2021 August Sarasota Events Calendar

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



(*Every effort is made to provide as accurate of information as possible, however dates, times, places and event schedules are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, last minute changes or cancellations made by event organizers, mistakes, misinformation from sources and/or events beyond anyone's control, etc.  Before making any major plans check with event organizers to confirm date of event. This Calendar is updated as information is made available.)

August 1, 2021: Florida Studio Theatre isOn The Road Again!” This summer, FST is taking the whole family on a one-of-a-kind musical road trip in On The Road Again, an all-new live performance. Featuring songs like “Country Roads,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas," we’ll celebrate all that makes this country special from sea to shining sea. Join us for an outdoor concert in this summer touring performance as we hit the road with music that has defined the U.S for generations. Free. 12 p.m.  Register at the above link. Temple Sinai, 4631 S Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL.

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.

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August 1 - 14, 2021: 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 $18 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.

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August 3, 2021: Florida Studio Theatre is “On The Road Again!” This summer, FST is taking the whole family on a one-of-a-kind musical road trip in On The Road Again, an all-new live performance. Featuring songs like “Country Roads,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas," we’ll celebrate all that makes this country special from sea to shining sea. Join us for an outdoor concert in this summer touring performance as we hit the road with music that has defined the U.S for generations. Free. 10:30 a.m. Register at the above link. Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port, FL.

August 3 - 7, 2021: The 2021 Sarasota Slam with Billfish, Offshore, Inshore and Junior Angler Divisions. The Weigh In is open to the general public on August 7th and will start at 11a.m. at Marina Jacks in downtown Sarasota, FL. There will also be a Silent Auction that day benefiting the Sarasota Sportsmens Association. Marina Jack is home base for the tournament, Bayfront, downtown Sarasota, FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

August 4 - 7, 2021: Enjoy watching the Florida State DanceSport Championships. Celebrating their 49th 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 (888) 684-7717.

August 6, 2021: Canceled til TFN. 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.

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 6 - 8, 2021: It's the AMI Privateers' Return to Tortuga! They are planning a weekend Pirate invasion of Anna Maria Island and the surrounding areas. Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Privateers, you can help The Privateers with their mission of "Kids & Community" through their scholarship programs and other child focused activities. Events for the weekend include the Bilge Rat Derby, Invasion Kick-Off Party, Island Pub Crawl, Island Scavenger Hunt, the Pirate Gathering at Seafood Shack's Neptune Room, Breakfast with the Pirates and an afternoon leisure cruise around the Island. You'll still have some personal time to pillage and plunder the Island shops and businesses or relax by the pool.  You could also charter a boat for some fishing or a floating tiki bar for a group party. The Invasion is set for August 5 - August 8th, 2021 and the Pirates' Cove headquarters is the Compass Margaritaville Hotel on Anna Maria Sound. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

August 7, 2021: Enjoy a short road trip and the 6th Annual Tiki Fest 2021. Enjoy live music, dance, specialty vendors, family friendly activities (juggling acts, magic show, festival glitter/tattoos artists) shopping and dining! Featured performances include: Napua Polynesian Dance Troupe, Steel drum and Caribbean vocals by musicians Ragady Lapsey and Jimi Pappas, Hula Connection, and the Hawaiian Band of Orlando. Free admission / Free parking! Free admission/free parking!. Noon - 4 p.m. Fisherman's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL.

August 8, 2021: This event is being moved to spring time 2022. 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, 2021: It's the U.S. Dragon Boat National Team Trials! While the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Championships in Hong Kong are cancelled this year, the U.S. national team selections are still on tap at Sarasota-Bradenton’s Nathan Benderson Park. The 2021 Senior A and Senior B women’s teams (ages 50 and older) will be further selected and shaped at these trials.This process and the Hong Kong cancellation have no impact on either the 2021 U.S. Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew National Championships or the 2022 IDBF Club Crew World Championships, both of which will be held at Nathan Benderson Park. The 2021 event is Oct. 1-3, while the 2022 event date has not yet been announced. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL



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August 8 - 9, 2020: TBA for 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 11, 2021: It's CoolToday Park's Summer Movie Nights at the ballpark on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in July & August. Be sure to check out all the fun with Tom and Jerry. Tickets: 3 & under free, 4 - 9 $3, and 10+ & adults $7. Beach Club Members are free. Get your tickets by calling: 941-413-5004 or visit their ticket office at CoolToday Park Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Beach Club Members can attend for free!  CoolToday Park, 18800 W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL.

