Spring is in the air and things are back in full swing! We were surprised by how many great Bradenton events are scheduled for the month of April. From giraffes and goats to shopping, dining, parades, and more, there’s no shortage of exciting things to do in Bradenton this month. Check out our round-up of the top 25!
1. Rye Road Giraffes Easter Surprise
April 2nd at 4:30 pm, April 3rd at 1pm, April 4th at 11 am
Rye Road Giraffes: 211 Rye Rd. NE Bradenton, FL 34212
Rye Road Giraffes is open to celebrate Easter! Make your reservation now to guarantee your spot! There will be animal feedings, bounce houses, yummy treats, photo opportunities, and Cirque-style performers! It will be your LAST chance to visit before summer so don’t miss out.
Tickets are just $12 and children under 10 are free (max 2 children per family, additional children $5). Check out their Facebook Event to learn more and send them a Direct Message to make your reservation.
2. Music Trivia at RJ Gators
Every Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm
RJ Gators: 6100 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
Test your music knowledge and compete to win fun prizes every Thursday night at RJ Gator’s! It’s FREE to play and you’ll have a chance to win FREE PITCHERS OF BEER and GIFT CARDS! Games are presented by Steve O Entertainment and are always a great time!
When you come out to play, be sure to tell them you heard about it on Discover Bradenton!
3. Bradenton Fair
Daily March 25th through April 11th. Weekdays 5 pm to 10 pm, Weekends 1 pm to 11 pm
Desoto Square Mall Parking Lot: 303 301 Blvd. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
Come out for the 2021 Bradenton Fair, held March 25th through April 11th. Here you’ll find affordable family fun including rides, fair food, and games.
Check out their website to learn more about the attractions and get deals on tickets, including unlimited ride armbands!
4. Farmer’s Market Laughs
Thursday, April 1st at 7 pm
Oneco Farmer’s Market: 5108 15th St. E. Bradenton, FL 34203
The Oneco Farmer’s Market is hosting a FREE night of comedy! Enjoy the show from the comfort of your car or bring your own lawn chairs. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The event opens at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.
Note – this event is intended for mature audiences.
5. Nights Out! Creative Fun For Everyone
April 2nd from 7 pm to 9 pm and April 23rd from 6 pm to 9 pm
ArtCenter Manatee: 209 9th St West Bradenton, FL 34205
Twice this month, ArtCenter Manatee is hosting a “Night Out” art class. On April 2nd, you can learn how to create a quilling greeting card, or on April 23rd, enjoy a 3-hour introduction to mosaics.
These classes are for participants aged 21 and up. The cost of the class includes all the supplies you need, plus complimentary beer, wine, and snacks. No experience is necessary! You’ll need to reserve your spot ahead of time. CLICK HERE to sign up!
6. Music in the Park(ing) Lot
Every Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm
401 7th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
We’re so excited to start enjoying live music again! Realize Bradenton and the Manatee Performing Art Center have joined forces to bring back “Music in the Park(ing lot).” They’ve got a great lineup for the month of April:
April 2 – Ariella (Ari and the Alibis) – Jazz Blues
April 9 – Jah Movement – Reggae Funk
April 16 – Eric Von Band – Island Country
April 23 – Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones – Blues
April 30 – The Divebombers – Good ol’ American
7. April Art Walk
Friday, April 2nd from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, April 3rd from 11 am to 4 pm
Village of the Arts: 12th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
The monthly Art Walks in the Village of the Arts is one of the most popular Bradenton events. This month, they’re celebrating all things Spring!
Head on down to the VOTA and #ShopLocal, #EatLocal, and #PlayLocal! There will be plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the galleries, shops, live music, and tasty treats while supporting our local artists and vendors!
8. Wine Down Yoga
Friday, April 2nd from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
A Little Twisted Yoga: 927 10th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221
What’s better than a relaxing yoga class after a long work week? A relaxing yoga class with WINE! Head over to A Little Twisted Yoga, where you’ll sip, twist, balance, and flow through an all-levels class with your favorite wine in hand. You bring the wine, they’ll host the class.
Come ready for a fun, new way to yoga! In-Studio BYOB Classes are $15 or included in Studio Membership. The Virtual Class is $7 or included in membership. Check out their Facebook page for more info.
9. Orange Blossom Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday, April 3rd from 9 am to 5 pm
Mixon Fruit Farms: 2525 27th St. E. Bradenton, FL 34208
Head over to Mixon Fruit Farms for their FREE Orange Blossom Arts and Crafts Fair. The event will feature lots of local vendors and fun events including a rock wall, bungee swing, and live entertainment.
There will also be raffles, prizes, and more, so come on out to show your support and #ShopLocal!
10. Fancy Leaf Plant Co. Pop-Up
Saturday, April 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm
The Bungalow of Bradenton: 2419 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
The Bungalow of Bradenton is excited to be hosting their first pop-up event with Fancy Leaf Plant Co. Come on out and shop for adorable home decor and lots of great houseplants! There will be a unique selection of plants and planters for sale.
