6 Unique July Sarasota Events to Make the Most of Your Summer

Summer in Sarasota is the time for all sorts of fun outdoor sports tournaments, concerts, and fairs. Art aficionados will appreciate the many art-centric events, while seafood lovers have plenty of festivals and competitions to check out. These are our favorite July Sarasota events that you should be sure to add to your calendar!


Dig The Beach – Siesta Key Volleyball Classic

See professional and amateur players serve up some seriously good volleyball on one of the best beaches in the world! The Dig the Beach Volleyball Series is the most established and successful grassroots series of its kind. Taking place July 7th and July 8th on Siesta Key Beach, the tournament features two-person teams in adult and juniors divisions.


Sarasota Improv Festival

The 10th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival is July 12th through July 14th on the Florida Studio Theatre campus. Laugh along as more than 15 groups from across the world get raw and get real on stage with a variety of improv formats. Each night will feature a different headliner, and you can even work on your own bit by participating in workshops taught by the professional improvisers!


Christmas in July Arts & Crafts Show

Looking to escape the heat and find a little holiday spirit in the middle of the summer? Support local artists and crafters at the Christmas in July Arts & Crafts Show! On July 14th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., local vendors will come together at the Venice Community Center to sell all sorts of unique items. Some of the vendors will have food and beverage concessions to keep you fueled up while you shop.


Friday Fest at the Van Wezel

Can't-Miss July Sarasota Events


Bring a lawn chair and enjoy some great live music by the bay! The Van Wezel puts on Friday Fest, a free outdoor concert series. On July 27th, Friday Fest will feature Reverend Barry & The Funk, which includes 3 Grammy®-nominated musicians. Their high-energy funk and soul music will keep you on your feet all evening long!


Lionfish Derby

Join the 5th Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby for a fun event that benefits the environment! Mote Marine Laboratory is hosting the derby on July 6th through July 8th. Lionfish Derbies help keep the invasive species of fish in check along the eastern Atlantic coast. This year’s event will kick off with a captain’s meeting on July 6th, lionfish hunting on July 7th, and weigh-in on July 8th. Taste lionfish and help choose which chef deserves to win the Lionfish Cooking Competition!


Maine Lobster Fest

Get your fill of delicious lobster at the Italian American Club’s Midsummer Festival on July 7th. The Maine Lobster Fest includes a cocktail hour with cash bar, followed by a dinner consisting of Shrimp Cocktail, Clam Chowder, Lobster, and many more delicious eats.


Mystic Faire

The 8th Annual Mystic Faire is the largest psychic fair in Southwest Florida. Get your tarot cards read, hear what the stars have planned, and enjoy the dozens of free lectures and exhibitions. The fair includes more than 75 exhibitors and more than 25 psychics, and many of the vendors carry one-of-a-kind artwork that you’ll want to take home.


What are you looking forward to this summer? Do you have recommendations for July Sarasota events? If looking for a new home in Sarasota is also on your to-do list, we’d love to show you around our brand new community! You can also take a virtual tour of our luxury apartment homes online. Give us a call at (941) 217-1315 to schedule a tour.


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