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Fill Your Itinerary with These Local Events

Sarasota Chalk Festival attracts thousands of visitors and over 100 artists to the Venice airport each year in November.
The Sarasota Chalk Festival attracts thousands of visitors and over 100 artists to the Venice Airport each year.

Sarasota and Bradenton were voted 1-2 respectively in American Style Magazine’s top arts destinations in the nation for populations of 100,000 or less. Quite an accomplishment. The culture here supports opera, ballet, symphonies, theater and family entertainment. The height of the season is from November to April, but there is plenty to do the entire year. I’ve compiled a list from online sources so that you have one location for some suggestions I have for you to spend your time in the area around Longboat Key and Sarasota.

Kick off your weekends on any given Friday night when you can always catch "Live from Downtown Sarasota - It's Friday Night!" with live entertainment at a revolving downtown location, Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch the first Friday of the month or Music Friday Night each week at the gazebo in Centennial Park, Venice.

If you have additions to this list please feel free to add them in the comments below. If you need more information there are a variety of sources for each event, just a Google search away. Find your events and fill your schedule. In that way you can enjoy your favorite performing arts and special events that this area has to offer.

228 events listed through June 7, 2020
Updated June 7, 2019
Current Multiple Day Events Listed First
Some long-running events may have open dates


Now - June 8 Jamie Kennedy, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


Now - June 9 Marauders Baseball vs. Dunedin LECOM Park, Bradenton


Now - June 9 The Wonder Years, cabaret concert Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


Now - June 9 USRowing Youth National Championships Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota


Now - June 9 Bradenton Boat Show Convention Center, Palmetto


Now - June 23 Around the World in 80 Days, play Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota


Now - June 30 Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise, woodcut print exhibit Marie Selby Gardens, Sarasota


Now - July 15 National Geographic Photo Ark, exhibit South Florida Museum, Bradenton


Now - August 4 His Eye is on the Sparrow, musical Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


Now - September 8 Interpolations, Ringling and Monda art collections Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota


Now - September 29 Order Systems, Ringling and Monda art collections Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota


Now - September 30 Rob Shanahan, Rock 'N Roll art exhibit Stakenborg-Greenberg Fine Art, Sarasota


Now - December 31 Always Ready, U.S. Coast Guard Exhibit Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez

 

*************************** 2019 Events ***************************


June 7 Friday Festival, Sarasota Music Festival Opera House, Sarasota


June 7 Music on Main, One Night Rodeo Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


June 8 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 8 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


June 8 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 8 Saturday Symphonies, Sarasota Music Festival Opera House, Sarasota


June 8 FST Freestyle, improv Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


June 8 Summer Fest, concerts Music Compound, Sarasota


June 8 World Oceans Day Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, City Island


June 8 Dispatches from the Gulf, movies at Mote Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, City Island


June 8 Sarasota Lady Arm Wrestlers (SLAW) Sarasota Sky, Sarasota


June 8 World Oceans Day Festival Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto


June 8-9 Craft Festival St. Armands Circle


June 9 Rising Stars, Sarasota Music Festival Holley Hall, Sarasota


June 9 Al Ernst, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


June 9 Sunset Beach Bash Sharky's on the Pier, Venice


June 9 Blue + You BBQ, free police event Gillespie Park, Sarasota


June 9 Black Diamond Burlesque, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


June 10 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 10 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 11 Yoga & Meditation Class Paradise Center, Longboat Key


June 11 Restoration Workshop, Folk School class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


June 11 Mike Quu, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


June 11 - July 21 Come Together, music of the 60s Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


June 11 - August 3 Summer Circus Spectacular 2019 Historic Asolo Theatre, Sarasota


June 12 Beyond Earth's Moons, Lunch & Learn South Florida Museum, Bradenton


June 12 Florida From Space, think + drink South Florida Museum, Bradenton


June 12 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 12 Wonderful Wednesdays Book Sales Library, Longboat Key


June 12 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 12-13 Marauders Baseball vs. Charlotte LECOM Park, Bradenton


June 12-16 Tony N' Tina's Wedding, performance Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


June 12-16 Darryl Lenox, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


June 13 Artist Showcase, Sarasota Music Festival Holley Hall, Sarasota


June 13 Strongman Competition, Qualification Round Old Main Street, Bradenton


June 14 Friday Festival, Sarasota Music Festival Opera House, Sarasota


June 14 Rain Barrels, Folk School class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


June 14 Strongman Competition, Qualification Round Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach


June 15 Saturday Symphonies, Sarasota Music Festival Opera House, Sarasota


June 15 Hand Building Pottery, Folk School 2-part class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


June 15 FST Freestyle, improv Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


June 15 Strongman Competition, Qualification Round Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach


June 15 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 15 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 16 Faust, HD opera film Opera House, Sarasota


June 15 Strongman Competition, Final Round Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach


June 16 Rising Stars, Sarasota Music Festival Holley Hall, Sarasota


June 17 Longboat Key 2019-2020 budget workshop Town Hall, Longboat Key


June 17 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 17 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 17-19 Marauders Baseball vs. Clearwater LECOM Park, Bradenton


