The June Sarasota Events Calendar includes the best of the best fun free (or next to nothing) Sarasota happenings.
June 1, 2019: Check out Art & Animals & You at the ArtCenter Manatee, a free, family and pet friendly event with kids' art workshops, a scavenger hunt, exhibits, vendors, free pet portraits and more. Free. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 209 Ninth St., W., Bradenton, FL. 941-746-2862.
June 1, 2019: Yo-ho, mateys! Bring the kids to Snook Adams Kids Day for a fun celebration to end the school year. The Anna Maria Island Privateers annual fest includes free pizza, hot dogs and drinks. Plus you can see their pirate ship up close and hop aboard. Free. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. City Pier Park, 101 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria Island, FL. More info: 941-249-0782. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 1 - 20, 2019: Join the Florida Artist Group for "The Beauty of Small." This is an exhibit by 84 Florida artists who have achieved national or statewide recognition. On view will be paintings, photography, mixed media and sculptures in a wide variety of styles and techniques. The exhibit continues through June 20. Docent tours are scheduled for Wednesdays, June 5 at 11:00 a.m., June 12 at 1 p.m. and June 19 at 11 a.m. Call the Gallery at 941-359-7563 for regular gallery viewing hours. Free to the public.The exhibit will be held at the Ringling College of Art & Design, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL in the Larry Thompson Academic Center, Richard & Barbara Basch & Willis Smith Galleries.
June 1 - 22, 2019: The Sarasota Orchestra presents The Sarasota Music Festival. From Artist Showcases, Friday Festivals, Saturday Symphonies, Rising Stars, Special Recitals, and more, there's lots to take in. For three weeks you can enjoy the best up and coming young musicians from around the world along with chamber music, master classes and concerts.Enjoy classical music at its finest. Various venues, dates and times. More about the Sarasota Music Festival here.
June 2, 2019: It's Play in the Park Day at Cool Today Park, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, featuring concessions, wiffle ball, kickball, cornhole and kids 12 and under get to run the bases. Their Tomahawk Tiki Bar opens at 11 a.m. Admission: $5. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 18800 W. Villages Parkway, North Port, FL. 941-413-5000.
June 2, 2019: Have a craft brew at the 1st SRQ Craft Beer Festival featuring breweries, vendors and activities. For $10 you get to sample more than 21 beers plus get entered into raffles for gift cards to local businesses. 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Origin Craft Beer and Pizza Cafe, 1837 Hillview St., Sarasota, FL. 941-316-9222.
Not Being Held in 2019. June 2 - 3, 2018: It's the 7th Annual Suncoast Tarpon Shootout Tournament with 4 divisions: one pro, one amateur, one individual (kayak, fly, paddle board) and one for selected veterans. Prizes and entry fees vary from division to division. Captain's meeting is June 1 at 7 p.m. at Hooters in Sarasota.The tournament’s goal is to raise $30,000 for 4 charities: Valor Service Dogs, Heroes on the Water, All Children’s Hospital, and Operation Second Chance. Click here for entry fees, prizes and more info.
June 3, 2019: The Jazz Club of Sarasota has scheduled a five concert summer series at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret kicking off with Hot Club of SRQ with Keven Aland. The group presents Gypsy Jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Keven Aland has cultivated special musical connections with each guitarist in the Hot Club of SRQ. While Hot Club SRQ pays homage to the creators and masters of this sound, they have forged their own unique sound. Jazz Club members $35; non members $39. A full series subscription is $165 for the five concerts. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Court Cabaret Room at FST located at First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL.
June 4 - 5, 2019: The Kids Summer Beach Runs are 1-mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through July, 30) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through July 31) 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.
June 6, 2019: It's the 2nd Annual Coastal Community Celebration to celebrate World Ocean's Day at the Florida Maritime Museum. An evening of family fun featuring the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, Sarasota Estuary Program, Audubon Society and more. Explore vendors, including food vendor Gulley's, serving a Cortez favorite, MULLET! Local artist David Skaggs, of Dave's World Art, will be sharing his creative and sustainable themed sculptures. David's sculptures are made from palm fronds and recycled treasures washed ashore Siesta Key Beach. You'll also want to get your hands dirty through a multitude of hands on educational activities, including an oyster touch tank, beach erosion, commercial fishing gear, and more. Wear blue to participate in this year's World Ocean's Day Theme, "Together We Can." Free. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St West, Cortez, FL. 941-708-6120 June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 6 - 9, 2019: It's the USRowing Youth National Championship. The championships, which serve as the premier youth rowing event in the United States, sees approximately 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country – all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes. Racing starts at 8 a.m. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL. More info & Race Schedules here.
