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Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 14-20

Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota party, Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash, free admission to the Ringling Circus Museum and more.

By Ilene Denton April 14, 2016

April 19

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

April 15-16

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.

April 16

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. 

April 15-16

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

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 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.

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April 15-17

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.

April 19-23

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. 

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