Siesta Key Area Events
Sarasota is home to the longest running powerboat race site in history.
Week-long events include a Golf Tournament, "Friendliest Catch" Fishing Tournament, Car Show, "Fun Run", Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament, Festival Parade of Boats, and a Downtown Block Party, among other fun and exciting activities.
The race itself, the Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Boat Race is on Sunday, July 5th, with heats at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., although race times are subject to change. The best area for viewing is at Lido Beach. The powerboats compete right offshore, and the race itself is an awesome sight. These magnificent powerboats are guided by helicopters - adding to the excitement both on water and in the air. Pick your team and become part of the excitement.
Ongoing Siesta Key Area Events
Siesta Key Drum Circle
When: Sunday evenings before sunset
Feel the beat of the drums Sundays evenings, beginning about an hour before sundown. Instruments ranging from drums, flutes, guitars, shakers and cowbells create the circle. Be part of the audience, or participate with music and dance. Located south of the public beach pavillion - just follow the music!
Where: Siesta Public Beach
Sarasota Farmer's Market
When: Saturday, 7am-1pm
The Farmer’s Market offers locally grown, and organic produce in addition to a unique variety of vendors. Shop for plants, pasta, unique gifts and more.
Where: Downtown Sarasota
Siesta Key Farmer's Market
When: Sunday, 9am-2pm
The Siesta Key Farmers Market offers delicious spring greens, herbs, and a variety of produce. Shoppers can also find a vast assortment of local, organic products and a Taste Of The Village with area restaurants serving farm fresh items from their menus.
Where: 5124 Ocean Blvd. (in the Siesta Key village in Davidson Drugs parking lot)
Palm Avenue’s First Friday Walks
When: First Fridays of every month from 6-9pm
Enjoy a stroll through the galleries of Palm Avenue on the first Friday of every month. In addition to fine galleries, this area along lower Main Street is known for its unique variety of shops and restaurants.
Where: Palm Avenue, Sarasota
More Siesta Key Events
When: April 11-12, 2015
Siesta Fiesta is a block party located in the Village of Siesta Key. Enjoy the sounds of local musicians while shopping at the hundreds of booths and displays lining the main street of the village. Siesta Fiesta features hundreds of artisans, craftsmen, jewelry makers, sculptors, and more in this juried show. Along with the beautiful arts and crafts, you will find music, food and fun.
Where: Siesta Key Village
Siesta Sandsculpturing Contest
When: May 2nd, 2015
43nd Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Siesta Beach. Children and adults compete in various categories for cash prizes. This free event is co-sponsored by Sarasota County and the Observer Media Group. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with sculpting lasting until 1 p.m. Prizes awarded for the best sculptures in categories including People's Choice. So come and build your own sand sculpture or vote for your favorite. Call 941-915-1184 for more information.
Registrations begins at 8:30am
Where: Public Beach
Sarasota Jazz Festival
When: March 1 - 7, 2015
The Jazz Club of Sarasota holds a yearly festival with a variety of well known talent. The festival
kicks off with a free concert at Phillippi Estate Park from 1-4 pm. The festival features various artists performing throughout the week at the Players Theatre. Other events include a Jazz Trolley to transport fans to local night spots. For more information, please contact wwwjazzclubsarasota.com.
Where: Phillippi Estate Park, Sarasota
Sarasota Film Festival
When: April 10-19th, 2015
The Sarasota Film Festival is a 10-day celebration of film showcasing new, international, domestic, independent and studio films.
The festival also brings in celebrated actors, many of whom not only attend Q & A sessions following screenings, but also participate in the festival’s “In-Conversation With” series. This special event gives attendees unique opportunities to connect with their favorite actor or filmmaker. Keep your eyes open for star sightings around town, especially at the festival parties!
For festival information or to submit your film for consideration, please refer to its website at www.sarasotafilmfestival.com
Florida Winefest & Auction
When: March 19-22, 2015
The Florida Winefest & Auction is a celebration of fine wine and food and has been recognized as one of the largest events of its kind in the US. It has also been recognized as one of the top charity wine events of its kind in the Southeast U.S., serving the needs of disadvantaged children and youth in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Vintners and winemakers from around the world collaborate with the finest chefs to create dinners, tastings and educational food and wine seminars. Please contact Florida Winefest & Auction at www.floridawinefest.org for more information.
Phone: 941) 952-1109
The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sandsculpting Competition
When: November 11 - 15, 2015
Phone: Local (941) 349-3800
Boasting the "World's Finest, Whitest Sand", Siesta Key is home to the Crystal Classic Sandsculpting Competition. The competition is a 4-day even that highlights the works of the most talented sandsculptors in the area. Competitors
spray water on the sand sculptures to keep the sand moist. They also use putty knives, feather dusters and even Elmer's Glue to create
the 10 foot high structures.
Sculptures can be viewed free from the beach, but to get up close, there is a small fee, $6 per person, under 4 free.
Orioles Host Spring Training and More
Where: Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium
Sarasota's ties to Major League Baseball spring training date back to the 1920s, when the New York Giants played at Payne Park in the city's downtown. Over the next eight decades, the community hosted several ball clubs, and now claims the Baltimore Orioles as its Grapefruit League home team.
In fact, the Orioles have operated an athletic training center in Sarasota County since 1991, moving their spring training operations to Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex in 2010, after a major renovation of both facilities.
Since then, more than a half million fans have enjoyed spring training games in the Florida sunshine at the new Ed Smith Stadium. The ballpark is family- and fan-friendly with a range of seating options, including historic Camden Yards seats in the stands, the popular Left Field Pavilion, and the air-conditioned Third Base Lounge and World Series Suites.
In addition to spring training, the Orioles host a variety of public and private events in Ed Smith Stadium's unique entertainment environment. For information, visit Orioles.com/Sarasota.