Wondering what to do? We have you covered with just about everything going on this holiday weekend!!!!

FRIDAY JULY 1ST

32nd Annual Powerboat Grand Prix Festival – 8:00 am | Free
Main Street Sarasota
2016 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE SATURDAY JUNE 25 FESTIVAL GOLF CLASSIC LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB SUNDAY JUNE 26 CAR SHOW LAKEWOOD RANCH MAIN ST. BOAT & PERSONAL WATERCRAFT ‘FUN RUN’ FINZ FINDS ‘A RIDE IN THE PARK’ MOTORCYCLE CHARITY RIDE TUESDAY JUNE 28 GRAND PRIX BY THE SEA FESTIVAL KICKOFF PARTY SARASOTA YACHT CLUB *(Ticketed Event) WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE ‘FAN FEST’ WITH RACE TEAMS THE FRIENDLIEST CATCH FISHING TOURNAMENT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN *(Invitation Only – Private Event) THURSDAY-JUNE 30 SPONSOR THANK YOU PARTY – LIDO BEACH RESORT *(Invitation Only – Private Event) FRIDAY-JULY 1 MEET & GREET WHOS IN THE DRIVER SEAT TEAM RECEPTION BOATS ON MAIN DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY* *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot SATURDAY JULY 2 P1 SUPERSTOCK AND AQUA X RACES (QUALIFYING) LIDO BEACH POWERBOAT OPEN PRACTICE Lido Beach VIP RACE VIEWING AT THE SANDCASTLE RESORT *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot *(Ticketed Event) SUNDAY- JULY 3 POWERBOAT RACES – LIDO BEACH P1 SUPERSTOCK AND AQUA X RACES (FINAL ROUND) LIDO BEACH VIP RACE VIEWING AT THE SANDCASTLE RESORT *(Ticketed Event) *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot RACE TEAM AWARD PRESENTATIONS MONDAY – JULY 4 BAYFRONT FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR INFO/TICKETS: SARASOTAPOWERBOATGRANDPRIX.ORG *Please Note – Event Schedule Subject To Change

Flea Market – 9:00 am | Free
Farm and Flea Market 5115 SR 776 Venice, FL 34293
THE DOME FLEA MARKET IS A MUST SEE! LOTS OF GREAT SHOPPING AND GREAT PEOPLE! SHOPPING LIKE IT USE TO BE!!

Grand Escapes – 11:00 am | Free
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art 1288 N. Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents Grand Escapes,’ June 3-July 31. The exhibit features landscapes, seascapes and dreamscapes from gallery artists, including Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, Susan Klein, Bill Nichols, Pablo Soria, and Tom Judd. Mark Ormand curated this exhibit. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Gallery hours are Tuesday Saturday, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Call for Monday hours. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

Speak Out Sarasota Toastmasters – 12:00 pm | Free
Lamborghini of Sarasota 5145 Clark Rd Sarasota, FL 34233
Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow – both personally and professionally. You join a community of learners, and in Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. Speak Out Sarasota meets every Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Lamborghini Sarasota. The dealership is located behind the BMW dealership. Please park on the side street instead of Lamborghini’s customer parking. Our club is open to everyone over the age of 18. For more information visit http://www.toastmasterssarasota.com/

Exhibition of SRQ Plein Air Painters – 5:00 pm | Free
Renaissance School of Art 4063 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231
Preserving History and Nature with The Brush 2nd Annual SRQ Plein Air Painters Exhibition SRQPAP is an outdoor painting group whose Mission is capturing and preserving Sarasota and surrounding communities by painting their historic and disappearing architecture and landscapes Reception and Awards Party: Wed. June 29, 2016: 6:30pm-8:30pm Exhibition: June 21 July 3, 2016 Renaissance School of Art Gallery 4063 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Gallery Hours: Monday Friday, 5pm 6pm or by appointment, please call (941) 330-6865 This exhibition, open to the public, will have over 40 works of art depicting local scenes; including paintings of the DeMarcay Hotel and Roth Cigar Factory. The anticipated demolition of the landmark Hotel and cigar factory buildings was the subject of the group’s recent paint-out. The group gathered on Palm Avenue in May of this year to capture these buildings in paint; a piece of history for our community. Featured artists: Jane Aguillard, Nancy Casey, Susie Covert, Susan Hoffman, Jane Keeling, Kelly Mason, James McDermott, Joseph Melancon, Joan Peters, Hodges Soileau, Lisa Swift, Amy Webber, Lynn Wellings, Sharon Yarbrough and Awards Judge artist Vladislav Yeliseyev.

