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Things To Do
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.
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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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