October vacations on Anna Maria Island mean that the humidity is going away, and the temperatures are dropping slightly. That doesn’t by any means mean that it won’t be beautiful, warm and sunny here; all things you expect on from an Anna Maria Island vacation, it just means that things are cooling slightly. This also means that farmers’ markets, fairs, festivals, and outdoor activities are beginning to return in full swing!
One of the largest festivals in the area, BayFest, takes place on Saturday, October 19th from 10 am – 9 pm. But there are also local farmers’ markets returning during October which are fun as well. They feature produce (of course) local arts and crafts, food, and other vendors, and are just fun local events.
Of course, October is filled with fun Halloween events as well!
If you’re looking for a fright, check out Bradenton Beach Ghost Tours. This is a 90-minute family-friendly walking tour, giving you some of the area’s rich history about the founding of Bradenton Beach. This walking tour is based on historical accounts and is factual, not theatrical. Tours run Tuesdays through Saturday, tickets are limited and tours book quickly.
For a more children’s themed event, check out the Bradenton Village of the Arts. The Village of the Arts is a vibrant art community that is home to art galleries, specialty shops, studios, restaurants and more. Each year they host a trick-or-treat event geared towards young children. Both residents and businesses will be on hand to pass out candy to children. The event begins at 6 pm on Thursday, October 31st and ends at 8 pm. If you’re sticking around the next day, on November 1st, they’re hosting their annual Festival of the Skeletons, a Dia de Los Muertos celebration of life! This event features live music, shrines, face painting, sugar skulls, great food and of course amazing art!