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Family-Friendly | Saturday 

Sarasota Book Fair

Area authors and illustrators will meet their fans at the third annual Sarasota Book Fair on Saturday. This literary festival showcases regionally based, self-published authors… Read more »

Family-Friendly | Friday | Saturday | Sunday 

Dragon Boat Festival

2,500 breast cancer survivors from 10 different countries will converge on Nathan Benderson Park this weekend for the massive IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival. Expect a… Read more »

Saturday 

Rocky Horror Show

ALSO Youth presents a Halloween party featuring a live Broadway musical show, a Timw Warp party with live DJ and a bar, a costume contest… Read more »

Family-Friendly | Saturday 

Boo Run

This family-oriented race has prizes for best costumes and other Halloween fun. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25; Lakewood Ranch Main Street, Lakewood Ranch; $30 (5k), $10… Read more »

Family-Friendly | Friday 

Boo Fest

  There will be a costume parade, trick-or-treating, live music, a haunted house, pumpkin patch and much more at this annual Lakewood Ranch event. 6-9… Read more »

Family-Friendly | Friday | Saturday 

Haunted Trails of Oscar Scherer

Celebrate the spookiest time of the year and test your courage on the park’s haunted trails. For those who don’t dare the scary paths, there… Read more »

Family-Friendly | Friday | Saturday | Sunday 

Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

Payne Park will be transformed into an outdoor fall festival featuring over 100 free shows, pumpkin patch and maze, pie eating contests, kids’ shows, family… Read more »

Music | Soundboard 

Soundboard live music calendar, Oct. 23-29

Who’s playing where and when this weekend and beyond … including Have Gun Will Travel…. Read more »

Cheap Thrills 

Cheap Thrills, Oct. 23-29

“Blues Bar Buzz” … Rod MacDonald … Thrill the World … Gumbi Ortiz and New Groove City … and more… Read more »

Eat Near | Family-Friendly | Featured | Friday | Saturday | Sunday 

Eat Local Week and Geraldson Community Farm

Tons of events during Eat Local Week, with plans for more at Geraldson Community Farm…. Read more »

Eat Near | Family-Friendly | Featured | Friday | Saturday | Sunday 

Eat Local Week Schedule

A week of events celebrating our unique local food producers…. Read more »

Comedy | Featured | Section | Sunday 

Bill Maher at Van Wezel

Comedian, talk show host, author and Ben Affleck battler brings his brilliant, controversial stand-up to Sarasota…. Read more »

Featured | Saturday | Section 

Safe Sex Halloween Bash

Planned Parenthood’s annual party is always a highlight of the Halloween season. … Read more »

Family-Friendly | Featured | Saturday | Section 

ManaCon

Fifth annual comic convention in downtown Bradenton…. Read more »

Featured | Music | Saturday | Section 

Coral Skies Music Festival

Impressive indie rock roster includes locals Good Graeff… Read more »

Candlelight Tour

A family friendly event that will take you through the first floor of the Gamble mansion, with each room decorated with a spooky theme geared… Read more »

Halloween Social

There will be trick-or-treating, crafts, games, face painting, a tattoo parlor, fortune telling, and lots of other spooky happenings, as well as Charlotte’s Web and… Read more »

Goblin Gathering

Bring the family out and join in the costume contest, face painting, hayrides, bounce houses, and an 18-foot inflatable slide. A $5 wristband is sold… Read more »

Featured | Friday | Saturday | Sunday 

Frightmares Haunted House

The scariest (and maybe only) serious haunted house in the area opens this weekend…. Read more »

Fish, Fun & Fright

Sail the spooky seas and discover creatures from the deep in a safe and fun trick-or-treating zone and explore Mote’s haunted house (recommended for children… Read more »

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