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Sarasota Bay Water Festival

Sep 28, 2014 07:25PM

The third annual Sarasota Bay Water Festival is set for November 1, at Ken Thompson Park on City Island from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free and unique outdoor event celebrates the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. It’s also the area’s largest free public event, focused on the welfare of Sarasota Bay and its recreational amenities.

     Festival highlights include five hours of live music, area artists and photographers selling gift items, Dragon Boat Races, a display of the winning submissions to the “I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest,” expert speakers, – including acclaimed nature photographer Clyde Butcher – food trucks, activities for kids, – including a fishing clinic and dip netting – vintage and new boats, a community art mural, and displays promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, conservation and the protection of wildlife. A free boat taxi service, provided by Freedom Boat Club, will operate between Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron next to Ken Thompson Park.

     An after party will be held on November 1, at Circus City Architectural Salvage in downtown Sarasota from 8 p.m. to midnight. Celebrate with the Water Festival sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers. Highlights include a unique fashion show design contest at 10 p.m., featuring designs made of mostly discarded plastic and other repurposed materials. Live music will be provided by Lisa Ridings & Vertigo, and DJ TL Hollefeld will spin tunes later in the evening. The event will also feature craft beer samples and wine. The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit Save Our Seabirds and Sea to Shore Alliance.


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