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A Midsummer Night’s Dream outdoors at Selby Gardens

April 11-29

Shakespeare’s fanciful world of Tatiana, Oberon, Bottom and those confused young lovers Hermia, Helena, Demetrius and Lysander finds a perfect outdoor setting at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where the entire company of second-year grad students at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory brings the romantic tale to life. Tickets available through the Asolo Rep box office. 

Asolo Rep Presents The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity 

April 7-30

Kristoffer Diaz's electrifying comedy about the politics of pro wrestling was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and winner of the 2011 Obie Award for Best New American Play. The New York Times says it “has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire.” In the intimate Cook Theatre at the FSU Center.       

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Sailor Circus presents “Once Upon a Circus” 

April 11-15

Those talented 100-plus youngsters of “The Greatest Little Show on Earth” will astound you with new acts, and some acts that haven’t been performed in years, in their spring show. It’s the longest-running youth circus in the country. In the Sailor Circus Arena at Bahia Vista Street and Tamiami Trail. 

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Rich Girl at FST

April 5-May 27

What’s in store when a wealthy plain Jane with a famous but bitter mother is courted by a handsome young man in need of money? If you’ve seen the movie The Heiress, with Olivia De Havilland and Montgomery Clift, you might have some idea of what to expect in this modern take on the story, at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz.

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An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth

April 6

The Tony Award-winning, pint-sized singer with huge talent returns to the Van Wezel for an evening of song. Her Sarasota debut last year was a highlight of the Van Wezel season. This concert is rescheduled from last month.  

Rain - A Tribute to The Beatles at the Van Wezel

April 8

Can it really be 50 years since the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, arguably the greatest Beatles album of all time? The Beatles tribute band, Rain, performs every last note of it in its Van Wezel show Saturday night. Everybody now: “What would you do if I sang out of tune…” 

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Sharks Tooth Festival

April 7-9

A gigantic celebration of the little fossils that made Venice the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World. Live music, original art, great food and the chance to purchase shark’s teeth from vendors from across Florida. At the Venice Airport Festival Grounds.  

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The Ringling New Stages: “Captive” by Motionhouse

April 7-8

This provocative, athletic British dance troupe presents an homage to Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem, The Panther, in a specially designed cage meant to evoke the feeling of being captured in this season-closing set of Ringling New Stages performances. It’s set outdoors along the beautiful Ringling bayfront. 

Beach 'N Food Truck & Music Festival on Coquina Beach

April 8

Music, food, arts and crafts, a special kids zone and more at Anna Maria’s Coquina Beach. Free admission.  

Moon Over Myakka: Oak Hay

April 7

The last Moon Over Myakka concert of the season is Friday night, headlined by the folk and bluegrass string band Oak Hay. Expect a great night out under the stars at Myakka River State Park.

The Bradenton Marauders Open their Season

Starting April 8

Spring training may be over, but you can still get your baseball fix at LECOM Park, as the Bradenton Marauders, the High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, open their 2017 Florida State League season against the Charlotte Stone Crabs Saturday night. Will they repeat their 2016 Florida State League championship season? 

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Best of Ringling Annual Juried Exhibition

April 7-22

The Ringling College school year is drawing to a close. Time to showcase the top art and design projects from its mega-talented students in every major at galleries across the campus. Free and open to the public Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Visual Art

2017 Best of Ringling Annual Juried Student Exhibitions

Ringling College of Art and Design

Showcasing the top art and design projects created by Ringling College students in every major.

Sports

Bradenton Marauders

Editor’s Pick LECOM Park

The High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, open their 2017 Florida State League season at LECOM Park.

Concerts

Moon Over Myakka Outdoor Concert

Editor’s Pick $20; $15 for Friends of Myakka River State Park members Myakka River State Park South Pavilion

With the folk and bluegrass string band, Oak Hay.

Special Events

Beach 'N Food Truck & Music Festival on Coquina Beach

Editor’s Pick Free admission Coquina Beach

Music, food, arts and crafts, a special kids zone and more.

Dance

The Ringling New Stages: “Captive” by Motionhouse

Editor’s Pick $15; 2 p.m. performance is free and no ticket is required. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Outdoor performances by the athletic British dance troupe, Motionhouse.

Special Events

Sharks Tooth Festival

Editor’s Pick $4; free for children 12 and under Venice Airport Festival Grounds

A gigantic celebration of the little fossils that made Venice the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World.

Concerts

Rain - A Tribute to The Beatles at the Van Wezel

Editor’s Pick $36-$81 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Beatles tribute band, Rain, performs the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album on its 50th anniversary.

Concerts

An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth

Editor’s Pick Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Rescheduled from March 12: Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth returns to the Van Wezel.

Theater

Florida Studio Theatre presents "Rich Girl"

Editor’s Pick Florida Studio Theatre

A clever contemporary comedy about women and their relationship to men, mothers, and money.

Family

Sailor Circus presents “Once Upon a Circus”

Editor’s Pick Sailor Circus Arena

Spring performances of the nation's longest-running youth circus.

Theater

Asolo Rep presents "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity"

Editor’s Pick FSU Center for the Performing Arts

The 2011 Obie Award-winner for Best New American Play is a knock-out comedy about professional wrestling.

Theater

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Editor’s Pick Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents this classic Shakespeare play outdoors at Selby Gardens.