9th Annual Anna Maria Island Arts Hop 2015

Anna Maria Island – In its ninth year the Anna Maria Island Arts Hop 2015 returns with a diverse cultural experience for the entire island. With events happening November 13-15th in all three island cities; Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach will be teaming with arts and entertainment fun for all ages.

Arts Hop 2015

Organized by the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island, Arts Hop will kick off the three day event with the Holmes Beach art walk from 5-8pm then the Anna Maria art walk from 7-9pm with the Island Players production of “Radio Ridiculous” at 8pm. There are 22 vendors participating for theHolmes Beach and Anna Maria art walks. Some of the vendors will be offering refreshments and live music with the galleries offering live demonstrations and a chance to meet the artists.

Arts Hop Anna Maria Island
Arts Hop 2015

Holmes Beach art walk 5-8pm:

Creations by L
Saltair boutique
The Feast
Restless Native
Steam Design
Fukin Sei Art Lab
Island Coffee Haus
Artists’ Guild Gallery
Art League of Anna Maria Island
Island Gallery West

Anna Maria art walk 7-9pm:

Libby’s on Pine Avenue
AMI Outfitters Coastal Gear and Apparel
Anna Maria General Store
Home Town Desserts
Joyce Lazarra Gallery on Pine
Shiny Fish Emporium
Salon Salon on Pine
Tide and Mood Jewelry
Emerson’s Studio Store
Poppo’s Taqueria
The Studio at Gulf and Pine
Lava Lava
Three Island Monkey’s
Harry’s Grill

Craft Show

Celebrate Arts hop on the 14th and 15th with an arts and crafts show on the Holmes Beach City Hall Field from 10am-4pm. Located at 5801 Marina Drive, the two day arts and craft show will benefit the Holmes Beach Butterfly Garden. Admission and parking are free at this show featuring jewelry, photography, fine arts, glass, clothes and live music from local favorite Patchouli.

Wrapping up the events on the 14th from 4:30-7:30pm the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra will present “Symphony on the Sand”. Happening on Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, three ticket packages are available ranging from $35, $70 or $100 per person for this spectacular beach side event. Expect to hear Broadway tunes and classical favorites from the 45 piece orchestra and solo artists. The event will be catered by Coquina Cafe, The Lazy Lobster, Anna Maria Oyster Bar and the Beach House Restaurant.

Symphony on the Sand
Symphony on the Sand is Spectacular!


Continuing the fun on the 15th The Bradenton Beach Art walk kicks off the first of the season Bridge Street Market. Running from 11am-3pm, Bridge Street will offer a traditional market with produce, crafts, gifts, artwork and live entertainment. In addition to the market several Bridge Street merchants will be participating including eight samples for $8 from Bridge Street Bistro and the Blue Marlin. Stop by the other participating shops like Sea-rentiy Beach Spa and eco-boutique, and The Lot. Take advantage of the ArtsHopper Passport receiving a stamp from each participating vendor entering you into the grand prize drawing for a two night stay at Bridge Walk Resort. Bid on the locally designed turtle artwork auction benefiting the Anna Maria Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. Finally at 2pm the Island Players will perform a second showing of “Radio Ridiculous”.

Bridge Street Market Arts Hop 2015
Bridge Street Market

For a fun and cultural experiences all over the island, stop by the 9th annual Arts Hop this November!


Lester Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center


The 12th annual Lester Family Fun Day is drawing near. Free admission for the whole family…old-fashioned fun at old-fashioned prices!

Bring your camera to capture those big smiles as Santa Claus arrives on a Fire Truck at noon! Awesome raffle prizes and drawings for turkeys will keep you on the edge of your seats. From Manatee Player’s Dickens Christmas Carolers to Tony the Balloon Guy, this is a good, old-fashioned family day at our community center. Pony rides, a bounce house, face painting, card making, cookie decorating, crafts and more will keep kids of all ages entertained. Bring your appetite as well, as you may want to snack on hot dogs, snacks, sodas and even the famous Duffy Burgers!

So mark your calendar for Saturday, December 7th , to have a great time from 10:30am through 2pm at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, located at 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria!

1st Annual Lighting of Bridge Street on Anna Maria Island!

holiday lightsMark Saturday, November 30th on your calendar ~ we have a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

That evening from 5pm through 10pm, we are all welcome to enjoy the first official holiday Lighting of Bridge Street.  Bring your friends, family (both human and furry) to Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. The night will come alive with live holiday music by “Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots”.  There will be shopping, crafts, food and a full bar available. The exact location is 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach….but leave the car at home!  You can let loose, have a good time and shake your tail feathers by taking the free Anna Maria Island Trolley!!

