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CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN BRADENTON BEACH, ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Say Good-Bye to 2018 and Hello to 2019!
What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than toasting with champagne on the sandy shores of Anna Maria Island?
Where are the best places to bring in the New Year in Anna Maria Island?
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Ring in the New Year at The Beach House Restaurant with their annual fireworks display. Tables can be reserved ahead of time under the restaurant’s covered pavilion for a fee and will be ready by 9:00 pm. There will be a DJ on their deck from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am with the fireworks show at midnight. There will be lots of party favours and a photo booth set up. Take home some photos of your big smiles as you ring in the New Year on Anna Maria Island. If you go you don’t need to worry about transportation as your condo is about a three minute walk to the Beach House.
The Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
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If you would rather a quiet relaxing dinner in the condo and enjoy the fireworks display later, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers you your own private beach access very close to the Beach House Restaurant. The fireworks will launch gulf side right outside the restaurant. A couple minute walk and you have a great viewing point for the beautiful fireworks. Take your beach chairs and enjoy the evening as you eagerly await the illumination of the night sky.
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A short distance from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, The Seafood Shack will be hosting their own country-themed NYE party.
You are invited to ring in the New Year with the Eric Von Band in their Neptune Room from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. The cost is $20 per person for general admission tickets which offer guests full access to the party with music and dancing. They include your cover charge and all ticket processing fees for seating or standing areas that are not assigned or reserved. There are also a number of reserved Table Packages available for those wanting their own spot for the evening, but they are limited. The Table Packages include cover charge for each person, all ticket processing fees, a reserved table and seating. ‘Your table’ will have your name on it and is yours for the entire evening. Space is limited so call now for tickets. Tickets may not be available at the door.
The Seafood Shack will be serving some of their favourite light bites menu items which are sure to please everyone. Food options will be offered from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.
There is ample parking available for guests and it’s Free.
If you choose not to drive, the Seafood Shack is approximately a 10 minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, or we suggest using the Monkey Bus, a convenient tip only transportation service. You may want to call them ahead, as reservations might be required. Uber is also another option.
The Seafood Shack, 4110, 127th Street West, Cortez 941-794-1235
As your hosts, we hope we have provided you with the vacation you won’t soon forget and will happily help you find the New Year’s Eve celebration you are looking for.
Contact us for other events to choose from in nearby Bradenton and Sarasota.
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Holiday Events On Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

You won’t find snow on Anna Maria Island, but we do have plenty of events to keep you and your family in the holiday spirit! Here are a few of them:
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Bridge Street Tree Lighting Ceremony – Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for approximately 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 24. The Christmas tree will be near the roundabout at the east end of Bridge Street, very close to the Bridge Street Pier and will be visible from Gulf Drive. The tree will be lit when it gets dark enough to illuminate the decorations. At present, talks are in the works in hopes of securing some local carollers to share their vocal talents.
Saturday, December, 1, 2018
17th Annual Lester Family Fun Day 
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM with Santa arriving at Noon!
Come out and enjoy some good old fashioned fun at old fashioned prices – Admission is Free and Activity tickets are only 25 cents each! The event is being held at The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria. Family fun including, pony rides, face painting, games, cookie decorating, Mechanical Reindeer, Bounce House and more! There will be plenty of yummy food, hot dogs, Duffy’s Burgers and Tyler’s Ice Cream.
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Friday, December 7, 2018
Holmes Beach Open House & Tree Lighting
Where: Tree Lighting will take place at AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tree lighting will be at 6:00 PM
Get in the holiday spirit with an evening stroll downtown Holmes Beach shopping and art district and a festive tree lighting celebration. Enjoy listening to Christmas music by CrossPointe Fellowship Holiday Carolers and watch as children’s eyes light up seeing Santa and his sleigh. The Holmes beach Open House and Tree Lighting event begins with a beautiful tree lighting celebration in the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce parking lot, and then it’s time to explore the shops and choose from many dining options. Many shops will remain open until 8 or 9:00 providing Holliday treats, live music and special sales to boost your season spirit. This event will truly bring out the Christmas spirit.
