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Siesta Key Drum Circle – Everything You Need to Know
A Little Slice of Heaven
As if Siesta Key isn’t magical enough as it is, the Sunday evening Siesta Key Drum Circle clinches the mystique and makes for a fabulous finish to a gorgeous week in paradise. The rhythms of the island come to life every evening about an hour before sunset and continue well into the evening, celebrating the beauty and simplicity of these beautiful natural surroundings. If you haven’t discovered it for yourself yet, let the professionals at Best Western Siesta Key introduce you to this local cultural phenomenon that has become more than a tradition on Siesta Key- it’s become a ritual.
Who: Professional drummers, dancers with hula-hoops, children, adults, locals, and tourists comprise the drum circle on Siesta Key. Many of the drummers are the original players and have been performing and entertaining for 20 years on Siesta Key beach every Sunday evening.
What: Unlike most tourist attractions, the Siesta Key Drum Circle is not a commercial event. 20 years ago, this started as a spontaneous outburst of rhythm and dancing, and it stuck. Therefore, it is free to the public and simply meant to bring people together to celebrate the passing of another week. There are no concessions or seats provided, so bring your own snacks, drinks, beach chair or blanket, and your favorite hula-hoop so you can join in as the rhythm moves you.
Where: Just south of the main pavilion, between lifeguard stations 3 and 4, the community gathers to enjoy the rhythms of the island and watch the sunset together. There is plenty of parking at the main pavilion, then from there, walk the powdery white sand towards the sounds of drums. The circle is huge and there’s plenty of space for everyone.
When: Every Sunday evening, starting about an hour before sunset and continuing well into the evening. Each week the performance is different because the drumming is spontaneous, including players young and old, with large drums as well as smaller rhythm instruments (shakers, tambourines, etc). Since this started spontaneously, there is no website for the drummers, no calendar of next events. Just a gathering of souls to celebrate life in the tropics. Theoretically, it could end as quickly as it began, but since it has been happening every week for the past 20 years, we highly doubt that will happen anytime soon.
Why: The best answer to this question is, “Why not?” Spontaneous, unrehearsed, unrepeated rhythm and drumming for the sake of pure enjoyment is a rare thing in this day and age. Be part of something bigger than yourself, something that takes your breath away, that costs nothing and gives everything back. Come together to experience the raw power of the human spirit.
While nothing is certain in life, it’s awesome to know that music, sunsets and time with friends and family still have a place of wonder in this world. The Siesta Key Drum Circle celebrates all of these things every Sunday evening on Siesta Key Beach. If you’ve never experienced the drum circle, the experts at the Best Western Siesta Key encourage you to keep Sunday evening free and enjoy the sounds of paradise.