It’s easy to forget that there is more to New York than the city…more to California than Wine and Guacamole…and more than just beaches at Siesta Key.
Although it’s true that Siesta Key does boast some of the finest beaches in the world, this area is not a one-hit wonder. Yes, people come for the surf, but everyone is pleasantly surprised to see how much there is to do that doesn’t involve sunburn and sand in your pants. In fact, there is a vibrant culture and arts community that extends throughout the Sarasota Area. Many local organizations, such as the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota are the unsung heroes of supporting and promoting local artistry and craft.
Venues for Performing Arts
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Have a night on the bay in downtown Sarasota while enjoying one of the areas most prestigious venues for music, dance, theater, and comedy. Offering over 100 events every year, the schedule of events at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is certainly worth looking into.
Asolo Repertory Theater
More focused on acting, the Asolo Theater provides the area with 3 world class stages for events of varying intimacy. Be sure to find a show at the Ringling Museum Visitors Pavilion, which houses the country’s only 18th-century Italian Jewelbox Theater.
Sarasota Opera House
Completing a $20 million restoration in 2008, this historic theater pays tribute to Italian classics and American Contemporary standards in a venue built and maintained primarily for the purposes of Opera.
Originally conceived by circus legend John Ringling, here you may find an amazing collection of over 20 galleries with inspired pieces from all over the world. With different events and exhibits available all year round, this museum is a must-see for all of the most curious members of the family!
Sarasota Classic Car Museum
Travel back in time and experience the superior craftsmanship and luxury of antique automobiles in the country’s second oldest classic car museum. Featuring an exhibit of over 75 vehicles, this destination is sure to have the whole family interested and engaged. Be sure to catch some live music here one night for an unforgettable experience.