The Sarasota area boasts a wide and intriguing number of arts, cultural, sports and food events throughout the year, from museum exhibits and concerts to plays, ballet and choral performances, craft shows, films and more. Keep up to date on what's happening here, and check in regularly. 

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


Mara Art Studio and Gallery

The newest show to bow at this Rosemary District gallery, black+white, features monochromatic works by nine artists and continues through May 31. For more info, call (941) 914-8110 or visit The gallery is located at 1421 Fifth St.


The nonprofit art space on Princeton Street features mixed media, assemblage and more by artist Krystle Lemonias with Ah Who Run Dis, opening at 6 p.m. May 20, with a performance at 6:30 p.m. Through June 11.

Art Ovation Hotel

Visual artist Charlotte Jordan opens an exhibition of her work with a reception, at 5 p.m. May 20 at the Palm Avenue venue. Learn more at

Creative Liberties

Coming up for this arts collective: "Wine + Design, A pARTy," May 26. Located at 901-B Apricot Ave.; for complete details, visit

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Remaining on view here, throughout the grounds and in the museum, is Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry and Light, nature-inspired works by the two. Through June 26. You can read what we wrote about Smith's performance/talk in association with the show, here. (941) 366-5731;

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College

On view here through Aug. 7, Las Tres Marias, assemblages by Puerto Rican artist Daniel Lind-Ramos. Plus, State of the Art 2020: Constructs continues through Sept. 11, presenting 33 works from 21 artists in a range of media, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Opening May 22 to run through Oct. 2 is Katrina Coombs I M(O)ther: Threads of the Maternal Figure. (941) 309-4300;

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

On view through Aug. 12 is as long as there is sun, as long as there is light: Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. Continuing through Aug. 28, Metadata: Rethinking Photography from the 21st Century. You can also catch Eleanor Merritt: Remembrance, through Aug. 21; and Ballroom Florida: Deco & Desire in Japan’s Jazz Age, through Sept. 25. And, through Oct. 23, the world is just so small, now: Works on Paper from the Ringling's Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, featuring works by such artists as Romare Bearden, Francesco Clemente and Howie Tsui. (941) 359-5700;


The Little Mermaid

The International Ballet of Florida presents this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's famous story, featuring choreography add music created especially for the National Ballet of Ukraine and the International Ballet. Guest artists from around the country and beyond will perform. At 5 p.m. May 28 at the Venice Performing Arts Center; tickets here.


Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House

The summer season of screenings at the opera house begins at 1:30 p.m. May 22 with the Royal Opera House's production of Rigoletto. More to come in June, July and beyond; check it out at

Food & Drink

Sarasota Shrimp and Music Festival Editor’s Pick

The eighth annual event returns to downtown's JD Hamel Park, promising fresh seafood, live music, cold beer and more. May 20-22; general admission is FREE. For more info, head to

Venice Beach Party

Gather May 21 at 101 The Esplanade in Venice for this event featuring food trucks, live music, beer and wine and more. Presented by Venice MainStreet; FREE. Go to for more details.


Passport to the Bazaar

The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime (821 Apricot Ave.) welcomes all from 5 to 7 p.m. May 26 to enjoy the work of 40 creators/curators, along with live music, champagne and more. 


Broadway on the Bay

"The Sarasota Divas"—Berry Ayers, Jennifer Baker, Eve Caballero, Kathryn Parks and Alana Opie--entertain with some Broadway show tunes at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, May 19 and 20. Get your tickets by calling (941) 365-2494 or visiting

Noche Unidos

UnidosNow marks its 10th anniversary in the community with concerts May 20 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and May 21 at the Venice Performing Arts Center. Michelle Merrill conducts both concerts, which feature acclaimed Mexican folkloric group Mariachi Cobre and The Venice Symphony. Proceeds raise funds to support UnidosNow's education, integration and civic engagement initiatives. Tickets on sale at

2 Hot 2 Tango Editor’s Pick

Get into the sultry art of the tango with musicians Ben Bogart (bandoneon) and Winnie Cheung (piano), along with dancers Fernanda Ghi and Silvio Grand. At 3 p.m. May 22 at the Historic Asolo Theater, in an Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota offering. (941) 306-1202;

Patriotic Pops Concert and Fireworks

The Venice Symphony welcomes a cappella group Rockapella to its third annual patriotic concert at CoolToday Park, at 7:30 p.m. May 28. Expect great American songs, a salute to veterans, and those promised sparklers in the sky. Tickets, (941) 413-5000 or here.


Hermitage Artist Retreat

The retreat plans several events in May,  among them "Hermitage Poet's Corner: The Contemporary World" with DaMaris B. Hill and Kirya Traber (at 5 p.m. May 20 at Bookstore1); and "Worlds: A Part," welcoming composer-performer Pauchi Sasaki and poet Monica Young (at 6 p.m. May 26 at the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast's Bay Preserve in Osprey). To register, go to

Eureka Day continues onstage in the Cook Theatre in an Asolo Rep production through June 4.

Image: Cliff Roles


Laughing Matters

FST’s musical sketch comedy show, in its latest iteration, continues through June 19 in the Court Cabaret. (941) 366-9000;

The Legend of Georgia McBride

A young, hard-up Elvis impersonator with a pregnant wife desperately turns to the world of drag queens in this Matthew Lopez play, onstage through May 22 in FST’s Gompertz Theatre. (941) 366-9000;

From Birmingham to Broadway/Float Like a Butterfly

Two one-act plays--one starring Tarra Conner jones as actress Nell Carter, the other featuring Darius Autry as Muhammed Ali--continue on the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe stage, through May 29. Read our review here. (941) 366-1505;

Eureka Day Editor’s Pick

This comedy by Jonathan Spector, about the fallout of a mumps epidemic at a private school, through June 4 in an Asolo Rep production in the Cook Theatre. Find out what we had to say about it, here. (941) 351-8000;


Venice Theatre takes on what some consider Shakespeare's greatest work, in its Stage 2 series in the Pinkerton Theatre, May 13-29. (941) 488-1115;

The Wind in the Willows

Another VT offering, this one part of the Generations series, brings Kenneth Grahame's Mole, Rat, Mr. Toad and Mr. Badger to life onstage, with music. May 20-29. (941) 488-1115;