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Sarasota Events And Happenings For August, 2016

Sarasota offers its visitors and residents a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities. The beautiful beaches, like Siesta Key Beach and Longboat Key Beach, the breathtaking sunsets, amazing flora and wildlife are a perfect backdrop to a day or evening of enjoyment. Take in the open air venues such as the downtown market and informal concerts. Enjoy a volleyball competition on the beach, or cheer from courtside at a championship tennis match on Longboat Key. Or perhaps an evening enjoying a concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center then strolling downtown to one of the many fine restaurants to top off your night is more your style. The Sarasota Opera House and the Asolo Repertory Theater continuously delight audiences with spectacular performances. World renowned St. Armands Circle is just over the Ringling Bridge and boasts superb indoor and outdoor dining and shopping venues. There is always something going on! There is truly something for everyone in Sarasota! Here are some of the events to take in during the month of August:

 

August 2 – 7  “Florida State DanceSport Championships". 44th Anniversary of this event! Held at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
1111 Ritz-Carlton
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-753-7940 for information

 

August 5  6-9pm  “Live From Downtown-It’s Friday Night!” Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer. Main Street at Five Points Park and Palm Avenue.

 

August 5  6-9 pm  “ Music on  Main”. Free event. Come and enjoy live music and a great time! Bring a chair. Dogs welcome but must be on leash. No coolers.
8131 Lakewood Main Street
Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202

 

August 6    7am-1pm  “Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market”. State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine.
1420 State Street
Sarasota, Fl.

 

August 12  6-9pm  “Live From Downtown-It’s Friday Night!” Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer. Burns Square. Downtown Sarasota South of Main Street just past the intersection of Ringling Blvd. and S. Pineapple Avenue.

 

August 13  7am-1pm  “Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market”. State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine.
1420 State Street
Sarasota, Fl.

 

August 13  1:30 pm  “Art and a Movie-The Man Who Would be King”, starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine.  Inaugural film series to celebrate The Ringling's expanded galleries devoted to Asian art. $5, or free for members.
The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida 34243
941-358-3180 for information

 

August 14  6 pm “Travis Tritt, Corey Smith and Luke Combs in Concert”. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Music starts at 6:00 pm.  Ticket prices from $20-$99.
Robarts Arena
Sarasota Fairgrounds
3000 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, Florida 34237
941-365-0818 for more info

 

August 15 – 20  “2nd annual Shark Days at Mote Aquarium”. Mote Marine will provide many events during the week including the Film Screening of Jaws, Sharks and Crafts, Spotlight on the Shark Encounter Program, and more.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-4441 for more info

August 19 - 21,  10am-5pm “Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show”. Friday, August 19 th 10-5pm; Saturday, August 20 th 10-5pm;  Sunday, August 21 st 10-5pm
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
801 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Fl 34236
941-954-4165

 

August 19  6-9pm  “Live From Downtown-It’s Friday Night!” Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer.  Towles Court. 3 blocks South of Main Street between Washington Blvd. and Osprey Avenue. Live music, street performances, dining venues. Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer.

 

August 20  7am-1pm   “Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market”. State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine.
1420 State Street
Sarasota, Fl.

 

August 26  “Friday Fest at Van Wezel”. Outdoor Summer Concert Series on the bayside lawn while the sun is setting!  Music by “Rebelheart”, with a contemporary blend of Country music.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-953-3368 for information

 

August 27   7am-1pm  “Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market”. State Street and N. Lemon Avenue. Downtown Sarasota. Local produce, plants, prepared foods, artisans. Enjoy more than 70 vendors! Rain or shine.
1420 State Street
Sarasota, Fl.

 

Below are some links to Sarasota attractions.


Mote Marine Aquarium and Laboratory
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
Sarasota Ballet
Asolo Repertory Theater
Marie Selby Gardens
Historic Spanish Point
The Ringling
St. Armands Circle
Sarasota Film Society
More Sarasota Area Info