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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Address: 777 North Tamiami Trail (US 41), Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number:
+1 941-955-7676
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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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... read more

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23 reviews
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Reviewed today NEW

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 to there seat. They should buzzsaw the place in half..with easier access to ones seat.... More 

Thank poroxx
Venice FL
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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. with this performance. Maybe someone who is considering the show in the next country they... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I saw a show here and it was very wonderful. The outside is vibrant and the inside is classy. During the intermission, you can get drinks and snacks if needed. Much recommended.

Thank maddigrace
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was something my husband very much wanted to see, but we were late getting tickets and thus didn't get the perfect seats. Nevertheless, we were able to see everything and the enjoy the music, and were relieved that this hall has acoustics that are great for music. We didn't need earplugs, didn't walk out of the concert/event with hearing... More 

Thank Peggy M
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429 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful Hall, our play was awesome, comfortable seats, long rows so be ready to jump up and let others pass, audio was a bit distorted and we were not able to hear the words in some songs, very pricy, great job herding the crowds in and out! Very enjoyable evening! They certainly know how to entertain!

Thank travelers966
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw the musical Chicago at the Van Wezel on a Saturday night. Arrived early as we weren't sure what traffic would be like, but it turned out to be light. There were virtually no signs to guide us into the regular parking lot so we ended up in the overflow lot, which was fine as it was a short... More 

Thank Kingston_Lou
St. Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spacious parking area, restaurant on premises, good acoustic, spacious layout , we saw Chicago which was excellent, just as on Broadway, it was fantastic. One major concern is that there is no center aisles, in an emergency it would be extremely difficult to evacuate in a timely manner, please someone check into this!

Thank Karlpeter2013
Englewood, Florida
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606 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,841 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

My best friend is still treating me to all sorts of attractions and dinners, for last Christmas, believe it or not....I'm not complaining, this is like a Christmas that never ends, and I love it!!!! I had never heard of this group, but they were absolutely fun, entertaining and the talent was amazing! So many songs brought back so many... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Unique performing arts center that hosts concerts,plays,dance troupes and solo performers. Many, many well known artists. Seats sell out quickly for the most popular events of the winter season. Lovely location aside Sarasota Bay. Generous parking. Lunch and dinner available onsite before some performances.

Thank telade
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Attended a one man concert at this venue. Sound and sight lines are great. No center aisle makes for a difficult time getting to your seat, not sure how safe this is. There is a restaurant and a bar area for dining prior to a performance. The seats are comfortable and it appeared that a wide variety of performers. It... More 

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