Great Events In Sarasota This Weekend: April 1-3

Jennifer Flanders
Jennifer Flanders
Published on March 30, 2022

Jenn Flanders with Compass Florida has you covered!!!

We want to be your source for things to do this weekend in Sarasota and the surrounding towns! Do you have an event going on? Let us know what you’re up to by sending us your event so we can feature it on our blog! Just shoot us an email. Here’s a short list of some of our favorite hip happenings this weekend in Sarasota and the surrounding area!

Friday, April 1 • 1 PM – 6:00 PM – Saturday, April 2

Raffurty’s Turns 3!! Come Celebrate Our Birthday!

Raffurty’s Bar and Grill1888 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Come join us and help celebrate our 3rd birthday! Get your game on at Rufferty’s. Kid-friendly and tasty food! Here’s a little more about what they offer:


Saturday, April 2 • 10 AM – 5:00 PM – Sunday

19th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival

1 Central Avenue in Sarasota, FL

Sarasota, located along Florida’s Gulf of Mexico is well known for its white sandy beaches and beautiful architecture. The city, boasting a diverse collection of shops, restaurants, and entertainment, coupled with quaint charm, it’s easy to see how Sarasota has become known as the place where “urban amenities meet the small-town living.” Behold contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artisans. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing, and much more – all handmade in America – will be on display, ranging from $15 to $3,000. An expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices, and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend, blending nature with nurture. For more information visit the event website HERE.

Saturday, April 2 • 11 AM – 4 PM

Wild About Nature Festival

Bay Preserve at Osprey, 400 Palmetto Ave Osprey, FL 34229

Join us for a day of fun and outdoor adventure at the Wild About Nature Festival on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

Reconnect with the great outdoors and help foster a love of nature in the next generation as you spend a day in the sun on the beautiful shores of Little Sarasota Bay at Bay Preserve. Families of all ages are encouraged to take part in this fun-filled day of nature-based education and exploration. The wide variety of activities include dip-netting, face painting, hula-hoop lessons, crafts, games, and SO MUCH MORE! 

There will be live music and food trucks making this a guaranteed good time! Don’t miss out – mark your calendars TODAY and be sure to share with your friends on Facebook!

Sunday, April 3 • 3 PM

La Musica presents: Derek Han Memorial Concert

Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple AvenueSarasota, FL 34236

Celebrate the legacy of La Musica’s co-founder and associate artistic director Derek Han. His friends and colleagues, including special guest pianist Wu Han, perform the music he loved. Special programming funded by The Exchange.

Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 no. 2
Maurice Ravel, Sonata for Violin and Cello
Johannes Brahms, Quartet for Piano and Strings in G Minor, Op. 25

A free pre-concert talk, hosted by Robert Sherman, begins at 2:15 p.m. For more than 40 years, Sherman was a music critic and columnist for The New York Times, and for nearly 20 years he served on the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School.

To purchase tickets ($65), please visit or call the Sarasota Opera box office at (941) 328-1300. For more information about the La Musica season, visit

Sunday, April 3 • 1 PM – 3 PM

The Sarasota Women’s Challenge Polo Tournament

Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240

Sunday Polo matches are open to the public every Sunday at 1 pm beginning December 19th, 2021 through April 24th, 2022. Gates open at 10 am. Join thousands of fans for exciting polo action, opening parade, live national anthem, theme weeks, half-time entertainment, wagon rides, food, drinks, and divot-stomping. Dress comfortably and for the weather. Remember, you will be walking on the grass. Well-socialized dogs are welcome on a leash.

Let us know what you’re up to this weekend in Sarasota, we’d love to hear from you! What do you like to do over the weekend in Siesta Key? Do you have any hip happenings to share with us? We would love to hear … email me at [email protected].

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