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Bradenton Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bradenton

From October through May is when you can expect to find the Bradenton Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bradenton. The market begins at 9am, and wraps up at 2pm. The Bradenton Farmer’s Market is a wonderful way of getting to know the local community.

What this market offers

Here you will find locally grown vegetables & fruit, plants, organic products, etc. The farmer’s market is also an awesome way of seeing/purchasing  some work by local artists and craftsmen. In fact, the 3rd Saturday of each month Mainly Art hosts many local artists/craftsmen who display and sell their works at the Market.

A few artists/craftsmen you can expect to find here are:

  • Reds Shadow: Handcrafted shadow boxes.
  • Sea Side Studios: Prints & canvas’s of local scenery and wildlife.
  • Game On: Family games that are handmade out of refurbished pallets.
  • Logan Pottery: Hand built, high-fired stoneware.

The Market takes place on Main Street downtown, where there are tons of restaurants, bars, and small boutiques to enjoy. So stop by Robins Downtown Cafe for breakfast, or O’bricks for a cocktail and lunch.


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Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach

Located in Bradenton Beach is the Bridge Street Market! This event takes place every Sunday in November through April, from 10AM – 3PM. It is a wonderful way to get out and see some great local vendors and their creations! Enjoy delicious food, listen to some great local musicians, and purchase some beautiful locally made jewelry, art, and more.

Bridge Street Market
107 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 215-906-0668

While you’re there, check out some of the awesome restaurants and shops located on Bridge Street, including: Bridge Street Bistro, Blue Marlin Grill, Bridge Street Bazaar, and many more!



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Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show

The Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show is to take place June 26th at the Seafood Shack’s Neptune Room in Cortez Fishing Village. The event runs from 1-4pm. It’s an amazing opportunity for Brides and Grooms to meet some of the areas best and unique wedding vendors. While on Anna Maria Island visit this fun event!

Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show

The Wedding Show will feature a panel of locals who are knowledgeable about Island weddings. They be able to help inform couples looking to spend their big day on Anna Maria Island.

While perusing the hand picked vendors, guests can enjoy live music, food samples, signature drinks, and models showing off gorgeous wedding gowns  Find all of this with beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Tickets for the event are $20 or enjoy VIP tickets for $50. The premium VIP ticket package includes a pearl from the pick a pearl oyster station, jewelry to show off your pearl, pre-printed address labels, a luxury swag bag and early admission. VIP tickets are limited.

There is plenty of parking available at the event, or come by boat to ICW marker 49. For more information visit the event page at .

If you are looking for great ideas and vendors for your Anna Maria Island destination wedding, this wedding show is a must!

Wedding Show
Check out the Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show for the latest wedding tips and great vendors!


Looking for additional Anna Maria Island wedding information? Also head over to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce website!

Anna Maria Island offers great accommodations for honeymoons and the wedding party. Check out some great Anna Maria Island vacation rentals here, and also reserve your stay today!

While you are waiting for the great event, check our Pinterest for great Anna Maria Island Wedding Inspiration!

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Blues Brews and BBQ in Bradenton Beach

Join the Bridge Street Merchants for their second annual Blues Brews and BBQ on Bridge Street May 21st from 3-9pm. Admission is $5 with children under 12 free. The gates open at 2pm, and patrons are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to set up their spot.

Blues Brews and BBQ

Gene “Sarasota Slim” Hardage will be headlining the event with Blues Pig and Mac McConnell as the opening acts.

Island Time Bar and Grill will be serving barbecue ribs and pulled pork platters along with Fire and Stone offering barbecue pizza. Bradenton’s Motorworks Brewery will have craft beers. There will also be a full liquor bar along with non alcoholic beverages.

Outside food, drinks and coolers will not be permitted through the gates; however, patrons may come and go from the event to explore all the shops and restaurants on Bridge Street.

For more information about the event head over to the Bridge Street Merchants website.


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2017 World Rowing Championships – Anna Maria Island Accommodations

If you are planning to attend the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Sarasota’a Nathan Benderson Park, Anna Maria Island offers a multitude of accommodations just a short drive from the event. Offering a minimum of three-seven night stays, Anna Maria Island has beach front condos, villas, cottages and single family homes. Any would be perfect for a relaxing respite from the excitement of the competition.

