Fall on Anna Maria Island

After a busy summer at Blue Turtle Cottage and on Anna Maria Island the Fall is upon us. That means the island is somewhat quieter and the pace a bit slower.
That’s why Fall is a favourite time to visit the island for many.Traffic is lighter and stores and restaurants are less busy, but the weather is gorgeous and the Gulf is warm!
Take a look at the air and water temperatures:

But if you think there is nothing to do just look the events listed below all happening this Fall!


Beer, Boats and Bacon
Location: Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota
Event Date: October 8, 2016 12 noon-7:00pm
Description: Sample some of the best bacon dishes from local chefs and restaurants.


AMI Privateer “Shiprek” Poker Run
Location: Various
Event Date: October 8, 2016 11:00 am-11:30 pm

Run the River Half Marathon
Location: Downtown Bradenton
Event Date:October 15, 2016 6:30 am
Description: The one & only 13-miler in gorgeous Manatee County. A Hernando DeSoto Historical Society Signature Event.


A family friendly event with live music, arts and crafts, food, Kids’ Zone, a classic car show and more!
Location: Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
Event Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Description:A free family event on Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue benefiting the AMI Chamber’s College Scholarship Fund. Featuring live music all day long, a huge classic car show, arts and crafts vendors, kids fun zone, yummy food from local restaurants and vendors, beer, wine and more! Tons of fun for all!

Sip the Sunshine
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Event Date: October 29. 2016 Noon-9:00 pm
Description:Sip the Sunshine is a premier All-Florida Craft Beer Festival showcasing the talents of Florida’s award-winning established breweries and those younger breweries you may not have heard of yet.


Cortez Stone Crab Festival
Location: Cortez
Event Date: November 5-6, 2016 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Description:Massive amounts of fresh-from-the dock seafood and the music.One of he area’s most popular events.

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Symphony on the Sand
Location: Coquina Beach Park, Anna Maria Island
Event Dates: November 11, 12 & 13, 2016
Description: The 4th annual Symphony on the Sand is expanding to “a 3-day musical event in the key of sea”.


Join us for concerts, plays, art walks, museum tour, festivals and shows!
Location: Anna Maria Island
Event Dates:
Holmes Beach – Friday, November 11, 2016
Bradenton Beach – Sunday, November 13, 2016
Anna Maria – Friday, November 18, 2016
Sand Sculpture Clinic Thursday Nov. 17, 2016
Sand Sculpture Clinic Friday November 18, 2016
Sandblast! Saturday November 19, 2016
*Please see below for more information


Location: Anna Maria Island
Event Date: Saturday November 19, 2016 9:00 am-2:00pm
*“Tips, Tricks and Techniques” of sand sculpture at free clinics taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic at sunset on Thursday and Friday November 17 &18, 2016
Description: This fun family event draws attention to the natural beauty of our beaches. Held on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Anna Maria Island, amateur teams in school and adult divisions compete in a sand sculpture competition
*more information to come!