Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Jay Leno at the Van Wezel, the Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival, Embracing Our Differences and more.

By Kay Kipling January 13, 2022

Caroline Mixon and Kenn E. Head in Asolo Rep's Our Town.

Image: John Revisky

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

Asolo Rep: Our Town

Jan. 14-March 26

Asolo Rep launches into its 2022 rotating repertory season with this Thornton Wilder classic, set in a small New Hampshire town, but telling stories of people and lives that are universal. For tickets, call (941) 351-8000 or go to

Florida Studio Theatre: The Play That Goes Wrong

Jan. 19-March 13

Another new stage opening, this one of a comedy by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer about an opening night that goes, well...spectacularly wrong in every way. Onstage in the Gompertz Theatre; for tickets, (941) 366-9000 or head to

Embracing Our Differences

Jan. 15-April 10

The annual outdoor exhibition promoting diversity and inclusion opens once more in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park, with 50 billboard-sized works of art on display, each accompanied by an inspirational quotation. The exhibit features award-winning pieces by some local artists, in addition to pieces from around the world. (941) 404-5710 or for more info.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Jan. 18 and 19

If you’re a King fan (and who isn’t?), and you haven’t yet seen this Broadway theatrical version of her career, now’s your chance, for two shows at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. So many of the songwriter’s hits are there, including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and more. (941) 263-6799 or

Jay Leno

Jan. 15

If comedy’s more your thing, the Van Wezel also plays host to Jay Leno, often described as “the hardest working man in show business.” He entertains at 8 p.m. Saturday; for tickets, head to or call (941) 263-6799.

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

Jan. 14, 15 and 16

Downtown Sarasota’s JD Hamel Park is the setting for this sixth annual event, presenting a wide menu of foods cooked on site, along with drinks and music by the likes of Billy Rice Band, Kettle of Fish, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, Selwyn Birchwood and more. For more info, head to

Under the Big Top: A Tribute to the Circus

Jan. 14 and 15

The Venice Symphony delivers a salute to the circus and its role in Sarasota, with a concert featuring video and images from the Ringling Circus Museum. Expect to hear music from Gypsy, The Lion King and The Greatest Showman. Guest soloist is Coya Bailey Jones. At the Venice Performing Arts Center; call (941) 207-8822 or go to

Venice Theatre: Ain’t Misbehavin’

Jan. 14-Feb. 6

Also opening in Venice this weekend is this perennial favorite revue centered on Fats Waller’s hits, including the title tune, “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint Is Jumpin’” and many more. Tickets available by calling (941) 488-1115 or visiting

Walk On Through

Jan. 14

That’s the title of a new work in progress by Tony Award-winning actor Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!, The Book of Mormon), who’s also a songwriter. A Hermitage Fellow, Creel offers selections from his new creation, inspired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collections. At 5 p.m. at the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Road, Englewood. Register at

Show Comments