June 30, 2019

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Beat the Heat…Creatively

As the mercury moves up this summer, we all need creative ways to beat the heat. Check out a few fun to-dos happening this month in Sarasota.

Get some shade at Selby Gardens. Okay, so this one still requires you to be outside, but under the canopy of the botanical gardens. Launching July 12 is the Glass in the Gardens series, which features blown glass art from local artisans woven into the lush plantscape. Also, every Saturday in July from 10am to 12pm, Selby will host Splashin' Saturdays, a water-themed party for kids geared towards toddlers to 10 years old. So if you and your child/grandchild need a way to beat the heat, head to Selby!

See The Met perform right here in Sarasota. CinéBistro partners with Fathom Events to bring its audience live performances of The Met Opera. This month, you can catch The Barber of Seville on July 10 and Aida on July 17. Where else can you enjoy world-class opera on the big screen with wine, popcorn, or steak and potatoes in front of you and your feet up? Sounds like a great way to spend a 90+ degree day!

Get mystical at the Sarasota Mystic Faire. This event, which features psychics, lecturers, healers, and local vendors in the healing arts, is in its 9th year in Sarasota. I realize it sounds a little "out there," but I went last year and had so much fun! This will take place on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 from 11am to 5pm. Click here for more information.

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Breezy Boat Races

The Offshore Grand Prix Festival is here again! Next weekend, over 50 boat racing teams from around the world will compete in the 35th anniversary of the event. The boat race itself, while the largest draw, is only one of many events during the festivities. The week-long festival starts tomorrow, June 29 and ends with the Powerboat Races on Sunday, July 7. For a full list of all the happenings in and around downtown Sarasota, click here.

Did you know? This festival helps raise money for Suncoast Charities for Children. Suncoast Charities is a non-profit organization that provides annual grants for construction, capital improvements, and special projects for local agencies that provide services for children and adults with special needs.

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Fantastic Fireworks

I am pretty sure there aren't many better places to be in the U.S.A. on the 4th of July than Sarasota, Florida. With fireworks shooting off all along the coast, downtown, and inland at Benderson Park (among others) there isn't a bad seat in the whole county.

Tips for viewing. Beaches fill up early, so if you're planning on watching the various displays from the sand, get there early and plan to stay through to dark. Also, expect traffic getting off the keys afterwards. Let us all remember in this time of celebration that these are our beaches and to take care of them while we enjoy the holiday.

Enjoy a rooftop view. Rooftop bars have popped up all over town in the past couple years, so if you'd like to enjoy the show from a high point, make reservations early. Good options are rooftop bars at Sage, The Westin, and Art Ovation Hotel.

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Reopened & Reimagined

Libby's in Southside Village, closed for renovation for nearly a year, has finally reopened. The Southside Village favorite has lightened and brightened up its interior, ripped away the exterior awnings, and brought itself to a modern-day brasserie. The menu was rebooted, but your expectations for fabulous food can stay the same. Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie, as the renovated restaurant has been dubbed, will open a second location in Lakewood Ranch later this year. Stay tuned!