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The cast of Beatsville.

Beatsville, an Asolo Rep World Premiere

May 6-28

Billed as a cross between La La Land and Little Shop of Horrors, it’s a world premiere for this black musical comedy about a Greenwich Village beatnik who accidentally kills a cat, hides it in a lump of clay, and becomes artist de jour. From the creatives behind Broadway’s School of Rock and Disney’s Tangled. officially opens Saturday night, with preview s through Friday night. 

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Serving up seafood at the Venice Seafood & Music Festival.

Venice Seafood & Music Festival

May 6-7

Sample seafood dishes from some of south Sarasota County’s finest restaurants, and enjoy live music (yes, Kettle of Fish will be performing) and the charming ambiance of downtown Venice at this inaugural street party at Centennial Park. 

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Castle in the sand.

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Amateur Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest

May 6

A free, fun family tradition on Siesta Key for 45 years. Everybody’s invited to grab a pail and shovel and create their own fantastical sand creation, or simply come out and watch the action.  

Cinco de Mayo Festival at Sutton Park

May 6

A lively celebration of Mexican culture at Palmetto’s Sutton Park. Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce.

Sarasota Ballet School presents Aladdin

May 6

The talented youngsters of the Sarasota Ballet School promise to take you on a magic carpet ride into the magical world of “Aladdin” when they present their end-of-the-year performance at the Opera House. 

Big Cat Habitat’s Jungle Jam

May 6

Party with the big cats as Big Cat Habitat launches its half-million-dollar capital campaign with an evening of live music, a silent auction and up-close encounters with the lions, tigers and bears that inhabit this remarkable animal sanctuary.  

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Special Events

Big Cat Habitat's Jam in the Jungle

Price: General Admission$25 - VIP $100 Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

A benefit to raise money for a habitat clinic and senior center for the animals of Big Cat Habitat. Local favorite Maiden Cane, along with chart toppin...

Dance

Sarasota Ballet School presents Aladdin

Editor’s Pick From $30; $15 for children Sarasota Opera House

A performance by the talented students of the Sarasota Ballet School. At the Opera House.

Special Events

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Editor’s Pick Sutton Park

Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce at Palmetto's Sutton Park.

Special Events

45th Annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest

Free to enter Siesta Key Beach

A Siesta Beach tradition for 45 years.

Food & Drink

Venice Seafood & Music Festival

Centennial Park

An inaugural event at Centennial Park in downtown Venice.

Theater

Beatsville at Asolo Rep

Editor’s Pick $23.50 - $77 and $13.50-35.00 Asolo Rep Theatre

A world-premiere musical from the talents behind "School of Rock," "The Little Mermaid" and "Tangled."