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Happy almost weekend again, what plans do you have? Finalizing your back-to-school requirements or are you thinking of adding a new fur baby to the family? Well, depending on what you like to do or where you are in life, we’ve got something for everyone. I like to focus on local businesses and this week in my blog, I wanted to spotlight Satchel’s Last Resort.

If you’ve never been, it’s a beautiful 12-acre sanctuary focused on rescuing animals who would be turned away from other shelters because of breed, behavior, or medical issues. The founders of Satchel’s Last Resort believe all animals deserve a loving home and the joy of being someone’s pet. They are dedicated to finding homes that are perfectly suited for these special animals. Visit Satchel’s Last Resort to see all the pets available for adoption and maybe find the newest member of your family!

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

Friday, August 12 • 5 PM – 9 PM

Friday Fest

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provides the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented artists along with food trucks and drink stations on the Van Wezel lawn along the beautiful Sarasota Bayfront.

Share your favorite Friday Fest memories on social media using the hashtag #VWFridayFest.

This week’s music is by Big Night Out.

Saturday, August 13 • 5 PM – 10 PM

Food Truck Rally at Big Top Brewing

Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL


Saturday, August 13 • 10 AM – 1 PM

Fur Baby Meet and Greet at Petco

Petco, 8356 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

We’ll have dogs and kittens looking for their forever home as well as Satchel’s items for sale – collars, leashes, note cards, dog treat recipe book.

Come out and meet some of the adoptable pets available through Satchel’s Last Resort!

Saturday, August 13 • 5 PM

Funky Preseason Tailgating

Brew Life Brewing, 5767 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL

Come out and watch the preseason game featuring the Miami Dolphins v Tampa Bay Buccaneers!
Tailgating with Funky Fusion starts at 5 p.m. …The game starts at 7:30ish!!!

ARE YOU READY for the Tampa Bay BUCS run!?!?

***Beer Specials w team gear and food purchase!

Sunday, August 14 • 11 AM – 5 PM


Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Bring your friends and family to explore new art and thought-provoking exhibitions, and participate in our fun activities at the Sarasota Arts Museum.

Musical Interludes with The Believers – 12 pm to 1:30 pm 
Join us for music on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza.

Activating Words with Asolo Repertory Theatre – 2:00 to 2:45 pm
Aaron Slater, Illustrator | By Andrea Beaty | Illustrated by David Roberts Aaron Slater loves listening to stories and dreams of one day writing them himself. But when it comes to reading, the letters just look like squiggles to him, and it soon becomes clear he struggles more than his peers. When his teacher asks each child in the class to write a story, Aaron can’t get a single word down. He is sure his dream of being a storyteller is out of reach…until inspiration strikes, and Aaron finds a way to spin a tale in a way that is uniquely his. How do YOU express yourself? On August 14, we’ll combine art, movement, and storytelling to share who we are—just like Aaron Slater! This dynamic hour of fun encourages families to solve the puzzle, allowing them to create together.

The Studios at SAM – 2 to 4 pm
Jewelry and Beading
Have you ever wanted to make your own jewelry? In this hands-on workshop with beading masters Carol Hoffman and Louise Gallagher, we will create our own bracelets and earrings as we learn about different techniques including bead stringing, bead weaving, kumihimo, and more!

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

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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