2020 April Sarasota Events Calendar

The April Sarasota Events Calendar  - fun free (or next to nothing) things to do in Sarasota and around the Suncoast.



April Sarasota Events

(*Every effort is made to provide as accurate of information as possible, however dates, times, places and event schedules are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, last minute changes or cancellations made by event organizers, mistakes, misinformation from sources and/or events beyond anyone's control, etc. PLEASE NOTE: Amid the coronavirus outbreak, we are making every attempt to stay as accurate as possible. But with rampant event cancellations, we encourage you to please check with event organizers to be sure an event is going forward before making plans to attend.)


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April 1, 2020: Canceled. It's a free concert with live music on Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

April 1, 2020: Postponed. Enjoy the Spring Concert performed by the Venice Community Orchestra and Friends with Conductor Bob Delfausse, Flute Soloist Karen Romig and Trumpet Soloist Luca Stine. Free will offering accepted for needy families of South Sarasota County. 7 p.m. Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice, FL. More info: 941-488-2258.

April 1 - 5, 2020: Canceled. It's the 22nd Annual Sarasota Film Festival, one of the year's biggest events. It's 10 days of movies, celebrities and parties when Hollywood comes to Sarasota! Hollywood Stars that appeared here in 2019 were Greg Kinnear, Blythe Danner, Anne Heche,and Tyne Daily. Hollywood Stars who made appearances in 2018 included actress Virginia Madsen and actor Steve Guttenberg, who received a career achievement award from the festival. The 2017 Film Festival included Diane Lane, Rory Kennedy, and Aisha Tyler. Actors Stanley Tucci, and Rosanna Arquette, who took part in the "In Conversation With" series, also attended the 2017 festival. On the 2016 appearance agenda were actresses and actors: Sophia Loren, Olympia Dukakis, George Hamilton, Mathew Modine, and Treat Williams. Making appearances in 2015 were actresses Cloris Leachman, Jane Seymour and Blythe Danner. Making an appearance at the 2013 Film Festival was actress Mariel Hemingway. The 2012 Feature actor and special guest was Frank Langella. 2011's special guest and honoree was the legendary Christopher Plummer, who received the "Cinema Master" Award. Also receiving an award in 2012 was Oscar Award winning actress Geena Davis. Here's where you can find out more.

April  1 - 5, 2020: Sarasota's Bayfront Park has been the backdrop for Embracing Our Differences' colorful, larger-than-life canvases integrating powerful imagery and thought-provoking messages celebrating diversity. The scale and impact of this outdoor exhibition has continued to grow, attracting over two million visitors since its inception. (Park entrance is located at the corner of Ringling Boulevard and Bayfront Drive/US Route 41). For more information about Embracing Our Differences, call 941-404-5710. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

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April 2, 2019: Canceled. The Bradenton Marauders will host “Meet the Marauders” with live music and games, including corn hole, the Marauders inflatable speed pitch, the prize wheel, and a photo booth where fans can pose for pictures with Marauders players. The official Marauders roster will be introduced by Marauders General Manager Rachelle Madrigal and team play-by-play broadcaster Matt Neverett at about 6:45 p.m. After the speaking portion of the event concludes, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the team. 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. LECOM Park, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL.

April 2, 2020: Canceled. Get groovin in the courtyard at Ringling Underground where you can enjoy live music in the Museum of Art Courtyard. An eclectic mix of local and regional live music is featured in the series. Plus check out up and coming artists with select galleries open until 11 p.m. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with "Art After Five" admission. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL. 941-360-7399. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 2 - 5, 2020: Postponed and rescheduled to October 29 through November 2, 2020. Check out the 30th Annual Florida Winefest and Auction.  There are numerous wine events, lunches, grand tasting, brunch and charity auction, wine on the water, and winemaker dinners in and around Sarasota over the 4 day fest. Various times, locations and ticket prices. Sarasota, FL.

April 2 - 13, 2020: Canceled. The critically-acclaimed La Musica International Chamber Music Festival celebrates 34 seasons this year with four concerts. Joining Artistic Director Bruno Giuranna (violist) and Associate Artistic Director Derek Han (pianist) this season are violinists Zachary DePue, Jennifer Frautschi, Anastasiya Petryshak; violist Daniel Palmizio; cellists Dmitri Atapine, Christine J. Lee; harpist Ann Hobson Pilot; pianist Steven Lin; violist Daniel Palmizio; Dee Moses on double bass; and Brandon Ridenour on trumpet. Ridenour’s arrangement of four John Lennon/Paul McCartney songs for trumpet and string quintet is featured in the April 10 concert. A four-concert subscription is $180 and includes a pass to all rehearsals; single tickets are $50. Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL.

