Snooty’s Birthday Bash at the South Florida Museum

Snooty the manatee

Snooty the manatee makes his home at the South Florida Museum in downtown Bradenton, and he is celebrating his 65th birthday on Saturday, July 20th! Snooty is the first manatee to have a recorded birth date, and he has blossomed into a mascot for Anna Maria and Bradenton. The party will include numerous games and activities from not only the  museum but also Mote Marine Laboratory, Busch Gardens, Bishop Animal Shelter, and Jungle Gardens. Snooty’s party is themed around wildlife preservation, ecological conservation and environmental sustainability. This celebration welcomes the entire family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m for free!

Snooty’s Birthday Bash- Newer information page
Admission is FREE
South Florida Museum:
201 10th Street W, Bradenton FL. 34205

Saturday, July 20th 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Note: while this event has come and gone.  You can count on at least a small celebration each Summer for Snooty.  Be sure to go visit South Florida Museum if you want to participate in the celebration.  Sorry, not sure if admission will be free but well worth your time!

Island Time Bar and Grill Halloween Party

Island Time Bar and Grill Halloween Party 2012Be a part of the Halloween Party and Costume Contest at Island Time Bar and Grill Halloween party on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Saturday October 27th starting at 7pm.

• Enjoy spooktacular drink specials
• Live music with Jack Tamburine Band from 7pm – 10pm
• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prices.

Island Time Bar & Grill
111 Gulf Drive
Bradenton Beach
For more information call 941-782-1122

There are lots of activities on Anna Maria Island for Halloween and the Fall.  Visit our trail of treats information page as well as other Fall Festival events off Anna Maria Island.

The Firkin and Fox Pub In Bradenton (Closed)

Firkin & Fox Pub In Bradenton Florida
Firkin & Fox Pub In Bradenton Florida

Sorry, Firkin and Fox pub has been CLOSED.  If you are looking for a family friendly English Pub then don’t any further than The Firkin and Fox Pub located about 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island. With a wonderful relaxed atmosphere, great food, good service and no smoking this is one Pub you have to try!

To see this place from the outside it looks small, but once you are inside there is nothing but room to relax and enjoy with your family!  The staff is very friendly, and loved my daughter the first time we went there for dinner.  The next time we were there we got the same server, and she remembered my daughter’s name.  I can tell you that that was the height of the evening – she was thrilled!

The food was so good that even my three year old picky eater cleaned her plate.  They have a very traditional Irish/American menu with everything from chicken wings to fish and chips.  You have to try their Bangers, Beans and Mash or the Knife & Fork “Chicago Style” hotdog!  Never fear they have lighter fare as well.  Maybe you’d prefer a baby spinach salad or Quesadillas?  They have both on their very large menu!

pool table
Play Pool

There is something for everyone at this pub.   They have billiards, darts and a game room if you are looking for something to do while watching the game or to entertain the kids. There is also a private party room for any special occasion. Sometimes during the winter season they will have family friendly karaoke, and even the occasional contest for monetary prizes!  You have to add Firkin & Fox to your places to go! You will not be disappointed.

Firkin & Fox Pub
2505 Manatee Ave East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: (941) 748-7694

Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

St Patrick’s Day Celebration & Island Music Festival This Week!

St Patrick's day & Area Events In March 2011 On Anna Maria Island

May you have the luck of the Irish this St Patrick’s Day, and make sure to check out the Island Music Festival on Friday, and the Bridge Street Market on Sunday – food, arts, crafts, jewelry, local musicians, and much more.  The weather is perfect on Anna Maria Island this time of year, so get in on the action!

Thursday March 17th St Patrick’s Day

Head to your favorite Anna Maria Island Restaurant or Irish Pub to celebrate, and remember that everyone’s Irish on St Patrick’s Day.

Dcoy duck’s in Holmes Beach will have live music from 9pm to close with Déjà vu and Big Diesel in between sets.

Duffy’s Tavern in Holmes Beach will be serving corned beef and green beer.

Live music at Slim’s Place located at 9701 Gulf Drive Anna Maria.

Live music at Feeling Swell in Anna Maria.

Get down downtown in Bradenton is a great time, they have live music, food, and a big party!

