2018 August Sarasota Events Calendar

The August Sarasota Events Calendar - A listing of fun, free or inexpensive, Sarasota happenings around the sun coast.



August 1, 2018: The Kids Summer Beach Runs are 1-mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through Aug. 7) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through Aug. 8) at Brohard Beach (1600 Harbor Drive) next to the Venice Fishing Pier, near Fins at Sharky's, Venice. For ages 1 - 17, participation ribbons are 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. Free. The runs are a popular summer event combining exercise and fun. Complete four runs and earn a free custom T-shirt along with other prizes. More at 941-861-5000.  August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

August 1 - 4, 2018: The Sarasota Slam is taking place with Billfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout, Redfish, Offshore and Inshore Divisions. They're bringing back again 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.

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August 1 - 5, 2018: Enjoy watching the Florida State DanceSport Championships. Celebrate their 46th Anniversary of the Triple Crown Dance Sport Event, the first and longest running DanceSport series in the world. The event 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, FL (941) 753-7940. More details and tickets here.

August 3, 2018: 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.

If you are a true lover of nature check out this list of August Sarasota Nature Events!

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August 3, 2018: Enjoy Live Music in the Park at Cafe in the Park with Clovers Revenge. Food service: 6 p.m., Music: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission. Enjoy music, food, weather, and views of Sarasota's most charming little downtown park. Seating is limited so feel free to bring a beach chair or folding chair. Cafe in the Park is just located south of downtown Sarasota in Payne Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL.

August 3 - 5, 2018: 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, FL. Click here for more info.

August 4, 2018: The Orioles invite you to Ed Smith Stadium in August during Gulf Coast League Orioles home games. Back to School is the theme with free games, school supply giveaways, chances to win school gear, and more. Kids 14 and under will receive a free snowball treat. Event hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Event will occur rain or shine. The stadium concourse will be filled with fun and informative exhibits and activities for fans of all ages. Admission and parking are free, though fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. There is no charge to attend the games, which will be held on the Ed Smith Stadium Main Field. Fans may enter through the Left Field Gate, which opens 30 minutes before game time, unless otherwise noted. Free parking is available in the East Lot at the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL.

August 4, 2018: It's time to bask in the Sand and Surf Festival. Find everything for the beach lifestyle from boats to skin care, beach wear and more. Music and food vendors, too. Free. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Venice Train Depot and Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park, 303 E. Venice Ave, Venice, FL.

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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August 4, 2018: To put a little fun in the dog days of a Sarasota summer it's the AquaPalooza 2018, an on the water party for boaters with music and fun in the sun, free give-aways and more. The fest takes place at New Pass Sandbar, just in front of the MarineMax Marina, 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. The fest is being called "the largest party on the water" by organizers. Have fun, stay safe and be safe. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. More info and register for free here.

August  4, 2018: Help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Selby Library during a special event featuring a full day of activities including live music, an art contest, karaoke and cake. A ceremony in the Geldbart Auditorium at 11:45 a.m. will also feature guest speakers, including library staff and elected officials.  In 1988 the current library building opened at the prominent downtown site at Five Points Park. Event starts at 10:30 a.m. Selby Library, 1331 1st St, Sarasota, FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

August 4, 2018: It's the 4th Annual Manatee County Pet Adopt-A-Palooza, Manatee County’s Largest One Day Adoption and Pet Expo and will feature over 100 adoptable puppies, dogs, cats and kittens from Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS), local shelters and animal rescues - all under one roof. Manatee County license tags will be for sale and specialty retailers and fun pet vendors will offer pet related products. Food, drinks and lots of family fun. Pet toy donations welcome. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Boulevard, Palmetto. More info: 941-713-3105. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

August 4 - 5, 2018: You're invited to Repticon Sarasota 2018, a two-day expo highlighting reptile shows, events, activities and sales. More info here. You'll have a chance to see live reptiles from around the world plus the chance to purchase pets and supplies direct from experts. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (VIP Entry at 9:00 am). Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (No VIP Early Entry). Various ticket prices on line and at the door. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Potter Building, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.   August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota



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August 5, 2018: There's a party going on called Very Merry Jerry Day, the 10th 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. Musicians honoring the Dead this year will include the Stumble Creek and Ship of Fools. Admission: $12 in advance/$15 door. 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 7 - 8, 2018: The Kids Summer Beach Runs are 1-mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through Aug. 7) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through Aug. 8) at Brohard Beach (1600 Harbor Drive) next to the Venice Fishing Pier, near Fins at Sharky's, Venice. For ages 1 - 17, participation ribbons are 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. Free. The runs are a popular summer event combining exercise and fun. Complete four runs and earn a free custom T-shirt along with other prizes. More at 941-861-5000. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

August 10, 2018: Unfortunately due to the summer construction in downtown Venice their Free Music Friday Night summer concerts in Centennial Park are on hiatus until November, 2018.

August 10, 2018: It's another in the series of Moonlight Movies. See Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark, hosted by the Sarasota Film Festival. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to sit on. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL.

