Save the Date: SRQ Magazine Gala, October 8, 2016!


If you’ve ever been to an SRQ Magazine event, you know one thing: we love to throw awesome parties! Next October is far, far away. But that isn’t stopping us from planning our next major annual event, The SRQ Magazine Gala!

The SRQ Magazine Gala will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the historic Sarasota Opera House in the heart of Downtown Sarasota. Formerly known as Bal Masqué gala, this rebranded event presents a curated, one-night-only main stage performance showcasing an eclectic selection of regional arts and culture groups, incredible food, delicious cocktails for an evening like none other in Sarasota and Bradenton.

Our primary mission is to host an incredible night that celebrates the heartbeat of our city: the illuminating arts and cultural vibe that has long put Sarasota on the map. Regardless of where you decide to perch in the Opera House, be assured that you’ll only be an earshot away from fantastic music, live art and dance and theatrical performances.

For those who have attended Bal Masqué, you already know that the evening is extraordinarily special. Performances from various cultural disciplines grace one stage for the night for an artful show that can only be seen once. From heart pounding music to contemporary dance that makes you feel things about art and humanity, the main stage is home to something so special.

This year, we’re happy to announce that the VIP Club will feature exclusive opportunities housed on the third floor. If you’re already thinking of bringing your friends and celebrating the night together, this club is for you. The perks are perfect, including a pre-event kickoff and special arrangements throughout the evening including a private bar and food service, exclusive performances, reserved seating for optimal views of the stage and a designated club for members only.

Of course, we are excited about all of it – the planning process, artist selection, finding just the right decor . . . but can we talk about food for just a minute? The food. Team SRQ loves to eat. And we’re starting to gather the hottest culinary trends to create a destination menu.

If you only plan to live local once in the coming year, October 8, 2016 is it.

The SRQ Magazine Gala will continue to support local community organizations through a portion of ticket proceeds. Check back here to get sneak peeks, information about the artists and performances and for general excitement as the event draws closer.

For sponsor opportunities, contact Ashley Grant, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at or 941-365-7702 x204. For more information about the VIP Club, contact or 941-365-7702 x211.

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