Anna Maria Island June Activities and Events

Anna Maria Island June activities and events are a great way to enjoy the start of Summer. As the weather warms up, so does the fun on island time!

Anna Maria Island June Activities and Events

Anna Maria Island June Activities and events
School’s out for Summer. Time to head to Anna Maria Island!

June fun on Anna Maria Island is all about the beach, and enjoying the very last bit of Spring weather for the year. This is when the days start to get hot, but the gulf is still crisp and refreshing. June is that time of year that all the locals absolutely adore because the beach weather is out of this world amazing!

Peruse our list of fun things to do and see while visiting Anna Maria Island in June! In celebration of summer this list has tons of kid friendly activities, but we didn’t forget about adult fun too.

School’s Out – June 1st.

Kid Friendly Anna Maria Island Beach rental
Summer isn’t complete without a trip Florida beaches. These cute kids are enjoying the pool at beach front rental Vista Grande!

For local schools, Summer is in full swing as of June 1st. You can bet the first thing kids want to do is head to the beach, lounge in swimming pools, eat hot dogs and enjoy the island life.

Your kids will love visiting Anna Maria Island this Summer. As this is one of Florida’s most family friendly beaches, you’ll find tons of ways to keep kids entertained!

Here are a few things to do with the kiddos:

  • Miniature golf at the FishHole. Click over to their website for a $1 off coupon.
  • Visit the pirate ship Playground at Coquina Beach.
  • Pier fishing on Bradenton Beach City Pier followed by lunch at Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Rent poles for $8 at the bait shop at the base of the pier.
  • Take a boat tour with Captain Kathe and first mate Pup-Pup. You’re sure to see Dolphins.
  • Get Ice Cream at Two Scoops and go for a walk on the Anna Maria City Pier.
  • Visit Flip Flop & Candy Shop on Pine Avenue.
  • Head over to the Holmes Beach Dollar Tree for tons of beach toys! The Anna Maria Island dollar store has a large selection of beach fun that won’t break the bank!

World Oceans Day Festival at Mote Marine – June 3rd

World Oceans Day
Celebrate World Oceans Day with Mote Marine Labs!

Mote Marine Labs and Aquarium will be hosting a World Oceans Day Festival 10am-1pm June 3rd. There will be live music, vendors, hands on activities and plenty of kid friendly marine education opportunities. Entrance to the event is free with the purchase of regular admission.

Find Mote Labs at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on Longboat key just a short drive away!

2017 U.S Rowing Youth National Championship at Nathan Benderson Park – June 9-11th.

US Rowing Youth National Championships
Watch these young athletes in action!

Head down to Sarasota and catch all the action at the prestigious World Rowing Youth Championships. Over 350 crews from across the country will be competing in this three day event. Daily tickets are $10 or $25 for a three day pass.

Benderson Park is a beautiful spot to spend a day of fun. This park isn’t just a world class rowing facility, but offers many great amenities for those looking to get outdoors. Find picnic areas, walking trails, kayak launch and pets welcome.

Support a new local business – Paradise Found Book Store.

Paradise Found Book Shop
Support a new local Book shop on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria!

While on vacation the first essential items you may think to pack, would be a bathing suit, sunscreen, outfits, and a good book?

There are many times when we find ourselves even on a vacation needing a good read. Well, Paradise Found has you covered! Located on historic Pine Avenue, this shop is selling books of all genres. There are options for people of all ages, and all interests. You can browse the many selections of books, while your kids visit their children’s section.

There is more to buy here at the Paradise Found bookstore, they also have rare plants, and handmade oil paintings! If you find yourself on vacation and it is raining or you just enjoy a good read at the end of a beautiful day, stop by Paradise Found, and grab a great book!

Enjoy Live Music at Wicked Cantina

Live Music Anna Maria Island
Check out live music from acts like Hatley Band at Wicked Cantina.

While vacationing on Anna Maria Island you have to catch a live music act at one of the local night spots. Wicked Cantina is an excellent place to enjoy live tunes with gulf views, tasty Tex-Mex and fantastic cocktails too!

Find them on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.

Here’s the June live music schedule:

6-9 pm.
Tuesday’s – Hatley Band
Wednesday’s – Jody Gray
Thursday’s – Hatley Band
Friday’s – Jody Gray
Saturday’s – Noel Harris
Sunday’s – Chris Warner

June Featured Artist at Island Gallery West

Island Gallery West
Island Gallery West June Featured Artist Maria Sine.

Check out the Island Gallery West June featured artist Maria Sine. “The Shape of Things to Come” exhibit will be on display the entire month. Maria Sine has been an artist for 35 years. This exhibit will feature flora and fauna themes in the medium of acrylic with both abstract and realistic interpretations of Florida landscapes.

Find Island Gallery West 5368 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.

Anna Maria Island June activities and events are full of fun for the entire family!

