The August Sarasota Events Calendar - A listing of fun, free or inexpensive, Sarasota happenings around the sun coast.
August 1 - 2, 2017: The Kids Summer Beach Runs are 1-mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through Aug. 8) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through Aug. 9) at Brohard Beach (1600 Harbor Drive) next to the Venice Fishing Pier, near Fins at Sharky's, Venice. Participation ribbons awarded along with a free ice pop each week. Registration at each location begins at 5:30 p.m. and the beach run starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. There's a one-time $1 registration fee. The runs are a popular summer event combining exercise and fun. More at 941-861-5000. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
August 1 - 5, 2017: Enjoy watching the Florida State DanceSport Championships. Celebrate their 45th Anniversary of the Triple Crown Dance Sport Event, the first and longest running DanceSport series in the world. They have also added Pro Open Showdance and Rising Star & Open Grand Championships to all four of their dance championships. The even also features country & western, 2-step, cha cha, waltz, east coast swing and much more in 2 age categories and all levels.The venue remains the Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. (941) 753-7940. More info here.
August 4, 2017: The Lakewood Ranch sponsored Music on Main Street free monthly street party is from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. There will be beer, wine and food sales. Bring your chairs, but leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash. Overflow parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75.
August 5 - 6, 2016: The Annual Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament is taking place with Billfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout, Redfish, Offshore and Inshore Divisions. Marina Jack acts as home base for the tournament, bayfront, downtown Sarasota. More info about the Sarasota Slam by clicking here.
August 6, 2016: Check out the Major Beach Soccer Tournament. Watch or put together your own team and play. This is one of their five 2015 National Championship qualifying series tournaments. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Coquina Beach, south end of Anna Maria Island.
August 6 , 2016: The 2nd Annual Manatee County-wide Pet Adopt-A-Palooza will feature over 100 adoptable pets to choose from. Manatee County license tags will be for sale and specialty retailers and fun pet vendors will offer pet related products and services plus "Ask A Vet" may be able to answer your question. Food, drinks and lots of family fun. Feld Entertainment’s Monster Mutt® Truck will be at the event for photo opportunities. Members of the Bradentucky Bombers roller derby are the event ambassadors this year. Peace River K9 Search and Rescue Association will be performing demonstrations throughout the day. Pet toy donations welcome. 11a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Boulevard, Palmetto. More info: 941-742- 5933. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 6, 2016: Here's something to sink your teeth into! Enjoy South Florida Museum's Family Night with special half-price admission for its "Smile and say ahh!" exhibition of teeth from across the animal kingdom; everything from sharks teeth to alligator teeth to mammoths and even yours! The event starts at 3 p.m. with half price admission and there's a 6 p.m. show in the planetarium, "The Race of the Tortoise and the Hare" followed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame show at 8:15 p.m. Regular admission: Adults: $19 | Seniors (65+): $17 | Children (4-12): $14 | Under 4: Free w/ paying adult. South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W | Bradenton, FL
August 7, 2016: There's a party going on called Very Merry Jerry Day, the 8th annual, in fact, to celebrate and remember the late Jerry Garcia of the band The Grateful Dead. Community radio station WSLR sponsors the annual commemoration with live bands performing: 4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. - Passerine, 5:15 p.m. -6:10 p.m. – RJ Howson, 6:30 p.m. - 7:25 p.m. – Ship Of Fools, 7:45 p.m. -8:40 p.m.– Schmitz Brothers Band. Admission: $10. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 8 - 9, 2017: The Kids Summer Beach Runs are 1-mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through Aug. 8) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through Aug. 9) at Brohard Beach (1600 Harbor Drive) next to the Venice Fishing Pier, near Fins at Sharky's, Venice. Participation ribbons awarded along with a free ice pop each week. Registration at each location begins at 5:30 p.m. and the beach run starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. There's a one-time $1 registration fee. The runs are a popular summer event combining exercise and fun. More at 941-861-5000.August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
August 11, 2016: Stroll, shop & sip - or sip, shop & stroll! It's the downtown Venice Wine Walk. Stroll the avenues and enjoy free wine from participating stores and wine specials at participating restaurants. To participate you must get a wrist band from the kiosk in Centennial Park or Breezeway on Miami Ave (Next to Burgundy Square Cafe) the night of the event. Pick up your wristband and a list of participating downtown businesses. The first 500 people will receive a special blue Lovin’ Our Locals wristband. Restaurants will offer specials like buy-one-get-one-free or half price glasses of wine and shops will be offering wine or punch or some other surprising delight. 5 p.m - 8 p.m. downtown Venice.
August 11, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Mindy Simmons in the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 7 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Venice.
August 13, 2016: It's the 5th Annual Venice Scavenger Hunt for Kids! The Venice Farmer's Market and Venice MainStreet presents a Scavenger Hunt through the City of Venice for children of all ages. It will have spy maps, clues, learning events, trucks, and prizes! The first 100 kids to the gazebo in Centennial Park will receive a goody bag with spy maps and clues. Free to participate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Get more info at the Venice Farmer's Market and Venice Mainstreet: 941-484-6722.
