Top Annual Events Anna Maria Island

Catch the top annual events Anna Maria Island style! No matter what time of year you vacation on Anna Maria Island there is always an event to discover. The Island is home to over a dozen annual events happening throughout the year. From food to the arts, and even classic car shows; Anna Maria Island loves a celebration. Anna Maria Island events often put an emphasis on a family friendly atmosphere. They cater to all ages groups with activities for both young and old within the same event.

Annual Events Anna Maria Island

Below we have compiled a list of the top annually running events on Anna Maria Island. Don’t miss these during your stay! They have been conveniently organized by the season in which they occur. Starting with Winter and ending with Fall.

Winter

Anna Maria Island winter events
Winter Events on Anna Maria Island offer family fun!

This is a fun time of year as cool weather drives locals and visitors off the beaches into warmer activities. Unless you have a wet suit to keep you warm, or are staying in a rental with a heated pool, many folks don’t care for swimming. Even in the mild Florida winter weather. Winter events on Anna Maria Island provide a great opportunity for unique holiday shopping. Also enjoy entertainment across the island’s three cities.

There are five holiday related events found on the island in the month of December. These include the Privateers Christmas Parade, Winter Fest, The lighting of Bridge Street and the Lighted Boat Parade. Click on the link here to read about these holiday happenings. Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria also offers a holiday walk. Typically happening in mid December the Pine Avenue Holiday walk offers carolers and shopping along with refreshments provided by Pine Avenue businesses.

One of the areas most popular events happening in the middle of winter is the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.  This event actually takes place off island in the old Cortez Fishing Village located just over the Cortez Bridge. This event has been running for over 30 years drawing a crowd of 10,000. The Cortez Fishing Festival happens in February, usually the second weekend of the month. A celebration of the commercial fishing industry in Cortez, this event raises funds to preserve local mangrove wetlands to ensure and protect a healthy fish and wildlife population.

Spring

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Spring on Anna Maria Island brings us gorgeous weather. There are many days of clear skies, perfectly crisp breezes and warm sunshine. There are four annual Spring events you can’t miss if you are visiting at this wonderful time of year.

A fun annual event for 18 years and counting, the Beach Bistro St. Patricks Day Parade usually features dancers, cyclists, bag pipers, live animals and a rowdy bunch of green clad island folks ready for a party. Hosted by the Beach Bistro, this event always offers fun and laughs for all ages.

A celebration of local arts and artists, Spring Fest has been hosted by the Anna Maria Island Art League for 28 years. In addition to arts and crafts, Spring Fest offers live music and fabulous food vendors. This event takes place in the Holmes Beach city field located at 5901 Marina Drive. This event usually takes place the first weekend in March or April.

The Annual Sandbar Easter Egg Hunt is always a crowd pleaser for the entire family. Kids search for Eggs on the beach, then everyone joins in on the Easter parade down Pine Avenue for kid games, face painting and refreshments provided by the Sandbar.

Food and Wine on Pine is a fabulous foodie event offering selections from the area’s best restaurants along with great wine selections. Enjoy live music while you taste your way through this fun event.

Summer

Summer fun on Anna Maria Island
Hot Summer days end with gorgeous sunsets on Anna Maria Island.

Summer is a favorite time of year on Anna Maria Island. The summer island life consists of hot days, rainy afternoons and relaxing beach goers. Find crowded beaches lined with turtle nests, baby shorebirds begging for fish, and happily sunbathing patrons. Temperatures of the Gulf of Mexico are warm. Perfect for relaxing on a floaty with a cold drink in hand. While the beach is really the main attraction during summer months, the island also offers a few fun events.

While technically falling in the Spring, Memorial Day Weekend is the start of summer fun and warm Florida weather. A bustling weekend full of people swimming, tanning and spending a long weekend with family, Memorial Day is a great time to simply enjoy being a beach bum. There are no big events, However, Memorial Day does serve as a great time to trolley hop around Anna Maria Island. You’ll enjoy exploring different beaches, fabulous shopping, and amazing restaurants.

There’s nothing more fun than a small town patriotic parade, and Anna Maria Island’s 4th of July Parade is the perfect example. Starting on the southern end of the Island at Coquina Beach the parade makes it’s way up the island throwing candy, beads and trinkets for the kids spreading 4th of July cheer along the way.

