Downtown Sarasota

Florida has a cultural hub in Sarasota. Sarasota has a cultural center in its downtown. True to Florida, downtown Sarasota is within eyeshot of a beautiful bay front, and many are surprised by the wonderful contradiction of sunsets and sailboats to the west and a bustling downtown to the east. Downtown Sarasota delights its visitors, the wider Sarasota community, and its chic downtown housing residents with its accessibility and charm. Foodies and downtown office workers alike choose from barbeque, Vietnamese, Italian, French, Mexican, vegan, sports bars, seafood, and cafés for their dining options. Those seeking entertainment find seats at one of several live theaters, cinemas, or music venues. The shopping options are seemingly limitless; walking from Whole Foods with a canvas tote of organic veggies to the most fashionable boutiques or the silliest toy stores is easier than some leisurely downtown bar hopping on a Friday night. The city of Sarasota has done a magnificent job turning its downtown into an eccentric arts center, a traditional performance venue, a flourishing business and finance network, a day shopping destination, and a night life dream.

Downtown also hosts many recurring events. The Chalk Festival, Motorcycle shows, parades, markets, celebrations, and music festivals all call downtown home for a few days or most every weekend in a year. Somehow, downtown Sarasota makes seamless and plentiful transitions from bustling festival of people to downtown hub most every week.

Will you come for the food and stay for the shows? Come for the nightlife and stay for the shopping? Come for the housing and stay for the arts? Whichever way you spin it, everyone can find a few things to enjoy downtown.

Resource Links

Visit Sarasota County
The City of Sarasota
Sarasota Downtown
Sarasota Guide
Exploring Sarasota
Simply Sarasota
Sarasota At Night


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The Greater Sarasota Chamber
of Commerce

1945 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 955-8187 | Fax: (941) 366-5621