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What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend: March 5-11

A free Jazz in the Park concert, Josh Groban plays the Van Wezel and more.

By Ilene Denton March 5, 2020

The Manhattan Transfer, headlining the 40th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival.

Image: John Abbott

40th Sarasota Jazz Festival Kicks Off

March 8-14

A free Jazz in the Park concert with three bands at Phillippi Estate Park Sunday afternoon kicks off the 40th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival—seven days of nonstop musical joy, including a trolley pub crawl Wednesday evening, a screening of a jazz-related documentary, and a full day of music by eight bands on four stages, as well as The Manhattan Transfer headlining mainstage concerts at the Municipal Auditorium next weekend. Check it all out here

Josh Groban

March 9

The sexy superstar returns to the Van Wezel with some of the hits that have sold 35 million records worldwide.

Sarasota Orchestra Pops: "My Favorite Things"

March 6-7  

Bright young Broadway actress Maria Wirries (she’s been touring in the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen) got her singing start in Sarasota, and she returns home this weekend to headlin the next Sarasota Orchestra pops concerts. Andrew Lane conducts the orchestra in songs from The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!, Funny Girl and more. Three performances at the Van Wezel.

GuitarSarasota Presents Irina Kulikova

March 7

Next up in GuitarSarasota’s international concert season is this acclaimed Russian classical guitarist, who has performed at leading festivals around the world.

Sarasota Opera Presents La Wally

March 7

A rare chance to experience Alfredo Catalani’s tragic masterpiece about a young girl in the Alps and her unrequited love; it’s the first time the opera is being produced in the U.S. in more than 30 years. Additional performances March 10, 12, 15, 18 and 22.

Light My Fire

Thru June 14

Are you California dreaming? Don’t you want somebody to love? Okay, you get the idea, as Florida Studio presents this all-new music revue that celebrates the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Thru June 14 in FST’s Court Cabaret.

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Jazz in the Park

Free Phillippi Estate Park

Sarasota Jazz Festival 2020 kicks off with this free outdoor concert.


Josh Groban

$107-$247 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The global superstar returns to the Van Wezel for one night only.


My Favorite Things

From $35 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

A Sarasota Orchestra Pops presentation.


GuitarSarasota presents Irina Kulikova

$35-$49 Riverview Performing Arts Center

Kulikova is an award-winning guitarist who was touring her native Russia by the age of 12.


Sarasota Opera presents "La Wally"

Sarasota Opera House

Alfredo Catalani's rare opera has been fully staged only eight times in the U.S. since its successful premiere in 1892.