June 18 Yoga & Meditation Class Paradise Center, Longboat Key


June 19 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 19 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 19 Wonderful Wednesdays Book Sales Library, Longboat Key


June 19-23 Lynne Koplitz, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


June 19-23 Tony N' Tina's Wedding, performance Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


June 20 Artist Showcase, Sarasota Music Festival Holley Hall, Sarasota


June 20 Ladies Night, discounts St. Armands Circle


June 20-23 Marauders Baseball vs. Tampa LECOM Park, Bradenton


June 21 Friday Fest, Big Night Out concert Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


June 21 Friday Festival, Sarasota Music Festival Opera House, Sarasota


June 21-22 Junie B. Jones Jr., musical Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


June 22 Saturday Symphonies, Sarasota Music Festival Opera House, Sarasota


June 22 FST Freestyle, improv Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


June 22 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


June 22 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 22 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 24 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 24 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 25 Ice Cream Making, Folk School class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


June 25 Yoga & Meditation Class Paradise Center, Longboat Key


June 26 Stelliferous, live star talk South Florida Museum, Bradenton


June 26 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 26 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 26 Wonderful Wednesdays Book Sales Library, Longboat Key


June 27-30 Nancy Norton, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


June 29 Lord's Warehouse, rummage sale Island Chapel, Longboat Key


June 29 Pumping the Prime, exercise and education Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key


June 29 FST Freestyle, improv Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


June 30 Golden Hour, HD ballet film Opera House, Sarasota


June 30 - July 7 PowerBoat Grand Prix Festival Multiple venues, Sarasota


July 1-3 Marauders Baseball vs. Jupiter LECOM Park, Bradenton


July 1-20 Music Man, musical Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


July 3 Fireworks 4 miler race Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota


July 3 Carl Rimi, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 4 Independence Day Tribute to those who helped free this country

***** Independence Day Fireworks *****


July 4 Longboat Key Freedom Fest Bicentennial Park, Longboat Key


July 4 The Sounds of Independence, Choral Artists concert Opera House, Sarasota


July 4-7 Marauders Baseball vs. Florida LECOM Park, Bradenton


July 5-7 Carl Rimi, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 6 PowerBoat Grand Prix Festival, qualifiers Gulf of Mexico, off Lido Beach


July 7 PowerBoat Grand Prix Festival, finals Gulf of Mexico, off Lido Beach


July 12-14 Marauders Baseball vs. Fort Myers LECOM Park, Bradenton


July 13 Sophisticated Lady, Natalie Cole tribute Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


July 13 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


July 14 Merry Widow, HD operetta film Opera House, Sarasota


July 16-18 Marauders Baseball vs. Clearwater LECOM Park, Bradenton


July 17-20 The World Series of Comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 18 Ladies Night, discounts St. Armands Circle


July 18 Building Boat Models: Flat Bottom Skiff, Folk School class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


July 19 Music Man, musical Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


July 19 Friday Fest, Rebel Heart concert Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


July 21 Joe Lowers, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 23 - August 30 Hollywood Serenade, musical revue Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


July 24 Living Shorelines, Folk School class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


July 24-28 World Rowing Under 23 Championships Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota


July 25-28 Marauders Baseball vs. St. Lucie LECOM Park, Bradenton


July 26-28 Josh Blue, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


July 27 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


July 28 Romeo & Juliet, HD ballet film Opera House, Sarasota


July 30 - August 1 Marauders Baseball vs. Charlotte LECOM Park, Bradenton


July 31 - August 18 The Cottage, live theater Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


August 3 Salt Scrub, Folk School class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


August 7-11 Mike McCarthy, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


August 8 Twining Workshop, Folk School class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


August 8-11 Marauders Baseball vs. Dunedin LECOM Park, Bradenton


August 8-25 West Side Story, musical Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


August 10 Painting with a Fish, Folk School class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


August 10 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


August 11 La Gioconda, HD opera film Opera House, Sarasota


August 15 Ladies Night, discounts St. Armands Circle


August 16 Friday Fest, Reverend Barry & The Funk concert Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


August 21-25 Tracy Smith, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


August 23-25 Marauders Baseball vs. Daytona LECOM Park, Bradenton


August 24 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


August 25 Die Walkure, HD opera film Opera House, Sarasota


August 26-29 Marauders Baseball vs. Palm Beach LECOM Park, Bradenton


September 2 Labor Day Relax and enjoy your day


September 3 - October 13 Who Loves You?, quartet concert Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota


September 4-8 Al Romas, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


September 5-22 Grey Gardens, a musical Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


September 8 The Nutcracker, HD ballet film Opera House, Sarasota


September 11-15 Rob Little, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


September 14 Mosaic 101 Series, Folk School class Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


September 14 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


September 17 - October 6 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, play Players Centre for the Performing Arts, Sarasota


September 19 Ladies Night, discounts St. Armands Circle


September 20 Friday Fest, Ari & The Alibis concert Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


