Sarasota, Florida – October 19, 2022 – 10 days to the opening of The Bay Grand in the park with a number of free weekend events! The grand opening began on Friday, October 14 and runs through Sunday, October 23.
Highlights of the closing weekend include:
- RADD Night Hurricane Relief Fundraiser – Thursday, October 20, 5-9 pm
- Dream LargeAnd the Gulf Coast Community FoundationAnd the Anonymous supporters from the Gulf She co-hosted fundraising efforts for victims of Hurricane Ian at RADD Night. Throughout the event, every donation, 100% of beverage sales, and 10% of every purchase goes directly to hurricane relief efforts. Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Anonymous Supporters of Bay Generously match all funds raised, dollar for dollar. The night will be filled with live music, murals, interactive art, food trucks and more to help support a good cause!
- Boo! At The Bay Halloween – Friday October 21, 6-10 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween early in The Bay! Join After Dark for a not-so-scary evening of trick-or-treating, free pumpkin picks, yard games, food truck events, face painting and more:
● Sensual Friendly Hour (5-6 pm)
● The Haunted Mangrove Trail (5-9 pm)
● Guided Tour of Scary Mangroves by UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension and Sustainability (6:30 p.m.)
● Family Movie Night: Hocus Pocus (7:30 pm)
- Multicultural Day at The Bay – Saturday October 22, 12-7pm
The inaugural Multicultural Day celebration at The Bay will be packed with delicious food, unique performances and fun activities free for all. A wide range of ethnicities and backgrounds will be represented through food, performance and art – performances are presented by Westcoast Black TheatreAnd the Bollywood dancersAnd the Tierra NuevaAnd the kumba dancersAnd the CreArte LatinoAnd the Sarasota Youth OperaAnd the world galeo music and more.
- Parktoberfest – Sunday October 23, 12-5pm
Toast to good times with seasonal drinks big top brewing and delicious food Currywurst, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, and more. This is a family-friendly event with a touch of fun – enjoy classic Oktoberfest games and healthy competitions like raising Stein, piercing corn, lawn bowling and more! Get a free cartoon at home and enjoy delicious German food and beer from local vendors.
- Etana Wajah Weekend Closing Ceremony – Sunday 23 October, 6-9:30 pm
10 Days in the Bay with a trio of live performances by Ariella, Sarasota’s favorite Jah movement, and two-time Grammy-nominated artist Etana!
Etana is a singer, songwriter, producer and humanitarian. Her album Reggae Forever reached #1 on the reggae billboard and was nominated by the Grammy Committee for Best Reggae Album in 2018 – making Etana the first woman to be nominated in over twenty years.
The full schedule of free events will run until the end of the celebration including: daily yoga, fitness classes, nature walks, live music performances every evening at sunset, as well as salsa and Zumba dancing.
The park, which has been in development since 2019, includes over 14 acres of revitalized green space, a larger than life ibis playground, Common Ground lawns, fountain garden, multiple walkways, outdoor reading room, and ADA-accessible paddle. Release, restore and conserve mangroves, beaches and stunning sunset views.
10 Days in the Gulf sponsored by One Park Sarasota, Jody Beresford, Bob Mayer, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, City of Sarasota, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, DreamLarge, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Michael and Terri Klauber, AG Lafley, Kathy Leighton and Pete Russell , The UnidosNow Foundation, The Van Wezel Foundation, and Kind Friends From The Bay.
around the bay
The Bay is a distinctive new public park along Sarasota Bay. Designed to be “one park for all,” The Bay is open, accessible, free, and welcoming to the full and rich diversity of the community, now and for generations to come.
The Bay preserves and restores 53 acres of prized city-owned land along Sarasota Bay and transforms it into a blue-green oasis – providing a sustainable gathering place on the bay to experience a wide range of park uses, free programs and events.
The park will cost about $150 million and will take between 7-10 years, and over 3 or more phases to complete. The Blue Pagoda serves as a visitor welcome center and on-site office for The Bay Park Conservancy. For more information or general inquiries about this initiative, please visit www.thebaysarasota.org Or call 941-203-5316.
About the grand opening in the Gulf
10 Days at The Bay is a grand 10-day opening celebration in honor of the opening of Phase One of The Bay Park.
The celebration runs from October 14-23 and includes over 90 free events—something for everyone to enjoy—including days of family fun, food and cultural festivals, and music performances led by We The Kings and Etana, Boo! At The Bay Halloween, the first Parktoberfest in Sarasota and more.
The entire celebration is interwoven with daily programming including: daily guided kayak tours in partnership with Ride and Paddle, fitness classes offered by CoreSRQ, free yoga taught by local yogis, guided nature walks, and live music every day around sunset. Over the course of the ten days, a number of local performing arts organizations will appear including Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Youth Opera and more. Learn more through www.10DaysAtTheBay.org
About Bay Park
The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC) was formed as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in 2019 to implement the master plan approved by the Sarasota City Commission to conserve 53 acres of public land for a distinctive park on Sarasota Bay. BPC has entered into a long-term partnership with City and will fund, develop, operate and maintain the park for the benefit of the community, now, and for generations to come. For more information visit www.thebaysarasota.org.
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