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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34236
+1 941-955-7676
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The big purple eggplant

One day I hope I can say I used to go this monstrosity in past tense. The architect who designed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarasota, Florida
via mobile

Thanks to my best friend, Sheila, who seems to celebrate my July birthday year round (lucky me!) I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Englewood, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good23%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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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 1 week ago via mobile

One day I hope I can say I used to go this monstrosity in past tense. The architect who designed this building should have gone into the witness protection. Where do we start? All seating is in rows the width of the building with no...More

Thank JordanS8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thanks to my best friend, Sheila, who seems to celebrate my July birthday year round (lucky me!) I got to see this fabulous show tonight at the Van Wezel!!!! And wonderful seats too!!! I can't think of enough superlatives to describe this group. Their amazing...More

3  Thank mamamia70
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here for numerous events. Good acoustics and comfy seats with drink holders. Rows are insanely long. No middle aisle. Your knees are close to chair in front of you and the cup holders stick out so every time someone goes to the loo...More

1  Thank Averagejoe001
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed our first experience at the free Friday night concert on the bay. Bring a chair and enjoy the music. There were many vendors selling beer, drinks, food, and desserts.

Thank Tricia M
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Sad to say the Van Wezel provides an experience that far too often does not do justice to the usually great performers and acts it books. There is plenty to deplore: an off-center main lobby that provides direct access to only one side of the...More

Thank kaibab1
Reviewed 28 May 2017

This venue is at a beautiful location, very nice, however like mentioned before by others no center aisles so you have to walk down a very long line of chairs to get to your chair if you are not assigned a seat at the end...More

Thank Cici T
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I've been to the Van Wezel twice in the last 2 months. The theater is very, very nice and a great place to see a show. However, on one of those visits I was accompanied by a handicapped person. Our seats were on the left...More

Thank HappyWanderer824
Reviewed 7 May 2017

No need to go to Broadway in Manhattan to watch a show. Van Wezel Performing Arts has consistently presented shows that cost considerably less, with comparable quality of shows shown at the Big Apple. We have seen many Broadway shows at this venue for several...More

Thank JohnBA7411
Reviewed 29 April 2017

There are 2 methods of entering this place ..left side or right side. Rows are aligned with approximately 75 seats across the span of the arena. It is murder on those with knee and leg problems to stand up and allow people to get by...More

Thank poroxx
Reviewed 26 April 2017

First visit to the Van Wezel, shame on me for living near Sarasota since 2006 and never coming to this wonderful venue! The show was early evening and this review moot, since the artists paying tribute to Queen have completed their tour of the U.S....More

Thank meurus
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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