Sarasota Weekend of January 28th to 30th

Feeling crabby because of the gloomy weather? Well, there is no shortage of upcoming events in Sarasota you can enjoy this weekend! Whether your plans include the entire family or you just want ideas for a special date night, there is sure to be something you love nearby. Check out some things to do in Sarasota with the kids or just the grownups this weekend. No doubt there is something on this list you’ll want to see and do and enjoy in person!

Friday, January 28th: Family Movie Night

If you’re searching for things to do in Sarasota with kids, check out Family Movie Night! This Friday the 28th, visit The Bay Sarasota for a FREE screening of Disney’s “Coco.” This fun-filled story follows aspiring musician Miguel as he explores his family’s roots.

The film is rated PG and starts at 6 p.m. Visitors should bring their own blankets, chairs, picnic supplies, and other items needed to enjoy this outdoor event. Organizers will be providing samples of Uncle Phil’s Organic Popcorn for FREE! Pre-registration is required so visit the Facebook events page for more information before heading out:

Saturday, January 29th: Car Show & Chili Cookoff

Throw back to the 1960s with this weekend’s car show and chili cookoff at Core SRQ. Saturday’s show will feature local car enthusiasts showing off their rides, as well as a chili cookoff between the Sarasota police and fire departments! The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to browse all the great vehicles sure to be on hand.

If you want to show off your own car, tickets are just $20. Your registration includes a ballot in the cookoff so you can decide who does chili best, the team in blue or red! Local rock band Paisley Craze will also be on hand, performing their signature 1960s covers for all to enjoy. To find out more, visit the Facebook events page:

Saturday-Sunday, January 29th-30th: Repticon

If you love reptiles, be sure to check out this weekend’s Repticon at the Robarts Arena in Sarasota. From 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. you can chat with other reptile enthusiasts, ask questions from the experts, and shop for a new pet as well!

Vendors can also book booths for this recurring show, and there is always plenty of merchandise to buy! To find out more, visit their website at:

Saturday, January 29th: Grand Opening of Vogue Society Boutique at UTC

If you love the Vogue Society Boutique, you’ll want to stop by the grand opening of their new location at University Town Center this weekend! Check out this fun and fashionable sip and shop event on Saturday, the 29th, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be some great giveaways and sale items to shop, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

The shop is located on the 2nd level of the mall, just above Starbucks. To find out more about the event or for a map to the venue, check out their Facebook events page:

Sunday, January 30th: Sarasota Orchestra On the Road

This weekend you can enjoy some fresh air and chamber music at The Bay’s Civic Green. The Sarasota Brass Quintet will be on hand to offer a full hour of your favorite tunes, outside the Municipal Auditorium.

Guests are asked to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and other items needed to enjoy this outdoor event.The concert runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For a map to the venue and the concert itself, check out their Eventbrite page:

Saturday-Sunday, January 29th-30th: 14th Annual Venice Craft Festival

If you love all things crafty, you’ll want to check out the Annual Craft Festival held in nearby Venice this weekend. This year’s show features jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, metal pieces, and more. You’re sure to find something you love and which will make a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day next month!

There will also be plenty of booths with specialty items you might browse, including fresh food, flowers, locally sourced honey, and more. The fair is being held on Venice Avenue in downtown Venice, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is FREE. For more information, check out their website:

Saturday, January 29th: Zumba at the Park

Keep up with your new year’s resolution of staying fit and active with Zumba at the Park this weekend. This hour-long class is sure to get you moving and keep your blood flowing, while you also enjoy a great view of the water and some fresh outdoor air.

Held on the ground floor of the Finish Tower in Nathan Benderson Park, the class runs from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. this Saturday. Admission is just $5, cash only, and attendees are asked to bring their own mat, water, towel, and other accessories. For more information, visit the Facebook events page:

Saturday, January 29th: Shanghai Circus

If you’re searching for indoor events in Sarasota for 2022, check out the new Shanghai Circus! Held at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Theater, this show is sure to be a crowd pleaser for everyone. Chinese acrobats are known for their precision and skill, and colorful performances. This year’s show is no exception!

The show starts at 7 p.m. and ticket prices vary according to seating. To find out more and to get your tickets in advance, visit the website:

​​Friday, January 28th: Kansas Point of Know Return

Kansas is easily considered one of the country’s most beloved rock bands, with a career spanning some five decades! You can enjoy hearing them again this Friday the 28th, at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Theater. For more information and to get tickets, visit:

Have you found some upcoming events in Sarasota you might enjoy from this list? Be sure to share it on social media and with family and friends, so they can make their weekend plans as well. Also, ensure you dress appropriately for outdoor events, as this weekend’s weather might be a bit unpredictable. It’s always best to bring a jacket and not need it than to leave it at home and wish you had it on! Come back next week for even more great events you can enjoy in and around this beautiful Florida city.