There are numerous recurring, fun things to do in Sarasota throughout the year. Click here for my list of recurring Events in Sarasota!

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April 3, 2020: CANCELED. Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with Brian Post's Oceans 11 Band. Led by the extraordinary drummer Bryan Post, Oceans Eleven is dedicated to promoting and continuing the jazz traditions as practiced by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich , and Quincy Jones among others. This ensemble combines years of experience, incredible showmanship and vibrant solos by some of Sarasota's finest musicians. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.

April 3, 2020: CANCELED. Another season of Music in the Park is underway at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 24, 2020. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 3, 2020: Canceled. It's the first Friday of the month so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch is from 6 p.m. -  9 p.m with The Daisy Dukes Band, who will fill the air with good times & hot country jams. Beer, wine and food sales. Bring your chairs, but leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash. Overflow parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75.

April 3, 2020: Canceled. It's the Moon Over Myakka Concert Series 2020 at the South Pavilion with The Tobacco Road Band. 7 p.m. Bring a chair and a picnic! Cost: $20 per person ($15 for Friends members). Park entrance fee waived for concert if you arrive after 5 p.m. For more info call 941-361-6511 or 941-373-7839. Tickets sold at Ranger Station day of event or buy them in advance and bring your ticket with you. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL. Entrance is on the left.



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April 3, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy the Gazebo Starlight Cinema feature at the Gazebo at Centennial Park. Movie starts at sundown. Bring your blankets, chairs, and the whole family to kick off your weekend and enjoy this free movie. Movie TBA. Sunset. 7:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Downtown Venice, FL.

April 3 - 5, 2020: Canceled. Check out the Sarasota Bradenton Home Show featuring everything for the home including their kitchen showcase along with bathrooms, windows, sunrooms,awnings, pools, pavers and much more. Free passes on line or $10 at the door. Free parking. Fri and Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Robarts Arena, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.

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April 3 -  5, 2020: Canceled. Want to go hunting for Shark tooth fossils? Want a simple and inexpensive way to do it? Then attend the 28th Annual Venice Sharks Tooth Festival on the Airport Festival Grounds in Venice, Florida on Airport Avenue. Admission is only $5, kids under 12 are free and there's even free parking at this, one of the spring's most popular fests held at the Venice Airport Festival grounds. There are fossils, food, arts and crafts, entertainment and children's activities. No pets allowed. Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venice Airport Festival grounds, 610 E Airport Ave, Venice FL

April 4, 2020: Canceled. It's the 34th Annual Run/walk for the Turtles sponsored by Mote Marine on Siesta Key Public Beach. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Siesta Key Gazebo south of the pavilion. The one-mile fun run or walk begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5-K Run begins at 8 a.m. The entry fee benefits the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory. 388-4441 xt 357. 

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April 4, 2020: Canceled. At this time it is not known if the event will be rescheduled. As a reminder, do not pick up supplies at either location (Sarasota or Nokomis) the week of March 30 - April 3 or report to your cleanup location on April 4. Register to volunteer for the 2020 Great American Cleanup and Keep Sarasota County Beautiful! Cleanup projects take place at various locations throughout Sarasota County. Pre-event registration is required. The first 700 volunteers who register will qualify for FIRST OPTION ACCESS to this year's commemorative t-shirts. All volunteers will receive work gloves, and bags for trash and recyclables. 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. To register for the 2020 Great American Cleanup  please sign up online or call 941-861-5000.

April 4, 2020: Canceled. It's the 6th Annual Children's Book Fair and Family Fun Day at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. This free event includes a dozen children’s book authors signing their books, live readings of the authors’ books, hands-on activities about how food grows and vegetable gardening, planting summer vegetable seedlings to take home and grow, craft making, a scavenger hunt, and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market, located on Old Main Street, 400 12th St W, Bradenton, FL. Between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, is open on Saturdays through May 25th. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 4, 2020: Canceled. Hippity Hop Hop! Lakewood Ranch hosts its "EGGstravaganza" Easter Egg Hunt at Greenbrook Adventure Park for kids ages 2 -13. The day's events and attractions also feature the grand arrival of the Easter Bunny. Bring your own baskets to collect eggs in. Also, Face painting, balloon art, music and refreshments are just a few of the other activities to enjoy. In past years: For residents: $5 per adult, $3 for children, 2 and under are free. Advance registration required starting 30 days in advance. The Egg Hunt Event will have over 25,000 eggs spread across the field.  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Greenbrook Adventure Park, 13010 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Info: 941-757-1530 

April 4, 2020: Canceled. It's Smithsonian Magazine's Annual Museum Day. Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, April 4, 2020, for two people. In celebration of Museum Day you will enjoy free admission to the Ringling Museum of Art and Ringling Circus Museum. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL and The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL. Tickets will be available to download starting February 27, 2020.

