July is a great time to be on the water in Sarasota, and the first weekend of this month gives you a few choices for how you'd like to experience that water. You could watch the Sarasota Offshore Boat Races (including Superstock & AquaX Races) by setting up anywhere on Lido Beach as the boats run from New Pass to Big Pass, but remember your binoculars to really see what's going on. Or, on July 4, you may prefer something like the 3rd Annual Myakka River Kayak Festival and 4th of July Jam Blast at Snook Haven, where you can also watch performances by Steve Arvey and Treble Hook’s Florida Folk and Medicine Show. Either way, July just keeps heating up from here.
Of course, on Independence Day, there are a number of places to watch the fireworks, including displays at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key Beach, the south jetty in Venice, and more. Even more important than that will be the 2016 Liberty Litter Cleanup happening on July 5 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Siesta Key, Lido Beach, South Lido Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Beach, and Blind Pass Beach. If you'd like to volunteer to help clean up after the celebrations, call (941) 861-5000.
July is also a great time to laugh, and you can look forward to the Florida Studio Theatre's 8th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival from July 14-16. Featuring some of the most creative and inventive improv groups from across the country, as well as our own homegrown Florida troupes, the festival also gives attendees the chance to take workshops taught by the professional improvisers. For tickets or more information, call (941) 366-9000.
On July 23, we'll be celebrating one of the area's most lovable residents at Snooty’s 68th Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. The world's oldest manatee on record, Snooty was actually born on July 21 in 1948 at the old Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company, but the museum will offer all-day reduced admission to the museum, aquarium, and planetarium in honor of Snooty on the 23rd! If you've not visited the museum yet, this is a great opportunity to do so.
"Friday Fest" at the Van Wezel continues with live music by Jah Movement on July 29 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy an eclectic blend of Top 40, funk, soul, R&B, and calypso dance music. You can bring lawn chairs or blankets, and food and drink vendors will be on hand (outside food and drink are prohibited). This free concert series takes place rain or shine; it moves indoors in case of inclement weather.
Lastly, sometime during the month of July, you should really go check out the Summer Circus Spectacular presented by the Circus Arts Conservatory at The Ringling's Historic Asolo Theater. This year's performers are just incredible, and the last show is on July 30, so make sure you catch it while you can.
I hope the summer is treating you well and you're getting the most out of life in Sarasota.
Julian is a happy Sarasota resident and your go-to guy for information about the perks of living in paradise. Are you looking for a home here? Get in touch with Julian directly via the Sarasota Property Finders Contact Page.
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