The Sarasota lifestyle means different things to different people, and that’s what makes Sarasota such a special place to live—it is what you make it. Every resident benefits from a culture that prioritizes the arts, education, and the natural beauty that surrounds the city, and the vibe here is friendly, diverse, laid-back, conscientious, and progressive.


For over 3o years, the Sarasota Farmers Market has been a year round staple of downtown Sarasota, bringing foot traffic and and sustained economic viability to the downtown area. More than a place to pick up produce, the Lemon Ave Farmers Market is a weekend destination that features fresh food access, live music, prepared food to enjoy on the spot, a dog and family-friendly outing option, and community support through free vendor space for non-profit organizations.

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Art, music, food, and film all feature in the lineup of Sarasota’s annual calendar of festivals. While in no way an exhaustive list, each year Sarasota residents look forward to events like the Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota Blues Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Suncoast Food and Wine Fest. 


Daily life as a resident of Downtown Sarasota is full of opportunity. With premiere grocery stores like Whole Foods and Publix within walking distance, the gorgeous Selby Public Library at the heart of the downtown area, and close access to fitness, recreation, dining, and shopping—downtown Sarasota residents may find it hard to leave the area.


Enjoying Sarasota doesn’t require a lot of money. In fact, many things to see and experience in Sarasota are absolutely free. With 35 miles of beautiful beaches and six barrier islands, near-perfect weather and a variety of fairs, concerts, arts and cultural events, Sarasota offers everyday pleasures that don’t cost a dime. Explore all that Sarasota has to offer, including these 20 things to do in Sarasota for $5 or less, and 50 fun and free things to do in Sarasota.