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April 4, 2020: Canceled. The City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join in for a hoppin’ good time for an Easter egg hunt in the pool! They'll fill the pool with plastic eggs so you can splash, float and hunt for eggs. 12 & Under. $2. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Arlington Park, 2650 Waldemere St. Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-554-2110 

April 4, 2020: Postponed. The Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club is hosting the 12th Annual "Toast to Venice" wine, beer and food festival. Live entertainment, a silent auction, yummy samples from local chefs, beer and wine tasting and more. 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are $70 in advance, $75 the day of the event at the gate. Maxine Barritt Park,1800 Harbor Drive S., Venice, FL.

April 4. 2020: Canceled. SCF Venice invites you to Evening Under the Stars. The State College of Florida Foundation will host “Come Sail Away,” a fun-filled family gathering featuring music, food and fireworks at the annual Evening Under the Stars. Bring your friends, coolers and lawn chairs to enjoy The Venice Symphony and the SCF Big Band performing your favorite cruising music from The Beach Boys, Christopher Cross, Sheryl Crow, the Beatles and more, topped off with a grand fireworks finale. General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Children under 10 are free. Reserved general admission tickets are $30 in advance and allow reserved ticket holders to enter from noon to 2 p.m. to secure premium seating. Tickets can be purchased online at SCF-Foundation.org/EUS. In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday, April 5. Proceeds benefit the SCF Foundation to support scholarships, program enhancements and capital needs at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). 6 p.m. at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL.

April 4, 2020: Canceled. Check out some heavenly bodies during Sidewalk Astronomy courtesy of the local group of Deep Sky Observers. Telescopes will be up and available for public viewing from sunset. - 10 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Robinson Preserve, 10299 9th Avenue NW, Bradenton (Use the park entrance on 9th Avenue NW , just west of 99th Street West in Bradenton.).




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April 4 - 5, 2020: Canceled. It's the FSRA Sculling Championships. The Florida Scholastic Rowing Association (FSRA) Sculling Championships are Florida’s youth state championships for single, double and quad sculling events. Over 600 athletes are expected to attend. It is open to youth and high school teams comprised of student athletes attending Florida secondary schools. Sat & Sun: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Just south of The Mall at University Town Center along North Cattlemen Road. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL. 

April 4 - 5, 2020: Canceled. It's the 18th Annual Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival with a wide variety of arts and crafts. You'll find jewelry and pottery, ceramics plus photography as well as painting, clothing and much more. Everything is handmade in the USA! There's also a "Green Market" with all kinds of plants, flowers, hand made soaps, gourmet spices and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. 1 Central Avenue, downtown Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 4 - 5, 2020: Canceled. Take in the 5th annual Lido Beach Spring Fine Art Festival where you will find an outdoor gallery of creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and more. Free admission and parking. Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lido Beach, Lido Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 4 - May 31, 2020: The Sarasota Chalk Festival opens its "3-D Illusion Museum," where you can walk in and become part of the artwork by stepping into the illusion! The museum includes over 25 illusions which were hand painted by artists from the Chalk Festival. $5 - $25. Chalk Festival 3D Illusion Museum, 1314 10th St., Sarasota, FL.

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April 5, 2020: Postponed. Get your motor running at the 18th Annual "Building to a Cure" Benefit Classic Car Show featuring classic and vintage vehicles from pre-1950s - 1990s. Always a great show with cars from every era on display for close up viewing. Participants compete for 28 Trophies. Money raised benefits Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free Admission. New location: Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue S, Venice, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 5, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666.

April 5, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy a concert by the Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band. Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability. Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway. 3131 61st Street, Sarasota, FL.

April 6, 2020: Canceled. Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with the Lisa Ridings Band on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180.

