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Special Events in Sarasota

Sarasota Blues and Music Festival
The Sarasota Blues and Music Festival is one of the most well attended annual event in the city. Held in the fall the event features up-and-coming performers, as well as Grammy winning favorites. Food, drinks, and crafts are available at the festival. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and be ready for a good time. The event is held on the Ed Smith Auditorium grounds.

Thunder By The Bay
One of the more interesting events held in Sarasota is the Thunder By The Bay Motorcycle Festival. Held each winter, the event brings together motorcyclists of all types for a 3-day celebration. Visitors can see bikes of every kind, along with live bands, bike show, cruise-for-cash run and a kick-off party at the Hyatt Regency. The event was started 11 years ago to raise money for local children and families.

Sharktoberfest
Bring the kids to Sharktoberfest at Mote Marine Laboratory to explore the creatures of the deep. Special exhibits touch pools and viewable working laboratories make it an interesting and educational experience. Enjoy special appearances of Gilly the Shark, aquarium mascot, throughout the month. Children in Halloween costume get free admission with purchase of an adult ticket

Annual Downtown Art & Craft Festival
Sarasota is also home to an annual art and craft festival held in downtown Sarasota not far from the beach. Enjoy displays of ceramics, pottery, jewelry, clothing, paintings, photography, and sculpture. Exotic plants, soaps, and food items are also featured. Held in late fall, it's a good way to get a jump on the Christmas season.

Sarasota Medieval Fair
Fun for the whole family, the Sarasota Medieval Fair takes visitors back to an earlier age when knights fought for the honor of fair damsels and kings ruled the land. Food, drinks, crafts, jugglers, musicians, and dancers make for lively entertainment in a medieval setting. The Fair is held at the Sarasota Fair Grounds.

Sarasota Wine Festival & Auction
This event brings together wine-lovers for a 4-day food and wine festival
The auction benefits a number of local charities in the area, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, Child Development Center, Humane Society of Sarasota County and Special Olympics. The event begins with a dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and continues with winemaker dinners at local restaurants and private homes. Wine tasting and seminars are also available during the event.


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