You know what I love about this city? On any given weekend, there are a million things to do if you look hard enough. I use two main resources to find things to do: Facebook and the Sarasota Events Calendar on visitsarasota.org. There is also a very handy app now by the same folks who run visitsarasota.org that you can access on your phone or tablet. It’s called Visit Sarasota, Florida’s Gulf Coast and best of all it’s FREE. Check it out if you’re looking for on-the-go updates about the happenings in Sarasota. And now that you have a few resources of your own, here are a few things to do this weekend in Sarasota:
American Moderns @ The Ringling (Daily, museum hours 10:00am - 5:00pm) - Anyone who has been to the Ringling knows this museum is broken up into several sections encompassing everything from special rotating exhibits to the constants: the circus museum and the Ringling family history. I don’t want to go over every cool thing there is at the Ringling right now; that would be a whole article in and of itself. So I am going to focus on the one that piqued my interest: the American Moderns exhibit. From now until early September, a 57-piece collection borrowed from the Brooklyn Museum will be on display. The collection features artists from 1910 to 1960, has 4 sculptures and 53 paintings, and has pieces from well-known names such as O’Keefe and Rockwell.
Meet the Artists @ Art Uptown Gallery (Friday, July 26 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm) – Located right in the heart of downtown, Art Uptown Gallery is Sarasota’s only cooperative fine arts gallery. It currently works with some 30 local artists, and displays art in many media: abstracts, photography, pottery, and digital art are only a few examples. Meet the Artists is a weekly event highlighting the featured window artists of the week. This week spotlights mixed media artist Jill Krasner and painter Jim Beech, who will both be present at the event and available to answer any questions guests may have about their work. The event is free and runs from 6:00 to 9:00 on Friday evening.
Antiques, Arts, and Crafts Fair @ Mixon Fruit Farms (Saturday, July 27 from 9:00am to 3:00pm) – Definitely a Sarasota Must Do is Mixon Fruit Farms, though I’ll hold off writing about that one in further detail until the fall. If you haven’t been out to Mixon’s, which is off of 27th Ave between SR-64 and SR-70, you are missing a very cool stop. This weekend would be a perfect time to pop over to the Bradenton farm for their Antiques, Arts, and Crafts Fair, which will be held on Saturday between 9:00am and 3:00pm and is free to attend. There will be artists and collectors on site the entire time, so go shop and then pop into the deli afterwards for super-fresh sandwich or a famous Orange Swirl ice cream.
3rd Annual Sarasota Mystic Faire @ Sarasota Municipal Auditorium (Saturday, July 27 from 10:00am to 7:00pm) – See? This is why I love the events calendar. Whoever would have known this interesting event was going on? The Sarasota Mystic Faire is an annual celebration of everything mystical and metaphysical. There will be over 75 exhibitors and 25 physics on hand offering mini-readings in mediumship, tarot, palmistry, astrology, and more. And with healers on site offering reiki, massage, energy work, and other unique healing methods, there will be lots to see and absorb. I’m actually a little bummed I’ll be out of town now, because I think this would be a most interesting way to spend one’s Saturday. The event is open from 10:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday, and only costs $5 to get in the door.
Best of Stevie Wonder @ West Coast Black Theatre (Wednesday, July 24 - Friday, July 26 at 8:00pm nightly, Sunday, July 28 at 2:00pm. Sorry folks, Saturday night is SOLD OUT!) - This is the last weekend you can go see a review of Stevie Wonder by the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. Many of the performers are only high school students, some are performing veterans, but no matter what age or experience, they are an impressive Troupe to watch. The singers regularly croon directly to an audience member, move about the theater to really engage everyone, and make it virtually impossible to sit still in your seat without moving to the music. The Best of Stevie Wonder will be performed at 8:00pm this whole week and at 2:00pm on Sunday. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear tunes spanning his entire 40+ year long career.
See what I mean? With a little looking, anyone can find something fun for them. So if you get sick of enjoying the beach now that the month-long rain binge appears to have ended (Yeah, right. Like that will happen!), don't just go home and be bored! Go out an enjoy all Sarasota has to offer!
Molly Russo, Sarasota Lifestyle Guru