June 7, 2019: Lakewood Ranch presents Music on Main the first Friday of each month from 6p.m - 9 p.m with One Night Rodeo. 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.
June 7, 2019: Enjoy the Gazebo Starlight Cinema feature, Night at the Museum, at the Gazebo at Centennial Park. Movie starts at sundown. Bring your blankets, chairs, and the whole family to kick off your weekend and enjoy these free monthly movies. Sunset. Downtown Venice, FL. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 7 - 9, 2019: Enjoy the Bradenton Boat Show with a huge selection of new boats, boating accessories, fishing gear and more. Plus the Captain Joe Fishing School where you can learn from expert anglers. Admission: $5, 12 and under are free. Free parking. Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 8, 2019: You're invited to observe World Ocean's Day on Siesta Key Beach. The event will include a free and family friendly beach clean up that starts with sunrise yoga at 7 a.m. Beach clean up registration begins at 8 a.m. at the beach pavilion. Also featured will be music by The Garbage Men, a raffle for scuba certification, local vendors and marine biologists. The 1st 100 will received a free t-shirt. 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Siesta Key Beach Pavilion, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key. 941-374-6557.
June 8, 2019: Take part in the 3rd Annual World Oceans Day Festival, a fun, family friendly event celebrating our salty waters. A variety of ocean themed activities will be available for participants to learn about World Oceans Day. Dip nets into the water and discover the creatures beneath the waves. Learn amazing facts about our large wildlife—like sea turtles. Explore the history of fishing in Manatee County and 16 year olds and up will have a chance to test a kayak. Hosted by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department and Emerson Point Preserve. 9 a.m. - Noon. Emerson Point Preserve, 5801 17th St W, Palmetto, FL. Please let us know if you would like to attend or if you have any questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6034.
June 8, 2019: The 19th Annual Suncoast Film Festival offers a feature- length program of short films produced by Digital Cinema students at State College of Florida. The narrative, documentary, experimental, and industrial productions explore themes of identity and self, social and safety issues, travel and entrepreneurism. Student filmmakers include Jill Dolan, Alexander Ilardi, Katherine Tsirigotis, and Sarasota Film Festival “20 Hour Best Cinematography” winner Kim Galway. The event is free and open to the public.10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Ct, Sarasota, FL.
June 8, 2019: Enjoy the family festival World Oceans Day at Mote Aquarium. Mote’s World Oceans Day event will spotlight the ocean's deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world's greatest resource. The family festival is free with regular paid admission to Mote Aquarium and is free for Mote Members. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 8, 2019: Enjoy lots of live music, a bounce house, food truck, silent auction, beer samples and family fun at Summer Fest presented by Music Compound. Enjoy this memorable experience along with the opportunity to help raise money for Child Protection Center’s 40th Anniversary Fundraiser! 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $5 donation at the door. MC Downtown, 801 Apricot Ave., Sarasota, FL. 941-379-9100.
June 8 - 9, 2019: The 18th annual St. Armand's Craft Festival is held around circle park. You may view and purchase all kinds of artistic works from over 175 artisans with everything from paintings to jewelry, ceramics, pottery and much more. It's a fun event to stroll along through and look at all the uniquely creative ideas on display. St. Armand's Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge from downtown Sarasota. It's free and there's lots of free parking too. It's from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days.
June 9, 2109: It's Sharky's on the Pier's Sunset Beach Bash to celebrate their 3rd time being named best beach bar in Florida. They won the title in 2013, 2018 and again in 2019. The event will feature free drink samples, food and drink specials, live entertainment and more, plus a $5 entry fee which will benefit Venice area Beautification, Inc and Mote marine Laboratory and Aquarium. 5 p.m. - sunset. Sharky's on the Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive S, Venice, FL. June Sarasota events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
June 11 - 12, 2019: The Kids Summer Beach Runs are 1-mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through July, 30) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through July 31) 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. June Sarasota events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
June 11 - August 3, 2019: The Ringling Museum presents their Summer Circus Spectacular showcasing some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. Various show days, times and ticket prices. The Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180.
