There is no shortage of upcoming events in Sarasota you might enjoy with the family or for a special date night, or if you just want to get away and spend some time by yourself! The warm summer weather has also rolled in for good, so you can certainly find lots of outdoor things to do this weekend in Sarasota, whether you love hiking, biking, kayaking, or just lounging by the water.
Check out this short list of upcoming events in Sarasota as well as a few suggestions for kayaking in the great outdoors. As always, check with event organizers before heading out, in case of unexpected closures, limited capacity, and other unforeseen occurrences. Bring masks for indoor events as some businesses still require them, and so that nothing detracts from enjoying your weekend in this beautiful city.
Saturday May 15th: Matilda Movie Night
Held in nearby Bradenton at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, Matilda Movie Night is a free outdoor screening of the movie “Matilda,” a perfect choice if you’re searching for things to do in Sarasota with kids this weekend! The movie follows the adventures of misunderstood Matilda as she finally finds her place in the world around her.
The show is outdoors so you need to bring your own chairs, blankets, and snacks, although there will be free popcorn provided! You can also enjoy the film in your car and listen through FM radio. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and you can find out more at their website:
Saturday May 15th: Limelight Market at the Bazaar
If you love shopping for unique apparel and gifts, you’re sure to enjoy guest vendors at The Limelight Market, in the courtyard of The Bazaar at the corner of Apricot & Lime. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features local eats including homegrown honey, handmade jewelry, art, and much more.
There will also be live music by Sean Adam Walsh, and the market will also feature rescue dogs looking for their forever home! The market is free to attend and there is also free parking available. To find out more, visit:
Saturday May 15th: Spice Boys Kitchen Popup & Cycle Event
There are lots of things to do this weekend in Sarasota that will get you active and back into shape after the long COVID-19 lockdowns! This Saturday you can check out the Spice Boys Kitchen Popup & Cycle Event, offered by Pineapple Yoga & Cycling Studio.
This weekend’s event features bikes set up outside, ensuring you get lots of fresh air while you cycle. There will also be a Spice Boys Kitchen truck, offering great eats for before or after your ride! You can also order food ahead if you prefer, so it’s waiting for you when you arrive. To find out more about the event, and to sign the needed waiver form before participating, visit their Facebook events page:
Saturday May 15th: Rollerblade 10k
If you need even more active things to do this weekend in Sarasota, check out the Rollerblade 10K at Nathan Benderson Park this Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. The event is free to attend and you can bring your own blades or use ones provided.
There will also be a number of various events held during the day, perfect for everyone no matter your blading skills or fitness levels! To find out more, visit the Facebook events page:
Saturday 15th: Sunrise Yoga
If you’re an early riser, check out Sunrise Yoga at the Sarasota Farmers Market, this Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. The class is free to attend, although you should bring your own mat, towel, water, and other accessories.
The class offers a gentle yoga routine, designed to stretch your body and help you focus. For more information including details on where to meet, visit the Facebook events page:
Sunday May 16th: Rare Fruit Tree Sale
Florida is home to some amazing and rare fruit trees, and now is your chance to own one or purchase several for your property! This weekend’s rare fruit tree sale is held at the Premier Sports Council at Lakewood Ranch, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The sale is being held outdoors with plenty of room for vendors, so you’re sure to find a selection of trees you’ll love. For more information, visit the Facebook events page:
Where to Kayak Near Sarasota This Weekend
There is nothing better to do this weekend in Sarasota than pull out the kayak and enjoy some time on the water. Whether you want to head out with friends, with the family, or just by yourself, check out these great places to kayak in or near Sarasota this weekend. As always, check ahead in case of park closures and always be mindful of safety when paddling!
South Lido Mangrove Tunnels
The South Lido Mangrove Tunnels are so popular for kayakers that many boating companies offer guided kayaking and canoeing tours through them! While the tunnels can get a bit crowded especially during spring and fall months, they’re an excellent choice when kayaking on your own, as you know other kayakers are always nearby in case of emergency. For more information and a few pictures you might enjoy, visit:
Located in northwest Bradenton, Robinson Preserve is so popular with kayakers that the park offers monthly kayak storage right near the water! The preserve also offers lots of kayak launching space as well as areas for picnicking and other outdoor activities. For more information, visit:
Emerson Point Preserve
Also located north of Sarasota in nearby Palmetto, Emerson Point Preserve offers two kayak launches and both provide unique views of surrounding wildlife and lush nature. The preserve is also an excellent spot for kayaking along the open water of the gulf. To find out more, visit:
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this list of upcoming events in Sarasota and ready to head out and enjoy your time on the water or at a nearby show. Please remember to share this list on social media and with family and friends, so they can also make their plans for enjoying everything this beautiful city has to offer on the weekends!