Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Aug. 18-24

Splash Bash at the Y, Mote’s Fins & Fun Family Festival, One Night Rodeo at the White Buffalo Saloon and more.

By Ilene Denton August 17, 2016

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Aug. 19

Splash Bash

Everybody into the pool from 5-8 p.m. Friday—the Sarasota Y’s Evalyn Sadlier Jones branch water park pool, that is—for the annual end-of-summer Splash Bash. It’s free, and you don’t have to be a Y member to come. (Sarasota County public schools start Monday, FYI.) sarasotaymca.org/calendar/esj-splash-bash

Aug. 20

Fins & Fun Family Festival

Mote wraps up its Shark Days Saturday with games, stories, crafts and live music for your dancing pleasure courtesy of the Gummy Sharks. (Their motto: Be our Chum). Free with paid admission to the aquarium. mote.org/events/details/fins-fun-family-festival-2016 

Aug. 20

Sarasota Beer Fest

Parents can celebrate back-to-school at this festival of all things beer at Robarts Arena—80 different beers, in fact, and food samples from local restaurants, too. Proceeds benefit deserving military vets through the Dennis V. Cooper Foundation-Wishes for Heroes. Tickets, $30, at eventbrite.com/e/sarasota-beer-fest-tickets-26886286607?aff=aff0eventful.

Aug. 23-Sept. 25

The Gigi’s at FST Cabaret

Florida Studio Theater winds up its summer cabaret series with The Gigi’s, three pop singers who bring us some of the best songs from the greatest girl groups of the last 50 years, from the Supremes to Wilson Phillips and more. floridastudiotheatre.org

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Aug. 19-20

WBTT presents Aunt Rudele’s Family Reunion

Back by popular demand for two nights only, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe artistic director Nate Jacobs assumes his alter-ego, Aunt Rudele, for his comic one-man (one-woman?) show, Aunt Rudele’s Family Reunion. westcoastblacktheatre.org

Aug. 20

One Night Rodeo at the White Buffalo Saloon

The country music duo, One Night Rodeo, plays the White Buffalo Saloon Saturday night, with a portion of ticket sales benefiting Rock for a Cause, which, in partnership with the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, provides free mentoring, performing and recording opportunities for area music students. Nice. thewbsaloon.com

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Aug. 18-19

Venice Theatre Cabaret: Songs in the Key of Pink

The Venice Theatre Summer Cabaret Festival is extra-special this week, as VT staffer Laurie Colton teams with friends and fellow singers Cara Herman, Jeffery Kin, Melissa Cripps, Geri Becker, Jennifer Baker, Jim Chaps, Kimberly Gaesser, Renee Cordonnier and Joey Panek to present “Songs in the Key of Pink.” The show features sung by women who’ve fought breast cancer--Dusty Springfield, Olivia Newton-John, Carly Simon, Melissa Etheridge, Marianne Faithfull, Nancy Griffith and Sheryl Crow--and it’s in memory of Colton’s mom. venicestage.com

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