June 13, 2019: It's another in the series of Summer Movie Nights at Cool Today Park featuring Disney's The Little Mermaid. Concessions available. 6:30 p.m. $5, free for season ticket holders. Cool Today Park, 18800 W. Villages Parkway, North Port, Fl 941-413-5000.
June 13 - 16, 2019: If you are near downtown Bradenton on Thursday (6/13) morning you might be confronted with a really, really large man pulling a 30,000-pound truck down Old Main Street. This is part of the Tachi Palace World’s Strongest Man competition. 25 athletes will compete for three days, according to the following schedule: 9 a.m. Thursday on Old Main Street, south of Manatee Avenue near the historic courthouse in downtown Bradenton. 9 a.m. Friday on Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island. 9 a.m. Saturday at Manatee Public Beach, Anna Maria Island. The finale is set for 8 o’clock Sunday (6/16) morning at Manatee Public Beach on Anna Maria Island. The competitors include the reigning champion Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, who stars as “The Mountain” on HBO’s Game of Thrones. He and the other competitors will participate in such events as dead-lifting 600-plus pounds, tossing 150-pound kettlebells, and pulling 30,000-pound monster trucks.
June 14, 2019: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert with Kat and the Rhythm Gators. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the vibe. Free. Centennial Park Gazebo, downtown Venice, FL.
June 15, 2019: It's the Great Father's Day Race 5K Run/Walk Sarasota. This 5K race is at the number one beach in the world: Siesta Key Beach. Not only will you run next to pristine waters, you’ll get to experience the incredible white sands. It doesn’t get better than this! They offer free race pictures, dry-fit shirt, race medal, custom bib, goodie bag, awards and prizes, food and drinks, and more. Registration Prices: $25 Children 8-14, $35 Feb. 1 – Apr. 30, $40 May 1 – June 14 (Online registration closes at 6p on Friday, June 15), $45 June 15 – Race Day. Packet Pick-up: Friday, June 14, 2019 at Fit2Run University Town Center (140 University Town Center Dr Space 110, Sarasota, FL.) from 4 p.m. - 7p. Registration/Packet pick-up at the Gazebo. Race packet pick-up starts at 7 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m. Race starts at the RED lifeguard stand. Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL. June Sarasota events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
June 15 - 16, 2019: See creativity on display at the 27th annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival. What's featured? Stained glass, photography, personalized products for children and dogs alike, and much more! Stroll through the Green Market for plants, handmade soaps, tangy BBQ sauces and live orchids. Traditionally held on the third Saturday and Sunday of June in downtown Venice, Florida, the hours for the free event are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On Miami Avenue W. in downtown Venice. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 16, 2019: Enjoy the season finale of the Selby Garden Music Series with live music by local favorite, Ari and the Alibis returns to the Garden Music Series again this spring. Infusing, Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues, Soul and Rock, Ari and the Alibis take the audience on a musical journey where anything is possible.Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Limited seating provided on first come, first served basis. Food and drinks available on site for purchase. No outside food/beverages allowed. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Adults: $25. Members free, members guests $10. Ages 4 - 17: $15. 3 & under are free. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-366-5731. June Sarasota events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
June 17, 2019: The Jazz Club of Sarasota summer concert series continues at the Florida Studio Theatre Court Cabaret with The Danny Sinoff Trio with Patricia Dean. Danny Sinoff studied classical piano and turned to jazz at 17. His influences are Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, Harry Connick, Jr and Frank Sinatra. Danny comes into his own with a style that is both swinging and emotionally heartfelt. On drums and vocals is Patricia Dean. As a drummer, she is an inspiring and supremely tasteful time-keeper, accompanist & soloist. On vocals, she is swinging, sensitive and musical. Completing the trio is Scott Smith on bass. Jazz Club members $35; non members $39. A full series subscription is $165 for the five concerts. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Court Cabaret Room at FST located at First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL. June Sarasota events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
June 18 - 19, 2019: The Kids Summer Beach Runs are 1-mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through July, 30) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through July 31) 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. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 21, 2019: Enjoy an evening on the bay front and some free live music as the 18th annual summer music fest kicks off summer with "Friday Fest" at the Van Wezel with live music by Big Night Out – a grooving six-piece dance band performing Latin, r&b and island dance music! A powerful horn section and Latin percussion add to the commanding vocals of Frank Alverez. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, take in the music along with the beautiful Sarasota sunset and enjoy food and beverage from food trucks and drink 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. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 21, 2019: The Bradenton Marauders will honor the men and women that have served and continue to serve our nation in the armed forces as the team hosts Military Appreciation Night. The first 500 fans will receive a Military Heroes Card Set honoring 20 local veterans. Each recognized veteran or a representative will be honored on field prior to the game. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 6:30 p.m. LECOM Park, 17th Avenue West & 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL
(Continues) - June 22, 2019: The Sarasota Orchestra presents The Sarasota Music Festival. Enjoy the best up and coming young musicians from around the world. More about the Sarasota Music Festival.
