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What to Do in Sarasota Sept. 10-16

Outdoor fun, an art exhibition, Manatee Players' "Doubt" in drive-in format, and more.

By Kay Kipling September 10, 2020

Do some exploring at Robinson Preserve's new Canopy Zone.

Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

The Canopy Zone at Robinson Preserve

Sunrise-sunset seven days a week

This newly opened zone at Bradenton’s Robinson Preserve promises fun for the family with adventure park elements like rope bridges, boardwalks, climbing nets and slides, all in a densely shaded environment to help you beat the heat. While you’re there, check out the schedule for events at The NEST (Nature, Exploration, Science & Technology) center, which offers programs like yoga, tai chi and more. Parking near the south entrance at the end of Ninth Avenue Northwest.

Venice Farmers Market

Sept. 12

Craving an expedition for some fresh local and organic produce, baked goods, seafood, plants, herbs and more? The Venice Farmers Market, setting up near City Hall between West Venice Avenue and Avenue des Parques, has got you covered—oh, and that means wear a face covering, too. From 8 a.m. to noon; check out the list of vendors at

Derrick Adams: Buoyant at Museum of Fine Arts

Sept. 12-Nov. 29

If you’re in the mood for an art-related road trip, the Museum of Fine Arts in nearby St. Petersburg has a show for you. Contemporary artist Derrick Adams presents 12 large, colorful mixed-media works of Black people at play and having fun, lounging in or relaxing on novelty floaters in the pool—an antidote to so much of recent news coverage. Open to MFA members Sept. 12; the public Sept. 19. Visit for more info.

Manatee Players' Doubt

Sept. 12

Much postponed (due to Covid-19) but finally on view is a production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a priest, a student and accusations of inappropriate behavior. The Manatee Players will present the show in a drive-in movie theater format; up to 50 cars will be able to park in the lot across from the Manatee Performing Arts Center to watch on a large screen. Performance begins at 8:40 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations required.

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