Event Week Schedule

At the 2017 World Rowing Championships, you will witness elite rowers from around the world go for gold right in front of their eyes. In addition to the world-class rowing, we want to make your trip to Florida’s Suncoast an experience you’ll never forget. Below, please find information on the unique themes for each day of competition. You’ll also learn about the exciting Visitor’s Experience program, which will take guests on excursions around Sarasota-Bradenton.

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September 23


September 24


September 25


September 26


September  27


September   28


September 29


September 30


October   1

Fan Festival /Expo

Opening Ceremony

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Family Fun

First Day of Competition

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Tech Day

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Farmer’s Market

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Military Appreciation

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Golden Age Celebration and Community Service

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Local Attractions

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Boating and Fishing

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Health & Wellness

Closing Ceremony


Youth Regional Challenge Youth Regional Challenge Rowing Competition Continues Rowing Competition Continues Quarterfinals and Para-Rowing Finals B Semifinals and Para-Rowing Finals A Semifinals and Finals A/B Seminfinals

Crews of Distinction


Row for the Cure Regatta

In The Community

Let’s Eat Englewood Restaurant Week

Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market

Let’s Eat Englewood Restaurant Week

Bradenton Riverwalk Experience

Let’s Eat Englewood Restaurant Week

St. Armands Shop and Dine Around

Let’s Eat Englewood Restaurant Week

Float your Boat and Come to Downtown Sarasota

Let’s Eat Englewood Restaurant Week

Micro Brew Experience

Let’s Eat Englewood Restaurant Week

WALK Bradenton

Let’s Eat Englewood Restaurant Week

Lakewood Ranch International Flare on Main Street

Sunset Celebration on the Bayfront

Visit the Beaches of Sarasota – Manatee County from Venice to Anna Maria

Venice AACA Collector Car Show, Centennial Park

September 15 – September 29

Let’s Eat Englewood Restaurant Week

“Let’s Eat, Englewood” is an event where people will have the opportunity to experience a culinary adventure through our community without breaking the bank. The best area restaurants will be featuring specially priced breakfast, lunch and dinner prix fixe menu selections, giving guests the opportunity to explore a variety of different cuisines.

Saturday, September 23

Opening Ceremony

Free for the entire family! Enjoy live music, fireworks and activities for the whole family while helping introduce fans and athletes from around the world to the area’s proud and rich circus history. The Opening Ceremony festival begins at 5:00 pm and the official ceremony begins at 7:00 pm. This event does not require a ticket for entry.

Youth Regatta

Come cheer on the future of U.S. rowing as the top up-and-coming junior athletes from across the country race on America’s premier course. This is event is free and open to the public.

Saturday Sunday
Race Time Event Race Time Event
13:30 W4x Heat One 13:46 W4x Final B
13:35 W4x Heat Two 13:51 W4x Final A
13:40 M4x Heat One 13:56 M4x Final B
13:45 M4x Heat Two 14:01 M4x Final A
13:50 W8+ Heat One 14:06 W8+ Final B
13:55 W8+ Heat Two 14:11 W8+ Final A
14:00 M8+ Heat One 14:16 M8+ Final B
14:05 M8+ Heat Two 14:21 M8+ Final A

Expo Theme: Family Fun Day

Bring your mom, dad, brothers and sisters for a day of exciting fun and entertainment at Nathan Benderson Park. Vendors will be on site with products and experiences the whole family can enjoy. That evening, stick around for a spectacular show, commemorating the opening of the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

In the community: Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market

The Sarasota Farmers Market, has it’s been around more than 35 years and features more than 70 vendors. The market is a major draw for residents and tourists looking to catch an early morning bite or a midday meal while stocking up on locally grown produce and baked goods.

Sunday, September 24

Expo Theme: Tech Day

Gizmos and gadgets meet gold medals when some of Sarasota-Bradenton’s top tech vendors hit the venue.

In the Community: Riverwalk Experience

Located steps away from Downtown Bradenton, the Bradenton’s Riverwalk, is a perfect place for outdoor recreational activities. The Riverwalk includes a
Family Fun Zone, a picnic lawn, a botanical walk, and the signature 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater. For outdoor enthusiasts, visit the local fishing pier for catching numerous native species.

Monday, September 25

Expo Theme: Eco-Day

Water is a rower’s best friend. On Monday, September 25 th , the 2017 World Rowing Championships celebrate the earth. It’s Ecoday at Nathan Benderson Park. Through the multiple vendors on-site, you’ll learn all about sustainability and what you can do to protect our planet.

In the Community: St. Armands Shop & Dine Around

St. Armands Circle is your destination for retail therapy and gourmet dining. Visit the neighboring keys of Lido and Longboat to kayak lush mangroves and to experience Gulf-side relaxation at its finest.

Tuesday, September 26

Expo Theme: Farmer’s Market

Nathan Benderson Park will turn into a Famers Market. While watching world-class action on the water, browse around and pick up some of the freshest produce and other foods thats farmers and growers from around the area have to offer.

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In the Community: Experience Sarasota Downtown Main Street

Downtown Main St. Downtown Sarasota is the place locals gather to experience festivals, block parties, and special events. Everything is conveniently located within walking distance. The nightlife offers an array of places to dine and experience live entertainment.

Wednesday, September 27

Expo Theme: Military Appreciation Day

Did you know there are tens of thousands of veterans living in the Sarasota-Bradenton area? We honor those veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country. At Military Appreciation Day, through vendors on-site, you’ll learn about the military and how to help those who protect us.

In the Community: Micro Brew Experience

The Suncoast, already a key player in Florida’s culinary scene, is currently establishing a reputation as a craft pint paradise. Craft beer lovers can enjoy Florida flavors at hometown breweries, and keep up with other American craft breweries at local pubs—where variety is always on tap.

Thursday, September 28

Expo Theme: Golden Ages/Service Day

We celebrate the thousands of seniors living in our community and the valuable contributions they and other have made in Sarasota-Bradenton.

In the Community: WALK Bradenton

Walk Bradenton is an interactive website that showcases downtown Bradenton. Grab your smartphone for a self-guided tour to explore local history, public art, and 145 places to eat, shop, stay, and play. If you want to walk with a local, free 30-minute walks are available at 11am or 3:30pm beginning at the South Florida Museum.

Friday, September 29

Expo Theme: Local Attractions

The Sarasota-Bradenton area is home to some renowned attractions. You’ll have an opportunity to interact and meet with representatives from various attractions throughout the region. Be sure to bring your camera!

In the Community: Taste of Main – International Flare

Stylish boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, miniature golf, a cinema, concerts, festivals and more. Come explore Main Street, our hub of exciting activities and family-friendly fun .RESTAURANTS MAY PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL FOOD WITH INTERNATIONAL FLAGS LINING THE STREETS TO WELCOME COUNTRIES…MORE TO COME

Saturday, September 30

Crews of Distinction

This water parade event will honor and showcase the achievements of the distinguished rowing athletes from years past. Participants will be selected by the National Rowing Foundation, an organization that recognizes the significant contributions athletes make to the sport of rowing.

Expo Theme: Boating and Fishing

Boating and Fishing Day: Sarasota-Bradenton, a community located on the Gulf of Mexico, is known for some of the best fishing in Florida. Leave the boat at home and come on out to Nathan Benderson Park, as we celebrate all things boating and fishing. Learn tips from the pros, purchase tackle, and hey, maybe even a new boat.

Expo Theme: Sunset on the Bay

Join us to Celebrate a Sarasota Sunset on the Bay welcoming guests from the World Rowing Championship and visitors from around the world. The free event Sunset on the Bay will take place on the Van Wezel bayside lawn and will welcome Yesterdayze and the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe to the outdoor stage on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 4PM-8PM.

Sunday, October 1

Closing Ceremony

All good things must come to an end. Join us as we say farewell to the athletes that gave it their all.

Runway and Row for the Cure

In partnership with several organizations in the Sarasota-Bradenton community, the 2017 World Rowing Championships invites you to join us for a series of events dedicated to the ongoing fight against breast cancer. The ultimate goal is to celebrate our cancer survivors, educate others about screening and early detection, and most importantly, raise donations for the research that will one day find a cure for the deadly disease.

In the Community: Venice Restaurant Deals

525 S Tamiami Trail
370 Commercial Ct
Buy two entrées – get a free appetizer or dessert

Chaz 51 Bistro
103 Triple Diamond BLVD
North Venice, FL 34275
Free ice cream sundae

Ciao Gelato
371A W Venice
20% off

Café Venice
116 W Venice Ave
Free desert with any purchase

Flap Jacks:
810 E Venice Ave
Flapjacks Cafe will open for dinner on 9/27 for this event. We will be serving authentic Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and such from 5:30pm-9:00pm. As well as beer and wine.

$2.99 Full Sail craft beer
$3.99 house wine
20% off our special dinner menu items.



Spectator Race Schedule D. 10.3

Spectator Race Schedule D. 10.3

2017 World Rowing Championships Competition Schedule - Sarasota-Bradenton, USA