Sarasota Weekend of December 17th to 19th

Are you searching for some upcoming events in Sarasota to help wind down the year while ushering in the holidays? If so, you won’t be disappointed! There are lots of things to do this weekend in Sarasota and nearby cities, whether you’re searching for classic holiday-themed attractions or standard waterside fare.

When checking out these Sarasota events for 2021’s end, remember that some businesses still request visitors wear masks when indoors, and might be offering limited capacity and seating for various attractions. Check websites or call ahead before making your final plans, so you know nothing is sold out and that you won’t be turned away at the door for any reason!

Friday-Sunday, December 17th-19th: Bradenton Riverwalk Seafood and Music Festival

Visit the Bradenton Riverwalk Seafood and Music Festival this weekend at Rossi Park to enjoy some fresh seafood as well as live bands, and much more! The festival this year will feature such bands as Kettle of Fish, Ronnie Dee and the Superstars, and 22N, among many other performers.

This year’s events will also include lots of local vendors offering a range of homemade and craft items, so you’re sure to find something for everyone on your Christmas list! The festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. To find out more including a map to the park and musical stage, visit the Facebook events page:

Sunday, December 19th: Classical Rock & Reggae Brunch

Brunch is back in style this weekend! If you’ve been missing a traditional, relaxing Sunday brunch with a bit of music tossed into the mix, check out the Classical Rock & Reggae Brunch offered by Hamlet’s Eatery this Sunday the 19th. The weekend’s performance is from Sean Adam Walsh, a local artist known for his eclectic mix of cover songs featuring Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, and more.

Walsh is also likely to provide a bit of reggae and blues for you to enjoy along with your scrumptious meal! Be sure to arrive hungry, as Hamlet’s Eatery offers a full range of brunch items including vegan fare and build-your-own omelet options. For more information including directions to the venue, visit:

Thursday-Sunday, December 16th-19th: Living Nativity

There are lots of holiday-related things to do this weekend in Sarasota, including a living nativity performance you and the family are sure to enjoy! Hosted by The Tabernacle Church, this 45-minute show features live animals, flying angels, and much more, to commemorate the birth of Christ and the classic nativity scene.

Performances are scheduled for Thursday the 16th through Sunday the 19th, starting at 7:30 p.m. each night. The venue provides free admission, parking, and refreshments, with golf cart services from the lot as needed! To find out more including a map to the location, visit the Facebook events page:

Friday-Sunday: December 17th-19th: Hunsader Farms Country Christmas

There is no better way to celebrate the season than with an outdoor country Christmas display! The Hunsander Farms Country Christmas is also a great option if you’re looking for things to do in Sarasota with kids, or just want to get out and get some fresh air yourself.

The farm event will feature a huge collection of Christmas lights, train rides, campfires, a visit from Santa, a Christmas village, and a petting zoo. There will also be craft vendors and an antique shop, as well as a produce market so you can stock up on farm-fresh goods!

This Christmas event is scheduled for Friday the 17th through Sunday the 19th, from 6 to 10 p.m. each day. Parking is free, with a $12 admission per adult while kids 5 and under are free. For more information, check out the Facebook events page:

Saturday, December 18th: Winter Nights Under the Lights

If you need something quiet to do this weekend, check out Winter Nights Under the Lights on Saturday the 18th, at Palma Sola Botanical Park in nearby Bradenton. This holiday lights display is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit while offering a serene experience you’ll love.

The event runs from 6 to 9 pm. and is free to attend, although the park will accept donations to help offset the cost of future events. For more information, visit the Facebook page:

Saturday, December 18th: Outdoor Movie Night – ELF

For those searching for things to do in Sarasota at night, or who want to enjoy a modern-day Christmas classic, check out the film Elf, showing this Saturday the 18th at Bedrock Church in Sarasota. The film will be shown outdoors so attendees are asked to bring their own blankets or tent chairs, and is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Admission is free and light snacks will be available for purchase. If you’re interested, you can read more on the Facebook events page at:

Saturday, December 18th: Sarasota Glow Run 5k

Don’t wait until the new year to get started with your fitness goals! This weekend you can join the Sarasota Glow Run 5k at Nathan Benderson Park, from 6 to 8 p.m. Runners will follow a path decorated with stunning Christmas lights and enjoy a lovely snowfall at the finish line as well!

This festive event is open to anyone no matter your fitness levels and will include complimentary glow products with your registration. To get tickets in advance, visit the website at:

Saturday, December 18th: Sunrise Yoga at the Farmers Market

Start your weekend off right with Sunrise Yoga at the Farmers Market this Saturday, December 18th, starting at 7 a.m. This 45-minute light stretching session is led by an instructor from nearby Pineapple Yoga Studio.

The event is free to attend and guests are asked to bring their own mat, water, towel, and other accessories. If you’re interested in attending, check out more information including a map at:

Hopefully this short list of upcoming events in Sarasota gave you some ideas on how to spend the upcoming days! Be sure to share any of these things to do this weekend in Sarasota with family and friends, and on social media. Come back next week for even more great weekend events as 2021 winds down to a close, as there is never a shortage of great attractions in this stunning city.