Get ready to swing under the stars, Novos—the Sarasota Jazz Festival is in town. Starting Mar. 13, Nathan Benderson Park is hosting a free three-and-a-half hour jazz concert to celebrate the start of the Swinging Under The Stars Jazz Festival. That’s the one and only free event, though—the remaining events from Mar. 15 to 19 are fundraising for the Jazz Club of Sarasota.
On Mar. 15, there’s a pub crawl at the Sarasota University Town Center (UTC), but after that, the music kicks back up into full gear. There are daily concerts Mar. 16 through 19, with musicians like John Pizzarelli, Shelly Berg and La Lucho Trio taking over the main stage, ending with some late night tower jazz after those first main stage concerts.
Tickets can range from $40 – $120 a day, with the $650 VIP experience including daily tickets, the pub crawl, Sunday jazz in the park and a private late-night jazz session. If you’re a Novo, it might be worth it for the culture to at least head over for the free concert on Mar. 13, and those $40 dollar tickets are quite enticing!