Live From Downtown – It’s Friday Night! – 6:00 pm | Free Downtown Sarasota

‘Shop, dine and enjoy everything downtown Sarasota has to offer. Live performances by musicians, entertainers and performing arts organizations. Featuring a different downtown neighborhood every Friday. 1st Friday: Main Street at Five Points Park and Palm Avenue. 2nd Friday: Burns Square 3rd Friday: Towles Court 4th Friday: Rosemary District and Historic Downtown Village’

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 6:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.

Friday Night – 6:00 pm | $5
The Five O’clock Club 1930 Hillview St. Sarasota, FL 34239
Happy Hour 6-8pm with Mumbo Jumbo, followed at 9:30pm by Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio – Rock and Soul, Funk and Blues, Roots and Southern Rock www.twinklerocksoulradio.com ‘Twinkle! My God! I love you! I’m in love with you! I love the way you sing girl!’ -Steven Tyler Aerosmith, American Idol

Mike McCarthy – 7:00 pm | $15-$19
McCurdy’s Comedy Theater 1923 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236
Mike McCarthy has been seen on The Showtime network and Comedy Central. Mike is known throughout the industry as the Comedy Barbarian, his high-energy style of humor will leave the audience bouncing off the walls and gasping for breath.

Relativity – 8:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
In 1902, Albert Einstein had a daughter. Two years later she disappeared, and was never mentioned again. What happened? There is no definitive answer and there are as many theories as there are Einstein scholars. Relativity imagines one theory while exploring the two contradictory Albert Einsteins: the beloved Public Figure, and a stunningly different Private Einstein. NNPN ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE!

Mike McCarthy – 9:30 pm | $15-$19
McCurdy’s Comedy Theater 1923 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236
Mike McCarthy has been seen on The Showtime network and Comedy Central. Mike is known throughout the industry as the Comedy Barbarian, his high-energy style of humor will leave the audience bouncing off the walls and gasping for breath.

Elevate – 10:00 pm | Free
The Starlite Room 1001 Cocoanut Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Beadle Media brings downtown Sarasota 3 new themed nights located on the second level of The Starlite Room. Full of technicolor lighting, deep sounds, and delicious cocktails. Enjoy our outdoor balcony, drag shows, shot boys, vip bottle service and so much more! Join us every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at The Starlite Room.

Bud Light Friday Nights – 11:00 pm | $5
White Buffalo Saloon 5377 McIntosh Rd Sarasota, FL 34233
Bud Light Friday Night starting at 11pm!!! Come in for dinner, enjoy lessons from 6:30-8:30 and stay for the music, giveaways, deals and fun!!!

SATURDAY JULY 2ND

Sarasota Farmers Market – 7:00 am | Free
Lemon at Main Street
The Sarasota Farmers Market was established in 1979. The market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods, and artisans. We currently have a full market that includes 55 vendors and 5,000 square feet of produce and plants. Hours: The market is held every Saturday (rain or shine) 7am to Noon (May through October) 7am to 1pm (November through April)

Free 5K Fun Run or Walk – 7:00 am | Free
New Balance Sarasota 1872 Stickney Point Road Sarasota, FL 34231
FREE 5K Fun Run (or Walk) designed to be fun & allow participants to test skills or just enjoy getting up & out by themselves or w/ family or friends. OPEN to all ages & ability levels runners & walkers. This out & back loop course runs thru the local neighborhood, over the South Bridge onto Siesta Key to Crescent Beach Marina & back. TEAM NEW BALANCE members follow up w/ runners/walkers on the route. Come run/walk by yourself or w/ family & friends. RSVP for chance to WIN a $25 gift certificate and raffles. Digital Clock. GPS marked out & back 5K route. Store open for Bathrooms, Water and Snacks. Bring the Family, Your Friends or come Alone. Just MOVE!!

