Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival – A Great Resource!

The Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival is a great resource! There is no better way to walk down the aisle on your special day than with toes in the sand. Enjoy the island breeze dancing on your skin with the captivating Gulf of Mexico as your back drop. Truly a romantic experience.

Anna Maria Island wedding Festival

Anna Maria Island has many festivals and events happening annually throughout the year. However, one of those festivals is Anna Maria Island’s Chamber of Commerce Wedding Festival! Meet with photographers, venues, caterers, florists, hair and make-up professionals and other wedding vendors. These folks can all help in planning your dream-come-true day!

There are prize giveaways including a wedding package which will has many of the amenities for a wedding. Examples of the prizes include dinner gift certificates, spa services, beach or wedding portraits, floral arrangements, music or DJ services, jewelry, island business gift certificates, complimentary resort stays, water sport certificates and sailing certificates too!

Upon check-in, you will receive a complimentary wedding festival tote to collect information in throughout the day. Also an island map to all the vendor sites and a schedule of activities and events happening throughout the day. You can then travel by the island’s free trolley or a mode of transport of your own to visit with vendors that interest you. In the evening, everyone will meet at a beach location for the Grand Finale. Additionally, food, prize giveaways and a mock wedding are just some of the events planned for this festival!

 

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Learn to Cook in Bradenton, Fl

Want to learn to cook while visiting Anna Maria Island?  While the post below is come and gone Publix Supermarket does offer cooking classes each month.  Be sure to visit Publix website for more information.  Until then below is some past history of classes offered just off Anna Maria Island.

Plants, herbs, recipes; oh my! On Tuesday July 16th, Chef Aedan will be hosting a seminar “Edible Plants of Summer”. The event takes place in the gorgeous Robinson Preserve, and then moves to the Chef’s Table to enjoy the delicacies discussed during the short hike through the preserve. This event requires reservations and is suitable for guests ages 13 and older.

Alternatively, on Wednesday July 17th, the Island Branch Library will be hosting a “Cooking With Herbs” demonstration. This informative class is free and open to all ages. This event is presented by the Manatee County Agriculture & Extension Service: Family and Consumer Sciences Division.

Robinson Preserve
Robinson Preserve

“Edible Plants of Summer”

July 16th, 2013 from 6 p.m to 7.3o pm

Robinson Preserve: 99th St NW and 17th Ave NW, Bradenton.

To make reservations, call 941-748-4501 ext. 4616

“Cooking With Herbs”

July 17th, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Island Branch Library:5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach

FREE admission

Anna Maria Island Christmas Parade

 

Annual Christmas Parade on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island Christmas Parade 2012

We have four holiday parades a year on Anna Maria Island, each with its own distinct flavor. St. Patrick’s Day is a little more whimsical with an appearance by local celebrity Judy the Elephant and the Fourth of July is just to warm you up for fireworks and a dip in the clear, blue water of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Anna Maria Island Winterfest

Anna Maria Island Winterfest
Winterfest 2011

Get ready for the Anna Maria Island WINTERFEST – the annual Fine Arts and Craft show held in the Holmes Beach City Hall Field this Saturday and Sunday December 8th and 9th from 10-4:30 each day.  Parking and admission are free, leashed pets welcome.  Perfect place to pick up local art for holiday gifts!

Please note, this is an old post and the Anna Maria Island Winterfest changes from year to year.  Your best bet for more festival information is to check the Island Real Estate Facebook page as well as visit one of our local Anna Maria Island Newspapers for more event information.

Holmes Beach City Hall Field
5801 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach Fl 34217

 

Annual Winter Luminary Walk at De Soto National Memorial

Enjoy an evening of live music and history at De Soto National Memorial Park for the 4th Annual Winter Luminary Walk at Desoto National Memorial Park.  De Soto National Memorial will have the trails lit with thousands of luminaries on Saturday December 15th from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  You can catch a free shuttle from King Middle School courtesy of Anna Maria Island Community Center.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 Home Games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers logoEnjoy NFL action live and in person at the next home Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game, just less than an hour from the beaches of Anna Maria Island!  Sunday November 25th at 1pm in Raymond James Stadium the Bucs take on the Atlanta Falcons in a classic NFC South Divisional matchup.  Catch Josh Freeman, future Hall of Famer Ronde Barber and the November 4th Offensive Player of the Week RB Doug Martin in action.  Tickets available from just $35 at www.buccaneers.com.

