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Upcoming Events – September 2023

Exploring Creativity and Community in North Port, Venice, and Sarasota, Florida
As summer gives way to the gentle embrace of autumn, the vibrant communities of North Port, Venice, and Sarasota, Florida gear up for an array of exciting events that promise to celebrate creativity, music, remembrance, laughter, and more. Whether you’re a local resident or a curious traveler, these upcoming events offer something for everyone.

14th Annual Craft Festival on Miami Ave. W in Venice, FL (September 2-3)
Kick off September with the 14th Annual Craft Festival on Miami Ave. W in charming Venice, FL. Celebrating craftsmanship and creativity, this event brings together artisans and attendees alike to revel in the beauty of handmade goods and artistry. As you stroll through the festival, you’ll be immersed in the heart of Venice. With a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and local businesses, Venice invites you to experience its unique charm. Join in the fun on Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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Party on the Plaza featuring Pure Country at Cool Today Park (September 9)
Get your cowboy boots ready for a night of musical nostalgia as Pure Country of Southwest Florida takes the stage at Cool Today Park. This premier country band specializes in performing hits from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, complete with dynamic songs and powerful vocal harmonies. Gates open at 5:00 PM, with the music starting at 7:00 PM. Tickets are priced at $15, while VIP tickets at $120 offer a luxurious experience including seats, beverages, and a prime view near the stage.

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Anniversary Commemoration of 9-11 at Patriots Park in Venice (September 11)
Patriots Park in Venice becomes a solemn yet uplifting gathering place as the community comes together to remember the events of September 11, 2001. The event includes first responders with emergency vehicles, speeches, tributes, and heartfelt performances by the Venice Police, Fire Rescue, and Venice High School Chorus. All are welcome to join, so bring your chairs and join in the remembrance from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location: Patriots Park, 800 Venetia Bay Blvd. Venice, FL 34285

Laughter on the Green: Outdoor Clean Comedy Series (September 14)
If you’re in the mood for a good laugh, head to The Green at UTC, Sarasota, for “Laughter on the Green.” This outdoor comedy series promises an evening filled with clean comedy acts performed by top stand-up comedians. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., prepare to be entertained and uplifted by the hilarious tales spun by these talented comedians.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day at The Children’s Garden (September 16)
Arr matey! It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and The Children’s Garden in Sarasota has just the event for young buccaneers and their families. Join in the fun with a storytelling session featuring “Pirate Pete,” a visit to the pirate tattoo parlor, folklore about pirates, coloring sheets, and a thrilling treasure hunt. With different admission rates for various age groups, this event promises a swashbuckling good time for all.

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Zero Waste 5K Race in Downtown Venice (September 17)
For fitness enthusiasts and eco-conscious individuals, the Zero Waste 5K Race is an event that combines health, sustainability, and community. Starting at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Venice, the race course winds through the city’s iconic canopy tree-lined roads. The finish line at Daquiri Deck and Centennial Park is just the beginning of the post-race celebration, featuring a beer garden, diverse food options including vegan choices, live music, and awards. Plus, a pre-race packet pickup offers added convenience.

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Sarasota Opera Food & Wine Festival (September 23)
Indulge your taste buds and support the Sarasota Youth Opera at the Sarasota Opera Food & Wine Festival. With a lineup of participating restaurants from Sarasota to St. Armands to Bradenton, this festival promises not only delectable food and fabulous wines but also performances by the talented youth of Sarasota Youth Opera. It’s a perfect blend of culinary excellence and artistic expression.

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Selby Public Library’s 25th Anniversary Celebration (September 29)
Join in celebrating a quarter-century of knowledge, community, and growth at Selby Library’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the library opens its doors to all, offering a range of engaging activities. As a hub of learning and connection, the Selby Public Library invites you to be part of this milestone event.

Location: 1331 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Venice MainStreet’s Beach Bash (September 30)
September concludes with a lively Beach Bash hosted by Venice MainStreet. From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Centennial Park and Venice Beach come alive with live music, food trucks, and a vibrant atmosphere. The free trolley shuttle between the park and the beach makes it easy to explore and enjoy the festivities. Indulge in delicious offerings from food trucks, including Brew Burgers, Kona Ice, El Guero Tacos, Abondanza, and Pop’s Sunset Grill. Don’t miss the specialty drinks and beer/wine trucks at the Beach Bar, adding a refreshing touch to the evening.

Location: 101 The Esplanade S. Venice, FL 34285

As September unfolds, North Port, Venice, and Sarasota come alive with events that celebrate community, creativity, remembrance, and connection. From craft festivals to laughter-filled nights, these events offer a diverse array of experiences for locals and visitors alike. So mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of activities these cities have to offer.

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