Venice Farmers Market – 8:00 am | Free
Tampa Avenue West
Every Saturday Morning, local Farmers, Fisherman, Craftsmen, Bakers, Artists and others gather at the Venice Farmer’s Market located in the heart of historic downtown Venice, Florida. It’s a weekly celebration of the best of Venice were you can get fresh seasonal Florida fruits and vegetables direct from the Venice area farms. You can’t find any fresher shrimp or seafood. There’s incredible tasty homemade baked goods, trinkets, crafts, soaps, flowers, plants, locally roasted coffee, and more.

32nd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival – 8:00 am | Free
Main Street Sarasota, FL 34230
2016 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE SATURDAY JUNE 25 FESTIVAL GOLF CLASSIC LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB SUNDAY JUNE 26 CAR SHOW LAKEWOOD RANCH MAIN ST. BOAT & PERSONAL WATERCRAFT ‘FUN RUN’ FINZ FINDS ‘A RIDE IN THE PARK’ MOTORCYCLE CHARITY RIDE TUESDAY JUNE 28 GRAND PRIX BY THE SEA FESTIVAL KICKOFF PARTY SARASOTA YACHT CLUB *(Ticketed Event) WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE ‘FAN FEST’ WITH RACE TEAMS THE FRIENDLIEST CATCH FISHING TOURNAMENT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN *(Invitation Only – Private Event) THURSDAY-JUNE 30 SPONSOR THANK YOU PARTY – LIDO BEACH RESORT *(Invitation Only – Private Event) FRIDAY-JULY 1 MEET & GREET WHOS IN THE DRIVER SEAT TEAM RECEPTION BOATS ON MAIN DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY* *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot SATURDAY JULY 2 P1 SUPERSTOCK AND AQUA X RACES (QUALIFYING) LIDO BEACH POWERBOAT OPEN PRACTICE Lido Beach VIP RACE VIEWING AT THE SANDCASTLE RESORT *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot *(Ticketed Event) SUNDAY- JULY 3 POWERBOAT RACES – LIDO BEACH P1 SUPERSTOCK AND AQUA X RACES (FINAL ROUND) LIDO BEACH VIP RACE VIEWING AT THE SANDCASTLE RESORT *(Ticketed Event) *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot RACE TEAM AWARD PRESENTATIONS MONDAY – JULY 4 BAYFRONT FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR INFO/TICKETS: SARASOTAPOWERBOATGRANDPRIX.ORG *Please Note – Event Schedule Subject To Change

Flea Market – 9:00 am | Free
Farm and Flea Market 5115 SR 776 Venice, FL 34293

THE DOME FLEA MARKET IS A MUST SEE! LOTS OF GREAT SHOPPING AND GREAT PEOPLE! SHOPPING LIKE IT USE TO BE!!

Selby’s Splashing Saturdays – 10:00 am | $0-$19. Members free; gardens’ admission for non-members: $19 adults, $6 ages 4-11, free children under 4
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 900 S Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236
For six summer Saturdays, Selby Gardens will be the place for fun-themed water activities, water slides and games. Enjoy the cool shade and bay breezes under the banyans and around the lagoon and the waterfall of the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden.

