Weekend Planner

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend: Feb. 13-19

Orioles Spring Fest, Mandy Patinkin in concert, Thunder by the Bay Music and Motorcycle Fest and more.

By Ilene Denton February 13, 2020

Ed Smith Stadium

Orioles Spring Fest

Feb. 15

Celebrate the start of MLB spring training with a day of fun at Ed Smith Stadium—your chance to get an up-close look at this season’s Orioles as they practice; toss a ball around with the Orioles mascot, the Bird; enjoy free games and food truck fare. Free admission, free souvenir photos and free parking, too. Go O’s! 

Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell

Feb. 15

From London, one of the world’s best chamber orchestras returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and brings along the virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell for an evening of works by Mozart, Paganini and Brahms.

Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries

Feb. 16

The acclaimed Broadway singer (Evita, Sunday in the Park with George) and actor (The Princess Bride, Homeland) fills the Van Wezel stage with songs from his latest Diaries albums.

Asolo Rep presents Into the Breeches!

Opening Feb. 12

What happens when a World War II-era Sarasota theater company plans a season of Shakespeare plays? The women play the female and male roles, of course. That’s the premise of this poignant new comedy in performance at the Asolo Rep through March 21.

Sarasota Opera presents Romeo & Juliet

Feb. 15

Aptly timed for Valentine’s Weekend, the Sarasota Opera presents Gounod’s opera about those star-crossed lovers. Additional performances Feb. 18, 20, 23 and 28; and March 4. 8. 14 and 20. And take a gander at the opera company’s newest acquisition: thousands of costumes worn by the likes of Luciano Pavarotti.


Opening Feb. 19

Florida Studio Theatre’s Stage III Season continues with the regional premiere of a play about the self-described “radical lawyer and civil rights activist, William Kunstler. Through March 13 in FST’s intimate Bowne’s Lab Theatre. 

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Feb. 19-March 8

A woman answers a dead man’s ringing cell phone and all heck breaks loose. Sarah Rule’s quirky romantic comedy is next up for the talented students of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

 Thunder by the Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival 

Feb. 14-16

You can tell by the rumble that motorcycle enthusiasts by the thousands will be visiting the Sarasota Fairgrounds this weekend to groove to 11 bands, enjoy FMX and BMX freestyle acts, browse the wares of 100 vendors and show off their bikes, of course. It’s all for a good cause: Suncoast Charities for Children.

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