Sensational Music with Symphony on the Sand

Symphony on the Sand is one event on Anna Maria Island that people look forward to every year. With the beautiful beaches of the area being one of the main attractions for people to plan their vacation getaways to the island, finding ways to enjoy the sand, even more, is a high priority for many. Between water activities, exercise classes, days by our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals, and festival events, you’ll be sure to find a beach-related event to go to during your island stay. Symphony on the Sand is a fantastic choice to do that if you are a lover of all things music.

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What is Symphony on the Sand?

As one of Anna Maria Island’s premier beach concerts, Symphony on the Sand offers a night full of music and food. During the event, you’ll be able to enjoy 3 hours of delicious food and entertaining music performed by Anna Maria Island’s 45-piece orchestra, the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus, and Orchestra.

There is also a dining aspect of the event, which offers tasty catered small plates. Some of Anna Maria Island’s best restaurants including the Beach House Restaurant, Coquina Café, and others come together to cook up some delectable treat for you to snack on while enjoying the melodies of the orchestra.

During the evening, you’ll be seated right on the gorgeous soft white sands of Coquina Beach. You’ll have a fantastic view of the sunset going down over the sparkling and serene waters of the Gulf of Mexico all the while enjoying relaxing island beach music.

This night of music happens every November and the whole thing kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until 7:30. This gives everyone the opportunity to eat some amazing food, listen to beautiful music, and even enjoy the famous sunsets that Anna Maria Island is known for globally.

Traditionally, the event is held at the Coquina Gulfside Park, giving a fantastic view of the Gulf of Mexico as you enjoy one of the best Anna Maria Island concerts.

The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra

The orchestra is comprised of several talented local soloists along with a classically trained professional vocal chorus. The group is made up of both professional and volunteer musicians. They perform four major concerts throughout the year, including a symphony event each November.

Plan Your Vacation

Make sure to write down the Symphony on the Sand in your datebook and book your Anna Maria Island vacation rental in advance. Contact us with any questions you may have!

The music performed during this particular event will feature selections from international and American musical compositions. You’ll hear everything from Strauss to Mozart, even selections from Broadway shows, films, and other wonderful music pieces. This event performed by this fantastic and widely talented group of musicians draws large crowds every year. People from all over Anna Maria Island, plus Sarasota, Manatee County, and even the larger Tampa and St. Petersburg areas will travel to the area specifically to enjoy this amazing event.

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There are several different levels of tickets you can purchase to enjoy this elegant event. The most affordable price is the $25 dollar option. This allows you to bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the music. You also have the option to purchase food on-site. The next level of tickets is the $50 option. This will get you a chair with two drink voucher tickets, and the option to purchase food as well. It costs $125 to be a VIP ticket holder, but that option includes complimentary wine, select beer, and access to luxury restrooms.

Whichever option you choose, you will be sure to get great joy out of attending the Symphony on the Sand when staying at our luxury Anna Maria Island vacation rentals in Holmes Beach, FL. As one of the gatherings, even locals look forward to, if you’re visiting Anna Maria Island during this wonderful event you definitely want to book one of our Anna Maria Island rentals. Some people will even choose to book their entire trip around this musical event just to make sure they don’t miss it.