Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota: April 1-7

Easter egg hunts, open-air arts shows, a Glow Table Dinner, virtual Julius Caesar and more.

By Kay Kipling April 1, 2021

Let the Easter egg hunts begin!

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

Easter Egg Hunts

April 3

Yes, it’s Easter weekend, and that means a basket full of Easter egg hunts for kids throughout the area. To name just a few: the Siesta Key Chamber Egg Hunt, from 9 a.m. to noon on Turtle Beach, which includes pictures with the Easter Bunny; the Easter Egg Clue Hunt at the Children’s Garden on 10th Way (sold out, but there is a waiting list) from 10 a.m. to noon, which offers a meeting with a live rabbit and a Jellybean Jar Guessing Contest; and something a bit different: an evening Easter Egg Glow Hunt from 5 to 9 p.m. at Bob Gardner Community Park in Lakewood Ranch. Limited registration for all, so sign up ASAP!

Lido Beach Spring Craft Show

April 3 and 4

Arts and crafts shows are likewise popping up all over as spring has arrived, including this one taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on Lido Key. Admission is free to explore original, handmade items, and the Humane Society of Sarasota County will be on hand with a mobile adoption unit, too. For more info, call (941) 487-8061 or email [email protected].

Sarasota Open Air Fine Arts Show

April 3 and 4

What did we say about outdoor arts and crafts shows? Here’s another, presented by Hot, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Phillippi Estate Park. Another chance to browse and buy artworks for your home. Learn more at

SPAACES: Rough Around the Edges

Opening April 2; on view April 5-11

If you prefer your visual art a bit more experimental, you might want to check out this free event, an exhibition featuring 15 local professional women artists using techniques not normally shown in mainstream art galleries. There’s a performance component, too, with singer-songwriter Rohini Maiti making music outside. Opening night reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. at SPAACES, 2087 Princeton St.; there’s also an Instagram live opening night from 6:30 to 7 p.m., Find out more at

Glow Table Dinner

April 2

This outdoor dinner, presented by Lamborghini Sarasota, follows a previous similar event in Lakewood Ranch, but this one takes place from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in downtown Sarasota, in front of Mattison’s City Grille on Lemon Avenue. While dining with friends at colorful tables, you will also be entertained by artistic cirque members. Rain date is April 3; tickets must be purchased by today, April 1. For more details, head to

Historic Spanish Point: Strings con Bio

April 7

The live performance of “A Little Night Music” at Selby Gardens’ Osprey campus is, unfortunately, already sold out. But you can still enjoy works by Vivaldi, Mozart and Andrew Lloyd Webber virtually via livestream. Just go here.

FSU Asolo Conservatory: Julius Caesar

April 7-26

Another virtual production (originally intended to be outdoors at Selby Gardens downtown), this Conservatory production of the classic Shakespeare play draws some parallels between ancient history and our own, all while throwing out the notion of traditional gender roles in its casting of its second-year students. Filmed in student homes, Conservatory studios and outdoor settings around town, it’s available at

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