Get Off the Couch, Bradenton! 20 Cool Things To Do in October

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Get Off the Couch, Bradenton! 20 Cool Things To Do in October

Autumn is here! What better way to celebrate the fall season than to check out some of the fun fall-themed things to do in Bradenton? From Oktoberfests to Pumpkin Festivals, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

Take a look at our round-up of 20 Cool Things To Do in October!

1. Palma Sola Botanical Plants and More Sale

Palma Sola Botanical Park: 9800 17th Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
Saturday, October 2nd from 8 am to 3 pm

If you’re into collecting and taking care of plants, then this Fall Plants and More Sale at Palma Sola Botanical Park is the event for you!

You’ll have a chance to check out a wonderful selection of plants and visit craft vendors. There’s no admission charge (although donations are welcome), so make sure you don’t miss this fun annual event.

Some vendors also only accept cash, so you’ll want to bring some with you. This way, you won’t miss out on getting your hands on the plant of your dreams.


2. Bradenton Public Market

Old Main St.: 400 12th Street West Bradenton FL
Every Saturday starting October 2nd through May from 9 am to 2 pm

Bradenton’s Farmers Market is back! It has been re-branded and is now better than before. The season starts on October 2nd and will be held every Saturday until the end of May.

This weekly market will feature over 40 local vendors selling their own fresh-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, and prepared foods. You’ll also find local art, live music, and more.

Mainly Art now also hosts dozens of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their creations every Saturday on Fourth Avenue West where it connects with the Bradenton Public Market.


3. Drag Bingo at Kava Social Club

Kava Social Club: 540 13th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Tuesday, October 5th from 7 pm to 10 pm

For a fun time you won’t soon forget, head over to Kava Social Club to check their Drag Bingo Night!

The evening will be hosted by Opi Yumm & Felix Gemini Star. Admission is free with your drink purchase and they’ll provide all the Bingo materials.

You’ll have a chance to win bar tabs, prizes, and bragging rights with your friends in a judgment-free, alcohol-free establishment.


4. Adult Late Nights at Table Talk Board Game Café


Table Talk Board Game Cafe: 3999 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34210
Every Tuesday night from 9 pm to 12 am

Table Talk Board Game Café now offers something new! A late-night venue that is perfect for a girl’s night out, date night, or hanging out with your friends.

Head on over to the cafe and enjoy unlimited game play every Tuesday night. They have more than 550 games to choose from and it’s only $5 to play for as long as you like. They also offer a wide choice of tasty menu items, drinks, and adult beverages.


5. Oktoberfest at Edelweiss

Edelweiss Restaurant: 611 Manatee Avenue East Bradenton, Florida, 34208 
October 6th to 10th – Wed. through Fri. from 4 pm to 8 pm and Sat and Sun from 12 to 8

Mark your calendars then head over to Edelweiss to eat, drink, schunkel, and yodel because Oktoberfest is back!

This year, you’ll love hanging out in the huge beer tent and enjoying live entertainment with German music & Schuplattler dancers. There will also be a DJ hosting contests and games, vendors, giveaways, prizes, and – of course, tons of traditional German food and Oktoberfest Beer!


6. Kava Social Night Market – 2nd Sat.

Kava Social Club: 540 13th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Saturday, October 9th from 7 pm to 11 pm

Kava Social Club is now hosting a fun and exciting night market on the second Saturday of each month.

Come on out to enjoy live music, artists, games, giveaways, flow performances, vendors, and much more.

You’ll want to check out the market every month so you can visit your favorite vendors and see what’s new!


7. Live Entertainment at the Manatee Performing Art Center

Various dates throughout the month
Manatee Performing Art Center: 502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

We’re so excited that the Manatee Performing Arts Center is hosting live performances once again! You can enjoy several shows in October, including:

  • Mamma Mia! (musical) – opens Thursday, October 14th and runs through the 24th
  • Theatre Oddyssey’s 3rd One-Act Play Festival – runs October 14th -17th
  • Murder, Mystery & Poe (drama) – runs October 21st – 31st

You can learn more about these fun shows and purchase your tickets by visiting the MPAC website.


8. Goblin Gathering

GT Bray Park: 5502 33rd Ave Dr. W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Friday, October 15th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm

You don’t want to miss out on the 19th Annual Goblin Gathering at G.T. Bray Park, organized by the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department. Come out with your family and friends and join the celebration!

There will be lots of fun games and activities like costume contests, face painting, a bounce house, and food vendors. In addition, many local businesses will be on-site to give out “treats and sweets” to the children, proving a new and safe way of trick-or-treating.

Each child will need a $5 dollar wristband to join in on the activities and parents can attend for free.


9. 30th Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival

Hunsader Farms: 5500 County Road 675 E, Bradenton, FL 34211
October 16th – 17th, 23rd – 24th, and 30th – 31st from 9 am to 5 pm

Come and join the festivities as Hunsader Farms celebrate its 30th Annual Pumpkin Festival.

There will be a variety of fun games and activities to enjoy. This includes a craft show, kid’s pumpkin game, pioneer trades village, pony rides, petting zoo, food galore, arm painting, rock wall climbing, and much more.

For more information visit HunsaderFarms.com.


10. Local Art Classes

ArtbyCMac Studio and Succulent Nursery: 7506 17th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Various dates & times throughout the month


Have you been dreaming of embracing your inner artist? There are now many opportunities to learn from a local artist and teacher – Chris MacCormack.

She’s offering a variety of classes at her ArbyCMac studio including acrylic, watercolor, silk painting, and Gyotaku fish printing as well as Spanish and DIY Succulent Arrangements. All of the classes are very affordable and are well worth your time.

Learn more and check out the class schedule at ArtbyCMac.com.


