Arts & Culture

World of Arts

Sarasota is well known for its rich tradition in the arts. Whether performing arts or museums and attractions Sarasota offers abundant choices for residents and visitors. The region’s long standing love of the arts and culture date back to the 1920’s era of John and Mable Ringling.


Today, Sarasota and its nearby island residents enjoy the best of metropolitan arts, music, performances, galleries and outdoor entertainment just minutes away.

Commonly referred to as the Cultural Coast of Florida, Sarasota’s rich arts scene rivals some of the largest urban settings in the country. Year-round theater, dance and musical performances make Sarasota’s a unique community. With full schedules in many of our favorite performing arts centers, not a month goes by that residents where a variety of quality productions are available.


Sarasota’s performing arts includes everything from a professional Ballet, Opera and Symphony, to myriad theaters such as Florida Studio, Asolo, Black Theatre Troupe, Player’s and Circus Arts temping enthusiasts with stage performances and entertainment.

Galleries and museums abound in all corners of the region. The famed Peter Paul Rubens paintings at Ringling Museum of Art on Sarasota’s glistening bayfront, dozens of galleries lining Palm and Pineapple Avenues, an artists colony in Towle’s Court and countless shows and exhibits all throughout the community, Sarasota offers devotees of the visual arts endless possibilities.

The remarkable blending of nature and culture in Sarasota draws visitors to the waterfront at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Mote Marine Laboratories, and Myakka River State Park, the historical mansions of Crosley Powell and Bay Preserve, and entertainment at sites such as The Big Cat Habitat, Sarasota Jungle Gardens and TreeUmph.

To view all that Sarasota has to offer visit The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota.