*Photo courtesy of Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
As if the breath-taking beaches, famous museums, world-class restaurants, operas, ballets, and endless shopping weren’t enough to keep you busy in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, we’ve also pulled together a list of upcoming events in May to give you some more things to look forward to. ENJOY!
May 5, 2016 – CINCO DE MAYO! / 5pm to 12am
Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton will host “Cinco De Mayo LIVE!” with live music, food vendors and arts and crafts. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight. http://www.realizebradenton.com/2016_cinco_de_mayo
May 6, 2016 – FIRST FRIDAY in DOWNTOWN SARASOTA / 6pm to 9pm
Every Friday in Downtown Sarasota, enjoy live performances and entertainment in a new location. This week, on Main Street at 5 Points Park and Palm Avenue.
May 7, 2016 – SIESTA KEY’S ANNUAL SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST
This event, held near the Pavilion Siesta Key Public Beach is always a huge hit! Free and open to all ages of participation, the 44th Annual Amateur Siesta Sand Sculpture Contest also awards five cash prizes. This is one you shouldn’t miss! http://events.siestakeychamber.com/events/details/44th-annual-amateur-sand-sculpting-contest-409
May 7, 2016 – 6th ANNUAL FOOD & WINE ON PINE / 11:30am to 6:30pm
More than 20 area restaurants will be featured on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island along with local artists, kids activities, live music and more. There is even a Kentucky Derby-style area where the derby races will be televised, along with a hat contest, prizes and derby themed drinks. $5 admission includes entrance, a wine glass and buffet tray. http://www.foodandwineonpine.com
May 7, 2016: “PICKING PICNIC 2016” ON BRADENTON’S RIVERWALK / 2pm to 10pm
This free event features regional and local music, a food truck battle, craft beers and fun for the whole family. Bring a blanket or beach chair and just enjoy! http://www.realizebradenton.com/pickin_picnic_2016_20160507
May 08, 2016: MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH ON THE BAY AT THE CROSLEY / 10am & 12:30pm
It’s hard to beat the view, but this menu comes close! This delicious breakfast and brunch menu includes Belgium waffles, Southern Tea Sandwiches, Crab Cakes, Chicken Jambalaya, smokey Citrus glazed ham, a selection of fresh salads, fruit and more. Enjoy live music with seating inside the mansion or bay side. Adults – $42, Children 3 to 10 – $24, Children 3 and under are free. http://www.crosleysupperclub.com
May 12 – 14, 2016: 6th ANNUAL GULF COAST OPEN FISHING TOURNAMENT
All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. There are 5 contest divisions with prizes, and entertainment. http://www.gulfcoastopen.com/event/
May 14 – 15, 2016: DIG THE BEACH – SIESTA KEY VOLLEY BALL CLASSIC / 8:30am
Always an exciting event to watch and free! Head over to the Siesta Key public beach volleyball courts to check it out and stay to lounge at the world’s number one beach when you’re done! http://digthebeach.com/events/siesta-key-may/
May 16, 2016: RINGLING BY THE BAY / 5pm to 8pm
Take in live music and stunning views with food and drinks available for purchase. Admission is $10, or free for members and free with “Art After Five” admission. Limited seating is available, so jump on those tickets now! https://www.ringling.org/events/ringling-bay
May 21, 2016: BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ FEST ON ANNA MARIA / 3pm to 9pm
This year’s opening act is Mac McConnell. Bring your beach chairs, blankets and dancing shoes and settle in for a fun event! Admission is $5, kids 12 and under are free. Benefitting Roser Food Pantry / A.I.D.
May 29, 2016: “A TRIBUTE TO HEROES” MEMORIAL DAY PARADE LWR MAIN STREET/ 5pm to 8pm
Local bands, choir groups, drum lines, dance teams and floats will make their way down Main Street at 7pm. Here will be a kids decorated bike contest, food, drinks and live entertainment. Block party starts at 6pm, so find your primo viewing spot early! http://www.lwrcac.com/memorial-day-tribute-to-heroes/
May 30, 2016: SARASOTA MEMORIAL DAY PARADE / 10am
The parade starts at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and continues west along Main Street to Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park. The ceremony at Hamel Park will begin immediately after the parade.