2016 July Sarasota Events Calendar

The July Sarasota Events Calendar has the best of the best fun free (or next to nothing) "happenings" in Sarasota, Florida and around the sun coast.

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July 1, 2017: Celebrate the finale of the 3rd annual week long Shark Days at Mote Aquarium. Learn about the science behind these incredible animals, ask questions of Mote shark experts. On Saturday, July 1, enjoy the Fins & Fun Family Festival with shark related games, activities and craft. Entertainment, fun and more. The family festival, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on 7/1, is free with regular paid admission. Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 388-4441. Click here for more info and the full week's schedule.

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July 1, 2017:  It's the Sarasota Offshore Boat Races with Superstock & AquaX Races. Live Race Broadcast & Activities from the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. AquaX Pro Race 1 - 9:30 a.m. -  10:15 a.m., Superstock Practice & Race 1 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Open Practice - 11:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Superstock Race 2 & 3 - 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., AquaX Pro Race 2 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Best Viewing off Lido Beach. Open To The Public.There's also VIP Race Viewing available at The Sandcastle Resort, 1540 Benjamin Franklin Drive  (Ticket Purchase Required, $100 per person) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Click here for more about the Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Race.

July 1, 2017: Take the kids to Selby's Splashin Saturdays during June and July and have fun with water activities, water slides and games in the cool shade and around the lagoon and waterfall of the Children's Rain Forest Garden. There are also kids' corner activities and musical entertainment. Regular admission: Adults $20, Children 4-17 $10, Members Free.10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. More info: 941.366.5731 or click here.

July 1, 2017: The offshore Grand Prix Fan Fest,” Centennial Park, 1565 1st Street, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Meet Teams and View Race Boats Up Close, Watch the Miss Powerboat Swimsuit Contest at 1 p.m., enjoy Live Music featuring the Jimmy Buffet tribute band The Caribbean Chillers from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free Admission. Centennial Park, 1565 1st Street, Sarasota, FL

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July 1, 2017: The "Miss Super Boat Grand Prix” Bikini Contest is now the Miss Power Boat Swim Suit Contest. It will take place at 1 p.m. back in it's original location in Centennial Park at 565 1st Street, Sarasota. In past years it was open to the general public and past year prizes were: 1st Place $1,000, 2nd Place $500, 3rd Place $250, 4th Place $100. Click here to see photos and read more about the original Miss Super Boat Grand Prix Sexy Bikini Contest in Sarasota. 

July 1 ,2017: Enjoy Marauder's Baseball along with Fireworks after the game at McKechnie/LECOM Field in Bradenton as the Marauders take on Florida. The first 1,500 fans will receive free t-shirts. During the game fans will be able to bid on the patriotically themed jerseys the Marauders wear and winning bidders will be invited onto the field to receive the jersey after the game. Fans will be treated to the largest post-game fireworks show of the season. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with game time at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 - $8 and $10. 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

(Continues) - July 29, 2017: Feld Entertainment and the Ringling Museum present this summer's Hair Raising Circus at the Historic Asolo Theater, "IncrediBello," with Sarasota's own Bello Nock back on the hometown stage. A world-renowned, gravity-defying comedic daredevil with the unmistakable foot-high hair, Bello returns to his hometown to engage audiences with his lovable personality, trademark humor and playful antics. Various show days and times. Tickets are $15 Adults/ $12 Children 12 and under.  5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180. Click here for show days, times and more info.

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July 2, 2017: It's the Sarasota Offshore Boat Races with Powerboat, AquaX, and Superstock Races with best viewing off of Lido Beach with Live Race Broadcast & Activities from the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. Racing from 9:15  a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AquaX Pro Race 3 - 9:15 a.m. - 10 a.m., Superstock Race 4 - 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Sarasota Grand Prix International Classes,, Cat Lite (Superstock) Classes P4-7 - 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sarasota Grand Prix International Classes, Super Cat, Super Vee Lite, P1-3 - 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Sarasota Grand Prix International Classes, Classes Super Vee, Extreme (Super Unlimited), Extreme Limited (Super Unlimited) 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. All Open to the public. There's also VIP Race Viewing available at The Sandcastle Resort, 1540 Benjamin Franklin Drive (Ticket Purchase Required, $100 per person) 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Click here for more about the Annual Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Race.

There are numerous recurring, fun things to do in Sarasota throughout the year. Click here for my list of recurring Events in Sarasota!

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July 3, 2016: Anna Maria Island: The Beach House Fireworks Spectacular for 2016 has been cancelled due to the nesting birds situation found there; black skimmers and lesser terns, rare species of migrating shore birds known to be nesting on north end of the Beach House property. The Beach House, 200 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton BeachJuly Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

July 4, 2017: The 11th Annual Firecracker 5K Run will take place at at the Morgan Family Community Center located at 6207 West Price Blvd, North Port. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. The course is flat, fast, and well marked with two water stations along the way in the 3.1 mile stretch. Early bird pre-registration fee is $20 before 5/31/17, $25 after 6/1/16. Packet Pick-up and Race Day Registration is at the Morgan Family Community Center from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Registration and more information here.

