6 Summer Events in Bradenton/Sarasota
Summertime in Florida is all about kicking back and relaxing, but there’s always time to take part in a new local activity and have some fun! Below is a list of a few events in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas of Florida for residents of Forest Properties to take part in. From rocking out to favorite tunes to making time for exercise and ice pops, fill up your summer months with these favorites.
Sarasota Summer Jam
Kick off your summer with a few favorite tunes at the 45th Anniversary Sarasota Summer Jam event on Saturday, July 21st. Rock on and relive your favorite memories of Watkins Glen Summer Jam with live performances. A few favorites this year include Tony Tyler performing music of the Allman Brothers, and Ship of Fools recreating the sounds of the Ungrateful Dead. General Admission tickets are priced at $10 each at White Buffalo Saloon.
Kids Summer Beach Runs
Does it feel like your kids save up their summer energy for you to keep them entertained? Relieve yourself of running around by signing up your family for The Kids Summer Beach Run series. These free 1-mile beach runs are held at two locations for families to take part in:
- Every Tuesday through August 7th at Siesta Beach on Siesta Key near the pavilion
- Wednesdays through August 8th at Brohard Beach, next to the Venice Fishing Pier
Besides getting some exercise and enjoying the beachfront, kids between the ages of 1-17 are awarded participation ribbons and a free, tasty ice pop to cool down with. The best part? Once your little runner completes 4 races, they’ll earn a free custom t-shirt! Race registration begins at 5:30pm on race day, and the event kicks off promptly at 6:30pm
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Unplugged Music Series
If unwinding after a long week under lush palm trees is your idea of relaxation, you’ll definitely want to check out Sarasota’s Unplugged Music Series. With multiple dates throughout the summer, this event highlights local musicians of the Bradenton and Sarasota areas every Monday and Thursday in the Westfield Siesta Key Restaurant Courtyard. Sway along to the beat from 5-8pm to enjoy the local music scene around you.
Free Library Events
While school may be out for a handful of weeks, there’s plenty of opportunity to keep the kids entertained and engaged throughout the summer. There are a variety of free library events in Sarasota for Ranch Lake residents to enjoy. Here are a few themed events we love:
Read with the Dogs: Kids between the ages of 5-11 are welcome to join story time and read with certified pet therapy dogs every Monday in July at North Sarasota Library.
Build It! Series: Ignite creativity at the Shelby Public Library where kids are able to play with different materials in sessions held every Monday at 2:30pm on the second, third, and fourth weeks in July. Keep your eyes open for further scheduled events, too!
Media Mondays: Gulf Gate Library hosts their free, popular media course for kids between the ages of 13-18 who are interested in learning how to create podcasts, short films, and vodcasts.
Back to School Bash
While it may be a little early for your kids to be excited about going back to school, the Westfield Sarasota Square Back to School Bash will surely get them in the learning spirit. With hands-on activities, interactive scavenger hunts, face painting, photo booths, princess makeover stations, and plenty of arts and crafts to keep little hands busy, check out this free event on Sunday, July 29th from 12-5pm. The event is about 20 minutes for residents of The Lexington to take part in.
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Tampa Bay Comic Con
See your favorite comic storylines and movie characters come to life at the Tampa Bay Comic Con event from August 3-5th. Held at the Tampa Convention Center, pop culture lovers of every age will find their paradise with the chance to get in character and costume. From meeting comic creators, authors, and special celebrity guests, bring your camera for this electric weekend event. The guest lineup alone will get you excited – a special member of the original Harry Potter cast will be there! Here’s the schedule:
- Friday: Noon – midnight
- Saturday: 8am – midnight
- Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Good to Know: Admission is free for children under 12, and ticket for adults range from $30-$40 depending on the day. However, you can score a 3-Day Admission Pass for only $60!
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