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Your Top 6 Things to Do: Nov. 7-13

FST presents Bright Star, Classical Romance from the Sarasota Orchestra, the Medieval Fair returns and more.

By Ilene Denton November 7, 2019

The cast of The Thanksgiving Play.

Urbanite Theatre presents The Thanksgiving Play

Opening Nov. 8

A group of all-white teaching artists attempt to create a culturally sensitive pageant to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. What could go wrong? Through Dec. 15 at Urbanite's intimate downtown theater.

Bright Star

Nov. 6-Jan. 3

The five-time Tony nominated Broadway musical opens Florida Studio Theatre’s mainstage season. With story and lyrics by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the bluegrass-flavored musical tells the romantic story of love and forgiveness against the backdrop of the American South in the 1940s.

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Classical Romance

Nov. 8-10

Gerard Schwartz, conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony, is the guest conductor and Lise de la Salle is the guest pianist when the Sarasota Orchestra opens its Masterworks season with a program of romantic works by Strauss, Mozart and Dvořák. Three performances at the Van Wezel. Catch our recent conversation with Schwartz here

Sarasota Medieval Fair

Nov. 9-10

The Sarasota fairgrounds once again travels back to the 11th century for four full weekends of tournaments, feasts and family activities. The fair continues Nov. 16-17, 23-24, 30 and Dec. 1. 

Selby Garden Music Series

Nov. 10 

The popular outdoor concert series concludes its fall run with the Perlman Music Program Alumni String Quartet, under the banyan trees at beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. And be sure to check out the annual Orchid Show, Blossoms of Asia, in the tropical conservatory.

The Fence at Nathan Benderson Park

Nov. 8-Feb. 8

 The largest public photo exhibition in North America, The Fence, returns to Nathan Benderson Park with works by some of the nation’s best photographers and, this year, some of the region’s best photographers, too.

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Urbanite Theatre presents "The Thanksgiving Play"

Urbanite Theatre

A blistering satire that hilariously dissects political correctness, just in time for the holidays.


"Bright Star"

Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre opens its mainstage season with the uplifting, five-time Tony-nominated musical.

Classical Music

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks: Classical Romance

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Sarasota Orchestra opens its Masterworks series with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz and guest soloist Lise de la Salle.

Special Events

2019 Sarasota Medieval Fair

Start at $18 Sarasota Fairgrounds

Four weekends of tournaments, feasts, & family activities at the annual Medieval Fair.


Garden Music Concert at Selby Gardens presents the Perlman Music Program Alumni String Quartet

Free with paid admission to the Gardens Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

The outdoor concert series presents a world-class concert of string music under the banyans.