Summer is upon us! Soon enough the kids will be out of school and temps will be rising. Summertime often means a change in pace and altered routines. But, it also brings about plenty of fun with local events and activities for everyone! Check out our list of the fun to be had this summer in and around our town:

May

West Villages Cars & coffee – May 18, 8am
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
Come enjoy the West Villages world class car meet up while enjoying breakfast Braves style. Admission is free to this car meet-up event for owners and enthusiasts of classic, sports, exotic and muscle cars. You are invited to display your cars, mix and mingle! Open to the public, with no judging, registration or entry fees involved. Enjoy coffee, light food and cold beverages, for purchase. The stadium Tiki Bar opens at 11:00am.
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Movie Nights at CoolToday Park – May 23, 6:30pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
“Incredibles 2” is presented by Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins & Snook Haven. Held every 2nd and 4th Thursday through September. Movies begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 or free entry for Beach Club members and can be purchased by calling 941-413-5000 or by visiting the CoolToday Box Office.
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Venice Brew Bash – May 25, 3pm-7pm
Centennial Park, 200 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL
Sample over 60 different craft and import beer. Live music, local food vendors and merchants make this event one heck of a party!
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Patriotic Pops and Fireworks – May 25, 7:30-9:30pm at CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
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Over 70 musicians with The Venice Symphony put on an American themed concert. Fireworks will light up the sky following the concert. Gates open at 5:30pm. Purchase tickets online .

June

Play In The Park Day: Kids Run The Bases – June 2, 10am-1pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
This free event is held the 1stSunday of the month, June through September. A fun day for the entire family to explore the ballpark and enjoy concessions. On-field kick-ball games at 10:15am, 11:15am and 12:15pm. On-field whiffle ball games at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm. Children 12 and under are invited to run the bases every half hour.
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City of Venice Casual Bike Ride – June 12, 10am-11:30am
City Hall, 401 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL
Join your neighbors for this bicycle ride in the city, open to the public. Enjoy a casual, 6-mile ride around the Island of Venice. Must supply your own bike/helmet and sign a safety waiver prior to the event.

Movie Nights at CoolToday Park – June 13, 6:30pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
“The Little Mermaid” is presented by Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins & Snook Haven. Held every 2nd and 4th Thursday through September. Movies begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 or free entry for Beach Club members and can be purchased by calling 941-413-5000 or by visiting the CoolToday Box Office.
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West Villages Cars & Coffee – June 15, 8am
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
Come enjoy the West Villages world class car meet up while enjoying breakfast Braves style. Admission is free to this car meet-up event for owners and enthusiasts of classic, sports, exotic and muscle cars. You are invited to display your cars, mix and mingle! Open to the public, with no judging, registration or entry fees involved. Enjoy coffee, light food and cold beverages, for purchase. The stadium Tiki Bar opens at 11:00am.
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Venice Craft Festival – June 15-16, 10am-4pm
220 Miami Ave West, Venice, FL
From handmade jewelry to life-size sculptures, you are sure to find something you’ll fall in love with! This complimentary festival offers the best in fine arts and crafts, food and shopping.
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Movie Nights at CoolToday Park – June 27, 6:30pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
“Back To The Future” is presented by Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins & Snook Haven. Held every 2nd and 4th Thursday through September. Movies begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 or free entry for Beach Club members and can be purchased by calling 941-413-5000 or by visiting the CoolToday Box Office.
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Gazebo Concert featuring Kat Crosby Band – June 28, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Centennial Park, 200 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL
Enjoy the Blues with Kat Crosby Band in Downtown Venice. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to partake in this evening of music!

July

North Port Aquatic Center Opening – Month of July
This 2.04 acre Aquatic Center features a 25-meter stretch pool, a lazy river, a kids activity pool with zero entry, two body slides, a bowl slide, shade structures, a bath house with locker rooms, and a small concession area. The 25-meter stretch pool will be able to accommodate 25-yard or 25-meter lap swimming and competitions. The Aquatic Center is located across from the Morgan Family Community Center at Butler Park and is expected to open in July. Information on schedules and hours can be found on the City of North Port’s website .

