Santa’s 7th annual Grand Arrival Parade at UTC

The holiday season will officially kick off at University Town Center on Saturday, November 11th with our annual Santa's Grand Arrival parade down N Cattlemen Rd. Local schools, clubs and businesses are invited to join Santa Claus for a merry celebration that will feature a spectacular light show, a dazzling fireworks display, live entertainment and more! Nathan Benderson Park will be participating. Join us for the all the holiday magic! Stop by to check out the parade and see our float.

New Paddler Day for Breast Cancer & All Cancer Survivors

New Paddler Day for Breast Cancer Survivors and All Cancer Survivors.  It’s FREE! Try out paddling with no strings attached — if you're ages 14 and older, there’s a seat in the boat for you!   The NBP Paddling Program uses dragon boats, outrigger canoes and more. Whether you’re interested in recreational paddling or you want to be competitive, we have a place for you — and we want to continue building our breast cancer survivors, all-cancer-survivors and our NBP Veterans dragon boat teams. We provide the life jackets and paddles, so bring your sense of adventure and teamwork! You’ll start with on-land training, proper fit of a personal flotation device and paddle, and then get an on-the-water orientation. Tickets aren't needed, but we prefer you RSVP!

NBP Volunteer Appreciation Party

Nathan Benderson Park's annual recognition for exceptional volunteer service and commitment to the park. Invitation only. View invitation and RSVP

Hermitage Sunsets at Nathan Benderson Park

This is the first installment of three programs scheduled.  These outdoor events are one part of many “Hermitage North” programs, series, and collaborations planned throughout the season, spanning Sarasota County and the surrounding region. The programs feature industry-leading and award-winning playwrights, visual artists, musicians, poets, choreographers, and more — all free to the members of our community. The first event in this series – scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at 5pm – features two of the most innovative voices working in theater today. “Hermitage Sunsets @ Nathan Benderson Park: Theater on the Lake” showcases the talents of Hermitage Fellows Terry Guest and James Anthony Tyler. These two talents split the bill to share some of their latest work and discuss the creative process as the sun goes down over the lake. This first program in the new series is presented in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Urbanite Theatre, and Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy. Admission is free, but registration is required ($5/person) at Confirmed 2023-2024 dates for this first official season of “Hermitage Sunsets @ Nathan Benderson Park” include: ·      Thursday, November 16, 2023, at 5pm ·      Friday, February 2, 2024, at 5pm ·      Thursday, March 14, 2024, at […]

Florida Turkey Trot Presented By Publix

Join nearly 4,000 of your closest friends Thanksgiving morning for the fourth annual Florida Turkey Trot Presented By Publix! The 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m., with the Kids Dash at 7:15 a.m. This event brings runners, joggers and walkers from across the Suncoast and beyond for what's become a new Thanksgiving tradition. All participants receive a finisher medal and race shirt, as well as food and drink at the after-race party. This event is a partnership of Fit2Run, The Runners Superstore, and the Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy, and benefits the Conservancy and the Big Bill Foundation. The Big Bill Foundation is named for former NBP Conservancy board chairman and legendary area businessman Bill Robinson, who began Fit2Run with his son, Parks.

Gobble Gauntlet

Finish Tower

With three challenge laps, 1,026 stairs to climb, weights to carry, and a Thanksgiving dinner to burn off, Camp Gladiator Sarasota's Gobble Gauntlet is a great way to work off the holiday!  

Vote For NBP – 4th Annual Festival of Trees at The Mall at UTC

The Mall at UTC

The 4th Annual Festival of Trees at The Mall at UTC has begun!  The staff at Nathan Benderson Park have meticulously and thoughtfully decorated our tree with unique nautical ornaments, sea creatures and calming, colorful accents that will be sure to warm your heart this holiday season! Votes and silent auction bids will be collected through an online platform, called GiveSmart. One of the biggest advantages is that you can vote and bid anytime, from anywhere. You will also receive text messages with reminders and updates on your bid item(s). To access the event site, go to or text UTCTREES to 76278. Make sure to vote for tree #127. Love this tree so much and want to take it home? In addition to voting our tree as your favorite, you can bid on purchasing the tree. To place your bid, choose our tree at #126. Bids start at $150 and money raised will go to support Nathan Benderson Park. Thank you for your participation and support!  Wishing you a very Happy Holiday!

Last Paddler Standing

Last Paddler Standing is an endurance SUP race. Unlike any other paddle race in the world, Last Paddler Standing is a race of stamina and strategy. Racers will paddle a 3.33-mile loop course, starting and finishing the loop within a one-hour period. The next loop will begin on the hour and the race goes until only one paddler is left standing. At the 48-hour mark, the length of the loop will be increased. Do you have what it takes to be the Last Paddler Standing?   This is a SUP-only race. Paddlers must use a single blade, no double blades allowed. Boards cannot be hybrid sit on top. Prone is allowed but you must have a paddle on the board with you at all times. This race is designed to challenge your endurance, stamina, and strategic thinking. It's not solely about speed, so don't select your SUP based on that. The race will start on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 9:00 AM. The race will go until there's one finisher.   The race is timed with each loop starting on the hour, every hour. Racers must be at the starting line within 10 seconds of the top of the hour. […]

NBP Veterans New Paddler Day

Regatta Island 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL, United States

If you're a military veteran, whether abled, disabled or wounded, there's room for you on the NBP Veterans paddling team — so fall in and get in sync with us! Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Guardians and Coast Guardsmen alike, come try out paddling and contemplate being part of a team.   Cost: Try your first session for FREE! Learn about Nathan Benderson Park's world-class paddling program for veterans   Location: Meet us on Regatta Island, down near the boat storage area/launch docks.   You'll start with on-land training, proper fit of a personal flotation device and paddle, and then get an on-the-water orientation.   Reserve your spot today!


Sarasota Half Marathon & 5k

Join in on all the excitement at the Sarasota Half Marathon and 5k at Nathan Benderson Park. The scenic course takes runners through and around the University Town Center area with nearly constant water views.   National Anthem and Pre-Race Instructions start at 6:50 a.m.  Both races start at 7 a.m.

Weather Date Change – Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5K

This fun, family-friendly festive event features dozens of Christmas decorations at the start and finish line and music that creates an atmosphere that will get your Christmas season started off right! This professionally chip-timed night glow run will be a memorable experience like no other. Athletes run or walk the lakeside Christmas themed course at night. Athletes add to the atmosphere with their complimentary glow products that are included with registration. Spectators will enjoy free live runner tracking with the ​Elite Events Tracker App. ...and YES, there is 100% chance of pretty snowfall at the finish!​ National anthem and pre-race instructions are at 5:50 p.m., and the race begins at 6 p.m. Parking is $10 per car.