Being on Anna Maria Island you can enjoy all the free sunshine on the beach but you might like to explore the area as well. Here are some ideas for the entire week for your Anna Maria Island entertainment on a budget.
Monday: John and Mable Ringling Museum
Free admission to the Museum of Art exhibits and the grounds. The 20 acre estate was purchased 2011 by the famous circus owner and his wife. They built an opulent house on the bay “Ca’ d’Zan” or “House of John” in the Venetian dialect and surrounded it by beautiful gardens. Their love for Italy and the arts is displayed in their vast collection housed in a 21-gallery museum including paintings by Rubens and a replica of Michelangelos’s David. The circus museum, Ca’ d’Zan and other exhibits require a ticket.
Tuesday: Ace’s Live
Live music is better and free is best! Check out “Ace’s” on Cortez Rd just a short drive over the Cortez Bridge. This local favorite is hosting live music almost every day of the week. There is usually only a cover charge on the weekends. Click here for the weekly schedule.
Wednesday: Anna Maria Island Historical Museum
Free admission. Learn about the island history and how it started as Indian fishing camp, the first homesteader in 1893, the Island’s roaring twenties culture and the early Pittsburgh Pirates spring training days. The complex features the main building that used to be an ice house, the original City Jail, the Belle Haven cottage that once was located on the City Pier and a garden of plants native to Anna Maria Island. There is also a scavenger hunt for kids. Open Monday-Friday 10 am – 1 pm.
Thursday: Marietta Museum of Art&Whimsy
Free admission. You cannot miss the museum traveling on US 41 South of the airport. Just look for the grand pink flamingos! A growing collection of artwork by mostly living artists shows paintings, sculptures and stained glass. Stroll through the oak grove sprinkled with art pieces, cascading orchids and other tropical plants.
Open November – May. Thursday-Saturday 1- 4pm. $5 donation suggested.
Friday: Bradenton Riverwalk
Free concert at 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater on the Bradenton Riverwalk. Enjoy the Manatee River at sunset as backdrop for this live music event. The Music in the Park series is every Friday night during March and April from 6-8 pm. Click here for the complete schedule.
Saturday: Island Branch Library
Free varying events throughout the year. Learn Mahjong, Origami or CPR training. Click here for the event schedule. Ride the free trolley that stops every 20 minutes at the stop on Gulf Drive right next to the library.
Sunday: Sarasota Drum Circle
Free Event on the Siesta Key Public Beach by the main pavilion. Join the free-flowing fun, dance or just listen to the weekly sunset drumming celebration. It starts about one hour before sunset and has become a local phenomenon.
For more ideas for Anna Maria Island Entertainment please stop by at our Duncan Real Estate office on historic Pine Ave. We have lots of flyers and brochures of local vendors. Our local team can provide you with more tips or just call us at 941 779 0304.