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Memorial Day at the Myakka River Blues Festival, Patriotic Pops at CoolToday Park and more.

By Ilene Denton May 23, 2019

Snook Haven

Myakka River Blues Festival

May 27

Rustic Snook Haven once again plays host to this all-day Memorial Day fest. Grammy nominated bluesman Bryan Lee headlines a line-up of musicians that includes the Kat Crosby Band, Nitro Bozeman, Ben Prestage and more. Venice Challenger Baseball and Friends of Sarasota County Parks benefit from the event.

Venice Symphony conductor Troy Quinn

Venice Symphony Patriotic Pops concert at CoolToday Park

May 25

The Atlanta Braves’ nifty new spring training ballpark will ring out to this Memorial Day weekend with a patriotic pops concert, featuring the 70 musicians of the Venice Symphony. A fireworks finale, too.

SRQ Margarita Festival

May 25

Have Gun, Will Travel and Comeback Alice headline this inaugural party on the Van Wezel bayfront lawn, plus a dozen kinds of margarita to sample, food trucks, games and fireworks to end the evening with a bang. 

Big Cat Habitat

Yoga with the Tigers at Big Cat Habitat

May 25

Something new, and a little bit thrilling, at the Big Cat Habitat animal sanctuary: starting Saturday and continuing the fourth Saturday of each month, Erika Cain of Pineapple Yoga Studio will lead yoga classes on the deck surrounding the big cat enclosures. (Downward-facing tiger, anyone?) The fee includes an all-day pass to the animal sanctuary. Advance registration is encouraged. 

The cast of FST's The Marvelous Wonderettes.

FST presents The Marvelous Wonderettes

May 29-June 16

Florida Studio Theatre’s summer mainstage season opens with this light, fizzy Off-Broadway show, a musical love letter to the classic pop songs of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The New York Times called it “irresistible” and “effervescent.”

Allen Fitzpatrick and Sally Wingert in Sweeney Todd at the Asolo Rep.

Sweeney Todd continues at the Asolo Rep

Thru June 1

“Horrific, comic and tragic, this Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical is as compelling as ever,” our theater critic says about the acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd now playing at the Asolo Rep. It’s our favorite Sondheim show, too—and this production is just as thrilling as you may have heard. Now playing through June 1. Read the entire review here

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Myakka River Blues Festival 2019

$15 in advance; $25 at the door Snook Haven

Featuring Bryan Lee, Ghost Mountain Revival Band, Ben Prestige and more.


Venice Symphony Patriotic Pops

$10-$75 CoolToday Park

Join The Venice Symphony as it partners with Atlanta Braves Spring Training to bring you an outdoor pops concert and fireworks at CoolToday Park.

Food & Drink

SRQ Margarita Festival

$20 - $100 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The perfect combination of fine tequila and music.

Special Events

Yoga with the Tigers at Big Cat Habitat

$40, includes single-day pass to the Big Cat Habitat Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Enjoy a yoga session on the deck surrounded by the big cats' habitat enclosure for a close-up, but safe, experience with tigers and other big cats.


"The Marvelous Wonderettes"

Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre presents this Off-Broadway hit, a cotton candy-colored musical featuring classic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s.


"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

FSU Center for the Performing Arts

The Asolo Rep presents Stephen Sondheim's dark and twisted tale of love, murder and revenge in 19th Century London.