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Your Top 5 Things to Do: June 23-29

Suncoast Powerboat Grand Prix Festival kickoff, Kids Rock at Lakewood Ranch, Urbanite Theatre and more.

By Ilene Denton June 22, 2016

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Starting June 25

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival

The Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix festival roars into town with two big events Sunday—a classic car show at Lakewood Ranch Main Street and a boat and personal watercraft fun run at Marina Jack, and the Fleming’s Restaurant Fan Fest Wednesday. Tuesday night, don’t miss the Grand Prix by the Sea kickoff party at the Sarasota Yacht Club with live music by Kettle of Fish; this ticketed event, like the rest of the festival, benefits Suncoast Charities for Children. And mark your calendar for race days July 2 and 3. sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org

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Urbanite Theatre presents Dry Land

Urbanite Theatre tackles some tough subjects in its next play, Ruby Rae Spiegel’s Dry Land: female sexuality, eating disorders, suicide, bullying and the political landscape of reproductive rights in America. urbanitetheatre.com

June 25

Kids Rock Manasota family festival

Local kids’ bands rock out at the inaugural Kids Rock Manasota family festival Saturday afternoon at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Lots of free things to do, or buy a $10 wristband that admits you to a summer carnival with inflatables, slides, obstacle courses and interactive games. spotlightevents.org

June 25

Dona Bay kayak trip

The American Littoral Society has a new kayak destination: Shakett Creek and Dona Bay. Saturday’s trip will be led by John Sarkozy, and all equipment is provided. $25. Reservations are a must; call Sarkozy at (941) 966-7308. littoralsociety.org/index.php/trips-a-events/sarasota

June 24


Hillview Street heats up Friday night when Perq Coffee Bar presents indie pop band Cassolette. Food by Mother Truckin Good and local beer specials, too. Singer-songwriter Darren Ankersmit opens the show. facebook.com/PerqCoffeeBar

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