1927 Historic Train Depot Tours – 10:00 am | Free
1927 Train Depot 303 E Venice Avenue Venice, FL 34285
Free tours of the train depot. To make reservations for 10 or more, call 941-412-0151. www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org

4th of July Weekend – 10:00 am | $0 – $17.99
Sarasota Jungle Gardens 3701 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34234
Why battle crowded beaches and parking during the long 4th of July holiday weekend when you can enjoy cool and tropical Sarasota Jungle Gardens with a buy 1 admission, get 1 free admission special? For three days July 2, 3 and July 4th — the lesser priced of two admissions is FREE. The gardens are located at 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34234. Families can enjoy feeding flamingos, watching interactive animal shows and exploring 10 acres of jungle paradise in the heart of Sarasota.

Extreme Color – 10:30 am | Free
Art Uptown Gallery 1367 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236
The colorful works of textile artist Nancy Faris and acrylic resist paintings by Cecile Moran are featured in the gallery this week, through Friday July 8. Faris’ beautifully woven purses are one-of-a-kind. Luminescence aptly describes Moran’s paintings since she has added gold leaf to her unique process. Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main Street Gallery hours: Tue. – Thurs. 11am-5pm, Fri. 11am – 9pm, Sat. 10-8 pm, Sun. 12pm-5pm. For additional info and to confirm summer hours please call 941.955.5409. www.artuptown.com

Grand Escapes – 11:00 am | Free
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art 1288 N. Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents Grand Escapes,’ June 3-July 31. The exhibit features landscapes, seascapes and dreamscapes from gallery artists, including Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, Susan Klein, Bill Nichols, Pablo Soria, and Tom Judd. Mark Ormand curated this exhibit. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Gallery hours are Tuesday Saturday, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Call for Monday hours. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

Chill n’ Grill Independence Day Celebration – 11:00 am | Free
Cat Depot 2542 17th St. Sarasota, FL 34234
Come celebrate Independence Day with us and adopt a cat or kitten. There will be refreshments, hot dogs and fun. Adopters can spin the wheel for prizes. Our mascot, Petunia, will be present at the event. The hot dog stand is open 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days. Cat Depot is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more info, contact us at info@catdepot.org.

Red White & Brew – 12:30 pm | $65
World Of Beer 1888 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236
TOUR STOPS: WOB Mainstreet, Big Top Brewery, Calusa Brewing, JDubs Brewery, and Mandeville Beer Garden Brew Thru SRQ is a new, local tour that supports beer gardens, breweries, and craft beer spots in the Sarasota-Manatee area. We are excited about introducing YOU to some of the best hot-spots and hidden gems in our hometown. Join us on our next tour as we drink our way–safely–across the city, learn about the brewing process, and make some new fellow beer loving friends! Trolley will depart promptly at 1pm Ticket Includes: Craft beer pint at each of the 5 brew stops A complimentary craft beer on trolley Transportation on Siesta Trolley Brewery Tours Beer education on trolley Brew Thru SRQ cup Brew Thru SRQ Koozie Brew Thru SRQ tote bag Trivia with great giveaways Unlimited water Food trucks at multiple stops for food purchase

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 2:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.

Relativity – 3:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
In 1902, Albert Einstein had a daughter. Two years later she disappeared, and was never mentioned again. What happened? There is no definitive answer and there are as many theories as there are Einstein scholars. Relativity imagines one theory while exploring the two contradictory Albert Einsteins: the beloved Public Figure, and a stunningly different Private Einstein. NNPN ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE!

Casey Key: Nokomis Beach Drum Circle – 6:00 pm | Free
Nokomis Public Beach 201 South Casey Key Road Nokomis, FL 34275
The Drum Circle is one of Casey Key’s most unique and celebrated events. On any given Saturday and Wednesday evening one will encounter the rhythmic beats, amateur belly dancing, children playing, and the most amazing sunsets anywhere.

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 6:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.

Mike McCarthy – 7:00 pm | $15-$19
McCurdy’s Comedy Theater 1923 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236
Mike McCarthy has been seen on The Showtime network and Comedy Central. Mike is known throughout the industry as the Comedy Barbarian, his high-energy style of humor will leave the audience bouncing off the walls and gasping for breath.

