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    Monday, 9 February 2015

    What’s on in February on Anna Maria Island

    February is a great month on Anna Maria Island, with lots of exciting (and even some new events) happening.

    Throughout February

    The Village of Arts is a fantastic community event in Bradenton where over 30 artists live and work. They have some great events and activities throughout the month; including a Sweetheart’s Artwork on February 6 & 7th, celebrating romance with Valentine treats and surprises as well as music and great food. 

    The Village of the Arts event in Bradenton

    And, the Annual Village of the Arts Studio Tour on Saturday Feb 21st between 11 and 4pm, where you can meet and watch your favorite artists, from painters, sculptors, jewellers, fiber artists, chefs and many more, who will be demonstrating their amazing talents.

    7th February, 2015  

    If you love excitement and plenty of noise, come and be a part of our history at the first Annual Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta featuring Powerboat Super league Racing. 

    The Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta hosted near Anna Maria Island

    This is a free family festival, guaranteeing world-class entertainment and performances that will delight and thrill audiences of all ages. On show will be:

    Hydro-cross jet skis 
    Extreme Pogo shows
    BMX stunt performers
    Food Festival 
    Kids Zone
    Frisbee dogs 
    Falcon 5K River Run & 1-mile Fun Run.

    Make sure you take a look at the world favorites Pittsburgh Three Rives Regatta, which through our sister relationship with Pittsburgh is where our city’s newest festival was born and what you can expect to see coming to the shores of Bradenton and Palmetto

    13th February, 2015

    Established over 20 years ago by a small core group of local Artists on Anna Maria Island, the gallery in Holmes Beach has evolved into a very successful artists’ cooperative of nearly thirty members. Discover paintings, photography, ceramics, stained glass, potters, jewelry, furniture and more, with a different artist featured each month. 

    Holmes Beach gallery on Anna Maria Island

    For February and with romance in air, the artists are coming together in a month long exhibition, showcasing the art they love most in an exhibit called ‘The Look of Love’ This exhibition will be highlighted by a public reception at the gallery on Friday February 13th  between 5.30-7.30pm. 

    Come and meet many of the gallery artists, enjoy fine art and a toast to Saint Valentine.

    14th & 15th February, 2015 

    Fishing is one the most popular pastimes on Anna Maria Island, and to celebrate our heritage and our awesome local fish, the 33rd Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is here on February 14th & 15th.

    There will be music, dancing, nautical arts and crafts, as well as of course, plenty of fresh seafood! 

    This year’s theme is ‘Grouper groupie’ and celebrates our famous Grouper, a delicious, flaky white fish. A massive 80% of all harvested Grouper in the US is from Florida’s west coast waters, and about a quarter of that comes across the docks in Cortez. 

    Come and discover more about this fascinating fish and enjoy a great day out. Admission is $3 per adult, with children under 12 free. And, remember you can get the free Trolley Bus from Anna Maria Island to Cortez!

    14th February, 2015. Valentine’s Day Soiree & Dance 

    Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust and hosted by the Anna Maria Island Community Center, treat your loved one to a night of dancing with the Manatee Swing Band. With a delicious hors d’oeuvres buffet and cash bar, the event is from 7-10pm!

    20th February, 2015

    Who wouldn’t love a ‘Night with Neil Diamond’? 

    Awesome impersonator Bobby Palermo, is coming to the Anna Maria Island Community Center on February 20th, so grab your ticket to the hottest night in town! 

    With a delicious Buffet Menu served at 6.00pm and served by Danny’s Pizzeria, the show starts at 7.00 until 9.00pm. Tickets are $30 each or $240 for a table of 8, so bring your friends, and your own beer and wine and enjoy all the classics from Neil Diamond and the Vegas Show ‘Legends in Concert’!

    With lots to do and see do throughout the month, make sure you leave us a comment and let us know what you get up to!

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