Southwest Florida entertainment

Top Choice Cinema in Tampa

Tampa Theatre

This historic 1926 theater in downtown is a gorgeous venue in which to see an independent film. The mighty Wurlitzer organ plays before most movies. Too bad showtimes are so limited, with only one or two films playi…
Top Choice Live Music in Tampa

Skipper's Smokehouse

Like it blew in from the Keys, Skipper's is a beloved, unpretentious open-air venue for blues, folk, reggae and gator-swamp rockabilly. It's 9 miles directly north of downtown on N Nebraska Ave.
Top Choice Classical Music in Naples

Naples Philharmonic

Naples' 85-piece Philharmonic Orchestra is increasingly recognized as one of the country's best young orchestras. Andrey Boreyko was named as music director in 2013. The season runs from September to June, but the A…
Top Choice Theater in Fort Myers

Arcade Theatre

The 1908 Arcade Theatre is home to the Florida Repertory Theatre, one of the best regional theaters in the state. It produces popular comedies, musicals and recent Tony winners, such as The Seafarer.
Top Choice Concert Venue in St Petersburg

Jannus Live

Well-loved outdoor concert venue inside an intimate courtyard; national and local bands reverberate downtown.
Circus in Sarasota

Circus Arts Conservatory

In addition to putting on the ever-popular Sailor Circus each year, this circus center offers professional performances along with circus training and summer camp. The performances are usually held in a one-ring Eur…
Live Music in Clearwater & Clearwater Beach

Shephard's Beach Resort

Nine times out of 10 the biggest party in Clearwater Beach is at Shephard's, where three bars and a raucous nightclub brim with revelers. The Tiki Beach Bar often showcases local bands on its stage and (all too freq…
Theater in Sarasota

Asolo Repertory Theatre

This lauded regional theater company is also an acting conservatory (in partnership with Florida State University). It presents a mix of commissioned works, classics and current Tony-winning dramas on two main stage…
Theater in Naples

Sugden Community Theatre

Home of the Naples Players, the Sugden boasts two state-of-the-art stages, on the boards of which are enacted seven main-stage performances and four studio productions each year, including four KidzAct performances.…
Theater in Sarasota

Westcoast Black Theater Troupe

One of only two African American theater ventures in Florida, WBTT has a reputation for high-quality musicals and thought-provoking dramas. Through the company's mentorship numerous national and international career…