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Your Top 6 Things to Do: July 20-26

Snooty’s Birthday Bash at the South Florida Museum, Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, the Bradentucky Bombers and more.

By Ilene Denton July 20, 2017

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Kettle of Fish headlines the free Van Wezel Friday Fest party.

Van Wezel Friday Fest: Kettle of Fish

July 21

Kettle of Fish brings its high-energy blend of blues, funk and soul to the Van Wezel for the performing arts hall’s free monthly Friday Fest outdoor party on the bayfront lawn. Free admission, and plenty of food and drink for purchase. And don’t worry about the weather; if it rains, the fun moves indoors. 

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Snooty's 69th Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival

July 22

Everybody’s favorite manatee is turning 69, and the South Florida Museum is pulling out all the stops Saturday with a birthday bash featuring kid-friendly games, a couple dozen wildlife exhibitors, chances to snap your photo with Snooty the Manatee himself and more. The free fun takes place in the museum’s Spanish Plaza; reduced admission to the museum will be offered that day, too. 

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Volleyball on Siesta Beach.

USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships

July 20-25

Head to Siesta Beach today through Tuesday to cheer on more than 400 top youth volleyball teams from across the country who’ve traveled to America’s No. 1 beach for this big, big national tourney.

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San Francisco Opera production of Show Boat.

Image: Cory Weaver

San Francisco Opera’s Show Boat

July 23

Sarasota Opera’s HD at the Opera House summer series of filmed performances by many of the world’s great opera, dance and theater companies continues Sunday afternoon with San Francisco Opera’s glorious production of the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein classic, Show Boat. Everybody, now: Ol’ Man River

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Stephanie Bastos

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Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Timeline

July 20, 21 and 23

SCD artistic director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott’s newest piece, Timeline, is set on and performed by her longtime friend, Stephanie Bastos, who lost part of her leg in a car accident; Bastos will perform the piece with the aid of her prosthetic leg.

Bradentucky Bombers

July 22

And, for something completely different, our kick-a** hometown female roller-derby team, the Bradentucky Bombers, faces off against the Molly Roger Rollergirls of Melbourne at Astro Skate in Bradenton Saturday afternoon.

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Friday Fest on the Bay: Kettle of Fish

Editor’s Pick Free Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Featuring Kettle of Fish.


Snooty's Birthday Bash and Wildlife Festival

Editor’s Pick Free South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

Celebrate Snooty the manatee's 69th birthday at this free South Florida Museum festival.


HD at the Opera House: "Show Boat"

Editor’s Pick $20 Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota Opera's summer HD at the Opera House film series features the San Francisco Opera production of "Show Boat."


Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Timeline

Editor’s Pick $25; $5 students New College of Florida Black Box Theatre at Hamilton Center

The debut of Choreographer and SCD Artistic Director’s completed work, “Timeline,” a solo danced by Stephanie Bastos, who performs with the aid of a prosthetic leg.


Bradentucky Bombers

$12 at the door; Kids 6-12 $6 at the door; Kids 5 and younger Free Astro Skate of Bradenton

The women's roller-derby team faces off against Melbourne's Molly Roger Rollergirls.