Sarasota October Weekend Events – Spooky, Fall Activities!

October 11 – 15, 2023: 11th Annual Oktoberfest at Edelweiss

Celebrate their 11th Annual Oktoberfest at Edelweiss in Bradenton with a large, open-air beer tent with seating and live entertainment with German music, fire spinner and German dancers, Oktoberfest food, contests & prizes, and German beer. Come eat, drink, schunkel, and yodel! There will be contests, prizes, and giveaways.

Cost: Free admission. 

Time: Wed – Fri: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sat 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sun Noon – 7 p.m. 

Location: Edelweiss, 611 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL. 

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October 13, 2023: Witches Night Out!

Join SRQ County Parks for a positively enchanting evening! Guests (witches and wizards) will enjoy music, dancing, shopping, food, and drinks. Dress in your favorite witch or wizard attire, or you can dress as a muggle. Don’t miss the costume contest with fantastic prizes up for grabs. Their “Witches Mart” features local vendors! Hang out for the “Witches Dance” by talented local artists. To quench your thirst, wicked potions, including non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase. 

Cost: Your $35 advanced reservation includes: Swag bag, Live DJ, Photo booth pictures, Tasty morsels, and Costume contest entry. 

Age: This is an event for adults 18 and older. Advance registration required. 

Cost: No tickets online, they will be sold at the door. 

Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Location: Historic Edson Keith Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

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October 14, 2023: Sacred Chants Circles with Lotus Heart at Wild Ginger Apothecary

Dive deep into a spiritual musical journey with the Sacred Chants Circles. Here, music transcends entertainment, allowing you to sing from the heart in a supportive community space. Experience the balance of sound and silence, letting the energy of the music resonate within. No prior experience needed; just bring an open heart and mind. Let the mantras and melodies ease daily stresses as Lotus Heart reminds us, “Allow the VOICE of your SOUL to be heard in a sacred space held by the Circle of Hearts.”

Date: Begins October 14, and continues on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Time: 7 pm

Cost: $20

**Pre-registration required

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October 13, 2023: Spyro Gyra in Concert

Spyro Gyra headlines the opening event of the Jazz Club’s 2023 – 2024 season. A world-renowned group, Spyro Gyra has performed on six continents and released 35 albums, garnering platinum and gold records along the way. The evening promises to be a special evening for Sarasota jazz and music lovers. 

Cost: $60-150

Location: Sailor Circus Arena at 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL.

Time: 7:00 p.m. is the Jeremy Carter Quartet. 

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**Jazz Club of Sarasota members receive a 20% discount on tickets. 

October 13 – 15, 2023: Sarasota Rocktoberfest

Embrace the spirit of Oktoberfest with authentic German music, food, and beer amidst Sarasota’s sunny backdrop. This Oktoberfest-style event offers a unique blend of rock music and traditional German celebrations. Indulge in Bavarian treats, sip on beers, and rock out to live bands playing both contemporary hits and classic German tunes.

Location: JD Hamel Park at Gulfstream and Main, Sarasota, FL

Time: Friday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: Free admission.

Age: Not specified.

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October 13 – 15, 2023: 8th Annual Sarasota Celtic Music Festival

Experience the rhythmic beats of Celtic music while enjoying craft beers and authentic food.

Delve deep into Celtic heritage with live music, traditional dance performances, and folk storytelling. Sample craft beers and feast on traditional dishes as you immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere. Six bands performing!

Location: Motor Works Brewing, 1014 9th St W, Bradenton, FL

Cost: $15-45

Ages: Kid and dog-friendly

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October 13 – 31, 2023: Lights at Spooky Point

Journey through an illuminated trail, discovering a blend of history and Halloween fun. Experience the magic of Spooky Point as it gets adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Along the trail, uncover haunting tales of the area’s history, interactive displays, and delightful surprises perfect for family outings.

Time: Entry times at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Ticket Info: Advanced purchase required. Prices vary.

Location: Historic Spanish Point, 401 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL.

