With a motto like âœ Shop, Dine, and Play, From Beach to Bay,â� Anna Maria Island is ready to greet you with plenty to see, eat, and do while staying at your island vacation home rental.Anna Maria Island's Bridge Street Market Farmerâs Market is a hugely popular weekend activity that occurs seasonally from November to April when the weather and visitors are at their best. During this period, the Bridge Street Pier area comes alive with local food stalls, fresh produce, locally made gifts from specialty businesses, and some of the area's most talented artisans!Whether you're flying solo, with your partner, or with the whole family, this market is a crowd-pleaser for all. Of course, you don't need to splurge a single cent to take in the local attractions or relish the sea views from the pier, but you may certainly be swayed by the fresh baked goods or the perfect piece of artwork to remember your trip.
Photo Credit: Bradenton Beach Historical Bridge Street Market Photo Credit: UNIKYLUCKKNo matter what type of music youâre interested in, Bradenton Beach Historical Bridge Street Market can provide something special for everyone. Listen to small performances by talented musicians performing live, or check out one of their demos to take home the local sounds of AMI. Photo Credit: zoryanchikShopping at the market offers a one-of-a-kind experience, as you can explore fresh food, including fresh fruits and veggies from local farms. To get the most out of your visit, take some time to wander around each major tent â" discover succulent produce, bouquets of flowers, fragrant herbs, and even gluten-free baked goods.Bridge Street Market on Anna Maria Island is also a must-visit for seafood lovers! With an array of fresh, local catches to choose from - including grouper, shrimp, snapper, and more - you'll find something delicious no matter what your taste buds are craving.If you're looking for something uniquely AMI, try the smoked fish dip made with the day's catch! Photo Credit: Nanci Santos IglesiasCapture the essence of this beautiful island with its locally inspired art and crafts, like jewelry and artwork with anchor motifs, dolphins, or seascapes. Photo Credit: Robilad CoSuppose youâre looking to take home something tangible to remember your trip. In that case, a variety of pottery pieces are available that capture the beauty of Anna Maria Island in a unique way. Photo Credit: Stephen B. Goodwin
Getting to the Bridge Street Market
- Address: 107 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, Florida
- Season: November through April
- Hours: Every Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Website: Historical Bridge Street Market
What to ExpectAnna Maria Island's Bridge Street Market is a haven for local vendors and artisans, with its selection changing often enough to make each visit different and unique each time you visit. This market is known for vendors who sell beach decor, beach-themed jewelry, and watercolor art.
Food at Bridge Street Market
Nature Inspired ArtFor nature lovers, consider taking home a photograph or print of one of the island's beautiful beaches, sunsets, or wildlife. Or, for those looking for a more personal touch, why not pick up some handmade jewelry created with shells and sea glass collected from the shores?
Photography, Sculptures, and MoreAnna Maria Island offers a plethora of stunning photography, sculptures, and other artworks that can be taken home as a special keepsake. Youâll find painted canvases with oils, watercolors, acrylics, and any other type you can think of. In addition, loved ones back home will adore the hand-crafted sculptures made from some of the islandâs natural resources.To further contribute to the community, the marketplace recently partnered up for a âœSave Our Shoresâ� campaign to aid the coastal regions affected by red tide events.
Other Popular Farmers Markets on AMIThanks to an abundance of local artisans, farms, and pride in their community, Anna Maria hosts several other markets as well, with some running in alternate seasons, so youâll always have an option for a fresh local fix!
Coquina Beach Market
- Address: 2650 Gulf Drive S, Bradenton Beach, FL
- Season: November through April/May
- Hours: Every Sunday and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Website: Beach Market At Coquina Beach
Downtown Bradenton Public Market
- Address: 400 Old Main Street, Bradenton, FL
- Season: October to May
- Hours: Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Website: Bradenton Public Market
Sarasota Farmers Market
- Address: N. Lemon Avenue, Sarasota, FL
- Season: Year-round
- Hours: Every Saturday, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.
- Website: sarasotafarmersmarket.org