September 14, 2018: Enjoy an evening on the bay front and some free live music at the 17th annual summer music fest, "Friday Fest," at the Van Wezel with the Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, this group knows how to wow a crowd with high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo, fiddle & more to close out this year's summer music fest series. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, take in the music along with the beautiful Sarasota sunset and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. Outside food and drink is prohibited. This free concert takes place rain or shine, it moves indoors in case of inclement weather. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Bayfront Lawn, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
September 14 - 16, 2018: Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show for new ideas for your home. See home improvement experts for advice and interesting products for your home. Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. 7 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission and parking. Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
September 15, 2018: The 6th annual Life's a Beach Triathlon. It's somewhat of a kinder, gentler triathlon with a shorter swimming course. There's a 200 yard swimming race, 5 miles on bike and a 2 mile beach run. Register early and save. Starts at 6 a.m. with racer packet pickup. First wave goes at 8 a.m. Beach bash after party when you finish the race. Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Parkway, Lido Key, Sarasota.
September 15, 2018: Hosted by the Sarasota Scullers, it's the Battle of the Bridges Rowing Regatta. Traveling through the heart of Venice on the Intracoastal Waterway, athletes will use their strength, skill and teamwork to maneuver boats under three bridges. Battle of the Bridges Regatta is a USRowing Sanctioned event so Rules of Rowing will be used to ensure a fair, safe, and fun regatta. You can join the excitement along the Legacy Trail or Venetian Waterway Park. Free to all spectators. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Venice Historic Train Depot, 303 E Venice Ave., Venice, FL.
September 15, 2018: Help Keep Sarasota County Beautiful on the Annual International Coastal Clean Up Day. Various locations include: Sarasota, Venice, Laurel, Nokomis, North Port and Englewood. At Oscar Scherer State park you may paddle or walk along South Creek picking up trash on the banks or by walking the shores of the freshwater lakes. Free event and park entry for registered participants. Canoes are provided but limited. Registration opens in early August, 2018. (941) 861-5000 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.