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Check Out the Annual Christmas Parade in Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a great place to spend the holidays. As many try to escape the drudgery of winter in other parts of the world, it can be a great opportunity to come to Florida to experience the warmer Read More

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Experience the Bradenton Blues Music Festival

The Bradenton Blues Music Festival will be happening on December 6th, 2019. It is an annual blues festival that bolsters an amazing group of talented international musicians, a wide selection of local craft beer, delectable food vendors, and much more. Read More

Kids holding Halloween sign in their costumes

Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats

Anna Maria Island is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. This welcoming community is not home to high-rises and tons of tourists, but instead, you will find quaint homes and shops run by locals and loved by all. Although Anna Maria Read More

Marianne Siegler tours annually with The Europa Band, a collective of two fathers and two sons who specialize in European folk music.

How a Swiss Flight Attendant Became a Sensational Singer

Of all the international musicians of Florida, Marianne Siegler may be one of the most interesting. Her journey from Swiss flight attendant to a singer to vacation rental company founder is an astounding example of what can happen with a Read More

Bradenton Artwalk takes place every third Saturday on the Bradenton Rivlerwalk on Anna Maria Island

Best Artwork Displayed on Bradenton Riverwalk

Anna Maria Island is known for its mix of stunning natural beauty, rich history, and eclectic shops and restaurants. Pretty much everything on the island is within a short drive or even walking distance, making it a convenient place to Read More

A visit to Anna Maria Island is an unforgettable experience. Located on the Gulf coast of Florida, you’ll find a multitude of activities and amenities along the seven miles of beautiful white sand beaches.

What to Do at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival each February

A visit to Anna Maria Island is an unforgettable experience. Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, you’ll find a multitude of activities and amenities along the seven miles of beautiful white-sand beaches. The island is a shining example of Read More

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Amazing Events at the Manatee Performing Arts Center

New Broadway shows and revitalized classics are capturing and holding our imaginations. With the rest of the world going digital, theater-goers increasingly crave watching actors bring stories to life on stage. The Manatee Performing Arts Center showcases a different spectacle Read More

Bridge Street Farmers Market in Anna Maria Island

How to Shop for the Best at the Bridge Street Market Farmer’s Market

The Bridge Street Market Farmer’s Market is one of the most popular recurring events on Anna Maria Island. The City Pier by Bridge Street erupts with local food vendors, special Florida arts and crafts, talented artisans, and more through November Read More

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Spring Events Happening on Anna Maria

Spring is in the air. The chill is gone. The sun is out longer and it’s even brighter than ever before. Yes, it is time to celebrate the spring season, and few places are better for it than the sprawling Read More

Whether you are returning to Anna Maria Island for some new adventures or coming for the first time, the island is rich in activities and new events as the year begins in stride.

How to Spend the New Year in Holmes Beach

The beginning of a new year is always a reflective time. You can reassess your path, cross things off your bucket list, and find new things to do in new parts of the world. Whether you are returning to Anna Read More