News Letter July 2023



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Powerboat Grand Prix AND the Suncoast Summer Festival!
July 1st - 4th | Varying Times & Locations

The first Sarasota Boat Races, called the Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix, took place in 1984 and have become an annual event for thrill seekers and offshore boat racing enthusiasts. Now called the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix. 2023 marks its 39th Anniversary. 

The 3rd Annual Suncoast Summer Fest kicks off the Summer season on June 23 with a series of special event fundraisers, organized by Suncoast Charities for Children, to raise money for local children, teens, and adults with special needs and their families. Events include the 7th Annual Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic, July 4th Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular, “Waves & Wheels” Kickoff Party & Fun Run, “Friendliest Catch” Fishing Tournament, and a Casino Night.

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Nathan Benderson Fireworks Celebration
July 3rd | 5 pm opening Fireworks at 9 pm

The Sarasota park will be hosting its annual fireworks display and family-friendly event the night before the Fourth. Gates open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks just after 9 p.m. Parking is $30 per car on Regatta Island and $20 per car in the South Lot, with a VIP experience available for $75 per person. There will also be live music, games, food and drink available for purchase and more. 

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Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks
July 4th | 9 pm

The Sarasota Bayfront Fireworks, organized by Suncoast Charities for Children in partnership with Marina Jack close out the evening celebration around dark. Like most fireworks displays it starts at around 9 pm or close to sun down. Visible from all over the Bayfront and from Marina Jack, Bayfront, downtown Sarasota, FL.

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Siesta Key Fireworks
July 4th | Dusk

There isn't a more beautiful spot to watch the fireworks than one of the country's most incredible beaches, Siesta Key! Launched north of the volleyball courts at Siesta Key Public Beach. Viewing is good south of the Public Beach, anywhere on Crescent Beach, from the Gulf or the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Music on Main Lakewood Ranch
July 7th | 6 pm - 9 pm

Join us on Lakewood Ranch Main Street from 6 – 9 pm for Music on Main, a free concert series and block party for the public!
The street is lined with food vendors, beer trucks, and sponsor booths, as well as rides and activities for the kids. Proceeds from the event will benefit a local non-profit organization each event.
July: Big Night Out will fill the air with Latin, R&B, and Island Dance music and the event will benefit the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc.

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Van Wezel's Friday Fest 
July 21st | 5 pm - 9 pm

Friday Fest, the free, outdoor summertime concert series returns this year with an exciting lineup of bands who will bring the audience to their feet! This Friday Fest will feature "One Night Rodeo," an American contemporary country band. Thirteen years and over 2,000 performances in their career has prepared One Night Rodeo for their own launch into Country music stardom. Opening for superstars such as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Montgomery Gentry is nothing new to this group of seasoned musicians who worked long and hard to get here. Free admission. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. Friday Fest takes place in “rain or shine.”

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Christmas In July - Downtown Venice
July 14th & 15th | 10 am - 4 pm

Get ready for the biggest sale of the season on Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th from 10am-4pm at participating locations presented by Venice MainStreet! Enjoy great discounts, register to win one of several gift baskets, ride the trolley both days, and meet Santa. There’s no place like Venice to celebrate Christmas in July!

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Asolo Repertory Theatre

Summer Circus Spectacular
The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling are happy to partner once again to present the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Don’t miss this family-friendly show that runs Friday, June 9 through Saturday, August 12! The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. 

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The Players Centre

New Play Festival
The Players Centre is proud to continue on the tradition of offering local playwrights the chance to have their plays read aloud for our community and patrons to experience. For over two decades, your community theatre has brought together some of the most talented minds in the area for a week of never-before-heard plays, performed in readers style-theatre, directed by a local director and performed by local actors.
Playwrights are competing for the chance to have their work produced with full sets, costumes, lighting and sound. This opportunity is invaluable to those artists that may have spent from months to years on a script with hopes it would someday see an audience. 
Join us in celebrating these incredibly talented individuals, you have 
so many ways to get involved! 

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Florida Studio Theatre

13th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival
The premier festival of its kind in the southeastern United States, the Sarasota Improv Festival brings together top improvisers from across the country and around the world for one whirlwind weekend of spontaneous comedy. Taking place July 20, 21, and 22, the 13th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival features more than 20 troupes, 80 artists, and 29 performances.  

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Sarasota Opera

American Fanfare: 2023 | July 4th
Celebrate who we are as Americans and what Freedom means to us through beloved American songs.  Our National Day of Independence swells with patriotic pride through choral fireworks and rousing Sousa marches. Choral Artists are joined by the outstanding Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble. An exciting musical event you don't want to miss.

Event Details  & Ticket Purchase

Sarasota Ballet

2023 - 2024 Season
The Sarasota Ballet enters its 2023 – 2024 Season with an exciting range of repertoire, including many ballets by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Under the leadership of Iain Webb, The Sarasota Ballet has achieved national and international critical acclaim.

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Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch

Sarasota Downtown Farmers' Market

Bradenton Public Market



Ocean Prime Is Opening at The Quay Sarasota (

The two-story steak and seafood restaurant will open in late 2024.

Ocean Prime has announced it’s coming to Sarasota in late 2024. The two-story restaurant will be located in the heart of The Quay Sarasota which, upon completion, will be a 14-acre mixed-use waterfront development that will include residences, shopping and dining.

The Sarasota Ocean Prime will be the 19th location for the company, which includes three other Florida locations in Tampa, Orlando and Naples.

“Sarasota is close to my heart, and where I have vacationed with my family for nearly 20 years,” Cameron Mitchell, founder and CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, which operates Ocean Prime, said in a press release.

Ocean Prime will offer steak and seafood, like New York strip steak with garlic shrimp scampi.
The 9,500-square-foot restaurant will feature 350 seats, two bars, two private dining rooms, as well as outdoor terraces on each floor.

Guests can expect an upscale menu with options like fresh oysters, sushi, seafood entrees and steak.

Sun Served Bespoke Picnics Delivers Unique Experiences for Special Occasions (

“Every picnic is a mini design challenge. Design, create and curate,” says owner Reni Papalexiou.

Last week, we showed you exactly how to pack the perfect beach cooler. However, if the thought of doing that is daunting rather than exhilirating, you could always have someone do the tough work for you—like Reni Papalexiou at Sun Served Bespoke Picnics. She delivers picnic experiences around the area for loads of occasions, including a special trip to the beach.

“For the beach setup, we bring a ground cover, tableware, drinkware, utensils and silk greenery,” Papalexiou says. “There are also add-ons, like umbrellas or other decor. You could even add music or something like sound bowl meditation or yoga.”

“Everything we do is experience-centric, so nobody has to lift a finger to do anything,” she continues. “It makes for an elevated full experience of coming and enjoying the space when you arrive.”


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