Though it may seem like a small city with little to offer, Bradenton will surprise you in so many different ways. Despite being a hot spot for nature lovers and beach-goers, the city is home to a number of family-friendly annual events that attract thousands of guests every year. Bradenton’s location between Sarasota and the Tampa Bay Area also makes it a gateway to all the attractions and annual events taking place in all the surrounding cities. Below are some of the annual events that you can enjoy while staying in Bradenton, FL:
Manatee County Fair
This is a family-style event that features all sorts of fun from livestock shows to live music and entertainment. The fair also features activities for kids in the kid’s section and a plethora of delicious fair food. Held at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, this January event is a merry way to start the year in Bradenton.
Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival,
This is an event for foodies and wine lovers which takes place just outside Bradenton in the neighboring city of Sarasota. The festival features a wide variety of local and international seafood and a selection of wines and beers to go with the food. Wine and food pairing, wine tasting and live music are some of the activities you can expect at the event.
Bradenton Area River Regatta
This February event turns Bradenton city into a throbbing hot spot of event and activities. The festival takes place along the popular Riverwalk area next to the Manatee River and features lots of free activities and events. Some of the notable activities include boat races, live music, evening fireworks, discounted sales and more. There is a kid’s fun zone and lots of food trucks and vendors.
For art enthusiasts and wannabe artists, ArtSlam provides the perfect platform to learn, enjoy and promote upcoming artists from local schools in the region. Each year, this event features dozens of students presenting their works in groups. ArtSlam takes place in March within downtown Bradenton and is a perfect way to inspire and motivate kids to participate in art and craft activities.
Other popular festivals and events that offer great entertainment and fun activities for Bradenton residents and visitors include Sarasota Agricultural Fair, De Soto Grande Parade, Sarasota Jazz Festival, Whiskey Obsession Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and Venice Italian Feast & Carnival just to mention a few. Bradenton Florida awaits, you should visit today!