August 13, 2016: To put a little fun in the dog days of a Sarasota summer it's the AquaPalooza 2016, an on the water party for boaters with music and fun in the sun. The fest takes place on a sandbar near Jewfish Key, a private island, near Longboat Key. The fest is being called "the largest party on the water" by organizers. East of north Longboat Key. Have fun, stay safe and be safe. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Register for free at Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org
August 13, 2016: Enjoy a short road trip and a new tropical fest, Tiki Fest 2016, with live music from the Trop Rock Junkies and Tiki Tom's Ukulele along with Hula Dancers, a juggler, Tiki games and family fun plus food and drink specials and more. Put on your grass skirt or tropical themed shirt and join the fun. Free admission and parking. Noon - 4 p.m. Fisherman's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL.
August 13, 2016: The Bradenton Marauders will host Back to School Night and Star Wars Night at McKechnie Field. The first 500 kids age 12 and under will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. The Marauders will wear Star Wars themed jerseys, and those jerseys will be auctioned off during the game, with proceeds benefiting the South Florida Museum’s Manatee Care Program. The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a free Snooty bobble-head. The Marauders play the St. Lucie Mets at 6:30 p.m. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. $1 Dollar Tickets for School District Employees and Their Families at Box Office Only. The ticket office opens two hours before Saturday, Sunday, and morning games. Single game tickets can be purchased at the ticket office. 941-747-3031, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL
August 14, 2016: Live local musicians are the order of the day for a fundraising benefit for J.R.'s Old Packinghouse, which was damaged by fire earlier this summer, to raise funds for the cafe's re-opening. Food and music. Admission: $10. 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sarasota Farm Bureau, 7289 Palmer Road, Sarasota.
August 14 - 20, 2016: Celebrate 2nd annual Shark Days at Mote Aquarium with a week full of education and entertainment along with real sharks and real science. Learn about the science behind these incredible animals, ask questions of Mote shark experts, kids can participate in "Sharks & Crafts," a free activity with paid admission. On Saturday enjoy the Fins & Fun Family Festival with shark related games, activities and crafts in the Aquarium’s courtyard. Entertainment will be provided by The Gummy Sharks and students from EveryOneRocks music studio. Local artist David Skaggs will feature a shark art display of a seven-foot hammerhead shark. The family festival, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on 8/20, is free with regular paid admission. Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Click here for more info and the full week's schedule.
August 18 - 20, 2017: There's a Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show with lots on display to see from dealers from around the country selling gems, jewelry, beads, crystals and more. Adults $4. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
August 19, 2016: Get wet and have some fun. It's the Sarasota YMCA Splash Bash. Water Park access is free and open to the public. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch, 8301 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
August 20, 2016: Smile and say "cheese" for the Manasota Grilled Cheese Festival! From the best gourmet grilled cheese food and dessert trucks on Earth you'll get a chance to partake in such faves as gourmet grilled cheese and dessert treats. Plus there's a live music line up that includes Jah Movement along with full liquor bars and arts and crafts. Free admission and parking. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sutton park, 1050 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.
August 20, 2016: Grab a cold one or two at the Sarasota Beer Fest from among a variety of 80 local and national craft beers. Plus, there will be food samples from local restaurants, live music, non-alcoholic beverages and more. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Click here for more info.
August 20, 2016 - September 5, 2016: The annual Englewood Pioneer Festival is a family-friendly occasion filled with fun events including: Aug. 20: Little Miss Pageant, Aug 27: Chalkfest 4.0, Aug 27: Kids Shipwreck, Sept 3: Cardboard Boat Race/Shipwreck Dance, Sept 4: Fish-a-thon/Diaper Derby/Festival/Open Car Show, Sept 5: Parade/Festival/Corvette Car Show. Click here for more details.
August 26, 2016: Enjoy an evening on the Bayfront and some free live music at the 15th annual summer music fest series known as "Friday Fest" at the Van Wezel with live music from Rebelheart playing a contemporary blend of Country music. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, food and drink vendors available, outside food and drink is prohibited. This free concert series takes place rain or shine, it moves indoors in case of inclement weather. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
August 25, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with Koko Ray in the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Venice. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
August 26, 2016: Enjoy Live Music in the Park with Ted Stevens and the Doo-Shots and their rockabilly sounds of the rock pioneers! Songs by the greats: Johnny Cash, Elvis, Buddy Holly and more! 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Free admission. Cafe in the Park located in Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota
Aug. 27, 2016: You are invited to Sarasota County Parks' Grand Opening Celebration of the 17th Street BMX Park. Ribbon cutting, pop corn, snow cones, T-shirt cannon. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Free admission. 1590 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
August 27, 2016: Enjoy the Arts and Crafts Show along with local vendors and food concessions. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis, Ave, Venice.
August 27 - 28, 2016: Here's your chance to audition for this year's Sarasota Medieval Fair. Auditions will be Saturday and Sunday at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, off Fruitville Road, site of the Fair during three November weekends. All ages welcome for General Cast and other categories of players. 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Ringling Woods behind Robarts Arena. Audition times and more info here.