Here’s What’s Happening This Weekend In Sarasota!

Jennifer Flanders
Jennifer Flanders
Published on September 15, 2022

Did I mention how much I love living in Sarasota? Born and raised here and a true beach girl, I wanted to share a little bit more about why I love it here so much and why so many others do as well! I really enjoyed this list of 11 Things You Need To Know About Living in Sarasota.

The name “Sarasota” is thought to be derived from a Spanish term for “a place of dancing” — an apt name for this Florida Gulf Coast city just south of the Tampa Bay area. With a lively arts scene, gorgeous beaches, and a burgeoning business center, Sarasota is a magnet for people looking to relocate.  Well, I’ll go ahead and give you the first reason… then be sure to read on!


Beautiful beaches, warm weather, and enviable recreational and cultural amenities earn Sarasota a spot on “best of” lists almost every year. In the most recent 2021 edition, U.S. News & World Report honored the city as the best place to retire in the U.S., naming the superb offering of restaurants in Sarasota among its many attractions. And Sarasota isn’t just for retirees. In fact, it’s the top place to live in Florida for all ages, beating out ritzy Naples to the south and bustling Tampa Bay to the north and landing among the top 10 places to live in all the United States.

And as always, here are a few of our picks for things to do this weekend in Sarasota! Please let me know if you have any questions at all about Sarasota or the surrounding area!

Friday, September 16 • 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday Fest

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provides the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront.

Jah Movement – September 16

Share your favorite Friday Fest memories on social media using the hashtag #VWFridayFest.

Presenting sponsor: Gettel Automotive Group

Others: Karen Sweat PLLC-EXP RealtyCool TodayVan Wezel FoundationABC 7Michelob Ultra Gold107.9 WSRZMattison’sSarasota Herald-TribuneThe Ronto Group, Inc.Sweet Sparkman Architecture and InteriorsBright HealthCare and SRQ Media Group.

Friday, September 16 • 6 PM

Oktoberfest 2022

Origin Craft Beer & Pizza Café, 8193 Tourist Center Dr, Bradenton, FL

Join us Friday, September 16th at 6 pm for our First Annual Oktoberfest. 16 world-class German beers on tap. Nine hand-picked local breweries. Commemorative 1/2 liter stein available for purchase for $15 with complimentary fill.

Featured Breweries:

3 Sons Brewing Co.

Woven Water Brewing Company

Tripping Animals Brewing Co.

Green Bench Brewing

Magnanimous Brewing

Calusa Brewing

BarrieHaus Beer Co.

Redlight Redlight

Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy some music with the White Crowe Band!

Saturday, September 17 • 10 AM – 2 PM

Sarasota Classic Car Museum Show

Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Calling all car lovers! This monthly car show is sure to be a treat for everyone! Come out and see the best of Sarasota’s classic cars starting at 9:00 this Saturday and the 3rd Saturday of every month!

Saturday, September 17 • 7 PM

The Mike Kach Group Rocks the Park

Hart’s Landing, 920 Ringling Causeway Sarasota, FL

Join us for another incredible music experience at Werlin Park! With the playground behind us, this is a wonderful experience for all ages!

This week’s event features music from The Mike Kach Group!

Sunday, September 18 • 9:30 AM

“Last Call Before Fall” Boat & Personal Watercraft Fun Run

Marina Jacks, 2 Marina Plaza Sarasota, FL

Don’t miss the “Last Call Before Fall” Boat & Personal Watercraft Fun Run on Sunday, September 18 presented by Suntex Marinas and benefits Suncoast Charities for Children! All Participants MUST pre-register by September 16. Boats will start at Marina Jack and end at Marina Jack stopping at the official fun run stops in any order. The more fun run stops that participants check in, the more entries received to win raffle prizes. Register HERE.

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

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