Spring is in the air and Bradenton has a lot of events in store for you to enjoy. From the famous De Soto Parade and Music in the Park to classes, festivals, and more – there is something for everyone to enjoy. Check out our round-up for the top Cool Things to Do in Bradenton this April.
1. White Hot Miami Nights
Friday, April 1st from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature: 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Enjoy a night under the stars for a great cause! The Women’s Council of REALTORS® Manatee County will be celebrating their 4th Annual White Party Gala and they are inviting you to dance under the starry skies of the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in Downtown Bradenton.
This year’s theme is going to be “White Hot Miami Nights.” Experience Miami’s Flamingo Hotel in the 1920s with live music, salsa dancing, a paella cooking demonstration, sangria, and more. There will also be great-tasting food to satisfy your appetite all throughout the night.
This event might sell out, so get your tickets today!
2. April Art Walk
Friday, April 1st from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM and Saturday, April 2nd from 11 AM to 4 PM
Village of the Arts: 1227 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Feel the Spring air with art surrounding you. Take a visit to the April Artwalk of Bradenton’s Village of the Arts.
This month’s theme is EcoFest. Come out to explore the amazing original art, and enjoy the food, music, and everything the VOTA has to offer. Every monthly event offers a unique experience you won’t want to miss.
3. Music in the Park
Every Friday in April from 6 pm to 8 pm
Rossi Park, Bradenton Riverfront: 452 3rd Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
The Music in the Park series has returned to the Bradenton Riverwalk, with bands performing in the Pavilion at Rossi Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs—and their furry companions on leashes are welcome.
April 1: James Tyrone Band / Soul
April 8: Hurricane Shane / Dance Rock
April 15: Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones / Blues
April 22: Eric Von Band / Island Country
April 29: Combo Fusion / Variety Dance & Latin
4. Halfway to Good’toberfest!
Saturday, April 2nd from 3 PM to 7 PM
The Good Liquid Brewing Company: 4824 14th st. W Bradenton, FL 34207
Come and celebrate Halfway to Good’toberfest with The Good Liquid Brewing Company!
Enjoy music by Petra and Teresa while satisfying your appetite with delicious German food by the Schnitzel Trailer and liquid refreshments by Good Liquid Brewing!
5. North Manatee Kiwanis Beast Feast
Saturday, April 2nd at 6 PM
Wood’s Barn: 4730 17th Street East, Palmetto, 34221
Join Kiwanis Club of North Manatee as they host their Annual North Manatee Kiwanis Beast Fest. For $50 admission you’ll get 2 drink tickets and enjoy an eat-all-you-can buffet featuring all the classic southern favorites including frog legs, swamp cabbage, hog, buffalo, gator, fish, as well as shrimp & grits while listening to Eric Von performing live. Beer and wine will also be served during the event. Get your tickets here!
6. Downtown Bradenton Public Market
Every Saturday through May from 9 AM to 2 PM
Downtown Bradenton: 400 12th Street West Bradenton FL 34205
The Bradenton Public Market continues to give the community a place to meet up and enjoy live music while you explore more than 40 vendors.
While you’re here, you’ll have the chance to check out the work of local artists and craftspeople, enjoy interactive experiences, and more. Parking is free on weekends, and dogs on leashes are welcome.
7. Spring Plants and More Sale
Sunday, April 3rd from 10 AM to 4 PM
Palma Sola Botanical Park: 9800 17th Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
If you’re a plant lover or you’re looking for a great gift that keeps on giving, you don’t want to miss out on Palma Sola Botanical Park’s Spring Plants & More Sale!
Come by and explore a showcase of plants, local vendors, local artisans & crafts. There will also be delicious food and live music. Free admission for everybody.
8. Chicken Salad Chick’s Grand Opening
Saturday, April 5th through Wednesday, April 9th
Chicken Salad Chick: 5435 Lockwood Ridge Rd, Bradenton, FL 34203
Come and celebrate Chicken Salad Chick’s Grand Opening! Each day from the 5th through the 9th, you’ll have a chance to win cool prizes and enjoy free giveaways!
Not only will you get to enjoy delicious food, but you can support a great LOCAL business. Get all the details here!
9. Ship Shape Showcase
y, April 7th from 4 PM to 7:30 PM – RESCHEDULED to April 14th due to weather forecast
SeaPort Manatee: 1705 Piney Point Rd Palmetto, FL 34221
The Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s Ship Shape Showcase is one of their most popular signature events and it’s open to the public! This is a great chance to network, make connections, and learn more about many Chamber members.
You’ll also get to experience a close-up view of Sea Port Manatee through a narrated bus tour, enjoy complimentary appetizers provided by member restaurants & caterers, entertainment, cash bar, door prizes, and more! The event is free for Chamber members and $15 for future members. Get your tickets here.
10. Bloom Baskets at the Market
Thursday, April 7th at 6:00 PM
The Market Boutique & Events: 6650 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34210
Celebrate spring at The Market Boutique & Events. Create your very own seasonal basket full of freshly bloomed flowers with Melissa & Robin teaching you their top tips & tricks about fresh floral arrangements.
