Stories spring to life on the stages for both kids and adults at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center and Theater West End. Tributes, symphonies, and off-Broadway plays enrich the Sanford community. Quality productions will have you on the edge of your seat, singing along, or laughing out loud. Each theatre’s unique location and historic setting add an intimate ambiance and community spirit that’s contagious.

Experience a wickedly fantastic performance by Phantasmagoria, a local steampunk troupe bringing fantasies and ghouls to life through dance, acrobatics, fire breathing, puppetry, and sensational style. Venture into the dazzling and disturbing with pop-up performances throughout the year (and particularly around Halloween) at Alive After 5, the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, and the Higgins House Bed & Breakfast.


Sanford is also home to many talented artists whose works you’ll see on display at Gallery on First. And in the same space, Jeanine Taylor Folk Art curates from Southern contemporary artists. Both galleries offer a full schedule of exhibitions and special events throughout the year. Meanwhile, The Albritton Gallery has a whimsical selection of canvases, silks, and pottery to brighten up your home. A purchase from a Historic Downtown Sanford art gallery is the perfect way to commemorate your time here.

Stroll Sanford’s brick-paved streets the third Saturday evening of the month and you’ll wind up in the middle of the Sanford Art Walk, a juried art show located at the Historic Sanford Welcome Center and other participating venues. Also, be sure to time your visit for the annual St. Johns River Festival of the Arts, a showcase of artistry from across the country, including live demonstrations, food, music, and fun for the entire family.

Just take a look at our surroundings; the architecture, historic murals, and public art bring character and community to the city. Art is woven into every facet of Historic Downtown Sanford.