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August 11, 2018: Spanning 3 Blocks of Downtown Sarasota's Farmer's Market, it's their grooviest event all year, The 2nd Annual Woodstock Revival from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.!  Retro revival band, Paisley Craze, will take the big stage in our “Woodstock Village”, located on 1st Street. Paisley Craze is a five-piece Sarasota band playing favorites from the 1960s, covering a wide range of styles of that historic decade - from the British invasion featuring the Beatles, to the sunny and light pop music of the Beach Boys, the mind-blowing psychedelic rock of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane, and the groovin' dance sounds of Motown. Activities will be available for kids including a rock wall, high jumpers, and Free Photo Booth, peace sign painting and kids water slide. Come dressed in your finest 60’s-era apparel at 11:00 a.m. to compete in their"Best Dressed Hippie" Contest! (Registration begins at 9am.). Downtown Sarasota Farmer's Market. Every Saturday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.  1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

August 11, 2018: Enjoy Warm Mineral Springs Park for free for all Sarasota County residents. With a steady 85 degree temperature and 50 minerals you may dip yourself in the rejuvenating spring for free with the knowledge that it's the only warm spring in the Sunshine State.  Free admission for Sarasota County residents. Bring your ID. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 12200 San Servando Ave., North Port, FL.

August 11, 2018: Enjoy a short road trip and the 3rd Annual Tiki Fest 2018. Tiki Fest features Hula Dancers, Live trop rock and steel drum music, Finest Painting by MaryRose, balloon creations and juggling by Jeff the Juggler,  tiki toss and tiki bowling games, coconut painting, photo op's, tiki carvings, Hawaiian leis giveaways, drink and food specials, tiki merchandise and tropical clothing store promotions. 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 11, 2018: It's Celebrate Venice Day. Venice Newcomers and the Newcomers of Venice Alumni are hosting a day to celebrate downtown Venice, and you're invited! There will be Historic trolley tours on the hour 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. (45-minute tours), kids activities, afternoon tea services, wine tastings, extended happy hours & more! 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Downtown Venice, FL.

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August 14, 2018: The Orioles invite you to Ed Smith Stadium in August during Gulf Coast League Orioles home games. The Military Officers Association of America, Sarasota Chapter, will join the Orioles to present Veterans Appreciation Day from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Veterans can enjoy camaraderie with other service members and get information on resources for veterans from more than 25 participating organizations. The first 500 active duty military and veterans will receive a special giveaway. Event will occur rain or shine. Admission and parking are free, though fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit  All Faiths Food Bank. There is no charge to attend the games, which will be held on the Ed Smith Stadium Main Field. Fans may enter through the Left Field Gate, which opens 30 minutes before game time, unless otherwise noted. Free parking is available in the East Lot at the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL.

August 16, 2018: Stroll, shop & sip - or sip, shop & stroll! It's the downtown Venice Wine Walk. Stroll the 3 avenues of historic downtown Venice and enjoy wine from participating stores and wine specials at participating restaurants. To participate you must check in and get a $10 (21 and over) 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 Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

August 17, 2018: Due to the continued effects of red tide on our community, Friday Fest on August 17, 2018 featuring Rebel Heart has been cancelled. Enjoy an evening on the bayfront and some free live music at the 17th annual summer music fest, "Friday Fest", at the Van Wezel with Sarasota's Rebel Heart which will be featuring some of today's most popular country songs, mixed with a healthy dose of hits from pop, rock, dance, and the blues. Rebel Heart's 5-piece band puts on a high-energy, powerful and melodic country rock act. 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 17 - 19, 2018: 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 $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

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August 18, 2018: The Orioles invite you to Ed Smith Stadium in August during Gulf Coast League Orioles home games. Fans are encouraged to their dogs for Paws at the Park from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Special rules for fans looking to bring their dogs to the ballpark can be found at www.orioles.com/Sarasota. Fans are invited to watch the game with their dog, enter a doggie costume contest, make a memory in the free photo booth, and learn about pet adoption opportunities. Fans are also encouraged to bring a donation of unopened pet food for the Humane Society of Sarasota. Event will occur rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. There is no charge to attend the games, which will be held on the Ed Smith Stadium Main Field. Fans may enter through the Left Field Gate, which opens 30 minutes before game time, unless otherwise noted. Free parking is available in the East Lot at the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

August 18, 2018 - September 3, 2018: The annual Englewood Pioneer Festival is a family-friendly occasion filled with fun events including: Aug. 18: Little Miss & Mr. Englewood Pageant, Aug. 25: Chalkfest 7.0, Aug. 25: Kids Shipwreck Dance (13 - 17 y.o), Aug. 26: Fish-a-Thon, Sept. 1: Cardboard Boat Race, Shipwreck Dancein Pioneer park 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sept 2: Diaper Derby, Pioneer Days Festival and Open Car Show, Sept 3: Englewood Pioneer Days Parade & Festival and Corvette Car Show. Click here for more details.

 August 24, 2018: Unfortunately due to the summer construction in downtown Venice their Free Music Friday Night summer concerts in Centennial Park are on hiatus until November, 2018. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

August 25, 2018: The Bradenton Marauders will take on Dunedin and will also host Fan Appreciation Night featuring ZOOperstars. Every fan in attendance will receive complimentary raffle tickets for big prizes. Fireworks will follow the last out in the ninth inning. Tickets are $6 - $10. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with first pitch at 6:30 p.m. LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL.

August 25, 2018: You are invited to explore Historic Spanish Point in the moonlight! On their Full Moon walking ghost tour you will hear stories of intrigue and mystery about Sarasota and Florida history as you visit the historic houses, prehistoric burial mound and pioneer cemetery of Historic Spanish Point. Each full moon there will be two tours a night starting at the Gazebo. 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. $20. Historic Spanish Point, 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. Click here for tickets and more info.

August 25 - 26, 2018: Here's your chance to audition for this year's Sarasota Medieval Fair. More info here. 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. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com









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