Mark 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.
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!
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
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
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
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
Old Main Street Bradenton
Fresh produce and live music in the streets of downtown Bradenton.
Saturday May 14th 11:30am – 2pm
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.
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.
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!
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
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.