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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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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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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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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Helluva Shell!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jerry L
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Chamblee, Georgia, United States
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Chamblee, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Radford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Homer City, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The area was easily accessible and had plenty of parking. We thoroughly enjoyed the program. The stage was large and provided for movement of the performers without resrtriction. Ushers were very kind to the public and graciously assisted anyone in every possible way. All seats provided a great view of the stage and were comfortable. we were able to exit... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Nice location with easy drop off and valet parking available. The seats are all on top of each other just like traveling on a plane. If you are seated in the middle you will have to crawl out over others if you need the bathroom. I will get aisle seats next time for my spouse. My seat was sloped downward... More 

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Crestwood, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

My first visit to the Van Wezel for the Melissa Etheridge concert and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Ample leg room for this 5' 10" gal and no problems with moving to the side to let others pass. The small venue was perfect for this type of concert. Easy to access all amenities. I look forward to future performances.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Very nice place to see an event. Went to see Tosh.O and three other comics. Was a great show. Nice facility.

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