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As you may have noticed, things get a little hot around here in August. This month, you've got plenty of great opportunities to really heat things up, and the added bonuses of getting to cool down.

The first week of August is smoking with the Florida State DanceSport Championships on August 2–7 at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota! To celebrate its 44th anniversary, the DanceSport series has added Country Western Dance, Pro Open Showdance, Rising Star, and Open Grand Championships to this year's events. 

On August 4-7, the annual Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament is taking place at Marina Jack with Billfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Trout, Redfish, Offshore, and Inshore Divisions. The tournament is full of events, starting with the Sponsor Party

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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,

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Some of the best places in downtown Sarasota are ones that many people don't even know exist. But they ought to know! Whether you're new in town or are a local who loves to discover, I'd like to share with you a few oddball, unique, and retro places that add a lot of charm to the Sarasota's downtown community.

For starters, you've got to have at least one breakfast at the Waffle Stop at 660 S. Washington Boulevard. If you've already driven by, you probably know that Elvis ate there, and Edith Barr Dunn is still there to tell the tale of how Elvis and his pals showed up in a pink Cadillac for two mornings in a row when he was playing at the Florida Theatre (now the Sarasota Opera House) and ordered three eggs with bacon, pan-fried potatoes, toast,

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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

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The first weekend of May is always a special one in Sarasota. For starters this year, there's the annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest at Siesta Key Public Beach on May 7. Traditionally held the first Saturday of May, the contest is free, open to all ages, and offers five cash prizes for best sculptures. But if you'd rather just admire eye candy, check out Corvettes on the Circle on St. Armands Circle from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 200 classic and modern Corvettes will be on display in Circle Park, and trophies will be awarded to the top three Corvettes in each generational class as well as Best in Show during the awards ceremony at 3 p.m.

Calling all foodies: If you're up for something different on May 7, head to the 6th Annual Food and Wine on

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Nighttime shot of Palm Avenue by Cliff Roles.

Downtown in April is always buzzing. The weather is perfect, and there are activities aplenty. As you're planning out your month, be sure to spend a little time in downtown Sarasota to get in on the fun.

Starting the month off right, the Sarasota Film Festival runs from April 1-10 with over 250 films being screened at the Hollywood 20. For the duration of the festival, you're quite likely to some celebrities taking in the scene as they make their way to the parties, panels, and conversations all around the downtown area and beyond. The Sarasota Film Festival has historically presented some really amazing films, and watching them with the producers, cast, and director and sitting in on the Q&As

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March in an exciting time in Sarasota. Not only is it the height of season with all of the snowbirds in full flock, but there are also quite a few holidays. And one of the great things about holidays in Sarasota is getting to celebrate them on the beach!

But before we get into the major holiday parties, from March 10-13 you have the opportunity to go see The 88th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo. It's only about an hour's drive east of Sarasota to get out to Arcadia, but if you've never seen bareback riding, barrel racing, and bull riding live and up close, Arcadia's rodeo is “The Grandaddy of 'Em All.”

On the 12th, there are a number of choices for things to do. You can go check out the hundreds of pirate-themed vendors at the

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Just because it's wintertime and there's a nip in the air doesn't mean things are slowing down in Sarasota ... well, other than traffic. The snowbirds have officially landed, and everyone wants to celebrate the complete lack of snow. So, although we may spend a little more time getting from place to place due to the increased number of cars, we can take comfort in the fact that there's also an increase in the great stuff to get out and do.

Starting off the month with a bang on February 4, The Ringling transforms its museum courtyard into a truly epic showplace as Ringling Underground presents performances by three different musical acts. This month features one-man band and hip-hop impresario Netherfriends from Chicago; the Tampa-based indie rock

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2015 was indeed a stellar year for business development in downtown Sarasota, and judging by all the construction cranes, this growth spurt will spill over well into 2016. Last year at this time, we took a look at major changes coming to downtown in the year ahead; now it's high time to recap those developments and take a peek at what's in store for downtown Sarasota in 2016.


Get a Room, Sarasota!

Probably the biggest change that has come to downtown Sarasota in recent memory is the construction of quite a few new hotels. Hotels in the downtown area will bring a tremendous boom to the local economy, providing local employment and an influx of patrons for downtown businesses. Property values could also rise as more leisure and business

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If you've just moved to Sarasota, you might have noticed that we celebrate winter a little differently around here. You may be used to shoveling the driveway, ice-skating, and making snowmen, but here are a few of the more unique-to-Sarasota events going on this January.

We kickstart the new year right: While our friends up north are riding around on snowmobiles, we're riding motorcycles. From January 7–10, the Thunder By The Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival fills downtown with music, motorcycles, and more motorcycles. Take note -- if you cherish silence, steer clear of downtown this weekend.

If you find yourself spending time with the outlaw bikers, you may want to follow up Thunder By The Bay with the Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market on

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