Boss Project tribute to Bruce Springsteen – 7:30 pm | $25-$100. $25 General no reserved seating$100, VIP Tickets Food/Drinks and Meet and Greet with the Band.
Sahib Shriners Auditorium 600 N. Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232
Are you ‘Born to Run’? Head down Thunder Road and relive the Glory Days with the Boss Project! They have been packing amphitheaters and large events, wowing crowds with look and sound alike Bruce Springsteen performer Paul who is dedicated to being as close as possible. This Premier Bruce Springsteen Tribute band is a FANTASTIC, unstoppable, powerhouse, ball of energy that brings audiences to their feet singing, dancing and enjoying every sonically pleasing second of the show! ‘If you can’t see Bruce himself ……. then you have to see The BOSS Project!’ The tribute band The Boss Project will perform the music all you need is to be there. Tickets being sold at Brown Paper Tickets. Go to http//:www.brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets. This will be an electric evening of Bruce Springsteen’s brand of rock music.

Relativity – 8:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
In 1902, Albert Einstein had a daughter. Two years later she disappeared, and was never mentioned again. What happened? There is no definitive answer and there are as many theories as there are Einstein scholars. Relativity imagines one theory while exploring the two contradictory Albert Einsteins: the beloved Public Figure, and a stunningly different Private Einstein. NNPN ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE!

Notorious – 9:30 pm | $5
The Five O’clock Club 1930 Hillview Street Sarasota, FL 34239
Notorious, Sarasota’s Premier Dance and Party Band! Johnny C (Founder of The Boneshakers) Sam Conable (Cryptic Vision) (Category 3), Donnie John (Shotgun Justice), (Syndicate), (Twinkle). Kenny Trapp (Kiss America)

Justin Lee – 9:30 pm | $5-$10. 21 + $518-20 $10
White Buffalo Saloon 5377 McIntosh Rd Sarasota, FL 34233
This Saturday come and party with us as we welcome Justin Lee Partin back to our stage!! He sounds great, looks great and knows all the songs that you want to hear!! Show starts at 9:30!!!

Saturday nights with Peter Solomon – All Day | Free
Amore By Andrea Restaurant 555 Bay Isles Parkway, Longboat Key
Join us at the lounge for a wonderful evening with Peter Solomon… Call for reservations: (941) 383-1111

SUNDAY JULY 3RD

32nd Annual Powerboat Grand Prix Festival – 8:00 am | Free
Downtown Sarasota
2016 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE SATURDAY JUNE 25 FESTIVAL GOLF CLASSIC LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB SUNDAY JUNE 26 CAR SHOW LAKEWOOD RANCH MAIN ST. BOAT & PERSONAL WATERCRAFT ‘FUN RUN’ FINZ FINDS ‘A RIDE IN THE PARK’ MOTORCYCLE CHARITY RIDE TUESDAY JUNE 28 GRAND PRIX BY THE SEA FESTIVAL KICKOFF PARTY SARASOTA YACHT CLUB *(Ticketed Event) WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE ‘FAN FEST’ WITH RACE TEAMS THE FRIENDLIEST CATCH FISHING TOURNAMENT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN *(Invitation Only – Private Event) THURSDAY-JUNE 30 SPONSOR THANK YOU PARTY – LIDO BEACH RESORT *(Invitation Only – Private Event) FRIDAY-JULY 1 MEET & GREET WHOS IN THE DRIVER SEAT TEAM RECEPTION BOATS ON MAIN DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY* *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot SATURDAY JULY 2 P1 SUPERSTOCK AND AQUA X RACES (QUALIFYING) LIDO BEACH POWERBOAT OPEN PRACTICE Lido Beach VIP RACE VIEWING AT THE SANDCASTLE RESORT *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot *(Ticketed Event) SUNDAY- JULY 3 POWERBOAT RACES – LIDO BEACH P1 SUPERSTOCK AND AQUA X RACES (FINAL ROUND) LIDO BEACH VIP RACE VIEWING AT THE SANDCASTLE RESORT *(Ticketed Event) *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot RACE TEAM AWARD PRESENTATIONS MONDAY – JULY 4 BAYFRONT FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR INFO/TICKETS: SARASOTAPOWERBOATGRANDPRIX.ORG *Please Note – Event Schedule Subject To Change

