join us in downtown Sarasota on January 6-7, 2024 for the 10th Annual Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival. AThis fine art festival is held in downtown Sarasota in JD Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main Street. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association.

DSEA First Friday Sip & Shop

The First Friday event runs along the 1400, 1500, 1600 blocks of Main Street, Palm Ave., 1st & 2nd Street, Pineapple plus at The Mark. Prepare to be mesmerized by the array of upscale art, home decor and fashion boutiques, each offering their own unique style and collections.

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

Time to get back outdoors and enjoy a weekend of pure relaxation full of great food and wonderful live music.  January 26th-28th, 2024 in JD Hamel Park – the 8th  annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival. Fun, food, festivities and relaxation

begin Friday evening 4-10pm, continuing Saturday 11-10 and Sunday 11-6.  The event is produced by Paragon Festivals, hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association with the Humane Society of Sarasota County the event’s Special Guest.  General admission is FREE!!! 

LeMarche Parisian Outdoor Marketplace

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Prepare to embark on a sensory journey into a realm of creativity and craftsmanship that will leave you inspired and awestruck. On Saturday, March 9, 2024, Sarasota’s Five Points Park will transform into a captivating tapestry of artistic expression, as the LeMarche Parisian Outdoor Marketplace makes its triumphant return.

St. Armands Fine Art Festival

If you are looking for art to beautify your home or office or just be inspired, then come to the St. Armands Fine Art Festival on May 25 and 26, 2024. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association. The event is held in St. Armands Circle Park located in St. Armands Circle. 

SRQ NYE Pineapple Drop

Celebrate the last day of 2023 in Downtown Sarasota with thrilling midway rides and games for all ages and your favorite fair food, live music and DJs, special offers at local bars and restaurants, and the annual Pineapple Drop followed by a fireworks display over Sarasota Bay.  Event admission is free. 

Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival

November 2024

The Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival returns November, 2024 for its eleventh season.  Whether you are an art collector or wish to find original, creative handmade arts and fine crafts for home or office, come see the palette of art the event will lay for you.   This fine art festival is held in downtown Sarasota in JD Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main Street.

Sarasota Food Truck Rally & Music Festival

Fall November 2024

Sarasota, get ready to spice up your November with the Food Truck Rally & Music Festival at J.D. Hamel Park! This unforgettable event kicks off from 4pm to 10pm, you can treat your taste buds to a variety of culinary delights.

Downtown Sarasota’s Enchanting Christmas Tree Lighting

November, 2024

Selby Five Points Park becomes the backdrop for a magical evening of joy, music, and festive lights. Join us in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, as the Selby Five Points Park transforms into a holiday haven, complete with the majestic centerpiece—the dazzling Christmas Tree.

Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival

December 1st – 3rd

Come share in the festivities of the 6th Annual Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival in Siesta Beach, FL. The event sets up on the Siesta Key Pavilion and runs three days and is graciously hosted by Sarasota County.

Sarasota Rocktoberfest

2024 Date Pending

Authentic 3-Day Oktoberfest experience coupled with fantastic live musical performances, downtown Sarasota in JD Hamel Park. Admission to this family-friendly event is free!

Dog-A-Ween Costume Contest

Saturday, October 26, 2024. Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey filled with wagging tails, adorable costumes, and heartwarming compassion? We’re thrilled to invite you to the Annual Sarasota DOG-A-WEEN COSTUME Contest, an event that promises to bring joy, laughter, and a sense of community like no other.

Art Ovation Hotel

Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection is a high-end, art-inspired 4-star hotel in Sarasota, Florida. Features range from art demonstrations, art exhibits and live music to on-site dining, an outdoor pool, a rooftop bar, a meeting space and much more. 

Address: 1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236 Phone(941) 316-0808

about the DSEA

Our members work together to make downtown Sarasota an unparalleled place to shop, dine and enjoy the many cultural amenities that our city has to offer.  Volunteers collaborate to fund downtown initiatives, projects, petition local agencies and recruit promotional partners to deliver iconic festivals and events.  We seek matching funds for advertising such as commercials and ads in Visit Sarasota.


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