Fun Local Things To Do This Holiday Weekend in Sarasota!

Jennifer Flanders
Jennifer Flanders
Published on June 29, 2022

Happy 4th of July weekend, and thank you to all who have given us this holiday to share our freedom with those we love doing fun things to do this holiday weekend in Sarasota! Love supporting local businesses? We sure do! I wanted to introduce you to a woman-owned boat tour business run by Captain Rachael Russo… Shellebrate Boat Tours!

From Shellebrate Tours:

Come onboard the 24′ Pursuit center console motor vessel to explore the waterways with Captain Rachael! Book by the hour for $175/hr up to 6 passengers max- 2 hours minimum! Day tours include tiki bar and/or sandbar hopping, real estate tours, photography session tours, dolphin/manatee tours, turtle tours (ask about the turtle tours), clean-up tours, and snorkeling and shell/shark tooth hunting, yoga tours, & more!

Night tours include sunset tours, tiki bar hopping, stargazing tours, camping tours, hotel pick-up/drop-offs, Downtown Sarasota tours, & more! Wedding tours include: Captain Rachael is ordained to perform weddings as well. She also will photograph photos before the ceremony. Ask her about catering food or having a private bartender onboard to the wedding destination! Small wedding tours during the day or right before sunset are the perfect way to tie the knot, pun intended! Contact Captain Rachael today and tell her you learned about her from Jenn Flanders!

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Here are a few of our picks for things to do this holiday weekend in Sarasota!

Saturday, July 2 & Sunday, July 3

Suncoast’s Largest Food Truck Festival

The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Dr. Sarasota, FL

Celebrate Independence Day weekend at Suncoast’s Largest Food Truck Festival! Join us July 2nd & 3rd from 2 – 9 pm in parking lot 4 (on the east side) of The Mall at UTC. Enjoy delicious food from 50+ Food Trucks and vendors, a Family Fun Zone sponsored by Cat Depot featuring games, face painting, bounce houses, and more! Parking and entry into the event are both free. Sunday night will also end with the amazing Fireworks on the Lake at Nathan Benderson Park. Hosted by Florida Penguin Productions. For more information, contact (727) 674-1464 or [email protected]

Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4

CELEBRATE SARASOTA 4th of July Weekend!

JD Hamel Park, 99 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Celebrate Sarasota 4th of July Weekend in JD Hamel Park along Sarasota’s Picturesque Bayfront! Grab your lawn chairs or chairs will be provided – come enjoy a phenomenal lineup of musical performances.

At 8 PM, Sarasota’s 4th of July parade will begin and run along Main Street from Orange to Bayshore Blvd.

The “Celebration in the Park” festival is organized by the Sarasota Downtown Enrichment Association. Fireworks were organized by Suncoast Charities for Children in partnership with Marina Jack. Don’t forget to make dinner reservations early at your favorite downtown eatery!

Saturday, July 2 • 12 PM – 3 PM

National Hot Dog Day
The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot ave., Sarasota, Florida

Hamlet’s Eatery is turning two and celebrating National Hot Dog Day Saturday, July 2nd from 11-3 pm. Free Beer, Live Music, and hot dogs cooked in beer.

Add to your holiday weekend fun! There will be regular and vegan hot dogs available with a variety of toppings. Plus, Hamlet’s award-winning hand-cut fries

Sunday, July 3 • 10 PM – 2 PM

Weekly Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch

Key Salon & Boutique, 7650 S Tamiami Trail Unit 8 Sarasota, FL

Kick off summer with us with this Summer Fest! Join the fun and support locals. Enjoy food trucks and local shopping!

Sunday, June 26 • 10 AM

Sundays at The Bay featuring Jelly Roll Jazz

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL


This week’s performance features Jelly Roll Jazz and will be held on the Van Wezel Terrace! Denise Blondeau, a vocalist from San Francisco, now living in Sarasota, Fl. Since its establishment in 2014, Jelly Roll Jazz gained a loyal following due to lively arrangements and performances of jazz standards from the 30s & 40s. Denise attended the California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley, California. Performance venues include Napa Valley wineries, and numerous jazz houses and yacht clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Trumpet player, Timothy Eaton, is a performer/educator and has performed with a wide variety of artists including Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, and many, many others. As a professional conductor, he has had the pleasure of working with Michael Bolton, Martina McBride, The Ringling Bros & Barnum, and Bailey Circus as well as local musical theater productions. Rafael Aguiar a.k.a. ‘Ruffus’ is from Valença, Brazil, and is a multi-talented performer, composer, and producer. He plays piano, saxophone, and oboe. B.A., Souza Lima Conservatory, Sao Paulo, BR. M.A., Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.He has been a part of Venue2003 Mato Grosso Orchestra of Flute 2004 till 2007; The Ourinhos Jazz Festival; OBLIO, quintet led by the guitarist Asher Kurtz and Latin Quarters of Sarasota.

REGISTER @:…/sundays-at-the-bay. Sundays at The Bay is a free weekly music and performance program offered outdoors. Bring a lawn chair to experience a new local artist each week, from jazz and marimbas to guitar and gospel.

Sunday, June 26 • 2 PM – 5 PM

June Ocean Air Market

Postcard Inn on the Beach, 6300 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL

Join us for the NEW Meadows Farmers Market in a fun and shaded outdoor environment in the beautiful Meadows Community of Sarasota! EVERY SUNDAY 10 AM – 2 PM at the Meadows Shopping Village Parking Lot in Front of Building G.

Stop by for local farmers, artisans, food, music, art, and other creative activities in a shaded, outdoor, and pet-friendly setting! Create strong community bonds and engagement that feeds the Body, Mind, and Soul. If you would like to sponsor our market or be involved as a volunteer, vendor, artist, or musician, please contact us at 941-315-7773.

Let us know what you’re up to this weekend in Sarasota, we’d love to hear from you! Do you have any hip happenings to share with us? We would love to hear… email me at [email protected].

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