Anna Maria Island is the picture of a tropical beach paradise, and we couldn’t be any happier to call it home. Boasting miles of stunning white-sand beaches along the unbelievably blue water of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s one of the best beach vacation destinations in the United States, and if you’ve visited once, you likely already are dreaming about your next visit. It’s the kind of place where you can mix a lowkey island feel with the best of relaxation, and where there’s always something to do to match your mood. Shopping on Pine Ave, lounging on the beach, dining on fresh Gulf shrimp with sunset views—it’s all in an average day on AMI, where you can let adventure carry you to unexpected places that you’ll never forget.
When you’re vacationing on AMI, you might find yourself looking for a local event to attend. Anna Maria Island itself is made up of three vibrant cities—Anna Maria, Homes Beach, and Bradenton Beach. Every city has its own unique flair and a strong community that features many annual events perfect for visitors to the island. While you’re likely to find an event during your visit, we’ve made it easy for you by gathering some of the upcoming AMI events—you might even want to plan your trip around some of them! So, whether or not you already have a trip on the books, check out these fantastic upcoming events on Anna Maria Island!
Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms
Just an under an hour’s drive from AMI you’ll find Hunsader Farms, which turns into a festive fall wonderland—which can be a dream in sunny Florida, and a great way to get into the seasonal mood for the upcoming fall holidays. Traipse through a real pumpkin patch, hop on a wild hayride, or explore the corn maze. There’s an assortment of crafts, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, and all for an admission of $15 with kids 10 and under free! It’s a family-friendly venue, but anyone that’s young at heart or adores the fall season will enjoy a day spent on the farm. The annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms runs the last three weekends of October, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Live on Anna Maria Island
If you’re a fan of live music, you’re in luck when vacationing on Anna Maria Island. The Wicked Cantina Bradenton Beach hosts several live music events throughout the year, offering free entry and all ages, meaning you can take the family out for a day of fun! With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can enjoy the breezy beach weather, or kick back inside. LIVE on Anna Maria Island takes place on Saturdays and Wednesdays from October to November, starting at 6 p.m.
Veterans Day Parade
If you’re visiting for the long weekend for the Veteran’s Day holiday, you’ll find that we have a parade on Anna Maria Island on Friday, November 11th, 2022. Taking place on Pine Ave, the event starts at 1 p.m., featuring our local veterans, bands, and performers for a family-friendly event to celebrate the holiday and honor our service personnel. If you’re visiting during November, it’s not to be missed!
Privateers Christmas Parade
This annual beloved event occurs in early December and is the perfect way to welcome the winter holidays in beautiful beach weather. The parade begins at Coquina Beach and runs north to Holmes Beach all the way north to end on Pine Ave in Anna Maria. Come get into the holiday cheer and get a taste of local life! The parade begins at 10 a.m.
Your AMI Vacation Starts with a Dreamy Island Beach Rental!
Whenever you’re planning your visit to Anna Maria Island, you need to start with where you’re going to stay—and we’re proud to offer a stunning selection of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, with locations all over the island and a range of sizes to fit any size group. If you’d like to learn more, call our friendly reservation team to discuss reserving your AMI vacation rental today!