Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Drive-in movies, a new butterfly house, a Key Chorale online concert, book chats and more.

By Kay Kipling October 29, 2020

A butterfly at Selby Gardens' Historic Spanish Point Butterfly House.

A butterfly at Selby Gardens' Historic Spanish Point Butterfly House.

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

Historic Spanish Point: Butterfly House

Opening Oct. 31

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Historic Spanish Point in Osprey has a new experience for visitors starting Saturday: the region's only butterfly house, nestled beside the outdoor Native Butterfly Garden. Butterflies play an important role in pollination, and more than 160 species breed in Florida, with about 200 migrating through the state. Look for the cloudless sulfur, giant swallowtail, Gulf fritillary, monarch, orange-barred sulphur and zebra longwing--and, of course, some colorful flowers in the garden, too.

 Key Chorale: Together We Rise

Oct. 30-Nov. 22

The choral ensemble’s 2020-21 season commences with this streaming online concert subtitled Celebrating the Resilience of the Human Spirit, featuring its Chamber Singers and soloists. Expect to hear uplifting spirituals as well as Joseph Martin’s composition, The Awakening. For tickets, call (941) 921-4845 or head to

Road to Resilience: The Wizard of Oz

Oct. 30

Speaking of resilience…join this new Sarasota nonprofit helping those impacted by trauma and abuse when it hosts a drive-in movie screening of the classic The Wizard of Oz. Costume and pumpkin decorating contests, food trucks and a driving tour of the conservation land property at 13010 Fruitville Road are all included. Tickets $40 per vehicle; social distancing will be in place. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and screening begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, or (941) 343-0039.

Monster Movie Mashup

Oct. 30 and 31

Another fun drive-in movie experience, this one showcasing the cult 1967 animated musical comedy Mad Monster Party. But before the film rolls, guest artists of the Manatee Performing Arts Center will sing mashup tributes to sci fi and horror movie stars. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. each night in the MPAC parking lot; you can stay in your car or bring chairs and blankets to sit in pre-marked areas. Space is limited; call (941) 749-1111 or (941) 748-5875.

Venice Theatre: The Vagina Monologues

Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Slightly less family-friendly here (read: adults only!) for this presentation of Eve Ensler’s hit depicting a wide range of female voices talking about…you know what. Three actresses bring the monologues to life in the MainStage Jervey Theatre; for tickets (online sales only), visit or email [email protected]. Sales close 24 hours before each performance.

People of the Book

Nov. 2, 3 and 4

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee welcomes you to tune in via Zoom to these talks by a variety of authors, including Grammy-nominated singer Alexandra Silber (White Hot Grief Parade, 7 p.m. Nov. 2), Emmy-nominated writer Bess Kalb (Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, 2 p.m. Nov. 3) and lawyer and public speaker Jason B. Rosenthal (My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, 7 p.m. Nov. 4). For tickets, head to

HD at the Opera House

Nov. 1

Puccini’s tragic Madama Butterfly is next in the Sarasota Opera’s series of films, with this version set in a 1930s film studio where work is being done on a movie adaptation of the story of Cio Cio San and Pinkerton. From Teatro Madrid; sung in Italian with English subtitles. At 1:30 p.m.; for tickets call (941) 328-1300 or go to

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