Sun & Fun Things Happening In Sarasota This Weekend

Jennifer Flanders
Jennifer Flanders
Published on May 17, 2022

Well, ya’ll it’s getting warm now and there are some things happening in Sarasota this weekend. We’ve included our shortlist but with lots of info so be sure you read the whole way through! Our community-focused blog encourages you to shop local and support small businesses!

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 events and things to do this weekend in Sarasota and the surrounding area!

Friday, May 20 – 22

Sarasota Shrimp & Music Festival

JD Hamel Park, Main St & S Gulfstream Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

Calling All Seafood Lovers 😍❤️‍🔥🔥📅 THIS WEEKEND 🐙🦐🦞🦪🦀🦀🐟🍤. This 3-Day Sarasota Shrimp & Music Festival, kicks off FRIDAY, MAY 20TH at 4 PM with performances by The Kara Nally Band (Blues, Funk & Soul), Kettle of Fish (Rock), and Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio. Admission is free! SATURDAY (11 AM-10 PM) The Whole Band 12:30 PM TO 2 PM | 22N 2:30 PM TO 4 PM | Dirty Byrd 4:30 PM TO 6 PM | STORMBRINGER 6:30 PM TO 8 PM and Billy The Kid & The Regulators 8:30 PM TO 10 PM. SUNDAY (11 AM-6 PM) Bryan Spainhower 12:30 PM TO 2:00 PM | Frank Bang 2:30 PM TO 4:00 PM and Damon Fowler 4:30 PM TO 6:00 PM.Location: 199 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

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Common festival questions…
❓ Are dogs allowed? Yes, this park is dog-friendly
❓ Is there admission? No, the event is open to the public
❓ Do we need to bring chairs? No, we provide plenty of chairs. We also offer seating under the large festival beer tent. You are welcome to bring your own should you prefer.
❓ Where is parking? The Palm Avenue Parking Garage is a 3-minute walk (.04 mi) and the address is 1289 N. Palm Ave. Sarasota 34236. Downtown offers thousands of on-street parking options that provide you with at least 2 hours of free parking! Parkmobile is the Payment App for downtown parking meters.

Saturday, May 21 • 3 PM – 8 PM

Venice Beach Party

Venice Public Beach, 101 The Esplanade South, Venice, FL 34285

Join us at Venice Beach for the 2022 Venice Beach Party and enjoy food and drink trucks from BrewBurgers, British Open Pub, Kona Ice, Papa’s Pilar Rum Bar, Pop’s Sunset Grill, and Sharky’s Snack Shack. Beer and wine will be available. Dance in the sand to live music by Sarasota Steel Pan Band at 3 pm and Karate in the Garage at 6 pm. Park downtown and ride the free trolley from Centennial Park. Chairs and blankets are welcome. No coolers and no pets, please. Rain or shine!

This event is presented by Venice MainStreet and made possible by support from the following:

Presenting Sponsor – Fifth Third Bank

Stage Sponsor- Papa’s Pilar Rum

Media Sponsor- Venice Gondolier Sun

Band Sponsor- Pop’s Sunset Grill

Booth Sponsors:

Englewood Bank & Trust

– LandShark

– Chateau Minuty

Logo Sponsors:

Hotel Venezia


Jessup’s Major Appliance Centers

Saturday, May 21 • 8 AM – 12 PM

Venice Beach Farmers Market

Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Avenue, Venice Fl 35285

Local and Organic Fresh Produce, Baked Goods, Meats, Seafood, Dairy, Plants, Herbs, Prepared Foods, Honey, Syrups, Sauces, Salsa, and more…

Saturday, May 21 • 11 AM – 4 PM


Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd Palmetto, FL 34221

Adopt-A-Palooza is returning! The 6th Annual Adopt-A-Palooza will be held, Saturday, May 21 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center from 11-4. Admission and parking are FREE. Join us for the largest one-day adoption and expo-style event in Manatee County. Featuring over 100 adoptable pets from Manatee County Animal Services, local shelters, and animal rescues – all under one roof! For pets from MCAS, all adoption fees will be waived in lieu of a donation made to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services, the co-presenter of the event. In addition to a pet marketplace and expo, Adopt-A-Palooza will host a free pet vaccine and microchip clinic. Pet owners with dogs and cats in need of vaccinations and/or microchips can bring their pets to the event to receive them at no charge. This free clinic is offered from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. For the latest information about the event, please visit

Sunday, May 22 • 10 AM- 2 PM

Brunch with Live Music

Motorworks Brewing, 1014 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205

Join us in the Beer Garden from 10-2 pm for a relaxing weekend brunch. Our brunch menu features some of the area’s best brunch favorites, bottomless mimosas, loaded bloody marys, and our house-made cold brew spiked coffee drinks! Live Music will be on the Beer Garden stage from 11-3 pm to provide the perfect atmosphere under the oak tree. Cheers!

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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