Summer Circus Spectacular

Happy Summer! Psychics, Sinbad and the Circus

Aah, summer!  Your offerings have included Grand Prix Boat Races and grand fireworks over the Gulf, celebrating America’s birthday.  You’ve provided opportunities for fun days spent on the beach with loved ones followed up by messy ice cream traces left on sun-kissed noses.  But just as quickly as you arrived, back-to-school flyers and commercials are reminding us your time is waning.

We want to make the most of the days we have left with children, who at first were fidgety with the extra time on their hands, only to find that slipping into a ritual of sleeping in and staying up late were pretty easy to take. Vacations have gone off without a hitch and special memories have been made as we head to the end of July.  Barbeques with friends and neighbors have reminded us that summer is a time for reconnecting.

Thankfully, this weekend there is an eclectic mix of activities to provide a fun and informational time for family and friends.  Don your sunscreen and pack your water, or head inside to enjoy the air conditioning.  Either way, there are plenty of activities scheduled to fit your needs that won’t break your bank.  Happy Summering everyone!  Here are some of the highlights to consider for your to-do list this weekend.

Friday, July 22, 11:00 A.M., 2016 Summer Circus Spectacular, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

This is a fun, family show that will thrill your little ones and keep you on the edge of your seat as well with amazing circus artistry.  Shows will run Tuesday-Saturday through July 30.  Admission to the Circus Museum is only an additional $5 with purchase of ticket to the show.  If you haven’t experienced the Big Top acts of Ringling, this is your opportunity to do so in a budget-friendly manner.  Ticket prices for adults are $15 and $12 for children under 12.

Friday, July 22, Book Sale, Selby Library

Friday, July 22, Book Sale, Selby Library

Don’t miss this great opportunity to pick up amazing books for pennies on the dollar.  Thousands of titles, covering every genre and including some rare books will be available for purchase.  See what special book you can bring home to dress up your coffee table or to peruse while enjoying your morning coffee.  Prices range from $.25 and up and you won’t be disappointed at the quality of the books.  From paperbacks to hardcovers, this is a must-do for avid readers and book lovers.

Friday, July 22, 7:00 P.M., Sinbad appearing at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre

Friday, July 22, 7:00 P.M., Sinbad appearing at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre

Catch the laughter as you enjoy an evening with Sinbad, ranked as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of all Time.”  His wit and one-liners have kept audiences laughing for over three decades and his accolades include HBO specials, appearances on Disney’s “Planes,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” along with scores of other comedy specials and movies.  Enjoy an evening laughing and soaking up the ambiance of Sarasota’s premiere comedy club.  Tickets for this event are $44 and shows will be at 7:00 P.M and 9:30 P.M.  There will be additional shows on Saturday and Sunday, contact McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre for ticket information.

Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Mystic Faire, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium

Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Mystic Faire, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium

Calling all psychics and lovers of all things crystal and metaphysical, this is the largest psychic fair in Southwest Florida.  For the sixth year running, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with well-known psychics.  There will be door prizes, along with free lectures on holistic health, natural healing, spirituality and more. A vast assortment of crystals, jewelry, healing tools, and clothing will be available for purchase.  Don’t miss this unique and fun way to spend your afternoon with like-minded individuals.  Please bring a non-perishable food item that will be disbursed to local food banks.

We hope you’ll enjoy trying one or more of these activities this weekend while you beat the heat!  However you decide to spend your time this weekend, we hope you’re squeezing in as much fun as possible this summer and that you’re in the good company of friends and family.  Fall is right around the corner so make the most of the dog days of summer while we still have them.

Photos:  Psychic by Claire Winter Photography on Flickr, commercial use allowed

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John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, Selby Library

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