Anna Maria Island August Events and Activities

Back to school is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Anna Maria Island August events and activities!

Anna Maria Island August Events and Activities

Since August tends to be very warm on the island we have also added great indoor activities to keep you cool! However, this is the start of the island’s off-season, so be sure to soak up those quiet beaches while the crowds begin to head north.

Studio at Gulf and Pine Summer cooking class series ends. August 3

August 3 will be the last of the Culinary Art Cooking Class at the Studio. Chef Rich Demarse of Mar Vista will discuss the many varieties of fruit you can find in local neighborhoods and what to do with them.  Call 941-778-1906 or visit www.studioatgulfandpine.com for more information. The class will be 10am-1pm. The cost is $75/person or $275/group of 4. Includes glass of wine, apron and more!

Culinary Arts Cooking Class Studio at Gulf and Pine
Culinary Arts Cooking Class at the Studio

Back to School Tax Holiday August 4-6th.

Manatee County goes back to school August 10th, so be sure to take advantage of the 2017 Tax Holiday August 4-6th. Here is a link to items on the tax free list!

Back to School Tax Holiday
Back to School Tax Holiday August 4-6, 2017.

The Center Community Cookout August 19

The Anna Maria Community Center will be hosting a community barbecue August 19th from 6-8pm. Harry’s Grill will be cooking for the event. Children under 12 are free, members $5 and non-members $10.

Anna Maria Island August Events and Activities
The Center Community cook out Anna Maria

Small Town Creamery

Check out the island’s newest ice cream shop in Holmes Beach Small Town Creamery! Not only do they have a huge selection of flavors, but you’ll also find great homemade Fudge, homemade waffle cones, toys, candy and more. Open daily from 11am-10pm.

Small Town Creamery Holmes Beach
Small Town Creamery

Take a day trip to Tampa’s Glazer Children’s Museum

Why not end Summer break with a super fun kids day in Tampa? Glazer Children’s Museum is the perfect way to transition from Summer mode to the school zone. They offer tons of hands on STEM activities well-suited for elementary aged children that will get those little brains back into learning. This three level facility offers hours of family fun. Activities include climbing equipment, theater, legos, art and all types of opportunities to learn about math, science and world culture too. After the little ones get tired head over to Tampa Pizza Company nearby for a bite to eat.

Glazer Children's Museum
Glazer Children’s Museum

Soap Making Class at Florida Maritime Museum August 12

Head over to Cortez Fishing Village and learn how to make artisan soaps! The class will be held from 10am-12:30pm and tickets cost $35 each. Contact 941-708-6120 for additional information.

Glazer Children's Museum
Join in on one of many classes hosted at the Maritime Museum!

Funky Island Essentials

Funky Island Essentials is a new shop in Holmes Beach. Find a great selection of home goods including hand painted furniture, art and all the latest trends in decor. They also offer interior design services! You’re sure to find something to bring home that reminds you of the island life!

Funky Island Essentials Holmes Beach
Funky Island Essentials on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach

 

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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 age 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 have a home 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!

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This Weekend on Anna Maria Island – December 20th-22nd

 

This Weekend on Anna Maria Island is a regular section highlighting the various happenings and events going on over the weekend. Check our events calendar for a list of future events.

  • Dec. 21st, 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m., Artist Cecy Richardson will present a demonstration of mixed media painting at Island Gallery west, at  5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.  It is free and open to the public.

 

Breakfast with Santa on Anna Maria Island!

Sorry Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant is no longer open in Bradenton  Beach.  Breakfast with Santa on Anna Maria Island is no longer available through Rotten Ralph’s.  The Anna Maria Island Privateers normally have several opportunities to see Santa!

Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on Anna Maria Island invites you and your family to join a breakfast buffet with Santa. There will be goody bags for the children and free raffle tickets for a beautiful ceramic Santa on a sleigh. Coffee, hot tea, and soft drinks included. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa. Santa will be there from 9am to 11am on Saturday December 15th.

Buffet: $10

Children: $3

Rotten Ralph’s
200 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
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December Events On Anna Maria Island

December Events on Anna Maria Island – 2011

Thursday December 1st, 2011
6pm – 8pm – Holidays with Healing Hero’s at Mixon’s Fruit Farm
Mixon’s Fruit Farm – 2525 27th Street East Bradenton
for more information call: 941-748-5829

8pm – opening Night of Those Crazy Ladies in the House
Island Players – 10009 Gulf Drive Anna Maria
For more information call: 941-778-5755

Friday December 2nd
5pm – 8pm – Holmes Beach Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce – 5313 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
For more information call: 941-778-9679

6:30pm – 8pm – Island Author Alice Moerk Book Signing
Joan Peters Gallery – 1210 11th Avenue West Bradenton
For more information call: 941-365-9960

Saturday December 3rd
9am – 1pm – Holly Berry Bazaar
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 4408 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
For more information call: 941-778-1638

10am – 2pm – Lester Family Fun Day
Anna Maria Island Community Center – 407 Magnolia Avenue Anna Maria
For more information call: 941-778-1908

4pm – Organ Concert at the Church
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation 4408 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
For more information call: 941-778-1638

Sunday December 4th
10am – 3pm – Bridge Street Market
107-111 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 941-799-2181

10am – Brawn on the Beach Armature Strongman Contest
BeachHouse Restaurant – 100 Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 941-779-2222

Tuesday December 6th
11am – 12pm – Dog Obedience Classes
Anna Maria Island Community Center – 407 Magnolia Avenue Anna Maria
For more information call: 941-778-1908

