Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: July 30-Aug. 6

Downtown’s Farmers Market reopens, fishing for fun and a good cause, a suffragist talk, and more.

By Kay Kipling July 30, 2020

The downtown Sarasota farmers market reopens Saturday, Aug. 1.

The downtown Sarasota farmers market reopens Saturday, Aug. 1.

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Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

Sarasota Farmers Market

Reopening Aug. 1

Closed for weeks due to COVID-19, the popular downtown market once again welcomes vendors and buyers interested in the freshest produce and other food items, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Social distancing and the wearing of facial masks will be observed, and market organizers suggest pre-ordering your purchases if possible. Taking place along Lemon Avenue; for more, visit

Sarasota Slam 2020

Aug. 4-8

Want to get out on the water fishing and benefit a good cause at the same time? Sign up for this 20th anniversary event running from the docks at Marina Jack. The Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association (BIA) is behind the event, which partially benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Lots of fun, including for “junior” anglers, and there will be awards, too. Head to to find out more about registration.

Suffragist Saturday

Aug. 1

As part of its long-running The Suffragist Project, Florida Studio Theatre presents a virtual Zoom talk with Jane Plitt, the first executive director for the National Organization for Women (NOW), who has advocated for women’s equality for over 40 years. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required at or by calling (941) 366-9000.

Salon d’Art Talk & Discussion

July 31

Intrigued by the work of painter-printmaker-sculptor Frank Stella? Art Center Sarasota education director Elizabeth Goodwill and artist Judy Just host this event talking about Stella and printmaking, from 4 to 5 p.m. You can register here.

Historic Spanish Point Kayak Tours

Throughout August

It's always interesting to visit the 30-acre historic, archaeological and environmental Selby Gardens Osprey campus, but it's especially cool to take a kayak tour on a peaceful Tuesday or Wednesday morning, provided by Silents Sports Outfitters. Tours depart at 10 a.m .and return at noon; bring the camera to spot and capture memorable wildlife images. Sign up at using the discount code SELBY.

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