Summer is in full swing, and there are a ton of cool things to do in Bradenton this month! From Art Walks and Cooking Classes to a variety of 4th of July Celebrations, you won’t want to miss these fun events. Check it out!
1. July Artwalk: Mermaids and Manatees
Village of the Arts, Bradenton, FL 34205
Friday, July 2 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, July 3rd from 11 am to 4 pm
The Village of the Art‘s monthly Artwalk is one of Bradenton’s most popular events. This month’s theme is Mermaids and Manatees!
Come to the VOTA and explore all of the different galleries, shops, and restaurants. There will also be live music and tasty treats.
This fun monthly event is one you definitely don’t want to miss!
2. Soul Purpose – Reggae – Artwalk Porch Party
Birdrock Taco Shack: 1004 10th Avenue West Bradenton, Florida 34205
Friday, July 2 at 6:30 pm
When you head out to the Village of the Arts for the monthly Art Walk, don’t forget to stop by Birdrock Taco Shock. Not only do they have some of the best tacos in Bradenton, but they’re also hosting another Soul Purpose Reggae Artwalk Porch Party on Friday night.
If you’re still hungry for more, come back on Saturday, July 3rd for their Scott Stevenson Porch Party it starts at noon and promises to be a fun day.
3. Friday Night Bar Bingo with Prizes!
Table Talk SRQ Board Game Cafe: 3999 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
Every Friday Night at 7 pm
Each Friday, they’ll play 8 Rounds, and prizes are given out after each round. Each week’s prizes are posted on their Facebook page, so be sure to follow them!
Also, make sure you come hungry. Table Talk has an awesome menu and also serves beer and wine.
4. Red, White, and Blueberry Celebration!
Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard: 4250 Co Rd 675 E, Bradenton, FL 34211
Saturday, July 3 from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday, July 4 from 11 am to 6 pm
Celebrate America’s birthday with some red, white, and blueberry! Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard will be having a weekend celebration for the 4th of July with tastings held at the top of every hour. Watch out for the release of their latest wines, including Peach & Strawberry wines and classic semi-sweet Blueberry.
Bill Serles and Justin Layman will also be playing live music during the event and there will be great food from JP Southern Smoked.
5. Parade & 4th of July Celebration on AMI
Anna Maria Island, FL
Saturday, July 3 from 10 am to 5 pm
If you’re looking for something fun to do while celebrating the 4th of July, look no further! The AMI Privateers will be hosting the annual 4th of July parade.
This year, it’s scheduled for Saturday, July 3rd, and will begin at 10 am sharp. The parade begins at the Coquina Beach South Entrance.
6. Biscuit Miller at Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen
Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen: 1114 12th Street West, Village of the Arts Bradenton, FL 34205
Friday, July 2nd from 7 pm to 10 pm
America’s electric blues bassist, singer, and songwriter, Biscuit Miller will take the stage at Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen in the Village of the Arts on July 2nd. Reserve your seat now for $20.00. The cost will be $25.00 the day of the show, and this may sell out.
Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen offers one of Bradenton’s best southern food, music, and hospitality in an outdoor venue on the Suncoast.
7. Bradenton Marauders Bark in the Park
Saturday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 28
LECOM Park: 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a Bradenton Marauders game with your pet! This month they’re hosting two “Bark in the Park” events — July 3rd and 28th. During these events, you’re welcome to bring your furry friend with you to the game.
They’ll also have 12-ounce cans of Truly Hard Seltzer for just $3 at The Home Plate Express. To learn more, visit the Bark in the Park homepage.
8. Fireworks, Food & Fun at The Bishop!
The Bishop: 201 10th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
Sunday, July 4th from 6:30 to 10:30 pm
Looking for something different to do for the 4th of July? Head over to The Bishop Museum of Science of Nature! You can grab a seat or bring your blanket to their Riverside Plaza for a front-row view of the fireworks over the Manatee River.
Enjoy a meal from Nancy’s Bar-B-Q-and a cash bar for adult beverages and desserts while you sit back and relax for the show. They’ll even have activities to keep your kids entertained! Meals must be reserved by June 30. They will not be available for purchase on-site. Learn more and purchase your tickets here.
9. 4th of July Fireworks & Independence Day Buffet
Pier 22 Restaurant: 1200 1st Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205
Sunday, July 4 from 7 pm to 10 pm
You can also celebrate the 4th of July at Pier 22! This location offers a great view of the fireworks over the Manatee River and they’ll also have an Independence day buffet on the Waterside Terrace.
The party will start at 7 pm and will end with a colorful Fireworks display by 9:30 pm. Table reservations and tickets are required for access to the pier. The cost is $100 for adults and $39.99 for children under 10. You can view the menu and reserve your tickets here.
10. Beer Stein or Wine Glass Painting Party
3 Keys Brewery: 2505 Manatee Avenue East Bradenton, FL 34208
Wednesday, July 7th from 6 pm to 8 pm
Popular local brewery 3 Keys Brewing and Eatery is hosting a glassware painting party. This is a fun and unique experience where you get to paint your Beer Stein, Beer Mug, Stemmed Beer Glass, Wine Glass, or Coffee Cup for only $20. Each painter can pick a stencil from their wide collection of themes.
