Receptions, Concerts, Dances, Training or Meeting Space!

The City of Sarasota has two other unique facilities for both medium and small size events! We pride ourselves with providing event expertise and personalized service with any of our rental venues. Whether planning for a large or small function, the Auditorium’s staff can assist you with quick and convenient service.

Bayfront Community Center
803 N Tamiami Trail - Sarasota, FL 34236

Inside Sarasota Convention Center Photo - Sarasota Municipal



The "John Chidsey” Bayfront Community Center is attached to the west side of the historic Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. This quaint little venue has stunning views of the Sarasota Bay and offers a 2,000 square foot facility that is ideal for dances, church socials, meetings, parties and seminars. The space can accommodate 80 guests for a sit down catered function or up to 175 theater seating style!
Download a sample of our Bayfront Community Center usage permit

Payne Park Auditorium
2100 E Laurel Street - Sarasota, FL 34237

Picture Of Sarasota Meeting Space Exterior - Sarasota Municipal


The Payne Park Auditorium is conveniently located in downtown Sarasota within the grounds of the gorgeous Payne Park. The room has a well maintained 4,000 plus square foot hard wood floor suitable for dances and meetings. There is a large well lit stage for bands, performances or presenters. This facility is an affordable venue for a variety of smaller-scaled functions to include: Dances, Concerts, Meetings, Training Workshops, Seminars and Wedding Receptions.
Download a sample of our Payne Park Auditorium Lease Agreement