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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-955-7676
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Great performances

I have seen several performances from Plays to Symphonies and they were very special. The seating... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Great location

Lovely venue for various performances - parking is incredibly easy and staffed to serve everyone... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boston, Massachusetts
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good23%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-955-7676
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have seen several performances from Plays to Symphonies and they were very special. The seating is difficult since there is NO CENTER ISLE. It makesentry and exit a little cumbersome.

Thank fslincoln
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely venue for various performances - parking is incredibly easy and staffed to serve everyone. Seats are comfortable - and shows are entertaining!

Thank BusyTraveler360
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all remember that if anyone in your party is handicapped elderly or has trouble walking, it will be a real challenge to attend any performance here except with valet parking. If it is raining, you will be drenched before you even get inside....More

Thank SRQJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Cleveland Orchestra Concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with friends. This was our first visit and found the experience to be below expectations. As noted in other reviews, your choice of parking should be driven by your ticket location....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the Van Wezel. It's odd, I'll admit, with its lack of vertical aisles, but it's not the only venue like that. We were in the cheap seats ("smart seats", they're called), last and highest row, and about in the middle. Terrible if there'd...More

Thank BearMistress
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently, we ordered a premium wine for $14 before a performance of the Nutcracker. Due to the long line, we received the wine about 5 minutes before the performance began. Imagine our surprise when the ushers refused to let us in the performance with our...More

Thank Alexis30305
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An army of friendly, helpful volunteers, clean bathrooms throughout facility. Easy parking-part to the far end or use valet. Jackson Browne in concert. He was great, acoustics were outstanding.

Thank MarkO95
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sold out....and stuffed in. Problem with overpriced tickets in secondary market. Call their ticket office to understand their policy. New restaurant(buffet) offering and cocktail prices a bit high.....considering the low wages for wait staff. They were not prepared for the demand, but manager reacted quickly...More

Thank Zforall
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the "VW" with a group of friends, and the whole experience was not what any of us would consider to be exceptional by any stretch of the imagination. The layout is very strange -- LONGGGGGG rows with no aisles. After the show started,...More

1  Thank Yankee-Views
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What is to love about the Van Wezel, Sarasota's purple seashell of a hall on the bayfront? Location, view, color, architecture. It was designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright studio, Taliesin, and Wright's widow had a hand in selecting the inspiration--a seashell with the lavender...More

Thank GayleyPablo
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Diane E
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10 January 2015|
Response from VanWezel P | Property representative |
Well we're pretty certain your dinner plans have expired at this point. However, we would like to provide you with the best dining options moving forward should your plans bring you back to our wonderful city. We are a... More