If you’re ready to start planning on some great things to do this weekend in Sarasota, there are lots of activities in and around the city to keep you busy no matter your interests. As always, this weekend’s events include some great chances for getting your exercise as well as lots of entertainment options and fun things to do in Sarasota with the kids!
While mask mandates have been lifted by many businesses, it’s still recommended you bring one just in case they’re required, especially for indoor events. It’s also good to call or check ahead before attending any event, to ensure nothing is closed due to unforeseen occurrences. A few simple precautions like these will ensure nothing gets in the way of enjoying your weekend in the beautiful city of Sarasota this weekend!
Thursday through Sunday, August 26th through 29th: Sarasota Salsa & Bachata Festival 2021
If you want to get your weekend started a bit early and feel like hitting the dance floor as well, check out the 2021 Sarasota Salsa and Bachata Festival, scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency. This weekend’s festival includes four full days of dancing, live music, workshops, and much more!
Salsa and bachata are fun and exciting forms of dance, sure to get your heart rate going and your blood pumping, making them excellent exercise as well as entertainment. The 2021 festival includes a full array of performers and dancers, so you can try to keep up with the experts or join a workshop and sharpen your skills on the dance floor. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit:
Saturday, August 28th: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
If you’re looking for more mature things to do in Sarasota at night, check out Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the off-Broadway production of the German rock and roller Hedwig Schmidt. This show offers a blend of standup comedy and musical numbers, backed by the rock band The Angry Inch.
Held at Hamlet’s Eatery, the Hedwig and the Angry Inch is sure to offer an unforgettable performance. Seating is first come, first serve, so you’ll want to arrive early and snag a great spot for you and your friends. For more information including ticket prices and showtimes, visit:
Friday and Saturday, August 27th and 28th: Let’s Create Art
If the kids need something to do this weekend and you need a few hours of alone time, check out Let’s Create Art, hosted by Creative Arts Studio. This fun class, held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night, allows you to drop off the kids and let them enjoy a few hours of creativity and fun.
Let’s Create Art is just $20 per ticket, and a snack and drink are provided. Kids pick their choice of images to recreate, and there will be several instructors on hand, to ensure each child gets individual attention. For more information, visit:
Friday, August 27th: Singles 80s Night
If you’re single and want to meet other singles while enjoying some fun, retro things to do this weekend in Sarasota, pull out your best acid washed jeans, feather your hair, and head down to the Singles 80s Night at Tea Days, this Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. You can enjoy karaoke, games, giveaways, and other fun in a great theme that is sure to bring back memories of the 80s and beyond.
Tea Days is located on Superior Avenue in Sarasota. For more information and to see who else might be going, check out their event page at MeetUp:
Saturday, August 28th: Lance’s Cruzin to the Hop Car Show
For even more retro things to do this weekend in Sarasota, check out Lance’s Cruzin to the Hop Car Show, this Saturday the 28th starting at 9 a.m., at Sommers Dutch Family Restaurant in Sarasota. The show will feature a wide range of classic cars as well as 50s and 60s music, giveaways, live music, and more.
Ticket prices range from $5 to $20 and are available in advance or at the door. To find out more and browse a map to the location, visit the AARP events page at:
August 29th: Mellow Mushroom Market
There’s no better way to enjoy the weekend than with a bit of shopping! You can find a wide variety of handmade jewelry, clothes, and items for the home at this weekend’s Mellow Mushroom Market, Sunday the 29th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The market is being held at Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. For more information about the event and for directions to the venue, visit the Facebook events page:
Sunday, August 29th: Brews and Blues
If you love blues music and cold brews, check out Brews and Blues at the Big Top Brewing Company this Sunday, August 29th. You can enjoy the music of RJ Howson and Mike Kach, two favorite blues players with a long roster of cover music you’re sure to love.
The show starts at 2 p.m. and admission is free. You can also enjoy a wide range of items from the Big Top Brewing Company menu during the show. For more information, visit:
Saturday, August 28th: Zumba at the Park
There are lots of fitness-related Sarasota events in 2021, including Zumba at the Park, this Saturday the 28th. Zumba is a great way to get the blood flowing and burn some calories, and the outdoor setting for this class also means getting lots of fresh air while you follow the instructor!
Zumba at the Park is held at Nathan Bendeson Park from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and is only $5 to join. Participants should bring their own towel, mat, water, and other items. For more information, visit the Facebook events page:
Hopefully this quick list of things to do in Sarasota this weekend gives you lots of ideas on how to enjoy your time off. Remember to check back next week for even more exciting opportunities for everyone in the family, as there is always so much you can see and do in the beautiful city of Sarasota!