8 Great Things to Do in Sarasota This Month

January marks the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a New Year. It’s also a month that’s jam-packed with fun things to do in Sarasota, from quirky flea markets to cultural festivals. Here are eight of our favorite things to check out this month.


Music on Main

Put on your dancing shoes and head to Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch on Jan. 5th. There’ll be beer, wine, and food for purchase, as well as live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can bring your chairs and your dog as long as they’re leashed, but leave coolers at home.


Orchids Expo Show and Sale

The 60th Annual Orchids Expo Show will spotlight thousands of award-winning orchids in displays created by orchid vendors and local orchid societies. Speak with growers, attend seminars, purchase orchids, or just get some great photos of these beautiful flowers! The show opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6th at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.


Coquina Beach “Winter Fest Arts & Crafts Show”

Get inspired by skilled artists and craftspeople and take home something special at the 11th Annual Coquina Beach “Winter Fest Arts & Crafts Show” Jan. 7th to 8th. This arts and crafts show takes place right on Gulf Of Mexico Drive on Anna Maria Island, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. You can’t miss it – just look for the crowds!


Manatee County Fair

Come celebrate Manatee County and the warmth of the community at the Annual Manatee County Fair! The fair will take place Jan. 11th to Jan. 21st at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. This year’s fair features exciting exhibits and vendors, livestock shows and auctions, competitions, a thrill-packed midway, a variety of great entertainment, and delicious fair food.


Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market

Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Thieves Market, Sarasota FL


All hands hoay for the Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Thieves Market, a Flea Market, only pirate style! There are thousands of treasures to be found and foods to be eaten at the hundreds of vendor market booths Jan. 13th to Jan. 14th. Everything’s as good as gold, whether you want custom handmade jewelry or sharks teeth on a string, antiques or knock-offs, BBQ brisket or hot links. Make sure to get a photo taken with some privateers and a 60-foot pirate ship on the beach.


Ringling Bridge Run

Looking for active things to do in Sarasota? The 15th Annual Ringling Bridge Run starts at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 13th from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The four-mile road race is an inspiring trek over the iconic Ringling Bridge. There’s also a one-mile fun run/walk starting at 8:30 a.m. for those wanting to participate but take it easy.


Sarasota Winter Fine Arts Festival

Looking for a new piece of artwork for your home or office, or just want to support the arts? Marvel at unique creations by 120 of America’s top artisans at the 6th Annual Sarasota Winter Fine Arts Festival Jan. 13th-14th. This is a rare opportunity to meet the talented artists and discover how each is inspired.


Sarasota Native American Indian Festival

Did you know that there is evidence that Native Americans lived along the waterfront of Sarasota more than 3,000 years ago? Get acquainted with the culture and artistry of the Native American people at the 11th Annual Sarasota Native American Indian Festival from Jan. 19th-21st. On-site, you’ll experience traditional storytelling, dance, and Native American food. Authentic, handmade, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts, paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, beadwork, and leatherwork will be on display and available for purchase.


We hope that this list gives you a few ideas for things to do in Sarasota this month! And if you’re looking for a new home, we’d love to show you around our brand new community! You can also take a virtual tour of our luxury apartment homes online. Give us a call at (941) 328-2400 to schedule a tour.


Hope to see you soon!



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