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Your Top 7 Things to Do: Sept. 5-11

Passerine at the Blue Rooster, $7 Saturdays at Mote Aquarium and more.

By Ilene Denton September 5, 2019

"Grace," by Matt Maier, winner of the 2018 Juried Photographic Exhibition.

Selby Gardens 39th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

Sept. 7-29

Got a case of hurricane fever? Get out and celebrate nature at the latest edition of Selby Gardens’ annual juried photographic exhibition, with photographers showing us their takes on the botanical gardens. Shown here, last year’s winning photo, "Grace," by Matt Maier.

Opera House Classic Film series: Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein

Sept. 6

The Sarasota Opera House wraps up its summers classic film series with Mel Brooks hilarious Young Frankenstein, airing on the big screen Friday night. Everybody now, “Walk this way…” 

Mote Aquarium

Mote offers $7 Saturdays for Florida residents thru September

Sept. 7

Florida residents can explore the fascinating sea creatures at Mote Aquarium every Saturday this September. Some restrictions apply; get the details here.  

Lakewood Ranch Music on Main

Lakewood Ranch Music on Main

Sept. 6

The Goodbye Eddie band fills Main Street with classic rock favorites at this month’s popular street party. Food vendors, beer trucks and more, too. 

The scene at Ringling Underground.

Ringling Underground

Sept. 5

The Ringling Museum courtyard and select galleries stay open till 11 p.m. tonight for live music and dancing by the light of the moon.

Passerine at the Blue Rooster

Sept. 5

The popular Americana music group comes to the Blue Rooster with its fresh takes on traditional folk and bluegrass.

Grey Gardens

Opening Sept. 5

The too-wild-to-be-true story of Jackie Kennedy’s relatives, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie, is captured in this fascinating, funny and heartbreaking musical that won lots of Tony Awards on Broadway. Now it comes to the Manatee Players through Sept. 22.

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Visual Art

39th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

Free with paid admission to the Gardens Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

This juried show features thoughtful, fun and inspired photographs that depict the scenery of Selby Gardens.


Classic Movies at the Opera House: Young Frankenstein

$12 Sarasota Opera House

Featuring timeless films shown on the big screen in the historic Opera House.

Special Events

Lakewood Ranch Music on Main

Free Lakewood Ranch Main Street

A free concert series and block party for the public held every first Friday of the month.


Ringling Underground

$15; Free for Ringling Museum members and college students with valid I.D. Ringling Museum

Part of a series of one-night-only events combining live music and experiential artworks in the Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard.


Passerine at The Blue Rooster

Blue Rooster

Passerineoffers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs.


"Grey Gardens"

Manatee Performing Arts Center

The Manatee Players presents the Tony Award-winning musical based on the 1975 documentary film of the same name.