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Short-Term Living Options for Athletes on Anna Maria Island

June 5, 2018
The east coast of the United States has a pretty long history of baseball, and southwest Florida is no exception. In fact, many major league teams practice near Anna Maria Island during spring training season. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been... Read more

Summer Events Coming to Anna Maria Island || Lizzie Lu's Island Retreat || Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria

Summer Events Coming to Anna Maria Island

May 5, 2018
The Florida summer heat could cook a hot dog on the sidewalk, but you are fortunate to have Anna Maria Island on your radar. The smooth gulf breezes help keep the heat at bay so you can enjoy the indoors,... Read more

A Guide to the Beach N’ Food Truck and Music Festival || Lizzie Lu's Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island

A Guide to the Beach N’ Food Truck and Music Festival

March 5, 2018
Anna Maria Island’s Beach N’ Food Truck and Music Festival is a 12-hour beach celebration that draws visitors from all over the state and beyond. This family-friendly festival is the ultimate beach party, with food, music, arts and crafts, and... Read more

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Fun Things to Do on Anna Maria Island in January and February

December 28, 2017
There’s always plenty of fun in the sun on Anna Maria Island every month of the year. Once the holiday season winds down, tranquility returns to the island, making the early months of 2018 a perfect time to visit without... Read more

Anna Maria Christmas Parade

December Events on Anna Maria Island

November 21, 2017
Holmes Beach Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting Visit downtown Holmes Beach when many shops and stores remain open later in the evening for a Christmas party. Come for holiday treats, live music, and see Santa in his sleigh. The... Read more

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November 2017 Events

November 2, 2017
Some exciting November 2017 events are happening on Anna Maria, so if you’re ready for a break to the beach there’s no better time than the end of fall! Book your perfect Anna Maria vacation rentals and spend your days... Read more

Anna Maria Farmers Markets

Coquina Beach Market: Every November

October 13, 2017
Enjoy the Coquina Beach Market located at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Browse art, jewelry, produce, plants, purses, clothing and more! Local vendors and artists bring you the best from the area! Every November, the Cultural Connections of Anna... Read more

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October Events on Anna Maria

October 1, 2017
This month is all about Halloween, but there is plenty to do on Anna Maria Island if you want to do something that doesn’t involve wearing a costume. Or maybe you do. Here are 5 October Events to enjoy for... Read more

Anna Maria Island Events on Labor Day

August 20, 2017
Family vacations are all about fun and this upcoming Anna Maria Island Labor Day weekend is packed with activity for all ages. And if you want to be like the locals do and soak up the sun, you’ll find plenty... Read more

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Review of the Tour de Turtles Event

July 26, 2017
Florida’s beaches are some the most important sea turtle nesting habitats in the world, with several threatened and endangered species nesting here. The Tour de Turtles is an annual conservation effort created by the Sea Turtle Conservancy (based in Gainesville,... Read more

July 4th on Anna Maria Island

June 9, 2017
The 4th of July guarantees visitors and residents fun, festivities, and fireworks in and around Anna Maria Island. Sun in the fun doesn’t stop around this time of the year on the Island so be sure to bring your flip... Read more

Anna Maria Island Easter Activities 2017

Anna Maria Island Easter Activities 2017

February 27, 2017
With warm weather, amazing ocean scenery, world class beaches and a welcoming local community Anna Maria Island is one of the best places to go for your next family Easter vacation. If you’re lucky enough to spend your next Easter... Read more

New Years Celebration on Anna Maria

New Year’s on AMI

January 1, 2017
This New Year’s Eve on Anna Maria Island is guaranteed to be as exciting and jam packed with lively entertainment and parties as it has been in the past. There are a number of special events that you can attend... Read more

MURDERERS – Island Players Nov 10-20

November 20, 2016
Island Players of Anna Maria presents MURDERERS.  An interesting twist on a typical ‘whodunit’, enjoy the stories of three charming killers explain in great (and funny) detail why they did it.   http://www.theislandplayers.org Read more

