Sarasota Florida and her Islands on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and trolley.

Sarasota Florida and her Islands on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and trolley.


Sarasota’s Arts and Entertainment

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Sarasota’s cultural scene offers a vast array of arts and attractions.

Featuring classical and modern dance, the Sarasota Ballet performs throughout the year while the Asolo Theatre’s regional theatrical company unveils their lineup November through June.

In October, the John and Mable Ringling Museum hosts an International Arts Festival. This six-day cultural celebration is presented in collaboration with New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center. The entire event with music, dance, theater and visual arts is orchestrated by non other than Mikhail himself! This is where you can mix, mingle and “get your arts fix” on a beautiful 66-acre cultural "campus" along Sarasota Bay!

Sarasota and Bradenton also house two large artist communities called Towles Court and the Village of the Arts. Both locations feature a colorful collection of "Old Florida" bungalows housing galleries, studios and cafes. In neighborly fashion, these artists live, work and feed off the enthusiasm of their counterparts, in pursuit of their own unique style.

Towles Court has an evening art walk the third Friday of every month while the first Friday and Saturday of each month is assigned to the Village of the Arts. Check their sites for details.

Take a look at more offerings in this comprehensive Vacation Planner.

Meanwhile, Sarasota’s Film Festival and Van Wezel attract top rated actors, concerts and international performances.

If art is your passion, the Ringling Museum houses fine baroque period paintings including the oversized works of Rubens as well as numerous sculptures from John and Mable Ringling’s collection. Stroll the bay-front grounds and tour the rose gardens on your way to Ringling’s waterfront home, the Ca d’Zan. This is the last of America’s Gilded Age mansions. Constructed in 1924-1925, at a cost of $1.5 million dollars, this home is 36,000 square feet with 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms. Then see memorabilia and artifacts at the nearby circus museum where visitors at any age are able to experience the magic of the center ring. Tickets are discounted on Thursdays after 5:00pm.

Head to Sarasota’s Season of Sculpture, an International Invitational Exhibit. The shaded walkway offers a series of large pieces along Sarasota’s Bayfront where large installations are on display for only six months. This non-profit organization reviews and selects new artists every fall.





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Attn. Intl. Visitors

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  Anna Maria Is.
  Bradenton
  Longboat Key
  St Armands
  Lido Key
  Siesta Key
  Casey Key
  Venice
  North Port
  Englewood
  Manasota Key
  Port Charlotte
  Punta Gorda
Housed in an exceptional structure along the bayfront of St. Petersburg is the Surreal Artistry of Salvador Dali. High-profile architect Yann Weymouth (who worked with I.M. Pei on the Louvre’s glass pyramid) created the design to pay homage to Dalí’s free-flowing imagination. Of the 18 so-called Masterworks produced by Dali, eight are located in St. Pete’s Dali Museum.

Also in St. Petersburg is the Morean Arts Center with a fine collection of Dale Chihuly. Make sure to plan a visit to the nearby hot shop where the art of glass blowing is demonstrated.




Sarasota Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife.


Discounted Museum admissions on...Thursdays

Enjoy the Museum’s entire Art Collection and Exhibits... with cocktails in the loggia every Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00pm. Bring the family and explore the Circus Museum's miniature circus and Wisconsin railroad car.

Please refer to our Culture/ Vacation Planner for additional Performances, Museums and all the Arts in the area.


Sarasota Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Sarasota Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Sarasota Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife.


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