Venice Theatre is spectacular and one of the largest, most active community theatres in the United States.

The Venice Symphony has become the pride of Venice and South Sarasota County. Residents and tourists fill its performance hall each year for six concerts beginning December through April.

The Venice Art Center is your first place to seek original art. The center’s periodic shows of painting and sculpture by local artists offers educational programs, year-round art classes, evening mixers and family friendly activities.

The Venice Museum and Archives, located in the historic Triangle Inn, features historical and archeological exhibits dating back to 1867.

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Across the north bridge, Sarasota’s downtown 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 is a six-day cultural celebration of music, dance, theater and visual arts.

Sarasota and Bradenton also house two large artist communities, Towles Court and the Village of the Arts. Both locations feature a colorful collection of “Old Florida” bungalows housing galleries, studios and cafes.

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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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.

Also, featured is memorabilia and artifacts at the nearby circus museum where visitors can 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.

Fort Myer’s Art Walk – Held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m., Fort Myer’s Art Walk features local and national artwork in downtown art galleries and several art stops along the River District.

Fort Myer’s Florida Reperatory Theatre – Built in 1908, the Arcade Theatre is the setting for award winning live performances featuring ten plays from October through May. This is where Thomas Edison saw his first film with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Performance Schedule

Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall – Fort Myers – A broad spectrum of the world’s finest artists ranging from music and dance to theater and comedy are featured throughout the months of October through May. More Info


Visani Dinner & Shows – Every week, comedians from Las Vegas to New York… even “The Comedy Zone” are featured at Visani Dinner Theater in Port Charlotte. More Info

Fort Myers Laugh In Comedy Cafe – Enjoy dinner and comedy or dance the night away. More Info


Please refer to our Culture/ Vacation Planner for more Performances,
Theatres and Museums in Sarasota and Tampa Bay.