Raise a glass with Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium during Sharktoberfest, a craft beer festival in the Aquarium after hours.

Main Event Tickets—SOLD OUT!

Info for those attending this year's event: Your general admission includes access to Mote Aquarium, beer sampling and event entertainment. Additional purchase opportunities: event merchandise, food vendors and cash bar (with limited cocktails, wine and beer available to purchase.)

The inaugural event—on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m.—will feature more than 15 local and regional breweries that will provide samples of their staple selections alongside unique, seasonal brews. Each guest will receive a commemorative tasting glass for sampling and a branded gift bag. Sharktoberfest guests will experience Mote Aquarium as they never have before, enjoying live entertainment, food stations, merchandise vendors and special experiences provided by Mote’s Education department. Dive into the fall season with Mote and join us for Sharktoberfest!

*Rain or shine event
*Must be age 21 or older to attend.

Coming to Sharktoberfest? Make it a weekend getaway! Book a night at Art Ovation Hotel in Downtown Sarasota for $289/night (plus tax and fees) by contacting Asa Harris at aathomas@artovationhotel.com. Step into a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel in downtown Sarasota, Florida. Hotel amenities include a complimentary local shuttle that will transport you to and from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium for Sharktoberfest. Afterwards, enjoy the Perspective Rooftop Bar, Overture Restaurant and your room with a stunning view of Sarasota, the marina and Bayfront Park.

To have 100% confidence in the validity of your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets through Mote's ticket system. The validity of tickets purchased through other websites or resellers cannot be verified by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

Participating breweries

VIP Tasting Event Tickets—SOLD OUT

Presented by 99 Bottles Taproom & Bottle Shop

VIP Tasting Tickets are $95 and include access to Sharktoberfest (access to Mote Aquarium, beer sampling and event entertainment. Additional purchase opportunities: event merchandise, food vendors and cash bar with limited cocktails, wine and beer available to purchase.)

A limited number of tickets are available for a private tasting experience that will be held at Mote (in the Chickee Hut) prior to the start of Sharktoberfest. On Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m., guests for this VIP Tasting Event, presented by 99 Bottles Taproom & Bottle Shop, will sample six selections from local brewers Big Top Brewing Company, Coppertail Brewing Company and Green Bench Brewing Company. A curated menu of light bites provided by Tralia will be paired with each brew. Guests will enjoy a guided tasting experience where representatives from each brewery will provide insight into the creation of each brew. At the completion of the one-hour tasting experience, guests will enter the Aquarium for the start of Sharktoberfest.

VIP Tasting Event Tickets are SOLD OUT.



Sharktoberfest is sponsored by Goose Island Beer Co., Blue Water Insurance Group,Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Complete Weddings & Events and Cruisin’ Tikis Sarasota and Publix Employees Federal Credit Union. Sponsorships are still available. Please contact Andria Piekarz at apiekarz@mote.org or 941-388-4441 ext. 352.



Food Vendors

More to be announced!

Merchandise Vendors

Craft beer infused pickled goods. Made with Florida craft beers, Florida produce & sold in shelf stable jars that cross market the breweries. All natural, no additives, no preservatives, no chemicals.

Customized one-of-a-kind gifts for birthdays, weddings, realtors, and businesses. Resin & Wood Custom Art, Custom Engraved Gifts, Epoxy River Cutting Boards & Tables.

Shark tooth jewelry created by Valerie Hagan, Mote Marine Laboratory Staff Biologist who focuses on Sharks & Rays Conservation Research.

The Wooden Fence

Handmade earrings made of genuine leather, vegan leather or wood in many different styles. 

Fin Pin Shop is run by two women who share with the world our combined passion for marine life through ocean-themed products. The shop features enamel pins, stickers, hats and mall bags with ocean themes.

The Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Gift Shop will be open during Sharktoberfest!

Sharktoberfest merchandise available for purchase includes our T-shirt and bottle opener:










Kettle of Fish—Band in Aquarium Courtyard

DeLeon Entertainment—Accordionist at Aquarium Entry

Akiko Graphics—Face Painting

Photo Booth—Donated by Complete Weddings & Events