Here are the best things to do in Sarasota in November




Ringling College Sarasota Art Museum

Remains visible here until November 14: Charles McGill: in the rough. From November 26 to April 2 is Judith Linhares: The Artist as Conservative. 309-4300;

Ringling College of Art and Design Galleries

The shows running through December 10 on campus are from Lee Mayers Landscapes (Patricia Thompson + Skylight Galleries), The sickest, an exhibition of student illustrations (Willis Smith Gallery); Newtown alive (Basch Gallery); and POW! Mike’s comic art Zeck from the Costas Collection, pt. 1 (Stulberg Gallery). Also at the PS340 space in the city center: War paint, Courage profiles, 1 Nov-Dec 10. 359-7563;

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

On the view here is now Hard bodies, the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture, featuring works from the Clark Collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. From January 23 to November 14 to February 23, capture Rhodnie Desir: Conservations in motion. And the opening on November 21 (until August 13, 2023) is as long as there is sun. as long as there is light. Selections from the Bring Gift and the Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. 359-5700;

To dance

From Paso

Sara Perez and Ruben Puertas team up with four musicians for this new work in the art of flamenco, until November 3 in the performance series The Ringling. 360-7399;


A new outdoor production from the female-run company Mimre, bringing a mix of dance, theater and circus to The Ringling’s performance series, November 18-21. 360-7399;

The Sarasota Ballet

Sir Peter Wright Summertide and Twyla Tharp Nine Songs of Sinatra combine for this month’s program, Nov. 19 and 20 at the Sarasota Opera House. 359-0099;


Selby Gardens Orchid Show

The annual show, showcasing both orchids and the circus in Aerials from the treetops to the marquee! continues until November 28 at the downtown campus. 366-5731;

Sarasota Medieval Fair

Yes, tournament weekends, food and medieval madness in general are back this season, this time in a new location: Woods of Mallaranny, 29847 FL-70 E in Myakka City. The fair takes place rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from November 6 to 28. For more information on tickets, call (888) 303-3247 or head to

MOD Weekend

Architecture Sarasota honors visionary Philip Hanson Hiss at this year’s MOD, which features talks, tours, parties and more from November 12-14. For tickets, go to

Siesta Classic Crystal Key

The international sand sculpture festival returns to Siesta Beach from November 12-15, with two dozen master sculptors competing for the top spot. Also on hand: live music, food and drink vendors, and an amateur sculpture contest. Find out all about

Circus Dreams Holidaze

The family holiday show returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 7:30 p.m. on November 29. 263-6799;


The silk scale

This one-act comedy opera by Rossini about a secret husband and potential lovers climbing a ladder to enter and exit a lady’s bedroom is the fall offering of the Sarasota Opera House, with performances that continue on November 3, 9, 11 and 13. 328-1300;

Sarasota Orchestra

“Portraits in Sound” is the theme of the first part of the Orchestra’s Masterpieces series, featuring the works of Guarnieri Festive opening, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Mussorgsky’s Pictures of an exhibition, November 5, 6 and 7 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Invited violinist Blake Pouliot and Marcelo Lehninger conducts. 953-3434;

Sarasota Choristers

The Choral Artists Chamber Chorus presents a concert version of the popular song by Leonard Bernstein On the city musical, November 7 at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. 387-4900;

SooBeen Lee / Dina Vainshtein

Violinist Lee and pianist Vainshtein’s team perform at a Sarasota Artist Series concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Sinai Temple. On the program: works by Schubert, Debussy, Suk and Russian composer Igor Frolov. 306-1200;

An evening with Bruce Hornsby

The multi-talented singer, songwriter and pianist visits the Van Wezel at 8 p.m. on November 11. 263-6799;

Straight No Chaser: back in the high life

The a cappella group returns to the Van Wezel at 8 p.m. on November 12, 263-6799;

Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll

Delve into your musical memories of the past five (or six) decades with this show, on stage at 8 p.m. on November 18 at the Van Wezel. 263-6799;

The Venice Symphony

The orchestra opens its season at the Venice Performing Arts Center with “Brahms and the Boys,” featuring Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor, as well as works by Haydn and Smetana. November 19 and 20. 207-8822;

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

The New Age music ensemble rings the holidays in its own way, at 8 p.m. on November 20 at the Van Wezel. 263-6799;

America: 50e Anniversary tour

More musical memories, this time from the band known for hits like “Sister Golden Hair”, “Horse with No Name” and more. At 7 p.m. on November 21 at Van Wezel’s. 263-6799;

Key Choir: Sheer Grace

The vocal ensemble teams up with the Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company and interns for a program featuring Eric Whitacre’s Five love songs in Hebrew and Good night moon, John Rutter Magnificat and more, at 4 p.m. on November 28 at the Sarasota Opera House. 921-4845;

Dave Koz and his Christmas friends 2021

Alongside Koz for this season’s holiday concert tour, Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Rebecca Jade. At 8 p.m. on November 30 at Van Wezel’s. 263-6799;



This celebration of Eubie Blake’s songs, including “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” continues through November 21 on stage at the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe. 366-1505;

In the wake of a dead Drag Queen

This humorous and choreographed play by Terry Guest celebrates the life of a drag star from late rural Georgia as it opens the Urbanite Theater season, which runs through December 5. 321-1397;

The Great American Musical Trailer Park

This musical, which takes place in the town of Starke, Florida, has been a huge hit for the Venice theater in the past, not once, not twice, but three times. So … it’s back on the main stage until November 28th. 488-1115;


Playwright Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins reinvents the classic morality play Each man for a modern audience, on stage in a FSU / Asolo Conservatory production at the Cook Theater, from November 2 to 21. 351-8000; asolorep. org

Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly

The True, Musical Story of the Life of the Late Great Buddy Holly opens the main season of the Florida Studio Theater from November 3, 366-9000;


Take a peek at this William Finn musical about a man leaving his wife and son to be with his lover, Whizzer, November 3-14 in the Studio 1130 space of The Players Center at The Crossings in Siesta Key. 365-2494;

Friends in low places

Music from country artists like Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and George Strait feeds into this review, which premieres November 17 at FST’s Goldstein Cabaret. 366-9000;

Assisted Living The Musical: Home for the Holidays

Another musical, mixing retirement, Christmas, Hanukkah and more, on stage in Stage 2 of the Venice Theater from November 19 to December 19. 19. 488-1115;


The great original “tribal” rock musical, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, is slated to open Asolo Rep’s season with performances from November 20 to January 1. Let the sun shine! 351-8000;

Come from afar

Long postponed because of the Covid, this musical set in a small Canadian town welcoming air passengers baffled on September 11 should now take place from November 23 to 28 in Van Wezel. 263-6799;


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