If you’re looking for upcoming events in Sarasota, you have a wealth of options from which to choose! With summer in full swing, the city and its surrounding areas are offering lots of indoor and outdoor attractions, with no shortage of choices for getting out and enjoying the water and weather or staying in and cooling off.
Check out this quick list of things to do this weekend in Sarasota, by yourself or with the entire family, and whether you want some casual fun or something special for date night. As always, check ahead in case of unexpected closures and bring masks for indoor events, as many locations still require them. This will ensure nothing gets in the way of your weekend plans!
Saturday June 26th-27th: Repticon Sarasota Reptile Show
If you love exotic animals and especially reptiles from all over the world, and if you’re looking for some great things to do in Sarasota with the kids, be sure to check out the Repticon Sarasota Reptile Show this weekend! Held both Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th, this annual show features a wide selection of reptiles and other exotic animals you’re sure to love.
The show also features pets for sale as well as pet supplies, and experts are always on hand to answer your questions. The expo has limited hours for every attendee and an admission price. To get your tickets and reserve a time slot, check out:
Saturday June 26th: Short Film Screening
If you love film and are eager to get back into the theater after the long COVID-19 shutdowns, check out this weekend’s short film screening at New Florida Cinema, on Saturday the 26th starting at 7 p.m. The abbreviated film festival features Florida-made short films as well as Q&A sessions with the filmmakers themselves.
This year’s films offer a wide array of options, including stories of immigrants grappling with assimilation into American culture, an Amish boy trying to hide his phone from his mother, and much more! There is an admission price and masks are required for entrance. For more information and to get your tickets in advance, visit:
Saturday June 26th: Arts and Craft Beer at Big Top Brewing
There is no better way to cool off from the hot Florida weather than with a cold beer from a favorite stein! You can make that glass of yours even more personalized at the Arts and Craft Beer at Big Top Brewing, this Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. At this fun event, you can choose a beer stein, wine glass, coffee mug, or other glass and then color it with dishwasher-safe paint, for a truly unique experience and souvenir.
The event is not a step-by-step instructional class but does provide stencils in everyone’s favorite designs from sunsets to beach scenes and more, and all the paint supplies you need. Experts will be on hand to walk you through the process. Admission prices vary according to the glass you choose, so visit their website for more information and to reserve your spot:
Saturday June 26th: This Is Me Flash Mob
Show your support for Pride Month by joining the This Is Me Flash Mob, this Saturday the 26th at Sarasota Farmers Market, at 10 a.m. This preplanned flash mob will showcase some great dance moves and community spirit, so all are invited to attend even if you aren’t so light on your feet!
As with any flash mob, you’re encouraged to show up several minutes early and stay cool and casual, so no one suspects a flash mob is about to appear. For more information including a video of the dance moves you can rehearse in advance, visit:
Friday & Saturday: Music at the Blue Rooster
There are lots of things to do in Sarasota at night, if you need date plans or just something to do after hours! This weekend, both Friday and Saturday, you can enjoy music at the Blue Rooster, featuring some favorite local performers you’re sure to enjoy. Friday night you might check out Ariella and her great fusion of jazz, blues, soul, and much more. For tickets, visit:
Saturday night features the Ally Venable band, originally from Texas and now lighting up the stage with a great blend of light rock and classic soul. For more information, visit:
Friday through Sunday: Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix
It wouldn’t be a weekend in Sarasota without a boat race, and this weekend is certainly no different! The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix offers a great chance to see your favorite racers on the water and support a great charity as well.
The races run all day Friday through Sunday, and the weekend features lots of special events and organized meets. For more information including ticket prices, visit:
Saturday June 26th: Classic Canvas
If you love painting but need a bit of expert help, check out Classic Canvas at Art Paint Bar, this Saturday the 26th from 5 to 7 p.m. The Art Paint Bar is a local museum showcasing a wide range of handmade items, while also offering small-scale classes for those who want to learn to paint.
The class is just $39 and offers all the instruction you need to hone your skills and create a stunning masterpiece you’ll love! You can also bring your own food and drink so there’s no need to leave once your stomach starts grumbling. For more information, visit:
Saturday June 26th: Lance’s Cruzin’ to the Hop Car Show
Held at Summers Dutch Family Restaurant this Saturday the 26th, Lance’s Cruzin’ to the Hop car show is a great choice for any and all car lovers in the family! The show will feature 50s and 60s music along with prizes for various competitions and shows.
The show starts at 9 a.m. and there are various event prices to consider. For more information including directions, visit:
Hopefully this list of upcoming events in Sarasota has given you something to plan for your weekend! Remember to share this list with friends and family and on social media, and check back next week for another great roundup of fun and exciting things to do in Sarasota on the weekend.