August Events in the Sarasota-Bradenton Area

A set of decorated cupcakes with frosting.

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As we enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation and fill upcoming weekends with local events for the whole family, there are plenty of things to do this month in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. From vintage markets to tasty samples of the area’s food scene, here are just a few August events we’re most looking forward to!

The 5th Annual Jumbo Cupcake Eating Contest – August 12th

It takes a lot of willpower to say no to a cupcake, but what would you do if a jumbo cupcake was placed in front of you?

Get your sweet tooth ready as we prepare for the 5th Annual Jumbo Cupcake Eating Contest in Sarasota! On Saturday the 12th at 12:00 noon, all ages are welcome to participate in the event. Whoever eats their jumbo cupcake in 10 minutes will win a wonderful prize! These extra large sweet treats are baked fresh (and wickedly good) at Heavenly Cupcakes.

Participants can choose their favorite cupcake flavor – all of which can be made gluten-free by request:

  • Mama’s Most Delicious
  • The Groom
  • Here Comes the Bride
  • Sarasota Sister
  • Chocolate Chip

Tickets will not be sold at the door, so if you’d like to give your sweet tooth a run for it’s money, get your tickets online here!

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Yoga for Beginners – August 17th

Breathe in, breathe out. End your day with a relaxing yoga class, specifically designed for beginners by yogi Linda Watterworth. Whether you’re looking to decompress after a long work day, would like to increase flexibility and strength, or are looking for a midweek activity with friends, this free yoga class is being held at Goodwill Manasota – Honore on Thursday, August 17th, from 6pm-7pm. Spots fill up quickly, so grab your yoga mat, bottle of water, and reserve your place today!

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Shabby Chic Vintage Market – August 19th

If you’ve been thinking about giving your home’s interior a glamorous and classic new look, check out the Shabby Chic Vintage Market at the Bradenton Area Convention Center on Saturday, August 19th from 10am-4pm.

Known as the Tampa Bay area’s most unique shopping experience, travel back in time and walk through dozens upon dozens of vintage vendors. From handpainted furniture and home accessories, pallet art, antique jewelry, and of course signature nautical-themed items, discover which treasures will perfectly compliment your coastal lifestyle! Aside from exploring vendors, this free event is a jewel itself – with plenty of educational seminars, musical performers, and street entertainment!

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Audition for the The Sarasota Medieval Fair – August 19-20th

Hear ye, hear ye! Is it your time to shine among the fairest Medieval event on the gulf coast? From Saturday the 19th through Sunday the 20th at 9:00 am, The Sarasota Medieval Fair will be holding auditions at the Sarasota Fairgrounds happening in November!

The Fair invites one and all, young and old, to bring their best Medieval-inspired skill and themed dress to the casting call. Be sure to print out the audition form and bring it along on the day you choose to audition (you only need to come one day!) All ages are welcome to try out for the general cast, but children under 12 must have a parent present.

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Music Compound’s Back to School Bash – August 26th

Dance, sing, and play your way back into the coming school year at Music Compound’s Back to School Bash! This free event is perfect for the whole family – with plenty of activities for children, live music to enjoy, and tasty samples from Big Top Brewery for adults.

This musical event is happening from 12:00-4:00pm at Music Compound – 1751 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota, Florida! Check out their musical event calendar to keep your groove going!

In fact, if your child catches a tune for music after this event, Music Compound offers music lessons, camps, and early childhood education from highly noted instructors! Happy playing!

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