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April 7 - 8, 2020: Canceled. It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band and Wednesday with the Gentlemen of Jazz. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. These free concerts take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

April 9, 2020: The University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus will hold a unique and sumptuous Bulls Bistro dinner with proceeds benefiting the campus’ College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. The event, “Taste of the past, flavors of today,” will present a contemporary twist on classic American cuisine – all within the elegant 1920’s-era Crosley Estate. Patrons will be treated to an array of amuse-bouche (bite-sized hors d’oeuvres) followed by an entrée choice of peppercorn-encrusted New York strip with a wild rice medley, smoked orange-glazed chicken with orange-and-pepper confit served with pearl couscous or curry cashew sweet potatoes and cranberry served over cauliflower (vegan); all entries come with seasonal vegetables. 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. The cost is $75. Crosley Estate, 8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, next to the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

April 9, 2020: Start of season will be delayed. The Bradenton Marauders will embark on the 11th season in franchise history. The team’s home opener is against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the season at 6:30 p.m.  LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL

April 9 - 11, 2020: Postponed. It's fun for all kids and kids at heart. It's the PAL Sailor Circus 71st Anniversary Spring Show! The Greatest "little Show on Earth" celebrates the tradition of the circus arts with more than 100 young circus artists. The youth circus, with members from 8 - 18 years old, uses over 800 costumes along with music from many of your favorite animated classics. Repeats 4/16/20 - 4/19/20. America’s longest-running youth circus performing in the newly renovated Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL. (941) 355-9335




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April 10, 2020: The in-person event is cancelled. They will live-stream them via our website from inside the parish at the same time. Join the worldwide Good Friday Stations Of The Cross observance. It will be the nineteenth year Sarasota congregations observe The Stations of The Cross down the center of Main Street with an estimated 1,000 pilgrims in downtown Sarasota, Florida, stopping for each of the 14 Station's readings, prayers and choruses led by 30 Sarasota congregations. Starts at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Regal Hollywood Theatre (301 & Main St.). Ends at Church Of The Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota at 8:30 a.m. To park at the ending Station, take provided free buses from Redeemer to Hollywood 11, 6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. Sponsored by the Sarasota Ministerial Association In Collaboration with Church Of The Redeemer. More information at 941-724-5018.

April 10, 2020: CANCELED. It's the annual Hernando De Soto Children’s Parade! The 2020 theme is “Dive into Reading” and the  floats  this  year  should  emulate  the  kid's favorite book, author, or be based around literature. Also for the  fifteenth year,  they  will  be awarding $1,000 to the participating school who’s float entry best represents this year’s theme. Three additional $500 prizes. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds and ends with the "Party in the Park" until 2 p.m. at Sutton & Lamb Parks, Palmetto, FL. 

April 10, 2020: CANCELED. It's the Annual Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails featuring continuous Easter Egg Hunts from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., a petting zoo, live bunny interactions, photos with the Easter Bunny available for purchase, plus bird, reptile and wildlife wonder shows and more from face painting to pony rides. Bring your own Easter Basket. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rain or shine. Adults $17.99, All children's tickets half off $6.50. Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL

April 10, 2020: CANCELED. Another season of Music in the Park is underway at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 24, 2020. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.

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April 10, 2020: Canceled. It's Free Music Friday Night Concert Series with live music from Skylark. Enjoy music under the stars at the Gazebo in Centennial  Park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Downtown Venice, FL.

April 10, 2020: Canceled. Check out Spooky Stories Ghost Tours at Historic Spanish Point. Enjoy Spooky Stories of Florida's past as you walk our historic houses, ancient mounds, and our pioneer cemetery. There will be two tours each evening. The tours will meet at the white Gazebo on the Historic Spanish Point site and each tour will last approximately 90 minutes and will be roughly a ¾ of a mile walk outdoors with some pathways up and down stairs. In the event that the tour is canceled due to severe weather conditions, then it will be rescheduled for the following Friday. 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. (Repeats May 8) Historic Spanish Point Members: $20. Future Members: $25. 337 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey, FL.

April 11, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy all the fun of the Annual Eggstravaganza 2020 Children's Easter Egg Hunt. There will be prizes, candy, entertainment, the Easter Bunny, the Bunny Hop and Egg hunting in various age groups. 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bring your own basket. Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Avenue, downtown Venice, FL.

April 11, 2020: Canceled. Bring the little ones to the Siesta Key Children's Easter Party and Egg Hunt for ages 1 - 6 at Turtle Beach. This family-friendly event is open to children ages 1-6 ($10 per child). There will be goody bags, fire truck & ambulance tours, the mounted patrol, Kona Ice, and photos with the Easter Bunny! Children ages 1 to 6 are invited to register and participate. Approximate time slots for the Egg Hunt are designated by age groups: 10:00 a.m. (2 years of age and younger); 10:30 a.m. (3-4 years of age); and 11:00 a.m. (5-6 years of age).  Children should bring something to carry their collected eggs in.Located at Turtle Beach in the playground/parking lot area. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. Free parking is available on site. The free Siesta Breeze Trolley service will begin at 8:30 on that morning and will be making rounds approximately every thirty minutes from SK Village to Turtle Beach. Event time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Turtle Beach, 8918 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, FL.

