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Your Top 6 Things to Do: Oct. 24-30

Season openers at the Sarasota Ballet and FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Wild-O-Ween at Big Cat Habitat and more.

By Ilene Denton October 24, 2019

Naire Poole in Antigone.

Image: John Revisky

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Presents Antigone

Oct. 29-Nov. 17 

A modern spin on the classic Greek tragedy opens the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training season in the FSU Center's intimate Cook Theatre. Tuesday is the “pay what you can” preview night; a minimum of $5 per ticket is required.   

The Sarasota Ballet: Graziano, Retrospective

Oct. 25-27

Three ballets by company choreographer Ricardo Graziano—Shostakovich Suite, En Las Calles de Murcia, and In a State of Weightlessness—are on the program when the renowned ballet troupe opens its 29th season. Five performances at the FSU Center.

Spooktacular at Selby Gardens

Oct. 27

Sunday morning Halloween fun at Selby Gardens, with pumpkin decorating, trick or treating and other family activities. Costumes encouraged.


Oct. 26-27

Lots of treats in store when Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary hosts a kid-friendly Halloween weekend complete with costume and mummy wrapping contests, pony rides, wild animal encounter shows and trick-and-treating throughout the sanctuary.  Want more Halloween fun? Check out our ultimate guide here

22nd Annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market

Oct. 26

A treasure trove of new and used nautical items—fishing equipment, power boat equipment, diving gear and more—is up for grabs at the Florida Maritime Museum’s annual fund raiser. Be sure to figure in time to have lunch on the dock at the Star Fish Company.

Noche Latina

Oct. 27

A fund raiser for UnidosNow, this festive evening takes place on the new rooftop party space at Westcoast Black Theatre, with Latin food from area restaurants and live music by popular Cuban guitarist Renesito Avich

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FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents "Antigone"

7:30 PM Start at $16 Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts

FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents Antigone.


Sarasota Ballet Presents "Graziano, Retrospective"

Start at $35 FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Sarasota Ballet's "Graziano, Retrospective," a tribute to Ricardo Graziano


Spooktacular at Selby Gardens

Free with paid admission to the Gardens Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

A family-friendly daytime event with traditional, wholesome Halloween happenings.



$18 adults; $8 children Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary hosts a kid-friendly Halloween weekend.

Special Events

Cortez Nautical Flea Market

Florida Maritime Museum

A fund-raising nautical flea market for the Florida Maritime Museum.


Noche Latina

$80 Westcoast Black Theatre

A benefit party for Unidos Now on the rooftop of Westcoast Black Theatre.