Flea Market – 9:00 am | Free
Farm and Flea Market 5115 SR 776 Venice, FL 34293
THE DOME FLEA MARKET IS A MUST SEE! LOTS OF GREAT SHOPPING AND GREAT PEOPLE! SHOPPING LIKE IT USE TO BE!!

4th of July Weekend – 10:00 am | $0 – $17.99
Sarasota Jungle Gardens 3701 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34234
Why battle crowded beaches and parking during the long 4th of July holiday weekend when you can enjoy cool and tropical Sarasota Jungle Gardens with a buy 1 admission, get 1 free admission special? For three days July 2, 3 and July 4th — the lesser priced of two admissions is FREE. The gardens are located at 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34234. Families can enjoy feeding flamingos, watching interactive animal shows and exploring 10 acres of jungle paradise in the heart of Sarasota.

Chill n’ Grill Independence Day Celebration – 11:00 am | Free
Cat Depot 2542 17th St. Sarasota, FL 34234
Come celebrate Independence Day with us and adopt a cat or kitten. There will be refreshments, hot dogs and fun. Adopters can spin the wheel for prizes. Our mascot, Petunia, will be present at the event. The hot dog stand is open 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days. Cat Depot is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more info, contact us at info@catdepot.org.

Marius Petipa’s “The Sleeping Beauty” – 1:30 pm | $20
Sarasota Opera House 61 N. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236
Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in Petipas classic ballet.

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 2:00 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.

Synia Carroll with Billy Marcus – 6:00 pm | Free
The Starlite Room
1001 Cocoanut Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
What better way to spend a Sunday evening than with the enchanting voice of Synia Carroll? The music starts at 6. See you at the Starlite!

Mike McCarthy – 7:00 pm | $15-$19
McCurdy’s Comedy Theater 1923 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236
Mike McCarthy has been seen on The Showtime network and Comedy Central. Mike is known throughout the industry as the Comedy Barbarian, his high-energy style of humor will leave the audience bouncing off the walls and gasping for breath.

“Come Fly With Me!” The Sammy Cahn Songbook – 7:30 pm | $36-$39
Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Come fly with me as we travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook – the most recorded songwriter of the 20th century. Featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and more. Featuring songs such as Come Fly with Me, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Hopes, and All the Way.

MONDAY JULY 4TH

Myakka River Kayak Festival – 8:00 am | Free
Snook Haven Restaurant 5000 East Venice Ave Venice
Celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends at Snook Haven at the 3rd Annual Myakka River Kayak Festival! Snook Haven, located at 5000 East Venice Avenue in Venice, will host this fun family event from 8AM to 4PM. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July during the day, plus you can still make it to the beach for fireworks! Festival proceeds will benefit Friends of Sarasota County Parks. Live musical entertainment will take place throughout the day. Great music and great food in a fantastic Old Florida setting. Kayak and canoe rentals will be available, or you can bring your own. No cover charge for entrance.

orKIDstra (Preschool Music Camp for children 4 – 7 yrs. old) – 10:00 am | $125 per weekDiscounts available
Allegro Music Academy 241 Whitfield Avenue Sarasota, FL 34243
June 6 – 30 and July 4 – 28 At orKIDstra Camp, young children build musical foundations that prepare them for future music learning and school readiness skills. Students will sing, move, and play a variety of instruments. They will experience movement and instrument exploration through musical concepts. Your child will be introduced to the sounds of orchestral instruments individually, and then in the context of an ensemble. Such a listening foundation will lead to long-term success with music reading in future classes. Our curriculum is specifically designed to guide your child toward a lifelong enjoyment and understanding of music.

