Entertainment

When the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus moved its winter quarters to sunny Sarasota County in 1927, bringing with it a menagerie of circus performers and artists from around the world, entertainment became the backbone of Sarasota's economy and culture. 

Although the traveling circus tradition diminished over the decades, "The Circus Capital of the World," never lost its gusto for laughs, fun and star-quality entertainment. 

Sarasota's circus tradition remains robust at Circus Arts Conservatory, but big top fun is just one of the many modes of entertainment in town. Comedy clubs like McCurdy's Comedy Theatre keep the laughs coming (without risking the mess of a pie in the face) and Sarasota's love affair with the silver screen reigns supreme at the Sarasota Film Festival and in independent theatres throughout the county. Whether it's action, jokes, or drama you seek, there's entertainment at every turn in Sarasota.

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Cabaret - Florida Studio Theatre's Cabaret Series has seen more than 65 original FST musical revues. Terence Fugate, arts writer for SCENE Magazine says, "If you have never attended a show at [FST's] Cabaret Theatre, you really don't know what you've been missing.
1241 N. Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236-5602

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is Sarasota’s contemporary theatre. Founded in 1973, FST has grown to a village of five theatres located in...

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Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trl. Corner of Bradenton Road and MLK Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34234

The Ringling College Library Association (RCLA), established in 1975, is a not-for-profit organization independent of Ringling College dedicated to the ongoing development...

Artistic Director & Maestro Joseph Caulkins - For the past 10 seasons as Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins has consistently delivered innovative concert experiences through adventurous programming, unique collaborations and performances of new and rarely heard works.

He has taken audiences to unexpected places including: the world premiere of The Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo; a dramatic performance of Richard Einhorn’s dynamic oratorio, Voices of Light, written to accompany Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film classic “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” a collaboration with the Sarasota Opera and the Sarasota Film Society; an innovative program titled Mozart Meets Radiohead with edgy string quintet Sybarite5; the US premiere of James Whitbourn’s Annelies, a setting of the Diary of Anne Frank, which the Herald-Tribune called a “Triumph;” and the highly acclaimed Cirque des Voix™, an innovative concert experience with The Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota.
1233C S Tamiami Trl
Sarasota, FL 34239

Key Chorale, the Suncoast’s premier symphonic chorus, is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative programming, artistic excellence, educational outreach and service to...

Sarasota Film Festival
323 Central Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging...
388_644x480.jpg - Keith's Seafood Tacos is one of the most popular items on the menu.  Choose from Grouper, Mahi, Shrimp or local Fresh catch!
5238 Ocean Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34242-3309

Siesta Key Oyster Bar, or “SKOB” as the locals call it, is a true "Landmark" in the world famous Siesta Key Village.  SKOB is the...

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5501 Palmer Crossing Cir
Sarasota, FL 34233

A humble little Italian restaurant with serious Italian food!

Exceptional service...except for Frank!

Reservations- ENCOURAGED!!

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