The Ringling International Arts Festival

Do you ever find festivals to be too focused? Some festivals focus on one topic so specifically that they can alienate a general audience. The antidote to this type of festival is the Ringling International Arts Festival, an annual festival in Sarasota, Florida that is devoted to celebrating music, dance, visual arts, and theater. This six-day cultural event brings talent from across the country to the coast of Florida in Sarasota. If you're looking for an excuse to get away to the Sunshine State this October, you may have found the perfect reason with the Ringling International Arts Festival.

Ringling FestivalThe 2011 Ringling International Arts Festival

In 2011 the Ringling International Arts Festival will enliven the cultural scene in Sarasota, Florida Oct. 11 - 16 . This six-day festival takes place at the Ringling Center for the Arts and is organized in partnership between the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art with the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. Over the course of this festival, visitors will have the chance to enjoy the work of both established and emerging artists from within the U.S. and international talent too. You don't have to travel abroad to find the best music, theater, and dance; you just need to plan a trip to the Ringling International Arts Festival.

Taking the Stage

So a festival of dance, theater, and art sounds appealing, but what exactly will you see? In total the Ringling International Arts Festival offers 45 stage productions in dance, music, and theater. Visitors can tailor their experience by choosing only certain performances and times. Examples of acts taking the stage include the Asphalt Orchestra , Piano Foursome , Jazz Sunsets: Valerie Gallespie Ensemble , Brooklyn Rider , the Wooster Group , and many more. For full descriptions on all of the acts, check out the festival's detailed website.

The Atmosphere

One reason travelers love the Ringling International Arts Festival is for the atmosphere. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is an architectural landmark, filled with romantic arches and the sound of wind rustling through palm trees. This picturesque estate is the location of all festival activities. Beyond the music, dance, and theater, visitors will love the chance to check out the 18th century theater, the 21 gallery halls of the museum, and Ca-d-Zan mansion , a Venetian-style masterpiece with beautiful gardens. Some say all of these touches give the festival a romantic touch. If you're looking to plan a romantic getaway, this festival could be a perfect match.

Beyond the Stage

Like any great festival, the Ringling International Arts Festival also offers much more than just stage performances. Check the listings to find tours and lectures that match your interests, and be sure not to miss the opportunity to stroll in the gardens, take in the views along the waterfront, and even indulge in fine dining. All of these activities help to make this festival a well-rounded experience for travelers that are looking to relax while taking in some culture at the same time.


Enhance your trip to Sarasota, Florida by choosing a Sarasota vacation rental. Instead of staying in a cramped hotel, you could be enjoying the comfort and privacy of your own "home away from home." You can be as involved in the festival as you desire, and then at the end of the day, return to the peace and quiet of a cozy rental by the ocean.

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