Privateers Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Privateers Christmas Parade 
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host their annual Christmas parade. The parade travels the entire length of the Island starting at Bayfront Park, 316 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. It will travel along Gulf Drive and pass right in front of Anna Maris Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 so finding a perfect viewing spot will be easy. After the parade, at Coquina Beach, Santa Clause will be handing out gifts to the children. Come out and see this wonderful parade that brings joy to everyone watching.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
An Island Christmas at CrossPointe Fellowship Church presented by The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Come and enjoy this unique and accomplished Chorus and Orchestra. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra is a cultural mainstay of the Florida Gulf Coast made up of professional and volunteer musicians thrilling their audiences year after year.
CrossPointe Fellowship
8605 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida
Weekend Event – Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 2018
Winterfest
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
On the second weekend of December head over to WINTERFEST, a Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Show taking place at City Hall Field in Holmes Beach. This event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League and features food, drinks, live music, and of course a great selection of arts and crafts that you can purchase from local artists.
Where: 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Admission and parking are free!
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Friday, December 14, 2018
The Island Centre Holiday Celebration
Holmes Beach
5:00 pm – 7:30pm
There will be snow on Anna Maria Island at this holiday event. Actually, a snowstorm, sponsored by The Islander Newspaper. Snow will definitely be falling and for those of us from the North, it will look a lot like Christmas.
You’re invited to a holiday open house at the AMI Centre Shops. This holiday celebration on Anna Maria Island is at the Centre Shops in Holmes Beach located on East Bay Drive just south of Publix. Santa will visit with the kids on the Privateers Santa Sleigh with holiday cheer from the Centre’s local shops and businesses. The Centres’ shops will be staying open late to spread holiday cheer with refreshments, food, entertainment, treats and fun for all!
Friday, December 14, 2018
Members of the recently-formed Love Bradenton Beach business collective are planning a lighted golf cart parade on Friday, December 14. Presently, details have not been released, but more details are expected soon. If you would like more information about this event, please contact us.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Christmas on Bridge Street
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Bridge Street Merchants will host their annual Christmas on Bridge Street holiday celebration on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. This year’s Christmas on Bridge Street event starts around 5 p.m. and takes place along the east end of Bridge Street, near the roundabout, the Bridge Tender Inn and the historic Bridge Street Pier.
Santa Claus will be arriving in a Golf Cart and will go from store to store to visit with the children and have pictures taken. There will be live bands on a flatbed in the parking spaces along Bridge Street in front of the Bridge Tender Inn. The band will remain stationary for the most part, but will occasionally go around the block with the band playing. As well as live music bands you can expect to see some Christmas carollers. Participating merchants are planning holiday crafts activities for the kids and some bars and restaurants will offer special drinks or drink specials.
The Privateers also will be on hand for the Dec. 15 Christmas at the Drift In holiday fundraiser. Proceeds from that event will help provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals for this year’s adopted holiday families.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Lighted BoatParade
While you are enjoying the holiday festivities on Bridge Street, you can also enjoy the spirit of the season watching the lighted boat parade. The Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade will begin at 7:00 PM in the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat parade can be viewed by land and is being sponsored by the Bradenton Beach Marina and Island Pearl Excursions. The parade will start near the Cortez Bridge and head south to Longboat Pass Bridge where it will turn around and head back to the North passing the Bridge Street Pier ending at the Bradenton Beach Marina. In total, the parade is expected to take 60 – 90 minutes.
Tip from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals: Your best viewing will be from the Cortez Bridge when the parade starts or historic Bridge Street Pier at the latter part. These two spots will provide an optimal view of the lighted boats. As the boats approach the Bradenton Beach Marina near the end of the parade they will come right beside the pier before turning into the Marina. If you stand about halfway down the pier on the north side the boats will be about 50 feet away from you.
In the spirit of the season we hope you enjoy these holiday events!
If you are looking for luxury accommodations check out our website.
We’d love to have you as our guests!
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PLAN TO ATTEND — SYMPHONY ON THE SAND-ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS

Saturday, November 10, 2018 — 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Coquina Beach, Gulfside Park
2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach
(south end of the island)
4:30 am – 7:30 pm
A wonderful event to experience while you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island. Imagine watching the sunset, listening to the symphony, while you are seated directly on the sand bordering the Gulf of Mexico. You can make that spectacular image a reality with a beachfront concert at Coquina Beach Gulfside Park on Anna Maria Island. The 6th annual Symphony on the Sand will be presenting this event for all musical and gourmet enthusiasts featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) on Saturday, Nov. 10th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and professional soloists will be performing tunes from Broadway musicals, noted popular and classical music and patriotic favourites. Emcee for the event will be local television personality. There are several seating and food options available at this years event. The Beach|House, Bradenton Beach, The Lazy Lobster of Longboat Key, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Longboat Key, Hometown Desserts, Anna Maria and the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach are this year’s featured local restaurants.
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Coolers and outside food and alcoholic beverages are not allowed into the concert or onto the beach.
This is a rain or shine event so dress accordingly. Dress attire is your preference, whether you choose cocktail or casual dress, remember this event is directly on the sand so we suggest wearing comfortable shoes.
There is plenty of free parking at Coquina Beach and a Trolley stop on site. There is also a convenient Trolley stop at the door step of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. The Free Island-wide trolleys will be running before and after the concert.
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On-line tickets are available only until noon Friday, November 9th so buy them now before they are sold out. If all tickets are not sold out, they will be available at the door on the day of the event.
To purchase tickets online go to: symphonyonthesand.com
• $125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beer
• $50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
• $20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options.
Manatee County is contributing $30,000 to help cover the costs of the stage, sound, and lighting, and what is left will help pay the musicians’ stipends. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra Youth and Outreach Programs.
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7th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival Coming November 10-11, 2018

Cortez Stone Crab and Music Festival
November 10 & November 11 @ 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday November 10 and Sunday November 11, 2018 marks the 7th annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival in the historic fishing village of Cortez.
Enjoy fresh stone crabs and listen to live music at this annual November festival held in the parking lot at the Swordfish Grill and Tiki Bar, 4628 119th St. W. in Cortez, Marker 49 by boat.
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Come out and support the locals – local artists, local musicians, local vendors, local business, local restaurant workers and local fishermen!
This Free outdoor event featuring stone crabs, stone crabs and more stone crabs and of course, live music on three stages both days.
Those attending this years festival can be sure of plenty of fresh seafood supplied by local fishermen, Florida Blue Crab and 1,200 pounds of stone crab, and counting is ready, which include jumbos and colossals. There will be lots of ice cold drinks to compliment your stone crab with some amazing live music. Don’t miss the Saturday performance by Berry Duane Oakley, son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley. The music will continue into the evening on stages at Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar and The Cortez Kitchen.
A large tent will be set up for sun or rain protection, local artists will be displaying their goods and there will be an awesome Kid’s zone for the little ones to enjoy. Fun for everyone!
Check out the weekend schedule of the many talented local music acts appearing on three different stages:
Saturday, Nov. 10
10 a.m. – TH & C – main stage
Noon – Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones – main stage
Noon – TC & Randy – Swordfish Tiki stage
2 p.m. – Alowicious – main stage
4 p.m. – Berry Oakley’s Jive Ass Review – main stage
6 p.m. – IPA – Cortez Kitchen stage
6 p.m. – The Kat Crosby Band – Swordfish Tiki stage
Sunday, Nov. 11
10 a.m. – Terry Helm – main stage
Noon – Memphis Rub – main stage
Noon – TC & Randy – Swordfish Tiki stage
2 p.m. – Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio – main stage
3 p.m. – Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones – Cortez Kitchen stage
4 p.m. – Damon Fowler – main stage
5 p.m. Dr. Dave Band – Swordfish Tiki stage
This festival began as a block party for the locals and fishermen when John Banyas, 4th generation fisherman and the owner of Cortez Bait & Seafood, Inc. wanted to give the fishermen a party to kick off stone crab season. Over the last number of years it has grown exponentially; last year there were close to 20,000 people in attendance.
