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Events & Festivals

There's always something happening on Florida's Gulf Coast. Find out what events will be going on during your stay, or take a look at some of our favorite annual festivals!

Note: Due to COVID-19 regulations from Federal, State or County governments, events may be postponed or cancelled. Please refer to the event and/or the event host's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding each event.

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May 28, 2022
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May 28, 2022
The Venice Symphony is back for our Third Annual Patriotic Pops Concert and Fireworks, Saturday, May 28, 2022 at CoolToday Park. The concert starts at 7:30 pm and gates open at 5:30. The Venice Symphony and Atlanta Braves Spring Training will bring you the biggest and best celebration ever, with...
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  • 7:30pm
CoolToday Park
18800 S West Villages Parkway
Venice, FL 34293
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Sarasota Music Festival: "Darkness to Light"
June 9, 2022
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June 9, 2022

The Sarasota Music Festival’s opening program begins with one of Schubert’s stormiest works, featuring the Calidore String Quartet, hailed for their “irrepressible dramatic instinct” (The New York Times). Faculty clarinetist Franklin Cohen performs his own arrangement of a selection of Schubert’...

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  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Holley Hall
709 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Sarasota Music Festival: "Reunion"
June 10, 2022
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June 10, 2022

Sarasota Music Festival faculty and fellows reunite in a concert of dynamic musical collaboration. Longtime faculty violist James Dunham leads string fellows in Bach’s iconic Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, in which every member of the ensemble becomes a soloist. The woodwind fellows take their turn...

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  • 7:30pm - 9:15pm
Sarasota Opera House
61 N. Pineapple Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
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June 11, 2022
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June 11, 2022

World Ocean Day is officially observed on June 8 worldwide, allowing people around our blue planet to celebrate and honor the shared ocean that connects us all. Mote's celebration will take place on Saturday, June 11, and include ocean-themed games, a face painter, educational displays, visits...

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  • 9:30am - 4:30pm
Mote Aquarium Courtyard
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
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June 11, 2022

Maestro Yaniv Dinur returns to Sarasota for his debut appearance with the Festival Orchestra. Acclaimed pianist Ya-Fei Chuang, a Festival alumna, serves as soloist in Chopin’s gorgeous, early-Romantic Piano Concerto in F Minor, published after his Piano Concerto No. 1 but written first. Jessie...

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  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sarasota Opera House
61 N. Pineapple Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Sarasota Music Festival: "Rising Stars"
June 12, 2022
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June 12, 2022

Each week of the Sarasota Music Festival, the fellows form ensembles of their new friends to select and study single movements of great chamber works. Each concert features up to nine ensembles, creating a kaleidoscopic concert experience in which the fellows get all the glory, and audiences get...

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  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Holley Hall
709 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Sarasota Music Festival: "Festival Perspectives"
June 15, 2022
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June 15, 2022

Jeffrey Kahane and Robert Levin—renowned artists, pedagogues and thought leaders in the world of classical music—come together to discuss a great breadth of topics related to the Festival. The conversation ranges from specific works and composers in the 2022 Festival to the issues being explored...

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  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Holley Hall
709 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Sarasota Music Festival: "Hidden Gems"
June 16, 2022
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June 16, 2022

Three new faculty artists appear on this program featuring gems by great masters. Shostakovich’s lyrical and witty sides are evident in his Five Pieces, brought to life by new faculty members Grigory Kalinovsky and Toyin Spellman-Diaz. Nadia Boulanger was perhaps the most important musical...

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  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Holley Hall
709 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Friday Fest
June 17, 2022
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September 16, 2022

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest events are our outdoor concert series that provide the community with 4 entertaining and FREE events from June to September, showcasing the best of local bands from Sarasota and Bradenton. Friday Fest brings together a wide variety of talented...

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  • 5:00pm
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
Sarasota Music Festival: "Basically Baroque"
June 17, 2022
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June 17, 2022

The rhythms and textures that define Baroque music continue to inspire today’s composers, as evidenced in this delightfully diverse program. Accomplished jazz musician and new Festival faculty hornist Jeff Scott’s wind quintet, Startin’ Sumthin’, is a modern tribute to the energy of ragtime. The...

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  • 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Sarasota Opera House
61 N. Pineapple Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236

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