SandBLAST – America Recycles Day

November 19, 2016
Join us from 9-2 on Saturday, November 19 and watch amateur teams of all ages compete for best sand sculpture in support of Keep Manatee Beautiful.  Located in front of Beach Cafe, everyone is welcome to come and watch! FREE... Read more

Community BBQ Honoring Veterans Nov 19th 10:30

Crosspointe Fellowship will host a free BBQ Lunch including activities for kids and adults, interesting displays, patriotic music, and a chance to personally thank veterans in a variety of ways. Guy Gruters, a Vietnam POW and fighter pilot, and now... Read more

Island ArtsHOP – Anna Maria Art Walk

November 18, 2016
Every November, the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island hosts a weekend arts festival called the Island ArtsHOP, followed by the Coquina Beach Market. The weekend is packed full of gallery walks, artist receptions, theater performances and a concert on... Read more

Symphony in the Sand

November 13, 2016
With the 4th annual Symphony on the Sand we are expanding to “a 3-day musical event in the key of sea. Sunday, Nov. 13, 6-10 pm., brings the 3-day musical event to a resounding finish with The Stranger “The Ultimate... Read more

Island ArtsHOP – Bradenton Beach Art Walk

Every November, the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island hosts a weekend arts festival called the Island ArtsHOP, followed by the Coquina Beach Market. The weekend is packed full of gallery walks, artist receptions, theater performances and a concert on... Read more

Symphony on the Sand

November 12, 2016
With the 4th annual Symphony on the Sand we are expanding to “a 3-day musical event in the key of sea. Our signature event, Symphony on the Sand, a musical and gourmet event featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus... Read more

Symphony on the Sand

November 11, 2016
With the 4th annual Symphony on the Sand we are expanding to “a 3-day musical event in the key of sea. Off to our best musical foot on Friday night, Nov. 11, 6pm – 11 pm., we welcome to the... Read more

Island ArtsHOP – Holmes Beach Art Walk

Every November, the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island hosts a weekend arts festival called the Island ArtsHOP, followed by the Coquina Beach Market. The weekend is packed full of gallery walks, artist receptions, theater performances and a concert on... Read more

BOEING BOEING

May 19, 2016
Island Players will present the play Boeing Boeing from May 19 through May 29. Contact the Island Players to purchase your tickets! Read more

Independence Day Parade

July 4, 2015
 Join The Privateers On Saturday July 4th,  For Our Island Long (7.2 Miles)  Independence Day Parade. Parade Steps Off At Coquina Beach @ 10 am Thru Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Ending @ Anna Maria City Pier.  Read more

Food and Wine on Pine

May 2, 2015
The 5th Annual Food and Wine on Pine will take place on May 2nd 11:30am – 6:30pm. Taste many types of wine and beer and try food from some of the best restaurants on the island!  Enjoy many types of... Read more

Pine Ave Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest

April 4, 2015
Pine Avenue Easter Egg Roll – Children’s Event starting at 8:30 and ending around noon. 9 am – Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant (refreshments starting at 8:30). There will be plenty of fun for the whole family with... Read more

Island CityFest

March 28, 2015
A 2-day family friendly event, featuring: Continuous band music provided by a host of live entertainers on stage, a Food Court with local island restaurants and vendors, the LaPensee Classic Car Show on Saturday featuring vintage cars, AMI Fitness Kids Zone, Island... Read more

Island CityFest

March 27, 2015
A 2-day family friendly event, featuring: Continuous band music provided by a host of live entertainers on stage, a Food Court with local island restaurants and vendors, the LaPensee Classic Car Show on Saturday featuring vintage cars, AMI Fitness Kids Zone, Island... Read more

Island Players – Becky’s New Car Opening Night

March 26, 2015
Island Players presents Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz.  Visit the Island Players website for further information – http://www.theislandplayers.org Read more

“An Island Adventure with Gilbert & Sullivan”

March 22, 2015
Concert Program Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 P.M. “An Island Adventure with Gilbert & Sullivan” Pirates of Penzance Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Click HERE for more information. Read more

