Summer in Sarasota

Posted by Tamara Berryman on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 4:57pm.

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Summer in Sarasota is nothing less than delightful. With plenty to do and see, there's always another event coming up or more miles of white sugary sand beach to explore. By far, this tropical paradise reigns supreme along the Gulf of Mexico, with its many attractions, museums, arts and culture, entertainment, sport, leisure, dining, shopping, nightlife, and so very much more. The lifestyle here is paradoxical, with some of the finest food, art, and real estate. Yet, the coastal community which collectively waves goodnight to the sinking sun over the gulf is a laid-back atmosphere where shorts, sandals, and a come-as-you-are attitude permeate the air. The landscape is peppered with a diverse range of properties, from beach villas to large acreage estates. On the coast, boats of all types and sizes rock gently on the waves, drifting in and out of the marinas, while inland, there is a rustic, country feel. Sarasota is quintessential tropics. With miles upon miles of internationally acclaimed beach, aqua blue waters of the gulf, and a balmy breeze winds through the air day and night. And during the summer months, residents and visitors alike can enjoy many things, from engaging activities to relaxing distractions.

Summer in Sarasota

The month of June officially kicks off the summer season, with the Sarasota Music Festival, curiosity of the Sarasota Orchestra, followed by the St. Armand's Craft Festival and the Downtown Venice Craft Festival, as well as the Fathers and Fenders Car Show. Because the locality is surrounded by water, it's only fitting that Sarasota plays host to the annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix. An event which recorded its 29th successful year in July.
Rooster tails, tight turns and packed beaches were the order of the day during the 29th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival. More than 30 of the world’s fastest boats took to the Gulf waters, circling a 5.4-mile long, diamond-shaped course that stretched the length of Lido Key. And those fans witnessed some of the closest racing action on the Super Boat circuit this year. --Superboat International

But that certainly isn't the only attraction the area has to offer during the summer months. The Fourth of July draws enormous crowds with its signature " Fireworks Spectacular", set-off at Sarasota Bayfront Park. The patriotic performance is followed by the Festival Parade of Boats, which runs down Main Street in downtown Sarasota.

Winding into Fall and Winter

Though the "summer" lasts nearly six months of the year, October, November, and December all have big events. In the fall, it's Oktoberfest, an international phenomenon. November is the month for the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition, an international competition which has blossomed in just a few short years since its debut. Of course, in December, residents and visitors alike attend the official Sarasota Holiday Parade. On into the new year, during January, the Thunder By the Bay motorcycle event roars into the city for a weekend, then, in February, it's Valentines Day at The Beach, where hundreds of couples turn out to renew their wedding vows. March springs into action with the Sarasota Jazz Festival and the annual Folk Music Festival. April hosts the Siesta Fiesta in Siesta Key Village, and by May, thousands come out to see the Annual Sand Sculpting Contest. Summer is indeed a great time to be in Sarasota, and, if you happen to visit during the rest of the year, you'll still have much to see and do!

Tamara Berryman
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