Thanksgiving weekend has arrived, which means there are lots of upcoming events in Sarasota you can enjoy! Many of these events are sure to get you in the mood for Christmas, if you’re not already looking forward to a visit from jolly St. Nick.
Since autumn in Florida often means unpredictable weather, remember to dress everyone in layers for outdoor events. You can then add or remove a jacket or overshirt as needed, ensuring maximum comfort and so that nothing detracts from your enjoyment of whatever you’re doing. Roads are also sure to be a bit more crowded this weekend, so leave early when heading out to any of your planned Sarasota events in 2021.
Saturday, November 27th: UTC Fit
The University Town Center or UTC in Sarasota is hosting a FREE outdoor workout camp this Saturday morning, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The class will be led by a certified instructor, with varying routines so you can follow along no matter your fitness levels.
The session will be held in the West District of the center, across from the Vitamin Shoppe. For more information including a map and phone number, visit the Eventbrite page:
Saturday, November 27th: Zumba at the Park
There’s no better way to fight off the holiday pounds than with Zumba at the Park! This Saturday you can head over to Nathan Benderson park and enjoy an outdoor Zumba class, sure to get the blood pumping and pounds melting away.
Class starts at 9:30 a.m. and is only $5 to attend. Please bring cash as the organizers don’t accept plastic! Participants should also bring their own mats, water, towels, and other accessories. The session is held on the ground floor of the Finish Tower. For a map and other vital info, check out the Facebook events page:
Saturday, November 27th: Festive Caroling & Movie
If you’re searching for holiday-related things to do in Sarasota at night, check out the Festive Caroling & Movie event in nearby Lakewood Ranch. Held at Waterside Place and beginning at 6:00 p.m., you can enjoy music and caroling with Grace Community Church, as well as food and ice cream trucks to pick up some snacks.
At 6:45, there will be an outdoor showing of everyone’s family favorite film, “Home Alone.” Guests should be chairs, and dogs are welcome but must be kept on a short leash. The event is free to attend and there will be a cash bar for the adults. For more information including a map to Lakewood Ranch, visit the Facebook page:
Saturday, November 27th: Mistletoe Market!
This weekend marks the start of the Christmas shopping season, and there’s no better place to find everything on your list than the Mistletoe Market! The market includes handcrafted items from a variety of vendors, featuring antiques, repurposed products, vintage items, upcycled and recycled furniture pieces, and more.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the shop is located on Washington Boulevard in Sarasota. Be sure to arrive early so you find the best selection of gifts for everyone on your list. For a map and more information about vendors and products, visit the Facebook events page:
Saturday, November 27th: Orban’s Annual Poinsettia Open House
You can’t get into the Christmas spirit without poinsettias! These stunning plants are a must-have for your home and office, offering beautiful pops of color right where they’re needed. To stock up on your holiday poinsettias as well as honey, locally grown vegetables, succulents, annuals, and more, check out Orban’s Annual Poinsettia Open House this Saturday.
Orban’s Nursery is in nearby Bradenton and hosts an annual open house that showcases their gorgeous blooms. The open house runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this weekend, and is free to attend. Check out the Facebook events page for more information:
Sunday, November 28th: Free Open Bachata Training
Get your blood flowing and heart pumping with a free bachata and salsa training class this Sunday, the 28th, at 4 p.m. This weekend’s class at Bayfront Park is hosted by Charly Groovin’ and is FREE to attend!
This class is easy to follow for anyone, and you’re encouraged to bring a partner or show up on your own. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own water and to dress appropriately for this outdoor class! For a map and more information, check out the events page on Facebook:
Sunday, November 28th: Santa Paws
There’s no reason your four-legged family members shouldn’t enjoy a visit with Santa this holiday season. This weekend you can bring your furry friend to visit Santa at The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Dogs and cats only are welcome, and all pets should be in carriers or on short leashes and up-to-date with vaccinations. Park in lot 3 and enter near Kona Grill for the best access. To find out more, visit:
Sunday, November 28th: Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market
Support local businesses and enjoy some healthy, homegrown food at this weekend’s farmers market in nearby Lakewood Ranch. The market features over 75 vendors offering fresh produce, baked goods including bread, honey, prepared foods, pet products, art, jewelry, and more.
The market also features local musicians and chef demonstrations. There is even an interactive corner for the kids! The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to attend. Find out more about what’s featured this weekend with the Facebook events page:
Sunday, November 28th: Beer Yoga
Enjoy a cold beer and some yoga at the same time with Beer Yoga! This Sunday the 28th you can join Wild Orchid Wellness at the Big Top Brewing Company for a gentle, relaxing yoga session and a cold beer either during the class or right after. For those who want to enjoy their cold brew while stretching, the session will offer poses that allow you a few sips at the same time.
Class runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and your $10 admission fee includes one cold beer, cider, wine, or other beverage of choice. Guests should bring their own towels, water bottles, weights, mats, and other accessories. To sign up, visit the Facebook page:
Have you found some great upcoming events in Sarasota you want to check out? If so, please share this list on social media and especially with family and friends. Come back next week for some more great things to do over the weekend in this beautiful Florida city.