What’s Happening in Sarasota, the Beaches and Beyond - September 14-16
It is our pleasure to bring you just a "slice" of what's available to do this coming weekend in the Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice area of Florida.
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Historic Home Tours
Friday | 10:00 a.m.
One-hour walking tours start with a video in the Palm House that explores the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s compelling history. After this, the tour continues throughout the rest of the property, including visiting the 1941 Whitney beach cottages and the 1907 Hermitage House. These architecturally distinctive buildings have remarkably withstood Florida’s volatile subtropical climate. Colorful stories of artists and interesting characters who have stayed at the Hermitage will be sprinkled in.
Friday Fest at the Van Wezel
Friday | 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening on the bay front and some free live music at the 17th annual summer music fest, "Friday Fest," at the Van Wezel with the Dr. Dave Band. A Bradenton favorite performing for more than a decade as a top-choice house band, this group knows how to wow a crowd with high-energy Southern Rock blended with bluegrass banjo, fiddle & more to close out this year's summer music fest series. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, take in the music along with the beautiful Sarasota sunset and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. Outside food and drink is prohibited. This free concert takes place rain or shine, it moves indoors in case of inclement weather.
Dance for Every Body at Sarasota Contemporary Dance
Friday | 3:30 p.m.
This class incorporates modifications to allow all abilities to participate. The class warm up begins seated in a circle to connect you with your fellow movers in the room. The class progresses to full bodied standing movement, encouraging joy and community connection to shine through. Whether you're a dance veteran, or this is your first time stepping into the studio - this class is for you!
Cinderella’s Ball Presented by Music Compound
Friday | 6:00 p.m.
Kings, Queens, and Princesses are invited to Cinderella’s Ball Friday, September 14th. Cinderella’s Ball will be magical and include light fare, tea, dessert, party favor, carriage photo and chance to dance with prince charming. Cinderella has requested that all the princesses visit the Magic Castle Boutique. The Magic Castle Boutique will provide princesses touches. The ball offers two royalty dining options. Ball gown attire suggested.
National Theatre Live Presents “Julie”
Friday | 6:30 p.m.
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, Mission Impossible: Fallout) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) star in this brand-new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas. This new version of August Strindberg's play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late-night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean - which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
Peter and the Starcatcher
Friday | 7:30 p.m.
Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair...and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.
Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged
Friday | All Day
Pour the pirate sherry, braid the raven hair, polish up the handle of the big brass door, and celebrate Gilbert & Sullivan’s most beloved songs! Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged has delighted audiences across the US with lovingly loopy renditions and joyfully irreverent excerpts from HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. Last seen at New York’s 54 Below, this isn’t your grandmother’s Gilbert & Sullivan!
Battle of the Bridges Rowing Regatta
Saturday | 8:00 a.m.
Please join us for the 1st annual Battle of the Bridges Rowing Regatta where athletes will compete in an exciting 5000m headrace. Traveling through the heart of Venice along the intercoastal waterway athletes will have to use their strength, skill, and teamwork to maneuver their boat under three bridges. FREE spectating on both sides of the waterway at the Venetian Waterway Trial and the Legacy Trial. Food vendors and community partners on site. As the only US Rowing sanctioned headrace in Florida, Battle of the Bridges will host teams from throughout the southeast.
2018 International Coastal Cleanup
Saturday | 8:00 a.m.
North Port residents are invited to take part in the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 8:00am-11:00am. Since North Port does not have a coastline, cleanup crews will be working in various locations throughout the City. Volunteers who are planning to attend should meet at 8:00am at North Port City Hall (4970 City Hall Blvd) the day of the event to register and get the location of where they will cleanup.
Happy Birthday Agatha Christie!
Saturday | 10:30 p.m.
On Saturday, September 15th, the Florida Gulf Coast chapter of Sisters in Crime celebrates the birthday of world renown mystery icon, Agatha Christie. The day long celebration starts with an author event at Barnes & Noble in Sarasota from 10:00 a. m. until 1:30 p. m. The event will consist of a panel discussion from 11:00 a. m. until 12:00 noon, titled The Important Elements of a Mystery. The celebration continues in the afternoon as the Sisters in Crime members hosts an Agatha Christie-styled Garden party at the Gulf Gate Library from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. Sparkling cider, tea sandwiches, and petit fours will be served. A fun time with Christie related trivia and Poirot puzzle mysteries will be enjoyed by all. Attendees are encouraged to wear their fanciest party hats.
Umbrella House Tour
Saturday | 11:00 a.m.
Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”. In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph, co-founder of the Sarasota School movement, to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was destroyed in a storm in the 1960's. The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.
A Taste of Downtown
Saturday | 1:00 p.m.
Now in it's fifth year, this established Sarasota tradition will bring you to Sarasota Opera House where your favorite downtown restaurants will be showcasing their tasty dishes paired with fine wines and assorted beers. Proceeds from this event benefit the Sarasota Youth Opera, who will perform during the event. Come mix and mingle, sample tasty bites and have a drink with us!
Anne of Green Gables at the Manatee Performing Arts Center
Friday | 8:00 p.m.
In 1903, an aging farmer from Green Gables, Canada, decided to adopt an orphan boy to help out on his farm. Instead, a feisty, red-haired heroine arrives with a challenging personality that’s difficult to welcome. However, she endears herself to the family, her schoolmates and the community with her precocious and imaginative mind, and her passion and heart. Laughter fills the story and keeps too much cloying sentiment at bay.
6th Annual Life’s a Beach Triathlon
Saturday | 6:00 a.m.
Check out the 6th annual Life's a Beach Triathlon. It's somewhat of a kinder, gentler triathlon with a shorter swimming course. There's a 200 yard swimming race, 5 miles on bike and a 2 mile beach run. Register early and save. Starts at 6 a.m. with racer packet pickup. First wave goes at 8 a.m. Beach bash after party when you finish the race.