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Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 15-21

Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, flutist Robert Mirabal and more.

By Ilene Denton August 15, 2019

Reverend Barry & The Funk

Friday Fest: Reverend Barry & The Funk

Aug. 16

If the high-energy sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool & The Gang are your thing, check out this eight-piece band that plays originals and covers of the funk and soul music everybody loves. The Van Wezel’s Friday Fest outdoor summer concerts are always free.

Summer Skirmish

Aug. 15

The Art Ovation Hotel is reteaming with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County for what they’re calling a Summer Skirmish, based on last winter’s popular Art Battle. Three artists have 30 minutes to paint a masterpiece (no pressure!), and you decide who wins. Read more about it here.

Robert Mirabal

Aug. 18

The famed Grammy Award-winning Taos Pueblo flutist comes to town for a special performance with Sarasota’s own The Bird Tribe Band at the Art Ovation Hotel’s Crescendo Ballroom. It’s being presented by the new First Feather Gallery. Tickets available at first-feather-gallery.myshopify.com/.  

The Players presents The Odd Couple

Aug. 14-25

Summer laughs from playwright Neil Simon when The Players community theater brings neatnik Oscar and sloppy Felix together again on stage.

National Honey Bee Day at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime

Aug. 17

Beekeeper talks and demonstrations, buzzy arts and crafts for kids, free honey sticks to the first 50 participants, and a complimentary honey inspired cocktail at 12:30 p.m.—we’re in!

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Van Wezel Friday Fest 2019: Reverend Barry & The Funk

Free Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series continues with the high-energy eight-piece band.

Special Events

Summer Art Skirmish

Free Art Ovation Hotel

Sarasota Art Battle finalists Karen Chandler and Mara Torres will take on one Wild Card painter in a 30 minute live painting competition.


Taos Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal

$58 Art Ovation Hotel

Grammy Award winning Taos Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal and Sarasota's "The Bird Tribe" band will share the stage.


"The Odd Couple"

The Players Theatre

The classic Neil Simon comedy is presented by The Players Center for Performing Arts.

Special Events

National Honey Bee Day at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime

The Bazaar at Apricot & Lime

Bee-themed lecture, arts and crafts for kids, demos and fun all day.