Sarasota Weekend of May 20th to 22nd

Are you searching for some things to do this weekend in Sarasota? If so, you’re certainly in luck! As the hot weather rolls in, there are always lots of activities to enjoy in this beautiful waterside town. Also, remember that you can always visit local museums, parks, and the beach itself when it’s time to relax.

When planning for these upcoming events in Sarasota, be sure to call or check websites first. You don’t want a sellout crowd or other unforeseen issue to put a wrinkle in your weekend plans! A quick check before stepping out the door ensures you’ll make the most of these weekend events for 2022.

Friday, May 20th: The World Series of Comedy at McCurdy’s

If you’re looking for things to do in Sarasota at night, check out the World Series of Comedy at McCurdy’s. This Friday, you can enjoy a wide selection of comedy giants all competing for a place in the finals in Las Vegas later this year. Check out some 40 comics offering their best routines for your enjoyment!

Doors at McCurdy’s open at 5:35 p.m. and tickets are just $19 in advance. Shows are limited to those 18 and over with valid I.D. and attendees must purchase at least two menu items during the show. To find out more or to get your tickets in advance, check out the website:

Friday-Sunday, May 20th-22nd: Sarasota Shrimp and Music Festival

There are lots of Sarasota events in 2022 for music lovers, including this weekend’s Shrimp and Music Festival. Held at J.D. Hamel Park throughout the entire weekend, this event is FREE and open to the public! Enjoy performances by Kettle of Fish, The Kara Nally Band, and more.

The park is dog friendly, and organizers are even providing chairs for attendees. Festival hours vary throughout the weekend. To find out more including where to park and festival times, check out the Facebook events page:

Saturday, May 21st: 3rd Saturday Limelight Market – Support Local!

Support local businesses this weekend while stocking up on holiday gifts and potentially meeting some new friends! The Limelight Market, a local craft fair and vendor exhibit, is a favorite treat for locals in the Sarasota area. This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can check out the market and pick up some homemade and handmade artwork, jewelry, crafts, home décor, and more.

The fair is located outside Hamlet’s Eatery, which always features a full menu of great cuisine. Come hungry and ready to shop! To find out more including exact directions and where to park, visit the Facebook events page:

Saturday, May 21st: Sarasota Dragon Boat Festival

There are lots of things to do in Sarasota with kids this weekend, including a fun-filled dragon boat festival the whole family is sure to love! This festival features a wide range of boats racing along the 400-acre lake at Nathan Benderson park, offering a great show for everyone on the shore.

The weekend’s event runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and there will be food trucks on hand, so don’t worry about packing a lunch! There will also be a health and wellness village, offering great tips and products for getting into your best shape this year. To find out more, visit the website:

Saturday, May 21st: Jazz Under the Stars

If you need a special date idea or things to do in Sarasota at night for any reason, check out Jazz Under the Stars this Saturday. This special show, starting at 7 p.m., features the elegant sounds of local favorite SRQuintent.

Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door and attendees must purchase two items from the food or drink menu during the show. To find out more including directions and how to get tickets in advance, visit the website:

Saturday, May 21st: Venice Main Street Beach Party

Head over to nearby Venice Beach this weekend for a fun-filled Main Street beach party, perfect for everyone in the family! The party features live music from 3 p.m. as well as lots of food and drink trucks, serving everything from classic burgers to frozen drinks, cold beer, and more.

Attendees should bring their own chairs and blankets as needed. Also, organizers are asking that pets stay at home for this party and that you not bring coolers as these can get in people’s way. To find out more about the events including a map and other vital info, check out the Facebook events page:

Saturday, May 21st: Yoga in the Park

Are you searching for some fitness related Sarasota events for 2022? If so, check out yoga in the park this Saturday, from 9 to 10 a.m. Held at Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch, this gentle yet challenging routine is a surefire way to get your body moving and stretch some tired, overworked muscles.

This class is FREE to attend, and you’re asked to bring your own mats, towels, water, and other needed accessories. As always, you can cross the bridge of the park and check out the nearby Farmer’s Market after class as well! For more information, visit the Facebook events page:

Saturday, May 21st: Adopt-a-Palooza

If it’s time to adopt a four-legged friend, check out this weekend’s adopt-a-palooza at the Bradenton Area Convention Center! This great event features a wide range of adoptable friends from nearby shelters and animal rescues. You can even bring your current pet for microchipping and vaccinations.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers both FREE parking and admission! To find out more including directions to the center and other needed information, visit the Facebook events page:

Sunday, May 22nd: Tribute to Heroes Parade

Enjoy an early Memorial Day parade this weekend by enjoying a Tribute to Heroes parade. This festival starts with a block party on Main Street at 6 p.m., with the parade itself beginning at 7 p.m. For more information including how to participate, check out the Facebook events page:

Have you found some great upcoming events in Sarasota you want to check out for the weekend? If so, be sure to share this list with your friends and family so everyone can make their plans as well! In the meantime, come back next week for more great things to do in the SRQ area as there are always lots of great events in this beautiful beachside city.