11. Stuff the Bus

All Manatee County Publix Locations
Sunday, October 17th from 9 am to 3 pm

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has set a goal to raise 150,000 pounds of food this year to feed Manatee County residents! You can support this important cause by helping them Stuff the Bus on October 17th.

Just head out to any of the 18 Manatee County Publix locations, buy some nonperishable items (pro tip – take advantage of BOGOs!) and drop them off on your way out.

If you want to volunteer to help with the event, you can also sign-up here.


12. Humane Society Harvest Festival

Humane Society of Manatee: 2515 14th Street West Bradenton, FL 34205
Saturday, October 23rd from 1 pm to 4 pm

The Humane Society of Manatee County is looking forward to seeing everyone at their fantastically fun Harvest Festival.

You’ll enjoy festival games, a 50/50 raffle, picture stations, local vendors, adoption specials, a $5 pet costume contest, and much more. Entry fee is a pet food donation for their community Pet Food Pantry or a monetary donation for their Second Chance Adoption Center. 


For more information call (941) 747-8808 Ext 315 or email events@humanesocietymanatee.org.


13. Live Blues Brunch at Mattison’s

Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille: 101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 120 Bradenton, FL 34205
Sunday, October 24th from 11 am to 3 pm

Looking for the perfect brunch experience? Head on over to Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille to enjoy a Live Blues Brunch on their outdoor, covered, open-air patio.

You’ll love their incredible chef-crafted brunch menu. Don’t forget to have some bottomless Mimosas and signature Bloody Marys while enjoying authentic live blue’s from RJ Howson.

You can reserve your spot by giving Mattison’s a call at (941) 896-9660.


14. DinoVenture at The Bishop


The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature: 201 10th St W Bradenton, FL 34205
Begins on Saturday, October 23rd

The Dinosaurs are coming alive! Check out The Bishop’s newest adventure: Dino Don’s DinoVenture, where you can experience the roaring, breathing giants that once ruled the earth.

DinoVenture, located on the Museum’s Riverside Plaza, will allow you to get up close and personal with 30 life-like animatronic dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Tickets for this amazing event are for sale now. Click here to get yours!


15. Tanner’s Turkeys Fundraiser

The Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota, FL 34235
Thursday, October 28th from 6 pm to 8 pm

Come on out and help Tanner’s Turkeys raise money to help feed local families in need a Thanksgiving dinner. This local organization builds and delivers HUNDREDS of holiday meals each year, including all the canned goods, rolls & frozen turkeys needed for a Thanksgiving dinner. 

Your $49 ticket covers the cost of a meal for one family. The event will have live music, silent auctions, a 50/50 drawing, appetizers, and a cash bar. Purchase your tickets here!


16. Kiss Tribute at Joyland Live

Joyland Live: 8341 Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Friday, October 29th at 9 pm

Joyland has reopened in a new location and is hosting a ton of awesome live music events!

Come check out this cool new venue for their Halloween weekend “Spook-tacular” Friday night featuring You Wanted the Best, a Kiss Tribute band. The band goes live at 10 pm.


17. 18th Annual Boo Run 5k

Nathan Benderson Park: 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL 34235
Saturday, October 30th from 8 am to 11 am

“The Boo is back, and it needs YOU!”

Running enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 18th Annual Boo Run at Nathan Benderson Park. This year’s event will feature a Spooky Village, Costume Contest, and much more.

You can choose to run in-person or virtually. Check out the Boo Run website for more information and to purchase your ticket.


18. Applebutter Express Village Halloween Party

Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen: 1114 12th St W Bradenton, FL 34205
Saturday, October 30th at 7:30 pm

Celebrate an EPIC Halloween party in the Village of the Arts! Bradenton’s very own Applebutter Express band will bring true local music to Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen.

There will be a costume party with $200 prize money for the most wack costumes. $10.00 cover / $15.00 day of show. Call (941) 243-3735for reservations.


19. The Mark Wandall Foundation’s 18th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament & Trunk-or-Treat

Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch: 8255 Legacy Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34202
Saturday, October 30th at 11:30 am

Want to have a great time and support an incredible cause? Head out to The Mark Wandall Foundation’s 18th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament and Trunk-or-Treat event.

Players will enjoy a boxed lunch, golf ball air cannon, raffle, games, drinks throughout the day, and a special treat at the end of the tournament.

Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes to the family-friendly Trunk or Treat where they’ll enjoy food, treats, games, a parade, and prizes. CLICK HERE to learn more and purchase your tickets.


20. BOGO Bingo at Paddywagon Downtown Bradenton

Paddywagon Irish Pub: 320 12th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
Every Wednesday from 6 pm to 8 pm

Bingo nights are a hot new trend around Bradenton, and Paddywagon Irish Pub Downtown Bradenton is doing it right! Come visit them every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 pm to enjoy a fun evening of gameplay.

You’ll have a chance to win some cool prizes, and you’ll also get your second drink free when you play.

Can’t make it on Wednesdays? Mark your calendar for Tuesdays because they’re also doing Taco & Tequila Tuesdays!

Every Tuesday you can enjoy $5 specials on margaritas and tequila shots. The FEWD tent is also there from 5-9 pm with $2 tacos, $4 empanadas, $5 quesadillas and rice bowls, and $6 birria tacos (2).


There you have it! 20 Cool Things To Do this month in Bradenton. Mark your calendars and bookmark this page because you don’t want to forget about any of these awesome events.

Looking for even more things to do in Bradenton? We update our events calendar weekly, so head on over there and check it out!

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One thought on “Get Off the Couch, Bradenton! 20 Cool Things To Do in October

  • Linda Nelson-Stewart and Raymond Stewart 4 weeks ago

    looks like a great venue and hope to attend many. 🙂

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