May 6 – 8

Sarasota Blues & BBQ Festival

If relaxing, having fun, enjoying good food and listening to great live music over the weekend ’The Plan’– we have exactly what you need at the Premiere of the Sarasota Blues & BBQ Festival at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, FL. Dates of the festivities are May 6-8, 2022.

The fun and relaxation begin Friday evening 4pm-10pm and continues Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Admission is FREE! The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and hosted by the Sarasota Downtown Enrichment Association

Choose your foods from a diverse menu of barbeque and meat dishes (along with vegetarian and seafood of course) all cooked fresh on site by local restaurants and food purveyors. Select from a diversity of side dishes and of course – awesome desserts! Liquid refreshment includes selections of alcoholic, non-alcoholic and fruit drinks along with sodas and bottled water.

While enjoying your meal, sit back and relax to musical entertainment consisting of live on stage performances by creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit. Please check back in 2022 as the event nears to confirm performers and performance times, the Performance Schedule being posted in the column to the right.

During breaks between performances, enjoy time shopping a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items.

This is the plan! All you need do is come and partake in the festivities! Remember: YOU are the most important ingredient and have earned this time! We look forward to seeing you and having you part of this growing event.

NOTE: Bands and performance times subject to change.

Please check back periodically.

Driving Directions

GPS Address: Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237

Driving Directions

1) from I-75 …. take exit 210 for Hwy. 780 (Fruitville Rd.).  Go west on Hwy. 780 (Fruitville Rd.) approximately 4 miless, just past the Sarasota Event Center on Beneva Rd.  Robarts Arena will be on the left, just past Oakwood Manor at the start of the Sarasota Fairgrounds.

2) from downtown Sarasota and points west (e.g., St. Armands, Siesta Key, Longboat Key).  Come east to Hwy. 41 (Washington Blvd).  Proceed north about 0.6 mi to Fruitville Rd.  Turn R and go east about 1/5 miles.  Robarts Arena will be on the right at the far side of the Sarasota Fairgrounds.


Dates & Times

  • Friday, 4:00 pm
    – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, 11:00 am
    – 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, 11:00 am
    – 6:00 pm


General admission is FREE!!!


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