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April 11, 2020: Canceled. The Sandbar Restaurant will host its 34th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m. sharp at the Pavilion at the Sandbar (ok to arrive at 8:30 a.m.). Make sure to bring your own basket(s) for the Easter Egg Hunt. They will also hold their 11th annual Easter Egg Roll and will have 2 Easter Bonnet contests, one for Adults and one for children. Judging is at 10 a.m. 1st prize for Adults is a 2 night stay at one of the Pine Avenue Guest Houses and 1st prize for the Children's contest is lunch at the Sandbar Restaurant with four of their BFF’s including Ice Cream Sundaes. Activities will also include photos with the Easter bunny, coloring table, face painting, DJ, cupcakes and treats and Mimosas and continental breakfast for adults. Everyone will get eggs and a candy cup and they'll  end the day with a parade with the Easter Bunny! The Grand Pavilion at the Sandbar,100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

April 11, 2020: Canceled. There's a free Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza hosted by the Nokomis East Homeowner's Association for kids ages 10 and under. It takes place at the Nokomis Community Center in Nokomis Community Park at 10 a.m. sharp. No registration is needed. Don't forget to bring your own basket, Prizes for all. No rain date. 234 E. Nippino Trail, Nokomis, FL. 941-861-5000.

April 11, 2020: Canceled. It's the 24th Annual Big Truck Day Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt at Nathan Benderson Park from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and it's a fun annual happening featuring all kinds of trucks; firetruck, dump truck and more for kids to climb into. And with it being Easter weekend there will be 2 Easter egg hunts at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., so bring a basket. One hunt is for kids 4 and under. One is for kids 5 and older. Games and other kids activities, too. Food and concessions available. Free admission. 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL. More at 941-861-5000. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

April 11, 2020: Canceled. It's the Blossoms Garden Party in the Mable Ringling Rose Garden on the beautiful Ringling Museum grounds. Surrounded by blooming roses, you will enjoy musical entertainment, mimosas and a variety of foods as you stroll the gardens. In recognition of Mable's legacy the net proceeds from this event will support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the Bayfront Gardens. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $76.50 - $85. Bayfront Gardens, Mable's Rose Garden, The Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL.

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April 11, 2020: Postponed. It's the "Beach'N Food Truck Festival" featuring several live bands, a  classic car show from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., arts and crafts vendors, a kid zone and local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening...lots of food trucks including some of the area's favorite food trucks! Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water. Hosted by Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, event runs 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Rain or shine. Holmes Beach City Field, just north of Holmes Beach City Hall located at 5801 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.

April 11, 2020: Canceled. Celebrate the near end of tax season at "Main Street Live" Street Party! "Spring into Music" takes place on Historic Old Main Street in Bradenton from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. The event features live music, food and beverage vendors and more.There is no charge or age limit to attend, but you must be at least 21 to get into the bars. Street closes to traffic at about 3 p.m. Old Main Street, Downtown Bradenton, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 11 - May 31, 2020: The Sarasota Chalk Festival opens its "3-D Illusion Museum," where you can walk in and become part of the artwork by stepping into the illusion! The museum includes over 25 illusions which were hand painted by artists from the Chalk Festival. $5 - $25. Chalk Festival 3D Illusion Museum, 1314 10th St., Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com


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Sarasota Easter Sunrise Services

April 12, 2020: CANCELED. Easter Sunrise Service -  The Tabernacle Church hosts a service in Sarasota's Bayfront Park, Bay Island Park, off of downtown Sarasota area, next to Marina Jack. Bring a folding chair if you like. 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 am.  There will be chairs available.

April 12, 2020CANCELED. Easter Sunrise Service - Pine Shores Presbyterian Church hosts its 61st Easter Sunday sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. at Siesta Key Beach near the pavilion. Bring a beach chair or blanket.

April 12, 2020: CANCELED. Easter Sunrise Service - The Church of the Palms hosts sunrise service near the Lido Beach Pavilion on Lido Key. It is recommended that you bring your own chair or a blanket as seating is very limited. All are welcome and dress is casual. 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

April 12, 2020: CANCELED. Easter Sunrise Service The DeSoto Society’s annual Service starts at 6 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Sunday on the Manatee River at the Mosaic Amphitheater in Rossi Waterfront Park, 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton and it's open to the public.


