Sarasota Weekend Events of October 28, 2016

Sarasota Weekend Events of October 28, 2016

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Its Halloween week and time to get outdoors and enjoy the fall fun with or without your pets! There are a variety of events happening this week, check out the 1st annual Celtober Fest, or if you’re in the mood for blues, and are over 21, try the Sip the Sunshine Craft Beer Festival. There is something for everyone this weekend.


Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival runs every weekend through October and is a family-friendly event featuring pony rides, festival food, crafters, live music, a mini train ride and much more. Come pick out the perfect pumpkin from their pumpkin patch or enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone. Visit: for more information.


The Sarasota Pumpkin Festival will be held at a new location in Lakewood Ranch. This one features a corn maze, rides, games, pie eating contest, beer garden and safe trick-or-treating for the kids. A little further north, you’ll find Hunsader’s Pumpkin Festival October 29 & 30 from 9am to 5pm. A wide variety of activities make this one a family favorite and some of the more popular attractions include 75+ craft booths, live music, a corn maze, hayrides, scarecrow displays, face painting, frog jumping, butterfly experience, rock climbing and a train ride, just to name a few of the activities.


8th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

8th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

October 28th, 29th and 30th, 2016 from 12pm to 10pm daily
NEW Location!! Premier Sports Campus (5895 Post Blvd. Lakewood Ranch FL 34211)

Everyone is welcome to participate in the fall-themed activities, including a pumpkin maze, free hayrides, pony rides, carnival rides, safe trick or treating, games, pie-eating contests and costume contests. There are also craft vendors and a beer garden for adults. Admissions is $10 for adults, $7 for students, and $5 for kids. All rides at the fair require a ticket sold separately; proceeds benefit the Lazarus Foundation Inc.


Doga-Ween - 5th Annual Doggie & Kittie Halloween Festival

Doga-Ween - 5th Annual Doggie & Kittie Halloween Festival
October 29 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Five Points Park, N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

As a favorite event in downtown Sarasota year after year, Doga-Ween promises to be BIGGER and BETTER in 2016!
If you have attended Doga-Ween in recent years, you certainly will want to make note of our brand new time! Registration for the parade/costume contest will begin at 10:00 a.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. And this year, the parade will begin at 11:15 a.m.
As always, Doga-Ween will be held in beautiful Five Points Park, right in the heart of downtown Sarasota!



Hunsader Farms 25th Annual Pumpkin Festival


Hunsader Farms 25th Annual Pumpkin Festival
October 29 & 30, 2016 from 9am to 5pm
Location: 5500 CR 675, Bradenton FL 34211

Hunsader Falls celebrates its 25th anniversary with the return of its Pumpkin Festival. This family-fun event includes pumpkin games for children, a zoo, pony rides, scarecrow displays, craft booths, live music, food and much more.



1st Annual Celtober Fest
October 29, 2016 from 10:30am to 10pm
3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237

New World Celts – Sarasota Chapter invites you to Celtoberfest, Saturday, October 29th for a great day of music!

1st Annual Celtober Fest

Celtoberfest is proud to bring to Sarasota some of the most innovative bands touring America today who are on the forefront of the Celtic Fusion, Celtic Folk, and Celtic Rock scene. Whether you’re a band groupie and know the songs by heart or are curious about discovering your next new favorite band.




1st Sip the Sunshine Craft Beer Festival

Sip the Sunshine Craft Beer Festival (21 and over)
October 29, 2016 from 1pm to 9pm
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
4:30pm Sundown Concert w/ Heavy Pets & Blues Traveler
During the event, guests will enjoy unlimited craft beer samplings from Florida’s finest breweries. We have also secured the area’s top chefs and caterers to create Florida-inspired cuisine for attendees. In addition, there will be live music throughout the event and an exit swag bag for each guest. Sundown Session is an evening concert that will follow the craft beer festival.


Safe Sex Halloween Bash 2016: Haunted Hollywood presented by Planned Parenthood

Safe Sex Halloween Bash 2016: Haunted Hollywood presented by Planned Parenthood
October 29, 2016 from 9pm to 1am
Location: Michael's On East. 1212 East Ave S, Sarasota, FL 34239

Haunted Hollywood, the spookiest event of the season! This year the excitement happens on Saturday, October 29th, from 9 PM - 1 AM at Michael's On East. Tickets include an open bar, late-night fun, DJ and dancing, live entertainment, our famous "Shag Bags" with candy and other assorted goodies, and shocking surprises!



Giving Hunger The Blues is Now a 2-DAY EVENT!

Giving Hunger The Blues is Now a 2-DAY EVENT!
Saturday, October 29th 2016 Giving Hunger the Boooooos Halloween Party & CD Release
From 8:30pm to 1am at The Francis – Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Party w/Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul – Sarasota’s hottest dance band !


  • Price Includes a Copy of the Band’s NEW ORIGINAL CD
  • Costume Contest – $500 Cash Prize
  • Free Appetizers
  • Spacious Dance Floor
  • Large Air Conditioned Ballroom
  • 3 Cash Bars
  • Portion of the proceeds to benefit the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program
  • $25 in advance, $30 at the door


20th Annual Sarasota Musical Street Festival
October 30th 2016 - From 12pm to 9pm
Located at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

20th Annual Sarasota Musical Street Festival

Giving Hunger The Blues Musical Fest is an annual, one-day, musical street festival located at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida. The family-friendly event features three stages of live music, including the popular youth stage, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and dozens of food and beverage vendors. Live music performances are the main attraction, however. Each year, the festival brings phenomenal music to a happy crowd. American Idol’s Syesha Mercado, The Allman Brothers Band’s Dan Toler and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson have each performed at Giving Hunger The Blues.
This year, enjoy the performances of the Area's Best Bands, including:

Reverend Barry & Funktastic Soul featuring the Hellacious Horns
Jah Movement
Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio
RJ Howson
Ari & the Alibis
Gumbo Boogie featuring Mark "Guitar" Miller
$10 in Advance, $15 at the Gate





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