Experience the Best Local Events in Sarasota this July


July is such an exciting month to be in Sarasota, whether you’re a resident of the Gracewater community, considering a move, or visiting on vacation. From dazzling fireworks displays to engaging cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in our beautiful city. Make the most of your summer by exploring all that Sarasota has to offer!

1. Sarasota Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

Date: July 4th, 2024
Time: Fireworks begin at 9:00 PM
Location: Sarasota Bayfront Park

Celebrate Independence Day with a bang at the Sarasota Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. This annual event is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Enjoy a stunning fireworks display over Sarasota Bay, starting around 9 p.m. Arrive early to find a great spot and enjoy the festive atmosphere, with live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities.


2. Siesta Key Independence Day Fireworks

Date: July 4th, 2024
Time: Fireworks begin at 8:00 PM
Location: Siesta Key Beach

For a beachside celebration, head to Siesta Key Beach for their annual Independence Day fireworks show. Voted one of the best beaches in the U.S., Siesta Key offers a picturesque setting for the holiday festivities. The fireworks begin at dusk, around 9 p.m., and there’s plenty to do during the day, from beach games to local food and drink vendors.


3. Fireworks on the Lake at Nathan Benderson Park

Date: July 3rd, 2024
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Fireworks begin at 9:00 PM)
Location: Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota
Kick off your Independence Day celebrations with the “Fireworks on the Lake” event at Nathan Benderson Park. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the lake, starting at 9 p.m. The event features live music, food trucks, and family-friendly activities, making it a perfect evening for all ages. Arrive early to secure a great spot and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

For an exclusive experience, purchase a $100 ticket to view the fireworks from the park’s watchtower. This ticket includes access to a prime viewing area, light refreshments, and a unique vantage point for the fireworks show, ensuring a memorable evening.


4. Sarasota Farmers Market

Date: Every Saturday
Time: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Downtown Sarasota
If you love fresh produce, artisanal goods, and supporting local businesses, the Sarasota Farmers Market is a must-visit. Held every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market features over 70 vendors offering everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to handmade crafts and delicious food. It’s a great way to spend a morning and find unique items to take home.


5. Shark Days at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Date: July 6th, 2024
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Kick off your July with a unique and educational experience at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s “Breakfast with the Sharks.” Enjoy a delicious breakfast while learning about shark biology and conservation efforts, and get an up-close look at a shark feeding.


6. The Summer Circus Spectacular

Date: June 10th – August 10th, 2024

Time: Various showtimes – see link

Location: Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, Sarasota

Experience the magic of the circus in an intimate setting at the Summer Circus Spectacular. This annual event features performances by world-class circus artists, including aerialists, jugglers, and clowns. Held at the Historic Asolo Theater within The Ringling, this show is perfect for families and circus enthusiasts of all ages.


Whether you’re a local, a potential new resident, or just visiting Sarasota, July offers a wealth of activities and events to enjoy.

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