“Every symphony you hear, every play you see, every dance you experience every painting and sculpture you see, and every book you read, begins its life with a person in a room with an idea and a passion.”

Manasota Key’s Hermitage and its five little buildings, have been available to world-class creators from every artistic discipline. Each invitee stays for six weeks along the shores of Blind Pass Beach. The setting is meant to inspire through nature. The artist then shares his/her accomplishments with the entire southwest Florida community through performances, lectures, concerts and visual presentations. More about the Hermitage can be found HERE.

Manasota Key is also part of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties accessing not only Sarasota’s magnificent cultural scene but, more art and entertainment in Venice, Englewood, Fort Myers and Naples.

Below are several:

Englewood Arts – Seven concerts are scheduled each winter season; one in November, December and February and two in January and March. More Info

The Englewood Arts Festival – A Fine Art Show every spring during the months of March and April. More Info

Lemon Bay Playhouse – Community theatre with scheduled year-round performances. Performance Schedule

Venice Theatre – The most award winning community theatre offering a year round line-up. Performance Schedule

Fort Myer’s Art Walk – Held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m., Fort Myer’s Art Walk features local and national artwork in downtown art galleries and several art stops along the River District.

Fort Myer’s Florida Reperatory Theatre – Built in 1908, the Arcade Theatre is the setting for award winning live performances featuring ten plays from October through May. This is where Thomas Edison saw his first film along with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Performance Schedule

Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall – Fort Myers – A broad spectrum of the world’s finest artists ranging from music and dance to theater and comedy are featured throughout the months of October through May. More Info

Naples Museum of Art & Philharmonic Center for the Arts – This visual and performing arts center includes a three-story, 30,000 square-foot museum with 15 galleries and a glass-dome conservatory with a Persian Ceiling by acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly. The Philharmonic Center hosts a resident orchestra with most guest performances from October through April. More Info


Visani Dinner & Shows – Every week, comedians from Las Vegas to New York… even “The Comedy Zone” are featured at Visani Dinner Theater in Port Charlotte. More Info

Fort Myers Laugh In Comedy Cafe – Enjoy dinner and a comedy show or dance the night away. More Info

Please refer to our Culture/ Vacation Planner for more Performances,
Theatres and Museums in Sarasota and Tampa Bay.