Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

A new production at Manatee Performing Arts Center, an opera movie screens, art museum talk and butterfly lore.

By Kay Kipling September 9, 2021

The zebra longwing butterfly is a frequent sight in Florida gardens and yards. It's also the state's official butterfly.

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

9/11 Memorial Events

Sept. 10-11

A variety of local organizations, from Venice to Bradenton, are honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the 2,977 lives lost in the terrorist attacks that day. See a round-up here.

Little Red Wagon Butterfly Event

Sept. 13

Do you love butterflies? Check out this free program at the Sarasota Garden Club on Boulevard of the Arts. Guest speaker Anita Camacho, president and founder of Tampa Bay Butterfly Foundation, will talk about the beautiful creatures and ways to keep them thriving. There will be butterfly-friendly plants for sale, and refreshments on offer, too. Starts at 10 a.m.; learn more at

Manatee Performing Arts Center: Doubt: A Parable

Sept. 9-19

John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning four-character play, set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, centers on a rigid nun/principal, a progressive parish priest, and accusations of misconduct that lead to uncertainty at several levels. It’s onstage in MPAC’s Bradenton Kiwanis Theater; get tickets at or call (941) 748-5875.

Sarasota Opera Summer Movies: Ariadne auf Naxos

Sept. 12

Singers Renee Fleming, Sophie Koch and Christian Thielemann star in this Richard Strauss opera movie, filmed at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. Tickets available at or by calling (941) 328-1300.

Sarasota Art Museum: Spotlight Talk

Sept. 14

Participate in the Zoom talk “Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott,” with Colescott estate archivist Jennifer-June Strawn, to learn more about the exhibit currently on view at SAM. At 6 p.m. Tuesday; to register go to

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