The August Sarasota Events Calendar - A listing of fun, free or inexpensive, Sarasota happenings around the sun coast.
(Due to the coronavirus pandemic many events are on hold or decisions have not been made yet as to whether the event will go on as scheduled, be canceled or postponed. Therefore it is very difficult to obtain information very far in advance. Some organizations are better at it than others. Everything herein is subject to change by event organizers. More info on our coronavirus page here.)
August 1, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy watching the Florida State DanceSport Championships. Celebrate their 48th 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 Florida State DanceSport Championships is the Finale of the Triple Crown Events. The venue remains the Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, FL (941) 753-7940.
August 1, 2021: 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: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sun: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 3 Day 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.
August 1 - 2, 2020: You're invited to Repticon Sarasota 2020, a two-day expo highlighting reptile shows, events, activities and sales. 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, Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
August 1 - 8, 2020: Canceled. The Ringling Museum presents their Summer Circus Spectacular. It's presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota. The Summer Circus Spectacular highlights some of the finest circus acts from around the world .Various show days and times. Tickets are $16 Adults/ $12 Children 12 and under. The Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 1 - 8, 2021: An international art exhibit designed to proclaim inclusion, respect and kindness debuts at Sarasota-Bradenton’s Nathan Benderson Park. The annual, juried art exhibit is composed by a Sarasota-based arts and education non-profit, Embracing Our Differences (EOD). It consists of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The international exhibit uses the power of art and prose to promote diversity and inclusion. The 2021 exhibit brought 15,912 entries from 128 nations, and from 48 U.S. states. The winning quotes and art are showcased in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park every year, from January through March. Thanks to the generosity of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, the public will have another opportunity to see this exhibit. The exhibit is on display at the park May 20 - Aug. 8 and is free for the public to view. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL.
August 1 - August 31, 2020: Manatee County Animal Services joins with News Channel 8 WFLA to host Clear the Shelters, the sixth annual nationwide pet adoption drive. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 410,000 pet adoptions nationwide. Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20 tag fee. All pets will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped - a value over $300. Select long-term shelter pets who are adopted will go home with a complimentary gift bag of toys and supplies to celebrate their arrival to a new home. Gift bags are limited. The Palmetto Adoption Center and Shelter, located at 305 25th Street West in Palmetto, and Manatee County Cat Town, located at 216 6th Avenue East, Bradenton, are available to visit by appointment only. For information about Manatee County Animal Services: 941-713-3105. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 4 - 8, 2020: The 2020 Sarasota Slam is taking place with Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout, Redfish, Offshore and Inshore Divisions. There's a dockside bbq and party after the tournament. They're bringing back again this year the fun fish divisions. Marina Jack is home base for the tournament, Bayfront, downtown Sarasota, FL. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 4 - 10, 2019: Does not appear to be happening in 2020. No updates available.Real Sharks, Real Science! Celebrate the 5th annual Shark Days at Mote Aquarium with a full slate of education and entertainment along with real sharks and real science. Learn about the science behind these incredible animals and ask questions of Mote shark experts. The celebration will include jaw-some fun for the whole family. Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 388-4441. Click here for more info.
August 7, 2020: Canceled. 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 8, 2020: It's a great way to get on the water, family-style as NBP Rec Day is back! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more. Fee is $10/person for ages 7-18, FREE for their parents and siblings ages 1-6, and $10/person for adults without children. Meet at the ground floor of the Benderson Family Finish Tower. Equipment is sanitized between uses and safety practices are enforced, and participants may come and go on their own schedules during the four-hour event. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be another NBP Rec Day! on Aug. 22. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.
