Culture on the Florida Coast

There is a lot more cultural activity in Sarasota than you think

Ringling Museum Courtyard ©

Sarasota welcomes cultural enthusiasts from across the globe to the fifth annual Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) held from October 9 – 12. RIAF is a unique four day event showcasing a variety of dance, music, and theatre presented in intimate performance venues at the stunning John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Visitors can enjoy watching everything from the award-winning Flamenco dancer Rocío Molina to dramatic theatre productions such as Minsk 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker by The Belarus Theatre and Hamlet, Prince of Grief by The Leev Theater Group of Iran. Tickets range from $30 to $40, excluding Opening Night.

As well as a vibrant selection of international theatrical and musical performances, the festival boasts the nightly Jazz Sunsets on the Bay. Couples can step back in time to the ‘roaring’ 1920s and dance until the sun goes down to live jazz music being played in the grounds of the 66 acre Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, overlooking the bay.

For further information on RIAF visit

Seven nights at Ritz Carlton Sarasota costs from £1,149 per person based on two people sharing a double room. Including return flights from Heathrow to Tampa and fully-inclusive car hire, based on travel on October 7. For more information or to book visit  or call 0845 3194266.


Sarasota County is located on the West Coast of Florida, 45 minutes from Tampa and just one and half hour’s drive from Orlando. The area has beautiful, white sand beaches, wildlife and a string of unspoilt natural islands, comprising what many refer to as ‘hidden Florida’. For further information on Visit Sarasota County go to

To read The Cultural Voyager’s report on the culture in Sarasota click here…