Rasher Tierney’s Irish Pub located on 41 just south of Cortez Road in Bradenton will have their annual St Patrick’s Party and is equipped with a full bar, drink specials, entertainment, and green beer!

 Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub located on Cortez Road in Bradenton will have their annual St Patrick’s Day Blow out Bash and has a full liquor bar, entertainment, and live music that started at 12pm and will go until 1am!

Friday March 18th  Friday Fest

Anna Maria Island Chamber Of Commerce presents ~Island Music Festival ~on the corner of Pine Ave & Bay Blvd this Friday evening from 5pm-10pm.   Join in the fun at the Island Music Festival with local art, crafts, retail and Taste of the Island Food Court.

Island Music Festival Line Up

Firedoor 5-5:30

KoKo Ray and the Soul Providers 6pm-7:30

Kettle of Fish 8pm-10pm

Sunday March 20th 

If you have any energy left The Bridge Street Market is held in the market lot located at 107-111 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach and is open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. but some vendors will get there early.

It doesn’t matter if you are here enjoying your Anna Maria Island Vacation or live here year round stay up to date on Island events, visit us online at or follow us on Facebook. Contact Island Real Estate if you have any questions, we have Beach House’s for rent all over Anna Maria Island.

February Events On Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island Events February 2011

There are always lots of activities on Anna Maria Island for everyone to enjoy: families, kids, adults, seniors, and you will not want to miss the upcoming events on Anna Maria Island in February. Continue reading February Events On Anna Maria Island

Let’s Party Island Style For The New Year!

Let's Party

New Year’s Eve and it’s time to party! Anna Maria Island is the hot spot to ring in this New Year.  There will be fireworks at the BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach, live entertainment, and Champaign toasting all over the island.  Below is a list of a few places on Anna Maria Island that will be hosting New Year’s Eve Parties and Live Entertainment.

Need a ride home after the party? Call for transportation in advance so will not have to wait forever.

The BeachHouse             

Bradenton Beach


Fireworks, drinks, dinner buffet, and dancing, $99 per person starts at 9pm.  Call for a reservation.

Rotten Ralph’s

Bradenton Beach & City Of Anna Maria


Live music with Jay Crawford call for details.

DCoy Duck’s

Holmes Beach


Live music with Bootleg call for details.

Slims Place

City Of Anna Maria


Live music with The DT’s call for details.

Feeling Swell

City Of Anna Maria


Live music with KoKo Ray call for details.

Banana Cabana

Bradenton Beach


Live music with Doug Bidwell call for details.


Holmes Beach


Will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Party call for details.


Holmes Beach


Will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Party call for details.

Restaurants Open New Year’s Eve & Day

Happy New Year 2010
Happy New Year!


Click Here For Restaurants Open For the Holidays 2012

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and it’s time to go out and celebrate.  It has been a time honored tradition to ring in the New Year with a bang, whether you would like to have dinner with family and friends or party the night away at your favorite Anna Maria Island Restaurant.  It might be a good idea to make reservations and insure your New Year’s plans are all set up.  Take a look at the list of Anna Maria Island and surrounding area restaurants that will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day…

Have fun and be safe, if you need to take a taxi home, or back to your Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental call at least an hour in advance for transportation they will be busy for sure! Continue reading Restaurants Open New Year’s Eve & Day

Christmas – Island Real Estate style

Each year Island Real Estate has several get together’s and Christmas is no exception.  This past year we held our Christmas Party at the fabulous Harrington House in their dining area.  Harrington House is a perfect spot for any holiday gathering as their decorations are first class and are always beautiful.  The Harrington House Christmas tree is always a must see on Anna Maria Island as it is set up in the corner of the large living area and boasts at least 20 feet high.  The Island Real Estate “family” always has a great time together and the great food of Harrington is always a help.  Take a look at the pictures below for Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc Christmas festivities.  This is Christmas Island Real Estate style.

20 foot Christmas Tree at Harrington House on Anna Maria Island


John from Island Real Estate and Patti from Harrington HouseSheila, Melinda, and Roberta enjoying the Christmas snacks

Frank our fearless leader having a laugh with KateThomas and Marilyn enjoying Christmas at the Harrington House