22nd Annual Tour of Homes on Anna Maria Island

March 21, 2015
The 22nd Annual Tour of Homes on Anna Maria Island will be March 21, 2015 from 10am – 4pm. Come and see the inside of a few of Anna Maria Island gems – beautiful architecture, beach decor, and more.   Tickets... Read more

“Afternoon with Amadeus”

February 22, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2:00 P.M. “Afternoon with Amadeus” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Overture from the Opera The Magic Flute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony #20 in D, K. 133 Franz Joseph Hadyn – Cello Concerto – AMICCO Youth Competitor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart... Read more

33rd Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

February 15, 2015
The 33rd Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival will take place on February 14 and 15 from 10am to 6pm both days.  It will be held in the historic Cortez fishing village. Admission is $3, with children under 12 free. Proceeds benefit... Read more

33rd Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

February 14, 2015
The 33rd Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival will take place on February 14 and 15 from 10am to 6pm both days.  It will be held in the historic Cortez fishing village. Admission is $3, with children under 12 free. Proceeds benefit... Read more

Valentine’s Day Soiree & Dance at the Community Center

Valentine’s Day Soiree & Dance on Saturday, February 14th, 2015. Come swing with us and dance the night away featuring ‘The Manatee Swing Band’. Don’t wait in long lines, celebrate with your community in a friendly atmosphere, mix with the... Read more

Jazz Fest

February 12, 2015
9th Annual Jazz Fest Thursday, February 12, 3-5pm at the SANDBAR RESTAURANT PAVILION 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria Featuring: The Gulf Drive Band – Classic Tunes at Their Best Special Guest: KoKo Ray Admission: $10 in advance (before noon on February... Read more

Arts and Crafts

February 8, 2015
Arts and Crafts show to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Saturday February 7, 10-5 Sunday, February 8, 10-4 Free Admission and Parking 5801 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217 ART – FOOD – PLANTS – CRAFTS – JEWELRY... Read more

Arts and Crafts Show

February 7, 2015
Arts and Crafts show to benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Saturday February 7, 10-5 Sunday, February 8, 10-4 Free Admission and Parking 5801 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217 ART – FOOD – PLANTS – CRAFTS – JEWELRY... Read more

Island Players – “Dearly Departed” opening night

January 22, 2015
DEARLY DEPARTED by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones January 22 – February 8, 2015 In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.... Read more

Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra

December 14, 2014
Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) will perform their holiday concert on December 14, 2pm: “Holidays on the Island” Camille Saint-Saëns – Oratorio de Noël, Op. 12 (Christmas Oratorio) Holiday Music with Audience Participation George Frideric Handel – Excerpts from... Read more

Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade

December 13, 2014
The parade will take place at 10am on Saturday, December 13th.  It will begin in the city of Anna Maria and travel south through Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach. Following (around noon) is a free lunch with Santa for kids.  Santa... Read more

27th Winterfest – Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts

27th Annual Winderfest, located at City Hall Field in Holmes Beach, FL December 13th & 14th   Visit the Art League website or call 941.778.2099 Read more

Island Players – “Regrets Only” opening night

December 4, 2014
REGRETS ONLY by Paul Redneck December 4 – 14 This comedy of Manhattan manners explores the latest topics in marriage, friendships and squandered riches. The setting: a Park Avenue penthouse.  The Players: a powerhouse attorney, his deliriously social wife and... Read more

AMI Arts and Crafts Festival on Bridge Street

November 23, 2014
American Craft Endeavors is partnering with Bridge Street Merchants to host an Arts and Crafts Festival November 22-23 from 10am – 5pm. It is an outdoor festival featuring 150 artists from 30 states selling items from only a couple of... Read more

CrossPointe Community Thanksgiving

November 15, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM A wonderful day of Thanksgiving. Dinner, beverages, games and fun for all ages. Free Family friendly event For more information, contact CrossPointe Fellowship (941) 778-0719 Read more

Island Players (AMI Annual artsHOP)

