The Sarasota Bay Water Festival

Sarasota Bay Water Festival

Saturday, November 1, 2014
@ Beautiful Ken Thompson Park

2013 Photo Slideshow

2012 Photo Slideshow

Thank you to everyone that attended the third Sarasota Bay Water Festival on Saturday to help us celebrate the importance of Sarasota Bay to our region’s environment and economy. We had a terrific time with enthusiastic visitors of all ages. Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors and visitors for participating. We also had a fabulous After Party at Circus City Architectural Salvage that helped raise donations for Sea to Shore Alliance and Save Our Seabirds. Thank you to all of the sponsors, visitors and entertainers that were part of the fun event.

Sarasota Bay Water Festival Photo Contest 2013 Dragon Boat Race

2014 Highlights:

Have Fun – Live music with top area bands, food trucks & local restaurants, beer and wine garden, Art Zone featuring artists and photographers selling gift items, Dragon Boat Races; hands on kayak demonstrations with Brad Tanner, and a display of the winning photos from the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest. Add your touch of creativity to our Community Art Mural and don’t forget the After PartyClyde Butcher at Circus City Architectural Salvage featuring live music, a DJ later in the evening and the Aqua-Garde Fashion Show Design Contest. Party guests can wear costumes (night after Halloween), but only registered entries are part of the fashion show contest.

Learn New Things – Meet Florida’s acclaimed photographer Clyde Butcher (photo) at 2pm; interact with local speakers focused on the protection of bay wildlife (Noon), the bay’s economic value (1pm), local water quality and restoration (3pm), and the problem of discarded plastic harming wildlife (3:30pm); vintage and new boats; dip netting and nature walks; plus exhibits promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more. Come early and spend the day. Pets welcome too, but don’t forget your six-foot leash.

Live Music:

Enjoy live music from 10:30am until 4pm. The award-winning guitarist Ben Hammond will be back as our emcee, joined by our 2014 headliner Applebutter Express, plus Serotonic and Ari and the Alibis.

The After Party will feature live music, the Aqua-Garde Fashion Show and craft beer and wine samples for guests 21 and over. The fundraiser begins 8pm at Circus City Architectural Salvage at 1001 Central Avenue in downtown Sarasota.

Welcome Sponsors:

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is the Founding Sponsor, HDR, Inc. is the Community Sponsor and Sea to Shore Alliance is the Host Sponsor for 2014. These sponsors represent government, private industry and the nonprofit sector respectively. Visit the Sponsors page to learn about all 41 sponsors. Many of our sponsors are ongoing supporters. Sponsor inquiries welcome at

Welcome Exhibitors:

The Water Festival Art Zone added color and energy!Connect with 65 plus exhibitors focused on water recreation and sports, boating and fishing, other outdoor activities, unique gifts for sale including nature and wildlife photography, arts and crafts, local groups promoting conservation and the protection of wildlife, and diverse groups promoting bay-friendly living. 


Our sustainability plan includes recycling. Consider alternative transportation like biking, kayaking or the LBK Trolley and thanks for carpooling. We are canceling the Freedom Boat Club water taxi service between Marina Jack and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron due to probable high winds. This is a public safety decision. Be prepared for fall weather after the long hot summer.

Management & Marketing:

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

Festival Support Team:

  • Bryan Moore, Triple 3 Marketing (Co-Director / Site Manager)
  • Randy Moore, Triple 3 Marketing (Co-Director / Sponsor Support & Marketing)
  • Sherri Swanson, HDR, Inc. (After Party and Aqua-Garde Fashion Show Coordinator)
  • Sandy Hedgepeth, Professional Photographer (Art Zone / Photo Contest Coordinator)
  • Sara Kane, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (Speaker Tent Coordinator)
  • Jennifer Hummel, Vintage Paws Sanctuary (Nonprofit Partner)
  • Ben Hammond, Professional Musician (Live Music Emcee)
  • Greg Pemberton, Circus City Architectural Salvage (Host Venue for the After Party)
  • Many more professionals in Sarasota and Manatee County are involved to support their respective organizations, along with a fun 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 government 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:  As an employee-owned firm with more than 8,000 professionals in 185 locations worldwide, HDR is “Living as a Company that Matters.” Our professionals inspire ideas, build vibrant communities and improve quality of life. HDR integrates sustainable business practices into our day-to-day operations and client deliverables by balancing engineered and natural solutions that address modern-day matters such as coastal resilience and restoration, fisheries and aquatic resources, water conservation and management, and the protection of the world’s finite natural resources.

Host Sponsor:  Sea to Shore Alliance works to protect and conserve our world’s fragile coastal ecosystems and the endangered species that call them home. Our project areas are broad but they all focus on one of three key species: manatees, sea turtles, and right whales. Sea to Shore Alliance combines the technical expertise of trained ecologists and biologists with the passion and enthusiasm of citizen volunteers to educate the public, protect endangered species, and conserve our coastal environments for both people and animals. Current projects are underway in Florida, Cuba, Belize, and West Africa.