Anna Maria City Pier with Tami

Tami pier

Hiya friends! It’s Tami Turtle here again! Have you been to the Anna Maria City Pier this year? I have! Here are a few fun facts about one of Anna Maria’s most historic sites!

  • The pier is 750 feet long!
  • Located at the end of the pier is the City Pier Restaurant and Gift Shop, a favorite for locals.
  • The pier was originally built as a dock in 1911 for trade and travel.
  • The Anna Maria City Pier is one of the top fishing spots in the entire Bradenton area!
  • The pier has suffered severe hurricane damage four times, yet still stands strong in its (almost) original form.

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

 

Anna Maria Island’s Winterfest 2010

Click here for Winterfest 2012!

This year’s Winterfest had over 100 artists, southern style comfort food, live Cajun and Blue Grass music.  Saturday was a beautiful sunny day with a bit of winter chill in the air, we showed up at about 11:00 A.M. and were graciously greeted by the volunteers who were selling tickets, water, and soda at the entrance.  Winterfest was underway, the band was playing, and people were browsing the art exhibits.

This year’s Winterfest had an amazing showcase of jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, and sculptures.  But my favorite was the Wildlife, Inc Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. They had the most beautiful hawks and owls on display in their booth.  I actually had to take a closer look to realize that they were alive.

Winterfest is hosted by the Anna Maria Island Art League in Holmes Beach City Hall Park every year in December.  For more information on This Year’s Holiday Events, and Anna Maria Island information, contact an Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist or follow us on Facebook.