Every year there are two public fireworks displays put on by Chiles Restaurant Group at the Beach House and Sandbar restaurants. Most years the Beach House fireworks show happens July 3rd with the Sandbars display following on the 4th. Occasionally the fireworks display has been canceled at the Beach House out of respect to the island’s precious nesting shorebirds that enjoy the strip of coast in very close proximity to the restaurant.

Fall

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Fall on Anna Maria Island brings us a slight respite from hot days transitioning into warm days allowing the swimming season to continue up until December in most years. This time of year brings the island several great family fun events!

Fall is packed with Annual events!

Bay Fest is the largest running event on Anna Maria Island. This event takes place on Pine Avenue. At Bay Fest you’ll enjoy food, music, vendors and a car show.

The Anna Maria Island Fall Festival happens in the Holmes Beach city field at 5901 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Taking place just before Halloween, this event kicks off with a Halloween Parade starting at Anna Maria Island elementary and ending at the city field.

Trick or Treating house to house is not a popular tradition among island neighborhoods. Therefore, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a three city wide Trail of Treats sponsored by local businesses. The Trail of Treats starts with a kids costume contest at the Chamber of Commerce located at 5313 Gulf Drive. After the contest kids and parents are welcome to stroll around the Holmes Beach town center collecting candy from businesses from 4-6pm. After cruising through Holmes Beach, head up to Pine Avenue or down to Bridge Street for additional trick or treating from 5-8pm. Typically this event happens on or just before Halloween depending if the Holiday falls on a weekend.

Anna Maria Islanders greatly anticipate Stone Crab Season. Starting in mid October, Floridians and Island locals begin harvesting Stone Crabs by the bucket load. The Cortez Stone Crab Festival, happening in early November, is a fabulous way to enjoy this locally sourced seafood.

Wrapping up autumn events the annual Arts Hop is a great way to experience local arts, crafts, music and food. This island wide celebration of arts and culture is organized by the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island. This three day event includes art walks, theater performances and a beach front chorus and orchestra performance called “Symphony on the Sand”.

Enjoy Annual Events Anna Maria Island Style!

Vacation Rentals and Accommodations on Anna Maria Island

When looking for the perfect accommodation on Anna Maria Island, Island Real Estate is the best choice with the island’s largest selection of vacation rental homes to choose from.

North Beach Village Anna Maria Island vacation rental
North Beach Village unit 63 is tucked into a quiet neighborhood just a short walk to gulf beaches. This Holmes Beach Vacation rental sleeps up to 6 guests, and is centrally located putting you near all the island’s best events! Click on the image above to reserve your stay at North Beach Village 63 today.

 

Top 5 Anna Maria Island January Activities

During your next winter visit you have to try these top five Anna Maria Island January activities! This is a great time of year for a warm Florida vacation as northerners experience the cold, snow and ice.

Top 5 Anna Maria Island January Activities

While January is cool, it’s still a fantastic time of year for a rental on the beach!

Anna Maria Island January Activities
Enjoy January on Anna Maria Island!

Mini Golf on Bridge Street

Head over to the Fish Hole Miniature golf course on Bridge Street! A great place for family fun, the Fish Hole is a great cool weather activity. You’ll find 18 holes along this well-kept course. You can feed the beautiful Koi fish, and watch the pond of turtles sunning themselves on their logs. The Fish Hole also offers soda and Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream.

Bella by the Sea Boutique

Check out Bella by the Sea for a unique boutique shopping experience. This great shop offers women’s clothes, jewelry, handbags and more. This is a great place to visit during a January day on island time.

Anna Maria January Activities
Visit Bella by the Sea Boutique on Pine Avenue.

Star Gazing on the Beach

A clear January night on Anna Maria Island is perfect for star gazing. January 3rd, 2017 is the peak of the Quadrantid Meteor shower, and the Full Moon is on January 12th, 2017. Bundle up and head to the beach for beautiful skies and sounds of the tides. Check out this helpful Star Gazing Guide too!

Cocktails at The Doctor’s Office

You must visit Anna Maria Island’s newest night spot, The Doctor’s Office! Here you’ll find the island’s hottest craft cocktails and delicious chef inspired small plates. The Doctor’s Office is the newest establishment owned by Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro.

Anna Maria Island January Activities
Visit The Doctor’s Office in Holmes Beach.

Bike over the Bridge

Rent a bike or snag one from the new Bike sharing racks, and go for a ride over the Manatee Bridge! You’ll enjoy the fresh bay air, sights of the Skyway and tons of sea birds flying overhead. January is the perfect time for a brisk bike ride.

