Compiled by Jaye Clements
Do you enjoy Downtown? How about Friday nights? Here’s your line-up for Friday nights, Downtown!
Every Friday Night it’s Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Nights! 6 to 9pm
Friday night downtown is hopping… featuring Live performances by musician, entertainers & performing Arts in a different downtown Sarasota neighborhood each week. Every month a new theme to enjoy Sarasota’s unique arts appeal…
First Friday of the month – Main St at Five Points Park & Palm Ave
Second Friday of the month – Burns Square – south of Main St. just past Ringling Blvd & S. Pineapple.
Third Friday of the month – Towles Court – Adams & Washington. (on Adams Lane)
Forth Friday of the month – Rosemary district & Historic Downtown Village – Fruitville & Central ………………………………………………………………………………………………………
April 1 at 2pm. Both Houses at the Asolo http://www.asolorep.org/
April 1 at 7:30pm American Pie at the Florida Studio Theatre
April 1 – 4, PAL Sailor Circus under the Big Top. The Greatest Little Show on Earth celebrates the Circus Arts! 2075 Bahai Vista Street, Sarasota. Adults $16/under 12 is $12. http://circusarts.org/ for tickets and show times.
April 1, 2 – FlashDance at the Van Wezel – http://www.vanwezel.org/
April 2 at 2pm. Our Betters at the Asolo http://www.asolorep.org/
April 2, Brown Bag Concert 12pm to 1pm at Phillippi Estate Park. Free admission. Bring a blanket or chair along with your lunch and enjoy the music! Phillippi Estate Park, gazebo area, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
April 2, 8pm to 11pm – Ringling Underground. 941-359-5700 www.ringling.org
April 2 & Every Thursday – Art After Five – Ringling Museum grounds at the Bayfront Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Admission $10. 941-359-5700
April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2 to 4pm – Jazz at Two featuring talented Jazz musicians. Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. For more info: 941 366-1552.
April 3,10,17, 24, 7 to 9pm – Friday Night Live Music at Centennial Park at the Gazebo in the park. Downtown Venice. Bring a chair or blanket. Free admission.
April 4 – Finding Nemo movie night at Siesta Key beach! Begins at sunset, for more info call 941-861-5000.
April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2pm – Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team at the Ski-A-Rees Stadium. 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (behind Mote Marine Aquarium)
April 9, 5pm to 8pm Courtyard Swing at the Ringling Museum. Free with Art After Five admission. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700
April 10 to 12 – Shark’s Tooth Festival – Fri. 4-9pm, Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Live music & more! Venice Airport Festival Grounds. 941-412-0402 www.sharkstoothfest.com
April 10 to 19 – Sarasota Film Festival – the best cinema experience around, highlighting independent film makers, including kids! http://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/
April 10 to May 3 Chicken Soup at the newest downtown theatre! UrbaniteTheatre is located at: 1487 Second Street, Sarasota www.urbanitetheatre.com more info at 941-321-1397
April 11 & 12, 10am to 5pm – Siesta Fiesta, Siesta Key Village.
April 16, 5pm to 8pm – Ringling by the Bay – Featuring the Venturas. Admission is included with Art After Five. http://www.ringling.org/events/ringling-bay-venturas
April 17 to 19 – Suncoast Boat Show in downtown Sarasota at the Bayfront Marina. 100s of boats, yachts and accessories. Fri & Sat: 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 5 pm. Adults $10, under 15 free.
April 17 – Art Market in Nokomis. Live Music & local Art vendors. 106 Pocono Trail E. Nokomis www.thenokomisartmarket.com
April 18, 10am to 7pm – Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash at the Venice Airport park, BBQ teams will be competing for a $20,000! There will be a chili cook off, bake-off & Live Bluegrass. Free admission. Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 595 Airport Ave E., Venice, FL.
April 18, 4pm to 7:30pm – Barefoot Beach Bazaar with a large selection of handmade artisan items. Nokomis Beach Plaza, 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis.
April 18 & 19, 10am to 5pm St. Armand’s Fine Art Festival. Artists’ works of art! Sculpture, painting, jewelry, photography and more. Free admission. St. Armand’s Circle.
April 19, 3pm – Hear & Now at the Sarasota Opera House. A concert performed by young gifted musicians. http://tickets.sarasotaopera.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=1659
April 19 – 10am to 2pm. Family Spring Fling at the Van Wezel – www.vanwezel.org
April 19, 10am to 5pm – Sarasota Earth Day at Oscar Scherer State Park. Free admission! Enjoy nature & wildlife…
April 23 – 25, Gulf Coast Open Fishing Tournament, fishing, prizes & entertainment. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. http://www.gulfcoastopen.net/event/
April 24 at 7:30 Celtic Woman – at the Van Wezel
April 24, 6 to 9pm – Music in the Park at Riverwalk in Bradenton. Free Admission! Bring a chair or blanket & enjoy some Blues! at the Mosaic Amphitheater. Every month until May. Downtown Bradenton, Riverwalk.
April 25, 11am to 8pm Suncoast Blues Festival, featuring headliner Bobby Rush, plus Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Eden Brent, Mr. Sipp, Zac Harmon and Vasti Jackson. Tickets $30 until April 1, $40 at the gate. Sarasota Fairgrounds, 30000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota.
April 25, 12pm to 6pm Braden River Bluegrass Festival and Gumbo Cook off featuring headliner, James King, HWY 41 SOUTH, Beaumont!, Sonya Stratton and Straight South plus a gumbo cook off. $20 includes gumbo tasting. Linger Lodge Restaurant & campgrounds, 7205 85th St., Court E, Bradenton.
April 26, 11:30am to 2pm – Ride the Beaches by Sharky’s on the Pier. A 70 mile, 35 mile and 15 mile ride. Check in starts at 6:30am. (Breakfast available) The ride benefits the Live Strong Foundation. $40 registration. Sharky’s is at 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice.
April 26 – Kathy Griffin – at the Van Wezel