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What to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Don't miss the Grilled Cheese Festival, Paul Reiser at the Van Wezel and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's performance of Guys and Dolls.

By Bethany Ritz

On tap this weekend: a Grilled Cheese Festival, Paul Reiser at the Van Wezel and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's performance of Guys and Dolls.

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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.

Fundraisers for Hurricane Relief

How to Help People in Florida

The need is ongoing. For ways to continue giving check out this list of local and national organizations mobilizing to help those who suffered most.


Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College 

On view here right now: Xaviera Simmons's the structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause is on display outside through November along with Hank Willis Thomas' Ernest and Ruth (Exuberant Pink)Steven and William Ladd: Lead with a Laugh runs through Feb. 5; and Journeys to Places Known and Unknown: Moving Images by Janet Biggs and peter campus, runs through Jan. 15.

Art Center Sarasota

The new shows at Art Center Sarasota will run through Nov. 23. Here's what's on view in the four galleries: Mary GrandPré's solo exhibition: Conjuring the Backstory; Focus: New College Art, curated by New College professors Kim Anderson and Ryan Buyssen; a solo exhibition by Elizabeth Barenis titled Palmistry; and The Figure, a juried exhibition from Erin Wilson, associate curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

It's always worth seeing what's on at Ringling Museum and there are several exciting exhibits to catch here. Among them: A Decade of Collecting, on view through Jan. 22; Gods and Lovers: Paintings and Sculptures from India, through May 28; Queens of the Air and Empresses of the Arena, through Nov. 27; Highlights from the Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Collection of Photography, through Feb. 12, 2023; 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, through Jan 7, 2024. (941) 359-5700;

Ringling College Galleries

Several shows on view here: War Paint: Profiles of Courage, through Dec. 9; Illest of Ill: Dragon's Horde, also through December 9; Head to Toe: Merchandising - Marketing, + Fashions From 1960’S to Present, through December 14; and Lee Mayer: Lost Summer, through March 17.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens   

The Orchid Show 2022: Capturing the Perfect Shot, featuring live orchid displays and stunning images of rare orchids, runs through Dec. 4 at the downtown campus. Displays inside the conservatory and the museum. And, in preparation for the upcoming holiday season, tickets are now on sale for Lights in Bloom that runs form Dec. 5 through Jan. 5.

Wicked Plants

The Conservation Foundation is hosting an exhibit from the Florida Society of Botanical Artists. For Wicked Plants, 20 artists created images of plants they consider to be wicked. The show runs through Dec. 30. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Bay Preserve in Osprey.

Define Art Gallery and Studio

/Ab’ Strakt/ by Deena King, Joyce Berger and Adrienne Watts on view through Jan. 2.


McCurdy's Comedy Theatre

On the schedule at the downtown club: Greg Hahn, Nov. 17-20; and Al Romas Nov. 23, 25 and 26. Tickets and info, (941) 925-3869;

Paul Reiser

Voted one of Comedy Central’s “Top 100 Comedians of All Time,” Reiser will be at the Van Wezel on Nov. 20.


The Sarasota Ballet Editor's Pick

Program 2 - Expressions features Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Danses Concertantes and Sir Frederick Ashton's Dante Sonata and Rhapsody at the Sarasota Opera House on Nov. 18-19. The Sarasota Orchestra will accompany the performance conducted by Barry Wordsworth, principal guest conductor of The Royal Ballet, along with guest pianists Cameron Grant and Vedrana Subotic.



This film starring Cate Blanchett looks wildly intense. It should be an excellent watch if you're considering a visit to Burns Court Cinema this weekend.

Food and Drink

Grilled Cheese Festival

CoolToday Park, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, will host the annual Grilled Cheese Festival on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free to attend with $5 parking fee and will include live music, kids' activities, food trucks and beer garden.


The Sarasota Medieval Fair is happening on Saturdays and Sundays through November.

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Sarasota Medieval Fair   Editor's Pick

The theme for this year’s medieval fair is "Vikings vs. English and the Battle of Assandum, 1016 AD." Festival will take place in a new location, the Woods of Mallaranny, rain or shine from Nov. 5-27 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bradenton Public Market

This market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Saturdays through May. Sarasotans will be able to grab Brewed Monday coffee there along with many Bradenton treats.


The Venice Symphony

The Venice Symphony’s 2022-23 Season kicks off with Tchaik Strikes! at the Venice Performing Arts Center featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber. Nov. 18 and 19.


The Burdens    Editor's Pick

Matt Schatz’s two-character play—funny and rich with emotion—continues through Nov. 27. 

Venice Theatre: The Show Will Go On

Despite major damage to the theater's main performance space, Venice Theatre will perform its original musical version of A Christmas Carol in The Raymond Center. The show will run Dec. 2-19. Tickets will go on sale soon on the theatre's website.

Guys and Dolls

The classic Frank Loesser musical based on Damon Runyon’s iconic characters takes to the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe stage through Nov. 20.

The ‘70s: More Than A Decade 

This musical cabaret celebrates an era that bore out some of America's most iconic music—from the American war in Vietnam to disco—featuring Joy to the World, Let It Be, Stayin’ Alive and more, through Feb. 12 in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. (Keep an eye out for Florida Studio Theatre's upcoming tribute to Stevie Wonder A Place in the Sun.)

Something Rotten!

Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrickof, the writers of this Broadway hit, said they always talked about Shakespeare "being a cross between Mick Jagger, James Brown, Tom Jones and a little bit of Austin Powers." Something Rotten! is playing at the Florida Studio Theater through Jan. 1, 2023.

 A Place in the Sun: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Gather your favorite people and go see A Place in the Sun, which begins Nov. 16 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret.