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Address: 777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
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+1 941-955-7676
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The City of Sarasota's landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been...

The City of Sarasota's landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of Broadway, orchestra, classical, music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 45 years.

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The building still can be seen from the roadways and bridges and has been the fixture of the Sarasota landscape for as long as I can remember, and I've been going back and fourth... read more

Reviewed March 5, 2017
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Nokomis, Florida
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017

Van Wezel is a great venue for theater, dancing, concerts, one-man shows, etc. It is also a wonderful venue for the Sarasota ballet, which performs there occasionally. It's right on Sarasota bay and it has ample parking. It also has refreshments before, during and after the performances. The seating is wonderful. You may be far away in the last row,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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205 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017

The building still can be seen from the roadways and bridges and has been the fixture of the Sarasota landscape for as long as I can remember, and I've been going back and fourth for about 30 years. The season schedule varies as the operators keep trying to determine just who is the paying audience. And some years are more... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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149 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2017

They offer a lot of nice performances and shows. The sound is quite good on the first floor where I always get tickets as close to the stage as possible. However the design of the seating is terrible since there are no aisle breaks along a the long rows. The rows are extremely long with seats. It's a fire hazard... More 

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York Beach, Maine
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468 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2017

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall brings impressive groups of performers to its stage. The schedule is filled with solo performers, Broadway musicals, ballets, comedians, out of town and out of country symphony orchestras as well as hosting the Sarasota musical groups and a Town Hall Series. There is also an excellent "out reach" program which enriches local educational programs.... More 

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Chamblee, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2017

There is no way to fully appreciate this architectural landmark and cultural treasure from its front on Tamiami Trail. Certainly the purple and lavender colors grab your attention, but it is only from an airplane perspective or boat deck view from the Sarasota Bay that you realize the building is shaped like a huge seashell. My wife and I were... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful venue. She' s elegantly dressed in lavender & purple with incredible harbor views from every expansive window. The auditorium is richly appointed with holders for your drink. The only issue is that the rows are very long - more aisle space would be appreciated. The acoustics in this place are perfect.

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VanWezel P, Front Office Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

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Sarasota, Florida
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71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017

A Broadway Review of Stars? World Famous Dance Companies? Jazz? Classical? Comedy? The Van Wezel offers only the best of everyone and everything. Each season changes but many of the most popular return. I've never seen to a show where every seat was not sold out! The Van Wezel is a great boon to Sarasota. You will be hard pressed... More 

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VanWezel P, Public Relations Manager at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, responded to this review

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Radford, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

We come to Sarasota each Jan-Feb. We are on the mailing list for Van Wezel and always scan the catalog and get our tickets as soon as they are available. It can be done online as well. Last year we had tickets to seven events. Lots of 60's-70's performers and a Broadway play. This year we only bought three since... More 

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Venice, Florida
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

As new residents in the area we made our first visit to Van Wezel on Jan 29, 2017 to see Johnny Mathis. As much as we loved his performance it will our first and last time there. I am mobility challenged on portable oxygen which wouldn't have been a problem elsewhere in a normal venue. We decided on Valet Parking... More 

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Leicester, Massachusetts
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2017 via mobile

This theater is awesome!! It is located on the waterfront and if you are fortunate you might enjoy a most perfect sunset, as we did!! Since this is a smaller venue, every seat is a good one. We sat right rear and it was wonderful, wonderful....(we saw Johnny Mathis perform)!!!! The seats are comfortable with plenty of leg room. Location... More 

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