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What to Do in Sarasota: April 22-28

The Suncoast Boat Show returns, WBTT unveils a new production, the Sarasota Ballet presents Ashton, and more.

By Kay Kipling April 22, 2021

All kinds of boat models are on display at this weekend's Suncoast Boat Show, by Marina Jack.

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

Suncoast Boat Show

April 23-25

Take a stroll around downtown’s bayfront at Marina Jack and browse hundreds of boats, from cruisers to runabouts to yachts, at this annual show. Also on tap: free kids’ fishing clinics, music, food and drink. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; tickets $16 with kids 15 and under free. Social distancing and masks; get your tickets at in advance.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Pipeline

April 24-30

WBTT is filming this play by Dominique Morrisseau, about a Black teacher struggling to keep her son from entering the “school-to-prison pipeline,” and will present outdoor screenings before switching to streaming dates, May 1-23. For tickets, call (941) 366-1505 or go to

The Sarasota Ballet: Digital Program 6

April 23-27

Continuing its season of streaming performances, the company presents Sir Frederick Ashton’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, along with his The Walk to the Paradise Garden and Façade; to watch, reserve your ticket at

Forks & Corks 2021

April 26-May 2

This annual salute to the best in food and wine in our area has shifted gears to an online auction event due to Covid, but while you can't mingle in person you still have the chance to bid for items including rare wines, travel, special dining and party experiences and more. All while supporting and sustaining more than 60 local restaurants impacted by the pandemic. Check it out at

“From Creation to Production: Where It All Begins”

April 23

Broadway producer (Hadestown, The Inheritance) and part-time Sarasotan Tom Kirdahy will talk about the process of bringing a show to the stage when he guests at the next Hermitage Artist Retreat program, beginning at 6 p.m. April 23 live on the Hermitage beach; you can also watch virtually. Check it out at

DeSoto Grand Parade

April 24

More than 80 years old, the DeSoto Heritage Festival Grand Parade had to be canceled last year due to Covid; it returns at 7 p.m. Saturday, kicking off at Manatee High School and following its traditional route down Ninth Avenue West to 39th Street West and Manatee Avenue to Ninth Street West. Themed “A Salute to Our Healthcare Heroes,” the parade will feature lots of floats, a group of veterans, and local celebs. More info at

Choral Artists of Sarasota: Come Fly with Me

April 25

Got a yen to travel after months stuck at home? You can satisfy that longing, at least a bit, with this live performance featuring songs about places far away, from “I Love Paris” to “Fly Me to the Moon” and more. At 4 p.m. outdoors at Phillippi Estate Park; tickets $25 per car. Bring a chair or reserve a picnic table; call (941) 387-4900 or go to

Manatee Players: I Do! I Do!

April 22-May 9

This popular two-hander musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, centering on a couple from their wedding day for decades after, turns up at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. You can watch indoors in Stone Hall, outdoors, or through streaming access; for more details call (941) 748-5875 or go to

The Players Centre: Day to Night

After April 26

The in-person performances at Selby Gardens of this “day in your life” through Broadway show tunes are already sold out April 22-25, but you can still watch and listen virtually starting after next Monday. Go to to learn more.


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