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 10 am to 5 pm (live music noon to sunset). Come early and spend the entire day! Remember, this is a rain or shine event!
Carpool – Convenient on-site parking is available. Vehicles with four or more passengers will receive one free raffle ticket. Please carpool!
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.
Water Taxi – Thanks to the Freedom Boat Club we will once again offer a free water taxi service between Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron next to the festival grounds. The service starts 10 am at Marina Jack and the final departure from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron is 6:30 pm. The Freedom Boat Club boats are commanded by Coast Guard Certified Captains.
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 terrific advocates for a healthy Sarasota Bay.