Do you need some ideas for upcoming events in Sarasota, or things to keep you busy this weekend? While summer is still more than two months away, warm weather has settled in Florida and isn’t going away anytime soon, so locals and tourists are no doubt eager to head outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and hot sun!
While some businesses are still experiencing COVID-19 restrictions, there are lots of indoor and outdoor Sarasota events for 2021 for you to enjoy, whether you want to bask in that gorgeous weather or stay cool and comfortable indoors. As you browse this list, remember to check ahead for admission prices and unexpected closures, and always bring masks for indoor activities. This will ensure you enjoy all these great upcoming events in Sarasota without anything distracting you from having a great time in the city!
Friday the 16th through Sunday the 18th: Taste of UTC Spring Edition
Held at the Town Mall at the University Town Center, the Taste of UTC Spring Edition is a favorite of food lovers everywhere, and an excellent weekend event in 2021 if you’re looking for a unique date idea. The Taste of UTC features a variety of gourmet menu items, sure to fit your palate and budget. You can enjoy sushi from JPAN Grille or a selection of fresh fish from Bonefish Grille, as well as steak and other seafood fare.
As always, there is also a desert option for those with a sweet tooth! The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until the mall closes at 11 p.m. The event is free to browse, and you can purchase your menu choices in person. To find out more including an updated menu, visit their website, https://mallatutc.com/pages/tasteofutc.
Saturday April 17th: Limelight Market
Every third Saturday, the Limelight Market offers a unique bazaar featuring a small collection of local artisans, vendors, and musicians. This Saturday you can enjoy browsing handmade gifts including jewelry and artwork, as well as locally harvested honey, produce, and much more.
This weekend, live music is provided by Clint Justensen, and there are over 25 vendors scheduled to participate. The bazaar is on Apricot and Lime, and parking is free although masks are required. To find out more, visit their website, https://www.eventvesta.com/events/4465.
Saturday April 17th: S.M.L. Food Trucks Festival
Whatever your taste in food, you’re sure to find something to enjoy at this weekend’s S.M.L. Food Trucks Festival. Held at the Fruitville Grove Farmers Market and starting at noon, this festival offers a wide range of food trucks each providing their own unique cuisine.
Along with food trucks, there will be live music and outdoor activities, making this festival an excellent option if you need some things to do in Sarasota with the kids! There will be a petting zoo, rock climbing, and even country line dancing, a sure hit with everyone in the family. To find out more including the best places to park, check out their Facebook events page, https://www.facebook.com/events/fruitville-grove-farm-market/sml-food-trucks-festival-2-free-outdoor-event-food-live-music-vendors-kids-activ/142003234459496/.
Saturday April 17th: Vintage POP!
Vintage POP! features cabaret favorite Carole J. Bufford in an exploration of pop music from the roaring 20s to the soaring 80s, including covers of songs from Jerry Lee Lewis, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and many others. The show is offered twice on Saturday, from 2-3:30 p.m. and then again at 6-7:30 p.m.
The show is being held at the Keating Theatre and seating is limited so it’s best if you buy tickets as soon as possible. For more information including a map to the location, visit https://sarasotaarts.org/calendar/vintage-pop-2/2021-04-17/.
Saturday April 17th: World Circus Day
There are even more great things to do in Sarasota with kids this weekend, including a celebration of World Circus Day on Saturday the 17th! Sarasota is home to The Ringling, a museum dedicated to the Ringling Brothers and the world of circuses they made possible for everyone to enjoy.
This Saturday you can visit the museum and grounds and enjoy two mini shows, one at 1 p.m. and another at 3 p.m., as well as historic circus films by Buster Bailey all day. There will also be special circus themed refreshments available, including corn dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy.
Children 17 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. To get tickets in advance, check out their website at https://www.ringling.org/events/world-circus-day.
Saturday April 17th: Zumba at the Park
If you need some things to do this weekend in Sarasota that will help get you fit and moving once again after last year’s long lockdowns, you can’t find a better option than Zumba at the Park! Zumba is a great fitness routine, combining dance and aerobic moves that will get your heart pumping and your energy levels soaring.
Held at Bendeson Park, the class starts at 10 a.m. and is only $5 to participate. Organizers ask that you bring your own mat, water, and whatever else you need to participate. For more information including a map to the park, check out their Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/472164160590248/
Sunday April 18th: 51st Annual Deveraux-Kaiser Car Show
If you love cars and motorcycles, or vehicles of any kind, the 51st Annual Deveraux-Kaiser Car Show is the place to be this weekend! Held at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, this annual car show always showcases a wealth of vehicles both old and new, along with a chance to mix and mingle with the owners and make new car loving friends.
The show is free to participants so if you have a ride you want to show off, be sure to join in the fun! Tickets are just $5 for spectators, and the show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit their website, https://eventswithcars.com/event/51st-annual-deveraux-kaiser-car-show/.
Sunday April 18th: Beer Yoga
There is no better combination to keep you fit while having fun than beer and yoga! This weekend’s Beer Yoga class, held at the Big Top Brewing Company, includes a glass of beer (or cider) before, during, or after the event. If you choose to enjoy during class, the beer will actually be worked into many of the poses!
The class runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and is only $10, which includes your beer or cider. Organizers ask that you bring your own mat, blocks, and other accessories, as well as water for hydration. To sign up or get directions, check out their Facebook events page at https://www.facebook.com/events/168554971703525/
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this list of upcoming events in Sarasota and have found at least one attraction to check out by yourself or with a friend. Be sure to share this list with others and check back next week for even more great options and attractions in this beautiful city!