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: The Sarasota Slam is taking place with Billfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout, Redfish, Offshore and Inshore Divisions. They're bringing back this year the billfish and fun fish divisions. Marina Jack is home base for the tournament, Bayfront, downtown Sarasota. More info about the Sarasota Slam by clicking here.
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 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, 2017: There's a party going on called Very Merry Jerry Day, the 9th 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: 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Michael Miller Band, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Grass Is Dead, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The Grass Is Dead, 8:40 p.m. – 9:40 p m The Schmitz Brothers. Admission: $15. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center Patio, 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, 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 12, 2017: Enjoy a short road trip and a new tropical fest, Tiki Fest 2017. It's their 2nd Annual Tiki Fest with live music, Hula Dancers, Ukulele performers, tiki toss and tiki bowling games, trop rock music, coconut painting, photo op’s, tiki carvings, Hawaiian leis giveaways, drink and food specials, tiki merchandise and tropical clothing store promotions 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 12, 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: 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 17, 2017: 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 check in and 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 offering discounts and specials. A novel way to approach shopping! 5 p.m - 8 p.m. downtown Venice.
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 19, 2017 - September 4, 2017: The annual Englewood Pioneer Festival is a family-friendly occasion filled with fun events including: Aug. 19: Little Miss Pageant, Aug. 26: Chalkfest 4.0, Aug. 26: Kids Shipwreck Dance, Sept. 2 Cardboard Boat Race, Shipwreck Dance & Taste of Englewood, Sept 3: Fish-a-Diaper Derby, Pioneer Days Festival and Open Car Show, Sept 4: Englewood Pioneer Days Parade & Festival and Corvette Car Show. Click here for more details.
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 25, 2017: Enjoy an evening on the bayfront and some free live music at the 16th annual summer music fest, "Friday Fest '17", at the Van Wezel with local favorites, the Jah Movement Reggae Band, adding their own touch of R&B, soul and funk to some of the best live reggae music. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, take in the music along with the beautiful Sarasota sunset and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. 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. The Bayfront Lawn, 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.