Community Events

The Central Sarasota Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
4748 S. Beneva Road
Sarasota  Florida  34233
United States
Join the growing food movement with produce from local, small, and family farms! The Central Sarasota Farmer's Market meets every Saturday from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI), 4748 S. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233. Please visit · Locally grown produce · Small & Family Farms · Fresh baked goods · Great food vendors · Local artists & artisans · Live entertainment · Convenient location with ample parking · Indoor restrooms · Pet friendly environment · Flat, paved surface for canes, walkers, & wheelchairs

Blanche & Baby Jane Drag Queen Bingo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 5:00pm
(941) 954-5800
326 Nokomis Ave
Venice  Florida
United States
Join us for a fabulous night of drag-queen bingo, featuring celebrity queens – Venice Mayor, John Holic, owner of Fins at Sharky’s, Mike Pachota, and the former Venice Gondolier editor, Bob Vedder. Enjoy Billy's bodacious burgers and dogs, wickedly wild wig contest, outrageous cash and prizes, live entertainment, beer and wine, while benefiting the 2014 Chalk Festival in Venice. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with Blanche and Baby Jane entertainment starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Venice Community Center 326 Nokomis Ave. South Venice, FL. Must be 18 and show ID at the door. Tickets are available at the Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave. South or online at For more information contact Jody Jorgenson at (941) 954-5800 or by email at

Workshop with Andy Firk Perennial Vegetables for SW Florida

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
(941) 961-7095
1714 Shamrock Blvd
Venice  Florida  34285
United States
Andy Firk practices permaculture at Bamboo Grove Farm in Arcadia, Florida where he houses a collection of 250 types of plants in the ground, over 180 of which are edible and medicinal, plus many varieties of hardy, clumping bamboos. This event is a great opportunity to learn, discuss, and share information and plants. Saturday, Aug 30th, 3-6pm - Workshop with Andy Firk Perennial Vegetables for SW Florida includes a slideshow, potluck, plant swap, & Q&A time! Andy has traveled to over 180 organic farms, backyard permaculture gardens, edible plants nurseries, etc. across Florida. During his trips, he has taken many photos of various perennial vegetables that well suit our sub-tropical climate. The slideshow is loaded with photos and gardening friends who share their experiences with us. He will discuss many plants, including tindora perennial cucumber, longevity spinach, purple ube yams, jewels of opar, arrowroot, latexplant, and more. WHAT TO BRING: Notepad & pencil. Food to share (there is a small kitchen that we may use at the center). There will be plants to swap and to sell in the back of Andy's truck, so bring plants to swap if you like.

Heatstroke Hot Rod Hoedown 11

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 1:00am
Bradenton  Florida  66666
United States
The Best Underground Music Fest !

Yoga Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00am
(850) 443-5998
17507 Waterline Rd
Bradenton  Florida  34212
United States
A full day of yoga classes, workshops, music and dance performances, kids yoga zone, art activities & gallery, garden meditations, food and craft vendors, Kirtan, and more. A benefit for All Faith's Food Bank. Kids will be supervised at the kids zone until 2, and everyone can enjoy interactive musical meditation at the Kirtan from 5-7.
Performer Website: 
Heartwood Retreat Center

2014 Annual Celebration & Boundary Crosser Award

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
(941) 365-8751
1212 SE Ave.
Sarasota  Florida  34239
United States
SCOPE, a community engagement organization that connects and inspires citizens to create a better community, invites the community to attend this annual event to honor community building and the 2014 Boundary Crosser Cathy Layton. A Boundary Crosser is a person who connects people across boundary lines that traditionally divide community. Hors d’oeuvres, wine & beer will be served.

Links and Paths: Abstract Narratives by Janet Mishner

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
(941) 922-7565
340 S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota  Florida
United States
After a summer hiatus, the gallery at The Women's Resource Center of Sarasota will once again be filled with the artwork of local talent. Janet Mishner kicks off the new season with her October 2 opening, from 5-7pm in the Selby Room, 340 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. 941-366-1700. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. The show extends through November 20, 2014 and can be seen most weekdays from10:30am to 4pm.

Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 5:00pm to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 8:00pm
(941) 706-7605
2050 Adams Lane
Sarasota  Florida  34236
United States
The annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival benefitting The Lazarus Foundation Inc. Kids Force is a three-day event is expected to attract over 37,000 festival-goers. The 6th Annual Pumpkin Festival is proud to announce the new Live Ninja Turtle Show! Come see all things Pumpkin! Come visit our Pumpkin Patch and Maze, Free Hayrides, Live Demonstrations, Kids Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Carnival Rides and Games, Pie Eating Contests, Safe Trick or Treating, Beer Garden, Large Variety of Cuisine and Family Activities to amuse all ages. Don’t miss it folks The Pumpkin Festival at Payne Park Sarasota.

Boatyard Bash

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm
(941) 708-6120
4415 119th Street West
Cortez  Florida  34215
United States
The Florida Maritime Museum is excited for the second annual Boatyard Bash, featuring live music by Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots, the Wire Beaters, and the Rose Island Band. Enjoy fun and educational demos, home-built boats, art and food vendors, a butterfly release, and a classic “creature feature” on the big screen at 6pm. Bring blankets, chairs or golf carts to enjoy the movie and free popcorn. Admission is free. Visit FMM on Facebook or call 941-708-6120 for more info.