Visitors vacationing can enjoy many Local Events held on or near Anna Maria Island and Bradenton. For more activities, Anna Maria Island has 2 fishing pier with restaurants, 3 public beaches with picnic tables, Public tennis courts, a playground, Community Center, Island Players Theater & the Island Branch of the Manatee Public Library. There are many exciting events to attend that take place year round.
Monday, July 2
• Shortly after dusk — Fourth annual Boom Boom on the Bay at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2391.
Tuesday, July 3
• Shortly after dusk — 19th annual Fireworks Extravaganza, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222
Wednesday, July 4
Guided sunset horseback ride along a palm-lined stretch of beach at Palma Sola Bay. As the sun’s orange orb turns the sand a sparkling silver, you head back – and then the excitement ratchets up a notch, as your horse wades into the surf! Kids as young as age 3 are welcome. To purchase tickets visit their website. http://www.beachhorses.com/
Free Event every Friday night from 5:30PM, until 10PM on Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Bring your drums if you have them!
Naive Rentals kayak tours are available daily from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week. ECO tours are easy to maneuver for any beginner paddler or expert on the water. Multiple routes are available that will give you a beautiful view of the surrouning areas. You will see dolphins, manatee, fish, and many different species of birds that are indiginous to this area. All of these locations are only a mile from the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island. Book Now!
One of Florida's most popular markets. Now air conditioned. More than 600 unique shops and flea market-style booths. Enjoy family fun, bargains, farm-fresh produce, and more. Free admission and parking. Open Fri. - Sun. year-round and Wed. seasonally from Nov. - April. 1707 First St. E. Bradenton, FL 34208, 941-747-3794.
The Rosa Fiorelli Winery and Fiorelli Vineyard in Bradenton is a must-see stop for those who enjoy the art of wine-making … and tasting. The cream of the crop of Florida wineries, this landmark has been attracting visitors to the hills of Manatee County for nine years. Family-owned and -operated, the 3,000-plus-square-foot winery was started by Rosa and her husband Antonio after relocating from Sicily. http://www.fiorelliwinery.com/
Bradenton Motorsports Park hosts sports car events and exhibitions. National races take place here and the park also hosts weekly "Throwdown Thursdays," in which anyone can race for $10. Camping is nearby, concessions are available and children under 11 are admitted free. 941-741-8534 http://www.bradentonmotorsports.com/
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga on the Beach at the Pine Avenue Beach Access on Anna Maria Island. For more Information call 941-794-6723.