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April 12, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy Easter Sunday Brunch at Marie Selby Gardens with brunch provided by Michael's on the Bay with a carving station, omelets made to order and a dessert bar. The kids will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt around the gardens, kids activities and family photos with the Easter Bunny. Seatings are from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $30 - $80. Your brunch purchase is accompanied by admission to the Gardens for the day. Free on-site parking at Selby Gardens is limited. A complimentary trolley service will be available to and from the Friendship Center. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL. Click here for more info and registration.

April 12, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 13 - 18, 2020: The second 2020 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials – Rowing are being held and will feature racing in four Olympic boat classes – the women's double sculls, men's double sculls, men's pair, and men's quadruple sculls, as well as three Paralympic boat classes – PR1 men's singled sculls, PR1 women's single sculls, and PR2 mixed double sculls. Free admission for spectators. Starts at 8 a.m. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will run July 24 - Aug. 9 in Tokyo, Japan. The 2020 Paralympic Games are scheduled for Aug. 25 - Sept. 6. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota FL.

April 13 - 19, 2020: The ATP has cancelled all events over the next 6 weeks through April 20th, 2020 which includes the 2020 Sarasota Open. It's the 2020 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open Tennis Championship Tournament, with over $100,000 in prize money, bringing the top tennis pros in the world to Sarasota.  Now in it's 13th year, the Sarasota Open is the premiere USTA Men’s Pro Circuit event on Florida's west coast. Location: Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Box Office (941) 444-8039 Toll Free (888) 374-7834

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April 14, 2020: Canceled. It's a free concert with live music on Tuesday with the Happy Time Band. Enjoy the tunes from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. This free concert take place in Centennial Park's Gazebo in downtown Venice, FL.

April 16 - 19, 2020: Postponed. It's fun for all kids and kids at heart. It's the PAL Sailor Circus 71st Anniversary Spring Show! The Greatest "little Show on Earth" celebrates the tradition of the circus arts with more than 100 young circus artists. The youth circus, with members from 8 - 18 years old, uses over 800 costumes along with music from many of your favorite animated classics. America’s longest-running youth circus performing in the newly renovated Sailor Circus Arena, 2075 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL. (941) 355-9335

April 17, 2020: CANCELED. Get your toes tapping at "Jazz at Two" with the Tom Ellison Quartet. Tom Ellison, reeds and vocals, is joined by Judi Glover, piano and others. The group plays music from the American Songbook and jazz classics. Ellison is the leader of the Symphony Swing Orchestra and performs with concert and stage orchestras throughout the area. He has performed with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Woody Herman, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Temptations and others. Admission is available only at the door. $10 for Sarasota Jazz Club members, $20 for non-members. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. More info at: 941 366-1552.

April 17, 2020: The USFSM Carnival Celebration is free and open to the public to celebrate the campus. Admission and carnival rides are free. There will also be games, food trucks and more. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. USFSM, south parking lot on campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.




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April 17, 2020: CANCELED. Another season of Music in the Park is underway at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. This concert series will occur every Friday evening through April 24, 2020. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.

April 18, 2020: CANCELED. The Members of Showfolks of Sarasota invite you to celebrate World Circus Day 2020 at heir Open House and Circus Flea Market. It's an opportunity to tour this one of a kind  club for circus professionals and meet some of the talented international circus stars that call the Sarasota area home, exhibiting their unique skills. You can enjoy refreshments as you view circus history in Sarasota through hundreds of photos, spectacular wall murals and circus literature.   You will even have a chance to acquire a piece or two of history for yourself at the Circus Flea Market.  Costumes, props, pictures, posters and other circus ephemera will all be available often from the original owners. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Showfolks Of Sarasota, 5204 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

April 18 2020: CANCELED. It's time to Celebrate World Circus Day with all day free admission to the Circus Museum at the Ringling. This year they are celebrating the 251st anniversary of the modern circus! See the world's largest miniature circus while you're there along with John Ringling's Club Cars and explore the history of the circus from ancient times till now. It's amazing. It's enchanting. It's fun! Free admission all day. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Ringling Museum Complex is at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 18 - May 31, 2020: The Sarasota Chalk Festival opens its "3-D Illusion Museum," where you can walk in and become part of the artwork by stepping into the illusion! The museum includes over 25 illusions which were hand painted by artists from the Chalk Festival. $5 - $25. Chalk Festival 3D Illusion Museum, 1314 10th St., Sarasota, FL.

