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Skyway Film Festival

Friday, June 12, 2 p.m. - Sunday, June 14, 9 p.m.

It’s the Bradenton Area’s star-studded celebration of film and the arts – and your chance to join the swirl of events! The Skyway Film Festival is a new storytellers festival. It will showcase the craft of filmmaking by advocating the work of filmmakers, screenwriters and all artists who use the medium of film and television to bring art alive. The beauty and charm of the Gulf Islands: Bradenton, Anna Marie Island and Longboat Key will be the “Hollywood” backdrop that showcases the works of filmmakers from all over the world. Approximately 50 Films will be screened: World Premieres, US Premieres and Florida premieres will be accompanied by filmmakers and actors from around the World. The festival has partnered with the beautiful, waterfront Manatee Performing Arts Center to showcase our program and host our industry Q&A panels and workshops. For the latest Press Release, please check here. Manatee Performing Arts Center 502 3rd Avenue W, Bradenton, FL 34205 · 941-749-1111 For Partnership & On-Screen Advertising Opportunities, please contact info@skywayfilmfestival.org.

Location: 502 3rd Avenue W., Bradenton, FL

Offshore Grand Prix Racing Festival

Saturday, June 27, 11 a.m. - Sunday, July 5, 4 p.m.

June 27 - July 5, 2015 Sarasota Offshore Boat Racing Schedule: Sunday July 5, 2015 Off Lido Key Beach: 2 Heats: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. (* Event schedules subject to change without prior notice due to event planners, weather, etc.) The first Sarasota Boat Races, called the Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix, took place in 1984 and have become an annual event for thrill seekers and offshore boat racing enthusiasts. Here are a few of the more popular events during the festival: June 28, 2015: Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show:10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch June 30, 2015: Grand Prix Festival Nautical Night of Giving Fundraiser takes place at Sarasota Yacht Club. There'll be live music, food stations, open bar, valet parking. Cocktail casual attire- no jeans or shorts. Tickets are $100 each. Doors open at 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. July 3, 2015: Grand Prix Festival Downtown Block Party from 4 p.m. - midnight (Between Orange & Palm Avenues. Lemon Avenue between First St. & State St) July 3, 2015: Festival Parade of Boats along Main Street in downtown Sarasota at 6 p.m. July 4, 2015: Powerboats by the Bay where you can see the Powerboats up close on display, food and vendors, too. Free Admission. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Centennial Park - 10th St. & U.S. 41, Sarasota July 4, 2015: Fireworks over Sarasota Bay. There's even a "Miss Super Boat Grand Prix” Bikini Contest on Friday July 3, 2015 which is being renamed the Miss Hooters Swimsuit Pageant. 2015 details tba. (More details, registration and info at offshorebikinicontest@gmail.com). And, of course, the Super Boat race day is Sunday July 5, 2015 off Lido Beach on Lido Key. The Sarasota Boat Races and Offshore Racing Festival is one of the biggest and most high profile annual occasions on my Sarasota Events Calendar.

Location: Off Lido Key Beach, Sarasota, FL
Sponsored By: Sarasota