Upcoming Event: 31st Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival

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If you’re looking for fun for the entire family, the 31st annual Sarasota powerboat grand prix festival which begins on the last weekend of June and goes through the July 4th holiday. This festival entails a golf tournament, a kickoff party, a block party and a parade of boats, vendors, foods, fireworks and a slew of other events the entire family can take part in.

You’ll find some of the fastest powerboats around and competing this year spanning from the Gulf of Mexico of Lido Beach and this is great for the speed boat lover in all of us.

The race will take place the 4th and the 5th and you can also enjoy Thunder by the Bay which offers a slew of events in itself as well. This event is about more than offshore boat racing and first took place back in 1984. It’s become an annual event ever since and has been a way for thrill seekers to enjoy. It offers over a week’s worth of other activities that can include:

  • June 28th: Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show which takes place on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch from 10-3
  • June 30th: Nautical Night of Giving Fundraiser which takes place in the Yacht Club and offers music, food, an open bar and even valet parking. The tickets are $100 a piece and the doors will open from 5-10
  • July 3rd: The Downtown Block Party takes place from 4 to midnight and is between orange and palm avenue
  • July3rd: Parade of Boats takes place along Main Street in the downtown area of Sarasota and takes place at 6 pm
  • July 4th: Fireworks over Sarasota Bay

You can even enter a Miss Super Boat Gramd Prix bikini contest on the 3rd and is currently being renamed Miss Hooters swimsuit pageant. Then the 5th is when the race takes place.

This has become one of the biggest and most high profile occasions that takes place on Sarasota’s events calendar. If you are looking for a fun filled week the entire family can enjoy this is the place to be.

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