Walking the high wire at Sailor Circus.

Sailor Circus Presents "The 12 Days After Christmas"

Dec. 27-30

Seventy talented students age 8-18 will wow you with their skills on aerial silks, contortion, flying trapeze, high wire, clowning, juggling, rola bola, unicycle, acrobatics and more when the Greatest Little Show on Earth returns for eight shows to the Sailor Circus arena.

New Year’s Eve Pineapple Drop Block Party

Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve celebrations start early in downtown Sarasota—at 1 p.m., to be exact—with amusement games and rides at Five Points Park, live music at Main and Lemon, and plenty of food and drink vendors. It all culminates at midnight with our semi-famous pineapple drop and fireworks on the bay. Happy New Year, everybody!

Starlight & Fire: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Dec. 31

Historic Spanish Point takes a quieter approach to it family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration and we like it: lawn games, hula hoop and dance contests for the kids and s’more for roasting around a toasty fire.  The fun starts at 7 p.m.

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Jan. 1-19

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory rings in the New Year with Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A pay-what-you-can preview night—minimum $5—is Dec. 31. 

The Sound of Music

Thru Dec. 28

Last chance to catch the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which has been playing to rave reviews at the Asolo Rep; it closes Dec. 28. 

Bright Star

Extended to Jan. 17

Florida Studio Theatre has another hit on its hands with the Steve Martin-Edie Brickell penned Broadway musical; it’s been extended to Jan. 17. You can read our theater critic’s full review here

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"Bright Star"

Florida Studio Theatre

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

Theater

"The Sound of Music"

Asolo Rep Theatre

The Asolo Rep opens its season with the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical.

Theater

FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents "Gruesome Playground Injuries"

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

FSU Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents "Gruesome Playground Injuries"

Family

Starlight & Fire: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

$12 adult members $5 12 and younger; $15 adult nonmembers; $7 12 and younger Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point invites the whole family to a New Year's Eve celebration.

Family

Sailor Circus Academy presents "The 12 Days After Christmas"

Sailor Circus Arena

America's longest running youth circus presents amazingly talented student performers in this highly anticipated annual show.