Anna Maria Island National Sangria Day

There are many options for celebrating National Sangria Day on Anna Maria Island! While you can find it on the menu at several island eateries, also make it at home!

National Sangria Day

While red is traditional, white and even sweet pink wines make Sangria. There are endless recipe variations for more adventurous wine lovers.

The basic components of Sangria include a wine, liquor, fruit juice, spice and sugar. You can really let your imagination run wild with different combinations.

Traditional Red

1 Bottle Dry Red Wine
1/3 cup Brandy or Cherry Brandy. Add more for extra kick.
3-4 Tablespoons Sugar. Substitute with Brown Sugar or even Honey.
3/4 Cup Orange Juice. Experiment with other juices such as Grapefruit.
1 Orange Sliced. Experiment with other sliced citrus such as Lemons, Limes or Seasonal Blood Oranges.
1/2 Green Apple Cubed. (Set some Fruit to the side for garnishing glasses)
Cinnamon garnish optional.
Soda Water optional for a more punch like drink.

Directions:

In a pitcher or bowl combine 1/2 of the sliced oranges and sugar. Gently muddle them together.
Add in the wine, brandy and orange juice. Gently stir.
Add lots of ice.
Top with remaining orange slices and apples.

Select a large wine glass or tall tumbler. Fill with ice and poor Sangria in. Garnish with additional fruit, a splash of club soda and a sprinkle of Cinnamon.

National Sangria Day
Traditional Sangria with Apples.

Ideas for creating your own.

Use the basic recipe above as a reference and let your creativity guide you. There really is no wrong way to make a fantastic Sangria at home.

Since it’s that time of year again, get into the Holiday Spirit with this Christmas Sangria Recipe too!

Wines: Chardonnay, Cava, Moscato, Dry Rose.

Liquors: Light Rum, Grand Marnier, Gin, Fruit Flavored Liquors.

Fruit: Black berries, Cherries, Mango, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Kiwi.

Garnishes: Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Cinnamon Sticks, Pomegranate Seeds.

Juices and Mixers: Pineapple Juice, Lemon Lime Soda, Apple Cider, Cranberry Juice.

Anna Maria Island Restaurants for your National Sangria Day fix.

While making Sangria at home is great, you can skip the fuss and just go out!

The Waterfront Restaurant has one of Anna Maria Island’s best craft cocktail bars. You’re sure to find an amazing Sangria on the menu. The food here is really good too! Find them at 111 South Bay Boulevard in the city of Anna Maria.

For a relaxed atmosphere and outdoor seating, head to Ugly Grouper. While they aren’t the fanciest place on the island, they sure will please you with their Sangria. Enjoy live music too! Find them on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

Enjoy Sangria with your toes in the sand when you visit The Sandbar Restaurant. With an extensive wine menu, Sandbar is sure to please you on National Sangria Day! The Sandbar is also in the city of Anna Maria where Spring Avenue meets the Gulf.

Happy National Sangria Day from Anna Maria Island!

Beach Sangria Anna Maria Island
There is nothing better than relaxing on the beach with a tropical fruity Sangria!

Anna Maria Island Holiday Events December 2016

There are several great Anna Maria Island Holiday Events this year! Throughout December there will be celebrations across the island’s three cities.

Anna Maria Island Holiday Events 2016

Get into the spirit of the holiday with these fun family events.

Holmes Beach Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting

December 2nd will be the Annual Holiday Open House. This event is organized by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses. From 5-8pm walk around the Holmes Beach Shopping District for snacks and libations while local businesses stay open late. These businesses will have specials going on too!

At 6pm watch the annual lighting of the tree in front of the Chamber at 5313 Gulf Drive. Santa and his sleigh will also make an appearance, so everyone better be on their best behavior.

The Chamber will provide lite snacks, coffee and wine. Next door, Eat Here restaurant will be showing the movie “A Miracle on 34th Street” in addition to serving mulled wine.

Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots. There will be a donation box at the Chamber of Commerce.

Anna Maria Pine Avenue Holiday Treasure Walk

Celebrate the holiday in Anna Maria on December 9th with the Holiday Treasure Walk. Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive Merchants will be open late from 5-8pm with special sales and tasty treats.

Stop by The Studio at Gulf and Pine for refreshments from the Sandbar Restaurant. Additionally, Roser Church Joyful Noise Children’s Choir will be performing at the Historical Society at 6pm.