This years festival will benefit the Manatee Chapter of Fishing for Freedom and and the children of Port St. Joe, the sister city of Cortez. Who is Fishing for Freedom and what do they do? Fishing for Freedom is a growing organization of volunteer citizens dedicated to preserving our constitutions, the environment, economy and citizen’s rights through responsible scientific, ecological and biological management. The local chapter spends much of their time fighting against net bans and other legislation that make it extremely difficult for commercial fishermen to do their jobs and make a living. They also organize and participate in rallies and Coastal Cleanup events right here in Manatee County.
When you arrive or before leaving the festival, you might like to wander around the charming village of Cortez. Cortez is the oldest active fishing village in Florida and a great place to watch the local fishermen as they unload their daily catch. Or, take a walk through the historic village and visit the old fish houses and a boat yard. Admire some beach bungalows and charming cottages along the way with views of the Cortez water with pelicans, herons and egrets gathering nearby.
Enjoy your day!
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How to get there from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals — 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217
Walk – A very walkable distance, it takes approximately 25 minutes and is an easy route from your condo. Take Gulf Drive, left on Cortez, then right on 119th Street West. When you get close there are signs posted and the crowds are sure to give it away.
Monkey Bus – You might catch one along the way or call ahead This is a fun way to get around, on and off the Island. This is generally tip for service bus, but going off the Island (even though it is very close) there might be a fee for service. Better to call ahead and ask 941-565-6542.
Drive – Free parking will be available at the FISH Preserve, 116th Street West, with shuttles to the festival. Guests are advised to enter at 116th Street. Various volunteers will be running shuttles all day long.
Boat – Marker 49
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND, ISLAND PLAYERS “BAGGAGE” November 2018

Get your tickets before they’re sold out!
 
As you enjoy your accommodations with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 we think you will also enjoy an evening at this local theatre. You will find several excellent restaurants and dessert shops within walking distance of the theatre for dining before or after the show. Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.
The Island Players community theatre is a beautifully maintained little theatre with a long history on Anna Maria Island. The historic building was originally the William H. Gillette family home in Parrish and around 1912 was brought by barge down the Manatee River and relocated to its present site on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. Prior to it becoming “The Island Community Theatre” it was used as a school classroom, the centre of municipal affairs, a church for different religious denominations, a tourist information center, the Women’s Club meeting place and Anna Maria Garden Club, and as a service club during World War II. Until the mid 1970s the Anna Maria City Commission held its meetings here and it was around this time when some big changes took place. Damage in the building was found and being a historical landmark the maintenance and repair was too costly for the city. As luck would have it the Island Players group was looking to build their own theatre and an arrangement was made with the city. The Island Players repaired the building along with some major renovations including stage, installation of 137 seats and carpeting. To this day continue to maintain and preserve it. Today the theatre offers comfortable seating, lots of leg room and viewing with no obstructions. We are sure you will have a fun night out at this long established theatre, with a stage production presented by The Island Players. Anna Maria Island residents and visitors are fortunate to have this dedicated organization, The Island Players, founded in 1949, provide artistic experiences to us and our surrounding communities. You will find staff and volunteers from the box office to the stage manager and actors clearly love what they do and it shows. The productions are always well done with great performances by talented local actors giving you, their audience, a most enjoyable theatre experience.
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The Island Players group kicked off its 70th season in September of this year.
Don’t miss their next performance November 8 – November 18, 2018 BAGGAGE by Sam Bobrick. Directed by James Thaggard.
Baggage is a comedy that illustrates what happens when two difficult single people, Phyllis and Bradley, meet due to confusion over the ownership of a suitcase. Their accidental swap of suitcases causes a disagreeable meeting and moves on to a most unlikely friendship. This light hearted play is threaded with humour as the contents of the case are revealed and the two characters get to know each other. While these two might be the opposite of all that is easy for everyone else, will these complex singles turn out to be a perfect match?
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Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office or by phone – (941) 778-5755
Box office is located at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Florida (Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue). Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays.
You can also purchase seasonal tickets for all five plays at a slight discount if you plans include staying on the island for a longer period of time.
The box office is open 10 days before opening night Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and on performance nights as “Will Call” only, one hour before curtain.