August 13 - 15, 2021: 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 14, 2021: It's NBP Rec Days! A great way to get on the water, family-style! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more. Fee is $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger  Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more). All must complete the waiver forms.  Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. NBP Rec Days! are held at the base of the finish tower on Regatta Island. Depending on events, however, they may move to the west shore, near the playground. Signs will be in place to direct you, either way. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.

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August 19 to September 3, 2021: Enjoy Selby Gardens' 41st Annual Virtual Juried Photographic Exhibition now on display. Last year more than 500 submissions were received and, to Celebrate Selby Gardens, all photos were taken at their Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses. There are five categories. They begin accepting photos on Sunday, August 1, 2021. In-person submissions will not be accepted, all photos must be submitted digitally. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

August 21, 2021: It's the Special Olympics Florida Stand-Up Paddle Competition with opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. and competition from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. among 150 athletes. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL

August 21, 2021: It's the Majesty of Rock Concert at Cool Today Park. Majesty of Rock is a talented group of musicians who banded together for the express purpose of faithfully re-creating the look and sounds of the two American super groups: Journey and Styx. Fronted by the amazing John D’Agostino, this band boasts the exceptional musical talents of five highly experienced musicians who not only capture every nuance of Journey in their iconic Steve Perry days, but also the vocal essence of Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw of Styx. General admission $12. Gates open at 6 p.m. Music begins at 8 p.m. CoolToday Park, 18800 W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL.

August 21, 2021 - September 6, 2021: Canceled for 2021. The annual Englewood Pioneer Festival is a family-friendly occasion filled with fun events. Englewood Pioneer Days Committee statement, in part: "After talks with Sarasota County, the Committee has been made aware of the construction and improvements scheduled to start at the end of June or beginning of July. The revamping of Dearborn Street is to take place all summer; the next phase: the Pioneer Park amphitheater to begin September 1. Unfortunately, the timing is not in line with Pioneer Days Events. The Committee has looked into other options and avenues - quite literally - but there is not another safe option as far as the festival and parade are concerned. It’s difficult to imagine missing yet another year of Pioneer Days Events; we will miss everyone but with safety concerns and the construction - it just isn’t possible. We look forward to planning the 2022 events and using the brand new park for our festival."

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August 22, 2021: It's the Siesta Sprint Triathlon with numerous events you can sign up for. All race events start at 7 a.m. Helmets are mandatory! USA Triathlon rules apply. Registration fees: $35 - $115 for various races/events. Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL

August 23 -  September 19, 2021: Manatee County Animal Services hosts Clear the Shelters, the 7th 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. Adoption fees for all pets are waived during this pet adoption drive. 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 25, 2021: It's CoolToday Park's Summer Movie Nights at the ballpark on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in July & August. Be sure to check out all the fun with Jumanji. Tickets: 3 & under free, 4 - 9 $3, and 10+ & adults $7. Beach Club Members are free. Get your tickets by calling: 941-413-5004 or visit their ticket office at CoolToday Park Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Beach Club Members can attend for free! CoolToday Park, 18800 W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

August 27, 2020: Moved to October 27, 2021. Check out the Business Showcase (formerly Consumer Expo) with more than 100 businesses participating along with door prizes, health screenings and more. Free admission and parking. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

August 28, 2021: It's NBP Rec Days! A great way to get on the water, family-style! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing and more. Fee is $10 per person. $5 per adult with accompanying child. Free for children ages 6 and younger  Family maximum: $35 (for households of five or more). All must complete the waiver forms.  Fishing licenses are required for all participants 14 and older who choose to fish. NBP Rec Days! are held at the base of the finish tower on Regatta Island. Depending on events, however, they may move to the west shore, near the playground. Signs will be in place to direct you, either way. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL. August Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com









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