November 9, 2014
SPECIAL ARTSHOP PERFORMANCES, two days only Friday November 7th, 2014 – 8:00 PM (Evening) Sunday November 9th, 2014 – 2:00 PM (Afternoon) Not included in season subscription. General Admission, seats not assigned. Tickets only $15, a $5 saving.  Tickets available... Read more

SandBlast & Symphony

November 8, 2014
Come watch a sand sculpture competition from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Coquina Beach as teams help raise support for Keep Manatee Beautiful programs.  Call (941) 795-8272 for more information, or check out their web page. Later in the evening,... Read more

Symphony on the Sand (AMI Annual ArtsHOP)

The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra will present a concert, “Symphony on the Sand.” Every November, the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island hosts a weekend arts festival called the Island ArtsHOP, followed by the Coquina Beach Market. The... Read more

Art Walk (AMI Annual artsHOP)

November 7, 2014
More than 15 art galleries and retail locations participating, including Island Gallery West, The Artists’ Guild Gallery, Anna Maria Island Art League and the Studio at Gulf. Every November, the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island hosts a weekend arts... Read more

AMI Privateers Pirate Invasion

November 2, 2014
Sunday, November 02, 2014 COQUINA BEACH ANNA MARIA ISLAND PIRATE INVASION TWO DAY EVENT FAMILY FRIENDLY- FREE ADMISSION LOTS OF PIRATES- GRUB & GROG, PIRATE SHIP SCIRMISH, CRAFTERS OF ALL SORTS, LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY COME SUPPORT “THE PRIVATEERS” A... Read more

AMI Privateers Pirate Invasion

November 1, 2014
Saturday, November 01, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM COQUINA BEACH ANNA MARIA ISLAND PIRATE INVASION TWO DAY EVENT FAMILY FRIENDLY- FREE ADMISSION LOTS OF PIRATES- GRUB & GROG, PIRATE SHIP SCIRMISH, CRAFTERS OF ALL SORTS, LIVE MUSIC ALL... Read more

14th Annual Bayfest

October 21, 2014
BayFest 2014: Friday, October 17th – 5-10pm and Saturday, October 18th – 10am-10pm: A 2-day family friendly event, featuring: Continuous band music provided by a host of live entertainers on stage, a Food Court with local island restaurants and vendors,... Read more

Island Players – Tribute

October 9, 2014
TRIBUTE by Bernard Slade October 9 – 19, 2014 Scottie Templeton, a popular actor, has spent his life shirking responsibility.  When life deals Scottie a difficult blow, he attempts to reconnect with his son. Jack Lemmon played this lovable but... Read more

Happy 4th of July from Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat!

July 3, 2014
July 4th is upon us and, consistent with past years, there will be a lot of celebrating happening on Anna Maria Island! Start the day off by watching the Independence Day parade.  It will start at 10am and travel from Coquina... Read more

2014 Food and Wine on Pine

May 3, 2014
On Saturday, May 3 from 11 am – 6 pm, Food and Wine on Pine will welcome approximately 7000 guests offering them a culinary and cultural experience featuring 25 of the area’s independently owned, local restaurants showcasing dishes made with... Read more

Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes

March 15, 2014
Enjoy a morning touring homes around the island.  Fun way to support the community and get to know the area!  Contact the Community Center for further information (941) 778-1908. Read more

Friends of the Island Library Book Sale

March 7, 2014
Friends of the Island Library Book Sale will be held in Holmes Beach at the library on March 7th and 8th – address below. 5701 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217-1516 (941) 778-6341   Read more

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

February 16, 2014
Are you familiar with ‘old’ Florida? Are you someone who can appreciate a different perspective on what’s important in life? Are you willing to spend a day amongst fishing boats, gear, fish houses and commercial fishermen? If any of this... Read more

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

February 15, 2014
Are you familiar with ‘old’ Florida? Are you someone who can appreciate a different perspective on what’s important in life? Are you willing to spend a day amongst fishing boats, gear, fish houses and commercial fishermen? If any of this... Read more

