The Holiday Season is Around the Corner—Here Are the Top Sarasota Events

The holiday season is Sarasota is pretty great—after all, we get all of the cozy holiday festiveness without any of the cold weather!

If you’re planning out your holiday calendar and wondering what the top events will be around Sarasota, we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite celebrations happening over the next few weeks!

Sarasota Medieval Fair

A knight in armor on a horse.

When: November 9th – December 1st

Where: Ringling Woods

What: Hear ye, hear ye! The annual Sarasota Medieval Fair will be kicking off later this month and will be jam-packed with special events every day. Be sure to come out in your best costume and browse the vendors, catch a jousting show, enjoy some live music, and so much more!

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

A sand sculpture on a beach.

When: November 15th – 18th

Where: Siesta Key

What: An internationally-renowned sand sculpting competition, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic features some of the most amazing sand sculptures in the world! Come out and watch the artists work, then browse the vendor village for some refreshments and local goods.

Chalk Festival 2019

Chalk on pavement.

When: November 15th – 18th

Where: Venice Airport

What: The Chalk Festival just happened in Sarasota in April, but it returns later this month in Venice! Hundreds of world-famous artists will decorate the pavement with their finest creations, making the largest display of 3D pavement illusions in one place.

Arlington Park Thanksgiving Break Camp

A kid playing at a park.

When: November 25th – 27th

Where: Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex

What: If you’ve got a youngster out of school for the holiday break, consider registering them for the Arlington Park Thanksgiving Break Camp. Kids ages 6 – 12 are eligible and can enjoy three days of fall crafts, swimming, games, and more.

Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival

Oysters in a bowl.

When: December 6th – 8th

Where: Siesta Key Pavilion

What: Celebrating its fourth year of operation, the Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival has quickly grown to become a community favorite. General admission is only $5 and includes access to tons of local seafood vendors, bars, a marketplace, and live music.

Lights in Bloom

Holiday lights out of focus.

When: December 14th – January 4th

Where: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

What: In honor of the holiday season, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will host their annual Lights in Bloom event, which features over two million lights throughout the gardens! Walk through the magical holiday paradise, and enjoy nightly visit from Santa, arts and crafts, and tons of entertainment.

Sailor Circus Holiday Show

A woman on a trapeze.

When: December 27th – 30th

Where: The Circus Arts Conservatory

What: Come out and support the young students at the Circus Arts Conservatory as they put on their annual Sailor Circus Holiday Show. The heart-pounding acrobatics and amazing displays of aerial artistry are perfect for audiences of all ages!

Find Your Fun in Sarasota

The Sarasota area is constantly buzzing with fun events and activities—and we’re here to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the highlights! Take some time to explore our guide to life in Sarasota, and see if you’re ready to find a home in our vibrant city.

Whenever you’re ready to get started on your buying journey, we’re just a phone call away!

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