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Deveraux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet

April 19, 2020: Canceled for 2020. Next year on April 18, 2021. Here's a blast from the past for historic and vintage car enthusiasts: More than 1,500 Antique vehicles will be on display at the 51st Annual Deveraux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet. The show is free and features perhaps 1,200 vehicles vintage 1995 and older plus food trucks on site. Hosted by the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund. The took donations last year. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL.

April 19, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 20, 2020: CANCELED. Come out for Ringling by the Bay featuring live music and dancing with SoulRCoaster on the Bolger Campiello. Food and drinks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission: $5 - $15. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event. Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum Grounds, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-358-3180.

April 22, 2019: The City of Sarasota and UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County will host an Earth Day Festival with information booths, a chance to tour two tiny homes, pick up free bicycle gear, try out an e-scooter. There will also be a food truck and a number of free native plants and trees available while supplies last. 11:30 am. - 1:30 p.m., Selby Five Points Park, downtown Sarasota, FL. More info: 941-926-6686.

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April 24, 2020: CANCELED. The 2020 season of Music in the Park wraps up tonight at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs, and your furry companions on leashes to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show for free! Drinks and snacks available for purchase. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater.

April 24, 2020: Canceled. It's Free Music Friday Night Concert Series with live music from Robin & the Retros. Enjoy music under the stars at the Gazebo in Centennial  Park. Free. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Bring your folding chairs or blankets. Downtown Venice, FL.

April 24 - 25, 2020: Canceled. The City of Venice is partnering with other organizations to hold a Hurricane Expo as a public service prior to hurricane season. Various speakers from the county, Sheriff's Office, Red Cross and Suncoast Humane Society are also planned among others through the event. Check out some cool fire equipment and trucks and learn information about how to keep your family safe. For more information call 941-480-3030. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free. Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 24 - 26, 2020: There's a Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show with lots on display to see from dealers from around the country selling gems, jewelry, beads, crystals and more. Adults $5. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.




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April 25, 2020: Postponed. Enjoy the 2020 Air Fair Giant Fly In sponsored by the Sarasota RC Squadron featuring radio controlled airplanes. Flying from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. both days. It is a free fly in for all to attend with plenty of free parking, handicap parking and is a wheel chair friendly flying field. Sun shelters are available with ceiling fans. Bring your own chairs and sunscreen. Food available. Free admission. Directions: The field is located 3 miles east on Bee Ridge Road (at the east end of Bee Ridge Road) in the Sarasota County Rothenback Park. Exit #207 off I-75 and go in gate and turn to the right, go up the hill to the Sarasota Radio Control Squadron Field. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 25, 2020: Postponed til May 16,2020. The Annual Tree Fair, sponsored by People for Trees, will have hundreds of 3-gallon native trees (4-8ft. tall) for sale for only $15 each: sweetgum, elm, bald cypress, slash pine, longleaf pine, southern red cedar, dahoon holly, pignut hickory, red maple, sycamore, sugarberry. Informational “Tree Talks” will be held throughout the morning about all of these wonderful native trees starting at 10 a.m.  There will be tree planting and tree climbing demonstrations, and you can “Ask an Arborist” your tree questions courtesy of Simply Trees. See the four stages of a butterfly and feed one right from your hand at “The Butterfly Encounter”, a screened-in exhibit, meet “Orion”, a barred owl from the Peace River Wildlife Center, visit the beautiful flower arrangements and “Enchanted Forest” at the Allamanda Garden Club Flower Show being presented next door at the George Mullen Center. Children’s activities, face painting. People for Trees is a non-profit native tree advocacy group in North Port since 1997. Volunteers and vendors needed. Contact Alice White (941) 468-2486  10 a.m. - 2 p.m. City Center Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd., North Port, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

Oscar Scherer Parks Earth Day sign

April 25, 2020: Canceled. Get back to nature under the beautiful sunshine-filled Florida sky at the 31st Annual Sarasota Earth Day Celebration at Oscar Scherer State Park.  Admission to one of the most popular of Sarasota Parks is free on Earth Day. And with so many events scheduled, sites to see, live music and nature and wildlife to enjoy, you can probably fill the entire day's schedule from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 25, 2019: A series of Summer Movie Nights kicks off at Cool Today Park with the baseball classic "Field of Dreams." The movie nights will take place the 2nd and 4th Thursday evening of the month. There will be concessions available for purchase. too. Admission: $5, but free for season ticket holders. 6:30 p.m. Cool Today Park, 18800 W. Villages Parkway, North Port, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

