Sarasota Art Scene

sarasot_dancers_454In it's latest issue, AmericansStyle Magazine ranked Sarasota 5th and Bradenton 10th on it's list of Top 25 Small Cities for Art. It's the 2nd year in a row Sarasota ranked 5th in this list. It's no wonder - Sarasota’s rich arts scene rivals some of the biggest urban centers in the country. Home to dozens of performing arts venues, opera, theater, and ballet companies, there is never a shortage of visual and performing arts entertainment. Check out these links for everything you need to know about the Sarasota Arts Scene.


Asolo Repertory Theater

The Asolo story is rich in history both in our community and abroad. Each season more than 100,000 people attend the Asolo’s diverse repertoire of theater experiences.

Ringling Museum of Art

In 1911, John Ringling and his wife, Mable purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida. Today, the Ringling Museum welcomes visitors from around the globe with a fine art museum, a historic mansion, two circur museums.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Set along Sarasota's beautiful bayfront, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 35 years.

Sarasota Ballet

Sarasota Ballet is the Gulf Coast of Florida’s first and only professional ballet company. Under the Direction of internationally famed Iain Webb, the Sarasota Ballet has featured several world premieres and has expanded it’s repertoire to include works by world renowned choreographers.

Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera owns and performs in the historic Sarasota Opera House. The building has recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation and restoration designed to restore the historic 1926 theater to its original glory.

Sarasota Orchestra

60 years in the making, the Sarasota Orchestra is the new Florida West Coast Symphony. With new series and new concerts, the Orchestra offers a whole new way to experience classical music.

This is just a small sample of what we offer. Check out the web sites below for more offerings.

Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sarasota County Arts Council

Greater Sarasota Area Chamber of Commerce

Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Visit Florida