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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-7676
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Ranked #26 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters, Operas, Symphonies
Description: A good place for cultural entertainment.
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Sarasota, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We are season ticket holders and buy a number of other tickets throughout the season!! You can't beat the pricing or quality of performances!! We go to Tampa to see the first runs of the National Tours. - but love the variety that arrives each year in Sarasota!! Ushers can be a little over the top - but they are... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I am certain that this auditorium attracts top talent and shows. I, however, didn't have the opportunity, nor was I encouraged to see any of them. A rainy week in Sarasota left me and my husband to look for indoor options. We stopped at Van Wezel and were treated with a sense of distain. We were looking for options and... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
68 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

My wife and I attend performances at the Van Wezel several times each year while we are spending the winter months in Florida. We love the venue. The theatre is not too large so even the seats in the rear are pretty good. Nonetheless we always try to get seats no farther back that row 12. These are in the... More

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Nokomis, Florida, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We recently saw Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers there and enjoyed it very much. The seats are comfy and the ushers are very helpful. They are prompt with the curtain and the lighting is great! And prices are reasonable for such big names.

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Tampa, Florida
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My problem with printing the tickets I purchased online foreshadowed events to come. The box office was kind enough to print and mail the tickets when I explained that the link they emailed led to a broken page. I was the third caller that day with a similar complaint but the info was not passed along to anyone who could... More

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Burtonsville, Maryland
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

My condolences to anyone who donated to the building of this facility. The folks in charge of the interior layout were massively overpaid. You can only get to seats along the side by elevator or stairs. There are no aisles running up and down anywhere except along the sides. The rows are continuous--about 64 seats all in one long row.... More

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20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We saw Kenny Rogers at the Van Wezel Feb 14. Like many other reviews, the facility is a little old when you consider accessibility. For those requiring assistance, I would suggest valet parking, as you can go right to the door. The parking lot is large, easy to find a spot. The hall is neat and tidy, nice decor coming... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I've been to many concerts at Van Wezel and have enjoyed almost every one. The building is wonderful, the sound system is excellent and the staff is very helpful. They have added a fire pit and more tables onto the patio (which is very nice on cool nights). I am looking forward to my next concert.

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Bradenton, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Have seen some AMAZING shows here at reasonable prices! Plenty of easy access parking and enjoyable walking views before/after the show. The dolphins did show up before we went in for a GREAT show! A great time for all ages. :)

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Elkhart, IL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Easy to get to, easy to park. High caliber performance. Friendly staff. Enough restrooms! Enjoyed a glass of wine before show. Tick ets priced reasonably, easy on line ordering. Nice opportunity to wear LBD. Good memory!

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