Sarasota Weekend of October 8th Through 10th

Are you searching for some great things to do this weekend in Sarasota? There is no shortage of events you can enjoy both indoors and out, and which can be a great choice for a special date night, a solo outing, or the entire family!

When browsing this list of upcoming events in Sarasota, remember to bring masks for everyone for indoor events. Many businesses are requiring masks for admission to their venue, and it’s always good to use caution even in businesses where they’re simply requested. It’s also helpful to call or otherwise check ahead before stepping out that door, in case of an unforeseen closure or overbooking!

Friday, October 8th: Halloween Tunnel of Terror

If you love haunted houses but aren’t ready to risk indoor events quite yet this year, check out the Halloween Tunnel of Terror this Friday the 8th, hosted by Evie’s Express Car Wash! To enjoy the experience, you don’t even need to get out of your car as the company’s drive-through car washes have been transformed into a spooky delight perfect for everyone in the family.

The ride is just $20 per car and runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For a map and directions and more details about the events, visit the Facebook page:

Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th (Every Weekend in October): Pumpkin Fest at Fruitville Grove

It’s officially the start of pumpkin season, so be sure to head down to Fruitville Grove Farm Market this weekend to enjoy a family-friendly pumpkin fest and craft fair! Held every weekend in October, the festival features a food truck rally, live music, craft vendors, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, and much more. There is also a child’s costume contest Saturday at 2 p.m.

The pumpkin fest is a great choice if you need things to do in Sarasota with the kids or if you’re just ready to get out and enjoy some cooler weather on your own. You can pick your own pumpkins from their patch and enjoy some other fresh produce, perfect for getting you into the Halloween spirit. To find out more, visit:

Saturday, October 10th: ICC Monthly Car Show

If you love classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, or just cars in general, you can’t miss this month’s ICC car show! Held at Ideal Classic Cars and hosted by Lance’s Crusin’ to the Hop, the show is a great chance to meet other auto enthusiasts, browse a huge selection of cars, or show off your own vehicle.

This weekend’s show is also raising money for the American Cancer Society, to help fight against breast cancer. To find out more about the show or to see about registering your own vehicle, visit the Facebook events page at:

Thursday through Sunday, October 7th-10: Oktoberfest

If you want to get an early start on enjoying your weekend events in 2021, check out Oktoberfest, the classic German autumn celebration being held this entire weekend, Thursday through Sunday. The event is hosted by Restaurant Edelweiss in nearby Bradenton and is free to attend!

Oktoberfest will feature traditional German music and dancers as well as vendors, giveaways, prizes, and more. The restaurant will also offer lots of classic German food and beer for purchase, so be sure to arrive hungry! The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and then noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit:

Thursday through Sunday, October 7th-10th: [Title of Show]

If you need some grownup things to do in Sarasota at night, check out [Title of Show], running this weekend and through October 17th. This 90-minute play follows struggling writers as they work to submit a creation to a new musical theater that has just opened.

The performance features strong adult language so it might not be the best choice for the entire family. However, if you need a great date night idea or want to catch a truly original performance, [Title of Show] is for you! For showtimes and ticket prices, visit the website:

Saturday, October 9th: Food Truck Rally

A list of upcoming events in Sarasota wouldn’t be complete without a food truck rally! A food truck rally is a great chance for everyone in the family to find something they love to eat while also enjoying some sunshine and warm weather.

Hosted by the Big Top Brewing Company, this weekend’s rally features pizza, barbecue, and more. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. and there’s no admission cost to browse the menus, although prices per dish will vary. For more information and a map to the venue, visit the Facebook events page:

Saturday, October 9th: Zumba at the Park

If you’re searching for some fitness related Sarasota events for 2021, check out Zumba at the Park, this Saturday the 9th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The class is held at Nathan Benderson park, and is a great way to burn off some calories while enjoying fresh air and some time outside in the park.

The class is just $5 (cash only) and attendees are asked to bring their own towel, mat, water, and other accessories. For a map to the park and to RSVP, check out the Facebook page:

Sunday, October 10th: SRQ Craft Beer Festival

Your list of Sarasota events for 2021 would not be complete with a craft beer festival! Craft beers are made locally by independent brewers, and often offer a wide variety of flavors and tastes you won’t find on the beer aisle of your local supermarket.

This year’s craft beer festival features some 16 local breweries, so you know you’re sure to find a flavor you’ll love! The event is hosted by Origins Craft Beer & Pizza Café, and runs Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $25, and includes live music, activities for the kids, and more. For directions and to get your tickets in advance, check out the Facebook events page at:

Hopefully you found this list of upcoming events in Sarasota helpful! If so, be sure to share it with friends and family or on social media. Come back again next week for even more events you can enjoy with the family or for a special date night, as there is always something to do in the beautiful city of Sarasota.