Age-Friendly Festival

Age-Friendly Festival

Saturday, October 28, 2017
9 A.M. - 4 P.M.


Immerse yourself in more than 125 exhibits, experiences, presentations, and performances!

See how Sarasota County is innovating to promote well-being!
Inspired by the Age-Friendly Sarasota initiative and presented as a gift by The Patterson Foundation, the Age-Friendly Festival is the FIRST community celebration in the nation to focus on LIFELONG WELL-BEING while aspiring to CONNECT PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.
Attendees will enjoy exhibits, experiences, entertainment, and educational presentations highlighting age-friendly practices and principles that optimize community assets and enhance quality of life #ForAllAges.
The festival will be a great time for relaxing, connecting, and learning! There will be ample seating along with tents and shaded areas in the outdoor portion of the festival, including in front of the live entertainment stage. In the air-conditioned buildings of the Fairgrounds, enjoy learning about the organizations' exhibits as you stroll around. And then take a break whenever you would like to attend educational presentations specially created for the festival.
Check out Sarasota County Government's Proclamation designating October 28th, 2017 as "Age-Friendly Festival Day."
The COUNTDOWN to the festival has begun! See you on the 28th!

Additional Festival Info

Exhibits and presentations will be held in Robarts Arena, the Ken Clark Auditorium, and the Potter Building ... with additional activities and entertainment taking place in outdoor areas of the Sarasota Fairgrounds.

About The Festival


Everyone in the community is invited. We encourage you to bring your friends and family! No tickets are needed, and admission is free for all ages. The Age-Friendly Festival will take place — rain or shine — on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sarasota Fairgrounds (3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237 ... off of Fruitville Road near Tuttle Avenue).
—Free on-site parking. (See festival location on map and driving directions.) 
—There are also SCAT bus stops conveniently located near the Fairgrounds. (Use SCAT bus routes 1 or 1A.)


Don't miss the opportunity to visit interactive and informative exhibits presented by participating organizations that are many of the "advancers of the age-friendly movement" in our community.
Learn about the practices, services, and products that these businesses, nonprofits, and local government departments are providing to advance age-friendly principles.


Participate in hands-on activities provided within exhibits — and through other specially-designed activities — that demonstrate ways to enhance quality of life.

Here are just some examples of the activities and demonstrations you can experience throughout the day!
Musical jam sessions • Brain games • Dance trance • Aerial yoga • Therapeutic drumming • Zumba • Greyhounds • Guide dogs in training • Exercise classes • The round-about merge • Llamas • Pickleball • Musical instrument explorations • Art opportunities • Health screenings • Imagination playground


Watch performances throughout the day by musicians and artists of all ages, presented through a partnership with 2017 InspireSarasota! (the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County's two-week celebration of arts and culture).

Get energized through music and movement at the outdoor stage, featuring nine local performance groups.


Attend a variety of engaging presentations by authors, longevity experts, and thought leaders who will share insights and innovations on living optimally at any age. 

Presentations are planned throughout the day and range from 20 to 45 minutes, including question and answer opportunities.


Stop by the reflection lounges to relax and talk about your festival experiences and share what the age-friendly movement means to you. Based on each lounge’s name, there will also be specialists in that subject matter to speak with or volunteers that can guide you to a specific exhibit to get questions answered.

Celebrating the age-friendly concept of Domains of Livability — important community features that impact well-being as we age — the reflection lounges named “Health & Well-Being,” “Housing,” “Transportation,” and “Work & Play” will be located in Robarts Arena, while the “Community Engagement” reflection lounge will be located in the Potter Building.


Refreshments will be available for purchase during festival hours from specially selected food trucks offering lunch, snacks, and cold drinks (including bottled water).


Volunteers — vital to the success of the Age-Friendly Festival — are needed to support the festival in a variety of roles. Assistance is also needed the day before the festival for setting up. Community service hours will be available for youth, and there will be a need for bilingual volunteers. Please see the Festival Volunteer Opportunities for descriptions of volunteer roles and for signup information.
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For Additional Information

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Follow Age-Friendly Sarasota on Facebook and Twitter.

Use #ForAllAges — Age-Friendly Festival's Twitter hashtag.


Be sure to read answers to the Festival's FAQs.

For additional assistance, please go to our "Contact Us" page.
We also have team members ready and eager to speak to any groups interested in hearing more about the age-friendly movement and the Age-Friendly Festival (see "Request an AFS Speaker").

Share Our Festival Flyers

Click here for a fun two-page handout for kids — contains a coloring page, maze game, and word search puzzle about the festival.

AFF flyer 1 (single page)


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