Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: Aug. 8-14

Mote’s Fins and Fun Family festival, Woodstock Revival party at the downtown farmers market and more.

By Ilene Denton August 8, 2019

The cast of Dog Days Theatre's Harbor.


Aug. 6-25

Dogs Days Theatre presents this Chad Beguelin comedy about Ted and Kevin, a gay couple living happily in the Hamptons until Kevin’s sister shows up with her daughter—and a baby in utero. Onstage in the FS Center’s Cook Theatre.

Manatee Players Presents West Side Story

Aug. 8-25

Something’s coming, and it’s bound to be something good, when the community theater troupe opens its 2019-2020 season with the classic Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical. 

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Sarasota Farmers Market Third Annual Woodstock Revival

Aug. 10

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (!?!), get out the tie-dye shirts and head to the downtown Sarasota farmers market for a celebration of the Sixties, complete with Best Dressed Hippie contest, a display of vintage VWs, live music and more.

Fins and Fun Family Festival at Mote

Aug. 10

It’s Shark Week, that time of year when Mote Aquarium celebrates all things shark related. The fun culminates Saturday morning with the Fins and Fun Family Festival: learn about Mote’s shark research, watch a feeding and training session, and more. While you’re at it, check out our recent talk with Mote shark scientist Dr. Robert Hueter.

A scene from Time Spy.

Time Spy

Opening Aug. 11

Ringling Museum presents a different kind of animated film by Chinese artist Sun Xun. Time Spy is a 3D movie described as a “fantastical and disquieting meditation on global history, environmental collapse, power and the indifference of time to human concerns.” On view through Feb. 16 in the museum’s Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art.

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FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Dog Days Theatre presents this smart and scrappy comedy that tests the constantly shifting nature of the meaning of family.


"West Side Story"

$27-$40 Manatee Performing Arts Center

The Manatee Players opens its season with the multi-Tony Award-winning musical.

Special Events

3rd Annual Woodstock Revival

Downtown Sarasota

The downtown Sarasota farmers market hosts a Sixties celebration.


Fins & Fun Family Festival

Included in paid admission to Mote Aquarium Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Part of Mote Aquarium's annual Shark Days celebration.