Season tickets at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall allows members to choose to spend their evenings enjoying the stylings of music icons such as Barry Manilow to experiencing Tony Award-winning traveling versions of Broadway classics without leaving Sarasota.

Not only does the cultural treasure host incredible talent, the theater also places a lot of importance on community outreach programs. The architectural landmark was built in 1968 to bring visiting artists into the community for meaningful education programs while simultaneously providing a quality home for other local cultural organizations.

A Night of Theater at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Planning a trip to Sarasota in the near future? Sneak a show into your itinerary! The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall sits on the Sarasota Bay, allowing guests to catch the sunset prior to taking their seats for the ballet, take a stroll before curtain call on for Cabaret, or grab a bite to eat at one of the surrounding restaurants following an afternoon show.

Have time to spare before heading home? Guided tours are available for guests to go behind-the-scenes of the Van Wezel for a look at the workings backstage. Tickets for art tours are also on sale to walk the permanent exhibit of paintings and sculptures provided by the Fine Arts Society containing works dating from the 1930s to present-day by Florida's most renowned artists.

Locally known as “The Purple Cow,” the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota. Hosting more than 25,000 students from surrounding counties, each season's mission is to introduce young minds to the performing arts. With over 100 events scheduled for the season, locals and visitors alike can marvel over the talent that performs at the Van Wezel any night of the week with the guarantee that there is something for everyone.

The "Crown Jewel of Sarasota Bay," the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is the world’s only purple seashell-shaped theater. Whether you are taking in the rich culture or admiring the architecture, this theater promises visitors an unforgettable experience.

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