Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Giving Hunger the Blues, orchestral concerts, Dave Barry speaks and more.

By Kay Kipling February 3, 2022

Guitarist Selwyn Birchwood headlines Giving Hunger the Blues this Sunday.

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

Giving Hunger the Blues

Feb. 6

Sarasota's largest and longest-running charity event benefits the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program and offers a full day of music at Nathan Benderson Park. In the lineup: Ariella, Big Night Out, the Jeremy Carter Quartet and headliners Selwyn Birchwood and Albert Castiglia, plus more. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the music plays on until 9:30 p.m. For tickets, go to

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

Feb. 4-6

Guest conductor Yaniv Dinur leads the orchestra on the great Ludwig van’s Violin Concerto (played by soloist Augustin Hadelich) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, in performances at the Van Wezel. For tickets, call (941) 953-3434 or go to

The Venice Symphony

Feb. 4 and 5

There’s more orchestral music at hand as The Venice Symphony tunes up for “A Night at the Oscars,” welcoming piper Eric Rigler, known for his original performance of “My Heart Will Go On” from the blockbuster movie Titanic. Also on the program: music from Braveheart, Forrest Gump, The Godfather and more. At the Venice Performing Arts Center; call (941) 207-8822 or visit

Ringling College Library Association Town Hall

Feb. 7

Award-winning columnist, humorist and author Dave Barry replaces the previously announced Paul Nicklen in this talk series at the Van Wezel, entertaining audiences at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. For tickets and info, call (941) 309-5101 or go to

People of the Book: Eddie Shapiro

Feb. 8

Theater journalist Shapiro reveals some of what he’s learned from his conversations with 19 of Broadway’s top leading men, in his book A Wonderful Guy, when he appears in person at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Part of the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s book/talk series; for tickets, go to

Fresh Fridays

Feb. 4

While you’re mingling at this outdoor event from 7 to 10 p.m. at Five Points Park, you can also find out which lucky couple(s) will be receiving goodies from local merchants, a private reception for family and friends, and the chance to be married or renew their vows with Sarasota mayor Erik Arroyo officiating. Curious? Turn out for this free evening, featuring light bites, entertainment and 500 roses distributed to the crowd. Check it out at

Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival

Feb. 5

Celebrate our city’s Scottish roots with this event at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Bagpipes, drums, Highland dancing, border collie demonstrations, kids’ games and more take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, visit

Guitar Sarasota: Rene Izquierdo

Feb. 5

This classical guitarist from Cuba is the next musician in the Guitar Sarasota lineup, performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call (941) 260-3306 or visit

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