June 25 - 26, 2019: The Kids Summer Beach Runs are 1-mile beach runs held every Tuesday (through July, 30) at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion, and every Wednesday (through July 31) 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. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 28, 2019: It's the Free Music Friday Night Concert with the Kat Crosby Band. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the vibe. Free. Centennial Park Gazebo, downtown Venice, FL. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota
June 29, 2019: It's the 4th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic, an event of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival. Play takes place at the Meadows Country Club and like the entire festival raises money for Suncoast Charities for Children. Registration at 7 a.m. Start at 8:30 a.m. Foursome: $500 / $125 per player. The Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota, FL.
June 29, 2019: Put on your knickers and your golf shirt and putt your way through downtown Venice at the 2nd annual Barstool Open.Teams of four will play putt-putt golf through 12 holes located in various businesses throughout Tampa, Venice and Miami Avenues. There will be 105 teams, totaling 420 available spots. Those who are interested in joining can sign up as doubles or as a team of four. If participants sign up with less than four, they will be placed in a randomly-made team of two doubles. This event will have a shotgun start where everyone will start simultaneously at their assigned location. $20 per person. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Downtown Venice, FL. Sign up at Made in Italy. June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com
This event will not take place for the 2019 Power Boat Grand Prix Festival. June 29: The original "Miss Super Boat Grand Prix” Bikini Contest is now the Miss Powerboat P1 Swimwear Contest. It will take place during the "Boats by the Bay" Party in the Pits event. Following 2 rounds of earlier competition; one at 6:30 p.m. which is designated as "Club Wear," the other at 8:30 p.m. for Swimsuits, the crowning of Miss Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix will take place at 10:30 p.m. The contest is open to the general public to participate in. Past year prizes were: 1st Place $1,000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500, 4th Place $150, 5th Place $100. Van Wezel Parking Lot, 1105 10th St, Sarasota, FL. See photos and read more about the original Miss Super Boat Grand Prix Sexy Bikini Contest in Sarasota.
June 29 - July 7, 2019: One of the biggest Sarasota happenings of the year is the Suncoast Offshore Powerboat Racing Festival. The Festival is held annually. This race between million-dollar cigarette boats off one of our finest Gulf of Mexico Beaches is one of the must-see Sarasota happenings of the year. You don't need a ticket for the races and you can come as you are. It's smokin' hot! (See July Events Calendar for more Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival Events.) Here's More on the Sarasota Boat Races and Offshore Racing Festival.
June 30, 2019: It's the 35th Annual Grand Prix Boat and Personal Watercraft Fun Run Hosted by Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. Enjoy a great day of boating and fun in support of charity! All types of powerboats, leisure craft vessels, jet skis, and personal watercraft are welcome. All proceeds to benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. Registration: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Marina Jack, Sarasota Bayfront. Shotgun start at 11:00 am. All vessels must return to Marina Jack by 3:00 p.m. 50/50 Raffle at last stop. Award Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. $20 Per Person - Includes Lunch at Marina Jack & Event T-Shirt. Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL.June Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com