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There is always something happening at the park.

Listed below are some of our most popular events. For reoccurring  events please check our Event Calendar.


Saturday, April 5, 2014 – Winter Concert Series: “Florida Civil War History music”

Brian Smalley will be presenting his CD, “Chickens Pigs”, which is a play set in Florida during the American Civil War. Often called a Cracker Opera, this is historical fiction with a cast of twelve and set to music. Brian is an amazing guitar player and is a high energy, engaging performer. Not only is this a unique educational performance, it is also very entertaining. The cost to attend is $5.00/person, plus normal entrance fees. The music begins at 1:00 pm and ends at 4:00pm. Hotdogs, soda, water and ice cream will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 – Kiwanis Fishathon

In cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Venice and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, we invite you to come out and catch some fish with us! Open to the first 50 kids ages 5 to 12 and their parents. We will provide the poles, bait, tackle and lunch. Prizes will be given in several categories. 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Check back for additional information as the date grows nearer.

Annual Earth Day Celebration
April 27, 2014 10am to 5pm

Come celebrate Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park with live music, kids activities, environmental booths and lots of other great activities.  Admission is free.

Monday, September 8, 2014 – International Literacy Day

Did you know that, according to the International Reading Association, more than 780 million of the world’s adults do not know how to read or write? In addition, between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education. You can help by participating in International Literacy Day…and visit a Florida state park for free! 8:00 am – Sunset. Park entrance fees will be waived on this date for any visitor who: presents a library card upon entry or presents a book currently checked out from a library upon entry or donates at least one gently used, family-appropriate book upon entry.  To learn more about International Literacy Day, please visit: International Reading Association.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 – Keep Sarasota Beautiful (International Coastal Clean-up Day)

Take part in celebrating International Coastal Cleanup Day with Sarasota County’s Keep Sarasota County Beautiful program! Participants can use park canoes in South Creek to pick up trash around our fragile mangrove estuary, pick up trash by walking along South Creek, as well as pick up trash along the shores of our two freshwater lakes. Canoes are limited to the first 20 people. 9:00 am – Noon. Free park entrance for registered clean-up participants. Check back for additional information as the date grows nearer.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 – National Public Lands Day 

Come learn about all the great volunteer opportunities we have at the park and in the community by participating in our annual National Public Lands Day event! There will be live music, tram tours, work service project opportunities available for volunteers, demonstration and informational booths for businesses and organizations, and fun activities for all-ages. There will even be a stand-up paddle board Instructor on the premises, providing free demonstrations to the public. The Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc. will be providing a free lunch for registered volunteers who participate in our work service project during the event. 9:00 am – 2:00pm. In addition, National Public Lands Day is a “fee-free” day, so the park entrance fee will be waived for all park visitors from 8:00 am – Sunset. Check back for additional information as the date grows nearer.

Weekly Events

To see our weekly schuled events please check our Event Calendar.



Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc Board Meeting – 2nd Monday 6:00 PM
All members welcome

Friends of the Legacy Trail – 1st Tuesday 6:00 PM

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