As I was walking my dog this muggy, hot July morning I was thinking to myself, July is almost over and then comes hotter August with not a lot to do. I don’t know about you but August doesn’t seem like a very fun month. There are no holidays to celebrate other than International Beer Day (August 8th) and I doubt if your boss is going to let you take that day off. At this point, although I have celebrated the fact the snowbirds have gone home, I am starting to miss my seasonal friends from the north. In order to pass the time, here in hot, rainy Florida I put together a list of things to do to for August around the Sarasota/Bradenton area.
August 1st: Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament. The fun starts August 1st and wraps up with a dockside BBQ and party on Saturday, the 4th. For more information click here.
August 3rd: Music on Main, Lakewood Ranch, 6PM-9PM. Come for a free concert by Wild Root, and dance to Rock and R&B music. The streets will be lined with beer trucks, food vendors, and activities for the kids. So grab a chair and head to downtown Main Street, Lakewood Ranch.
August 3rd: Motorworks Brewing: Kilts @ Motorworks Brewing 6PM – 11PM. This Friday night, be entertained by the Bawdy Boys, and enjoy a Celtic inspired evening with food, Irish dancers, bagpipers as well as craft beer and good food.
August 5th: Sustainable Seafood Dinner, 5:30 PM-9: 30 PM This 5th annual event will please any seafood-loving palette. Thirteen chefs will prepare a feast that will include sustainability caught seafood. Check out their facebook page for more info.
August 5th: A Very Merry Jerry Day, WSLR Radio celebrates Jerry Garcia’s birthday and pays tribute to the iconic guitarist, songwriter, and singer of the Grateful Dead. This year’s lineup will include Stumble Creek, the Al Fuller Band and the Ship of Fools. The event will be at the Fogartyville Community Media & Art Center. The party starts at 5 PM. You can get ticket info and more on their facebook page
August 11th: Woodstock Festival, Downtown Sarasota, 9AM-2PM. Three blocks of downtown Sarasota will be happening. Dust off your love beads and check out the scene. Mellow out to groovy music by Paisley Craze and see the hippie dog contest, the vintage VW show and more. Far out Man! For more info click here
August 11th: Celebrate Venice Day, downtown Venice will be the place to be for this event. Starting at 12 PM, catch a free trolley tour of historic downtown Venice. There will be bike tours too. Downtown merchants will offer special promotions and extended happy hours from 3 PM-7 PM.
August 13th: Back to School for Sarasota and Manatee Counties. It is that time again!
August 17th: Friday Festival at the Van Wezel 5 PM-9 PM. Enjoy the music of Rebel Heart on the Bayfront Lawn. Food and beverages available. This is a free event. For more info click here
August 18th: Englewood Pioneer Days. Every weekend from August 18th to September 3rd, Englewood will play host to fun events for all age groups. The parade September 3rd closes out the festival. To see the event line up: click here
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