Based on the book by Jacqueline Wilson Adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves Directed by Sally Cookson. Charles Dickens meets Orphan Annie meets Cirque du Soleil in this smashing new play that has taken the U.K. by storm. Based on Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling novel, Hetty Feather is a feisty young 19th century redhead with an indomitable imagination and a zest for adventure. Left at the not-so-tender mercies of the Foundling Hospital as a baby, Hetty’s quest to find her true home takes her from the English countryside to the traveling circus to the mean streets of London, all by way of thrilling aerial and circus feats, live music and spectacular story-telling. A true celebration of the random nature of life, this is a must-see theatrical adventure for all ages. June 2–June 26, click HERE for more info.

Comedienne Lynne Koplitz at McCurdy’s Comedy Theater June 22-26, click HERE for more info.

The Ringling Art After 5. Explore the Museum of Art permanent and special exhibition galleries, and the Circus Museum. Art After 5 Admission includes select events and programs. Explore the Museum of Art permanent and special exhibition galleries, and the Circus Museum. Events with limited capacity may require a ticket; please view the individual event to learn if a ticket is required. June 23 5:00pm -8:00pm. Chick HERE for more info.

The Ringling Summer Circus Spectacular. June 15 through July 30. The 2016 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you! Join us for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with our good friends at The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.” Click HERE for more info.

Friday Fest 2016: The Van Wezel Friday Fest FREE Outdoor Summer Concert Series for 2016 brings the best local bands to the Sarasota Bayfront. With great music, food and fun, come spend an evening with us on our bayside lawn, soaking in the soothing sounds and setting sun! Click HERE for more info.

The MOTE Museum Laboratory and Aquarium is an independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education. Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. Click HERE for more info.