Regular show performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees @ 2:00 pm
For additional information visit their website — theislandplayers.org
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The following is a list of the Island Players remaining shows for the 2018/2019 season:
January 10 – January 27, 2019 I HATE HAMLET by Paul Rudnick,
Directed by Preston Boyd
March 7 – March 24, 2019 A FLEA IN HER EAR by Geroges Feydeau
Directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland
May 2 – May 12, 2019 PRESENT LAUGHTER by Noel Coward,
Directed by Mike Lusk
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JOIN US AT THIS UPCOMING EVENT ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND 

SandBlast Sand Sculpting Competition – November 1-3, 2018
Manatee Beach Lifeguard Tower 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Free Clinics taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic — Thursday, November 1 and Friday November 2, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Main Competition — Saturday November 3, 2018 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sand Sculpting – 9 am to 1 pm
Judging – 1 pm to 2 pm Awards – 2 pm
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Enjoy this Free annual fun family event at the Manatee Public Beach, one of the many beautiful beaches Anna Maria Island offers. Learn Tips, Tricks and Techniques of sand sculpture from professionals and watch as amateur school teams and adult divisions take part in a sand sculpture competition. Funds raised help support programs of Keep Manatee Beautiful, a group dedicated to environmental improvement throughout the country. A non-profit organization, Keep Manatee Beautiful and its affiliates, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Florida Beautiful boasts more than 10,000 volunteers. Keep Manatee Beautiful was established in the spring of 1991 with a goal to make Manatee County cleaner and more beautiful and a mission of providing solutions to littering, recycling, solid waste disposal and illegal dumping. The organization inspires the community to get involved in litter cleanups, outdoor beautification projects and tree planting.
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Register or sponsor a team by Oct. 31 at www.manateebeautiful.com,
keep@manateebeautiful.com or 941-795-8272
For those wishing to participate ….
Beverages & Snack Bags Provided! Lots of Awards & Pizza Parties for 1st Place Winners!
Great Family Fun In the Sun!
Sand Themes: Free Form or Wildlife. Elementary-Middle School or High School-Adult
$300 entry fee with up to 15 members per team.
Each 15′ x 15′ plot will be mounded with sand prior to the event.
Bring spades, shovels, buckets and trowels to create your winning sculpture. Arrive at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the event to be assigned
your plot on a first-come/first-serve basis at the check-in table.
Also, donations to this non-profit organization, Keep Manatee Beautiful, are gladly accepted and gratefully appreciated anytime!
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Happy Halloween! From: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, Bradenton Beach, Florida

Anyone can enjoy Halloween. It is not just for kids, adults can have fun too. For me, Halloween is more than dressing up, it’s about getting into the spirit of Halloween.
What’s your favourite part? Costume parties, telling ghost stories, watching scary movies?
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Here are the things I love about Halloween —
  • Being creative, you can dress up and be anyone/anything you want to be.
  • Halloween decorations are not as complicated as other holidays and typically are not overly expensive.
  • Halloween celebrates excess sugar. It’s all about consuming special treats and who doesn’t like to indulge their sweet teeth?
  • It’s the only day of the year we allow and encourage our kids to talk to strangers. They knock on the doors of people they don’t know, shout “trick-or-treat” and expect to get a treat in return.
  • Halloween music is the best. Who doesn’t love Michael Jackson’s Thriller, The Monster Mash, The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Time Warp, Ghostbuster Theme Song, The Addams Family Theme Song, Rockwell Somebody’s Watching Me, Ding Dong The Witch is Dead?
  • You don’t have to worry about what to get someone for Halloween. Forget about gift planning, gift-wrapping, and gift returns. Buy some candy to hand out (or eat yourself) and everyone is happy.
  • I think the real beauty of Halloween is, there are no age restrictions and it is completely voluntary.
With Halloween just around the corner what are you going to do? You can prepare to watch your favorite horror movies and featured TV shows. As well, you might consider these things to do while vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

Bradenton Beach Ghost Tours

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The Paranormal Society of Bradenton is hosting family-friendly walking tours which are held Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm. Each tour is approximately 90 minutes and begin next to Island Time Inn (across from Island Time Bar & Grill).