What a fun way to follow up an island Thanksgiving!

This is the first of many merry holiday events on Anna Maria Island, beginning in the city of Bradenton Beach.

For more information on the host, Bridge Street Merchants, click here.

Ist Annual Lighting of Bridge Street

Annual Bradenton Craft Festival – Downtown

Bradenton craft festivalThe 4th Annual Downtown Bradenton Craft Festival is presented by American Craft Endeavors. American Craft Endeavers also produces Siesta Fiesta and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair. The Craft Festival takes place on Barcarrota Blvd right along the water. Some of America’s best crafters will be displaying and selling they’re works. Jewelry, pottery, handmade body products, paintings, and other unique crafts are what you can expect to see. The Craft Festival has something for everyone!

The Downtown Bradenton Craft Festival takes place in early February each year.  Take a look at our Bradenton things to do information page for great ideas of things to do on your vacation to Anna Maria Island.


4th Annual Downtown Bradenton Craft Show
Downtown Bradenton
1301 1st Ave
Bradenton, FL 34205

Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach

Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach is held from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm every Sunday November through April. The market is located at 107 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Visit your favorite vendors every Sunday at the Bridge Street Market and enjoy great food, art, crafts, jewelry, local musicians, fresh produce, and much more!

Bridge Street Market
107 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 215-906-0668

There are lots of events that occur on Bridge street all year long.  Here are a few events that occur on Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach.  Christmas on Bridge Street, Santa Clause comes to Bridge Street, Blues and Brews on Bridge Street and lots more can be found on Island Real Estate’s local scene.

Anna Maria Island Concerts in the Park

Enjoy arts, crafts, local food, and live music from 5pm – 10pm at Anna Maria Island Concerts in the Park on Friday October 26th at the Holmes Beach City Field. Concerts in the park will benefit Camelot Community Care a Manatee County therapeutic foster home for children.  Update:  while there are many events in the Holmes Beach field the Anna Maria Island Concerts in the Park are no longer being held on a regular basis as of 2015.

Evening Entertainment Includes

• DJ/MC Chris Grumely from 5pm – 10pm
• Open Jam Session with local musicians from 5pm – 7pm
• Shotgun Justice 7:30pm – 10pm

Holmes Beach City Field
5801 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach
For more information call: 941-748-2162.

Anna Maria Island Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island October 26th 2012 from 5pm-10pm.

Annual Pumpkin Festival At Hunsader Farms – 2012

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Fest Guy
Pumpkin Festival Entrance

Nothing like a Pumpkin Festival to get you in the Halloween spirit!  The Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival is just around the corner and will be opening the gates to the farm this weekend. Grab the family and head out to the Annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms for the day. Parking is just $5.00 and the price of admission is $8.00 per person, children 12 and under gets in free!

Enjoy: Great Food ~Live Entertainment ~ A Pumpkin Cannon ~ Music ~ Hayrides ~ Pumpkins ~ Games ~ Pony Rides ~ Chainsaw Sculptor ~ Corn Maze ~ Petting Zoo ~ Face Painting ~ Children’s Train Rides ~ Frog Jumping Championship ~ Fresh Produce ~ and much more!


This year’s festival dates

October 13th & 14th – 9am – 5pm
October 20th & 21st – 9am – 5pm
October 27th & 28th – 9am – 5pm

Hunsader Farms
5500 County Road 675
Bradenton FL, 34211

Music For Everyone This Spring – Downtown Bradenton

Music Slam Header

This spring downtown Bradenton & riverfront community will be alive with events that showcase music.  Shop, dine, and celebrate Bradenton’s unique mix of arts, culture, and heritage downtown along the riverfront this spring.

Take a look at the Music Slam event list for April and May below.  If you would like more information on this spring’s Music Slam or any other events in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Anna Maria Island, contact Island Real Estate.

Saturday, April 16th 1-2:30pm

History & All That Jazz

Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum.

Enjoy a free Jazz Ensemble, and guided tours of the park’s historical buildings.

Thursday, April 21st 6-10pm

Get Down Downtown

Old Main Street Downtown Bradenton.

Head downtown, and hang out with your friends, eat some food, and grab a drink while listing to live music in the streets of Bradenton.

Wednesday, April 27th 2:30-7:30pm

Musical & Fashion Show

Desoto Historical Society Bradenton Municipal Auditorium.

You do not want to miss the 2011 De Soto Heritage Musical Festival which will feature skilled dance routines.

Saturday, April 30th 6 & 7:30pm

Classics at Ortygia Ristorante

The Village of The Arts.

World renowned tenor Joe Spinella will sing in the Ortygia Courtyard, and Chef Gaetano Cannata will delight you with classic food and wine.

