The Sarasota Bay Water Festival

Sarasota Bay Water Festival

Saturday, November 1, 2014
@ Ken Thompson Park

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2012 Photo Slideshow

The third Water Festival is set for Saturday, November 1 at beautiful Ken Thompson Park. Join us in celebrating the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. Festival hours are 10 to 4 with live music starting 11 am. NEW for 2014 is an evening after party at a separate venue featuring live music and a fun costume contest with prizes. Also NEW for 2014 is a Pet Zone with pet-loving exhibitors and giveaways.

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2014 Highlights:

Have Fun – Live music with top area bands, food trucks & local restaurants, beer and wine garden, Art Zone featuring fine artists and wildlife photographers selling gift items, a Pet Zone with pet-loving exhibitors, great raffle prizes, Dragon Boat Races, and a display of the winning photos from the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest. Help paint the Community Art Mural acknowledging the beauty and diversity of Sarasota Bay. Don’t forget the evening party featuring live music and costume contest with prizes for best costumes with a nautical, water or wildlife theme.

Learn New Things – Four panel discussions on bay-friendly living with local experts, vintage and new boats, kids fishing clinic, dip netting and nature walks, plus exhibits and activities promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboard sports, scuba diving, wildlife protection, and more. The 2013 panel discussion topics included: Protecting Sarasota Bay Wildlife, Reducing Stormwater Pollution, Environmental Education & Stewardship, and Sarasota Bay: Past, Present and Future.

Guitarist Ben HammondLive Music:

Enjoy live music from 11 am until 4 pm. The award-winning guitarist Ben Hammond of Sarasota and Maine was our performing MC for the first two years. We’ll once again feature several local bands and other exciting performers.

Welcome Sponsors:

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is the Founding Sponsor and HDR, Inc. is the Community Sponsor for 2014. Visit the Sponsors page to learn about our 2013 sponsors. Many of these sponsors are ongoing supporters; the Sponsors page will be updated as of May 1. Inquiries are welcome at

Welcome Exhibitors:

Connect with 80 exhibitors focused on water recreation and sports, boating and fishing, other outdoor activities, unique gifts for sale including wildlife photography, other arts and crafts, local groups promoting conservation and the protection of wildlife, and groups promoting practical ideas for bay-friendly living. We also welcome displays of unique, custom or new boats, but all boat displays must be registered in advance.

2013 Raffle Ticket Prizes:

Our 2013 prizes: (1) 12-foot Perception Pescador Sport Kayak from Economy Tackle / Dolphin Paddlesports; (2) Hovie Scout Paddleboard designed by Tim Kernan from SUP Sarasota; (3) A 18″ X 20″ matted Giclee print from Florida photographer Clyde Butcher; (4) PADI Open Water Diving Certification Class from Florida Underwater Sports; (5) Excursion on the Hot Tamale, a Yamaha Jet Boat with Captain, plus a Sun-N-Fun gift basket from Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures; (6) Full Day Bike Rental from Freedom 4 Electric Bikes; and (7) Disc Sports Package from Sun King Disc Sports.


Our plan includes recycling and composting. Please consider alternative transportation: Free water taxi, parking for your bike, kayak or canoe, or the LBK Trolley. Freedom Boat Club runs the water taxi between Marina Jack and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Please carpool; vehicles with four or more passengers will receive one free raffle ticket.

Management & Marketing:

Triple 3 Marketing (T3M) manages and promotes the Water Festival with support from volunteers with Friends of Sarasota Bay and other organizations. T3M has produced many area events including the E-Fest Green Living Music & Arts Festival. T3M is the marketing contractor for SBEP and other area business and nonprofit clients; inquiries welcome.

Festival Support Team:

  • Bryan Moore, Triple 3 Marketing (Director / Site Manager)
  • Randy Moore, Triple 3 Marketing (Marketing Coordinator)
  • Sherri Swanson, HDR, Inc. (After Party Coordinator)
  • Sandy Hedgepeth, Professional Photographer (Art Zone Coordinator)
  • Sara Kane, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (Panel Discussion Coordinator)
  • Sera Balderson, Inner Circle Spa (Exhibitor Support Coordinator)
  • Ben Hammond, Professional Musician (Live Music Master of Ceremonies)
  • Many more professionals in Sarasota and Manatee County are involved to support their respective organizations, along with a great crew of volunteers on site during the festival.

Founding Sponsor:  The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is one of the 28 National Estuary Programs in the U.S. The Program strives to improve water quality, increase habitat and enhance the natural resources of the area for use and enjoyment by the public. Major partners include Sarasota County, Manatee County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, Town of Longboat Key, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and the U.S. EPA.

Community Sponsor:  HDR, Inc. is a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, environmental, and construction services with more than 8,000 professionals in 185 locations worldwide. The company has consistently ranked as one of the top architecture and engineering firms in the nation. HDR has supported diverse clients throughout Florida for more than 40 years. That includes playing a major role in the current Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.

Host Sponsor:  Please contact Bryan Moore for more information.