Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota Aug. 20-26

Concerts both live and virtual, the Suffragist Project finale and more.

By Kay Kipling August 20, 2020

Music Compound students will perform at a drive-in event on Friday.

Music Compound students will perform at a drive-in event on Friday.

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Editor’s note: In-person events are subject to change. Please check before venturing out.

 Music Compound Drive-in Concert 

Aug. 21

Students of the Music Compound, of all ages, will perform live and loud at Fruitville Grove, 7410 Fruitville Road, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in a free show demonstrating their talents. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Guests are asked to stay in or near their cars, and Kona Ice will be on hand with cool treats. Attendees must register.

The Suffragist Project: 100th Anniversary Celebration

Aug. 20

The centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment was the catalyst for the long-running Suffragist Project marking that hard-won right to vote. A special online celebration, starting at 5:30 p.m., welcomes Sarasota’s mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch, journalist-author Charlayne Hunter-Gault, project director Kate Alexander and several actresses rendering famous speeches from the movement. Check by calling (941) 366-9000 or visiting to see if Zoom spots remain.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota: Siren Song

Aug. 21-31

Artist Series presents its very first video production, starring soprano Johanna Fincher, mezzo-soprano Robyn Rocklein and pianist Michael Stewart. The concert was performed and filmed in the music room of the Fischer-Weisenborne home and includes duets from the operas The Marriage of Figaro and Lakme as well as tunes from Broadway classics like My Fair Lady and The King and I. Tickets ($15) available at; patrons will receive a link and password to the video.

Sarasota Film Society

Aug. 21-27

Feel like a long time since you’ve seen a movie on the big screen? SFS offers both new and classic films at its Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch locations—for example, Tesla, the biopic of inventor Nikola Tesla (Burns Court, Thursdays-Sundays only) and Bill & Ted Face the Music (Lakewood Ranch, actually starting Aug. 27), and 2001: A Space Odyssey, daily. Virtual cinema available, too; check it out at

Bishop Museum of Science & Nature Planetarium: Stelliferous

Aug. 26

Looking to the skies for some inspiration in these pandemic times? Tune in for a live guided tour with a member of the planetarium staff at 7 p.m. They’ll talk about where the stars, planets and constellations are headed in the night skies in coming months, and also touch on current events in astronomy, taking questions from the online audience. Cost is $3 for Discovery Society members; $5 for all others. Click here for more.

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