Age: Any guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $20 (with Selby Gardens membership), $30 (without), $15 for ages 5-17, free for children 4 and under.


October 14-15, 2023: US Australian Football League 2023 Nationals

The US Australian Football League 2023 Nationals are set to take place on Saturday, October 14th, and Sunday, October 15th, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM each day at the Premier Sports Campus in Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida. This highly anticipated event will feature players from across the United States, representing over 40 major cities. If you’re a fan of Australian football or simply looking for an exciting sporting event, don’t miss this opportunity to witness top-notch athleticism and competition.

Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (both days)
Location: Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
Participants: Players from over 40 major US cities
*For more information and ticket details, visit the Premier Sports Campus website.

October 14, 2023: Cemetery Tours at Manatee Village Historical Park

Walk through history at the Manatee Burying Grounds, understanding the past through the tales of those who rest there. Led by local historians, journey through time, learning about Bradenton’s rich history. These tales, told amidst the backdrop of the historic cemetery, promise both education and intrigue.

Time: 9:30-10am, 11am-12pm (hour long)

Location: Manatee Village Historical Park,1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64)

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Cost: free, first come, first serve.

**This outdoor event involves navigating curbs and uneven ground, with no seating provided. Tours might be canceled for bad weather without rescheduled dates.

October 14, 2023: 5K SUP Rec Paddle & Costume Contest

Show off your paddling skills and Halloween flair in this exciting and playful event on the water.

Join fellow SUP enthusiasts for a fun-filled 5K paddle around the bay. Deck out your paddleboard and yourself in creative costumes, and stand a chance to win fantastic prizes in various categories.

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. 

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Schedule: 5K paddle and costume contest.

Age: All ages and skill levels.

Cost: $4-20

October 14 – 15, 2023: 32nd Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Relish in the joys of autumn with pumpkin-centric activities, crafts, and more at this long-standing festival. Navigate through corn mazes, pick your perfect pumpkin from the patch, enjoy hayrides, and indulge in homemade pumpkin pies. With craft vendors, live music, and petting zoos, it’s a delightful outing for the whole family. It’s running for additional weekends: October 21-22, 28-29.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Hunsader Farms

Entry: Admission $15, kids 10 & under free. Cash only.

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Age: All ages

Cost: $15, parking $5, some activities cost money.

October 14 – 15, 2023: Fall Fete Holiday Market and Food Truck Rally

Indulge in festive shopping, mouth-watering food trucks, and vibrant live music.

Get a head start on holiday shopping with unique gifts from local artisans. Satisfy your taste buds with diverse food offerings from local food trucks, all while grooving to live performances from popular local bands.

Location: Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Avenue West Palmetto, FL 34221

Time: 10am-4pm

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Ticket cost: $4-20, special prices for veterans and groups.

October 14-15, 2023: 35th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest

Join the festive spirit at the Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest. Enjoy a plethora of activities including hay rides, pony rides, face painting, mini train rides, the butterfly house and a petting zoo. Halloween decorations for sale.

FREE: Admission, Parking, Petting zoo, live music, decorated photo spots.

Activities: Individual activities priced between $1 – $10. 

  • Children’s Costume Contest every Saturday at 2 p.m. 
  • Torres Family Circus & Extreme Riders shows at 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Dates: October 14 – 15, 21 – 22, 28 – 29; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: 7410 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL (East of I-75 off exit 210).

Note: Bring cash for certain vendors. ATMs available.

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October 15, 2023: 23rd Annual Morton’s Firehouse Chili Cook-Off 

Experience the spicy and flavorful competition as the Sarasota Firemen’s Benevolent Fund proudly hosts the 23rd Annual Morton’s Firehouse Chili Cook-Off. Local firehouses will showcase their culinary talents and compete to win the title of the best chili. The event is not just about food, as it also features celebrity judges, live music, and an atmosphere of camaraderie. It’s not only a day to enjoy a bowl of hearty chili but also to support a noble cause.

Date: October 15, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Morton’s Gourmet Market, 1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, FL.

Admission: Free. $10 to sample all Chili.

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