Things To Do: July 2024

​Siesta Key is a paradise for beach lovers and a hub of exciting activities, especially in July. From fireworks and festivals to unique walks and community clean-ups, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a guide to the must-attend events this July if you're in the area.

Siesta Key Community Fireworks

Date: July 4, 2024
Location: Siesta Key Beach

Kick off your July celebrations with a bang at the Siesta Key Community Fireworks display. This annual event promises a spectacular show over the Gulf of Mexico, illuminating the sky with vibrant colors. Grab a spot on the beach early, as it’s one of the year’s most popular events. 

Liberty Litter Clean Up

Date: July 5, 2024
Location: Siesta Key Beach

After enjoying the fireworks, give back to the beautiful beaches by participating in the Liberty Litter Clean Up. Organized by Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, this event encourages volunteers to help clean up the litter left behind from the celebrations. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors and contribute to the community’s well-being. For more details, check out the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful page.

Sarasota Improv Festival

Dates: July 11-13, 2024
Location: Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota

Head to the Sarasota Improv Festival for a weekend full of laughter and creativity. This event brings together the best improv troupes from around the country for a series of hilarious and spontaneous performances. Whether you’re an improv enthusiast or a newcomer, you’re guaranteed a good time. More information and schedules can be found on the Sarasota Improv Festival website.

Family Art Making

Date: July 13, 2024
Location: The Ringling, Sarasota

Bring out your inner artist at The Ringling’s Family Art Making event. This free program allows families to explore their creativity together, crafting unique pieces of art inspired by the museum’s exhibits. It’s a perfect activity for children and adults alike. For more details, visit their page on The Ringling’s website.

Christmas In July

Date: July 20, 2024
Location: Downtown Venice

Experience the holiday spirit in the middle of summer with Christmas In July in nearby Venice. This festive event features holiday-themed activities, over 55 participating shops, and entertainment. Earn raffle tickets by shopping at participating locations and be entered to win gift baskets! It’s a fun way to enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer while soaking up the summer sun. Find out more on the Christmas In July page.

5th Annual Cornhole and Cocktails Festival

Date: July 13, 2024
Location: Palmetto's Manatee County Fairgrounds

Join the fun at the 5th Annual Cornhole and Cocktails Festival, hosted by the Manatee Sunrise Kiwanis. This friendly competition combines the popular game of cornhole with delicious cocktails, making for an enjoyable and relaxed afternoon. Whether you’re a seasoned player or a beginner, this event is all about having fun and supporting a good cause. More details are available on the event page.

Mushroom Walk

Date: July 27, 2024
Location: Johnson Preserve

Explore the fascinating world of fungi on a guided Mushroom Walk at the Johnson Preserve in Bradenton, FL. This event, organized by the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, offers an educational and engaging experience for nature lovers. Learn to identify various mushroom species through guidebooks and an iNaturalist app while discovering the mushroom’s vital roles in the ecosystem. Just note, this is an educational walk, not a foraging walk so harvesting the mushrooms will not be permitted. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy a leisurely walk. Sign up on the Mushroom Walk Eventbrite page.

From 4th of July celebrations on the beach to enjoying the Christmas spirit in summer, July in Siesta Key is set to be a month full of excitement, community spirit, and fun. Whether you're a local or a visitor, make sure to mark your calendar and enjoy all that this beautiful area has to offer.