Sarasota - Manatee

Annual Events

This page lists family-friendly events in the Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida area. Note: Details of these events can change from year to year, so please check our calendar of events for specific dates and updated information.
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Annual Hispanic Fall Festival - St. Jude Catholic Church

St. Jude Catholic Church will host its Annual Hispanic Fall Festival. There will be live music, awesome food, and a playground for the children. Entra ...

Season: Fall
November
3930 17th St, Sarasota, FL
ArtSlam

A Celebration of Youth & Creativity! Watch as dozens of teams of students and creatives take art out of the classrooms and studios and onto the street ...

Season: Spring
March
440 12th St W, Bradenton, FL, 34205
Back to School Splash Bash

Our annual Back to School Splash Bash event is Saturday August 29th from 10am to 1pm at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA. Come and enjoy one last go of water s ...

Season: Summer
August
5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL, 34211
Bayfest on Anna Maria Island

Join us for a family friendly event with live music, arts and crafts, food, Kids' Zone, a classic car show and more! One of the most popular, annu ...

Season: Fall
October
Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island, FL
Beach’N Food Truck and Music Festival

Introducing the Beach’N Food Truck & Music Fest on Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island. An all day celebration of music, food trucks, arts and crafts. In ...

Season: Spring
April
Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL
Beer, Bands, and BBQ hosted by Music Compound

Beer, Bands, & BBQ presented by Music Compound takes place annually. 10 National and local beers will be on tap! 7 Yummy, local restaurants will ...

Season: Fall
October
Boo Fest

BOOFest is our annual Halloween event! It's a HOWLING good time for all ages! Come out and explore, watch our local dancers, and enjoy our spooky b ...

Season: Fall
October
8100 Lakewood Ranch Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202
Bradenton Blues Festival

With an outstanding lineup of talented blues musicians on the big stage. In addition to amazing music, our award-winning annual festival features loca ...

Season: Winter
December
452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL, 34205
Celtic Music Festival

Celtober Fest is proud to bring to Sarasota some of the most innovative bands touring America today who are on the forefront of the Celtic Fusion, Cel ...

Season: Fall
October
3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL, 34237
Chalk Festival

The Chalk Festival will colorize the streets! A local, community-based event, the chalk festival brings in global street painters to participate in th ...

Season: Fall
April and November
Community Downtown Chanukah Celebration

Join the community for the 7th Annual Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration, featuring lighting of the giant Menorah, Jewish holiday music and tre ...

Season: Winter
December
Bradenton Riverwalk, Bradenton, FL, 34205
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Are you someone who can appreciate a different perspective on what’s important in life? Are you willing to spend a day amongst fishing boats, gear, fi ...

Season: Winter
February
4415 119th St. W., Bradenton, FL
Cortez Stone Crab Festival

The Stone Crab Festival, held along north Sarasota Bay in the historic Cortez commercial fishing village, returns for its third year Saturday and Sun ...

Season: Fall
November
4528 119th St. W., Cortez, FL
Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition

In it's fifth year, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic brings master sand sculptors together to compete and create sand masterpieces, transforming one of ...

Season: Fall
November
948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL, 34242
Dakin Dairy Farms Annual Events

Dakin Dairy Farms’ season opens the first Saturday in October with a Festival "4 Life" and concludes the season the first Saturday in June with a "Dai ...

June and October
30771 Betts Rd, Myakka City, Florida, 34251
De Soto Bottle Boat Regatta

Wet, wacky and wild! The De Soto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta is packed full of fun and will be held on the South side of the Palma Sola C ...

Season: Spring
April
8500 Manatee Ave., Bradenton, FL, 34205
De Soto Bradenton Area River Regatta

Rev It Up And Let It Roar! From the moment the sun rises, anticipation energizes the air and electrifies the Manatee river as it awaits the fastest in ...

Season: Winter
February
Manatee River Walk, Bradenton, FL, 34205
De Soto Children's Parade

The Children are in Charge! Schools, families and organizations create the most adorable entries and lead the way to Sutton Park where activities a ...

Season: Spring
April
10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL, 34221
De Soto Grand Parade

With over 150 entries, the De Soto Grand Parade is the largest parade in Southwest Florida. Over 200,000 people lined the streets of Manatee to view ...

Season: Spring
April
Manatee High School to Downtown Bradenton, Bradenton, FL, 34205
De Soto Seafood Festival

The Heintz and Becker De Soto Seafood Festival is widely recognized as one of Florida’s most outstanding events and is attended by thousands each year ...

Season: Spring
April
600 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL, 34221
Dig The Beach Volleyball Series

the Dig the Beach Series is the longest standing and largest series of its kind in the United States. The Dig the Beach Volleyball Series is the most ...

Season: Summer
May and July
948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL, 34242
Downtown Sarasota New Year's Eve Party

The biggest party south of Times Square takes place every year in Sarasota, Florida on New Year's Eve. Blocks of live music, rides, games, food and fu ...

Season: Winter
December
Lemon and Main St, Sarasota, FL
Earth Day Celebration at Oscar Scherer State Park

Each year, the Friends of Oscar Scherer State Park throw a party in honor of Earth Day. Come celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park with live ...

Season: Spring
April
1843 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL, 34229
Englewood Pioneer Days

Fun events for the whole family in a small town setting. Labor Day Weekend full of events. Pioneer Days consists of parade. This is a two-day, one par ...

Season: Fall
September
916 Suncrest Lane, Englewood, FL
Festa Italiana

We will host a full day of stage performers to include , Jimmy Mazz and the entertaining Tarantella dancers. What a great day in the park for childre ...

Season: Fall
November
13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Fire Charity Fishing Tournament

Every year, the Fire Charity Fishing Foundation holds a fishing tournament in June. The tournament includes a kids fishing tournament to benefit young ...

