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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 #28 of 88 Attractions in Sarasota
Type: Operas, Symphonies, Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: A good place for cultural entertainment.

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Sarasota, Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This hall is a fabulous venue, with easy access/parking, great concert acoustics and nice ambiance, but the absence of a center aisle renders the hall less desirable. After reading about the hall's design, it is apparent that, in this smaller auditorium, the length of a row of seats from the center to the side exits is no more than the... More

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Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We attended a concert, one of many I have attended at the Van Wezel. What I like most is any seat is a good seat, this is theatre in the crescent. Meaning the hall is a crescent shape of seating which allows for a good view no matter where you sit. They attract top acts and offer plentiful parking and... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Beautiful venue, right on the inter coastal. This is a fairly small, but classy purple (yep, purple) performing arts center. (It was designed by someone famous, I think a follower of Frank Lloyd Wright or something.). If if you end up in the last row, you will probably still have better seats than at a larger venue. We have gone... More

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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212 reviews 212 reviews
71 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Was staying in the Hyatt nearby, thought we would try the Friday Fest, sun was out but rain was forecast. So it was moved inside, how was this going to work I wondered ....Entry was free, the main entrance had a bar and food stalls, in the lower lobby more food and drinks, we sat outside with a beer, overlooking... More

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Brewerton, New York
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114 reviews 114 reviews
24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Bought 2 tickets online for this one night performance at the Van Wezel. Arrived 25 min before the show, long line for Valet parking. Not enough handicap parking spots, but drop off nearby offered. Fanastic hall for music and theater performances. Easy access to all seats. Can take drinks in purchased from the 3 to 4 bars. Martina McBride had... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Went to Van Wezel this year for a boring Beatles cover band. But the lousy band was not the worst of it. The physical building is horribly designed. From a confusing parking lot layout, to a meandering trek through endless halls from the front to the actual theater, to an auditorium with NO CENTER AISLE. Are you kidding me? We... More

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Longboat Key, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

For a relatively small city, the Van Wezel attracts some big name talent and has very diverse musical and comedic offerings. But it's one of the sorriest venues for its size I have ever been in. The lack of a center aisle is just unforgivable. If you in the middle you are likely to become claustrophobic by the end of... More

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Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

On June 15, 2014, my husband and I had tickets for the hugely popular Move Live on Tour show with Julianne and Derek Hough. It was an exciting dance show that we viewed with binoculars!! Our trouble is with the ticketing of the Van Wezel. We wrote the date down when they would BEGIN selling tickets. Called them that very... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We loved the Sarasota production of the Nutcracker. Many families were there with children and the staging and design by the Sarasota Ballet was fantastic. My daughter also went to the Van Wezel with her kindergarten class to see productions based on children's books and had a great time. As with many performing arts halls, the only negative comment is... More

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Florida
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174 reviews 174 reviews
49 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Beautiful purple Frank Lloyd Wright designed theater seating 1800 people. Acoustics not perfect however. They offer some good shows, bringing Broadway to Sarasota. Setting is gorgeous on the Bay. Beautiful place

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