July 4, 2016:  It's the 3rd annual Myakka River Kayak Festival and 4th of July Jam Blast featuring live music and craft beers. Live musical entertainment will take place throughout  the day kicking off  with Steve Arvey  from 11:00 a.m. - noon.  From 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. it's Treble Hook’s Florida Folk and Medicine Show with a unique and powerful Americana/Bluegrass sound. Kayak and canoe rentals will be available starting at  8 a.m. or you can bring your own. No cover charge for entrance. The festival will  benefit Friends of Sarasota County Parks. Free admission. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Snook Haven, 5000 E. Venice Ave, Venice. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

July 4, 2016: It's being billed as A Patriotic Spectacular and will feature Gloria Musicae with a patriotic concert full of choral fireworks celebrating America. General admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, students with student ID $15 at the door day of the concert. 4:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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July 4, 2017: Have a Grand Old Time and Celebrate America’s Independence Day, The Fourth of July! The Sarasota Suncoast puts on as festive an occasion as anywhere else. During the long holiday weekend there are events and fireworks displays up and down the coast, from beach to shining beach! All fireworks displays start around dusk, of course, and all can be viewed by land as well as some by sea. (Please note: schedules may change and weather conditions may force cancellation of events.) Here's my list of free events and fireworks displays around the Sarasota Suncoast!

July 4 - 5, 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. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

July 5, 2017: Sarasota County is looking for volunteers for the 2017 Liberty Litter Cleanup. Volunteers will help clean up six of the July 4th venues that are utilized the most during the festivities. Cleanup efforts will take place from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. at Siesta Key, Lido Beach, South Lido Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Beach and Blind Pass Beach.  All volunteers should report to the Site Captain at their cleaning location. To volunteer call 941-861-5000. Registration will open in early-mid May 2017.​

July 7, 2017: Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.! Live music, beer, wine and food available. 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.

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July 7 - 9, 2017:  Get in on the hunt for the 4th Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby sponsored by and based at Mote Marine Laboratory. Captain's meeting is July 7, Lionfish hunting derby is July 8 offshore from Collier to Escambia Counties. Weigh-in is July 9 at Mote Marie Laboratory and the public is invited. Last year 429 Lionfish were caught and removed from the gulf. Derbies are a way to help divers harvest Lionfish, provide public education and opportunities to taste the delicious lionfish for free. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Click here for registration and more info.

July 8, 2017: Take the kids to Selby's Splashin Saturdays during June and July and have fun with water activities, water slides and games in the cool shade and around the lagoon and waterfall of the Children's Rain Forest Garden. There are also kids' corner activities and musical entertainment. Regular admission: Adults $20, Children 4-17 $10, Members Free.10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Selby Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. More info: 941.366.5731 or click here.

July 8 - 9, 2017: Can you dig it? The Dig The Beach - Siesta Key Volley Ball Classic bounces back in for another weekend of fun. With competition starting at 8:30 a.m. you're sure to see some great volleyball action. Siesta Key public beach volleyball courts. Free spectator admission. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

July 9, 2016: Once again it's ReptiDay! It's the Sarasota Reptile and Exotic Animal Show. The event features vendors offering reptile pets, supplies and other related merchandise plus live animal seminars, raffles for prizes and more. 10 a.m - 5 p.m. (VIP early entry 9:30 a.m.).  General admission: $10 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free. VIP Early admission:  $12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free and may be purchased at the door 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Potter Building, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

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July 10 - 11, 2016: It's time for try-out Auditions for Spirit Voices from Old Manatee, Season VI. Spirit Voices from Old Manatee is an original artistic production  The outdoor drama takes place in the month of October at Manatee Village Historical Park and the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds in Bradenton, Florida. Costumed thespians personify those interred through graveside dialogue based on narratives from archives, descendants, diaries, military logs, books and legend. Souls highlighted in these cemetery vignettes are early pioneers of the Village of Manatee, veteran soldiers from the Seminole and Civil Wars, community leaders, victims of yellow fever, and other persons of interest buried within these hallowed grounds. Auditions are open to the public. No pre-casting. July 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or July 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. MANATEE VILLAGE HISTORICAL PARK (Wiggins Store Conference Room), 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64), Bradenton, FL. For more information contact: manatee.village@manateeclerk.com or call: (941) 741-4076. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

July 11 - 12, 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.July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

July 14, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music with the Nat Langston Group in the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 7 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Venice. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

July 14 - 16, 2016: Time to LOL! It's the 8th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival when laughter takes over the entire Florida Studio Theatre campus! The Sarasota Improv Festival brings together the most creative and inventive improv groups from all across the country and the world to take risks, get raw, and get real on stage in a variety of improv formats. Our own Florida homegrown troupes will appear and the festival will also feature workshops taught by the professional improvisers attending the festival. Various ticket prices:3 day passes are $69, 2 day passes are $59, Friday or Saturday passes are $49, and Thursday passes are $20. Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota. For tickets call 941-366-9000, or click here to get tickets and more info.