Whether you want to embrace your inner artist or you just like great beer, you’re sure to enjoy this fun event.
11. Kiwanis Club Satellite Meeting
Poppos Taqueria: 6777 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34209
Wednesday, July 7 at 6:00 pm
The Bradenton’s Kiwanis Club Satellite invites you to come and join their meetings, held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The July 7th meeting will e held at Poppo’s Taqueria in West Bradenton.
If you’re interested in performing community service, socializing, and networking in the Manatee County area then this meeting is just the thing for you! Join the Kiwanis Club Satellite group on Facebook to learn more.
12. Dueling Pianos with The Unessentials
88 Live Piano Bar: 6640 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
Saturday, July 10 at 7 pm
The 88Live Piano Bar is a fun venue that features the finest musicians and performers. This month, your favorite Dueling Pianos duo, The Unessentials, is back and they are going to give you a performance like no other!
This performance is a MUST watch for everyone.
To learn more about this fun piano bar and the entertainment options they offer, check out their Facebook page.
13. Summer Plant Sale in the Hidden Garden Nursery
Palma Sola Botanical Park: 9800 17th Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
Saturday, July 10 from 8 am to 12 pm
If you’re into collecting and taking care of plants, then the Summer Plant Sale at Palma Sola Botanical Park‘s Hidden Garden Nursery is the perfect event for you!
While you’re there, take some time to explore the stunning beauty of the park’s multiple gardens. Entrance is free, and it’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
14. Paint Your Pet at Painting with a Twist
Painting with a Twist: 5917 Manatee Ave. W, Suite 209 Bradenton, FL 34209
Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 3 pm to 6 pm
Show some extra love to your furry friends! Painting with a Twist is hosting another “Paint Your Pet” event. This 3-hour experience will teach you everything you need to know to create a portrait of your fur-baby.
Take note that this event is not a SERIOUS lesson, rather it is intended for you to enjoy a relaxing and fun activity. Make sure you reserve your spot in advance. After you register, you’ll send a picture of your pet and they’ll prepare everything for you. Learn more and register here!
15. Thirsty Third Thursday
Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
Thursday, July 15 from 3:30 pm to 11 pm
Head out to Anna Maria Island’s Bridge Street to enjoy their Thirsty Third Thursday event! You’ll enjoy specials and live music throughout the area.
Each participating restaurant is offering $3 Landsharks and their own individual specials. The Daiquiri Deck will also be having half-price family nacho plates and Open Mic starting at 7 pm.
Participating bars and restaurants include: Sports Lounge, The Anna Maria Oyster Bar Pier, Island Time, Bridge Tender, The Drift Inn, and The Daiquiri Deck.
16. Friday Flamingle
The Rustic Flamingo: 4306 SR 64 East, Bradenton, FL 34208
Friday, July 16, 2021 at 6 pm
Looking for something fun to do for a girl’s night out, a date night, or a bonding experience with the family? The Rustic Flamingo has the perfect event for you. During their Friday Flamingle, the music and laughs are a little louder, the projects will be a little bit bolder, and there might also be a spontaneous dance party. Just provide your own snacks, beer, wine, and your favorite feather boa or tiara!
This is an 18 and over event. Check out their calendar to reserve your spot.
17. Cornhole and Cocktails Festival
Manatee County Fairgrounds: 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221
Saturday, July 17 from 3 pm to 7 pm
The Cornhole and Cocktails Festival is back this year for another fun and enjoyable experience! During the event, you’ll enjoy a fun indoor cornhole tournament, food, drinks, live music, and a raffle.
There will be restaurants with samples of their food and cocktails along with breweries, wineries, and distilleries with samples of their selections! You’re welcome to try as much as you would like. The cost is just $35 – purchase your tickets now! (Note – this is a 21+ event)
18. Kitchen Kids
The Pineapple Kitchen: 4914 Lena Rd UNIT 104, Bradenton, FL 34211
Various dates throughout the month of July
Pineapple Kitchen is proud to present their Kitchen Kids Basic Culinary and Restaurant Education Course. It was designed by Executive Chef Jeremy and Pastry Chef Krissi, and will cover everything your child needs to know when working in the kitchen – including basic cooking, baking, kitchen safety tips, and more.
Class sizes will be limited to only 12 students and each student will get their very own embroidered Chef’s Apron & Hat with their name, measuring spoons & measuring cup, and a class course book. Learn more and register here.
19. Karaoke Nights at Kava Social Club
Kava Social Club: 540 13th Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205
Every Wednesday at 8 pm
Come to Kava Social Club every Wednesday night for Shell Karaoke and get a FREE shell kava or tea!
This is NO ORDINARY Karaoke experience! You will get to sing with a massive sound system and a stage complete with lights, lasers, and smoke effects. This will totally give you the ultimate rock star experience!
20. Christmas in July on AMI
The Drift Inn: 120 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Saturday, July 24th from 6 pm to 10 pm
Join the AMI Privateers for their annual Christmas in July Fundraiser! It will be held at the Drift Inn and will feature a lotto board, booze basket raffle, and a “Taste of the Island” food buffet for just $10. Santa is coming to this fun event, and the pirates will also be there!
All money raised will go towards the Privateers Christmas Families in December, so come on out and support this great cause!