Things to Do in Sarasota This Weekend

Circus Sarasota Legacy: 25th Anniversary Show

February 5, 2023
March 5, 2023
Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Sarasota, FL 34235

In its 25th anniversary year, Sarasota’s hometown circus, Circus Sarasota, is ready to bring chills, thrills and laughs aplenty to audiences of all ages with “Circus Sarasota Legacy: 25th Anniversary Show” from February 10 through March 5, 2023. Featuring new and innovative acts, Circus Sarasota’s 2023 production will offer high-flying action, heart-stopping thrills, laugh-out-loud comedic antics, and acts that defy both expectations and the boundaries of physical limitations. Closing the show this year is a world-premiere performance by a duo straps act from Ukraine, featuring Maryna Tkachenko and Anastasiia Kornieieva. The Circus Arts Conservatory has joined numerous other members of the Global Alliance of Circus Schools to support circus artists from Ukraine by sponsoring visas and offering jobs so that they can work even while their country is at war with Russia. Sarasota natives returning to Circus Sarasota 2023 include Joseph Bauer Jr. as ringmaster and Sylvia Zerbini with The Liberty Horses. Other acts will include tempo diabolo (juggling), hand balancing, tight wire, aerial silks, (a three-story) unicycle and much more. Performances take place under the Ulla Searing Big Top on Nathan Benderson Park's Regatta Island (5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota). Show times vary (Wednesday-Saturday at 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays and Monday, February 20 at 1 and 5 p.m.). Tickets are $20-$75. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 941-355-9805.

March 3, 2023: 

It's the first Friday of the month so that means Music on Main at Lakewood Ranch from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. with GJack’d Up will fill the air with radio friendly music hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, and the event will benefit Friends of the Lakewood Ranch Library, Inc. Beer, wine and food sales. Check out the fountain area for a balloon twister, face painting, and fun. Bring your chairs, but leave coolers at home. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a short leash. Overflow parking is available at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Lakewood Ranch is off University Parkway east of I-75

March 3 – 5, 2023: 

It's the Downtown Sarasota Blues Festival with performances by creative and talented musicians from both the local and regional circuit. Choose your foods from a diverse menu of barbeque and meat dishes (along with vegetarian and seafood of course) all cooked fresh on site by local restaurants and food purveyors. During breaks between performances, enjoy time shopping a marketplace of fine arts, crafts, and select fine products and food items. Friday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.. Admission is Free! J.D. Hamel Park, Bayfront Drive, Sarasota, FL.

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