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Art, Festivals, Parades: April Events in Sarasota and Beyond

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The spring season is showing no signs of slowing down! With so much happening in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties, we are bringing you a recap of some of the April highlights you won’t want to miss. And to top it all off, we are bringing back your favorite video series with a punch of personality – The Saunders in 60!

Sarasota Film Festival Film Guide

Sarasota Film Festival Film Guide

Twenty Years of Filmmaking
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Sarasota Film Festival is taking place now through April 21st. With hundreds of screenings showing at the Hollywood 11 or the new Art Ovation Hotel, there’s still time to geek out on many an independent film. Also be sure to don your most Hollywood-esque cocktail attire and enjoy the evening at the Out of This World Party on Friday, April 20th and Chill Under the Stars Closing Night Party on Saturday, April 21. For more information and to read through the helpful film guide, visit

Helping the Planet
Join the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County as they host a family-friendly Earth Day Celebration featuring food, a tiny home to tour, and information on how individuals can help the planet. Taking place at Selby Five Points Park, 1 Central Ave, on April 20th from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

In Englewood, you are invited to celebrate Earth Day 2018 at Buchan Airport Community Park on April 22nd from 11am-4pm. Enjoy live music, non-profit organizations, vendors, schools, live animals, and Earth Day fun! 1390 Old Englewood Road, Englewood.

About a Bluegrass Bash
If you like barbecue or bluegrass music, you are most certainly in for a treat when the 9th annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash takes place on Friday, April 20th from 5pm-9pm and Saturday, April 21st from 10am-6pm at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds. You’ll benefit from the barbecue and chili cook-offs, bluegrass concerts, and even a kids’ park. Find out more at

An Architectural Affair
Celebrating creativity and design, the third annual ArchiFest is on Saturday, April 21st from 10am-3pm at 1741 Main Street in Sarasota. Our region’s finest architects and designers will be gathered in an informal atmosphere where you can meet them and ask questions while a series of panel discussions will cover a host of architectural issues that will inform and delight you. Learn more in this article from the MSC Blog: ArchiFest2018: An Architectural Marketplace of Ideas.

Before the Parade Passes By
Known as the biggest parade in southwest Florida, the De Soto Grand Parade celebrates the landfall of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in Manatee County in the 1500’s. Over 150 entries will take part in the parade while over 200,000 people will be lining the streets to view all the fanfare. The parade steps off on April 28th at 6:30pm from Manatee High School and travels through downtown Bradenton. It is recommended to arrive early to get the best possible view. Find out more from the Hernando de Soto Historical Society website.

Siesta Fiesta

Arts and crafts at the 40th annual Siesta Fiesta

Island Arts and Crafts
The 40th annual Siesta Fiesta will be showcasing fine art and handmade crafts from 200 of the nation’s most talented artists and crafters. Head to 5124 Ocean Blvd. on Siesta Key on April 28th or April 29th from 10am – 5pm. Learn more at

A Festival of Fine Arts
Art collectors, hobbiests, and those with a good eye will enjoy the premiere of the Lakewood Ranch Fine Arts Festival on Main Street in downtown Lakewood Ranch. Local, regional and national artisans will be transforming the street into a beautiful outdoor gallery of exquisite original and handmade art. Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29th from 10am – 5pm. Learn more at


To learn more about the area’s lifestyles or Manatee, Charlotte, and Sarasota real estate, contact one of our knowledgeable Michael Saunders & Company sales agents.

Art, Festivals, Parades: April Events in Sarasota and Beyond was last modified: April 18th, 2018 by Kathryn Parks