Looking ahead for fun things to do? Please put us on your “To Do” list on February 25-26, 2022 in JD Hamel Park: the premiere of the Sarasota Festival of the Arts. The event will showcase the original works of artisans and crafters from throughout Florida and across the United States. The event is graciously hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association.
Over 70 artisans will showcase their art, in the process creating an outdoor gallery of spectacular painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, metalwork, graphics, woodworking and more. Explore a diversity of styles, techniques and materials guided by the unique and compelling visions of each artisan. Discuss with the artists how they create and become inspired. Explore commissioning a unique piece of art made specifically for you!
The Sarasota Festival of the Arts is open 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE! Immerse yourself in the visual experience as your sensibilities and appreciation for beauty guide you!
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GPS Address: JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota, FL
1) from St. Armands Circle: take John Ringling Blvd (SR-789) across Rt. 41 to the intersection of Cocoanut and Gulfstream (~4 minutes / 2.33 miles). Proceed south on Gulfstream to Main Street. JD Hamel Park and the event begin here at the intersection and continues southeast to McAnsh Square.
2) from North or South of downtown Sarasota: take Rt. 41 toward Marina Plaza/Main Street. Turn east on Main Street and continue one block to Gulfstream. JD Hamel Park and the craft show are to your right.
The Palm Avenue Garage (1289 Palm Avenue)
Garage parking is available at the award-winning Palm Avenue Garage, located one block from Main Street on North Palm Avenue, only steps away from Five Points intersection in downtown Sarasota. The Palm Avenue Garage is a newly designed and LEED Certified facility utilizing the latest technology in equipment and design. The garage has spaces for 729 vehicles with handicap parking located on each floor close to the elevators. The city provides four reserved electric car-charging stations on the ground floor. The Palm Avenue parking garage is a perfect location to park short- or long-term visits to downtown Sarasota.
State Street Garage (1538 State Street)
The parking garage bi-lateral entrance and exit points will provide excellent access from both State Street and Ringling Blvd. Parking spaces are located on levels 2 through 6, with motorcycle, bicycle and handicap van access on the ground floor. With downtown parking demands so high, parking time limits will ensure there is always a parking spaces available in either the 2-hour parking “shopper zone”, or the 4-hour time restricted area on level 4 through 6.
2nd Street Garage (1400 Block of 2nd Street)
The 2nd Street Garage is located between First and Second streets, directly across from Whole Foods. Ground floor parking is intended for customers of Whole Foods, while the second and third level of the garage are open to the public (except where posted). The public parking access ramp is located on Second Street, near the corner of Central Avenue. There are time restrictions in the facility that are monitored by the City Parking Division and for which citations are issued for time violations. The time restrictions are as follows:
Ground level: 2 hours Levels 2 and 3: 4 hours