Things to do for Easter in Sarasota and Bradenton Area
With the 2017 Easter weekend just around the corner on April 16th, it’s time for us all to figure out what exactly we’re going to spend the day doing. We’ve put together a list of things to do for Easter in Sarasota, Siesta Key and Bradenton for the whole family to enjoy (and some adult fun too!).
Easter Egg Hunts & More in Sarasota & Bradenton April 1st-10th 2017
- The Egg Spree, Friday, April 7th, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM (3530 Whitfield Avenue, Sarasota, FL), If you have never seen 10,000 eggs in one place, you may just want to come and check this out! Fun, candy, face painting and more. This is a free event.
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- Adult Easter Egg Hunt: Sound interesting? Then join Motorworks Brewing (1014 9th St West, Bradenton)on April 8th, 2017. Tickets are $10 each and the proceeds go to the Humane Society of Manatee County. Registration is at 4:00 PM and the hunt starts at 4:30 PM. Over 300 eggs are hidden for prizes and fun! Eggs will contain mini bottles of liquor, drink prizes, candy and toys. If demand calls for it, there will be a second egg hunt starting at 5:30 PM.
- Sarasota has always been known as a city that enjoys celebrating its Arts and Culture. If you’d like to see some a great theater production to celebrate Easter check out the regional premiere of Bo-Nita, (March 31st-April 30th)a play by Elizabeth Heffron, and Directed by Luke Calzada, hosted at the Urbanite Theatre (1487 Second Street, Sarasota / (941) 321 – 1397 ). The Seattle Times described the play as “A Revved-up, fearless and poignant script swerving between comedy and compassion.” Please note the show does contain adult language and mature themes, so it might be best to leave the kiddos at home.
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14 Things to do for Easter in Sarasota and Bradenton Area April 10th-16th
- April 14th (Friday), 2017, Have fun with Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails at the Sarasota Jungle Garden (3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34232). This year’s event features Egg Hunts at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Guest should bring their own baskets. Children will have a great time hunting over 40,000 candy filled eggs. See the Easter Bunny and participate in face painting. Admission is half price for children on event day.
- The 21st annual Big Truck day and Egg Hunt, April 15th is being hosted by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources between the hours of 10.00AM and 2.00PM at Twin Lakes Park (6700 Clark Rd, Sarasota / (941) 861 – 5000 ). Children are invited to climb into/over 20 vehicles including a fire truck, dump truck, construction equipment and more! They’ll have an egg hunt at 10.30 AM and another one at 12.30 PM, and advise that you bring a bag or basket for your little ones to keep their found treasure. This one is going to be a lot of fun for the whole family!
- If you’d rather stay home on Sunday, you and your family can still enjoy the community Easter celebrations on Saturday the 15th. This year’s annual installment of the Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt (8919 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key / (941) – 349 – 3800 / www.siestakeychamber.com/home ) is open to children ages 1 – 6 and priced at $10. This year, the hunt will take place at Turtle Beach, beginning at 9 AM.
- If you’re looking for a more relaxed way to spend the day, Siesta Key’s Farmers Market, April 16th (5124 Ocean Blvd Siesta Village Plaza / www.siestafaermersmarket.com ) will be hosting their weekly event from 8.00AM – 2.00PM. The day will feature vendors in produce, plants, food and drink and other artisan work. And with this event being so close to one of the best-rated beaches in the nation, doesn’t a picnic sound like a good idea for afterward? Bring along some towels and beach chairs, and you’ll be ready to go!
- Marina Jack: Sarasota Bayfront (2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota /(941) 365 – 4232 ) is hosting a special Easter Holiday Brunch, April 16th from 10 AM – 3 PM. No menus will be offered during brunch, but the buffet menu – which is available on their website – will consist of traditional breakfast, fish, a salad bar, and desserts stations. The dinner menu will begin at 4.30PM, and Rock Lee will be joining in at the Piano Bar at 6 PM.
- Easter Cruise: If you’d rather celebrate out on the Bay, two cruises will be featured on Easter Sunday during the following times; 1 PM – 3 PM, and 6.30PM – 8.30 PM, with live music perfumed by Dan Crawford.
- Sarasota’s very own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team (1602 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota / (941) 388 – 1666) will have a performance on Easter afternoon, April 16th at 2.00PM. This team regularly participates in the Florida State Show Ski Championship, the Southern Regional Ski Championship and have competed in the National Show Ski Championship. So they’re definitely a team to see! They’ll be performing at their location, and it’s absolutely free, so why not come enjoy and support the talent our city has to offer!
- If you’d like to celebrate Easter (April 16th) with family and friends as Sarasota’s most treasured institution, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Sarasota Bay and dining on an expansive buffet including brunch items, seafood display, carving station, fresh salads, and sweet treats, then look no further! Easter Brunch on the Bay hosted by The Ringling (5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota / (941) 359 – 5700 ) will definitely be one for the whole family, with live performances by local musicians, a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny, and an interactive children’s zone with Easter baskets and hidden eggs. The menu can be found at www.tableside.com/muse. We recommend calling ahead to reserve a spot.
- April 16th, celebrate Easter with a buffet brunch, a leisurely egg hunt and children’s activities at this year’s Easter Brunch at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (900 S. Palm Avenue / (941) 366 – 5731 / www.selby.org ). The Gardens, which has won a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, will also feature live music and family photos with the Eater Bunny from The Fancy Booth. So come relax with us under the Banyan trees on the Great Lawn, overlooking the beautiful Sarasota Bay.
- If your family prefers celebrating Easter with the festivity of sport then head a little North to Bradenton for the National Baseball Recruiting Showcase at Bayshore ( 5401 34th Street, W, Bradenton / (800) 260 – 8434 / www.athleticscholarshipcorp.com ). This showcase will include coaches on site and via video broadcasted, and will include the hosting of various other sports media outlets. Attendees can be from the graduation classes of 2017 – 2022, and their evaluation will be based on drills and full gameplay. Each athlete will have a recruiter profile their skill and video from showcase on the website.
- April 16th, if you’d like to work of the Easter calories before you dig into them, check out the Siesta Key Oyster Bar’s (SKOB) Fun Run (Siesta Key Oyster Bar, 5238 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key / (941) 346 – 5443 ). This is a family friendly 3-mile run/walk, and if you sign up at SKPB before the race you can receive a punch card and earn fun rewards. So get your workout in before you dine out this Easter holiday. Bonus points for convincing your family to join in with you! The race starts at 8.30AM, but get there early to sign in- staff will be there to help from 8.00AM.