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What to Do in Sarasota: June 24-30

Suncoast Summer Fest roars into town, FST presents a rolling world premiere, last chance to see Pop! at Selby Gardens and more.

By Kay Kipling June 24, 2021

There's a free concert in Venice's Centennial Park this weekend.

There's a free concert in Venice's Centennial Park this weekend.

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

Suncoast Summer Fest

June 24-July 4

There’s lots coming up during this festival’s run, including a “Red, White & Blue” Motorcycle Poker Chip Run and a “Boats on the Block” downtown block party, both June 26; a Southside Village Stroll, June 30; and, of course, the renamed P1Offshore and AquaX Championships races all day June 26 and 27 off Lido Beach. For complete info, head to

My Lord, What a Night

Opening June 30

Florida Studio Theatre presents the NNPN (National New Play Network) rolling world premiere of this play by Deborah Breevort. It’s based on the true story of a meeting between Black singer Marian Anderson and Jewish scientist Albert Einstein in 1937 that led to a friendship between these very different people, who had both suffered from discrimination. Onstage in the Keating Theatre; visit or call (941) 366-9000 for tickets.

Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop!

Through June 27

If you somehow haven’t yet made your way to see this exhibition at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens—or if you just want to take it in once more—your last chance arrives this week, as the show ends its run Sunday. You can view Lichtenstein’s take on Monet’s famous Giverny inside the on-site museum, and admire what Selby’s horticulturalists have rendered outside in the artists’ honor as well. Visit to learn more.

St. Armands Family Day

June 27

This week's Sol of the Circle event welcomes kids and their parents to the Circle for some fun family activities, including meeting experts from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium to learn about sea turtles, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find out more at

Venice Friday Night Concert Series

June 25

Pack up your chairs or blankets and take them to the gazebo at Centennial Park in downtown Venice for this week’s free concert, featuring Joe Lawhorne performing a variety of songs and styles from over several decades. The music starts at 7 p.m.; check it out at

Summer Movies at The Ringling

June 24 and 25

The summer season of movies is in full swing at The Ringling, so nip inside the Historic Asolo Theater for some cool air and cool movies. Up this week: the Tim Burton-directed film Dumbo, about that famous flying elephant, at 1 p.m. Thursday (for just $5 more than your ticket price, you can also get admission to the Circus Museum). Also onscreen: the documentary Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones, about the virtuoso music man’s career, at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Get your tickets at

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