August 8, 2020: Postponed for 2020. It's the 5th 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, FL. More info: 941-713-3105. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 8, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy a short road trip and the 5th Annual Tiki Fest 2020. Tiki Fest features Hula Dancers, Live trop rock and steel drum music by the JP Island Duo, Sunny Jim White and Tiki Tom and LA Daniels! Fun family friendly activities including Finest Painting by MaryRose, balloon creations and juggling by Jeff the Juggler, tiki toss and tiki bowling games, scavenger hunt, photo op's, tiki carvings, Hawaiian leis giveaways, drink and food specials, tiki merchandise and exhibitors! Free admission/free parking!. Noon - 4 p.m. Fisherman's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL.
August 8 - 9, 2020: Postponed to 2021. 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 4 November weekends. All ages welcome for General Cast and other categories of players. 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Ringling Woods behind Robarts Arena. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 14, 2020: Postponed. Get ready to Sip, Shop and Stroll the Avenues in The Downtown Venice Wine Walk. This event features wine from all over the world. Those who purchase a wristband ticket will be able to sample one-ounce pours of a variety of wines at participating shops located on Tampa Ave., Venice Ave., Miami Ave., and Tamiami Trail. Swing into participating restaurants for great, full-glass wine specials (not included with the wristband ticket). A $10 wristband can be purchased in advance at the Venice MainStreet office, or online here. On the day of the event, wristband tickets can be purchased starting at 5 p.m. at the kiosk in Centennial Park. Those who purchase online in advance can pick up their wristbands and a list of wine tasting locations at the kiosk at 5 p.m. on the day of the Wine Walk. A novel way to approach shopping! 5 p.m - 8 p.m. downtown Venice, FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 14 - 16, 2020: Canceled. 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, FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 16, 2019: Not taking place in 2020. Enjoy an evening on the bayfront and some free live music at the 18th annual summer music fest, "Friday Fest", at the Van Wezel with Reverend Barry & The Funk, featuring 3 Grammy®-nominated musicians, this 8-piece band plays a high-energy set of originals and covers of funk & soul music including Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, Kool & the Gang and Prince. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, take in the music along with the beautiful Sarasota sunset and enjoy food from food trucks and drinks 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 16, 2019: No information available for 2020. 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 white Gazebo lasting about 90 minutes. 8:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. $20. Historic Spanish Point, 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. Click here for tickets and more info.
August 22, 2020: It's a great way to get on the water, family-style as NBP Rec Day is back! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more. Fee is $10/person for ages 7-18, FREE for their parents and siblings ages 1-6, and $10/person for adults without children. Meet at the ground floor of the Benderson Family Finish Tower. Equipment is sanitized between uses and safety practices are enforced, and participants may come and go on their own schedules during the four-hour event. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
August 22, 2020 - September 7, 2020: Unfortunately,
they have not
received as many entries into their virtual parade as they had hoped;
so, in the spirit of preserving the tradition, they are officially
postponing the reveal of their virtual parade which was to have taken
the place of the full festival, which is canceled. While it is
to not be able to stand shoulder to shoulder throughout Old Englewood to
watch our beloved parade- their hope is to eventually set up a viewing
party in Pioneer Park. This virtual parade is essentially a slideshow
showcasing past parades, events and new participants. Further details
are pending. The annual Englewood Pioneer Festival is a family-friendly occasion filled with fun events including: Aug. 17: Little Miss & Mr. Englewood Pageant, Aug. 24: Chalkfest 8.0, Aug. 24: Kids Shipwreck Dance (14 - 18 y.o), Aug. 25: Kids Fish-a-Thon, Aug. 31: Cardboard Boat Race, Adult Shipwreck Dance Party, Sept 1. The Festival at Pioneer Park 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sept 1: Diaper Derby 2 p.m., Sept. 1 Open Car Show on Dearborn St 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sept 2: Englewood Pioneer Days Parade 9 a.m. on Dearborn St & Festival in Pioneer park 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sept. 2 Largest Corvette Car Show in SW Florida 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Click here for more details.
