Siesta Key Festivals, Fairs, and Yearly Events
If you find yourself in Siesta Key during any of these yearly festivals, you’re in for a treat. Because of the year-round summer weather, Sarasota County offers a range of festivals for everyone, from family-friendly groups to foodies.
Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival (November)
One of the most popular events in Siesta Key is the Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival. This event takes place every November and draws sand sculptors from all over the world. The festival is a four-day event that features live music, food and beverage vendors, and over 24 sand sculptors creating some of the most incredible sand art you have ever seen. Visitors can walk through the sand sculptures, take photos, and even vote for their favorite.
Siesta Key Farmers Market
The Siesta Key Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from October to May. The market is located at the Siesta Key Village and features local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, handmade crafts, and more. It’s a great place to pick up fresh ingredients for a beach picnic or to find unique souvenirs to take home.
Siesta Key Seafood and Music Festival
The Siesta Key Seafood and Music Festival is a yearly event that takes place in December. The festival features fresh seafood dishes from some of the area's best restaurants, live music, and a variety of arts and crafts vendors. Visitors can sample everything from crab cakes to shrimp scampi while enjoying the sounds of local musicians.
Siesta Key Craft Festival
The Siesta Key Craft Festival is a two-day event that takes place in February. The festival features over 100 artists and craftsmen showcasing their handmade creations. Visitors can find everything from pottery and paintings to jewelry and woodwork. The festival also features live music and food and beverage vendors.
Siesta Key Christmas Boat Parade
The Siesta Key Christmas Boat Parade is a yearly event for the whole family. The parade features boats decorated in holiday lights and decorations, making for a beautiful sight as they glide along the water. Visitors can watch the parade from the beach or from one of the many restaurants along the water. And the best part is - it’s FREE!
Siesta Key Triathlon
The Siesta Key Triathlon takes place a few times every year and is a popular event for athletes of all levels. The triathlon has a 1/4-mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 10-mile bike ride, and a 5K run along the beach. Participants can compete individually or as part of a team, and the event is open to both amateurs and professionals.
Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt
The Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt occurs most years at the lovely Turtle Beach. The event features thousands of eggs hidden along the beach for children to find. In addition to the egg hunt, the event also features games, face painting, and visits from the Easter Bunny. Tickets for children are $10 - register early because spots are limited!
Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll
The Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll is a yearly event featuring live music, food and beverage vendors, and special promotions at the many shops in the Siesta Key Village. Lovers can stroll through the village, enjoying the festive atmosphere and picking up unique gifts for their special someone.
Come Visit Siesta Key
Siesta Key is not only a beautiful vacation destination, but it is also a great place to experience local culture and festivities. From sand sculpting to seafood, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So, whether you are a local or a visitor, make sure to check out some of the many festivals our great island has to offer.
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