Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.
World Champions Welcome Weekend
CoolToday Park, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves (baseball’s 2021 world champs), welcomes fans and players to North Port this week. The team’s trophy will be on display, autographs are available, the Wellen Park Fun Zone is open, there’s a Budweiser Clydesdale parade, and lots more, including live music. For complete info, check braves.com/springtraining or facebook.com/cooltodaypark; for tickets, head to ticketmaster.com.
Thunder by the Bay
Another big event this weekend, as the music and motorcycle festival returns to the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Expect a food court, motorcycle competitions, live music (including FireHouse) and the “Born To Be Wild” kickoff party (on Friday night). Get all the details at thunderbythebay.org, and remember, it benefits Suncoast Charities for Children.
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
We’re not done talking about special weekend things to do, as the 40th annual festival in Manatee County’s historic fishing village of Cortez is also taking place. Celebrate the heritage of the area’s commercial fishing industry with two days of marine life exhibits, live music, events for kids, and, of course, lots and lots of fresh seafood. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; learn all about it at fishcortez.org.
St. Barbara Greek Festival “Glendi”
Speaking of great food, this annual fest, hosted by St. Barbara Orthodox Church on Lockwood Ridge Road, has some of the best Greek specialties ever, along with folk dancing, crafts and live music. Get to the Greek you know is in your soul, and find out more at stbarbarafestival.org.
Sarasota Opera: The Daughter of the Regiment
Feb. 19-March 18
If you’re looking to spend some of your time this weekend indoors, the Sarasota Opera is ready to oblige with Donizetti’s comic opera about young Marie, raised by a regiment, and her love, Tonio. Set during the Napoleonic Wars and sung in French. Get tickets by calling (941) 328-1300 or at sarasotaopera.org.
Choral Artists of Sarasota: A Night at the Opera
And if you can’t get enough opera, take in this concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at Church of the Palms on Bee Ridge Road. The husband-and-wife team of Adelaide Boedecker and Calvin Griffin will serve up duets from Don Pasquale and Marriage of Figaro, along with solo arias and choruses with the Choral Artists ensemble. Info and tickets, (941) 387-4900 or choralartistssarasota.org.
Ringling College Library Association Town Hall: Ronan Farrow
Curious to hear what Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Farrow might have to say about some of the topics he’s covered for The New Yorker and other publications? You can do that, at either 10:30 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Just call (941) 309-5100 or go to rclassociation.org.
People of the Book: Laraine Newman
If you chiefly remember Newman back from her days as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, you’ll discover there’s lots more to her life when she discusses her memoir, May You Live in Interesting Times, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Temple Sinai. Some of it’s funny; some of it’s dark. But chances are it will be insightful for her listeners. Learn more at jfedsrq.org.