Sarasota Weekend of February 18th to 20th

Valentine’s Day might be over, but there are still plenty of upcoming events in Sarasota you can enjoy with the ones you love! This weekend you might check out a local home show, various arts and crafts festivals, or a great concert. Whatever your interests, there are lots of things to do this weekend.

As always, it’s recommended that you check availability, limited capacity, and other details before heading out. Also, many venues are still requesting you wear masks, especially for indoor events. Taking a few minutes to double-check these details ensures nothing detracts from your enjoyment this weekend!

Saturday-Sunday, February 19th-20th: Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

If you love fishing, live music, and great seafood, you’ll want to check out the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival this weekend, February 19th and 20th. This event is in nearby Cortez, just north of Sarasota and one of the state’s last working waterfronts. Cortez is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

While there, be sure to check out the Florida Maritime Museum and the Cortez Cultural Center, with lots of fun critters on display. There will also be some science lectures where you can learn more about what goes on underwater. The event starts Saturday at 8 a.m. and runs through Sunday at 5 p.m. For directions and other vital details, check out the Facebook events page:

Sunday, February 20th: Don Felder of the Eagles

If you love classic rock, don’t miss legendary singer-songwriter Don Felder, who spent some 27 years with everyone’s favorite band, The Eagles. Felder was there to record the band’s greatest hits album, which has sold over 38 million copies and is still going strong!

This great show will be held on Anna Maria Island and attendees should bring their own chair, umbrella, and other necessities. The Sandbar Restaurant on the island will have a cash bar, as no outside food or drinks are permitted. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. also, be sure to get your tickets in advance! To find out more, visit the website:

Saturday-Sunday, February 19th-20th: 34th Annual Sarasota Festival of the Arts

There is no better way to spend your weekend that at an arts festival! The Annual Sarasota Festival of the Arts has grown so much over the years that it now covers some five city blocks. Additionally, this weekend you’ll find over 200 artists from all over the country. Take your time to browse handmade and unique jewelry, paintings, sculpture, photography, and more.

The festival is free to attend and there will be plenty of food trucks on hand, so don’t worry about needing to break away during lunchtime! To find out more including how to become a vendor or sponsor, check out their website:

Saturday-Sunday, February 19th-20th: Sarasota Home Show

This year, why not tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off for far too long? Many consumers stuck at home during COVID-19 lockdowns suddenly realized how many updates are around their property! If you feel the same way, check out the Sarasota Home Show this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday.

The Sarasota Home Show always features a range of options for homeowners who need inspiration and ideas, as well as some expert help! You can browse the latest bathroom fixtures, landscaping designs, smart appliances, and more. The show offers FREE admission and parking, so what’s stopping you from checking it out? Visit this website for more information:

Sunday, February 20th: On the Road with SO: Parks and Partners Concert at Payne Park

If you love classical music and are searching for some weekend events in 2022, be sure to check out On the Road With the Sarasota Orchestra. This weekend’s concert will be held outdoors at Payne Park, Sunday the 20th, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Admission is FREE and attendees are asked to bring their own chairs, bug spray, and nonalcoholic beverages. For more information and a map to the park, check out the Eventbrite page:

ALL WEEKEND: 24th Thunder by the Bay Music and Motorcycle Festival

Are you ready for some great motorcycle and music related upcoming events in Sarasota? If so, check out the 24th Thunder by the Bay Music and Motorcycle Festival this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Bring your own chair and get ready for a full three days of live music as well as burnout competitions, great food, and more.

Dry and full-service camping is available for those who want to make a full weekend of this event. There is a $5 gate admission on Friday and Sunday, and $10 on Saturday. Kids 12 and under get in free! For festival hours, directions, and other vital information, visit:

Saturday, February 19th: Sarasota Farmers Market

From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, you can check out some fresh produce, homemade treats, and other assorted essentials at the Sarasota Farmers Market. This open-air market always offers a range of goodies you’re sure to love! For a map to the event and more information, visit the Facebook events page:

Saturday, February 19th: Venice Half Marathon & 5k

There is no better time than now to get fit and get back into shape! If you’re looking for fitness related things to do this weekend in Sarasota, check out the half marathon and 5k run in nearby Venice. This run goes along a trail that includes several bridge crossings and lots of lovely water views.

The run starts at 6:30 a.m., to keep runners out of the heat. You’ll also enjoy watching the sun come up as you run! To find out more, visit the Facebook events page:

Saturday, February 19th: Girl Scout Cookie Buying Event

After working off some pounds with a half marathon, you might be ready for some classic Girl Scout cookies! If so, visit the Girl Scout Cookie Buying Event at Hess Orthodontics in Sarasota. The company is inviting all Girl Scouts to stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. so they can purchase up to 5 boxes of cookies per scout. The troops can also enjoy some planned events and free ice cream!

With so many Girl Scouts sure to visit the event, why not bring your wallet and stock up on everyone’s favorite cookies? You’ll be supporting a worthwhile organization in the process! To find out more, visit the website:

Hopefully this list has given you some great ideas for things to do this weekend in Sarasota. Be sure to share this page with family and friends and on your social media outlets, so others can make their plans as well. Come back next week for even more great events in and around this beautiful Florida city!