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.
Kids Sarasota and Bradenton: Annual Events - Fun 4 Sarasota Kids
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ArtSlam

A Celebration of Youth & Creativity! Watch as dozens of teams of students and creatives take art out ...

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 ...

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 ca ...

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 cele ...

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 ...

March
Boo Fest

BOOFest is our annual Halloween event! It's a HOWLING good time for all ages! Come out and explor ...

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 musi ...

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 ...

October
3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL, 34237
Chalk Festival

The Chalk Festival will colorize the streets! A local, community-based event, the chalk festival bri ...

April and November
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Are you someone who can appreciate a different perspective on what’s important in life? Are you will ...

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 vi ...

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 ...

November
948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL, 34242
De Soto Bottle Boat Regatta

Wet, wacky and wild! The De Soto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta is packed full of fun and ...

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 electri ...

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 ...

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 20 ...

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 outstan ...

April
600 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL, 34221
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 Ev ...

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 celebra ...

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 D ...

September
916 Suncrest Lane, Englewood, FL
Fire Charity Fishing Tournament

Every year, the Fire Charity Fishing Foundation holds a fishing tournament in June. The tournament i ...

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 ...

October
7410 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL, 34240
Greek Festival

Treat yourself to the aromas, sounds, tastes, and traditions of Greece. Enjoy authentic Greek food, ...

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 ...

January
140 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL
Holidays Around the Ranch

Holidays Around the Ranch, our annual holiday sensation of magical charm for all to enjoy. We’re loo ...

December
Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Hungarian Festival

The Global Friendship Foundation(GFF) invites you to join us in celebration of Hungarian culture and ...

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 ...

October
5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL, 34211
Labor Day Regatta

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron (SSS) will host the 69th Annual Labor Day Regatta September 4-6th. The ...

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 ...

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 a ...

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 Ma ...

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 Cos ...

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 be ...

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 show ...

November
2525 27th Street East, Bradenton, FL, 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 show ...

February/March
2525 27th Street East, Bradenton, FL, 34208
Mortons Firehouse Chili Cook-off

Fifteen of Sarasota Fire Houses including firehouses from Englewood, North Port and Boca Grande will ...

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. dur ...

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 Ev ...

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 ou ...

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 Bai ...

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 ...

December
4970 City Hall Blvd, North Port, FL
ReptiCon

After much demand, Repticon Sarasota has returned to the location where it debuted in 2004 at Saraso ...

May
3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL, 34237
Safe Kids Day

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

April
5461 Factory Shops Blvd, Ellenton, FL, 34222
Sarasota Boat Parade of Lights

The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bay front Park, City Island and Centennial Pa ...

December
Sarasota Bayfront, Sarasota, FL
Sarasota County Fair

Agriculture, Animals, Great Entertainment on two stages, Arts and Crafts, Comedy Shows, Music and sp ...

March
3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL, 34237
Sarasota Film Festival

Held annually in Sarasota, FL., The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside e ...

March/April
332 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Sarasota Florida Native American Indian Festival, The

Experience the traditions and culture of the Native American people. Find hand made, one of a kind f ...

January
3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL, 34237
Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival

The sound of the pipes, the beating of drums, Highland Dancing and Athletic events reminds all Scots ...

February
3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL, 34237
Sarasota Holiday Parade

A HOLIDAY FOR ALL AGES! High school marching bands, area churches and nonprofits, local businesse ...

December
Hours: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Main Street, Sarasota, FL, 34237
Sarasota Medieval Fair

The Sarasota Medieval Fair is a three weekend trip back to the 11th century. Brimming with feasts, t ...

November
3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL, 34237