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Your Top 7 Things to Do: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

The big, big downtown Sarasota holiday parade and more.

By Ilene Denton November 29, 2018

Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade

Sarasota Holiday Parade

Dec. 1

Our neighbors once again are putting on a holiday parade—with marching bands, Scout troops and lots, lots more—right down Main Street from Washington Boulevard to Gulfstream Avenue Saturday evening. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

The Naughton Sisters

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Naughton Sisters

Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Virtuoso pianists who happen to be twin sisters are the guest soloists at the next Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks concerts. See why they’re garnering national acclaim here

The Ca d'Zan

Deck the Halls at Ca’ d’Zan

Nov. 29, Dec. 13, 20, 27 & Jan. 3

John and Mable Ringling’s magnificent Italianate mansion is all decked out for the holidays and open late on special evenings for self-guided tours starting Thursday.

“Order of The Protectorate” by Su Griggs

Sarasota Art & Handmade Home Show

Nov. 30-Dec 2

More than 100 fine-arts craftspeople from across the country are bringing their wares— clay, wood, glass, fiber, furniture, paintings, sculpture, photography and more—to Robarts Arena just in time for holiday shopping. (You probably remember it as the Sarasota Craft Show; the name’s been changed for this ninth annual event.)   

Jim Brickman

Jim Brickman – A Joyful Christmas

Nov. 28

The popular pianist and songwriter returns to the Van Wezel with his holiday show.

Raphael Xavier

Ringling Museum's Art of Performance: Raphael Xavier

Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Hip-hop dance at the Ringling Museum? Why not, especially when it’s this hip-hop and breaking phenomenon, who’s bringing his multigenerational cast for an evening of works accompanied by beats, spoken word poetry and musical rhythms. Two performances at the Historic Asolo Theatre, with a lecture demonstration in the museum’s Chao Lecture Hall at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1.

A scene from The King and I.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King And I

Dec. 4-5

The national tour of this classic musical comes to the Van Wezel, based on the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center production and filled with a treasure trove of gorgeous songs: “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “Something Wonderful” and more.

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Classical Music

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks 2: Perfect Pairs

From $34 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Ward Stare leads Sarasota Orchestra in a program pairing exquisite French music with rich German orchestral fare.

Special Events

Sarasota Art & Handmade Home Show

Robarts Arena

A juried show of premier crafts and fine art by more than 120 of the nation’s top artists.


Jim Brickman - A Joyful Christmas

$17-$57 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel welcomes back Grammy-nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman as he celebrates A Joyful Christmas.


Raphael Xavier: Point of Interest

Historic Asolo Theater

A Ringling Museum Art of Performance presentation.