Enjoy the start of Summer with this great list of things to do while visiting Florida! It’s not too late to plan your stay on Anna Maria Island, so visit IslandReal.com today and book the perfect Summer beach rental for your family.

 

ArtsHop 2014

Anna Maria Island – The 8th Annual ArtsHop 2014 celebration is just around the corner on the weekend of November 7th-9th.

Spanning all three cities of Anna Maria Island, the weekend begins with a tour of the various art galleries and shops across Anna Maria Island as listed below.

HOLMES BEACH- Friday, November 7th 7-9PM

Restless Natives – 5416 Marina Drive

Artists Guild Gallery – 5414 Marina Drive
The Mission of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is to educate, promote and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavor. Their membership—100 plus artists and supporters of the arts—arrange exhibits, shows, and other means to further local art in the community and surrounding areas. The Artists’ Guild Gallery will feature a portion of the public art exhibit along with music, art demos and of course, refreshments. Web site: amiartistsguildgallery.com

Giving Back – 5312 Holmes Boulevard
Giving Back is its name, apropos of the shop’s purpose – All proceeds go to charity. A great example of pooling resources to meet the needs of the community. Giving back will feature painted furniture and photography.

Art League of Anna Maria Island – 5312 Holmes Boulevard
The art league offers studio space and classes, as well as a gallery for their member artists, plus two amazing art festivals each year: Winterfest and Springfest. The Art League will feature a portion of the public art exhibit and will have the Keeton’s raffle basket (turn in your stamped passport for a chance to win!) Web site: islandartleague.org

Island Tattoo – 5337 Gulf Drive Suite 300

Libby’s Jewelry – 5337 Gulf Drive

Island Gallery West – 5368 Gulf Drive
DON PULVER, Oils & Acrylics Artist, Exhibits “The World in Art” as November artsHOP Featured Artist at Island Gallery West Don Pulver has been named November Featured Artist at the gallery. His vibrant oil and acrylic paintings will be featured in a month-long exhibit “The World in Art.” A public reception honoring Mr. Pulver will be held at the gallery on Friday, November 7, 5-8 PM, as part of the Island-wide 8th annual artsHOP Gallery Walk. Many gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors with refreshments, live music by Chip Ragsdale and a gyotaku (fish print) art demo, 5-6 PM, by Brenda Alcorn. Web site: islandgallerywest.com

Steam Design – 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 600
Graphic design, marketing, branding, large format grarphics, tradeshow displays, artist giclee reproduction prints, banners, signs, print … you name it! Steam Design will feature a portion of the public art along with the Art League and the Artists’ Guild Gallery. Facebook: Steam Design

Creations by L – 5500 Marina Drive, Suite 2
Creations by L will have a display of beaded jewelery along with a store raffle with a $50 certificate for classes. Web site: CreationsbyL.com

The Islander Sidebar Gallery – 5604B Marina Drive
The Islander Sidebar Gallery includes a collection of work by numerous local and national artists for sale, as well as Caribbean paintings by friends of the ministry in Haiti. There will be a store raffle, refreshments and other surprises.

Salt Aire – 5508 Marina Drive

Sun & Surf – 5418 Marina Drive
Sun & Surf will feature dy artist, Sara Gafvert

ANNA MARIA – Friday, November 7th 7-9PM

Studio at Gulf and Pine – 10101 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria Island’s cultural art gallery and event facility, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, offers an eclectic array of exhibits, instructional classes, lectures and the Einstein Circle and serves as a salon where artists and art aficionados interact. Founded by former First Lady of Florida, Rhea Chiles, part of the Studio’s permanent collection consists of the Chiles family collection of paintings which hung in the governor’s office. The Studio will feature the Gullette Elementary School Children’s Art. Web site: StudioatGulfandPine.com

Emerson’s Studio – 317C Pine Avenue
Images that make you smile. The Studio is filled with paintings, prints and many other wonderful items that are sure to make you laugh and leave the store with a smile. Web site: EmersonsHumor.com

Shiny Fish – 306 Pine Avenue
Shiny Fish Emporium is a Family Oasis retail store, where classic 1950’s Florida meets the artistic flare of Soho with a touch of beach glam. It is a destination for the entire family offering an irresistable array of unique goods, confections and kid crafts and activities, Paint your own sanddollar, Ukelele Music and refreshements. Facebook: Shiny Fish Emporium

Tide and Moon – 314 Pine Avenue
We love the chunkiest, coolest, natural stones…for ALL your sterling silver needs~ This is the place. Hand designed and hand fabricated custom, one of a kind sterling silver jewelry and ready made sterling silver, bead work and funky island gifts. Facebook: Tide and Moon

Ginnie and Jane E’s – 9807 Gulf Drive
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk through our front doors is “we are different”! Not your normal fare you expect to see at the beach. Although you will find those necessities you need to help you stay comfortable when you are playing in the sun and sand, what you will also find is a unique and funky collection of local art and antiquities all sorced locally from pickers and artists. Web site: Ginnys and Janee s.com

