The Center offers a variety of events throughout the year. There’s a bowling tournament at Bowlero and a golf tournament at The River Club Golf Course. A family favorite, Lester Family Fun Day, is a holiday-themed event featuring Santa, crafts, games and performances for all ages. The annual Murder Mystery play is always entertaining for the Center’s adult audience. The annual Tour of Homes provides an inside look into homes around the island, attracting many people on the island and from surrounding areas. The Center also offer member socials, which provide a chance for our community to get together for an evening of food and fun! Stay tuned for upcoming events, scheduling details and information!
To sponsor an event, or for more information, please email [email protected].
Save the Date
- The Grass Roots: March 19, 2020* (Postponed until December 3rd)
- Tour of Homes: March 21, 2020 (Postponed, see below for info)
*For Bradenton Gulf Islands Concert Series present by The Sandbar Restaurant ticket information visit ManateePerformingArtsCenter.com or call (941) 748-5875 (tickets are available for all concerts at this time)
The Center’s number one priority is the safety of our members, volunteers, participants, and staff. Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and based on the recommendation of local and state officials as well as Governor DeSantis’ statement “recommending local municipalities and private entities to strongly consider limiting or postponing mass gatherings in the state of Florida.” The Grass Roots concert will be postponed until December 3rd, 2020. Previously purchased tickets will be honored and additional tickets will remain on sale. If you have questions regarding tickets, please call the Manatee Performing Art Center Box Office at (941)748-5875.
At this time, The Center will remain open for regularly scheduled fitness classes, youth programs, and sports. We will continue to monitor all COVID-19 developments and maintain contact with county officials and other local organizations. We will continue precautionary procedures consistent with the guidance recommended by The Center for Disease Control to protect members, staff, volunteers, and participants and help reduce the risk of transmission and acquisition of COVID-19. These actions include emphasizing proper handwashing, disinfecting of the facility, and implementing further protocols if necessary.
For additional information regarding COVID-19, visit the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. This remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 call center at 866-779-6121 or email [email protected]
Doors open at 6pm
Opening act at 7pm
The Grassroots on 8pm
Cash bar available
The Grass Roots are a highly successful rock and roll group that consistently produced quality music in their heyday from 1966 to 1975. Although they never attained a number one hit on the charts, they were consistently in the top end of popular music in the turbulent rock music scene. They managed to be one of the top picks of disc jockeys and enjoyed frequent requests from listeners. From 1967 to 1972, The Grass Roots set a record for being on the Billboard charts 307 straight weeks. This performance is located at The Center of Anna Maria Island.
The Center’s number one priority is the safety of our members, volunteers, participants, and staff. With concerns about COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the 27th Annual Tour of Homes until next year.
Tickets that were purchased for this year’s tour will be good for next year. The quilt raffle will also be postponed and tickets already purchased will be included in next year’s drawing.
The Center will remain open for regularly scheduled fitness classes, youth programs, and sports. We will continue to stay informed and make decisions based on the information and recommendations from health officials. If this changes we will send out emails and post on our social media to make sure everyone is informed on all of the decisions we make.
Join us for a night of laughter, fun, food, and murder at The Center’s 12th Annual Murder Mystery presented by The Ugly Grouper. The play will run two nights, Friday, February 28th and Saturday, February 29th. Each night will have a different ending. This year is a Mardi Gras theme and guests are encouraged to bring their Krewes dressed in their best Mardi Gras Flare for our Best Krewe Costume Contest! Tickets are $50 per person or a table of 8 for $360. Tickets include dinner and the show. There will also be a cash bar and raffles. Doors open at 6:15 pm and the show starts at 6:45 pm. For $15 more there is the VIP Mingle with the cast on Saturday only from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm. The event is for adults only. Sponsorships are available, if interested contact [email protected] To purchase tickets call The Center at (941)778-1908 or visit The Center at 407 Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria.
The play is directed by Brianna Roberts. Roberts also wrote the play with help and inspiration from her mother Beth Shaughnessy. Starring in this year’s play are Don and Leah Purvis, Ray and Jillian Gardner, Monica Simpson, Mike Shaughnessy, Chris Scott, Clay Spangler, Caleb and Brianna Roberts. Play description: It’s the night before Mardi Gras and one of the local island Krewes are putting the last-minute touches on their float before parade time. They are one of the oldest Krewes around and have a reputation to protect. Also at the end of this year’s festivities showtime, a new President of the Krewe will be elected. Tension is high and everyone is running on fumes, 22 hours and something minutes counting till showtime!