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April 25, 2020: CANCELED. Enjoy the De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade, a parade for all ages to see, which steps off at 6:30 p.m., with over 150 parade entries, from Manatee H.S. in Bradenton, then goes west on 9th avenue, north along 39th street to Manatee avenue, then turning east headed toward downtown to 9th street. About 200,000 are expected to view the festive parade, the largest parade in the region. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 25 - 26, 2020: It's the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep Championships featuring High School teams and clubs vying for the State Champion Title for the pairs, fours and eights rowing events. Over 1800 participants are expected to attend Saturday and Sunday. Sat & Sun: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Sunshine State Conference Regatta takes place on Friday, April 24, 2020 starting at 8 a.m. Just south of The Mall at University Town Center along North Cattlemen Road. Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

Siesta Key Florida Siesta Fiesta

April 25 - 26, 2020: Postponed. It's the always popular 42nd annual Siesta Fiesta which takes place in Siesta Key Village from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's sort of a farewell party for all of our “snowbird” friends from the colder climates of the northern U.S, Canada and afar, who come to be with us in Sarasota throughout the winter season. It's one of the most awaited fests of the year and it's on my April Sarasota Events Calendar for you to enjoy. See more of what’s special at the Siesta Fiesta! April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 25 - 26, 2020: It's the 3rd Annual the Lakewood Ranch Fine Art Festival.  Find original handmade artwork to enrich your life and beautify your home and office. Artwork by local, regional and national artisans. Works in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass and ceramics, photography, fiber and wearable art to mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more will be on display. Free admission. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April Sarasota Events

April 25 - May 31, 2020: The Sarasota Chalk Festival opens its "3-D Illusion Museum," where you can walk in and become part of the artwork by stepping into the illusion! The museum includes over 25 illusions which were hand painted by artists from the Chalk Festival. $5 - $25. Chalk Festival 3D Illusion Museum, 1314 10th St., Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota

April 26, 2020: Event Postponed. New Date TBD. It's the 18th Annual "Ride The Beaches" scenic bike rides sponsored by Sharky's on the Pier. There's a 70 mile, 35 mile and 15 mile ride. Check in and breakfast starts at 6:00 a.m. The 70 mile ride starts at 7:30 a.m. The 35 mile ride begins at 8 a.m. The 15 mile ride begins at 9 a.m. All riders will start the day with breakfast on the beach at Sharky’s. Breakfast will be fresh fruit, juice, bagels, fruit bread, and coffee. All rest stops will be stocked with water, sports drink, fresh fruit, snacks and/ or sandwiches. BBQ lunch will beserved on the beach at Sharky’s.The charity ride benefits three Foundations. $45 registration. 6 am - 2 p.m. Sharky's is at 1600 Harbor Drive on Venice Island.  April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 26, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy Sarasota's own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. Last show of the season. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.) 2 p.m. 388-1666. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 26, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy a concert by the Sarasota Suncoast Concert Band. Showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 941-907-4123 for availability. Northminster Presbyterian Church, on Lockwood Ridge, a block south of University Parkway. 3131 61st Street, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.com

April Sarasota Events

April 26 - 28, 2019: Canceled. Will return April 23-25, 2021. The 37th annual Suncoast Boat Show takes place at downtown Sarasota's Bayfront Marina. 100s of watercraft on display. Along with boats and yachts there will be marine products and accessories. Cruisers, Runabouts, Bowriders, Sportfishers, Center Consoles, Motor Yachts, Inflatables and more. Food, drinks, music, Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel and more. Fri -  Sat: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults $15, under 15 free. Marina Jack’s, #2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 27, 2020: Canceled. Enjoy the Venice Concert Band's final performance of the season, “Spring Bouquet" at the Venice Performing Arts Center. The beauty of spring is a natural time for music to reflect the many joys of this season.  You will hear a wide variety of selections that will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. The show begins at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m. the Venice Performing Arts Center on the campus of  Venice High School, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, FL. (941) 480-1704. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota.

April 27, 2020: CANCELED. Check out the Jazz Club of Sarasota Monday Night Jazz at the Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret Series with Roy Gerson Quartet. Roy Gerson is an American jazz pianist. He appeared in the movies, The Cotton Club, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Mirror Has Two Faces and The Associate. Gerson performed in jazz clubs in New York City during the 1990s at venues such as the Village Gate, Blue Note, Tavern on the Green and others. ''What I like best about (him) is that besides being a great musician, he truly loves to perform and finds great joy in entertaining people,'' said Tony Bennett. Members $35; non members $39. Full bar and dinner available, doors open 6:30 for dinner. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret, First St and Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota. Tickets are available from the Florida Studio Theatre box office (941) 366-9000. April Sarasota Events on Escape-to-Sarasota









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