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July 16 - 17, 2016: Find all kinds of old goodies at the Vintage & Collectibles Fair. Everything from Antiques & Books to Vintage Clothing, Artwork, Jewelry and more. Featuring more than 40 exhibitors along with concessions available. Adult tickets: $3, good for all weekend, 12 & under are free. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

July 17, 2016: Find fun and more at the Boots vs Badges Competition Finale for Suncoast Blood Bank takes place with a blood donation competition. It's the Sarasota Police vs the Sarasota Fire Dept to see who can get more donations. Donate blood and get a $10 Gas Card, Gift Bag, Donor Store Points, Snacks & Drinks! In addition there's a safety expo going on featuring fire trucks, SWAT Hummer, Sheriff’s & Police Cars, Kid's Obstacle Course and more. In the the parking lot of Sarasota Square Mall between Sears and Ruby Tuesday.

July 18 - 19, 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. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

July 21, 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 Kettle of Fish, one of the hottest live acts in Southwest Florida, featuring blues, soul and funk with the energy of rock 'n roll. 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. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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July 21 - 22, 2017: Historic downtown Venice brings back Christmas in July. While basically a sales promotion they will have Santa and Mrs. Claus on hand and participating stores will offer entry forms for a competition to win gift baskets donated by various member merchants. There will also be big sales and prizes to win with over 50 downtown stores and sponsors participating and some stores open late until 7 p.m. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free Christmas Trolley rides throughout downtown. Historic Downtown Venice.

July 22 - 23, 2017: It's the 7th Annual Mystic Faire featuring everything metaphysical. Billed as the largest psychic fair in southwest Florida it will feature over 75 exhibitors and more than 25 psychics. Hear free lecturers and see psychics, healers and vendors of many kinds. Admission: $7 for one day or $10 for both days. 12 & under are free. Saturday 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

July 23, 2016: Check out some summer fun during Family Fun Day with arts & crafts, face painting, food and drinks, music and more! Free. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave South, Venice, FL

July 23, 2016: Come celebrate and take part in Snooty’s 68th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Snooty is the World's Oldest manatee on record. There will be wildlife awareness information plus children's games and art activities; free cookies and drinks for the children, a display of Snooty's birthday cards submitted for the card contest and more. Snooty was born on July 21, 1948 at the old Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company. Admission to the birthday party in the Spanish Plaza is free. You'll also find all day reduced admission prices to the Museum, Aquarium and Planetarium in honor of Snooty! 201 W 10th Street, Bradenton. Happy 68th Birthday to Snooty, from my July Sarasota Events Calendar! (941) 746-4131. Click here for more info.

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July 23, 2016: Check out Christmas in July on Anna Maria Island with the Privateers and Santa at the Drift Inn on Bridge Street! Santa will have his sleigh there to give out presents to the kids. Also, there will be a pot luck dinner inside the Drift Inn for a $5 donation. Free admission. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Drift Inn on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

July 23, 2016: Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources kicks-off the popular 2016 Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series with the cool rhythm and blues and classic rock of 'Bandana.'   Cash bar and food concessions will be available. Blankets, lawn chairs and beverages are welcome at the outdoor concerts, but glass is prohibited. 7 p.m. Free. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice.

July 25 - 26, 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. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

July 28, 2017: Check out Friday Night Free Music in the Gazebo in Centennial Park in downtown Venice featuring Jason Haram. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Venice. July Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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July 28 - 29, 2017: Enjoy the last two days of this summer's Hair Raising Circus at the Historic Asolo Theater, "IncrediBello," with Sarasota's own Bello Nock back on the hometown stage. A world-renowned, gravity-defying comedic daredevil with the unmistakable foot-high hair, Bello returns to his hometown to engage audiences with his lovable personality, trademark humor and playful antics. Various show days and times. Tickets are $15 Adults/ $12 Children 12 and under.  5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180. Click here for show days, times and more info.

July 28 - 30, 2017: It's the Tampa Bay Comic Con, a huge event for fans and aficionados of everything comic books! The weekend will be filled with celebrity guests and appearances. Friday: noon - 12 a.m., Sat: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekend pass: $60, Single day: $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday only and $30 for Sunday only. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa. Click here for more info.

July 29 - 30, 2017: Check out the Major Beach Soccer Coquina Beach Summer Qualifier Tournament. Watch or put together your own team and play. This event will wrap-up their 2017 National Championship qualifying series tournaments. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Coquina Beach, south end of Anna Maria Island. Click here for more info and to sign up.

July 30, 2017: Get in some shopping at the Coquina Beach Market on Anna Maria Island. Find everything from local artists, arts & crafts and fresh produce to plants, clothes, collectibles and more. Final market of the year until its return in November. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Coquina Beach gulf-side, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island.





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