Clyde Butcher Reception & Book Signing

February 6, 2014
The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria will be hosting a Clyde Butcher Exhibit from January 30 – February 26.  To kick off the Exhibit, there will be a Reception and Book Signing from 6-9pm on February 6th.... Read more

Author Linda Petrat at the Library

February 4, 2014
Join author Linda Petrat as she talks about her Maine-Sarasota sailing adventure, at 2pm on February 4th at the Island Library (5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach). Information: 941-778-6341. Read more

Oil-painting demonstration – Patricia Sorg

February 1, 2014
At 10:30 a.m. on February 1st, Patricia Sorg welcomes you to an oil-painting demonstration located at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For more information, call 941-778-6648. Learn more about her: http://www.islandgallerywest.com/profile-sorg.html Read more

Cornhole Tournament

The annual Community Center Cornhole tournament will take place on February 1st from noon until 5pm at the Anna Maria Island Community Center (407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria). Cost is $20 per team and you must be 21 or older... Read more

Movie in the Park – “Jaws”

January 31, 2014
Head to the Holmes Beach City Field (5701 Marina Drive) for a 6pm Movie in the Park right after sunset.  For more information: 941-708-5800.  Read more

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2014 Anna Maria Chalk Festival

January 22, 2014
This weekend, Anna Maria hosted its first Chalk Festival on Pine Avenue. I had been told a little about what it would be like – chalk artists from around the world drawing on the street and little squares available for... Read more

First Annual Anna Maria Chalk Festival

January 19, 2014
The first annual Anna Maria Chalk Festival will take place along Pine Avenue, January 18 & 19, 2013.  The festival is free for all ages and all levels of talent to participate and attend.  Over 20 experienced street painters will... Read more

First Annual Anna Maria Chalk Festival

January 18, 2014
The first annual Anna Maria Chalk Festival will take place along Pine Avenue, January 18 & 19, 2013.  The festival is free for all ages and all levels of talent to participate and attend.  Over 20 experienced street painters will... Read more

Bradenton Blues Festival

December 7, 2013
The Bradenton Blues Festival is an annual festival featuring a stellar team of top blues artists. Food, drink, art, and an array of vendors complement the live music to create an awesome experience. The festival kicks off on Saturday, December... Read more

Symphony on the Sand 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

November 9, 2013
A Musical Event in the Key of Sea Experience a beachfront concert at Coquina Gulfside Park on Anna Maria Island. Symphony on the Sand will feature a full orchestra, chorus and professional soloists performing the sounds of Broadway, classical music... Read more

2013 13th Annual Bayfest 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

October 19, 2013
Join the fun at The Island’s Largest, Longest Running Music, Crafts and Food Festival!! This is a 2 day family friendly event, featuring a Food Court with local island restaurants and vendors, Island Fine Arts, Jewelry & Crafts, Music, AMI... Read more

2013 13th Annual Bayfest 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

October 18, 2013
Join the fun at The Island’s Largest, Longest Running Music, Crafts and Food Festival!! This is a 2 day family friendly event, featuring a Food Court with local island restaurants and vendors, Island Fine Arts, Jewelry & Crafts, Music, AMI... Read more

Bradenton Herald

The hometown newspaper of Manatee County since 1922. The Bradenton Herald has mirrored its community’s growth — from the tiny agricultural-and-fishing town of Bradenton to today’s bustling, high-growth metropolitan area and sought-after tourist destination — without losing its small-town charm.... Read more

The Islander Newspaper

Ranked Florida’s Best Community Weekly by the Florida Press Association, The Islander is a weekly paper distributed each Tuesday covering all aspects of island life. The Islander newspaper is a free newspaper and can be found throughout the island, the area... Read more

Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

The award-winning Anna Maria Island Sun newspaper is published each Wednesday and is the leader in coverage of all aspects of Island life, including news, business, entertainment, real estate and sports. It has an average distribution of 16,000 copies every... Read more

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  • 6000 Marina Drive
    Holmes Beach, FL 34217 USA
    941-782-8152