Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota Nov. 19-Nov. 25

Sarasota Ballet and Sarasota Contemporary Dance perform, SaraSolo fest returns virtually, walks for chocolate and fitness, and more.

By Kay Kipling November 19, 2020

Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues

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

Bradenton Blues Festival

Dec. 5

Yes, the annual blues bash doesn’t take place for a couple of weeks, but the online box office closes at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 22, and tickets will NOT be available at the gate, so we’re giving you advance notice. This year’s fest moves to LECOM Park with social distancing in effect, and runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a lineup including Selwyn Birchwood, Mud Morganfield, Kat Riggins, a tribute to bluesman Lucky Peterson, and closers Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues. A Blues Appetizer Concert and the Bradenton Blues Brunch are planned for the weekend, too; go to for complete info.

Sarasota Ballet All-Balanchine Program

Nov. 20-24

The Sarasota Ballet’s digital program this month offers works by master choreographer George Balanchine, including his Tarantella, extracts from The Four Temperaments and Who Cares?, the pas de deux from Donizetti Variations and the Adagio from Western Symphony. Available on most internet-capable devices, with program links distributed by email the morning of Nov. 20; check it out at

Denim By the Diamond Country Music Event

Nov. 21

Enjoy country-styled themed food stations, a silent auction and live music by Stone Buckle, from 6 to 10 p.m. at CoolToday Park on West Villages Parkway in Venice. All proceeds benefit Suncoast Charities for Children, and tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting

SaraSolo Virtual Fall Fest

Nov. 24-28

This event highlighting solo performances will still take place this year, albeit from the safety of your home, as you watch filmed one-person shows featuring Kuniko Yamamoto (Origami: Monologue), Blake Walton (Leading Men), Slake Counts (Becoming Burroughs) and Booker High senior Kaity Cairo (Chubby Little Jew Meets Skinny Little Italian Boy). For $25 per household, you see two shows at each scheduled performance; visit to sign up.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance+ Piazzolla

Nov. 19-22

SCD continues its 15th anniversary season with collaborative performances with renowned harpist Ann Hobson Pilot. Choreographer Leymis Bolaños Wilmott’s work here is inspired by the music of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla; Pilot’s arrangement for harp, violin and bandoneon is likewise inspired by Piazzolla’s compositions. At the Historic Asolo Theater, with distanced seating and a live streaming option; call (941) 260-8485 or visit

Venice MainStreet Chocolate Walk

Nov. 25

In the mood for some chocolate? Of course you are. Stroll Tampa, Venice and Miami avenues in downtown Venice from 5 to 8 p.m. and you can devour a wide range of chocolate treats, including drinks, ice cream and more. But wear a mask in between your bites. To learn more about this sweet event, call (941) 484-6722 or go to

Florida Turkey Trot

Nov. 25 and 26

The third annual run-walk event will be a bit different this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, but it will still take place over two days, featuring both an in-person run and a virtual event. Staggered starts will ensure distancing and safety, with runners selecting their start time beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 and continuing through Thanksgiving morning. A partnership between Nathan Benderson Park’s Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates and Fit2Run, with proceeds benefiting the park. Registration:

Venice Symphony Virtual Concert: Strings Unhinged

Nov. 20

The orchestra presents its first of four free virtual concerts this season, with music director Troy Quinn leading socially distanced musicians performing works recorded at the Venice Performing Arts Center. The program will feature music from West Side Story, the haunting Ashokan Farewell, Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” from Rodeo and more. To receive a link to register, go to

Rosemary Ramble

Nov. 19

Visit open studios and outdoor art displays in the Rosemary District, at Barbara Banks Photography, Victoria Blooms, Mara Art Studio, Lipstick Lex, James Skin artist and Robertson Art, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fifth Street and Boulevard of the Arts, between Lemon and Central. Artisan Cheese and The Overton will be serving food; there's a food truck and Wandering Whale Bar on 5th. Distancing and face coverings respectfully requested.

The Hermitage Artist Retreat: The Making of a Musical

Nov. 23

This exploration of the craft of musical theater featuring composer Rona Siddiqui, joined by local vocalists, takes place at 5 p.m. outdoors and beachside at the Manasota Key retreat; admission is free, but there is a wait list for registration, so check that out at

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