Are you looking for some great upcoming events in Sarasota this weekend? While many families are busy with Easter Sunday plans, for those who don’t observe the holiday or need something to do the rest of the weekend, there are plenty of other activities you might enjoy!
Check out this quick list of things to do this weekend in Sarasota as well as some local attractions and parks you might enjoy year-round, either by yourself or with the family. With all these great events and places to visit around the Sarasota area, you won’t be left without anything to keep you busy and entertained!
Saturday, April 3rd – Yoga By the Bay With Erin
There are plenty of things to do this weekend in Sarasota that will help keep you fit and get you back outside after last year’s long lockdown! This Saturday, you might kick off the weekend by joining Yoga By the Bay With Erin, a morning yoga class designed for anyone and everyone no matter your fitness levels.
Held outside the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and starting at 9:30 a.m., this FREE outdoor class is conducted facing the water so you can enjoy your view as well as the routine itself. Be sure to bring your own mat, towel, water, and whatever else you need to stay comfortable throughout, and visit the Facebook events page for more information, https://www.facebook.com/events/846690909394518/.
Saturday, April 3rd – Easter Egg Hunt and Children’s Party
Whether you observe Easter or not, there is no better way to spend this weekend than on an Easter egg hunt! If you’re looking for things to do in Sarasota with the kids, check out the annual Easter egg hunt on Turtle Beach in Sarasota, this Saturday the 3rd.
Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and the hunt is reserved for children ages 1 to 6. There is a $10 fee per child but they do get a goody bag to take home, no matter the success of their hunt. There will also be a fire truck and ambulance drive-by at 10 a.m., along with lots of kids games to enjoy.
Parking is free and there will be a trolley making the rounds between the parking lot and event area. To find out more including available spots for the hunt, check out their Facebook events page, https://www.facebook.com/events/1539808622878801/.
Saturday and Sunday, April 3rd and 4th – Lido Beach Craft Show
If you love crafts and handmade art, the Lido Beach Craft Show is one of the things to do this weekend in Sarasota you won’t want to miss! A wide variety of crafters and vendors from all over Florida make their way to this show, offering a range of artisanal products including jewelry, pottery, glass, ceramics, photography, metal sculptures, woodworking, and much more.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and admission is free. Note that masks are required, although the organizers will have masks available for anyone who forgets to bring their own! For driving directions and other information, visit the website, https://www.paragonartevents.com/S-120-Lido+Beach+Spring+Craft+Show.html.
Sunday, April 4th – Morning Kayak Paddle
If you prefer quiet weekend events in 2021 while also wanting to get some exercise and fresh air, check out the morning kayak paddle this Sunday, the 4th. A guided kayak tour around Sarasota Bay is an excellent way to start the day without having to worry about getting lost around the Bay or drifting out to the open waters!
Start times depend on the weather and number of participants, but all information is sent in your registration email. Admission price is $40 per participant and is limited to those over the age of 12. To find out more and to send in your registration so you can confirm this weekend’s start time, gear to bring, and other vital info, check out their website, https://www.activekids.com/sarasota-fl/water-sports/water-sports-camps/morning-paddle-2021-74086117.
Local Sarasota Parks to Visit
With the springtime weather finally here, there is no better time than now to enjoy some outdoor things to do this weekend in Sarasota. Check out these local parks you might enjoy with the kids or your significant other, or even on your own, so you don’t miss out on any opportunity for fresh air and warm sunshine in and around this beautiful city!
Myakka River State Park
Located on State Road 72 in Sarasota, the Myakka River State Park offers visitors a wealth of outdoor options. There are lots of walking paths that offer stunning views of wildlife and flowers, making the park a favorite for birdwatchers throughout the state. You can also usually spot some alligators in the water or sunning themselves on the shore.
The park also offers boat tours which you’re sure to love and there is a restaurant onsite. To find out more including hours, any limitations on the number of visitors allowed inside, and COVID-19 and other related closures, check out their website.
Sitting on over 400 acres, the Celery Fields also offers visitors a range of options for hiking, bird watching, or just plain relaxing. There are also places for kayaking or lounging by the lake, to take in the sights and enjoying some beautiful Florida weather.
Located near the Fruitville Library, the Celery Fields are more open than many other area parks, so ensure you bring sunscreen and lots of water to stay hydrated when you visit. For more specific driving directions and other vital information, visit https://www.sarasotaaudubon.org/the-celery-fields/.
Nathan Benderson Park
Starting in April, Nathan Benderson Park extends their hours until 8 p.m., giving you lots of time to explore this great area and soak up some sun and fresh air! The park includes boat ramps if you’re lucky enough to have your own watercraft, or you can rent pedal boats, standup paddleboards, and kayaks from the park office.
The park also offers an excellent playground if you’re looking for things to do in Sarasota with the kids, and lots of paved trails for jogging, biking, or running. To find out more, visit their website, https://nathanbendersonpark.org/.
Hopefully this list has given you some great ideas for weekend events in 2021 or some quiet places to explore when you need to wind down after a long week. If you found any great upcoming events in Sarasota you want to check out, be sure to check ahead in case of unexpected closures, and share this list with your family and friend! With so much to see and do around Sarasota, you’ll also want to check back next week for more great adventures and Sarasota events for 2021.