Wednesday’s, May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

Courthouse Square Concerts

Realize Bradenton

Free live concerts in May at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Bradenton featuring Henry Lawrence, Michael Mac, & a Jazz Ensemble.

Thursday, May 5th – Sunday May 22nd

Signin’ In The Rain,

The Manatee Players

This musical is a return to the old fashioned showbiz glamour and big dance numbers.

Friday, May 6th 6-9:30pm

Musical Chairs Art Walk

The Village of the Arts

Art and Music everything from bluegrass to an interactive musical sculpture.

Saturday, May 7th 3-7pm

Rock ‘n’ Art

Art Center Manatee

Rock N Roll concert and cool art activities; don’t miss the family fun featuring local bands and artists.

Saturday, May 7th 4-8pm

Sing into Spring!

South Florida Museum

Sing along with your favorite musical kids flick and put on your own Karaoke show. Food will be available at normal price.

Every Saturday In May 9am-2pm

Farmers Market

Old Main Street Bradenton

Fresh produce and live music in the streets of downtown Bradenton.


Saturday May 14th 11:30am – 2pm

Jazzy Ladies

ArtCenter Manatee Courtyard by Marriott

Luncheon & Fashion Show, with fashions from Irene’s in Holmes Beach.

Thursday, May 19th 6-10pm

Get Down Downtown

Old Main Street Downtown Bradenton.

Head downtown and hang out with your friends, eat some food, and grab a drink while listing to live music in the streets of Bradenton.

Friday, May 20th Sunset

Reels at Rossi free film

Rossi Park Bradenton

Don’t miss this family musical with heart, and food will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 21st 7-11pm

Party on The Plaza Manatee Young Professionals and Realize Bradenton

First Bank 1301 6th Avenue West Bradenton

Join your friend’s downtown Bradenton for live music, drinks, and delicious appetizers under the stars.

Saturday, May 28th 8-9pm

Sonic Art With Paul Ramshaw

Palmetto Art Center

Paul Ramshaw’s electro-acoustic compositions are created from micro-samples of live orchestral and operatic vocal sources.

Bridge Street Market In Bradenton Beach

Bridge Street Market Sundays until April 24TH
Bridge Street Market Every Sunday November – April

Bridge Street on Anna Maria Island always has something fun going on, and from November until April the Bridge Street Market is held every Sunday in the market lot located at 107-111 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

The market is open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. but some vendors get there early and stay a little later.  If you are coming from Bradenton go west on Cortez Road over the bridge onto Anna Maria Island, make a left hand turn at the stop light onto Gulf Drive, you will see bridge street on your left about a quarter of a mile down the road.

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Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce – February Music Festival

Anna Maria Island Chamber
Anna Maria Island Chamber

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is firing up their Friday Festivals right on schedule.  If you have never made it to a Friday “Fest” you are missing a real treat.  The first Anna Maria Friday Festival of 2010 is scheduled for Friday February 19, 2010.   The time starts at 3 PM and the Music and vendors stop at 10 PM.

The Festival is held up on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City at the EAST end by the public pier.  Most folks park on Pine Avenue as they find a spot traveling EAST along Pine Avenue.  There is some serious parking at the church and the market across from the Roser church on Pine Avenue.

The Friday Festivals held by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce are always a good time because there are lots of arts and crafts booths as well as food booths to wet your appetite with our local flavors of food.  The Chamber offers alcohol to patrons.  I have been told by many it’s the coldest beer you can find on a Friday night at just $3.00 for a good size beer.  There is also white and red wines available as well as in the past a mixed drink like a rum-runner.  While you are having some great eats you can listen to some great local bands with live music.  The best of all – the EVENT is FREE.  Yes, it is FREE.

So if you are an Anna Maria Island Visitor or live here year long it is a fabulous event for young and old.  Go check out some great live music outside with the Tampa Bay in the background at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Friday Festival.

Be careful, if you are a visitor you may never go back and don’t worry, if you have to miss the Friday festival in FEB there are plenty more throughout the entire year!

Great Live Music
Great Live Music

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presents:
Island Music Festival    FRIDAY FEST
Date: Friday February 19, 2010        Time: 3pm to 10pm
Location: Pine Ave & Bay Blvd     Village of Anna Maria

Featuring: Koko Ray & The Soul Providers and Bootleg

Proceeds to benefit The AMI Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund; Participating Island Businesses and Local Not for Profit Agencies.  If you are interested in participating in future Friday Festivals as a music venue, craft booth, or eatery just email the Chamber of Commerce.

For a location of the event see the map below and it is on the NORTH WEST corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Blvd.

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