World-Class Culture for All Tastes
From professional theater productions and concerts to museums and international music festivals,
the Daytona Beach area is home to a stellar selection of enriching cultural activities and attractions that are
sure to please even those with the most discriminating tastes.
Sponsored by Central Florida Cultural Endeavors, a non-profit arts organization,
the Florida International Festival returns to Daytona Beach on July 13-28, 2007.
A biennial musical extravaganza, the 17-day festival features a variety of entertainment highlighted by performances from the London Symphony Orchestra.
One of the Daytona Beach area's most prestigious performing arts organizations is Seaside Music Theater.
SMT has provided the area with year-round professional theater productions featuring a live pit orchestra for more than 20 years.
SMT’s home stage is the new, $29 million News-Journal Center in scenic downtown Daytona Beach.
Another Daytona Beach-based performing arts organization is the Daytona Playhouse.
Established in 1947 to provide a creative outlet for local thespians, the Daytona Playhouse stages plays and other theatrical performances from June to September.
Music thrives in the Daytona Beach area, offering visitors and locals a variety of free and paid musical performances.
Each spring and summer, free concerts are held beachside at the historic Bandshell,
a historic landmark built in 1937 by the Federal Works Administration.
The free concerts are held on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April through October and feature jazz, Dixieland, big band, blues, folk music and other musical genres appealing to a wide range of tastes and preferences.
The Daytona Beach Symphony Society annually hosts a season of classical concerts featuring world-renown guest
conductors and symphony orchestras. Each year, the society also sponsors Winterfest, a classical music festival.
Another DBSS event, the Daytona Beach Jazz Escape, is a three-day riverside festival starring top international,
national, and local jazz artists. This event takes place every Labor Day weekend (September) at City Island Park.