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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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This Week at the Bridge Street Market Anna Maria Island

This week, the Bridge Street Market features a Chili Challenge on December 7th.  All proceeds to benefit the AMI Community Center. Chili makers should sign up in advance via www.BridgeStreetMerchants.com, while chili eaters should just show up 11-1:30 to taste the island’s best for only $8. The winner earns bragging rights plus a $100 Publix gift card. A macaroni and cheese challenge is set for January 4th, and a Chowder Challenge is set for February 1st, both benefiting local charities.

Market Hours

The weekly markets run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through the end of April at 111 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  It is located on the south end of Anna Maria Island. Locals and visitors can find fresh produce, local art, chair massage, beach-style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home décor, food, fun and more. A limited amount of vendor space is still available in some categories.

Live Music

Live music this week is by Tangled Mangos, a funk-reggae-blues-bluegrassy duo that formed in Bradenton Beach. They started in 2012. Kyle Shell layers instrumental loops and sings lead.  “Barefoot” Dan Ryan adds to the grooves with the sounds of the Hammond B-3 organ. The duo has performed in a wide variety of venues. From the Orange Blossom Jamboree Festival two years in a row, to Ace’s Live Music in Bradenton and the State Theatre in St. Pete, to island-based tiki bars and restaurants. Their upbeat and feel-good songs get people dancing.

The Bridge Street Merchants, a 501c6, host the Sunday Markets, and provide year-round shopping, dining and entertainment on the south end of the island. Other merchant events such as Market Food Challenges and Christmas on Bridge Street support various local charities.

Free Trolley

For Sunday, consider taking the Free Island Trolley right to Bridge Street. Car parking options include:

  • The city lot behind the Bridge Street Bistro;
  • Up and down Bridge Street including by the city pier;
  • City Hall (permissible on Sundays) and along the beach just south of Bridge Street.

For more information on the Bridge Street Merchants or vendor space contact Market Manager, Melissa Enders.  MelissaEnders76@gmail.com or (215) 906-0668 or visit www.BridgeStreetMerchants.com.