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Your Top 11 Things to Do: June 2-8

Sarasota Music Festival opens, Mote’s World Oceans Day Family Festival, Savor Sarasota and lots, lots more.

By Ilene Denton June 2, 2016

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June 3-26

Hetty Feather

For every child who yearned to run away to the circus, Asolo Rep’s U.S. premiere of the sensational U.K. hit, Hetty Feather, will strike a chord. It’s a colorful, high-flying show about a feisty 19th-century orphan whose lonely life is changed when a circus comes to town. Get ready for some awesome Cirque de Soleil-like feats. Special early starting times, so the youngest members of your family can go. asolorep.org

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June 9-25

Sarasota Music Festival

Sixty talented students, 40 top faculty artists, 51 years of providing classical concerts to Sarasota audiences each summer. The annual festival is back, opening its schedule of concerts with a tribute to the late, longtime faculty member Joseph Silverstein June 9 at Holley Hall. Concerts continue there and at the Sarasota Opera House; for tickets and schedule, sarasotaorchestra.org or 953-3434.

Through June 19

The Fabulous Lipitones

Time for some summer fun with this comedy by Mark St. Germain and John Markus, about a barbershop quartet that finds itself with a most unexpected new tenor after the loss of a longtime member. The show promises to overturn stereotypes while blending some sweet sounds of harmony, too. Onstage at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre. floridastudiotheatre.org

Through June 14

Savor Sarasota

A Restaurant Week so big it takes 14 days, Savor Sarasota boasts a whopping 65 local restaurants showing off their culinary talents with $15 prix fixe lunches and $29 prix fixe dinners, many of them with wine pairings for an additional cost. Go ahead, try someplace new this year. Sarasota Magazine is a proud sponsor. Participating restaurants and menus are online at savorsarasota.com.

 June 7 and 8

Kids’ Summer Beach Runs

You know it’s officially summer when the kids’ summer beach runs begin, Tuesday evening at Siesta public beach and Wednesday evening at Brohard Beach in Venice. A $1 registration fee gets everybody an ice-pop and ribbon, and a free T-shirt after you complete four runs. (You can register on site:  parksonline.scgov.net.) Sarasota County parks and rec is the sponsor. And for more to do, check out our Ultimate Family Fun Guide here.

June 4

World Oceans Day Festival

Mote’s popular annual World Oceans Day Festival is Saturday, with eco-themed games and crafts with a message: why it’s so important to honor, appreciate and conserve the planet’s oceans. Included in your admission to Mote. mote.org

June 4

Family Night at the South Florida Museum

The first Saturday of the month is Family Night at the South Florida Museum, with half-price admission from 3 p.m. until a later-than-usual 8 p.m. closing. This month’s theme is “Down by the Seashore.” Expect a seashell treasure hunt and a lesson on starting your own seashell collection. southfloridamuseum.org 

June 4

Mootastic Dairy Day Festival

Hop onboard the Moo-Choo train, meet the Magical Moogician, take in interactive 4-H exhibits, pony rides and a climbing wall, and try out the 29-foot slip ‘n’ slide, all part of Dakin Dairy’s Mootastic Dairy Day Festival. Oh, and everybody gets a glass of Dakin’s chocolate milk, too. Two ticket prices--$7 and $20—for two different levels of activities.  dakindairyfarms.com

June 2

10X10 Ten Slides Ten Speakers

Architects, musicians, sculptors, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts director, New College’s vice president, the Bishop Planetarium director, a communications counsel and the director of Any Given Child take center stage at the next 10X10—each presenting 10 slides that speak to their creative process. At the Herald-Tribune headquarters, with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting at 6. $10 (well, you anticipated that, didn’t you?). RSVP here.

Through June 5


Sarasota Contemporary Dance winds up its 10th anniversary season with a retrospective of favorite pieces, including guest choreographer Gerri Houlihan’s “Evolving/Revolving.” At the FSU Center’s Cook Theatre. sarasotacontemporarydance.org 

June 8

Live at the Gator Club

The Orlando-based experimental folk-rock group, Someday River, Tampa folkie Shae Krispinsky and our own local indie folk duo, Lady and Gentleman, play the Gator Club next Wednesday night at 10 p.m., part of SRQ Arts Presenters/Moxie Productions’ monthly original showcases. 

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