There may even be an appearance from Santa too!

Bradenton Beach Christmas on Bridge Street

Christmas on Bridge Street is an annual family friendly event with tons of entertainment and holiday fun. The event will take place December 17 from 4:30-8:30pm.

Enjoy music from Russ Adams Project, The Dickens Carolers, and more!

There will be a kids crafts and cookie bazaar where children will be selling their baked goods and handmade gifts.

In addition to the gift market, you’ll find a wreath raffle, and gift basket silent auction.

You’ll also find a Hot Chocolate Bar, Snow and Santa.

Anna Maria Island Holiday Events
The Dickens Carolers and Story Tellers will be part of the entertainment.

Enjoy Christmas on Anna Maria Island with these fun events for the whole family!

New Years Anna Maria Island Style!

A New Years Anna Maria Island style is full of relaxation and fun. What’s a better way to transition from one year to the next than doing it on the beach? Here is our suggestions of fun things to do on New Years Eve and Day on Anna Maria Island!

New Years Anna Maria Island
Celebrate the new year with a vacation on Anna Maria Island! 

New Years Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island might be a little chilly in the winter, but it sure beats spending winter up north. Even with the cooler weather, there’s plenty of things to do on Anna Maria Island around New Years. Typically new years on the island is very laid back. You won’t find lots of loud crazy shenanigans. People enjoy time with family and friends while relaxing in paradise.

New Years Eve

Sunset. When visiting the island on New Years Eve, be sure to catch the last sunset of the year. Anna Maria Island always has a beautiful sunset, and the last one of the year is always special.

Go for a swim! If you visit an Anna Maria Island beach rental with a heated pool or spa, you can totally swim in January. How many of your northern friends can do that? If you are from the north, you may even be brave enough to jump in the gulf!

Party. Traditionally, people love a party on New Years Eve. While the island doesn’t have a local ball drop, there are many places to celebrate. Just about all island restaurants and bars are open on New Years Eve. Even better, the free trolley passes by almost all of them! You can have fun, and drink responsibly too! Many of the restaurants will close before 11pm, but all the bars will be open until midnight or 2pm.

Eat. If you plan on staying in for New Years Eve try out some fun tropical recipes for an island twist on a New Years Eve party! Instead of a traditional champagne toast, try out pineapple mimosas. These Hawaiian sliders are a great twist on a pulled pork sandwich, and make great finger food for a party. Grouper and Shrimp are both caught locally. Get some local seafood and make seafood tacos!

New Years Day

Sandbar Jazz Brunch. Sunday Jazz Brunches at the Sandbar Restaurant have become very popular on Anna Maria Island. This year January 1st falls on a Sunday, and therefore, coincides with this event. Enjoy a special menu while listening to local Jazz performers in paradise. This is a fantastic way to start the new year!

Beach Photos. Start the new year off with pictures on the beach! Gather all your family and friends and get a great shot to remember the day.

Try a new Island Activity. Begin the new year with an island style activity you never tried before. A new year is for new experiences. See the Ultimate Anna Maria Island Bucket List for inspiration and activities that you’ve never tried before.

New Years Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals

Anna Maria Island beach rentals are a great option for any size group spending New Years in paradise! Book your stay with Island Real Estate, and find the perfect accommodations for you.

Beach Comber is a great direct gulf front beach rental. Enjoy accommodations for up to 6 guests with 2 bedrooms.

New Years Anna Maria Island beach rental
Beach Comber

Bay View Inn 201 sleeps 4 guests with 1 bedroom. You’ll love this location just a couple blocks from gulf beaches, dining, shopping and trolley stops.

Anna Maria Island Vacation rental
Bay View Inn

Sea Palm Cottage is a charming rental just a block from gulf beaches in Holmes Beach. Sleep up to 6 guests with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

Anna Maria Island beach rental holmes beach
Sea Palm Cottage

Runaway Bay 272 sleeps 6 guests with 2 bedrooms. This condo rental is just across Gulf Drive from the beach. Enjoy the heated community pool and Bay viewing dock.

Anna Maria Island beach rental
Runaway Bay 272

 

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Guide

An Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving is a great way to spend the holiday with friends and family by the beach! Once you arrive, enjoy a relaxed location with family friendly activities and accommodations. You’re sure to love filling up on a turkey feast in tropical paradise.

