Father’s Day Weekend of June 17th-19th

It’s Father’s Day weekend, and there are lots of upcoming events in Sarasota you can enjoy for dad’s special day. These include both indoor and outdoor activities, for those who want to either enjoy the sunshine or beat the heat! There are also some fairs and markets to visit in case you forgot to get your dad a gift for his day.

Of course, temperatures are already on the rise and weather forecasts don’t expect them to ease up this weekend. Consequently, it’s vital that everyone stay hydrated and protected from excessive sun exposure. Additionally, check websites or call before stepping out, so you can prepare for admissions costs, overbooking, and the like. If you do, you’re sure to enjoy all these things to do this weekend in Sarasota!

Friday, June 17th: Friday Fest at the Van Wezel

If dad is a music lover, be sure to take him to the Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, this Friday the 17th. This FREE outdoor concert, held on the lawn of the Van Wezel hall, features a wide range of local talent. Additionally, you can expect lots of food trucks on hand to keep you full while you enjoy the music.

Attendees should bring their own lawn chair, blanket, and other accessories. The music starts at 5 p.m. and typically lasts about four hours. For more information including a map to the hall, visit the Facebook events page:


Saturday, June 18th: Limelight Market at Bazaar on Apricot & Lime

There are lots of things to do this weekend in Sarasota if you’re in the mood to shop! The Limelight Market at the Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is also a great choice for finding a gift for dad. The market features a wide range of local vendors, offering everything from artwork to homemade bags, tie dye shirts, and more.

This popup market runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is FREE to attend. You can also enjoy some great cuisine from Hamlet’s Eatery food truck at the market. For more information including directions, check out the Facebook events page:


Saturday, June 18th: Pride Pet Parade

June is Pride Month, and this weekend you can support the local LGBTQ+ community and show off your furry friend at the Pride Pet Parade. Held this Saturday at Bayfront Park and starting at 9 a.m., bring your pet dressed in their parade best and compete for a wide variety of prizes! To find out more, visit the Facebook events page:


Saturday-Sunday, June 18th-19th: Venice Craft Festival

There are even more upcoming events in Sarasota where you can shop to your heart’s content! Both Saturday and Sunday, check out the Venice Craft Festival along Miami Avenue in nearby Venice. This festival features a number of stunning items including stained glass, photography, and personalized gifts for the family. Whether you’re shopping for the home, yourself, or for dad, this is the place to be!

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Be sure to dress comfortably as you’ll want to take your time to visit as many booths as possible! For more information including directions, check out the Facebook events page:


Saturday, June 18th: Lido Key Bird Walk

If you need some things to do in Sarasota with the kids, check out this weekend’s Lido Key Bird Walk. This guided walk offers a stunning look at protected birds along Florida’s coastline. To enjoy the walk, meet at 8:30 a.m. on Lido Key Beach.

The walk usually lasts over two hours, so be sure you dress comfortably and for the outdoor weather! The event is FREE to attend. For more information including the best place to meet, visit the Facebook events page:


Saturday, June 18th: Bar Olympics

Why not let dad relive his college days by checking out this weekend’s Bar Olympics at Evie’s Tavern? This event features teams of 4 competing in classic college games including beer pong, cornhole, and more. Tickets to participate are sold out, but you’re sure to have a blast cheering on the participants!

You can also enjoy a great selection of favorite bar foods and drinks at the tavern, so be sure to come hungry. The games start at 1 p.m. on Saturday. To find out more including directions to the venue, visit the Facebook events page:


Saturday, June 18th: Dad’s Day Block Party

To celebrate Father’s Day in style, why not let dad pamper himself with a few unique products made just for him? To find some great gifts for dad, be sure to visit the Dad’s Day Block Party, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Mall at University Town Center. Held inside the mall on the bottom floor, this unique party features a wide range of exhibitors offering a number of products and services just for dad!

In addition to care packages for that special man in your life, you can also enjoy a visit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Street Team & Mascot and some FREE items from the Tampa Bay Lightning. There will also be some former players on hand for an exciting meet and greet! The event is FREE to attend. To find out more, visit the Facebook events page:


Sunday, June 19th: LWR Farmers Market

There is yet one more Sarasota event for 2022 where you can pick up something nice for dad! On Sunday, visit the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There, you can find a wide selection of homemade goods, pet products, handmade jewelry, artwork, and more.

The market usually hosts over 75 vendors so you’re sure to find something you’ll love. There are even live chef demos, so you can get some tips on what to fix dad on his special day! For directions and other vital information, visit the Facebook events page:


Did you find some great upcoming events in Sarasota you want to check out this weekend? If so, be sure to share this page with friends and family. You’re also welcome to come back next week for even more great ideas on what to do in and around this stunning Florida town!