North Port Firecracker 5K – July 4, 6am-10am
North Port High School,6400 W Price Blvd North Port, FL US 34291
Awards will be given to the top three male and female in the 5 year age groups and all categories: Overall, Masters, Grand Masters, Senior Grand Master, Veterans. Race begins at 7:30am. Most patriotic costume contest and American flag handed out to all finishers.
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North Port’s Freedom Festival – July 4, 4pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
Enjoy food, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display, held at CoolToday Park. Seating available inside the stadium and outside, on the event lawn. Free children’s activities with the chance to run the bases. Concessions sold inside the stadium with local vendors and community organizations set-up outside. Live music and activities to commemorate North Port’s 60th Anniversary.
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Play In The Park Day: Kids Run The Bases – July 7, 10am-1pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
This free event is held the 1stSunday of the month, June through September. A fun day for the entire family to explore the ballpark and enjoy concessions. On-field kick-ball games at 10:15am, 11:15am and 12:15pm. On-field whiffle ball games at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm. Children 12 and under are invited to run the bases every half hour.
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City of Venice Casual Bike Ride – July 10, 10am-11:30am
City Hall, 401 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL
Join your neighbors for this bicycle ride in the city, open to the public. Enjoy a casual, 6-mile ride around the Island of Venice. Must supply your own bike/helmet and sign a safety waiver prior to the event

Movie Nights at CoolToday Park – July 11, 6:30pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
“The Goonies” is presented by Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins & Snook Haven. Held every 2nd and 4th Thursday through September. Movies begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 or free entry for Beach Club members and can be purchased by calling 941-413-5000 or by visiting the CoolToday Box Office.
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Christmas In July – July 19-20, 10:00am-5:00pm
101 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL
Want to get a jump on holiday shopping? Check out local retailers and restaurants for incredible discounts and deals. There will be a free Christmas trolley and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will stop by for a visit.

Movie Nights at CoolToday Park – July 25, 6:30pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
“42” is presented by Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins & Snook Haven. Held every 2nd and 4th Thursday through September. Movies begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 or free entry for Beach Club members and can be purchased by calling 941-413-5000 or by visiting the CoolToday Box Office.
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August

Play In The Park Day: Kids Run The Bases – August 4, 10am-1pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
This free event is held the 1stSunday of the month, June through September. A fun day for the entire family to explore the ballpark and enjoy concessions. On-field kick-ball games at 10:15am, 11:15am and 12:15pm. On-field whiffle ball games at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm. Children 12 and under are invited to run the bases every half hour.
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Movie Nights at CoolToday Park – August 8, 6:30pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
The movie (TBD) is presented by Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins & Snook Haven. Held every 2nd and 4th Thursday through September. Movies begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 or free entry for Beach Club members and can be purchased by calling 941-413-5000 or by visiting the CoolToday Box Office.
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Second Annual Celebrate Downtown Venice Day – August 10 11:00am-7:00pm
100 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL
Celebrate all that the city has to offer with trolley tours of historic Venice Island. Enjoy a day of shopping, learning and dining in Downtown Venice!

City of Venice Casual Bike Ride- August 14, 10am-11:30am
City Hall, 401 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL
Join your neighbors for this bicycle ride in the city, open to the public. Enjoy a casual, 6-mile ride around the Island of Venice. Must supply your own bike/helmet and sign a safety waiver prior to the event.

Wine Walk- August 15, 5:00pm-8:00pm
101 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL
Are you ready to sip, shop and stroll the streets of downtown Venice? This event features wine from all over the world. A $10 wristband is all it takes to get in on the fun!

Movie Nights at CoolToday Park – August 22, 6:30pm
CoolToday Park, 18800 South W Villages Pkwy, Venice, FL
“The Avengers: Infinity War” is presented by Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins & Snook Haven. Held every 2nd and 4th Thursday through September. Movies begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 or free entry for Beach Club members and can be purchased by calling 941-413-5000 or by visiting the CoolToday Box Office.
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Venice Craft Festival – August 31-September 1, 10am-4pm
401 West Venice Ave, Venice, FL
From handmade jewelry to life-size sculptures, you’re sure to find something you’ll fall in love with! This complimentary festival offers the best in fine arts and crafts, food and shopping.
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Additional

The City of North Port Parks and Recreation offers summer camps for children 1st grade through 8th grade running June through August. These full-day camps have weekly themes and planned field trips available by age, in small and large group settings.

However you choose to spend your summer days, be sure to enjoy all our community has to offer! What is your favorite summer event?