Lite bites and Sangria included PLUS each guest will receive 10% off any full-priced purchases that evening at The Market. The perfect and creative spring night out — grab a friend and snag your seats! YOU MUST REGISTER BY 3/28 – reserve your spot now.
11. Mermaids & Manatees
Thursday, April 7th at 6 PM
Witchgrass Studio: 917 12th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Want to enjoy a really cool experience? Head over to Witchgrass Studio for their upcoming Mermaid & Manatees Glass Class! Learn how to make a 6″x6″ plate, layering a copper mermaid, regular or chubby, within the glass layers of your plate then design her underwater environment to fit your imagination or decor.
Mermaids like to stay wet so if you are an adult and would like to bring an adult beverage, no problem.
Class is limited to 8 people only, so pre-registration is required. $70 per class. Register online or call at 907-351-3409 to register.
12. Kids Bunny Bash
Saturday, April 9th from 10 AM to 3 PM
Mixon Fruit Farms: 2525 27th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34208
Round up the kids and head on over to Mixon Fruit Farms‘ Bunny Bash 2022! They’ll be able to have photos taken with the Easter Bunny and have fun all day playing in the play place, making Easter crafts, and more!
Kids of all ages are welcome to join. For $8 each. Kids 2 years old and below can join for free. Registration is required and this may sell out. Click here to get your tickets!
13. Tim Boyd Comedy Show
Saturday, April 9th, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Manatee Performing Arts Center: 502 Third Avenue W Bradenton, FL 34205
14. Craft Club at The Nest
Thursday, April 14th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM
The Nest at Robinson Preserve: 840 99th St NW Bradenton, FL 34209
Are you a crafty person who likes to knit, make scrapbooks, or create other forms of media? If you are, then you’ll want to check out the monthly Craft Club at the Nest in Robinsons Preserve!
You bring the project, and they’ll provide the space, crafting tips, and positive vibes. This club is suitable for adults. Registration is required, and you can sign up here.
15. De Soto Children’s Parade
Friday, April 15th at 10 AM
Sutton Park, Palmetto, FL
The De Soto Children’s Parade is one of the top family-friendly events taking place in April. The parade kicks off at 10 am and this year’s theme is Dive Into Reading. It will begin at Palmetto High School / Manatee County Fairgrounds and end at Sutton Park.
Stick around and enjoy the “Party in the Park” sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition at Sutton & Lamb Parks until 2 pm.
16. Coquina Beach Crab and Music Festival
Friday, April 15th through Sunday, April 17th from 4 PM to 10 PM
Coquina Beach: 1420 Gulf Drive SouthBradenton Beach, FL 34217
This inaugural three-day festival will feature fantastic musical performances, vendor shopping, beverages, crab delicacies, and freshly cooked food.
The event will run on Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Admission is free so head on over and check it out.
17. Hop Into Spring Festival
Saturday, April 16th from 11 am to 7 pm
FioRelli Winery and Vineyard: 4250 Waterbury Rd. Bradenton, FL 34211
Celebrate spring in style at FioRelli Winery’s “Hop Into Spring Festival.” This family-friendly event will feature live music, wine tastings, a kid’s Easter egg hunt, craft vendors, and more.
David Jones & Meredith Michaels from 107.9 WSRZ will be out broadcasting live and there will also be a grape stomp, Live Music by Santiago’s Solo Sounds, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and more! Admission is free but you’ll need to RSVP. Sign up here.
Saturday, April 23rd, and Sunday, April 24th from 11 AM to 5 PM
This two-day festival celebrates the Florida lifestyle and cannabis culture. The event will feature CBD retailers, cannabis chefs, hemp farmers, MMJ physicians, medical cannabis dispensaries, 100+ vendors & exhibitors, glass demos, and more.
There will also be 10 food trucks, 9 live bands, life art demos, 2 beer booths, and more. Learn more and get your tickets here.
19. Suncoast Comic-Con
Saturday, April 23rd from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, April 24th from 10 AM to 5 PM
Bradenton Area Convention Center: 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, Florida 34221
Catch 32, 000 sq. ft. of comic geekiness at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. The Second Annual Suncoast Comic-Con is back and it’s bringing all the comics into the area!
Catch special guest artists, Greg Horn and others as they grace the event. The comic-con is fast approaching and they are busy making preparations for all you fans to enjoy. Get your tickets here!
20. DeSoto Grand Parade
Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 PM
Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL
Catch one of the largest and oldest parades in Southwest Florida! Watch illuminated floats make their way down Manatee Ave. and get a look at the new Hernando DeSoto, Captain of the Crewe, and their newly crowned Queen and Princess.
Join thousands of people lining the streets of Bradenton to experience this wonderful event. Beads, coins, and other fun items will be handed out to the crowd.
The parade steps off at 7 PM starting at the Manatee High School. If you want to catch a great view, be sure to go early.