Sarasota Blues Fest

Are you looking for another excuse to travel? One of the best reasons to get up and go is to enjoy your hobbies. If you love music, there are several music festivals across the country that are worth boarding a plane to see. One great example is the Sarasota Blues Fest, held in Sarasota, Florida. Held every November for over 20 years, this music festival brings some of the best names (as well as many new voices) in Blues to one place: the Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. That's not all; beyond the music there's also plenty of other entertainment including food, crafts, shopping, and more.

The 2011 Sarasota Blues Fest

For more than two decades, fans of blues music have come to Sarasota, Florida for this annual festival. In 2011, musicians will take the stage at the Ed Smith Stadium on November 5 . If you're planning on attending the Sarasota Blues Fest, be sure to make your travel arrangements as far in advance as possible. You will want to secure a good airfare and a spacious Sarasota vacation rental before they are all snatched up by fellow music fans.

Who's Taking the Stage in 2011?

If you're on the fence about attending the Sarasota Blues Fest, one way to make your decision is knowing what artists will be there. Musicians from Grammy award winning Los Lobos to Ryan Shaw to Shaun Murphy will all perform at this year's festival. The festival is an all day event, with the gates first opening at 11 a.m. The music begins around 1 p.m., with Mike Imbasciani with Alex Shaw taking the stage. Next comes Lightnin' Malcolm , Shaun Murphy, and Ryan Shaw with the day culminating at 8 p.m. when Los Lobos steps up to the microphone.


One of the best parts about the Sarasota Blues Fest is the fact that it is so affordable. While some music festivals charge in the hundreds for tickets, this blues festival is still very well priced. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $22. If you forget to buy your tickets in advance, you won't be punished too harshly. Tickets are available at the door for $27. If your kids love music, be sure to bring them along too. Kids are free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. This isn't one of those music festivals that is more about the party than the music; this is a family-friendly event where the music takes center stage.

What to Bring

If this is your first time attending the Sarasota Blues Fest, you might be wondering what to bring. Be sure to pack along blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers aren't allowed. Once inside the Ed Smith Stadium Complex, you will find many options for buying food and drink, but you can't bring your own in from the outside. Pets aren't allowed either, and neither are video cameras. Those visitors that are planning on making a day of the festival should remember to wear comfortable shoes; this will ensure your longevity throughout the festival.


While the Sarasota Blues Fest might be at the center of your vacation, after this one day you are probably looking forward to enjoying everything else the Sunshine State has to offer. Choose a vacation rental to maximize your Florida experience, both on the day of the festival and after. A spacious rental will help you to keep the overall cost of your trip low while providing more comfort and convenience than you will find in a hotel. After a long day at a music festival, returning to your vacation rental will be a welcomed treat.

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