Things to Do

What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Classical concerts, an Italian feast and carnival in Venice, Disney's Beauty and the Beast onstage and more.

By Kay Kipling February 24, 2022

Pianist Aaron Diehl performs this weekend with the Sarasota Orchestra.

Image: Maria Jarzyna

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

Sarasota Orchestra Masterworks

Feb. 26 and 27

“Fairy Tales and Fireworks” is the title for this weekend’s concert at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, led by Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta. Pianist Aaron Diehl guests as the orchestra presents Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Gershwin’s Concerto in F Major, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. For tickets, call (941) 953-3434 or visit

Sarasota Concert Association

Feb. 25

There’s more classical music on tap with performances by violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Alessio Bax, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Riverview Performing Arts Center. On the program: Busoni’s Sonata No. 2 and Franck’s Violin Sonata. For tickets, visit or call (941) 966-6161.

The Venice Symphony

Feb. 25 and 26

It really is a weekend for the classics, with the musicians of the Venice Symphony taking on Sibelius’ Finlandia and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor—along with a few stops in the Marvel and DC Universe in “Superheroes and Schumann.” At the Venice Performing Arts Center; for tickets, call (941) 207-8822 or go to

Venice Italian Feast and Carnival

Feb. 24-27

There’s lots happening in Venice this week, with this annual event (the 33rd) taking place on the Venice Airport grounds. It’s four days of food, food, dancers, carnival rides, live entertainment and more. Admission is free; parking is $10. For complete info, visit

Venice Theatre: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Feb. 25-March 27

In a tale as old as time, we meet the bookish, beautiful Belle, the arrogant Gaston, a castle full of talking kitchenware, and a prince under a spell. Plus, there are all those Alan Menken/Howard Ashman/Tim Rice songs. On VT’s mainstage; for tickets, call (941) 488-1115 or

Mort Skirboll Jewish Film Festival

March 2-13

The 13th annual festival kicks off Wednesday with a screening of the movie Tiger Within, and it continues the schedule with 16 films in all, ranging widely across genres. In-person venues include the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, the Regal Hollywood and the Sarasota Event Center (on Beneva Road); there will also be virtual screenings available. For info and tickets head to

The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Theater Today: Process & Production

Feb. 25

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy (a part-time Sarasota resident and producer of Hadestown, The Inheritance and Little Shop of Horrors) speaks with Hermitage artistic director Andy Sandberg about the journey from an idea to the stage. Outdoors, at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Town Center of Longboat Key, 501 Bay Isles Road. Learn more at

Sarasota Jewish Theater: The Interview

March 2-6

Actress Geraldine Librandi stars in this piece about a Holocaust survivor who reluctantly agrees to be interviewed for the Shoah Project. What begins as an oral history becomes a story of mothers and daughters, forgiveness and being forgiven. Also in the cast: Katherine Michelle Tanner. For more info, go to; for tickets, visit

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