August 24, 2019: Canceled for 2020. The Bradenton Marauders will take on Daytona and will also host Fan Appreciation Night. 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 Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 26, 2020: It's the 4th Summer Foodie Fest, A taste of Venice. 15+ restaurants serving up all the Tastes You Can Eat! Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. “Early Bird” Tickets are $15 until they are sold out. Tickets include all Food Tastings. Beverages are available at the Cash Bar. Hotel Venezia, 425 US 41 Bypass N, Venice FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 27, 2020: Check out the Business Showcase (formerly Consumer Expo) with more than 100 businesses participating along with door prizes, health screenings and more. $100 giveaways 5 times per day. Free admission and parking. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice.
August 27 to September 20, 2020: Enjoy Selby Gardens' 40th Annual Virtual Juried Photographic Exhibition now on display. More than 500 submissions were received and, to Celebrate Selby Gardens, all photos were taken at our Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses. Each of the five categories has first, second, and third place winners as well as honorable mentions. Click here to see entries and winners.
August 28 - 30, 2020: Manatee Village Historical Park is offering their first digital event, “Suffragette Tea!” Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 19th Amendment granted certain women the right to vote and was one of many righteous milestones in history. For visitor safety and the safety of our staff members, this event will be digital. “Suffragette Tea” will be pre-recorded and made available through a video platform. Staff members will be in costume and will discuss how tea rooms influenced social and political change while inside a beautiful 1905 house. The house is an antique store and tea room called Charms of Leffingwell, located in Ellenton, FL. Let us transport you through “tea time” and celebrate with us from the comfort of your home! How to Sign Up: Registration is required but free. Slots are limited. Those who wish to receive the video must sign up through the link provided on our website:
https://www.manateevillage.org/events. The video will be available at 4:00pm on Friday, August 28th, 2020 and will remain accessible through the weekend of August 29th – 30th. Those who sign up may watch or re-watch the video whenever they please during this time. Please note: This is a digital event and video will not be played or held at Manatee Village Historical Park. Manatee Village Historical Park is not providing device(s) or internet access. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
August 29, 2020: It's a Party on the Plaza! Fan favorites "Pirate Flag - A Kenny Chesney Tribute Band" will be performing in a socially distanced concert event at Cool Today Park. This concert will be held outdoors on the Plaza, the palm-lined green space in front of the stadium. The gates open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Ten by ten (10’X10’) grass lined spaces will be available to accommodate groups of 4. Each space will be 6 feet apart in this safe outdoor environment. Spaces are $80 and are FIRST COME, FIRST AVAILABLE locations, so come early! Enjoy a tropical breakaway at Cool Today Park with Landshark products, world famous hot dogs and milkshakes, full-service bar, concessions and Kona Ice serving adult and kid-friendly slushies - all available for purchase. Parking is free. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Seats are not included. No outside food or beverages, coolers or umbrellas. Tickets on sale to the public on August 14th at 10 a.m. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
Continues through September 7, 2020: Unfortunately, they have not received as many entries into their virtual parade as they had hoped; so, in the spirit of preserving the tradition, they are officially postponing the reveal of their virtual parade which was to have taken the place of the full festival, which is canceled. While it is disappointing to not be able to stand shoulder to shoulder throughout Old Englewood to watch our beloved parade- their hope is to eventually set up a viewing party in Pioneer Park. This virtual parade is essentially a slideshow showcasing past parades, events and new participants. Further details are pending. The annual Englewood Pioneer Festival is a family-friendly occasion filled with fun events including: Aug. 17: Little Miss & Mr. Englewood Pageant, Aug. 24: Chalkfest 8.0, Aug. 24: Kids Shipwreck Dance (14 - 18 y.o), Aug. 25: Kids Fish-a-Thon, Aug. 31: Cardboard Boat Race, Adult Shipwreck Dance Party, Sept 1. The Festival at Pioneer Park 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sept 1: Diaper Derby 2 p.m., Sept. 1 Open Car Show on Dearborn St 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sept 2: Englewood Pioneer Days Parade 9 a.m. on Dearborn St & Festival in Pioneer park 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sept. 2 Largest Corvette Car Show in SW Florida 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.