You’re never without upcoming events in Sarasota to enjoy, no matter the time of year! This beautiful city and its surrounding areas offer residents and visitors lots to see and do, both indoors and out, every weekend.
While Lido Key and Siesta Key Beches are always calling our names, sometimes it can be important to check out what our local community has to offer and support local vendors. Check out a quick list of things to do this weekend in Sarasota, perfect for yourself and everyone in the family. Be sure to check ahead for availability as well as social distancing and mask requirements, so nothing disrupts your plans and to ensure everyone’s safety!
January 23: Sarasota Farmer’s Market (FREE)
The Sarasota farmer’s market is one of the best things to do this weekend in Sarasota, especially if you’re looking to get healthy and support local businesses! The market features local Sarasota area vendors selling everything from farm-fresh produce to handmade artwork and jewelry.
The market also features live music and other performances, as well as onsite classes, a blood bank where you can make a much-needed donation, and more. To find out how to get around the market or stay updated on their calendar of events, check out their website at https://www.sarasotafarmersmarket.org/.
January 23: Annual Venice Craft Festival (FREE)
If you love homemade and handmade crafts, the annual Venice craft festival is the place to be! This festival often sees well over 20,000 visitors and regularly hosts some 500 vendors, so you’re sure to find something for yourself and everyone on your shopping list. Whether it’s metalwork, beaded jewelry, pottery, or mixed media you love, you’ll find it at the annual Venice craft festival. Visit https://10times.com/downtown-venice-craft-festival for visitor and vendor information.
January 22-24: Bradenton Boat Show
You can’t list Sarasota events for 2021 without mentioning at least one boat show! Boat shows are excellent resources for finding the right craft for you and your family, for getting questions answered about boat maintenance and care, and for meeting others with a passion for the open water.
If you’re looking for things to do in Sarasota with the kids, note that this year’s boat show is free for children 12 and under. There’s no better way to get your kids excited about boat ownership than to take them with you to one of the best shows in the area! Visit https://bradentonboatshow.com/ for ticket and show information.
January 23rd: Bee Gees Now!
If you love the Bee Gees, check out one of the most well-reviewed tribute bands, Bee Gees Now!, coming to Sarasota this weekend. This tribute band always delivers an amazing show, making you feel as if you’re still in the 70s and enjoying classic disco music so popular in that decade. For tickets and more information, visit https://tickets.sunevents.com/e/bee-gees-srq.
January 23-24: 2nd Annual Beer & Burger Festival
Held at the Mall at University Town Center, enjoy two full days of local grill masters serving up their best burgers and cold brews at this annual event. While there, you can vote on who served the best beer and creative burger, and see if participants can beat the Guinness World Record for largest flip cup competition! The Beer & Burger Festival also offers lots of carnival games and rides, making it one of the best things to do in Sarasota with the kids. To find out more, click here.
January 23-24: Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show (FREE; $5 Parking)
Held at the stunning Philippi State Park in Sarasota, the Open Air Fine Art Show is one of the best weekend events in 2021 for those who love classic artwork of any medium. Featuring creations from award-winning artists from around the world, the show offers a collection of paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, and much more. Always one of the most well-attended art shows in the area, don’t miss this one if you’re looking to add to your collection! Visit their website at https://hotworks.org/events/sarasota-open-air-fine-art-show/ to find out more.
January 22-23: Designing Sarasota: An Architectural History (FREE)
If you love architecture or history and are looking for design-related upcoming events in Sarasota, check out Designing Sarasota: An Architectural History. This exhibit features unique Sarasota architecture and designs ranging from the time of the Native Americans to the present day. The exhibit is made possible by a collaboration with the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, and the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter. To find out more or see if there are tickets left, check out their site at https://cfasrq.org/events/.
January 24: Siesta Key Drum Circle (FREE)
If you’re looking for some relaxing yet entertaining things to do in Sarasota with the kids, check out the weekly Siesta Key Drum Circle. This circle meets on Siesta Key beach and begins about an hour before sunset, featuring drums and drummers from all walks of life and musical varieties. In the circle you’re invited to dance, show off your hula hoop skills, join in the drumming with your own instrument, or just express yourself as you want without judgment. To find out more and check out pictures from past events, visit https://www.visitsarasota.com/article/feel-beat-siesta-key-drum-circle-0.
Through 24th: Manatee County Fair
The Manatee County Fair, located just 15 miles north of Sarasota, offers visitors lots to see and do every day. If you’re looking for fun, outdoor things to do in Sarasota with kids, this is definitely a must-see! The fair provides different activities every day, from a baby pageant to livestock judging, as well as space for area vendors including local farmers and artisans. Strolling acts and live performers also grace the stage every weekend. To check its calendar of events and get more information, visit their website at https://www.manateecountyfair.com/.
Jan 24: Sarasota Polo Match (FREE)
Sunday polo matches at the Sarasota Polo Club are open to the public and provide a rousing day of entertainment for the entire family. You can enjoy the polo match as well as halftime entertainment and divot stomping! To reserve your spot and find out more, click here.
Enjoy Your Weekend in Sarasota to the Fullest!
Thank you for browsing this quick list of upcoming events this weekend in Sarasota and, if you found it useful, please feel free to share it! It’s in your best interest to plan on arriving early to any event so you can ensure a convenient parking spot, and always secure your belongings as needed. As always, please refer to current local guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you enjoy all the local artists and entertainers that Sarasota has to offer, and check back again for more upcoming events in Sarasota and beyond.