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Sarasota Events – What’s on in November

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You know by now there are so many awesome things to do Miami.  As the holiday season approaches and family piles into town, consider checking out new and annual happenings. Sarasota Christmas events and holiday gatherings are no stranger to the ongoing list, and we think you’ll love the entertainment that Florida provides. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in Sarasota this November.

Top Events in Sarasota FL, November 2016:

Thursday, November 5

  • 5th Annual Stone Crab Festival

Where: Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar, Cortez, FL.

When: 10AM – 6PM

  • 30th Annual Taste of Manatee

Food, live music, football screening, and crafts.

Where: Sutton Park

When: 11AM – 10PM


Friday, November 6:

  • Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club’s Gulf Coast Cycle Fest

Non-competitive 20-100 bike routes, limited to 700 cyclists

Where: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

Cost: $50

Info and registration

When: Saturday, November 7:

  • Salute to Veterans, a concert performance

Where: Venice Performing Arts Centers

When: Begins at 7 PM, doors open at 6:15 PM

Cost: $7

Friday, November 11:

  • 3rd Annual Sarasota Kiwanis Club Veteran’s Day Breakfast

Keynote Speaker: Rear Admiral Thomas Logan Malone; benefits Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation and Goodwill Manasota’s Veteran’s Service Program

Where: Robarts Arena

When: 7AM – 9AM

Cost: $25

  • Veteran’s Day Parade

Where: Main Street at Osprey Avenue

When: Begins at 10 AM


Saturday, November 12:

  • 3rd Annual Rock for a Cause

“Battle of the Bands” style competition with food, drinks, games and kid-zone

Where: Main Street

When: 2 PM – 9 PM

  • 15th Annual Suncoast Food and Wine Festival

Where: Sarasota Polo Club

When: 1 PM – 4 PM

Cost: $80

  • Festa Italiana at Lakewood Ranch

Where: Greenbrook Adventure Park

When: 11 AM – 4 PM

Cost: Free

  • Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market

Flea market, pirate style!

Where: Coquina Beach

When: 8 AM – 3 PM

Cost: Free

Sunday, November 13:

  • Eclectic Fall Garden Music Series at Selby Gardens

Where: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

When: 1 PM – 3 PM

Cost: $20/ adults, $10/children

Friday, November 18:

  • 10th Annual ArtsHOP Weekend

Art walks through downtown Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island, featuring local and original artists and chefs

Dates and times

Saturday, November 19:

  • 4th Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Arts Festival

Where: Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street

When: 10 AM – 5 PM

Cost: Free

  • Riverview Rendezvous Downtown Disco

Where: The Francis

When: 6 PM – 10 PM

Cost: $50-$75

  • 4th Annual Venice Blues Festival

Where: Maxine Barritt Park

When: 11 AM – 7 PM

Cost: $25- $30

  • Annual Sandblast Sand Sculpting Competition

Where: Manatee Public Beach

When: 9 AM – 2 PM

Sunday, November 20:

  • Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band

Where: Northminster Presbyterian Church

When: Begins at 3 PM

Cost: $5

  • 25th Annual Ponies under the Palms

Car show featuring Mustangs and Ford Cars; proceeds to Southeastern Guide Dogs and Take Stock in Children

Where: Lakewood Ranch, along Main Street

When: 8 AM – 3 PM

Cost: Free

  • Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair

Jousting, chess, games, rides, turkey legs, Celtic music and artisan marketplace

Where: Sarasota County Fairgrounds

When: 10 AM – 5:30 PM

c$17/adults, $9/children, Free/4 and under

Monday, November 21:

  • Ringling by the Bay

Live music, food, and drinks

Where: Ringling Museum, Bayshore Gardens

When: 5 PM – 8 PM

Cost: $5-$10

Wednesday, November 23:

  • Thanksgiving Ever Party: Main Street Live

Food vendors, arts, and crafts

Where: Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton

When: 5PM-12AM

Thursday, November 24:

  • 7th Annual Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot 5K

Run, music, food, raffle prizes and beer

Where: Hyatt Regency, 1000 Blvd of the of the Arts, Sarasota

When: 8AM

Cost: $35

Friday, November 25:

  • Sahib Shrine’s Festival of Trees

Tree raffle, music, pictures with Santa and craft fair.

Where: Sahib Shrine, 600 North Beneva Road, Sarasota

Cost: $2/adult, Free/children 12 and under

  • Friday Night Free Music

Where: Centennial Park in downtown Venice

When: Begins at 7 PM

Cost: Free

  • Holly Days and Mangrove Lights at Historic Spanish Point

Lighted gardens and homestead buildings in magical 30-acre holiday setting.

Where: Tamiami Trail, Osprey

Cost: $12

  • Jazz at Two, feat. Whitney James

Where: Universalist Church of Sarasota

When: 2 PM- 4 PM

Cost: $15

Saturday, November 26:

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony

Live music, screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, popcorn, and refreshments

Where: Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island

When: 6PM-10PM

Cost: Free

  • The Venice Holiday Parade

Where: Historic Downtown Venice

When: Begins at 7 PM

  • Light Up Siesta Key Village Parade Holiday Open House

Christmas tree lighting ceremony, photos with Santa, face painting and games with prizes

When: 6PM-9PM

  • Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Workshop on making and playing your own cigar box guitar

Where: Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota

When: 4PM

Cost: $15 pre-show/ $20 day-of

Click here more information on Sarasota events this month. And remember, winter is a great time to check in with how appliances are working around the house. To make sure you are running at optimal efficiency through this holiday season, get in touch with Chills Air Conditioning Miami.

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