Season: Summer
June
4415 18th Ave W, Bradenton, FL, 34209
Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival

Running every Saturday and Sunday in October, the Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival is a free family-friendly event that is an excellent ode to fall. ...

Season: Fall
October
7410 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL, 34240
Greek Festival

Treat yourself to the aromas, sounds, tastes, and traditions of Greece. Enjoy authentic Greek food, beverages, live music, dancing, church tours, kids ...

Season: Winter
February
7671 North Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL, 34243
Health & Wellness Expo

Embrace a Life of Health & Wellness Expo in the Fall at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Main Lobby. This health expo includes more than 50 exhibito ...

Season: Winter
February
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202
Holidays Around the Ranch

Holidays Around the Ranch, our annual holiday sensation of magical charm for all to enjoy. We’re looking forward to another fabulous holiday event as ...

Season: Winter
December
Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Hungarian Festival

The Global Friendship Foundation(GFF) invites you to join us in celebration of Hungarian culture and heritage!This family oriented event offers entert ...

Season: Fall
October
3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL, 34237
Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Everyday at the Pumpkin Festival is loads of fun and consists of 100+ Craft Booths, Live Music, Live Shows, Pumpkins, Charity Pumpkin Games, Pioneer T ...

Season: Fall
October
5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL, 34211
International Chamber Music Festival

La Musica’s mission is to bring outstanding European and American chamber musicians together in Sarasota to present exciting programs of familiar and ...

Season: Spring
April
Multiple Locations, Sarasota, FL
Labor Day Regatta

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) will host the 69th Annual Labor Day Regatta September 4-6th. The signature event for the SSS, the regatta draws hu ...

Season: Fall
September
1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Lakewood Ranch Learn to Fish Seminar and Tournament

Whether you’re an experienced angler or interested in learning the sport, our very own Angler’s Club will be on hand to give each participant guidance ...

Season: Winter
February
Lake Uihlein, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Manatee County Fair

The fair is a showcase for the best of Manatee County. This year's fair features exciting exhibits and vendors, livestock shows and auctions, competit ...

Season: Winter
January
1402 14th Avenue West, Palmetto, FL, 34221
Manatee County Veterans Day Parade

Manatee County Veteran's Council holds their annual Veteran's Day Parade. The parade starts a the Manatee County Fairgrounds at 10:15 a.m. The parade ...

Season: Fall
November
1050 Sixth St. W., Palmetto, FL
Manatee Crime Stoppers 13th Annual Safe Kids Night

Join us for our Annual Halloween Safe Kids Night at the Desoto Square Mall in Bradenton. Come in Costume and enjoy family fun games, plenty of candy, ...

October
303 301 Blvd W, Bradenton, FL, 34205
Memorial Day Tribute to Heroes Parade

Come out to Lakewood Ranch Main Street for the Memorial Day "Tribute to Heroes" Parade. The party begins at 5:00pm and the parade begins at 7:00pm! ...

Season: Spring
May 29th
Hours: 5:00 - 8:00pm
FREE
Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Mixon Fruit Farm Harvest Festival

A weekend of fun and lots to do with your family. Lots of shows, live entertainment, and thrill shows. A new kid zone offers citrus-themed games. Acti ...

Season: Fall
November
2525 27th Street East, Bradenton, Florida, 34208
Mixon Fruit Farm Orange Blossom Festival

A weekend of fun and lots to do with your family. Lots of shows, live entertainment, and thrill shows. A new kid zone offers citrus-themed games. Acti ...

Season: Spring
February/March
2525 27th Street East, Bradenton, Florida, 34208
Mortons Firehouse Chili Cook-off

Fifteen of Sarasota Fire Houses including firehouses from Englewood, North Port and Boca Grande will compete against each other for the title of the B ...

Season: Fall
October
$5
1924 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34239
My Hometown Fest

Join us for a fun-filled day savoring the sights, sounds and tastes of hometowns across the U.S. during My Hometown Fest from noon-6 pm on Saturday, A ...

Season: Spring
March
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL, 34235
New Years Eve Downtown Sarasota

The biggest party south of Times Square takes place every year in Sarasota, Florida on New Year's Eve. Blocks of live music, rides, games, food and fu ...

Season: Winter
December
Lemon and Main St, Sarasota, FL
Outdoor Pops by Sarasota Orchestra

The Sarasota Orchestra brings exciting live music to the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium for the annual outdoor Pops. Concerts vary from year to year! Ge ...

Season: Spring
May
2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL, 34237
Papa’s Bait Shop Family Fishing Tournament

Take the kids and grandkids to Papa’s Bait Shop on the Venice Fishing Pier for the annual Papa’s Bait Shop Family Fishing Tournament. Prizes will be a ...

Season: Summer
July
1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice, FL
Poinsettia Festival

The evening will kick off with the annual tree lighting followed by a festival full of entertainment, a kids area, food and merchandise vendors, and v ...

Season: Winter
December
4970 City Hall Blvd, North Port, FL
ReptiDay

ReptiDay is the one-day reptile show and sale! Brought to you by the same team that has produced Repticon reptile expos across the country for the pas ...

Season: Summer
August
3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL, 34237
Ringling Bridge Run- No Run in 2019

The Sarasota YMCA's Ringling Bridge Run is Sarasota’s premiere 4 mile road race including a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. All proceeds benefit the Sarasota YMC ...

Season: Winter
January
777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Safe Kids Day

Kids are going to fall, crash, slip, explore. It’s part of being a kid. But we can protect them from serious injuries. Most people are surprised to ...

Season: Spring
April
Area: North Manatee
5461 Factory Shops Blvd, Ellenton, FL, 34222