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Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 18-24

A mega-Easter egg hunt at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Boz Scaggs and Alan Cumming at the Van Wezel and more.

By Ilene Denton April 18, 2019

Sailor Circus

Sailor Circus Celebrate 70!

April 18-20, 25-27

Lots to celebrate with those talented youngsters of Sailor Circus: seven decades of thrills as the Greatest Little Show on Earth, and a newly spiffed-up arena that for the first time is—ta-da—air-conditioned. Four thrill-filled shows this weekend, and four shows next. 

Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs: Out of The Blues Tour

April 18

The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter visits the Van Wezel on the heels of his new album, Out of the Blues, which is jam-packed with vintage classics by such blues greats as Bobby "Blue" Bland, Jimmy Reed and Magic Sam.

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

April 20  

You may know him as the Tony Award-winning star of Cabaret on Broadway or as Eli Gold in the hit TV series, The Good Wife. Alan Cumming is back at the Van Wezel with a new cabaret-style show celebrating his 10 years of U.S. citizenship.  We had a chat with Cumming here.


HomeGrown Palooza

April 20

The one and only Twinkle and her Rock Soul Radio band join eight other homegrown rock ‘n’ roll bands for this brand-new music fest at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Food trucks, beer and arts and crafts vendors, too. Admission is just $10 (cash only, please). 

Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails

April 19

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is hiding 45,000 Easter eggs (yes, you read that right) for its annual egg hunt extravaganza Friday, with continuous hunts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Half-price admission for kids, too.

FST Improv

FST Improv: Life's A Beach

April 19

All the things that make Sarasota special become comedy fodder for Florida Studio Theatre’s improv troupe, playing this Friday night and every Friday night through June 28 at FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre.

Concert with a Cause

April 20

Two popular local R&B and smooth jazz bands—Soul Sensations and NuJazz—headline this fund-raising concert at the Manatee Performing Arts Center to benefit Take Stock in Children, The Panda Foundation and Manatee Performing Arts Center’s Conservatory Program.

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Special Events

Sailor Circus 70th Anniversary Spring Shows

Sailor Circus Arena

Sailor Circus makes a triumphant return to the newly renovated and AIR-CONDITIONED Sailor Circus Arena to present "The Greatest 'Little' Show on Earth" in all-new comfortable surroundings.


Boz Scaggs: Out Of The Blues Tour

$27-$82 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Grammy Award-winner Boz Scaggs returns to Sarasota with his Out Of The Blues Tour, celebrating his new album.


Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

$17-$77 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Tony Award-winner, Scottish-born Alan Cumming returns to the Van Wezel with his new show, celebrating his ten years as a U.S. citizen.


HomeGrown Palooza

$10 cash only Sarasota Fairgrounds

Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio headline this all-day festival at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.


Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails 2019

$6.50 for children 4-16; $17.99 for adults and $16.99 for senior adults before taxes; children 3 and under Free Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens' annual Easter event for families includes continuous egg hunts with 45,000 eggs.


FST Improv: Life's A Beach

$12-$15 Florida Studio Theatre

FST Improv presents this short-form, revue-style show that has become an audience favorite. In FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre.


Concert With a Cause at Manatee Performing Arts Center

$27-$37 Manatee Performing Arts Center

Manatee Performing Arts Center will host Concert with a Cause, benefiting three area nonprofit organizations.