new year's eve on Anna maria island florida

New Year’s Eve On Anna Maria Island

Bridge Tender Inn


The Bridge Tender Inn at the east end of Bridge Street is hosting a New Year’s Eve Pyjama Party! Go out, eat, drink, ring in the new year and when you arrive home you’re ready for bed, perfect!

When: Starting at 7:00 PM

Where: 135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach


Sandbar/Beach House/Mar Vista


The Chiles Group Restaurants are all featuring a Caviar dish for New Year’s Eve. The Sandbar: Stone Crab and Caviar, The Beach House: Florida Lobster and Gulf Shrimp roll served with lemon aioli and Caviar, Mar Vista: Tater Tots combined with caviar.

When: Anytime New Year’s Eve

Where: Sandbar 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria/Beach House 200 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach/Mar Vista 760 Broadway Street N., Longboat Key


Slim’s Place

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Slim’s Place is holding a New Year’s Eve Jam Party hosted by Rick Quimby – live music, watch the ball drop in NYC . Free Champagne at midnight! If you know Slim’s Place you know it’s always a party atmosphere, fun is sure to be had!

When: 8:00 PM-Midnight

Where: 9701 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria


Stay in at Your Rental!

Enjoy ushering in the New Year Island Style at your Vacation Rental. Keep it small with just the family or invite a few friends over, but either way enjoy some good food, a toast, and good company.

Publix in Holmes Beach at 3900 East Bay Dr. can supply you with anything from ready made food to something for the barbecue.

Don’t feel like cooking? Why not pick up a delicious Italian feast from Vinny and Cheryl’s Italian Kitchen at 314 Pine Ave, Anna Maria?

You shouldn’t forget to stop by Walgreens Liquor Department at 3200 East Bay Dr. to pick up some champagne – open until midnight on New Year’s Eve.



A Little Bit Off Anna Maria Island

(but not too far)


Pier 22

Pier 22 , on downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk, is offering  several  New Year’s Eve options:

  • Starting at 4 p.m., in the PIER 22 dining room, restaurant goers may choose to enjoy a meal from a special holiday menu.
  • Beginning in late evening, the PIER 22 Terrace, back dropped by the beautiful Manatee River, will include a dance floor and party DJ entertainment.
  • Starting at 9 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom, a VIP party will take place, which includes a delectable buffet, delicious hors d’oeuvres, a decadent dessert display, an open bar, and a dance floor and party DJ entertainment. Reservations to the VIP party are required and include restaurant party entry along with exclusive access into the Grand Ballroom for $119 per person (tax and gratuity are not included).

Throughout the evening, all PIER 22 guests are encouraged to commemorate the night with unlimited photos from the onsite photo booth. As the New Year is ushered in a celebratory midnight toast will ensue; restaurant-goers and VIP guests will receive a glass of sparkling champagne.

When: 4:00 PM-1:00 AM

Where: Pier 22, 1200 1st Ave West, Bradenton


Downtown Bradenton


Old Main Street

Realize Bradenton will one of their Main Street Live! events – a new year’s eve party on Old Main Street (12th Street West) between Manatee and 3rd avenues.

The street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and alcohol consumption is permitted on Old Main Street while it is closed to vehicles.

Bradenton folk-rockers Have Gun, Will Travel headline at 10 p.m. with opening act The Dram performing 6 p.m. at this block party, with local restaurant booths, food trucks and vendors adding to the fun.

WHEN: December 31, 2016 at 5pm – 11pm

WHERE: Old Main Street, Bradenton


2016 Sarasota Pineapple Drop


Downtown Sarasota has a day into night celebration ending with the famous Pineapple Drop at midnight.

Kids and family games, rides and attractions start at 2:00 PM at Pineapple and 1st st, and the fun continues in to the night with live bands, a DJ, food vendors, and beer & full bar vendors starting at 3:00 PM.

Meet at midnight at the intersection of Lemon and Main for the Pineapple Drop!

When: 2:00 PM-Midnight

Where: Downtown Sarasota map


Marina Jack Sarasota


Marina Jack

Located on the water just over the Ringling Bridge Marina Jack will be offering dinner in the lounge, dining room (early seating 4-7 pm for those not staying for fireworks), and patio topped off with fireworks in conjunction with the City of Sarasota.

Marina Jack II offers a  New Year’s Eve cruise with a dinner and full bar (extra). Featuring air conditioned salons and open air outside deck – every seat has a water view!

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Marina Jack II

When: 8:30 PM-1:00 AM

Where: 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota


Would you like to visit Anna Maria Island? We’d love to host you at Blue Turtle Cottage! Get comfortable in our renovated 3 bedroom home featuring a private, heated pool less than 100 steps from the 7 miles of sugar sand beaches Anna Maria Island is famous for.

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