BMX’s Sunshine State Nationals | January 5th - 7th
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Watch as 1,500 BMX riders from across the US and Canada compete to qualify for the UCI BMX World Championships! Eligible riders in this race will work to earn points toward qualifying for the 2024 Olympics! Admission to the races is free, and there will be vendors to purchase food and merchandise while you enjoy the excitement. The races will be held at Sarasota County’s Youth Athletic Complex.
For more information, visit the website here.
Sarasota Winter Carnival | January 11th - 15th
Photo courtesy of University Town Center
Enjoy a true carnival experience at University Town Center in Sarasota! Enjoy different rides, food, and other fair fun! Entry to the carnival is free with rides and concessions charged individually. Times vary based on the day, so check out the event posting here for more information before you go.
Sarasota Beer & Burger Festival | January 13th - 14th
What better way to spend a weekend than trying new burgers and drinking cool beers? Enjoy the Sarasota Beer and Burger Festival January 13th - 14th starting at 12pm each day. Not only will you find both of these items, but experience live music and shop burger-themed vendors. Kids under 18 have free admission and adults are $10 advance and $15 at the gate.
To purchase tickets and information on participating restaurants, as well as VIP ticket pricing, visit the event site here.
Forks & Corks | January 25th - 29th
Calling all food and wine connoisseurs! This festival is for you. Experience the perfect way to taste the local flavors of Sarasota. Each day of the festival has a unique theme – ranging from dinners to casual tastings, leading up to the Grand Tasting on January 28th. This event is popular amongst locals and visitors alike, so tickets sell out fast!
If interested, visit the Forks & Corks website here.
Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival | January 26th - 28th
The 8th annual Seafood and Music Festival is back in Sarasota this January! Enjoy various seafood vendors, but if you're not a fan of seafood don't worry! Meat and vegetarian options are also available. There will be live music ranging from pop bands to Caribbean groups – simply a time you can’t miss! Catch the small business vendors that sell goods and gifts such as pottery, jewelry, and more.
For details, visit the Paragon Festivals’ website here.
Gasparilla Festival | January 27th
Photo courtesy of Visit Tampa Bay
The Pirates are back and ready to take over Tampa Bay! This beloved tradition is extra special to Tampa natives, and is an incredible event for visitors to experience as well! Wear your best Pirate gear and watch the Gasparilla parade, held from 2pm - 6pm. For a kid-friendly experience, be sure to attend the children’s parade on January 20th at 4pm. Adults, strap in for all of the Gasparilla offerings from local bars and restaurants, and have fun!
2024 is in full swing and South Florida has so much fun for you and your family to experience! Tropical Beach is your perfect destination to explore the beaches, get a taste for the city, and come back and relax after your long day. We can't wait to see you in Siesta Key this year!