Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Fairs and festivals, the Sarasota Orchestra's Masterworks series begins, On the Town with Choral Artists and more.

By Kay Kipling November 5, 2021

Get ready for some time travel.

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

Fresh Fridays

Nov. 5

“Fresh Fridays,” a collaborative effort between the City of Sarasota, the Downtown Improvement District and Next-Mark, presents the first of downtown Sarasota’s first-Friday events. From 8 to 11 p.m. Lemon Avenue and State Street will be closed to vehicles so pedestrians can wander downtown, enjoying free food tastings, live music, a digital light display and more. Food also available for purchase. Sponsored by State Street Eating House + Cocktails. Check it all out in advance at

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks

Nov. 5-7

The 2021-22 Masterworks series kicks off with performances at the Van Wezel, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Conductor Marcelo Lehninger leads the orchestra; violinist Blake Pouliot guests. Audiences will hear Guarnieri’s Festive Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Mussorgky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Call (941) 953-3434 or go to for info and tickets.

Suncoast Renaissance Festival

Nov. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28

The Sarasota Fairgrounds on Fruitville Road is the setting for this fest harkening back across the centuries, complete with performers presenting magic, music and comedy, along with lots of food and more. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday in November; there’s also stunt combat and costume-wearing participants. Tickets available at the gate or online at, or call (321) 458-3515 for more details.

Sarasota Medieval Fair

Nov. 6-28, weekends

While we’re on the subject...this annual fair, in a new location in Myakka City (29847 FL-70 East, aka The Woods of Mallaranny) takes place this month as well, with rides, games of chance, human chess matches, performances, turkey legs, and the re-enactment of the 1298 Battle of Falkirk between Scotland and England. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; tickets at

Bradenton Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival

Nov. 6 and 7

The first ever such fest at the Pavilion on the Riverwalk takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and it promises fine arts and crafts created by artisans from around the country, in media including painting, jewelry, ceramics, candles, metalwork and more. Free to browse; visit for more details.

Choral Artists Chamber Chorus: On the Town

Nov. 7

Love Leonard Bernstein’s 1944 Broadway musical about three exuberant sailors on shore leave in wonderful NYC? Take in the concert version with this Choral Artists presentation at the Riverview Performing Arts Center, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Narrator Kate Alexander joins the ensemble and soloists Jenny Kim-Godfrey, Michaela Ristaino, McKenzie Pollock, Mark Lubas, Luis Gonzalez and John Whittlesey. Get your tickets at or call (941) 387-4900.

SooBeen Lee/Dina Vainshtein

Nov. 7

More music on tap, this time courtesy the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and violin prodigy SooBeen Lee, accompanied by pianist Vainshtein. They’ll combine talents on works by Schubert, Debussy, Suk and Russian composer Igor Frolov’s Fantasy on Porgy & Bess. At 4 p.m. Sunday at Temple Sinai on Lockwood Ridge Road; tickets at, or call (941) 306-1202.

An Evening with Bruce Hornsby

Nov. 11

The singer-songwriter-musician who started his career with The Range and The Way It Is back in 1986 performs on the Van Wezel stage, a Sarasota premiere. Expect some-wide ranging sounds from the man who’s explored blues, jazz and contemporary classical music as well. At 8 p.m.; call (941) 263-6799 or visit

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