Downtown Sarasota's Main Street sees numerous events, fairs, festivals and fundraisers each year. Few, however, could boast the tenure or the stature of the Sarasota Festival of the Arts. The overwhelming success of the Festival each year led to expanding and covering more than five city blocks with over 250 national and regional artists. The high level of artistic quality, the accessibility of the free, outdoor festival and the diversity of art has led to the Festival of the Arts' consecutive rankings among the top 100 art festivals in the nation, according to Sunshine Artists Magazine. Proceeds from the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts benefits the Downtown Sarasota Alliance.
The Festival will fill Main Street at Orange Avenue, heading east to Links Avenue.