Local Music Festivals and Events

Amazing live music, exceptional talent, and it’s all taking place in practically our own backyard. These local music festivals and events are sure to impress.
Take a look at all the sweet-sounding occasions that occur every year in our area.

Anna Maria Island 

Symphony on the Sand
Symphony on the Sand is an event that takes place every year at Coquina Gulfside Park in Bradenton Beach. This event features live music by the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO). There will also be delicious small plates prepared by local restaurants, and of course beer and wine.  Take a visit AMI’s pristine Coquina Beach , all while enjoying live music and a picturesque sunset over the Gulf of Mexcio.
Where: Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
When: Second Saturday of November
Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Tickets: Tickets for Symphony on the Sand range from $20 to $150



Bradenton Blues Festival:
A weekend full of exceptional live blues music, food vendors, and local craft beer is exactly what you’re in store for at the annual BRADENTON BLUES FESTIVAl in Downtown Bradenton. This event sells out FAST, so if you’re going to be in town or on the island during this time of year and want to attend this fun filled festival, purchase your tickets ASAP! This event is produced by the non-profit organization Realize Bradenton, and proceeds will support Realize Bradenton’s free youth, art, and music programs for the community.
Where: 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL, 34205
When: First weekend of December (Friday – Sunday)
Time: Begins 6pm Friday, ends 2pm Sunday
Tickets: Tickets for the festival range from $10 – $100


Music in the Park:
Picture yourself watching a beautiful sunset over the Manatee River, all while listening to amazing local musicians. That is exactly what the event MUSIC IN THE PARK is all about. This family-friendly occasion also offers snacks and beverages, including local craft beer and wine, for purchase. It is encouraged to bring a picnic basket, blankets and chairs, and even your furry friend (as long as they’re on a leash of course).
Where: Mosaic Amphitheater at the Bradenton Riverwalk (606 3rd Ave. West Bradenton, FL 34205)
When: Begins the second Friday of March, and continues every Friday until the last Friday of April.
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Tickets: Free event


Sarasota Music Festival
The Sarasota Music Festival is a three week long event that occurs every June. This musical affair features internationally recognized guest artists, and student musicians from around the world. The beautiful music and amazing talent that is produced at this musical event is enough reason to make the Sarasota Music Festival one of the most exceptional classical-music events in the country.
Where: Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
AND Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
When: Typically the event begins the first Sunday of June, and ends the last Sunday of June
Tickets: To purchase tickets for this event please go to the the Sarasota Orchestra website



Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on the Bay 
Known as “Sarasota’s Favorite Outdoor Music Festival”, the Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on the Bay Festival raises awareness and funds a local not-for-profit organization called The Mayors Feed The Hungry Program. This event takes place at the grounds of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center along Sarasota Bay. featuring local and regional talent, and tons of tasty food from the areas finest restaurants. All proceeds from Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on the Bay go to supporting local hungry families over the holiday season.
Where: 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
When: The 2018 event was different compared to the prior years.
The 2018 event features not one but TWO days of music during the second weekend of October (Saturday and Sunday).
Time: Begins 3:00pm Saturday and ends 8:30pm Sunday
Tickets: Tickets for the event are $15


Bayfest 2014 Anna Maria Isalnd

Anna Maria – The 13th annual Bayfest 2014 event is right around the corner! If you happen to be lucky enough to be on Anna Maria Island for this event don’t miss it. If you don’t have plans to be here, you should make some! Bayfest has become a great destination event for those who have been to it before and it will be on your calender for years to come if you catch it this year. Pine Avenue on the north end of Anna Maria comes alive with music and the aroma of food created by some of our great Island chefs wafting through the air!

Bayfest 2014 a popular event

One of the most popular annual events in Anna Maria Island is Bayfest, the two-day celebration of music, food and arts and crafts, which is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and gets going at 5 p.m. Friday. Oct. 17, and continues through Saturday on Pine Avenue. It’s all free, family-friendly and open to the public. Friday’s music kicks off with DJ Mike Sales plus live music from Dean Johansen, Steve Arvey and Koko Ray. Bayfest runs until 10 p.m. Friday, at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard, and then starts up again Saturday morning all along Pine Avenue with music from Gulf Drive, Can’t Turn Left, Renegade, Mike Sales & the Restless Natives, Scott’s Garage and Shotgun Justice. Chris Grumley will be the emcee for the Saturday’s music lineup.

There’s plenty to do when you want to take a break form the music, too, including Bayfest food, arts, crafts and retail vendors, a classic car show and lots of activities for kids. . Details: Oct. 17-18. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island. Festival times: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 9:45 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: Free. Information: 941-778-1541 www.annamariaislandchamber.org


Tire Sculptures on Display in Sarasota

ChakaiaBookerNew York artist Chakaia Booker’s unique sculptures are on display on the plaza and in the lobby of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (1741 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236) in downtown Sarasota until April 7, 2013.

The sculptures are made nearly entirely of burnt and bent vehicle tires with just a bit of twisted steel. The display is part of the Herald-Tribunes’ “Conversations with Artists” program.

Booker has worked in the medium of tires for more than two decades.  She utilizes often overlooked grooves and surfaces of the rubber material to represent a wide assortment of  metaphors satisfying her aesthetic, political, and economic concerns.  Visit our Sarasota information page for additional things to do while in Sarasota.  Also be sure to visit our top ten things to do in Sarasota.  Sarasota is just a short 30 minute drive to the South of Anna Maria Island.


Shanty Singers Playing at Cortez Fishing Festival

shanty singers Cortez Fishing FestivalShanty Singers will be taking the stage at 11:30 AM on Saturday, February 16, 2013 along with other bands at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

The event will feature plenty family fun, fresh Florida seafood, and entertainment for everyone!

To learn more about the event and a full schedule of the live music and entertainment click here!

Scott’s Garage Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

scott's garageScott’s Garage will be playing at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Scott’s Garage take the stage at 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 17, 2013. They are the last performers and will wrap up the festival with their act so be sure not to miss it! Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

You can find fresh Florida seafood, live music, and family fun galore at the 2-day festival!

For a full schedule of the entertainment at the festival you can click here!

Passerine Opening Act at Cortez Fishing Festival

Passerine will be the opening act at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! They will be taking the stage at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

Lots of family fun, seafood, and live music to take in at this event!

For more information about the event and the other bands playing click here!

Shotgun Justice Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

Shotgun Justice will be playing at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! They are taking the stage at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

Live music, fresh Florida seafood, and family fun can all be found during the 2-day event in Cortez Village.

The full entertainment schedule and additional information about the festival can be found by clicking here!

Soupy Davis and His Band Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

soupy davis Cortez VillageSoupy Davis and His Band will be playing at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. They take the stage at 10:30 AM on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

The second day of this 2-day event will feature Soupy Davis and His Band and much more entertainment! Fresh Florida seafood, family fun, and plenty more will also be present at the festival as well!

The full entertainment schedule and more can be found if you click here!

Razing Cane Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

Razing CaneRazing Cane is playing the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! They take the stage as the first day’s closing act at 4:30 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

The festival takes place in Cortez Village just south of Anna Maria Island featuring live music, fresh Florida seafood, and fun for the whole family!

To get a full schedule of entertainment click here!

Soul R Coaster Playing Cortez Fishing Festival

Soul R Coaster will be playing at the 31st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival! They will take the stage at 2:30 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Only 10 minutes from Anna Maria Island!

The two day festival features endless entertainment, fresh Florida seafood, and plenty of live music to satisfy all of your tastes.

For more information on the event and a full entertainment schedule click here!