If you’re looking to catch a concert or show in Venice, check out this list of venues to visit!
When Venice Theatre mounted its first production in the 1950s, it did so in a borrowed building, had no paid staff, operated entirely with volunteers, and its only revenue came from sales of $2.00 tickets. Today, Venice Theatre is per capital the largest community theatre in the United States with an operating budget of almost three million dollars, a large professional staff, and an honored place in the history of Venice, Florida. They exist to celebrate and nurture creative expression, to foster human communication and understanding, and to delight and challenge their audiences through theatre and the performing arts of the highest quality.
Venice Performing Arts Center
With the mission of presenting diverse performing and visual arts programs in order to educate, enrich, and entertain the students, residents, and visitors of the Venice area, the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC) first opened its doors for its 2014-2015 Inaugural Season. Boasting a 1,090-seat multi-level auditorium, VPAC is the largest performing arts venue in the Venice area. VPAC’s unique location near Historic Downtown Venice and adjacent campus to Venice High School allows it to truly be the place where arts and education meet.
VPAC’s activities are guided by a dedicated staff and Advisory Committee. VPAC is made possible by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the City of Venice, and the Sarasota County School Board. VPAC is also supported by the Venice Institute for Performing Arts (VIPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting performance and arts management education.
Sarasota Opera House
The Sarasota Opera House completed a $20 million dollar historic renovation and restoration in 2008. The project was designed to restore the historic 1926 theater to its original glory, while creating a venue for opera for the 21st century. Decorative details have been restored, seating has been replaced, and the orchestra pit almost doubled in size to accommodate operas that require larger orchestras. Backstage systems have been updated and public areas and amenities expanded and enhanced.
The Venice Symphony is a professional orchestra deeply rooted in its community, offering a variety of concerts and educational programs throughout the year. Ask any season subscriber and you will hear that there is a special something that fills the halls during the concert season – something more than high quality music and exhilarating performances. There’s a vibrance and love for the music that they share with you, their audiences, and the many school-age children who benefit from the long-standing music education programs that they provide.
Siesta Key Drum Circle
The community drum circle at Siesta Key Beach plays every Sunday in Sarasota, about 1 hour before sunset, just south of the main pavilion between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began spontaneously and now has a life of its own.
No matter which venue you decide to visit, Venice Toyota can provide the means to get you there.