Sarasota County

Sarasota County is located in Central West Florida south of Tampa Bay bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte, DeSoto, and Manatee Counties. 

Sarasota County was established in 1921 from a portion of Manatee county. The exact meaning of the name is unknown and may be of Indian origin. Early versions of the name include "Sarasote," "Sarazota," "Sara Zota," and "Zarazote."



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November 10-13, 2017 

Location: Venice Airport Fairgrounds, Venice, Florida

Mark your calendars and come out for the largest gathering of eminent pavement artists creating masterpieces on pavement in chalk. 

February 10 - 11

Location: Downtown Sarasota

This festival takes over downtown Sarasota for a weekend of amazing art and culture. It is consistently ranked one of the top 100 Fine Art Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine. It will feature amazing art by artists from all over the country!

Sarasota School District is home to 52 schools with a combined total of 42,600 students. It is one of only 10 school districts ranked “A” in Florida. Another notable feat is that the district has been recognized for outstanding arts education by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National School Boards Association.

April 13-22, 2018

Location: Sarasota, Florida

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging independent voices. Named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Moviemaker Magazine, the Sarasota Film Festival celebrates international artists, storytellers while enriching Sarasota's cultural landscape.

June 3 - 24, 2018

Location: Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota, Florida

This 2 weeks event is a magical combination of youthful promise and acclaimed talent and is known as one of the finest classical music events in the nation. 


December 2-3, 2017

Location: Siesta Key

2nd annual festival featuring a unique blend of seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota. Live entertainment, crafts and more. 

June 9 - 10, 2018

Location: Sarasota, Florida

St. Armands Key lies just off the coast of Sarasota and for 2 days, features a unique craft festival with works from the best talent of crafters around the state. 

May 26 - 27, 2018

Location: St. Armands Circle Park, Sarasota, Florida

Inaugural seafood festival in Sarasota featuring delectable seafood dishes prepared by local Sarasota restaurants. Enjoy the entertainment from a mixture of musical genres, crafts and more from local vendors. 

May 5 - 6, 2018

Location: Centennial Park, Venice, Florida

Enjoy great food featuring mouth-watering seafood by the top restaurants in Venice along with music and entertainment and arts and crafts. 

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Asolo Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre in Sarasota. It puts on up to 16 productions every year, giving both artists and audiences a place to call home.

The Braille and Talking Book Library is a library dedicated to providing reading materials to blind and visually impaired residents. Its headquarters is located in Daytona and it has nine subregional locations in Coca, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, and Lake Worth to serve residents throughout the state.

The mission of the Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) is Child Abuse: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. CPC envisions a community in which children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. 

East West College of Natural Medicine is a college in Sarasota, Florida. It has programs in oriental medicine and massage therapy.

Florida Studio Theatre is Sarasota's leading center of performing arts. It incorporates a campus of ten individual theatres that each bring the arts to the community.

Our pluralistic Jewish day school celebrates diversity through an inclusive curriculum that welcomes and honors students of all faiths and backgrounds.

The Lemon Bay Playhouse is a community theater in Englewood. It has been aiming to enrich the community through performing arts since 1987.

New College opened it's doors in 1960 as a small liberal arts college in Sarasota. New College remains a small college with over 800 students offering a personal and collaborative learning environment. 

As an independent, college preparatory school, we provide an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts, and athletics.

Pinnacle Academy is a private, non-denominational school, specializing in the education of children with autism and related behavioral disorders. Our goal is to provide children and families with a unique, supportive setting-a place to call “home”.

Ringling College of Art and Design is a Sarasota based art school. It is named for circus magnate, John Ringling and focuses on fostering creativity for students studying in many different fields of art and design.

Enrolling pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students on 25-acres in Sarasota, Florida for over 50 years, Sarasota Christian intellectually prepares students to serve Christ and nurtures their hearts to transform the world.  

The Sarasota County Library System has 9 branches, 2 in Venice; 4 in Sarasota; and one each in Osprey, North Port, and Englewood.

Christian Home School organization serving home school families located primarily in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Southwest Florida. Currently, Learning and Families (LAF) provides: Co-op classes for grades K – 12, small groups for all school aged children, an annual curriculum fair, parent meetings, a high school prom, a yearbook, and a Senior Graduation ceremony, field trip opportunities and so much more.  Joining LAF also provides discounts when joining FPEA and HSLDA.