You will hear chilling Anna Maria Island ghosts stories and the area’s strange but rich history. Your tour guide will tell you ghostly tales from the founding of Bradenton Beach right up to the present day. Your journey begins at Bridge Street with stories about Bridge Tender, the Pier, Drift Inn & Island Time Bar & Grill. You’ll also learn about a number of ship wrecks and the mysterious woman seen walking along the water on Bradenton Beach. This is a great way to understand the Island’s history as Bradenton Beach tour stories are based on research, eyewitness accounts, and paranormal books connected to factual and historical events. Please remember while you are on tour that what you hear is the truth. This is not theatrical, these tours are based on fact. Get your cameras ready. We invite you to join them!
Bradenton Beach paranormal tours Tickets are – $15 for adults and $10 for children over 5, kids 5 and under are free – Buy tickets online in advance via PayPal on the Paranormal Society of Bradenton’s website. When purchasing tickets online – please add a tour date, party name in the PayPal instructions and a phone number in case the tour needs to be cancelled.
Tickets for the Bradenton Beach Ghost Tour are very limited. Once they are sold out, you will have to choose a different date. To ensure that you get a spot on the ghost tour that you would like to take, you are required to purchase your tickets in advance. There are no refunds and they do not allow walk-ups to join the tour. They will tour in light rain, but if it begins to storm the tour will be cancelled and a a refund will be given or credit for another tour. Same day tickets MUST be purchased by 5:00pm EST for 8:00pm tour.
Email psobfl@gmail.com or call 941-704-0621 with any questions.
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Bridge Tender Inn Halloween Party — 3:30 pm Tiki Trivia
Halloween Bash and Costume Street Party from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
At 7:00 pm enjoy awesome live music with Brigid’s Cross

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Enjoy 2018 FALL EVENTS With Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 

There is always something happening on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Anna Maria Island and the fall season is a beautiful time to visit. The average fall temperatures range from 85°F in September with December’s daily high temperature of 73°F. From farmer’s markets to fun local events you will find plenty of things to do on the island and in the Bradenton area. Here is a list of some of our favourite events that you might enjoy during your stay with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
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Bayfest – held on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, this years date and time for the 18th annual Bayfest is October 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. This Free family crafts, food and music festival is a fun filled event with live music, a huge classic car show, unique arts and crafts vendor and a kid’s zone. There will be a large selection of food choices and treats, adult beverages, and live music. The classic car show will be from 10am – 3pm with over 100 antique, classic, custom, and muscle cars.
This year, proceeds will go toward aiding in economic relief assistance for local tourism industry workers.
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Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach – located at 107 Bridge Street the market is held on Sundays from November through April from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Visit your favorite vendors and enjoy fantastic food, beautiful art and jewelry, great local musicians, fresh produce, and more. Well you are there take a stroll along historic Bridge Street. You will find lots of unique shops and restaurants. At the south end is the Bridge Street pier where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful view of the inter-coastal waterway and watch the boats pass by. The pier offers shaded benches, a clock tower and if you are watchful, you can see manatees around the pier.
There is something almost magical about wandering along Bridge Street.
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City of Anna Maria Market – The City of Anna Maria is hosting a farmer’s market from October 2018 to May 2019 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm at the City Pier Park (the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Blvd). Florida produce is available along with herbs, plants, flowers, baked goods and more. When you are finished at the market stroll along Pine Avenue and experience some of the many attractions it has to offer. You will find irresistible boutiques, craft shops, salons, an abundance of restaurants, dessert shops, jewelry stores, clothing stores, art galleries, and gift shops.
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Cortez Nautical Flea Market – Saturday, October 20th 8 am – 1 pm with a rain date set for Saturday, October 27th. This 21st annual FREE event will be held at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez. Parking is available at the F.I.S.H. Preserve. Travelling east from your condo the Preserve is located on the right (look for signs). Expect to find lots of marine products, dive gear, fishing gear, antiques and more. There will be live music and food.
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Coquina Beach Market – Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach from 10-4 every Sunday from November through July (excluding Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Weekend in 2019) In December market days are extended to include both Sunday and Wednesday through to May 2019. A great way to spend the day as you stroll the beach and the shops. I love the variety of shops with many unique items. You will find local artists, beautiful wood wall art, produce, jewelry, arts and crafts and more! Come and watch local artisans creating and find that perfect souvenir of your trip to Florida. The talented AMI String band strolls the market from 10:30 -2:30. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach and enjoy lunch with drinks on the deck overlooking the Gulf at Coquina Beach. There is something for everyone to enjoy with a perfect view of the beach and even a play area for the kids.
