Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota July 22-28

Here Comes the Sun at Art Center Sarasota, Rounding Third at FST, a family day on St. Armands and more.

By Kay Kipling July 22, 2021

Heat Wave by Susan Rienzo, one of the works submitted for Art Center Sarasota's regional juried exhibition, which opens Friday.

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

 Art Center Sarasota: Here Comes the Sun

July 23-Aug. 20

This juried exhibition featuring work in a wide range of styles and media by regional artists kicks off with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the art center. Take a peek then, or stop by 707 N. Tamiami Trail later to see what the winners (and all of the artists) have wrought. (941) 365-2032 or

Florida Studio Theatre: Rounding Third

Opening July 28

This comedy by Richard Dresser about two Little League coaches who have very opposite approaches both to baseball and to life is the third and final offering in FST’s mainstage summer season (at the Gompertz Theatre). Tickets are on sale at or by calling (941) 366-9000.

Venice Summer Cabaret Festival

July 22 and 23; 24 and 25

The annual summer fest in the Pinkerton Theatre continues with the show Over the Rainbow starring Luke McFatrich and friends, offering songs like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Imagine” (Thursday and Friday); and This Little Light of Mine, starring frequent VT actress Syreeta Banks delivering songs that have helped her on life’s journey (Saturday and Sunday). For tickets, (941) 488-1115 or

U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships

Through July 25

Never mind those Olympics in Tokyo; we have great athletes competing much closer to home. More than 2,000 soccer players under the age of 19 are competing at the Premier Sports Campus in the Lakewood Ranch area this week, with finals for those 13 and under Friday and the championship game for 14- to 19-year-olds Sunday.If you're in the mood, learn more here.

Sol of the Circle Family Day

July 25

Bring the kids to St. Armands Circle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday and enjoy family-friendly activities and entertainment outdoors. This week's theme: our furry best friends. Check it out here.

National Hot Dog Day

July 24

OK, so the official National Hot Dog Day was Wednesday, but you can still celebrate the dog with traditional and vegan versions and other foodstuffs at Hamlet's Eatery from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. Live music by Zeena Brown and Sabrina McClenithan, too.

Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House

July 24 and 25

On this week’s schedule at the opera house are the romantic comedy Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicolas Cage (7:30 p.m. Saturday), and the opera film Manon Lescaut, featuring the earliest version of that opera on the stage of Teatro all Scala in Milan (1:30 p.m. Sunday). Call (941) 328-1300 or visit for movie tickets.

Free Music Friday Night Concert

July 23

Guitar/vocals duo Indiglow provides the music for this free concert at Venice’s Centennial Park gazebo, from 7 to 9 p.m. Grab a mask to meet Covid safety protocols, and bring your lawn chair or blanket for seating. Presented by Venice MainStreet; go to for more details. 

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