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What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Come From Away and a Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Van Wezel, Nine Sinatra Songs from the Sarasota Ballet, a waterfest and more.

By Kay Kipling November 17, 2021

The Broadway touring musical production of Come From Away arrives at the Van Wezel.

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

Come From Away

Nov. 23-28

Finally, the long-delayed touring production of the Broadway musical hit, based on the true story of stranded passengers in Newfoundland on 9/11, arrives in Sarasota. And while the story is rooted in a tragedy, the show should leave you feeling uplifted, as a small town’s residents and a wide variety of strangers come together. At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (no show Thanksgiving Day). Call (941) 263-6799 or visit

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Nov. 20

Another Van Wezel show, this one offers the new-age musical ensemble’s annual holiday tour after a hiatus last year due to Covid-19. Expect the original hits from the group’s first Christmas album, mixed with lots of multimedia effects. At 8 p.m.; call (941) 263-6799 or go to for tickets.

The Sarasota Ballet: Day and Night

Nov. 19 and 20

Get the best of both times on the clock with performances of Sir Peter Wright’s Summertide and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, her tribute to the late great Frank.  Onstage at the Sarasota Opera House; for tickets call (941) 359-0099 or head to

Venice Symphony: Brahms and the Boys

Nov. 19 and 20

The symphony opens its season with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor; also on the program, at Venice Performing Arts Center, are “God Only Knows,” Smetana’s Overture from The Bartered Bride, and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major, with Los Angeles Philharmonic principal trumpet Thomas Hooten doing the honors. To see if tickets remain, call (941) 207-8822 or check at

Visions of the Black Experience

Through Nov. 21

If you haven’t yet viewed any of the films being screened, both in-person and online, for this film festival, you still have a chance to do so through Sunday. The event, a collaboration between the Sarasota Film Festival, the Boxser Diversity Initiative, New College, the Multicultural Health Institute and Manasota ASALH, presents a wide range of films touching on the Black experience, including documentaries and narratives; check it out at

Venice Theatre: Assisted Living the Musical: The Home for the Holidays

Nov. 19-Dec. 19

A holiday sequel to the hit by Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett set in—wait for it—a nursing home called Pelican Roost.  You’ve got to find your laughs where you can get them. In this case, they’re onstage at VT’s Pinkerton Theatre; for tickets, call (941) 488-1115 or visit

Englewood Beach Waterfest

Nov. 18-21

Get ready to party and enjoy the big OPA (Offshore Powerboat Association) Racing World Championships in Englewood this weekend. The fest includes a pre-race party, a Waterfest block party, a cantina and food court, and exhibits by Mote Marine in the new Family Conservation Center. Learn about the lineup at, or call (941) 473-9795.

Sarasota Orchestra "On the Road with SO: Parks and Partners"

Nov. 21

The outdoor music series was such a hit last season, when indoor concerts were still taboo, that it’s back this year, starting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bradenton’s G.T. Bray Park. The Sarasota Brass Quintet is featured. Capacity is limited; admission is free, but you must register to attend at

Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show

Nov. 20 and 21

The arts and crafts show is back for the season starting this weekend, outdoors at Phillippi Estate Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; for more details go to

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