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving Guide

We have put together a list of everything you need to know about spending Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island. Get ready for a family gathering you won’t soon forget with this helpful guide!

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals and Accommodations

Island holiday rentals fill up fast on Anna Maria Island, but Island Real Estate still has availability! Whether you are looking to sleep a couple or even a large group, we have openings.

Bay View Inn 102
This Bradenton Beach Condo sleeps up to 4 guests with 1 bedroom. You’ll be just a couple blocks from gulf beaches, shopping, dining and free trolley stops!

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving beach rentals
Bay View Inn 102

Sunfish 104 
Sunfish sleeps 4 guests with 2 bedrooms. This Holmes Beach duplex rental has a shared heated pool and is less than a block to gulf beaches.

Anna Maria Island beach rental holmes beach
Sunfish 104

La Casa O’Bar 
A luxury beach front rental, La Casa O’Bar sleeps 6 guests with 3 bedrooms. Enjoy glimpses of the gulf and the heated community pool too.

Anna Maria Island rental on the beach
La Casa O’Bar

Fernweh
This Holmes Beach rental sleeps 8 with 4 bedrooms. Enjoy a private heated pool and spa, and tons of kitchen space for making Thanksgiving dinner.

Anna Maria Island vacation rental Holmes Beach
Fernweh

Sunset Glow
Just two blocks from gulf beaches, Sunset Glow sleeps 10 guests with 5 bedrooms. This platinum rated rental offers a heated pool and spa along with a gorgeous kitchen.

Anna Maria Island thanksgiving rentals by the beach
Sunset Glow

Thanksgiving Restaurant Openings

There are many restaurants open for Thanksgiving on and around Anna Maria Island. Here is our list of the five places to dine out for Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island. These are not the only local options, but rather, just the places open on island.

Sign of the Mermaid 
Open for Breakfast and Lunch 9-1pm and Dinner 4-9pm with the regular menu.

Bridge Tender
Open 11:30am-midnight, The Bridge Tender will be serving the regular menu plus Turkey dinner too!

Bridge Street Bistro 
Open Noon-8pm. Will be serving both the regular menu plus Turkey. Great for dinner with a sunset view.

Lobstah’s 
Open 12pm-10pm Lobstah’s will be offering a limited menu with traditional Thanksgiving offerings.

Anna Maria Island Cafe on the Beach
Open noon-5pm. Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet, or the regular menu. You’re sure to love dining on Turkey with your toes in the sand at this beach front restaurant.

Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving
Restaurant open for the Holiday on and around Anna Maria Island

Island Style Thanksgiving Recipes

When you visit an Anna Maria Island beach rental for the holiday try out some of these great Florida style Thanksgiving recipes!

Mojo Turkey with Black Beans and Key lime Pie
Florida Spiny Lobster with herb butter, citrus and olives
Cranberry Mojitos
Clam Stuffing

Thanksgiving Activities

There are some fun things to do during an Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving. Keep your friends and family entertained during the day with activities!

Beach It! A Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island isn’t complete without a trip to the beach. The water might be a tad crisp, but the weather is sure to be warm enough for beach time.

Bike Rides are a great activity for the family. Enjoy sightseeing while you burn off all that food you ate!

Nature walks are a lovely and relaxing Thanksgiving activity. Head over to Leffis Key or Robinson Preserve for beautiful wildlife viewing. Both these preserves are open dusk until dawn.

Trolley Hop. Ride around the island with the free trolley. This is the best way to explore those hard to find beach accesses of north end.

Pier Fishing. Head over to one of the island’s three public piers and bring your fishing pole too! All public piers have a blanket fishing license, so even visitors can catch their own island style Thanksgiving dinner. Fish off the Bradenton Beach city pier at the end of Bridge Street. Also find the Rod and Reel Pier and the Anna Maria City Pier located near Pine Avenue.

National Sandwich Day Anna Maria Island

There are many options for celebrating National Sandwich Day on Anna Maria Island! Whether you are looking for something easy or gourmet you’re sure to find a great sandwich on Anna Maria Island!

5 Places to celebrate National Sandwich Day

Here we have a list of five places to pick up a sandwich. Surely you can find a sandwich on the menu at just about any restaurant. However, our list of restaurants are convenient, quick and have a reputation for a good sandwich.

Anna Maria General Store

Located on Pine Avenue, the General Store is a great sandwich spot. They are a small market with a great selection of groceries, and also serve breakfast and lunch. The General Store is a well known spot for a quick bite to eat. They offer a large selection of sandwiches along with burgers, desserts, quiches and much more.