Guitar Camp – 10:00 am | $125 per weekDiscounts available
Allegro Music Academy 241 Whitfield Avenue Sarasota, FL 34243
June 6 – 30 and July 4 – 28 Guitar Camp offers guitarists of all levels an opportunity for real immersion and growth on the instrument in a friendly environment where people can sing, jam and share valuable musical information. Classes usually pace themselves to match the participants’ abilities, no one gets left behind and no-one gets bored. Campers learn more about the instrument, its history, nuances, and various playing methods and techniques. Different levels of instruction in a variety of styles including folk, classical, jazz, and rock are offered. The program covers chord technique, fingering technique, as well as solo and ensemble experiences. Students may use either acoustic or electric guitars.

4th of July Weekend – 10:00 am | $0 – $17.99
Sarasota Jungle Gardens 3701 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34234
Why battle crowded beaches and parking during the long 4th of July holiday weekend when you can enjoy cool and tropical Sarasota Jungle Gardens with a buy 1 admission, get 1 free admission special? For three days July 2, 3 and July 4th — the lesser priced of two admissions is FREE. The gardens are located at 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34234. Families can enjoy feeding flamingos, watching interactive animal shows and exploring 10 acres of jungle paradise in the heart of Sarasota.

Patriotic Spectacular! – 4:30 pm | $25-$30. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
First United Methodist Church 104 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
Sarasota’s Gloria Musicae Singers celebrate Independence Day with ‘Patriotic Spectacular,’ featuring rousing songs celebrating America, July 4, 4:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, the concert features traditional patriotic songs, spirituals and favorites by Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, George M. Cohan and more. The concert also features a salute to our armed forces. Free parking is available at the Zenith Garage on Mira Mar Court. Come for the concert and stay downtown for the fireworks. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Student tickets are $15 at the door on the day of the concert. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www. gloriamusicae.org or call 941-387-6046.

Dinner and Fireworks – 5:00 pm | Free
Miguel’s Restaurant 6631 Midnight Pass Road Siesta Key, FL 34242
Our 4-course Early Bird menu will be available all evening long. Stay for dinner and use our free parking to see the Siesta Key fireworks display.

Roof Top Party – 5:00 pm | Free
Office Bar 1989 Ringling Blvd Sarasota
Want to see every fireworks show from Port Charlotte to Longboat Key from 1 single location without waiting hours to cross 1 single bridge to the beach!? Top of the parking deck 4th of July celebration with The Beer Box at the Office Bar SRQ on Ringling Blvd! Pre-show and post-show cocktails at the Office Bar srq. (ask the bartender to direct you to the stairwell!) Then…at 6pm…We’re moving the party to the TOP floor (6th floor) of the Office Bar SRQ’s parking deck! We’re taking up the whole top floor…so there is plenty of space in the shade! (or under shelter if it rains a little!) Bring your own lawn chair! The Beer Box will be there pouring Florida goodness along with a small wet bar and yummy burgers and hotdogs from Evie’s Catering & Events!! Let’s have a Happy 4th!!

Siesta Key Fireworks – 5:00 pm | Free
Siesta Key Beach 948 Beach Road Sarasota , Fl 34242
Siesta Key 4th of July event starts at 5:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM. Fireworks at dusk.

4th of July All American BBQ – 6:00 pm | $30-$35. $30 members, $35 non-members, children free.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 900 S Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236
Celebrate the 4th of July at Selby Gardens with delicious food prepared by four premier BBQ vendors, custom crafted cocktails, live music by the Lauren Mitchell Band and the amazing fireworks show over Sarasota Bay.

John Russo Croons – 6:00 pm | Free
The Starlite Room 1001 Cocoanut Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236
We don’t know about you, but Monday always puts us in the mood for some crooning. Good thing John Russo’s going to be at The Starlite with his Rat Pack Tribute.

