My Local Business Pick & Fun Things To Do This Weekend In Sarasota!

Jennifer Flanders
Jennifer Flanders
Published on July 6, 2022

Each week look for my local small business of the week… and as always fun things to do this weekend in Sarasota and the surrounding area.

Lolablue– my favorite go-to for candles, soap, lotion, and more! Owned and run by my bestie Jamie Cafaro Lovern and her husband DJ. A true Sarasota county LOCAL business, owned by some of the best people I know. Check out their site. You will not be disappointed! SHOP LOCAL!

LolaBlue – One of My Favorite Places To Shop Local At the Farmer’s Market

From the LolaBlue site: Mom-Founded. Family-Owned.
We are extremely passionate about where we source our raw ingredients. All of our natural raw ingredients are ethically sourced/fair trade from sustainable small farms and minimally processed, making sure the natural health benefits are maintained. Our raw ingredients are either organic and/or natural (certificate of analysis) to be free from pesticides/herbicides. 

We are your source for upcoming events! We’re also your Realty Resource in Sarasota! Just so you know… If you’re looking to buy a home, sell your home in Sarasota, or seeking more information about the area, we are your source! Compass Florida is an amazing brokerage I’m proud to be a part of and look forward to making moving transitions or purchases of large properties seamless for our customers.

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

Friday, July 8 • 8 PM

Screen on The Green

The Green at UTC, 210 North Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL

Bruno brought the rain at our last Screen on The Green so we’re rescheduling the showing of Encanto to Friday, July 8. Come meet Mirabel starting at 6:30 pm and watch a free showing of Encanto when the sun sets around 8:30 pm. Families and friends of all ages are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy onsite concessions.

The Green is located in the West District at UTC, directly across from Gifts & More at the Paper Store. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis

Friday, July 8 • 6 PM – 9 PM


Waterside Place @ Lakewood Ranch, 1561 Lakefront Dr, Lakewood Ranch, FL


Enjoy live music on The Plaza from 6-9 pm while taking in waterfront views of Kingfisher Lake, or sunset dining at Good Liquid Brewing Co!

Friday 7/8
Side Car Duo

Friday 7/15
Tyler Vaden

Saturday 7/16
Dean Johanesen

Friday 7/22
Mylon Shamble

Saturday 7/23
Taylor Opie

Friday 7/29
Frankie Lombardi

Saturday 7/30
Blue Pelicans Band

Saturday, July 9 • 10 AM – 3 PM

Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Show

Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL

Free entry! Enjoy lots of local vendors, free parking, and cold air conditioning!

Presented by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources.

For more information, call 941-861-1380.

Saturday, July 9 • 7 PM

Off the Charts!

Waterside Place, 7500 Island Cove Terrace, Sarasota, FL

Off the Charts! is happening on Saturday, July 09, 2022, at 07:00 PM EDT at Lakewood Ranch Waterside Plaza.

Journey with us from the jukebox to the iPod as we celebrate the universal language of music! This energetic music revue features family-friendly versions of some of pop music’s greatest hits, from “Hound Dog” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “Shake it Off.” With more than a dozen chart-topping songs from the past eight decades, Off the Charts! explores music’s ability to make us think, feel, and connect across generations.

Off The Charts! will perform on select Saturdays and Sundays in free public performances at community locations across Sarasota and Manatee Counties. See below for a schedule of upcoming public performances.
Registration is encouraged for public events.

Schedule of Free Public Events:
7/9 – Lakewood Ranch Waterside Plaza @ 7 PM
7/16 – Selby Library @ 2 PM
7/23 – Phillippi Estate Park @ 7 PM
7/30 – Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheatre @ 7 PM
8/6 – Gulfgate Library @ TBD

Saturday, July 9 • 6 PM – 9 PM

“Waves & Wheels” Party

Sarasota County Fairgrounds & Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL

The “Waves & Wheels” Party will take place at Robarts Arena and feature an open bar, food stations, casino gaming tables, a silent raffle, and live music by Tampa Bay’s Ultimate Party Band, Hurricane Shane Band! All proceeds benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. To purchase your ticket to the party visit:…/suncoast-summer-fest-waves…

Sunday, July 10 • 12 PM – 3 PM


The Artful Giraffe, 1861 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Join us on the 2nd Sunday every month for Sunday Fundays! IT’S GOING TO BE AN ARTFUL GOOD TIME!

About this event

• Outdoor Market

• Activities

• Live Music

• Food Trucks

• Raffles

• & More!

Support local artists and businesses in the Historic Downtown District.

Come with friends or family to a fun, creative event. All ages welcome 🙂

Tap into your creative side and browse through a vast collection of fine art and handmade one-of-a-kind gifts! From shopping to creating you can unleash your inner artist with ceramic painting and other fun activities.

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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