The Beach Market is at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach at the trolley stop, concession stand area and is wheel chair and stroller friendly. Ride the FREE trolley to the market or park in the FREE parking lot. Manatee County does not allow dogs
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Symphony on the Sand – While you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island experience this musical event, a beachfront concert at Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, Anna Maria Island. The 6th annual Symphony on the Sand presents a musical and gourmet event featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) on Saturday, Nov. 10th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and professional soloists will be performing tunes from Broadway musicals, noted popular and classical music and patriotic favourites. Emcee for the event will be local television personality. This is a rain or shine event and tickets can be purchased online at symphonyonthesand.com
• $125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beer
• $50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
• $20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options.
Online tickets will be available until noon on Friday, November 9. If not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event.
The Beach|House, The Lazy Lobster of Longboat, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Hometown Desserts and the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach are this year’s featured restaurants.
Manatee County is contributing $30,000 to help cover the costs of the stage, sound, and lighting, and what is left will help pay the musicians’ stipends. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra Youth and Outreach Programs.
There is plenty of free parking at Coquina Beach and also a convenient Trolley stop on site. Free Island-wide trolleys are running before and after the concert.
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Veteran’s Day Parade – Veterans Day – a great way to remember the sacrifice the service men and women have made keeping the United States free.
Join in the parade on November 12, 2018 from 1:00 -2:00 pm on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Not walking in the parade? Then come out to watch, honour and thank those for their service to the country. The parade starts promptly at 1:00 at City Hall in the City of Anna Maria and will go down Pine Avenue to City Pier Park. The parade will feature three high school marching bands, floats, Privateers, a military fly-over and a few hundred marching veterans. There will be a free Ice Cream Social at the ANna Maria Island Historical Museum immediately following the parade.
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Transportation to Events (or anytime) on Anna Maria Island: We love the free transportation our island offers. It lets you focus on the gorgeous landscape that makes Anna Maria Island so special and takes the worry out of driving and trying to find available parking. Anna Maria Island Free Trolley service travels the entire island. The trolley runs daily beginning at 6:00 am at 20 minute intervals until 9:00 pm then every 30 minutes until 10:30 pm. Trolley stops are 2-4 blocks apart. They are well marked, look for a green sign with a Trolley on it.
Another free and fun means of transportation is the “Monkey Bus.”  It really is not free, but a tip for service operation. It is a great way to get around the island and they operate fairly late. As well, they can seat any number of passengers from their 8 passenger golf cart to their mini bus.  They can be reached at 941 565-6542.
If you would like more information regarding any of the above events, we are happy to assist you. Please contact us ~ annamariaislandcondorentals.com
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GET READY FOR ANNA MARIA ISLAND’S 18th Annual BAYFEST

If your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 includes an October visit this is definitely something you will want to attend. An all day street festival with live music, crafts, food/beverages, kids zone … something for everyone! Guaranteed fun for all ages!
Haven’t booked your fall vacation yet? It’s not too late find us online at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Reserve your spot today for your perfect beach vacation on beautiful Anna Maria Island.
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BAYFEST Presented by: AMI Chamber of Commerce
When: Saturday October 20, 2018
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Location: Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
Ticket Price: FREE
The AMI Chamber of Commerce has a full, fun filled day planned:
There will be a CLASSIC CAR SHOW  from 10AM-3PM with over 100 classic, antique, custom, muscle cars and street rods on display.
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Enjoy listening to Emcee, Mike Sales 10AM – 9PM and a great line up of live music —
Memphis Rub 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Renegade  12 NOON – 1:30PM
soulRcoaster  2PM – 4PM
Karen & Jimmy Band  4:30PM – 6:30PM
Dr. Dave Band  7PM – 9PM
There will be blocks of Arts and Crafts Vendors showcasing their unique one-of-a -kind items as well as a Kids Zone. Your kids will enjoy the bounce house and other fun inflatables as well as the Privateers pirate ship.