Libby’s on Pine – 501 Pine Avenue

Hometown Desserts – 507b Pine Avenue
Hometown Desserts creates delicious desserts and custom cakes. We also offer wholesale pricing to local restaurants. Facebook: Hometown Desserts

Room with a Hue – 314 Pine Avenue
Artfully inspired home accents, gifts and hand painted furniture. Facebook: Room With a Hue

Salon Salon on Pine – 313 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria’s very own beauty boutique and spa! Live models and demonstration of hair art, Big Hair Beehives, avant-garde styles. From 5-6 hair, makeup and costumes. Facebook: Salon Salon on Pine

BRADENTON BEACH- Sunday, November 9th 10am – 3pm

The Bradenton Beach Bridge Street Merchants will host an upbeat, unique Bridge Street ArtWalk Sunday November 9th 10am-3pm including an outdoor market with live music and merchants on the street. Get your Bridge Street Passport for a chance at the grand prize.

That isn’t all though. The weekend continues with other events such as a special play on Friday and Sunday at the Island Players of Anna Maria, a symphony withe the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and more that you can read about on the official ArtsHop website. 

The Galleries of Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island is not only a place to take in the natural beauty, but the man made beauty as well.   No need to go to a big city to view many different local artists.  A few names you may have even heard of such as Emerson, Sue Lynn Cotton or Barbara Hines.  You can either go to one of many local galleries, or gift shops on the island to find local work.  Some of our local artists can even be found in many of our vacation rentals.  Take a stroll through one of the galleries, and see if you recognize anything.

Art Space Deborah Webster
Dancing Water by Deborah Webster owner of Art Space Anna Maria.

Here are the local galleries for you all to enjoy.  Please click on the names below which will take you to their web site for phone numbers, hours and what collections are available for viewing throughout the year:

Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island – 5414 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Anna Maria Island Art League – 5312 Holmes Boulevard Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Anna Maria Island Historical Society – 402 Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216

Island Gallery West – 5368 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Studio at Gulf and Pine – Corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216

Artspace Anna Maria – 101 South Bay Boulevard Anna Maria, FL 34216

Emerson Studio Store – 317 Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216

Some of these galleries will allow traveling artists to display/sell some of their pieces as well.  If you have some great pieces, and will be on the island for a while, this may be the perfect opportunity for you.

Sometimes you just need to slow the pace, enjoy life around you, and even experience it through someone else’s eyes. This is not hard to do when visiting the many fabulous galleries around Anna Maria Island.

Roger & Mariarosa Rockefeller at Island Gallery West in February

Anna Maria Island – Get a double dose of the Rockefeller’s this month at Island Gallery West on Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island.

Roger Rockefeller will be demonstrating watercolor painting of bromeliads, a Florida plant, on Saturday February 15th from 10:30am to noon. A member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, Reckefeller teaches and has won numerous awards for his work.

Artist and Photographer Mariarosa Rockefeller is the featured artist of the month at Island Gallery West. “Gulf Coast Sunsets”, an exhibit of photographs, is featured in her free public reception to be held at Island Gallery West at the gallery on Friday February 14th from 5:30pm-7:30pm, and runs through February 28th. Working in watercolor and colored pencils, as well as photography, Mariarosa teaches course and workshops in Photoshop Elements at the ArtCenter Manatee in downtown Bradenton. Also a member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, she has won numerous awards for her work.

Island Gallery West is located at 5368 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. They are open from 10:00am-5:00pm Monday thru Saturday, and 10:00am-3:00pm on Sundays. For more information call 941-778-6648 or visit www.IslandGalleryWest.com. To view a list of Island Gallery Wests 2014 workshops Click Here.

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

Uh oh! Looks like these events are just fun memories now.

But don’t worry! There are tons of exciting activities and events taking place on Anna Maria Island all year long, every year!

Take a look at some of my favorites below:
Cortez Fishing Festival Blog
Halloween Events Blog
Local Art Events
Local Festivals 

 

 

Island Gallery West 2014 Art Demonstrations

Anna Maria Island – Island Gallery West, a vibrant co-operative gallery located in the Holmes Beach S&S Shopping Place, offers free art demonstrations throughout the year. Taking place through the spring every Saturday from 10am to noon, here is the list of Spring 2014 Art Demonstrations:

Jan 4 Dee Pastorius – Painting on Glass
Jan 11 Brenda Alcorn – Gyotaku (fish printing)
Jan 18 Caroline Whitmore – Watercolor
Jan 25 Betsy Kennedy – Jewelry
Feb 1 Patricia Sorg – Color with Oils
Feb 8 Carole Dougherty – Mixed Media TBA
Feb 15 Roger Rockefeller – Watercolor
Feb 22 Robert Reiber – Watercolor
Mar 1 Shirley Rush Dean – Polymer Clay
Mar 8 Anne Abbgott – Watercolor
Mar 15 Barbara Hines – Watercolor
Mar 22 Don Pulver – Oil Painting