Sarasota Medieval Fair is great day trip for Anna Maria Visitors

Renaissance Festival

Hear ye, hear ye!  The Sarasota Medieval Fair occurs annually in the month of November.  Just a short trip from Anna Maria Island it is a perfect day trip for visitors.  The Sarasota Medieval Fair is located at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Fruitville Road rain or shine from 10-6 each weekend.  Enjoy performances by Jousters and Human Combat Chess.  Jump in and participate in craft demonstrations of pottery, basket weaving, blacksmith work, torched glass beading and even leather working.  Bring your appetite because the turkey legs are HUGE and the beer is served cold.

Tickets are available at the Medieval Fair website.

Visit Island Real Estate’s top ten list of things to do for more ideas of what to do when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Canine Christmas Festival Bradenton, FL

Santa DogCanine Christmas Festival 2012!

Each year the Bishop Animal Shelter holds a Canine Christmas Festival to raise awareness and money for dogs in the Bradenton, Fl area.  It is a fabulous time for all with parades, awards, raffles and everything in between.

If your a visitor to Anna Maria Island fear no more.  Island Real Estate offers plenty of Anna Maria Island Pet Friendly vacation homes that can be rented out.  The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper has an annual canine Christmas parade as well with local celebrity judges that tally the votes.

Too many things happening around the holidays to name in this post but a favorite among locals are the Holmes Beach and Anna Maria City walk about as well as the Anna Maria Island Privateer parade.  Sorry, who could forget the Anna Maria Island Community center holiday event.  Maybe the best information page we can provide is a previous December Anna Maria Island Events page to give our visitors some ideas of what to do.  Take a look, we hope this helps your holiday spirit!

Bishop Animal Shelter
5718 21st Ave W.
Bradenton, FL

 

Christmas Parade on Anna Maria Island

Christmas parade on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island Christmas Parade

CHRISTMAS PARADE on Anna Maria Island

Christmas Parade & Santa Open House
December 08,2012 at 10am

As another holiday season rapidly approaches, the Anna Maria Island Privateers would like to invite you to participate in their 2012 Christmas Parade on December 8th, followed by our Santa Open House at Coquina Beach; where the man in red will be handing out gifts to the youngsters. This much anticipated annual event brings great joy to children and adults, islanders and visitors alike.

We hope you will celebrate this special kick-off to the Holiday Festivities by enjoying the parade, which begins at Bayfront Park then travels south along Anna Maria Island, through the three island cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. We hope everyone can come out and enjoy the experience and spread the joy to others!

More information and online registration visit the Anna Maria Island Privateers website at CHRISTMAS PARADE.

Bradenton Blues Festival 2012

Update:  this festival has become an annual event for visitors to Anna Maria Island.  The Bradenton Blues festival typically occurs in early December.  Visit their home page for more information for time and location of the Bradenton Blues Festival.

The first annual Bradenton Blues Festival features a team of top blues artists all day in a beautiful setting, right on the Manatee River.
This awesome experience features food, drink, art, plus an array of vendors and, of course, fantastic live music.

Bradenton Blues Festival

The line up includes:
Steve Arvey Horn Band featuring Henry Lawrence
Homemade Jamz
Southern Hospitality
Johnny Sansone
Dave “Biscuit” Miller
Kenny Neal
Ruthie Foster
and Ben Prestage between acts

The inaugural festival kicks off on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the redeveloped Riverwalk overlooking the Manatee River in Historic downtown Bradenton.  Just minutes from the beaches of Anna Maria Island, this festival will be fun for all ages.  Gates will open at 10am and the shows will start at 11am.

Bradenton Blues Festival
Realize Bradenton, Inc.
P.O. Box 9114
Bradenton, Florida,
34206