Theaters/Performing Arts/Museums – Sarasota has a thriving visual arts community and art festivals that draw visitors from across the globe. Fans of the performing arts flock to Sarasota to attend shows at the rich collection of theater companies and venues in the area, from North to South County.

Sarasota Ballet of Florida

5555 N. Tamiami Tr.
Sarasota, FL 34243-2141

With a mission to enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen the community through the art of dance, The Sarasota Ballet is one of the most unique organizations of its kind in the country.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

1226 N. Tamiami Trl.
Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236

The Artist Series of Sarasota presents a series of concerts annually from October to June featuring world-class classical musicians.

Players Theater

838 N. Tamiami Trl.
Sarasota, FL 34236-4033

Year-round programming which includes a Broadway Theater Series, SNAP! (Something New At Players!) Series, Concerts, and a Summer Sizzler Series. The Players Theater is Sarasota’s Community Theater, dedicated to delivering quality productions of main stage classics.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236

Set along Sarasota’s beautiful bay front, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 42 years.

Florida Studio Theater

1241 N. Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236-5602

Florida Studio Theater presents the finest in contemporary theater. A beacon of the Sarasota arts and culture scene since 1973, FST currently operates five theaters: the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres, parisian style Goldstein and John C. Court Cabaret’s, and the intimate and engaging Bowne’s Lab Theatre. FST also has its own in-house restaurant, The Green Room, open for dining prior to all Mainstage performances. FST produces many world premieres and contemporary works which have been on or off Broadway in the last five years. In addition, FST offers numerous adult, senior and youth classes throughout the year.

The John and Mable Ringling Estates

5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida

State art museum of Florida, located in Sarasota, Florida.[1] It was established in 1927 as the legacy of Mable and John Ringling for the people of Florida. Features at Ringling estate are: Cà d’Zan, Rose Garden, Circus Museum and Tibbals Learning center, The Wisconsin, Ringling Art Library,Historia Asolo Theater, and The Secret Garden are all located at Ringling Estates.

Marie Shelby Botanical Gardens

811 S Palm Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236

A tropical, urban oasis featuring unparalleled horticulture displays and a Sarasota bay-front setting, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a world-class center for education, research and conservation. Nestled on the shores of beautiful Sarasota Bay, Selby Gardens is a tropical urban oasis with something for everyone.  Relax amidst nature’s beauty and allow the scenery of unparalleled botanical bliss to carry you away.

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

2121 N. Tamiami Trl.
Sarasota, FL 34234

Our Mission is to Operate an extraordinary art and whimsical Museum for the public by collecting, preserving and exhibiting works of Artistic and Whimsical importance to Educate our visitors about our culture, history, and environment and to Inspire, Challenge, Nurture Creative Expression, and Lift our Spirits.

Circus Arts Conservatory

2075 Bahia Vista St.
Sarasota, FL 34239

Providing some of the most anticipated events in our area, The Circus Arts Conservatory leads the way in cultivating and enriching circus legacy on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Enjoy everything from professional world-class circus arts productions, to student productions of “The Greatest Little Show on Earth”. The Circus Arts Conservatory is home to Circus Sarasota, Sailor Circus Academy – as well as education and humor therapy outreach programs – and is the only 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts educational organization dedicated to sharing the entertainment, education and enrichment of the circus artsin Sarasota.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

3701 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34234-5211

Come visit Sarasota’s zoo! Pose with a parrot, hand-feed flamingos, watch lemurs at play, stare down a vulture, pet a skunk, and wander our jungle trails. Grab lunch or a snack at our Flamingo Cafe. Interactive and educational shows daily. It’s a Jungle In Here!

McCurdys Comedy Theater & Humor Institute

1923 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236

McCurdy’s Comedy Theater was established in Sarasota/Bradenton Florida in 1988. Our new facility is a 7100 square foot purple building located in the heart of Historic Downtown Sarasota’s East End at the intersection of Ringling Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The theater was completely remodeled to create a world-class showroom devoted to the art of Stand-up Comedy. The Green Room is a great place to visit and have a drink before or after the show with a full bar and a great menu which is also available in the showroom.