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Lots of tasty food options from some of Anna Maria finest restaurants —
Churrolicious, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, The Feast, Gran Arepa, Hurricane Hanks
Subz n Grubz, T & L BBQ, The Waterfront Restaurant, Anna Maria Island Privateers
You will also find a great variety of Refreshments and Snacks 
Hahn’s Kettle Corn, Kona Ice – shaved ice     Tropi-Coco – fresh coconut water, coconut smoothie, virgin piña colada, Sherry Berry Lemonade – fresh squeezed lemonade, soda and water. And of course, my favourite – Tyler’s Gourmet Ice Cream
Adult drinks – Beer, Wine, Rum Runners, Margaritas, Rum and Coke’s
Please Note: No coolers or outside alcohol will be permitted
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There are several means of transportation to Bayfest.
The simplest way is to take the Free Island Trolley which eliminates your driving and parking worries. The Trolley runs from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm, approximately every 20 minutes with a stop on Gulf Drive, to the right as you walk out of your condo. Hop on the Northbound Trolley to Pine Avenue and you’re there.
If you choose to drive, follow Gulf Drive North all the way to Pine Avenue, which is approximately a 15 minute drive from your condo. There is some neighborhood street parking available, but please read the signs CAREFULLY. Make sure they indicate that parking is permitted and if you are lucky enough to find a spot, be sure you park with all four tires off the roadway and sidewalks, and with the direction of traffic.
You can also park offsite at Crosspointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive on the north end of Holmes Beach. There will be a free dedicated trolley shuttling people directly from the church to the City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND, 70th SEASON ISLAND PLAYERS, SEPTEMBER 2018 – May 2019 

The Island Players community theatre is one of the many gems and a must visit while you vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. It is a beautifully maintained little theatre with lots of history. The building was originally a family home in Palmetto and was relocated to its present site. You will find comfortable seating, lots of leg room and viewing with no obstructions. The staff and volunteers from the box office to the stage manager and actors clearly love what they do and it shows. Island Players offers great talent while giving you, the audience, a most enjoyable theatre experience.
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The Island Players group will be kicking off its 70th season with Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest” with performances from September 20 to September 30. The Unexpected Gift, is a detective and murder fiction, a compelling tale that is sure to entertain. Filled with mystery and suspense it begins with a stranger lost in the fog who seeks refuge in a nearby house. He finds a dead man and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. The woman’s confession is not convincing, but the unexpected guest decides to help. Police clues create a tangled web of lies revealing family secrets and chilling motives, a Pandora’s Box of loves, jealousies and hates. Just when the murder seems solved, the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.
Don’t miss this tantalizing presentation filled with suspicions and intrigues.
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Here is a complete list of the 2018/2019 Island Players schedule:
September 20 – September 30, 2018 THE UNEXPECTED GUEST
by Agatha Christie, Directed by Heiko Knipfelberg
November 8 – November 18, 2018 BAGGAGE by Sam Bobrick
Directed by James Thaggard
January 10 – January 27, 2019 I HATE HAMLET by Paul Rudnick,
Directed by Preston Boyd
March 7 – March 24, 2019 A FLEA IN HER EAR by Geroges Feydeau
Directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland
May 2 – May 12, 2019 PRESENT LAUGHTER by Noel Coward,
Directed by Mike Lusk
You don’t have to choose just one of the above performances, season tickets are available!
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The Island Players Theatre —
Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island through the presentation of stage productions. It is the oldest community theatre in Manatee County.
The Island Players Theatre is located in the Old Community House, a historic building on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue (the northern end of Anna Maria Island) in the city of Anna Maria.
There are 137 seats in the theatre in tiered rows (stadium seating). There are 4 chairs on the right side of the theatre and 2 chairs on the “fireplace” side, giving a total seating capacity of 143.
Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays.
Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Box Office or by phone – (941) 778-5755
Box office is located at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Florida (Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue).
The box office is open 10 days before opening night Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and on performance nights as “Will Call” only, one hour before curtain.
Regular show performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees @ 2:00 pm
For additional information visit their website — theislandplayers.org
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