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Last chance for the Orchid Show at Selby Gardens, the mammoth Downtown Venice Holiday Parade and more.

By Ilene Denton November 20, 2018

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 The Orchid Show at Selby Gardens

Ends Nov. 25

Send your houseguests to Selby Gardens on Thanksgiving Day while you pop the turkey into the oven--open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. It’s the last chance to see the fabulous Orchid Show , which closes Sunday.


Downtown Venice Holiday Parade 

Nov. 24

Three thousand Venetians of all ages will participate in this mammoth annual holiday parade, which takes place Saturday evening despite the construction on West Venice Avenue. (The parade route’s been amended slightly.) Rumor has it a certain jolly gentleman in red will make a special appearance.


Dave Koz

Dave Koz Christmas Tour

Nov. 23

The smooth jazz saxophone superstar returns to the Van Wezel with his holiday concert, and brings saxophonist Mindy Abair, guitarist/singer Jonathan Butler, keyboardist Keiko Matsui and rising star pianist and vocalist Sheléa along for the party. Catch our recent conversation with Koz here.


KC and the Sunshine Band

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KC and the Sunshine Band

Nov. 24

Relive those crazy disco years with this classic 15-piece dance band at the Van Wezel—that’s the way we like it!


Violist Wil Baptiste and violinist Kev Marcus of Black Violin

Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour

Nov. 27

Violist Wil Baptiste and violinist Kev Marcus bring a hip-hop sensibility to the classical music realm; they’ve performed with Kanye West, Aerosmith, Tom Petty and more. At the Van Wezel.


Alvaro Bermudez

Key Chorale Masterworks: The Passion & Romance of “Misatango”

Nov. 25

Key Chorale performs an Argentine tango mass sung by accompanied by 23 young dancers from the Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company, Venezuelan guitarist Alvaro Bermudez and Latin percussionist Brian Potts—not your typical Thanksgiving fare, but we like it. Here’s a look at Key Chorale’s ambitious season

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Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2018

$27-$77 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel welcomes back the Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz and friends.


KC and The Sunshine Band

$42-$87 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel presents the Grammy Award-winning band.


Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour

$32-$52 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Classical Boom Tour takes center stage as Black Violin returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.


Misatango: Key Chorale Masterworks Concert

$20 - $55 Sarasota Opera House

The choral ensemble presents Misatango, a tango mass from Argentina.