2017 World Rowing Championships

From September 23 – October 1st, 2017 Nathan Benderson Park will be hosting the World Rowing Championship. This is a fabulous time of year to visit Anna Maria Island as the weather is perfect. Also, Fall is a quieter time of year for travel and tourism in Florida. While visiting Anna Maria Island in the off season you’ll enjoy empty beaches and a slower pace of life in an old Florida beach town setting.

Anna Maria Island is about 45 minutes south of Sarasota boasting over seven miles of powder sand Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay beaches. In addition to some of the best beaches the gulf has to offer, Anna Maria Island also has great boutique shopping, award winning restaurants. It’s also less than an hour drive to St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota making it centrally located to tons of attractions.

Accommodate 2-4 Guests

The Bay View Inn is a four unit complex of 1 bedroom condominiums perfect for accommodating 2-4 guests. Each of the units were updated late in 2015 with the addition of a shared pool. The Bay View Inn is just a couple of blocks from Gulf of Mexico beaches. While you visit also enjoy great shopping and dining on historic Bridge Street.


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Anna Maria Island vacation rental Bay View Inn.


Direct Beach Front Accommodations

The Beach House Resort offers accommodations for 4 guests on direct beach front with 1 bedroom and 1 bath in Bradenton Beach.

Luxury Condominium La Casa O’Bar sleeps 6 guests with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. It offers gorgeous gulf views in Holmes Beach.


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La Casa O’Bar is a gorgeous Anna Maria Island vacation rental directly on beach front.

Accommodate large groups in Single Family Homes

Coral Escape spaciously accommodates 14 guests just a few blocks to gulf beaches. This home also offers 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with a gorgeous heated pool and spa.

Sleeping up to 8 guests with 3 bedrooms Almost Heaven is less than two blocks from Gulf beaches.


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Coral Escape is located in Anna Maria Island’s Holmes Beach, and accommodates up to 14 guests.




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Update on Food and Wine on Pine 2017

Unfortunately, Food and Wine on Pine on Anna Maria island was cancelled for 2017.  We are hoping that next year it will come Back!

Anna Maria – The sixth annual Food and Wine on Pine happened Saturday, May 7th (rain date May 8th) from 11:30am-6:30pm.

This fun family friendly event was always a crowd pleaser with great food, wine, music, art, vendors and kids activities. Parking for this event is free, and can be found at the Anna Maria Island Community Center at 407 Magnolia Avenue, or at Cross Point Fellowship Church at 8605 Gulf Drive. Admission is $2 each or a $5 admission includes a wine glass and buffet tray. Food samples will ranged 2-10 tickets each.

Food and Wine on Pine
6th Annual Food and Wine on Pine on Anna Maria Island


2016’s Food and Wine on Pine festival brought restaurants from all over the area with samples from over 20 vendors. There was be chipolte oysters, grouper sliders, curry lamb, and stuffed shrimp to name a few.

Participating vendors included:

Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Blue Marlin
Harry’s Grill and Bistro
Island Spice
Polpo Pizza
Riverhouse Reef and Grill
Sage Biscuit Cafe
Southern Slush
Sugar Cubed
The Beach House Restaurant
The Feast Restaurant
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub
The Sandbar Restaurant
Seafood Shack
Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill
Covadonga Cigars, Inc.
Marilyn’s Toffee and More, LLC
Southeast H.S.
Traveling Gourmet
Two Scoopes Ice Cream Parlor

Food and Wine on Pine
Food and Wine on Pine Photo Credit:


There were be over 30 different wines, and several beers to choose from at last years event. Beer and wine was provided by local distributors at a cost of one ticket per a tasting, or 5 tickets for a six ounce glass of wine or 12 ounce beer.

Food and wine on pine wine tent
Wine Tents from the 2015 Food and Wine on Pine.

Art, Music and Happenings

25 Juried artists set up along Pine Avenue, showing off their amazing work adding a touch of aesthetic beauty to this event. Throughout the day over 30 musicians provided entertainment to keep this event moving along. In addition, actors dressed up as characters from Anna Maria’s past. For the younger crowd there was a children’s art and activity area with face painting, games and art projects.

Enjoy the “Pine Avenue Downs” area for a Kentucky Derby style experience. There were Mint Juleps, a fun Derby hat contest, and two 60 inch televisions to keep up to date on the race! Bet on your favorite horse with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Truly a fun family friendly event, there is something for everyone at this bustling island event!

