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

Watch as teams of students and creatives take art out of the classrooms and studios and onto the streets! Engage in the creative process, experience t ...

Season: Spring
March
Area: West Bradenton
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
Area: East Bradenton
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
Area: Barrier Islands
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
Area: Barrier Islands
Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL
Beer, Bands, and BBQ hosted by Music Compound

Beer, Bands, & BBQ presented by Music Compound takes place annually at Sarasota Polo Club in Lakewood Ranch. 10 National and local beers will be o ...

Season: Fall
October
Area: Lakewood Ranch
8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota, FL, 34240
Bluegrass Florida Cracker Festival

A free to attend event with great food, BBQ, full bar promises to be a true Florida Cracker experience for all who attend. There will be plenty of sp ...

Season: Fall
October
Area: Barrier Islands
107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, FL
Blues, Brews, and BBQ

Blues, Brews & BBQ will serve up an extra special blend of great outdoor music, cold beer and tasty food at a family friendly event that also spotligh ...

Season: Spring
May
Bridge St, Bradenton, FL, 34217
Boo Fest

After the Hair Raising, Spine Tingling popularity of this hauntingly unique event, BOOFEST will be held at PREMIER SPORTS again this year! You can exp ...

Season: Fall
October
$5 Parking
Area: Lakewood Ranch
Premier Sports, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34211
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
Area: West Bradenton
452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL, 34205
Celtober Fest

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
Area: North Sarasota
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
November
Christmas on Bridge Street

Celebrate the season at this annual, family-friendly holiday event with free live holiday entertainment featuring the professional Dickens Carolers si ...

Season: Winter
December
Area: Barrier Islands
Bridge St, Bradenton, FL, 34217
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
Area: West Bradenton
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
Area: West Bradenton
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
Area: Barrier Islands
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 ...

Season: Summer|Fall
June and October
Area: Myakka
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
Area: West Bradenton
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
Area: West Bradenton
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
March
Area: North Manatee
10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL, 34221
De Soto Fishing Tournament

Gather your best crew of anglers! The De Soto Fishing Tournament is one of the most exciting and diverse fishing tournaments in the area. With cate ...

Season: Summer
Summer
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
Area: West Bradenton
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
Area: North Manatee
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
Area: Barrier Islands
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
Area: South Sarasota
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
August - September
Area: North Port/Englewood
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
Area: Lakewood Ranch
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
Area: West Bradenton
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
Area: North Sarasota
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
Area: North Sarasota
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: Fall
September
Area: Lakewood Ranch
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
Area: Lakewood Ranch
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
Area: North Sarasota
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
Area: East Bradenton
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
Area: North Sarasota, South Sarasota
Multiple Locations, Sarasota, FL
Irish Celtic Festival and Lucky Dog Parade

It’s true, we are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so this event is perfect for all residents. If you’re of Celtic descent, you can show the newbies ho ...

Season: Spring
March
Area: Lakewood Ranch
13400 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch, 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
Area: Barrier Islands
1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Lakewood Ranch Cowboy Carnival

Get into the fall spirit and join us for our first annual LWR Cowboy Carnival. A fun-filled, family, FREE event on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00-1 ...

Season: Fall
October
Area: Lakewood Ranch
8209 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202
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
Area: Lakewood Ranch
Lake Uihlein, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Main Street BBQ Cook-off

Join Main Street for the battle of the best BBQ. The restaurants are gearing up and preparing their special sauces and rubs. The competition for this ...

Season: Fall
September
Area: Lakewood Ranch
8100 Lakewood Main St, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202
Manasota Beach Youth Fishing Tournament

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources hosts an annual Youth Fall Fishing Tournament at Manasota Beach in Englewood. The event is for ...

Season: Fall
September
Area: North Port/Englewood
7660 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood, 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
Area: North Manatee
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
Area: West Bradenton
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
Area: Lakewood Ranch
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
Area: East Bradenton
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
Area: East Bradenton
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
Area: South Sarasota
1924 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34239