Sarasota Water Lantern Festival 

Oct. 5

Nathan Benderson Park will be aglow with hundreds of candlelit floating lanterns at this inaugural festival. You’re invited to launch a lantern and enjoy food and music, for a fee, or simply watch the lovely sight from one of the park bridges. 

Sam Cieri and Mackenzie Lesser-Roy from the ONCE tour company.

Once: The Musical

Oct. 9  

The Van Wezel presents the Tony Award-winning Best Musical about a Dublin street musician who makes beautiful music with a young immigrant. If the plot sounds familiar, it’s because it’s based on the popular film of the same name. In the stage version, though, all the actors play musical instruments onstage. 

Hootenanny at Old Miakka Schoolhouse

Oct. 6

Head way out east to the community of Old Miakka for a day of live music, a high-stepping performance by the Clogging Clovers, food, kids’ games and more—a fund raiser for the preservation of the 105-year-old Old Miakka Schoolhouse. 

CoolToday Park

Atlanta Braves Watch Party at CoolToday Park

Oct. 3

The MLB National League East champion Atlanta Braves start their postseason run for the gold Thursday evening, and everybody's invited out to CoolToday Park--their nifty new spring training home in North Port--to watch the entire series on the jumbo screen.  Go Braves!

Urbanite Theatre Modern Works Festival

Oct. 8-13

Three of the best emerging female playwrights in the country are featured in this annual playreading festival. The audience gets to vote on a $3,000 honorarium for their fave.

Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch

Oct. 4

Performing at this month’s free, family-friendly street party are the funk and soul band, The HeadTones. There will be dancing!

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Special Events

Lakewood Ranch Music on Main

Free Lakewood Ranch Main Street

A free concert series and block party for the public held every first Friday of the month.

Theater

Urbanite Theatre Modern Works Festival

$40 Festival Pass; $15 individual tickets Urbanite Theatre

This second annual collection of staged readings focuses on the best emerging female playwrights from around the country.

Charity

Old Miakka Schoolhouse Hootenanny 2019

Free Old Miakka Schoolhouse

Annual Hootenanny to benefit Old Miakka Schoolhouse

Theater

"Once: The Musical"

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.