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8th Annual Scallop Search

Longboat Key – The 8th annual Scallop Search, put on by Sarasota Bay Watch, will be going on Saturday, August 29th. It is at Mar Vista Dockside restaurant and pub on Longboat Key.

Scallop Search Last Year

Started in 2007 the annual scallop search is conducted to asses the scallop population of Sarasota Bay. Scallop populations became near extinct in Sarasota Bay in the early 1960’s. Municipal water waste and dredging has made for a substantial loss of habitat. Sarasota Bay Watch has made great efforts to restore Scallop populations. They have conducted the annual scallop search and released scallops of various ages back into the environment. So far, Sarasota Bay Watch has released 70 million Scallops in the larvae stage, along with tons of juvenile and adult scallops.

During the Scallop search citizen volunteers search along marked areas of the bay in scuba and snorkeling gear and count the scallops they find. These citizen science efforts give researchers an idea of the health of Sarasota Bay scallop populations.

Scallops are an important part of the bay ecosystem because of their tremendous ability to filter water allowing more sunlight to pass through to seagrass; therefore, contributing to the overall success of habitat. Scallops not only filter water, but are an important source of food to conchs, crabs, fish and rays making them an important link in the food chain.

For additional information check out the Sarasota Bay Watch website or this fabulous youtube video about Sarasota Bay Watch and their Scallop preservation efforts.


Sarasota Bay Watch website

Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper Volume 15 No. 42 August 19, 2015 Outdoors section “Reel Time: 8th Annual Scallop Search”.

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Celebrate the Holidays on Anna Maria Island in Style!

Are you planning to celebrate the holidays on Anna Maria Island? The businesses and merchants of Anna Maria are open throughout the holiday season.  There is Great Shopping to be from the North End all the way down to Longboat Key.

The free Anna Maria Island Trolley is a fun way to get around!  With convenient stops up and down the island, you can take the kids to the shops and the beaches!

Lights, Camera, Santa Claus! Come Enjoy the Holidays on Anna Maria Island

Enjoy music, special performances, small bites and refreshments at the shops during your visit. At night, take in the holiday lights and décor and dine at some the island’s best restaurants.  Day or Night, come stroll along Gulf Drive, Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard and relax during the Holidays.

Bingo games for prizes are sometimes played. The angelic Roser Children’s Choir, “Joyful Noise” usually perform in the Historical Park at 402 Pine Avenue.

Santa Claus comes to the beach too!!!  Just because there isn’t snow doesn’t mean that Santa Claus can’t land his sleigh!  Let the kids know that Anna Maria is his favorite place to be.

Visiting Anna Maria during the holidays is a fun filled time.  Don’t forget to take your beach photos with family and friends!!!


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Summerfest and Winterfest on Anna Maria Island With Island Art League

Each year the Anna Maria Island Art League sponsors Winterfest and Springfest festivals on Anna Maria Island.

They are an event for fine artists to come together and celebrate the season and share their work. It is a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for that hard to shop friend or family member!  You can find some pretty amazing stuff for your home too!

Beautiful Art on Anna Maria Island For Every Season

To qualify for an award, the artist must be present and it must also be the artist’s original design as well.  There are three awards given out each year, but everyone’s work is truly appreciated.  The awards, judged by category are, Best in Show, Award of Distinction and Award of Merit.

The Winterfest and Springfest events are held at City Hall Field in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island.

This is a family fun event offers us free parking and admission also! Aside from the juried art exhibits, there will be live music, community booths, and a special “Young at Art” childrens’ exhibit and activity area.

For any questions or more information, please visit or call 941-778-2099.

Bring your friends along too!



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The Offstage Ladies of the Island Players Theater on Anna Maria Island

The Offstage Ladies of the Island Players are on a mission to help support and promote Anna Maria Island’s favorite theater!  Island Players (local theater) is located on Anna Maria Island and is a fantastic staple in the community.

The Offstage Ladies are Online

According to their Facebook, Offstage Ladies of the Island Players has been a support group for the local community theater for 38 years. The fun group meets for lunch the second Wednesday of the month October – May.  Head on over to their Facebook Page to get involved in their community!

They typically through fundraisers like the Holiday Book Sale and other fun and exciting events.

Help  some time this season and help the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players reach their goals

If you need more information, call Nancy at 941-799-2181 or 941-518-4431.