Things To Do


Visitors vacationing on Anna Maria Island can enjoy many local events and festivals that take place year round on Anna Maria Island and Bradenton

Anna Maria Island has many activities available to visitors: 2 fishing piers with restaurants, 3 public beaches with picnic tables, Public tennis courts, a playground, Community Center, Island Player Theater & the Island Branch of the Manatee Public Library. There are also many exciting local events to attend that take place regularly year round.


Free Concerts in the Park

FREE Concerts in the Park monthly in Holmes Beach, produced by Island Festivals, Inc. in partnership with a different Non Profit Organization each month. Island food court, beer and wine, soda & water, local arts & crafts, unique retail, non profit vendors, kids activities and outdoor G Rated movie at 8pm! Bring your chairs (no coolers please) and join the fun at Holmes Beach's newest community event!!100% of all May event proceeds (after expenses) goes directly to our May Non Profit Partner: Wildlife, Inc.


Yoga on the Beach

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.


Bradenton Motorsports Park

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


Horseback Riding on the Beach

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.


Friday Night Drum Circle on the Beach

Free Event from 5:30PM, until 10PM on Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Bring your drums if you have them!


Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to town crowds showed up to watch animals and performers from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus parade to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa.

The animal performers unloaded at 9:30 a.m. at the railroad tracks on the corner of Nuccio Parkway and North Nebraska Avenue, next to Union Station, and made their way through a downtown route to the back of the arena (formerly the St. Pete Times Forum).

Beginning 90 minutes before each show time, families can get up close with some of their favorite animal performers in the free Animal Open House. And starting one hour before the show, guests can join Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College on the arena floor for the All Access Pre-show, free to all ticket holders.

Tickets, which range from $16 to $85, are available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For group rates and information, call 866-248-8740. For more information, go to or visit them on Facebook.


Red Barn Flea Market

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. Visit:


Free Wine Tastings Every Day

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.