PIER 22s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and Pig Roast – 6:00 pm | $19.95-$69.95. The cost to attend is $69.95 for adults and $19.95 for children under 12.
Pier 22 1200 1st Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205
PIER 22 announces its Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and Pig Roast on Monday, July 4, 2016 from 6pm. Bring the entire family for the most spectacular waterfront Fourth of July party in town. You’ll enjoy exclusive VIP seating along the Manatee River, under the fireworks, while dining on PIER 22s waterfront terrace or your choice of our beautiful dining room or casual Florida style dining in The Patio. The Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration features a Buffet including a Pig Roast, Prime Rib Carving Station, Fish and Chips, Barbecue Chicken, Ribs, Assorted Sushi, Mussels and Bleu, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Oysters on the Half Shell, Beef Chili, Beef Franks, Micro Burgers, Pasta Primavera, Potato Salad, Corn on the Cobb, PIER 22 House Salad, 1976 Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Mixed Vegetables, Assorted Dessert and much more! The cost to attend is $69.95 for adults and $19.95 for children under 12. Tax, gratuity and beverages not included. An optional Open Bar wristband may be purchased for an additional $30. Open bar includes calls, wells, draft beers and house wine. Make your reservations early for the best seat in the house! Seating is limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 941.748.8087. Valet parking is available. This event takes place rain or shine. PIER 22 Restaurant, Patio, Ballroom & Catering is centrally located in historical Downtown Bradenton at 1200 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205. PIER 22 is open for Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch. For more information visit http://www.PIER22dining.com.

32nd Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival – 8:00 pm | Free Downtown Sarasota
2016 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE SATURDAY JUNE 25 FESTIVAL GOLF CLASSIC LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB SUNDAY JUNE 26 CAR SHOW LAKEWOOD RANCH MAIN ST. BOAT & PERSONAL WATERCRAFT ‘FUN RUN’ FINZ FINDS ‘A RIDE IN THE PARK’ MOTORCYCLE CHARITY RIDE TUESDAY JUNE 28 GRAND PRIX BY THE SEA FESTIVAL KICKOFF PARTY SARASOTA YACHT CLUB *(Ticketed Event) WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE ‘FAN FEST’ WITH RACE TEAMS THE FRIENDLIEST CATCH FISHING TOURNAMENT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN *(Invitation Only – Private Event) THURSDAY-JUNE 30 SPONSOR THANK YOU PARTY – LIDO BEACH RESORT *(Invitation Only – Private Event) FRIDAY-JULY 1 MEET & GREET WHOS IN THE DRIVER SEAT TEAM RECEPTION BOATS ON MAIN DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY* *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot SATURDAY JULY 2 P1 SUPERSTOCK AND AQUA X RACES (QUALIFYING) LIDO BEACH POWERBOAT OPEN PRACTICE Lido Beach VIP RACE VIEWING AT THE SANDCASTLE RESORT *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot *(Ticketed Event) SUNDAY- JULY 3 POWERBOAT RACES – LIDO BEACH P1 SUPERSTOCK AND AQUA X RACES (FINAL ROUND) LIDO BEACH VIP RACE VIEWING AT THE SANDCASTLE RESORT *(Ticketed Event) *Dry Pits Open To The Public Van Wezel Parking Lot RACE TEAM AWARD PRESENTATIONS MONDAY – JULY 4 BAYFRONT FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR INFO/TICKETS: SARASOTAPOWERBOATGRANDPRIX.ORG *Please Note – Event Schedule Subject To Change

Al Fuller’s Legendary Blues Jam – 8:00 pm | Free
The Five O’clock Club 1930 Hillview St. Sarasota, FL 34239
Al Fullers Blues Jam at 8pm. Al and his band start out the night with some original tunes and then host an open stage blues jam with many local musicians. Bring your instruments and join in! www.alfuller.net