Rudy’s Subs and More

Rudy’s is another great choice for a sandwich. They have a selection of hot and cold sandwiches along with salads, beers, sodas and home made desserts. Try Rudy’s for breakfast too! You’ll find Rudy’s in the city of Anna Maria on Gulf Drive.

Scott’s Deli

If you are looking for a more gourmet style sandwich, Scott’s Deli is for you! Scott’s offers sandwiches, subs, wraps and breakfast too. Choose one of Scott’s delicious creations from the menu, or create your own. They have just about every sandwich component you could want plus some.

Publix

Anyone from the Southeastern United States is familiar with Publix sub sandwiches. Place an order online ahead of time, or just head over to the deli counter. Publix has every type of meat and sandwich topping.

Subway

Anna Maria Island has few chain establishments, and Subway is one of them. Find Subway in Holmes Beach on East Bay Drive.

Happy National Sandwich Day from Anna Maria Island!

National Sandwich Day
Pick up a fantastic Sandwich like this one at Scott’s Deli! 

Cortez Stone Crab Festival

The Cortez Stone Crab Festival is back in it’s fifth year of tasty fresh seafood and family fun. Join in this claw cracking good time November 5th and 6th in the old Fishing Village of Cortez.

Cortez Stone Crab Festival

Hosted by Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar, the Stone Crab Festival is the best time to enjoy this local delicacy. Find the festivities in the fishing village at 4628, 119th Street West. The event starts at 9am and ends at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to Stone Crabs, there will be live music, kids activities, arts and crafts vendors, and a beer tent. There will also be a large tent for shade, and you may bring your own folding chairs.

Parking will be available at 116th Street at the F.I.S.H. Preserve with shuttles going back and forth through both days.

Live music will be happening on three different stages around the event.

Cortez Stone Crab Festival
Cortez Stone Crab Festival Music Line up 2016.

For Stone Crab claws that are so fresh they never travel by land, head over to the Cortez Stone Crab Festival!

Historic Bridge Street Anna Maria Island

Historic Bridge Street is a quaint strip of restaurants and shops on the south end of Anna Maria Island. Once the site of the first bridge connecting the island to mainland Bradenton, Bridge Street is still a special place. Check out our list of things to know about Bridge Street.

Historic Bridge Street
Find tons of things to do on Historic Bridge Street! Try fishing from the pier.

Historic Bridge Street – Bradenton Beach City Pier

At the very end of Bridge Street you’ll find the Bradenton Beach city pier. Here you’ll enjoy views of Sarasota Bay as you walk along the site of the original bridge to the island. After many updates the pier still stands today. Now you can find great fishing, a bait shop and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurant.

Shopping on Bridge Street

You’ll also find great shopping when you visit Bridge Street. You’ll find gifts, local art, jewelry while visiting the strip. While shopping stop in for a massage and spa treatment and Searenity beach spa and eco-boutique. For additional information about shops visit the Bridge Street Merchants website.

Dining and Nightlife

There are a variety of places to dine on Bridge Street including casual, high end and breakfast too. Enjoy The Blue Marlin, Island Creperie, and the Bridge Street Bistro to name a few. For the nightlife scene you can visit Bridge Tender Inn, Island Time Bar and Grill, or even the Drift Inn. You’ll find these places open a little later than the average island establishment.

Happenings and Events

Throughout the year you’ll find different things to do on Bridge Street. The local Merchants host several events such as Christmas on Bridge Street, pubic art shops and the occasional market.

Nearby Accommodations and Beach Rentals

There are many great Anna Maria Island Beach rentals near Bridge Street. You’ll find cottages, condos and single family homes available in Bradenton Beach.

Anna Maria Island beach rentals Bradenton Beach
Bermuda Bay Club unit 25 is just a short walk from gulf beaches with accommodations for up to 6 guests! Click on the image to book your stay at Bermuda Bay Club!

 

Top 10 Anna Maria Island November Activites

Anna Maria Island November Activities are fun for the entire family! Fall is a great time of year to visit the island with your friends and loved ones. Give thanks island style this November while you try out these top 10 activities.

Anna Maria Island November Activities

Once you visit the island in November, you’ll want to spend every fall here! Follow our Top 10 Anna Maria Island November Activities guide, and enjoy paradise too.