Wednesday December 7th
3pm – 5pm – Island Christmas Concert with Gulf Drive Solo
Sandbar Restaurant – 100 Spring Ave Anna Maria
For more information call: 941-778-8585

5pm – 8pm – Women on Wine Gathering
Bridge Street Bistro – 111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 941-779-2123

Thursday December 8th
7pm – 11:30 – Anna Maria Island Privateers Blow Me Down Party
Cortez Claim Factory – 10104 Cortez Road West Bradenton
For more information call: 941-780-1668

Friday December 9th
5:30pm – 8:30pm – Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures
Businesses along Gulf Drive, Pine Ave, and South Bay Blvd

7pm – Drum Circle
Manatee Public Beach – 4000 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
Bring your drums & instrument to the beach

Saturday December 10th
9:30am – 1pm – Origami
Island Branch Library – 5701 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
For more information call: 941-778-6341

10am – Annual Privateers Christmas Parade
From Bay Front Park in Anna Maria to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 941-752-5973

10am – 5pm – Winterfest Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Holmes Beach City Hall Field
For more information call: 941-778-2099

6:30pm – 8:30pm – Winter Luminary Walk
De Soto National Memorial – The end of 75th Street in Bradenton
For more information call: 941 792-0458 ‎

Sunday December 11th
10am – 5pm – Winterfest Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Holmes Beach City Hall Field
For more information call: 941-778-2099

5pm – 6:30pm – Gal Pal Party
Relish Vintage and Artesian Boutique – 505 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
For more information call: 941-275-2713

Anna Maria Island Community Center Hosts Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Murder Mystery Dinner TheaterThe Anna Maria Island Community center hosts their murder mystery dinner theater “Till Death Do Us Part” this Saturday November 19th, 2011 from 6:30pm – 11pm.  Tickets are currently on sale for $30.00 each or $200.00 for a table of 8.   All of the proceeds will benefit the youth programs at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

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November Events On Anna Maria Island

Looking for something to do on Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, or Sarasota?  Well then you’re in luck, take a look at the list of events below for live music, area events, and fun things to do this November.

Sarasota Chalk FestivalTuesday November 1st – Monday November 7th
Sarasota Chalk Festival – Downtown Sarasota Area – South Pineapple Avenue

Friday November 4th
6pm – The Clair Lynch Band
Mixon Fruit Farms – 2525 27th Street East Bradenton
For more information call: 941-748-5829

Saturday November 5th
10am – 1pm – Penguin Party Family Festival
Mote Marine – 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway Sarasota
For more information call: 941-388-4441

8am -11:30am – United Walk-A-Thon
Robinson Preserve – 1704 99th Street NW Bradenton
Ed Smith Stadium SarasotaFor more information call: 941-792-8811

11am – Sarasota Bluesfest
Ed Smith Stadium – 2700 12th Street Sarasota, FL 34237
For more information call: 855-292-5837

2pm-7pm – Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Grog Party and tasting competition
Location: Drift In -120 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 941-780-1668

6pm – Snooty’s Gala
South Florida Museum – 201 10th Street West Bradenton
For more information call: 941-746-4131

Sunset – 10pm – Deep Sky Observers Sidewalk Astronomy
Holmes Beach City Field – 5801 Marina Drive Holmes Beach

Taste of ManateeSaturday November 5th & Sunday November 6th
11am – 6pm – 25th Annual Taste of Manatee
Downtown Bradenton Riverfront

Sunday November 6th
10am – 3pm – Bridge Street Market
107-111 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 941-799-2181

Monday November 7th
6:30pm – Diane Shelly executive director of Florida Craftsman Inc. speaks to the artist guild
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation – 4408 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
For more information call: 941-778-3390

Wednesday November 9th
11:30am – 2pm – Off-Stage Ladies of the Island Players Luncheon & Silent Auction
Beach House Restaurant – 200 Gulf Drive North
For more information call: 941-799-2181

5pm – 7pm – Wine Tasting to benefit Women’s Resource Center of Manatee
Harry’s Continental Kitchens – 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key
For more information call: 941-383-0777

Mixon Fruit FarmsSaturday November 12th & Sunday November 13th
12pm – 4pm – Local Wine & Food Festival
Rosa Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard – 4250 County Road 675 E Bradenton
For more information call: 941-322-0976

Saturday November 19th & Sunday November 20th
9am – 5pm HARVEST FESTIVAL
Mixon Fruit Farms – 2525 27th Street East Bradenton
For more information call: 941-748-5829

Saturday November 19th
9am – 1pm Anna Maria Island Sandblast
Manatee Public Beach – 4000 Block Gulf Drive Homes Beach
For more information go to manateebeautiful.com.

Saturday November 19th
6:30pm – 11pm Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Anna Maria Island Community Center– 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria
For more information call: 941-778-1908

Anna Maria Island Chamber Of Commerce Presents The 11th Annual Bayfest

Anna Maria Island Chamber Of Commerce presents the 11th Annual Bayfest October 14th & 15th

Anna Maria Island Chamber Of Commerce presents the 11th Annual Bayfest October 14th & 15th in the parking area just across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier. Bayfest is a free family event on Anna Maria Island that you do not to miss. Food, arts & crafts, a classic car show, and live music from KoKo Ray and The Soul Providers, Dr. Dave Band, Billy Rice Band and much more…

Make sure you grab some food at the island food court, soft drinks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase and there is a kids area for your children to have a ball!

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