Sarasota Magazine’s Best of Party
Garden of Wonder is the theme of our Best of Sarasota 2016 party, taking over beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Tuesday night. Expect the best food, drink and entertaining surprises from winners of our readers’ poll and editors’ picks. Tickets are going fast; get yours now at sarasotamagazine.com/pages/get-your-tickets-to-the-best-of-sarasota-2016.
Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash
Get your fill of mouthwatering BBQ from some of the country’s best professional barbecue pitmasters when they converge on the Venice Airport festival grounds for this seventh annual BBQ competition. Lots of live bluegrass music, too, courtesy of the Grammy-nominated Boxcars, The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome, a cornhole tourney and more. Admission is free, and the fun starts Friday night. suncoastbbqbash.com
World Circus Day at The Ringling
Saturday is World Circus Day, and The Ringling is celebrating with free admission all day to its fabulous Circus Museum. Tour the fascinating 44,000-piece miniature Howard Bros. Circus model, walk the high wire in the interactive Tibbals Learning Center, and marvel at the larger-than-life circus wagons. ringling.org/circus-museum
Sarasota Orchestra Pops Concert: "The Beat Goes On"
Calling all baby boomers for a trip back to the swinging 060s with the Sarasota Orchestra. Yes, that means the music of The Beatles, The Turtles, Simon & Garfunkel, Burt Bacharach and more. Two shows at the Van Wezel. Broadway vocalist N’Kenge (Motown: The Musical) stars. Ah, Yesterday…
April 16-May 28
Driving Miss Daisy
Alfred Uhry’s touching Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daily, comes to the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, starring favorite local actress Carolyn Michel as a feisty Jewish widow and Taurean Blacque (Hill Street Blues) as her chauffeur, Hoke. Opening April 20, with three preview performances Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. westcoastblacktheatre.org
Suncoast Boat Show
The 34th annual Suncoast Boat Show takes over Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota with hundreds of boat dealers showcasing their finest fishing boats, cruisers, runabouts, motor yachts and more. Also on display will be a full range of marine electronics, products and accessories. Sarasota Magazine is a proud sponsor. showmanagement.com/suncoast_boat_show/event
The Concession Cup 2016
Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin return as honorary captains of this biennial face-off between the best U.S. and Great Britain amateur golfers, to be held at the beautiful Concession Golf Club. Practice rounds are Tuesday; with tournament play starting next Thursday, April 21. concessioncup.com