1. Fall Shell Hunt

For some, the gulf starts to get a bit too cold for swimming in November. Visitors from the north might disagree, however everyone can agree on a November shell hunt. Walk along the beach and look for Fall colored seashells for a taste of Florida November.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
Find Fall colors with Anna Maria Island Sea Shells!

2. Cortez Stone Crab Festival

Join in on a tasty fun time with the 5th Annual Stone Crab Festival in Cortez Fishing Village! You’ll find fresh off the boat Stone Crab, live music, kid zone, artists and a beer tent. This event also benefits the Manatee Chapter of Fishing for Freedom. Visit Nov. 5th and 6th from 9am-6pm.

Anna Maria Island November activities guide
Visit the Cortez Stone Crab Festival.

3. Venice Chalk Festival

Head off island for one of the countries best Chalk Festivals. Located in Venice, about an hour from Anna Maria Island, this street art festival is truly impressive. Over 100 artists from all over the world create temporary master pieces with chalk. Attend this event Nov. 11-14.

4. Arts Hop

Anna Maria Island offers a two weekend long arts event in November. You’ll find tons of arts related events and participating organizations during Arts Hop! Events include art walks, plays, demonstrations and more. Visit Nov. 11-13 or Nov. 18-20.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
An island wide arts event for the entire family!

5. Sunbathe on the Beach.

Anna Maria Island air temperatures range from the upper 70’s to the upper 50’s during November. In fact, you can even get a Fall sun burn if you aren’t careful! Enjoy laying out on the beach and soaking in the sun.

6. Pick Veggies at Hunsader Farms.

Less than an hour drive from the island, Bradenton’s Hunsader Farms is great for picking your own fresh produce. During the month of November you can pick a great selection of veggies. Black eyed peas, eggplant, green beans, Okra, purple hull peas, tomatoes and zipper peas too! Fields close at 3:30 Monday through Saturday.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
Pick Florida Fall Produce at Hunsader Farms.

7. Go for a Trolley ride.

We may not have hay rides on Anna Maria Island, but we do have a fantastic free trolley! Enjoy November on Anna Maria Island and comfortably go sightseeing too. The free trolley runs almost the entire length of the island. Typically one will pass by every 15-20 minutes.

8. Do Thanksgiving on AMI.

Gather the entire family for a Florida Thanksgiving at one of the many great Anna Maria Island beach rentals! There’s nothing like eating turkey while digging your toes into powder soft sand.

Anna Maria Island November Activities
Give thanks for Anna Maria Island Vacations!

9. Avoid Black Friday – Shop online!

Who needs the Black Friday headache? Crowded stores, looking for parking spots, searching for that perfect something. Avoid it all this year and shop online! If you haven’t planned your Anna Maria Island vacation, now is a great time to check out your options! Relax at home, shop on IslandReal.com, and buy vacation experiences instead of more stuff!

Anna Maria island beach rentals thanksgiving
Coquina Sands is a great Thanksgiving Anna Maria Island beach rental. Sleep up to 6 guests with a pool and spa! Click on the image to learn more about Coquina Sands.

10. Thanksgiving Nature Walk

Burn off all the food you ate on Thanksgiving with a family nature walk at Leffis Key. Located on the southern end of the island, Leffis Key is less than a mile long. Enjoy views of Sarasota Bay, Mangrove marsh and wildlife while walking the shell and boardwalk paths.

Give thanks and enjoy Anna Maria Island November Activities!

Anna Maria Island Activities November
Visit Anna Maria Island for November!

 

Anna Maria Fall Festival – All Welcome!

The Anna Maria Elementary Fall Festival is back again! All are welcome to participate in this fun family event benefiting the school.

This year’s festival takes place on October 22 at the Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5901 Marina Drive. The event runs from 10am-2pm. Prior to the event, AME students will meet at the Chamber of Commerce. After meeting, students will join in on a parade procession to the field.

Once at the field the day’s big event will begin. There will be a bounce house in addition to carnival games from each of the AME classes.

Also find Kona Ice, pizza from the Feast restaurant and fish tacos from The Waterfront.

There will be a lemonade stand to support aid in Haiti, and a mini bake sale to support the school.

Wear your Halloween costume to this great day of fun!

The AME PTO hosts the event, and they do a fantastic job. This is one of the largest annual fundraisers for AME, so be sure to stop by and support our school!

Fall Festival
Fall Festival 2016