Friday Fest at the Van Wezel
Can it really be the last Friday Fest of the season at the Van Wezel? The Dr. Dave Band will help us say goodbye to the long, hot summer with its vast repertoire of classic rock, country and blues hits. The concert’s free and outdoors on the beautiful Van Wezel bayfront lawn. Bring a lawn chair. vanwezel.org
Smithsonian Museum Day
Speaking of free, Saturday’s your day to visit The Ringling, South Florida Museum or Historic Spanish Point because they’re waiving admission fees for the annual Smithsonian Museum Day. You must download a ticket, though; visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2016/tickets/?no-ist to print out yours.
Art Center Sarasota’s annual iconcept runway fashion shows, where artists and fashionistas use unconventional materials to create wild and crazy one-of-a-kind fashions, are always lots of fun. This time out, the kids age 8-18 grab the scissors and glue guns to bring us iconcept jr., a fashion show and buffet lunch, with proceeds benefiting Art Center’s youth scholarship and educational outreach programs. Make it work! Tickets at artsarasota.org/iconceptjr.
Sept. 22 and 25
September Fest at the Sarasota Orchestra
“Music of Our Time” is the theme for the Sarasota Orchestra’s opening chamber concerts at Holley Hall. Tonight, principal percussionist George Nickerson is featured in a concert of four classical pieces with a modern twist. Sunday afternoon, principal tuba player Jay Hunsberger performs a new piece written for him by Sarasota composer Francis Schwartz. Tickets at sarasotaorchestra.org.
Superheroes on Parade
More than 93,000 votes poured in for Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Superheroes on Parade contest—52 dog statues cleverly costumed by talented area artists and placed all over town for the past several months—and Saturday night the organization unveils the “People’s Choice Award” winners at a fun-filled party at the Sarasota Opera House. (At $1 a vote, Southeastern Guide Dogs raised more than $93,000 to fund its seeing eye dog training programs. You can see all the dogs in a special section in Sarasota Magazine's September issue.) Party tickets, $150, can be purchased at superheroesonparade.dog/events.