The only actual circus in Sarasota is performed by kids, and it's worth planning a trip around. The PAL Sailor Circus, founded in 1949, is truly unique: it's an extracurricular activity for Sarasota County students,…
For two days in late March, an explosion of art and craft stalls dominates downtown Sarasota. The same happens in Siesta Village in late April.
For a week in mid-October, Ringling partners with NYC's Baryshnikov Arts Center to bring international dance, theater and music to Sarasota.
Come and gawp at the phenomenal artistry on display on South Pineapple Ave and Burns Sq in November.
If you enjoy seeing serious independent films and wearing your flip-flops to free outdoor screenings at the beach, then head to Sarasota's ten-day film festival.