April 2, 2018: Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing.
Lisa Ridings Band. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Admission: $5 – $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating available.
Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180.
April 3, 2018: “Meet the Marauders” with live music and games.
Including corn hole, the Marauders inflatable speed pitch, the prize wheel, and a photo booth where fans can pose for pictures with Marauders players. The official Marauders roster will be introduced by Marauders General Manager Rachelle Madrigal and new team play-by-play broadcaster Matt Neverett at 6:45 p.m.After the speaking portion of the event concludes, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the team. 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LECOM Park, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL.
April 4 – June 1, 2018: Embracing Our Differences’ colorful, larger-than-life canvases
Integrating powerful imagery and thought-provoking messages celebrating diversity. The 15th anniversary exhibit is April 4 to June 1, 2018, in Sarasota’s Island Park. For more information, call 941-404-5710.
April 5, 2018: Ringling Underground where you can enjoy live music in the Museum of Art Courtyard.
Mix of local and regional live music. Select galleries open until 11 p.m. 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with “Art After Five” admission.
Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL.
April 5 – 8, 2018: 28th Annual Florida Winefest and Auction.
April 6, 2018: “Jazz at Two” featuring The Dave Morgan Trio.
$10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $15 for non-members. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota.
April 6, 2018: 6th annual Wine Walk to Ca’ d’Zan
Taste fine wine and delight in delicious food pairings as you stroll along the drive to the mansion. VIP ticket holders will enjoy early entry, valet service, and a champagne toast. Also includes access to the VIP lounge located on the beautiful Ca’ d’Zan Terrace, featuring special cuisine, distinctive blends and a dedicated service staff. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets: General admission: $135 / $200 for VIP. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
April 6 – 8, 2018: Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show
Interact with a wide variety of home improvement experts and get inspired for your next d.i.y. home project. Free admission and parking. Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL
April 6 – 8, 2018: Annual Desoto Heritage Seafood Festival
Friday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday Noon – 6 p.m. Admission to the fest has been $5 on Friday and Sunday, $10 Saturday after 4 p.m. to see the headlining music acts.
Sutton Park in downtown Palmetto. 6th Street West (Corner of 6th St West and 10th Avenue, Palmetto). Here’s more info along with entertainment schedule.
April 7, 2018: 32nd Annual Run/walk for the Turtles sponsored by Mote Marine on Siesta Key Public Beach.
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Siesta Key Gazebo south of the pavilion. The one-mile fun run or walk begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5-K Run begins at 8 a.m. Entry fee benefits the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory. 388-4441 xt 357.
April 7, 2018: Tampa Bay Lightning Viewing Party
Block party on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Bring a chair, but no cooler. Dogs on a short leash. Free admission. Party starts at 5 p.m. Game at 7 p.m.
8131 Lakewood Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL.
April 7 – 8, 2018: 16th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival
Variety of arts and crafts. Everything handmade in the USA! Also a “Green Market” with plants, flowers, hand made soaps, gourmet spices and more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission.
1 Central Avenue, downtown Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
April 8, 2018: Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team
Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. 2 p.m. (941)-388-1666.
1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.)
April 10, 2018: Live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Free!
Centennial Park’s Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.
April 11 – 14, 2018: 6th Annual Whiskey Obsession
4 days with classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, bartender academy, panel discussions, cigars, VIP pours, live music street party, and grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies to sample. Various events, locations and schedules. More details.
April 13, 2018: Free Music Friday Night with live music from Al Fuller
The music takes place at the Gazebo in Centennial Park in Downtown Venice. Free. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bring your own folding chairs or blankets.
April 13 – 15, 2018: 26th Annual Venice Sharks Tooth Festival
Admission is only $4, kids under 12 are free. Free parking. Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Airport Festival Grounds in Venice, Florida on Airport Avenue
April 13 – 22, 2018: 20th Annual Sarasota Film Festival
10 days of movies, celebrities and parties! Here’s where you can find out more.
April 14, 2018: 7th Annual Cajun Crawfish & Seafood Festival
Cajun food and live music featuring the Gumbo Boogie Band, games and rides. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Adults $5, Kids 5 & under free.
St. Martha Catholic School, 4380 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota
April 14, 2018: Taste of the Ranch
Taste your way through local favorites, sip on distinctive wines, and enjoy unique craft brews. Admission starts at $50 for General Admission and is $150 for VIP. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. More info and tickets here.
April 15, 2018: Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band.
Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability.
Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway.
3131 61st Street, Sarasota.
April 16, 2018: Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing.
Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Admission: $5 – $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available.
Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
941-358-3180. Click here for tickets and more info.
April 20, 2018: Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton.
Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs. Drinks and snacks available for purchase. Concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 27, 2018. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free admission.
Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.
April 20 – 21, 2018: 9th Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash
Get your chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket! BBQ teams competing for a $20,000 cook-off contest purse, plus live music with the Lonesome River band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Volume Five along with a chili cook off, kids park and more. Fri: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free parking and admission.
Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 595 Airport Ave E., Venice, FL. More info here.
April 21, 2018: Celebrate World Circus Day with all day free admission to the Circus Museum at the Ringling.
Free admission all day. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
April 21, 2018: Watch a movie under the stars with your toes in the sand.
Bring your own chairs and blankets. Free, at sunset. Nokomis Beach, Casey Key. Rain date April 28. For details, call 941-861-5000.
April 22, 2017: 2nd Annual TownieFest put on by the Shamrock Pub.
Local food trucks and vendors, great brews, street soccer, live music by Ship of Fools, The Bird Tribe, Pressure Dem, Babyl, Spark Notes, Kim Logan & The Hydramatic, Treedomm, Summer Survivors and Fancy Rat. No cover charge. Noon – midnight.
Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota.
April 28 – 29, 2018: The premiere of the Lakewood Ranch Fine Art Festival
Original handmade artwork for sale. Free admission. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Main Street in downtown Lakewood Ranch, FL.
April 29, 2018: Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band
Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability.
Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway. 3131 61st Street, Sarasota.
April 30, 2018: Venice Concert Band’s final performance of the season, “Strike up the Band,” at the Venice Performing Arts Center.
The show begins at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m. (941) 480-1704. More info & Tickets.
Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL.