Venice, in Sarasota County, has been named the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World” because of the millions of shark teeth that wash up on our sandy white beaches. Each year the festival highlights fossil collectors from across the Southeast who display and sell shark’s teeth and other prehistoric fossils, and more than 100 artists offer their original work. Join us for a fun event with an awesome lineup of music and delicious food, from seafood to BBQ – all supporting Special Olympics.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The Shark’s Tooth Festival is a project of Special Olympics Florida, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency. All proceeds of the festival benefit our local Special Olympics Florida – Sarasota County athletes and programs, including 14 sports, Young Athletes and Little ELITES, Healthy Athletes, Unified Champion Schools, Unified Sports, Motor Skills Training, Athlete Leadership and the Inclusion Revolution.