The heat is finally letting up slightly in Florida, which means it’s time to plan to get outside and enjoy some upcoming events in Sarasota! There are many things to do this weekend both indoors and out, perfect for a great date night or the entire family.
As always, check ahead before walking out the door, as some events are still getting canceled unexpectedly due to COVID-19 precautions. Many businesses are also requiring masks for indoor gatherings so ensure you have one with you wherever you go! A few simple precautions like these will ensure you enjoy all these great things to do this weekend in Sarasota.
Friday, September 10th: Friday Night Concert Series
Held in Centennial Park in nearby Venice, the Friday Night Concert Series offers concerts under the stars. Concerts are free and open to the public but pre-registration is required, to ensure COVID-19 social distancing.
Concertgoers also need to bring their own chairs or blankets. To preregister or find out more about the event and to check for unexpected cancellations, visit:
Saturday, September 11th: David Julia
This Saturday, you can enjoy the sounds of musician David Julia at Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen, starting at 7 p.m. Known for this quality blues and soul, David Julia has made quite a name for himself around the country, playing at various blues festivals including the International Blues Competition in Memphis four years in a row.
Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen offers a full menu of southern classics sure to please, so you can relax and enjoy dinner before the show. There is a cover charge for the performance. To find out more, visit the Facebook events page:
Now through Sunday, September 12th: EcoPerformance at The Ringling
EcoPerformance at The Ringling includes artist-driven performances, conversations, and hands-on events that center on the environment. This weekend’s events include virtual performances through Zoom, so you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. To find out what’s being shown and how to log in, visit:
Saturday, September 11th: Memorial Blood Drive
If you’re looking for things to do this weekend in Sarasota that allow you to help others, check out the Memorial Blood Drive at the Sarasota Farmers Market. SunCoast Blood Centers will be collecting blood donations from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
All donors receive a special memorial decal and will have their names engraved on a 9/11 Twenty Year Remembrance Plaque which will also be displayed publicly. Donors are also screened for COVID-19. To find out more about the event, visit the Facebook page:
Saturday, September 11th: Food Truck Rally
If you and your family can never agree on where and what to eat, check out this weekend’s food truck rally! Hosted by Big Top Brewing Company, a food truck rally means a great variety of food at affordable prices, so everyone in the family and all your friends can find something they’re sure to love.
This weekend’s rally includes homemade BBQ and pizzas, beef brisket, and more. To find out more including directions to the event, visit the Facebook page:
Saturday, September 11th: Jukebox Saturday Night With the Swingaroos
Enjoy classic swing and jazz music this weekend at Jukebox Saturday Night With the Swingaroos, at the Florida Studio Theatre. The Swingaroos offer an eclectic mix of great dance favorites, sure to get your toes tapping, including “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
Showtimes are from 2 to 3:30 p.m., 6 to 7:30 p.m., and 9 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $36 and $39. To get your tickets in advance or find out more about the show, visit:
Saturday, September 11th: Sarasota Farmers Market
When you’re ready to bring fresh, wholesome foods into your diet while supporting local growers, visit the Sarasota Farmers Market! The market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free for visitors.
The Sarasota Farmers Market features a wide array of vendors offering fresh, locally grown and harvested produce, freshly made food items including traditional Greek and Japanese dishes, flowers, plants, homemade jams and dressings, and even handmade artwork. For directions to the market and a list of all vendors, visit:
Saturday, September 11th: Free 9/11 Workout at Nathan Benderson Park
If you’re ready to challenge yourself when it comes to fitness, join the free 9/11 workout at Nathan Benderson Park, this Saturday the 11th starting at 8:45 a.m. The event is free and is sure to get your blood pumping and your body moving, so you can burn off excess calories and ensure you’re in top physical condition. To find out where to meet and what to expect, visit:
All Weekend: Shades of Buble
Shades of Buble is a three-man tribute to Michael Buble, providing a soulful show you’re sure to love. Held at the Florida Studio Theatre, there are many afternoon and evening shows held this weekend you can enjoy. Be sure to get your tickets early as some shows are already sold out! For prepurchase options, visit:
Sunday, September 12th: Outdoor Recovery Yoga
After enjoying some of your Sarasota events in 2021, you might need some time to recover and rejuvenate. There is no better way to do that than by outdoor yoga! Pineapple Yoga and Cycling Center offers a 90-minute yoga routine, held outdoors due to COVID-19 precautions and to ensure participants enjoy maximum fresh air and sunshine while enjoying this great exercise.
The yoga class is taught by a certified instructor. While it is free to attend, a $10 donation is suggested. Participants should also bring their own mats, towels, water, and other accessories. For directions and more about what to expect, visit:
That’s it for this weekend’s Sarasota events for 2021 but be sure to come back next weekend for even more great things to enjoy in and around the city. As always, be mindful of safety, keep your belongings secure, and employ social distancing as much as possible to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy your choices for weekend events and can share this list with family and friends so they’re not without anything to do in Sarasota! Check back next week for more events from Sarasota Local Blogger!