September 22 La traviata, HD opera film Opera House, Sarasota


September 27 Grey Matter, Symposium on Alzheimer's Research The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota


September 28 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


October 2-6 Basile, comedy McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, Sarasota


October 6 La Bayadere, HD ballet film Opera House, Sarasota


October 10-27 Tuesdays with Morrie Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


October 12 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


October 16 Brian McClaren, Community Speaker Series Church of the Palms, Sarasota


October 17 Ladies Night, discounts St. Armands Circle


October 20 Curtain Raiser, opera season reception Michael's on East, Sarasota


October 22 - November 10 The Fantastics, play Players Centre for the Performing Arts, Sarasota


October 24 - November 10 Buddy, the Buddy Holly story Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


October 26 Cortez Nautical Flea Market Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


October 26 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


October 26-27 Octoberfest Downtown, Sarasota


November 1 Rigoletto, live opera Opera House, Sarasota


November 3 Rigoletto, live opera Opera House, Sarasota


November 6 Rigoletto, live opera Opera House, Sarasota


November 8 Concert at Noon, apprentice concert Opera House, Sarasota


November 9 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


November 12 Rigoletto, live opera Opera House, Sarasota


November 14 An Evening of Conversation with Julie Andrews Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


November 14 Rigoletto, live opera Opera House, Sarasota


November 15-16 Brundibár, youth opera Opera House, Sarasota


November 15-18 International Chalk Festival Airport Festival Grounds, Venice


November 16-17 Fall Fine Art Festival Downtown, Sarasota


November 17 Rigoletto, live opera Opera House, Sarasota


November 17 Straight No Chaser, comedic chorus recital Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


November 21 Ladies Night, discounts St. Armands Circle


November 23 Longboat Key Lawn Party Colony Beach & Tennis Resort grounds, Longboat Key


November 23 Music on the Porch, TBD Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


November 23-24 Seafood and Music Festival Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


November 28 Thanksgiving Count your blessings on this day with family


November 28 Turkey Trot, 5k race Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota


November 29 - December 1 Seafood and Music Festival Siesta Key Pavilion


November 30 Sebastian Maniscalco, comedy Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


December 2 Escape to Margaritaville Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


December 3-22 Hello, Dolly, play Players Centre for the Performing Arts, Sarasota


December 5-22 Every Christmas Story Ever Told Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


December 5-22 It's a Wonderful Life, musical Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


December 6-8 Bradenton Bluesfest Riverwalk, Bradenton


December 7-8 Holiday of the Arts Lido Beach Pavilion, Lido Key


December 13-15 Beautiful, Carol King musical Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


December 14 Music on the Porch Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez


December 19 Ladies Night, discounts St. Armands Circle


December 28 Music on the Porch, TBD Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez

***** Celebrations *****


December 31 - January 1 New Year's Eve Pineapple Drop Downtown, Sarasota


January 2 Salute to Vienna, New Year's Concert Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


January 4 Music on Main, Thomas Wynn & The Believers Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


January 7-12 The Book of Mormon Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


January 11-12 Winter Fine Art Festival Downtown, Sarasota


January 14 - February 2 Sister Act, play Players Centre for the Performing Arts, Sarasota


January 16 - February 2 Roald Dahl’s Matilda, musical Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


January 17-19 Seafood & Musical Festival Downtown, Sarasota


January 24-26 Waitress, musical Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


January 24-26 Seafood & Musical Festival Downtown, Englewood


January 27 Forks and Corks Trade Tasting TBA, Sarasota


February 1 The Opera Gala Local venue, Sarasota


February 1 Music on Main, Betty Fox Band Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


February 4-5 Bandstand, musical Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


February 6-23 Goat Song Revel Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


February 13 The Pirates of Penzance Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


February 15 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, concert Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


February 19 Neil Berg's 111 Years of Broadway Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


February 20 - March 8 Damn Yankees, play Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


February 26 - March 1 Les Miserables Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 1 Music on Main, Jah Movement Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


March 3 Cinderella, ballet Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 6 Concert at Noon, apprentice concert Opera House, Sarasota


March 10 The Color Purple Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 13 Concert at Noon, studio covers concert Opera House, Sarasota


March 15 Opera Artists Concert Opera House, Sarasota


March 16 An American in Paris Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 17 The Choir of Man Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 19 Salute to the Stars, opera concert Sarasota Yacht Club, Sarasota


March 19 - April 5 Doubt, A Parable Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


March 20 Concert at Noon, apprentice concert Opera House, Sarasota


March 21 Itzhak Perlman, recital Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


March 24 - April 12 Anything Goes, play Players Centre for the Performing Arts, Sarasota


April 2-19 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


April 5 Music on Main, Ashley Smith & The Random Occurence Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


April 21-22 A Bronx Tale, musical Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


April 28 - May 3 Come From Away, true story Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota


April 30 - May 17 Dancing Lessons Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


May 3 Music on Main, La Lucha Main Street, Lakewood Ranch


May 7-24 Titanic Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton


June 7 Music on Main, One Night Rodeo Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

 

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