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Your Top 7 Things to Do: Sept. 1-7

Young Guns of Country; $6 Saturdays at Mote Aquarium; a Brews, Bands and Boots Festival at Snook Haven, and more.

By Ilene Denton September 1, 2016

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Sept. 7

Young Guns of Country

Runaway June, shown here, is just one of the hot new country acts performing at the free Young Guns of Country concert Wednesday night at the Van Wezel, courtesy of Goodwill Manasota and 92.1 CTQ. Also on the bill: Jerrod Niemann, Jordan Rager, William Michael Morgan and Chris Lane. Free, but tickets are required; visit experiencegoodwill.org/events to see where to get yours.

Sept. 5

Brews, Bands & Boots Festival at Snook Haven

Snook Haven, the restaurant set smack-dab on the wild and scenic Myakka River, invites you to celebrate Labor Day at its annual Brews, Bands & Boots Festival, featuring 20 brews by our local breweries and live music by Bodie Valdez, the Randy Stephens Band and festival headliner the Daisy Dukes Band. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Sarasota County Parks. snookhaven.com

Sept. 3

$6 Saturday at Mote Aquarium

This Saturday, and every Saturday through September, Florida residents of all ages can enjoy Mote Aquarium for just $6. Proof of Florida residency is required for one person in the party; the offer is good for up to four people in your group. Check out what’s on exhibit at mote.org. And Sarasota Jungle Gardens is offering a special Labor Day weekend admission: buy one ticket and get one half-off this Saturday through Monday with a coupon to be found at sarasotajunglegardens.com.

Sept. 3

Family Night at the South Florida Museum

“Monsters or Myths” is the theme of this month’s Family Night at the South Florida Museum, with a build-a-monster scavenger hunt, a “Manatees and Mermaids” presentation in the aquarium, and a special 5 p.m. screening of the Disney film, Hercules, in the Bishop Planetarium. And for the older “kids,” the late-night planetarium show is “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame;” 8:15-9 p.m. southfloridamuseum.org

Sept. 4


Polo Grill and Bar hosts a dance party Sunday night in its Fete Ballroom to raise funds for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. Purchase tickets at pologrillandbar.com/calendar/one-pulse.

Sept. 1

10x10 – Ten Slides Ten Speakers

Tonight, it’s time for another in the occasional speaker series, 10X10, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Chapter of the AIA. Ten creatives are invited to present 10 slides of images that inspire their work. This time, they include art curator Mark Ormond, contemporary music ace Steve Miles, jazzman Bill Buchman and artist Tom Carabasi.  $10. Reserve at aiagulfcoast.org/event-2158793.

Sept. 3-4

Downtown Venice Craft Festival

Another good reason for a day trip to Venice this weekend: the 8th annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival, with more than a hundred vendors lining Miami Avenue offering affordable, original crafts. A green market, too, with plenty of plants, gourmet spices, jams, dips, spreads and more. And if you’re looking for a restaurant suggestion, check out our sister publication, Venice Magazine, here

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