Age-Friendly Festival
Resource Toolkit

A Toolkit of Resources for Your Community

The FIRST Age-Friendly Festival (AFF) in the U.S. was held in Sarasota, Florida. The AFF in Sarasota – sparked by the Age-Friendly Sarasota (AFS) initiative – was a gift to the community from The Patterson Foundation one of the founding partners in the AFS movement. With the festival being the first of its kind in the nation, a template or reference guide did not exist for the Sarasota AFF planning team. That, however, is not the case for you and your community! Below are resources available for your community based on the Sarasota AFF journey.


  • Guide to Creating an Age-Friendly Festival: A brief, high-level overview of the various aspects involved.

  • Webinar PowerPoint: A PowerPoint presentation was given by the AFF team on April 15, 2019, at the Aging in America Conference in New Orleans with the focus on how each community can create their own version of an Age-Friendly Festival based on their community’s assets and aspirations.

  • Age-Friendly Festival Videos: A collection of videos – of varying lengths – capturing the many aspects of the AFF. (The longer videos include additional commentary from some of the participating organizations and shows more festival activities!)

    • Age-Friendly Festival Video (4 Minutes)
    • Age-Friendly Festival Video (6 Minutes)
    • Age-Friendly Festival Video (9 Minutes)
  • Age-Friendly Festival Webpages: Visit the dedicated AFF webpages on this website for more details about all that was involved in the AFF.
  • Sample Festival Forms: Disclaimer: TPF is sharing forms for other communities to consider, but not legally responsible for actions in any other geographic area.

  • Age-Friendly Sarasota was thrilled to learn that AARP featured the Age-Friendly Festival, the first of its kind in the nation and a gift to the community funded by The Patterson Foundation, in @AARPLivable's Where We Live: Communities #ForAllAges on pages 72-74.  

    Order a paperback copy or download the online version HERE.   

If you have questions, contact [email protected].
If your community embarks on its own version of an Age-Friendly Festival, we’d love to hear about it! Please email us at [email protected] and let us know or share with us via social media on Facebook and Twitter.
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