There is no shortage of things to do this weekend in Sarasota, for everyone in the family! The cooler weather offers some great opportunities for outdoor events and there are many to check out in this beautiful city.
As you make your plans for this weekend, remember to dress for the cooler temperatures and, as always, check ahead in case of unforeseen closures. Social distancing and masks are still recommended, especially for crowded indoor events. Whatever your plans, stay safe and enjoy all your weekend events as 2021 comes to a close!
Friday-Saturday, November 5th and 6th: Festival of the Skeletons Artwalk
Halloween might be behind us, but you can still enjoy some spooky fun and amazing art at this weekend’s Festival of the Skeletons Artwalk. Held in nearby Bradenton at the Village of the Arts, the annual Festival of Skeletons is held in conjunction with Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Despite its name, the Day of the Dead is actually a celebration of life! The holiday is meant to honor those who have passed away and reunite the dead with the living. Traditionally, families might create altars to dead loved ones and offer prayers of remembrance for those who have died.
The Festival of Skeletons Artwalk is a great chance to enjoy a wide range of creations from a number of local artists. The Village of the Arts includes lots of quaint shops, eateries, and even a few spas, so you’re sure to find something you love during this weekend’s festival. Held both Friday and Saturday, you can find out more about the event and the Village itself at their website or Facebook events page:
Saturday-Sunday, November 6th and 7th: Sarasota Medieval Fair
It’s time to get outside and enjoy some scrumptious feasts, traditional tournaments, and lots more fun and excitement at this weekend’s Sarasota Medieval Fair! Held every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of November, this year’s theme recreates King Edward I and his knight’s attempts to quell the rebellion of their Scottish subjects to the north.
The Sarasota Medieval Fair features lots of classic performances you’re sure to love, including fully armored jousting, belly dancing, human combat chess, and more. There will also be lots of rides and games for everyone in the family, as well as classic medieval food and ale!
This year’s medieval fair is an excellent choice if you need things to do in Sarasota with the kids or just the grownups! Single-day admission rates are $21.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 5-10, and $18.95 for students, seniors, and the military. To find out more, visit:
Saturday-Sunday, November 6th and 7th: Sarasota Renaissance Fair
There is yet another classic renaissance fair scheduled in the city that you can enjoy this weekend! This Saturday and Sunday, and every weekend through November, you can check out the annual Sarasota Renaissance Fair at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.
This weekend’s event features everything you expect from a renaissance fair including acrobats, aerialists, comedy acts, jugglers, and even fire eaters! There will also be dozens of merchants on hand, selling a variety of memorabilia so you can bring home the fun.
The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. Ticket prices vary and you can purchase a season pass for all shows. To find out more and get your tickets in advance, visit:
Saturday, November 6th: Sarasota Locals Reunion Party
If you love classic rock, the Sarasota Local Reunion Party is a must-see event! This free concert features lots of live music from such artists as Kettle of Fish, The Kara Nally Band, Reckless Deriver, Luv 2 Shine, and The Heart Machine. There will also be food trucks galore and lots of vendors showcasing local crafts and artwork for you to purchase!
The Sarasota Local Reunion Party will also feature several nonprofit vendors including The Big Red Bus blood donation center, Big Brothers and Sisters of Sarasota, and many others. You can then enjoy some great music and make a difference in your community at the same time!
The party is held in Payne Park and runs from 2 to 11 p.m. To find out more including directions to the park, check out the Facebook events page at:
Saturday-Sunday, November 6th and 7th: Venice Arts Festival
The 33rd annual Venice Arts Festival is being held this Saturday and Sunday, November 6th and 7th, along West Venice Avenue in the nearby city of Venice. The festival features more than 100 artists showcasing their unique talents, with a wide range of handmade jewelry, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and other media from which to choose.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days and is free to attend. For more information including a quick list of exhibitors, visit:
Saturday-Sunday, November 6th and 7th: Bradenton Riverwalk Arts and Crafts Festival
If you love handmade and unique crafts and artwork, check out this weekend’s Bradenton Arts and Crafts Festival! Held on the pavilion of the Bradenton Riverwalk, this year’s festival will feature dozens of artisans from all over the United States.
At the festival, you’ll find stunning jewelry, paintings, ceramics, metalwork, and much more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days and is free to attend. To find out more, visit:
Saturday, November 6th: Free Fall Festival Sarasota
If you need even more things to do in Sarasota with kids, check out the free fall festival held this Saturday, November 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This festival, hosted by the Sarasota County Farm Bureau, features carnival games, bounce houses, and lots of food trucks to keep you full throughout the day.
There will also be live music to enjoy and an artisan’s market, so you can stock up on handmade crafts, jewelry, artwork, and more. To find out more and get a map to the venue, check out the Facebook events page:
Saturday, November 6th: Free Yoga in Payne Park
There is no better time than now to start getting into shape, and this weekend you can do just that with free yoga in Payne Park! Hosted by Rosemary Court Yoga, this 45-minute session will feature simple but challenging movements anyone can follow, sure to get the blood flowing and muscle flexed.
The session starts at 2 p.m. and participants are asked to bring their own mats, towels, water, and other necessities. To find out more, visit:
Additional Sarasota Weekend Events:
Sunday, November 7th: Siesta Key Farmers Market
Sunday, November 7th: 46th Annual Gulf Coast Cycle Fest
Sunday, November 7th: Beer Yoga at Big Top
If this list of upcoming events in Sarasota has been helpful, please share it with family and friends or on social media! Come back next week for even more great things to do in Sarasota at night or throughout the entire weekend, as there are always lots of great events to enjoy in this beautiful Florida city.