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What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Art for sale at Selby Gardens, a musical back-to-school bash, Godspell onstage and more.

By Kay Kipling August 19, 2021

Rise Above Performing Arts presents Godspell this weekend.

Rise Above Performing Arts presents Godspell this weekend.

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

Selby Gardens Art Fair and Sale Weekend

Aug. 21 and 22

If you’re an admirer of the Florida Highwaymen—African-American landscape painters whose work is currently on display at Selby Gardens—this weekend is your chance to acquire a new piece for your collection. The fair and sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the downtown Sarasota campus, and among artists featured are Kandie Ingram (daughter of Mary Ann Carroll, whose paintings are in the exhibit), Isaac Knight and Curtis Arnett. All proceeds benefit the artists. For more info, visit

 Majesty of Rock Concert

Aug. 21

Pining for the good old days of music from Journey and Styx? Majesty of Rock is in your corner with a live concert resurrecting the two super groups’ songs, at 8 p.m. Saturday at CoolToday Park in North Port. Gates open at 6 p.m.; general admission is $12, but you can learn more about special ticket deals at

Music Compound: Back to School Bash

Aug. 21

The local music school hosts its annual bash, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its home at 1751 Cattlemen Road. There will be live performances, a bounce house, crafts, face painting, a food truck and more on tap, and demo classes on guitar, vocals and more will be offered, too. For more info, call (941) 379-9100 or visit

Rise Above Performing Arts: Godspell

Aug. 19-22 and 26-29

The Stephen Schwartz-John-Michael Tebelak musical based on the New Testament’s Gospel of Matthew takes to the stage at Rise Above, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, in a production featuring its students mixing songs, vaudeville and religion in a style that’s proven popular since the show bowed in 1971. For ticket info, call (941) 702-4747 or go to

Summer Movies at the Opera House

Aug. 21 and 22

Sit back and relax with the classic Cary Grant-Katharine Hepburn movie The Philadelphia Story, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Or revel in Verdi’s La traviata, from Teatro Real, Madrid, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call (941) 328-1300 or go to


Aug. 25

Another good place to beat the summer heat: inside the planetarium at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, where you can get your guide to the night skies under a 50-foot dome, plus ask questions of the staff. It’s from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and tickets are $5 for Discovery Society members, $8 for all others. Advance registration required at

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