Florida State DanceSport Championships
1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive • Sarasota, FL 34236
Located at the Ritz Carlton Hotel
One of the most prestigious championships in Florida, this six day competition of dancing features hundreds of ballroom dancers from around the world gathering to compete for a half a million dollars in cash prizes, merchandise, and scholarships. more...
Mardi Gras at the Powel Crosley Estate
8374 North Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL 34243
Party at the best Mardi Gras gala east of New Orleans. It starts at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12th, at the Powel Crosley Mansion, on Sarasota Bay. Savor the finest Cajun-style cuisine, dance to the best rock and blues and be entertained under the stars. Dress in your best Mardi Gras attire and they will be-dazzle you with endless strands of beads. At the end of the evening, join the cast for a King and Queen coronation - it could be you. Proceeds donated to support the Crosley Estate Foundation. Cash bar with featured Hurricanes. more...
4675 North Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL 34234
A Sarasota tradition for over 30 years, this lounge was established in 1954 and is famous for their lethal Mai Tai drink. The lounge is a Polynesian paradise complete with coconuts, bamboo, and palms.
McCurdy's Comedy Theater
3333 North Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL 34236
Located at Trail Plaza
Enjoy a perfect night out for the best in comedy and improvisation entertainment at this beautiful, state-of-the-art 3,200 square foot theater that also features a 4,000 square foot gated courtyard. Reservations are suggested and you must be 18 years old. Humor workshops in stand up and improvisation are available. more...
1413 Main Street • Sarasota, FL 34236
Ivory can be described as, "...an ultimate, contemporary lounge with a minimalist, modern aesthetic..." The lounge features sophisticated art with progressive urban sounds from various DJs and musicians. Ivory reinvents Sarasota nightlife where design, music and atmosphere combine for a unique, intoxicating experience. Ivory Lounge is a location where the community can be proud to be seen and proud to look their best, set in an upscale venue with affordable prices. Bottle Service is available upon request simply by calling. more...
8251 15th Street East, Suite B • Sarasota, FL 34243
Circus Sarasota's mission is "to provide a circus that represents the circus arts at the highest level and that is linked to the community through performance, education and integrated arts programming." more...
Florida String Quartet
709 North Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL 34236
This resident chamber ensemble performs music stemming from many different styles and origins, as well as sounds by renowned musicians, throughout the year.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 North Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL 34236
Designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, this performance hall is located directly on beautiful Sarasota Bay and hosts over 120 world class performances each year including great music, dances, theater, comedies, Broadway musicals, symphony orchestras, and top national and international performers. An array of educational outreach programs are also available. more...
Golden Apple Dinner Theatre
25 North Pineapple Avenue • Sarasota, FL 34236
The oldest continuing dinner theatre in America and one of a dozen professional dinner theatres in the country, this theatre invites you to enjoy feasting on a bountiful all-you-can-eat buffet followed by an entertaining, award-winning Broadway musical. more...
Players Theatre, The
838 North Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL 34236
The second oldest community theatre in Florida, this performing arts organization was also the first organization of its kind in Sarasota. Six lavish, full scale musicals with live orchestra are performed each season, as well as special events and a series of concerts. more...
Sarasota Ballet of Florida
5555 North Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL 34243
A professional resident company that offers seven world-class, eclectic productions from September to April each year including the traditional holiday favorite "The Nutcracker." Box Office Hours: Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. On performance days, the box office will be open at noon and remain open until intermission of the day's final performance. more...
A Celtic Christmas
64 North Pineapple Avenue • Sarasota, FL 34236
The Sarasota Opera House
The City of Sarasota Pipe Band presents its "Celtic Christmas Concert." The Night before Christmas, like it has never been told, will transcend you into the holiday spirit while capturing the Celtic flare of Christmas through traditional Scottish bagpiping, Irish dance, and classic holiday music. Performers will include "Rhythm in the Night," Paul Duffy, Sara Combs, Riverview High School & Sarasota Military Academy Bagpipers and Highland dancers. COSPB has also partnered with Toys-4-Tots to help those less fortunate during the yuletide season. Donations of unwrapped toys will be extremely appreciated at the front door. Will take place Sunday at 7 p.m. more...
Stone Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key, FL 34228
Held at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort
Some of the United States' leading chefs and vintners will join guests for a long weekend of fine food and wine to celebrate the beginning of stone crab season at the annual Stone Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival. Events will include live music, cooking demonstrations, vintner presentations, and the Chefs Gala Collaboration Dinner. Named "the number one seafood and wine festival in the United States" by Coastal Living magazine, the Stone Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival will take place November 13-16, 2008. more...
Located at Sarasota County Fairgrounds
Enjoy three days of authentic Bavarian fun during this festival that includes a children's interactive area, ongoing Bavarian and alternative music in two venues, and delicious foods and drinks.
Family Rose Festival at the Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Road • Sarasota, FL 34243
941-359-5700 or 941-358-3180
In honor of Mable Ringling's passion for gardening and roses, this annual festival, held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., will have activities for rose enthusiasts and their families. Enjoy activites that will get your hands dirty as well as guided tours of the Rose Garden and workshops by leading regional & national rose experts. more...
Sarasota Kennel Club
5400 Bradenton Road • Sarasota, FL 34234
Live the excitement of greyhound racing sponsored by this kennel club at this facility that features live greyhound racing six days a week with matinees three days a week, as well as greyhound, horse, and harness racing simulcast daily. Two clubhouse dining areas are also on site, as well as numerous concession stands located all throughout the facility. more...
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