June Events to Keep Sarasota Cool, Crafty, and Active

Posted by Julian Yates on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at 2:26pm.

Though the weather indeed gets warmer, that doesn't mean you should hide out indoors! There is still plenty to do in Sarasota in June.

To cool off a bit, take the family to World Oceans Day at Mote Marine Aquarium on June 4 from 10 to 1 p.m. The event is free with regular admission, which is $19.75 for adults and $14.75 for kids of ages 4 through 12. In addition to the games and crafts focused on green practices, marine science, and conservation (all honoring the day's national theme of "Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet") the event will also feature performances by The Garbage-Men, a local group that plays their tunes on homemade instruments made out of trash and recycled materials.

Music aficionados: Be sure to catch some of the performances at the Sarasota Music Festival put on by the Sarasota Orchestra from June 6–25. These three weeks of chamber music, master classes, and concerts feature up-and-coming young musicians from around the world.

June is also the kickoff month for "Friday Fest" at the Van Wezel, featuring free live music on the bayfront. On June 10, Koko Ray & The Keepers will start the season with blues, bluegrass, jazz, and rock from 5 to 9 p.m. There are plenty of great food trucks and vendors, so just bring your lawn chairs, support some local businesses, and enjoy the music.

Art is everywhere in June! Check out the 15th Annual St. Armands Craft Festival on June 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Armands Circle. Whether you're buying or just strolling through to admire the paintings, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, and much more, it's a great way to spend a day.

On June 12, celebrate the 239th birthday of the U.S. flag in Patriot Plaza as the Stars and Stripes Foundation presents a concert of patriotic music by the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota and choral selections from Gloria Musicae. There is only seating for about 1,000, so you might want to bring your own lawn chair to this one as well. This free concert at the Sarasota National Cemetery starts at 6 p.m.

For those who live in Sarasota due to its proximity to water, you might want to spend some time at the Bradenton Boat Show at the Bradenton Area Convention Center from June 17-19. They'll have a huge selection of new boats, boating accessories, fishing gear, and more, so if you're planning a summer on the water, this is a great way to get prepared. You can also take part in the the Captain Joe Fishing School and learn from expert anglers about how to catch the big ones in these waters. Admission is only $5 and children 12 and under are free, so check it out on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In case you miss the arts festival on St. Armands, you can still see creativity on display at the 24th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival on June 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Miami Avenue.

Of course, on June 19 you'll also probably be celebrating Father's Day, so take dear old dad out to the Fathers & Fenders Car Show, which will feature about 120 vintage automobiles on display in Five Points Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dad might also like to visit the Sarasota Farmer's Market's 6th Annual Shrimp & Lobster Fest on June 25. Vendors will serve up lobster rolls, shrimp and Maine lobster dinners, burgers on the grill, and other shrimp and lobster delicacies; there will also be a dining tent, live music, and a raffle drawing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As we gear up for the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in July, continue to get your awesome car fix this month at the Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show taking place June 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. It's free to go see the cars, and $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show if you want to enter your own.

No doubt about it, June is a great time to live in Sarasota. I hope this helps you enjoy it all the more.

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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