Visitor Experience

Visitor Experience Task Force

Co-Chairs:

Virginia Haley (Visit Sarasota County)

Sean Walter (Bradenton Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau)

Marcela Alberti (HBC Events)

Visitor Experience Schedule

Historic Downtown Village Sarasota
Friday, September 22
Take in the art galleries in Towles Court or search for unique finds at the antique stores in Burns Court. For some fresh air, explore several of nearby parks or take a stroll over the iconic Ringling Bridge for a gorgeous bayfront view.

Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market
Saturday, September 23
The Sarasota Farmers Market, has it’s been around more than 35 years and features more than 70 vendors. The market is a major draw for residents and tourists looking to catch an early morning bite or a midday meal while stocking up on locally grown produce and baked goods.

Riverwalk Experience
Sunday, September 24
Located steps away from Downtown Bradenton, the Bradenton’s Riverwalk, is a perfect place for outdoor recreational activities. The Riverwalk includes a Family Fun Zone, a picnic lawn, a botanical walk, and the signature 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater. For outdoor enthusiasts, visit
the local fishing pier for catching numerous native species.

St. Armands Shop & Dine Around
Monday, September 25
St. Armands Circle is your destination for retail therapy and gourmet dining. Visit the neighboring keys of Lido and Longboat to kayak lush mangroves and to experience Gulf-side relaxation at its finest.

Experience Downtown Main St.
Tuesday, September 26
Downtown Bradenton offers a vibrant scene of entertainment within minutes from the Riverwalk. Explore Old Florida by visiting its museums, parks and preserves. Check out the arts and culture of Village of the Arts or catch a ball game nearby at LECOM Park. Downtown Sarasota is the place locals gather to experience festivals, block parties, and special events. Everything is conveniently located within walking distance. The nightlife offers an array of places to dine and experience live entertainment.

Micro Brew Experience
Wednesday, September 27
The Suncoast, already a key player in Florida’s culinary scene, is currently establishing a reputation as a craft pint paradise. Craft beer lovers can enjoy Florida flavors at hometown breweries, and keep up with other American craft breweries at local pubs—where variety is
always on tap.

WALK Bradenton
Thursday, September 28
Walk Bradenton is an interactive website that showcases downtown Bradenton. Grab your smartphone for a self-guided tour to explore local history, public art, and 145 places to eat, shop, stay, and play. If you want to walk with a local, free 30 minute walks are available at 11am
or 3:30pm beginning at the South Florida Museum.

“Taste of Main – International Flare”
Friday, September 29
Take a stroll down Main Street at Lakewood Ranch and experience the international flare of the local restaurants while shopping in our stylish boutiques. Visitor liaisons will be on site helping guide you through the street and offer answers to any questions you may have.  There is
something for everyone including miniature golf and our cinemas. Visit our family friendly hub that has something for every age.

Beach Day
Saturday, September 30
The Suncoast is lined with miles of the finest white sand and known to have some of the best beaches in the world. Visit the beaches of Sarasota-Manatee County from Venice to Anna Maria.

Venice AACA Collector Car Show
Sunday, October 1
Venice, Florida, is a charming, ageless city on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Enjoy an old-fashioned Sunday at an ice cream parlor, walk around Centennial Park and enjoy the Venice Regional AACA Collector Car Show. This annual show brings in classic cars from a simpler, bygone era.

Let’s Eat: Englewood Restaurant Week
September 25-29
Let’s Eat, is your opportunity to try as many great locally owned restaurants in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Venice. The best area restaurants will be featuring specially priced breakfast, lunch and dinner prix fixe menu
selections, giving guests the opportunity to explore a variety of different cuisines.