Sarasota Weekend of April 8th to 10th

Are you looking for some things to do this weekend in Sarasota? If so, you’re certainly in luck! There are lots of weekend events in 2022 you can enjoy with the entire family. You can also find some great attractions with the kids in mind, or if you need a special date night idea!

As always, use caution for both indoor and outdoor events this weekend. Practice social distancing when indoors and be mindful of heat stroke risks when outdoors. Stay hydrated as the warm weather sets in, so you can enjoy these upcoming events in Sarasota without worry.

Friday-Sunday, April 8th-10th: Sarasota Bradenton Home Show

Spring is a great time to start planning your home improvement projects for the year! If you’re in the market for some new ideas or project materials, check out the Sarasota Bradenton Home Show this weekend.

This year’s show features hundreds of exhibitors and vendors including everything you need to make a house a home. You might browse new appliances and plumbing fixtures or check out shades for your outdoor space.

There will also be plenty of design ideas if you need inspiration for your projects, as well as experts on hand to offer advice. Show hours vary every day. Online passes are FREE while admission is $10 at the door, so be sure to register ahead at:

Saturday, April 9th: Zumba at the Bay

If you’re not quite ready for bathing suit season, check out Zumba at the Bay this Saturday the 9th! This FREE hour-long class is bound to get you moving and get your heart pumping while you burn calories and have some fun.

The class runs from 10 to 11 a.m. and offers a great view of the water while you exercise. Participants should bring their own towels, mats, water, and other accessories. There is also an optional indoor space in case of inclement weather, so don’t let a little rain stop you from showing up! For more information, check out the website:

Friday-Sunday, April 8th-10th: Visits with the Easter Bunny at UTC

It’s hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner, but there are lots of holiday-themed upcoming events in Sarasota you can enjoy. This weekend you can get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny and take the kids through the Easter Village at the University Town Center.

Hours for the village and for photos vary throughout the weekend. Also, while walkups are welcome, it’s helpful to reserve your time and photo package in advance. To find out more and make your reservation, visit the Facebook events page:

Saturday-Sunday, April 9th-10th: Sarasota Spring Arts and Crafts Festival

If you’re searching for something unique and creative for the home or closet, check out the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival in Sarasota this weekend. Held at JD Hamel Park, this show features dozens of vendors offering a wide array of items including jewelry, clothes, and artwork.

Many vendors accepting commissions will also be on hand, in case you don’t see exactly what you need. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and admission is FREE. To find out more, check out the website:

Saturday, April 9th: Kids Bunny Bash

There are even more great things to do in Sarasota with kids this weekend! Check out the Kids Bunny Bash this Saturday the 9th at Mixon Fruit Farms. Your $8 admission for kids 2 and up gets you a chance to play in the bouncy castle, run through the obstacle course, and take a turn on the 20-foot inflatable slide.

The bash also features lots of crafts for the kids to make and a booth for you to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit the Eventbrite page at:

Sunday, April 10th: Sundays at the Bay Featuring Amandah Jantzen

Amandah Jantzen is a nationally known jazz singer who has been performing since 1986. This Sunday you can catch her live at Sarasota Bay from 2 to 3 p.m. The outdoor performance is FREE while attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, refreshments, and other needed items. To find out more, visit:

Sunday, April 10th: Brunch @ Motorworks Brewing

There are plenty of relaxing things to do this weekend in Sarasota, including brunch at Motorworks Brewing this Sunday. Running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can enjoy a wide variety of menu options, bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary selections, and a number of spiked cold brew coffees.

If you sleep late, you’ll still want to show up for live music along their outdoor area, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information including a map to the venue and a peek at the menu, visit their website:

Until Sunday, April 10th: Sarasota Film Festival

This is the last weekend to enjoy the Sarasota Film Festival, offering some excellent choices sure to please the film buff in your family. Included in this year’s festival are a number of full-length features as well as documentaries, narrative shorts, and more.

Film times and admission prices vary, but don’t wait to get your tickets. Remember, this is the festival’s last weekend, so be sure to check out the website and take a peek at what it’s offering:

Sunday, April 10th: Free Second Sunday at SAM

If you love art then you’ll want to check out the Free Second Sunday at SAM, or the Sarasota Art Museum. This event offers lots of exhibits as well as chances for interactive fun! You can bring your own drawing materials and get some expert help on improving your craft, or personalize a ceramics piece to bring home with you.

The event runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to around 4:45 p.m. and is FREE to attend. All ages are welcome. To find out more including a rundown of the day’s activities, be sure to visit the Facebook events page:

Sunday, April 10th: Rooftop Salsa Meetup

If you need some things to do this weekend in Sarasota with your special someone, check out the Rooftop Salsa Meetup this Sunday. The event will start with a quick meet-and-greet over a cocktail, and then you can enjoy a simple salsa class anyone can follow.

While the event is FREE, valet parking is $10. Also, you don’t need a partner to show up! The mix and mingle begins at 4:30 and the class at 5 p.m. To find out more, visit the Facebook events page:

Until April 10th: Avenue of Art Sidewalk Painting

Art lovers will want to check out the Avenue of Art Sidewalk Painting event, ending this weekend. Running along the streets at the Burns Square Historic District, this event features hundreds of sidewalk chalk artists showing off their talents.

You can also bring your own chalk and grab an unused square of sidewalk cement if you want to join the fun! To find out more or to browse current artwork on display, be sure to visit the Facebook events page:

Have you found some great things to do this weekend in Sarasota? If so, please share this list on social media and especially with your friends and family. After all, they might appreciate some suggestions for their weekend activities as well.

As always, come back next week for even more great ideas on how to spend the weekend in Sarasota. You’re sure to love all the events and venues designed for family fun in this beautiful Florida city.