The New College campus can be tons of fun, but it’s nice to get out and take advantage of all that Sarasota and Bradenton have to offer.
Lido Key offers quiet North Lido Beach, the popular Lido Beach with parking and restrooms, and South Lido Beach, which has BBQ grills and picnic tables under Australian Pines. Boutique stores and restaurants can be found on St. Armands Circle.
Siesta Key Beach, named America’s No. 1 beach and known for its powdery white sand, has volleyball nets, tennis courts and picnic area. Every Sunday at sunset there’s a drum circle. Siesta Village offers restaurants and nightlife. Turtle Beach, on the southern end of the island, is quieter with coarser sand and beach dunes.
Or head up north to Anna Maria Island for a change of scenery. There are many restaurants and funky shops along the beautiful beaches. Check out the island’s annual Bayfest, too.
Asolo Repertory Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre
McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre
New Music New College
The Players Theatre
The Voices of Sarasota – LGBT Chorus
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
Most venues offer student rush tickets for under $20.
Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Manatee
Burns Court Cinema
“Embracing our Differences” – an annual art exhibit promoting diversity
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Palm Avenue First Friday Art Walks
Towles Court Art District
Sarasota County Schools
Manatee County Schools
Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Visit Sarasota/things to do
Bank of America
The Mall at University Town Center
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Radio in Sarasota
TV in Sarasota
Starbucks near you
Ringling International Arts Festival (October): Organized by the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, the Ringling International Arts Festival brings cutting-edge dance, music and theater performances to Sarasota.
Sarasota Medieval Fair (November): The Sarasota Medieval Fair takes place over two weekends in November and features jousts, shows, human chess tournaments, rides, games and Celtic music as well as an artisan marketplace with more than 100 shops, food and snack booths.
Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpture Contest (November): Sculptors from around the country create masterpieces out of Siesta Key sand to benefit Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program.
Bradenton Blues Festival (December): In nearby Bradenton, FL, a blues-filled weekend.
Atomic Holiday Bazaar (December): Shop for unique handmade gifts at Sarasota’s original indie crafts show.
Greek Glendi (February): The annual Greek Glendi offers authentic Greek food, dancing, live bands, a Greek marketplace and raffle prizes.
La Musica (April): La Musica brings outstanding European and American chamber musicians together in Sarasota to present exciting programs of familiar and seldom-heard chamber music. Festival includes open rehearsals, pre-concert lectures, youth activities and five concerts performed at the historic Sarasota Opera House.
Sarasota Film Festival (April): The Sarasota Film Festival is an international film festival offering film screenings, talks with filmmakers and various events.
Harvey Milk Festival (May) – an annual festival supporting diversity and promoting equality for the LGBTQ community