While Florida’s rainy season has finally arrived and isn’t going away anytime soon, there are still lots of great things to do this weekend in Sarasota! Whether you love live music or want to do a bit of shopping or painting, or whatever else your interest, you can find some amazing upcoming events in Sarasota to fill the bill.
Check out this quick list of things to do this weekend in and around the city and, as always, check ahead in case of unexpected closure or other interruptions. Also, while many businesses have lifted mask mandates, you might still bring one for everyone in your group just in case they’re required. Whatever your plans, stay safe and enjoy the weekend!
Saturday, July 10th: Indiglow at Marina Jack
The duo of Jennifer Jean and Alexandre Costa, known as Indiglow, offer an eclectic mix of music including classic pop and today’s best hits. The pair will be showcasing their talents at Marina Jack on Saturday the 10th, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Marina Jack is known for its casual atmosphere and stunning views of the water. Their menu consists of everyone’s favorites, from clam chowder to crispy calamari and everything in between! For more information on the band and to browse the restaurant’s menu, visit:
Saturday, July 10th: GWN Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival
Boat racing is always more fun when done inside a colorful dragon canoe! This Saturday, you can join or just watch the annual GWN Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival at Nathan Benderson Park, starting at 8 a.m. and running until 5 p.m.
Dragon boat racing is an excellent team sport and the festival allows recreational users a chance to hone their skills and get some fun exercise in as well! For more information including directions to the park, check out:
Saturday and Sunday, July 10th and 11th: Sarasota Gun & Knife Show
If you need to stock up on some home defense or hunting tools, check out the Sarasota Gun & Knife Show, this Saturday and Sunday, July 10th and 11th at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. The show promises to provide a wealth of options for gun and knife enthusiasts of all varieties, so you can browse everything from hunting rifles to handguns and everything in between.
Note that the show will strictly enforce all local and federal firearms ordinances and laws, and the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium also offers regular firearm safety classes for those interested. General admission for the show is $10, which covers you for both days! For more information, visit:
Saturday, July 10th: Classic Movies at the Opera House
The classic film “Westside Story” takes the story of Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers from families at war with one another, and sets their narrative in the 1950s. Tony and Maria, the film’s main characters, have family in the brawling rival street gangs The Jets and The Sharks. Will their love be enough to get them through the violence surrounding them?
If you’ve never seen “Westside Story,” now is your chance to catch it and enjoy the modern take on an age-old narrative. The Sarasota Opera House will be showing the film this Saturday, July 10th, at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the film and to purchase your tickets in advance, visit:
Saturday, July 10th: BFFs on the Beach
If you need things to do in Sarasota with the kids this weekend, check out BFFs on the Beach, a fun and family-friendly painting class that’s perfect for just about all age groups! Presented by Painting With a Twist, this weekend’s event is a great way to learn a bit about painting techniques and tools while still enjoying a stress-free and relaxed atmosphere.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own drinks and refreshments but note that this Saturday’s event will be alcohol free, to ensure it’s fun and safe for participants of all ages. The event runs from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday the 10th, and admission is just $25 per person. To find out more, visit:
Sunday, July 11th: Sophie Tucker, the Last of the Red Hot Mamas!
If you love vaudeville and classic Broadway, you will no doubt love Sophie Tucker, the Last of the Red Hot Mamas! With a voice and personality that fill any stage, you can enjoy Sophie’s classic, entertaining style this Sunday the 11th at FST’s Gompertz Theatre.
The show runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $36-$39. To find out more or to order your tickets in advance, visit their website:
Sunday, July 11th: Beer Yoga
If you need some fitness-related things to do this weekend in Sarasota but still want to keep things enjoyable and lighthearted, check out Beer Yoga Sundays at the Big Top Brewing Company. Your $10 admission price includes a full yoga class and one beer, with your beverage playfully incorporated into your poses. You can also have them hold your beer until after the class if you prefer!
The class includes light, easy poses, and guests are asked to bring their own mat, towel, water, and any props they prefer during yoga. Class begins at 12:30 p.m. sharp and runs for about an hour. For more information or to get a ticket in advance, visit:
Saturday, July 10th: The Job Search Accelerator Workshop
Whether you’re struggling to get back to work after the long COVID-19 shut down or want to polish up your resume for a new job search, The Job Search Accelerator Workshop is sure to help! This online event is free to attend, right from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
The workshop promises to help you get past applications systems and get your resume noticed while avoiding many common mistakes along the way. For more information or to register in advance, visit the Eventbrite website:
Hopefully you’ve found this shortlist of upcoming events in Sarasota helpful and can use it to fill out your weekend plans. Be sure to share this page on social media and with family and friends, and come back next week for even more great ideas on what to do in Sarasota on the weekend!