Getting to Ken Thompson Park
The festival is conveniently located at Ken Thompson Park on City Island. The address is 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway. Please consider carpooling and alternative transportation when planning your visit. The festival hours are 10am to 4pm. Come early and spend the day! This is a rain or shine event. Don’t forget the After Party at 8pm at Circus City Architectural Salvage. The party features more live music, craft beer samples and the Aqua-Garde Fashion Show Design Contest. Of course goblins and witches are welcome the night after Halloween.
Carpool – Convenient on-site parking is available. Please carpool and thanks for paying attention to our volunteers guiding traffic in orange safety vests. Go slow to be safe with lots of kids and distracted adults at the venue.
Handicap Parking – SBWF has designated convenient parking for individuals displaying a handicap parking permit. The venue is ADA accessible.
SCAT / LBK Trolley – SCAT Route 18 and the Longboat Key Trolley make frequent stops at Ken Thompson Park (City Island). Buses run every 30-minutes from 6am to 8pm, from Downtown (First and Lemon) all the way to Coquina Beach.
Schedules: Longboat Key Trolley / SCAT 18
Water Taxi – Because of a wind advisory we are canceling the free water taxi between Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron next to the festival grounds. This is a public safety decision. Come by car or bus instead and take advantage of the free parking. Come between 10 and 10:30 for the best parking spots!
Bike Parking – Cyclists are welcome and their are plenty of locations to secure your bike.
Kayak / Canoe Parking – Paddlers can pull up and park right on the beach (East end of the park). Thanks for being alert to other boats and that includes visitors testing kayaks and paddleboards. Have fun and be safe!
Boaters – Drop off your friends at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron dock or the area near The Old Salty Dog. Both organizations are sponsors and advocates for a healthy Sarasota Bay.