What a fun way to #ShopLocal on a beautiful Saturday afternoon!
11. Polish the Park
Saturday, April 3rd from 8 am to 12 pm
Riverwalk Pavilion (Parking is available at 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205)
Show your pride in our city and help keep it beautiful! You’re invited to join Realize Bradenton, the Bradenton Police Department, Community Redevelopment Agency, and the City of Bradenton to clean up the Riverwalk. There will be two, 2-hour shifts, and volunteers can sign up for one or both. Lunch will be provided at noon.
CLICK HERE to sign up!
12. Bradenton Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm
400 Old Main St. Bradenton, FL 34205
The Bradenton Farmer’s Market ends its season in May, so don’t miss your chance to visit and #SupportLocal! The market features lots of fresh produce, local vendors, artists, prepare foods, live music, and more!
Parking is free on the weekends and dogs on leashes are welcome, so come on out and join in on the fun!
13. Easter at Mattison’s
Sunday, April 4th from 10 am to 8 pm
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille: 101 Riverfront Blvd. Bradenton, FL 34205
Celebrate Easter at Mattison’s Riverwalk, where you’ll enjoy chef-inspired menus in a fun, family atmosphere. They’ll be serving brunch and a special Easter Dinner Menu with items like Niman Ranch Prime Rib and Braised Lamb Shank.
The Riverwalk location offers open-air dining, so you can enjoy cool breezes from the Manatee River. They also offer curbside pick-up and to-go orders. Call 941-896-9660 to make your reservation!
14. Easter Brunch Southern Style with the Brown Bag Brass Band
Sunday, April 4th from 11 am to 2 pm
Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen: 1114 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Want to do something different for Easter? Head over to Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen in the Village of the Arts and enjoy Easter Brunch with Chef Dave’s inspired food, music by the amazing Brown Bag Brass Band, and the best Southern hospitality around!
There’s a $5 cover and an ala carte menu. This will probably sell out, so call 941-243-3735 for reservations now!
15. Goat Yoga
April 10th, 15th, 24th and 29th
Serenity Oaks Homestead: 15802 Golf Course Rd. Parrish, FL 34219
Goats + Yoga — What more do you need?! You’ll have FOUR chances to enjoy Goat Yoga this month! Saturday April 10th and 24th, join them from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and Thursday, April 15th and 29th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
This is a fun, all-levels yoga class is led by Tara from Wild Orchid Yoga & Wellness. After class, you’re invited to stay an extra 30 minutes to cuddle with the baby goats. Cost is $35 and tickets sell out fast. Check out their Facebook Event for more information and to purchase your ticket.
16. REinspired Courtyard Market
Saturday, April 10th from 10 am until 2 pm
REinspired Boutique: 2801 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
REinspired Boutique is a truly unique retail space, focused on empowering women and supporting the community. Come out and #ShopLocal during their outdoor market event!
They offer a variety of products including gifts, home goods, accessories, and clothing. There will also be a variety of vendors for your shopping pleasure!
17. Starlight Movie Night-The Bad News Bears (1976)
Saturday, April 10th from 7:15 pm to 9:45 pm
401 7th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
Bradenton Kiwanis and the Manatee Performing Arts Center are hosting a FREE outdoor movie showing of the 1976 version of The Bad News Bears! The Bradenton Marauders will also have photo opportunities with Marty the Marauder along with their prize wheel and giveaways.
This is a FREE event and spots are first come, first served. There will be viewing sections for up to 6 people. Bring chairs and blankets, or stay in your car and listen through FM radio.
18. FUN-draiser Friday! Game Night Flow
Friday, April 16th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Thrive Yoga & Fitness: 8819 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
Yoga is a TON of fun on its own, but imagine adding some of our childhood favorite games into the mix! This class is sure to be a blast from the past with games such as Simon Says, Twister, and other favorites to create some much-needed fun on the mat.
19. Ninja Warrior Competition
Saturday, April 17th at 1 pm
EVO Athletics: 7188 15th St E, Sarasota, FL 34243
EVO Athletics is NOW ENROLLING competitors for their upcoming Ninja Warrior Competition. It’s open to all skill levels and they will have groups ranging from 4 years old to adults.
To prepare, they also offer training opportunities in their Ninja Warrior Readiness Classes (ages 5-17) and Ninja Warrior Preschool Classes (ages 3-4) with a FREE TRIAL. Follow their Facebook page to learn more!
20. Wine Dinner at Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen
Tuesday, April 20th at 7 pm
Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen: 6059 26th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34207
If you haven’t been to Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen yet, you’re missing out! This epic restaurant, located in Bayshore Gardens, hosts regular events including beer dinners and wine dinners.
Join them this month for a BIG & BOLD dinner. All of the wines and the food will be full of big, bold flavors! They’re still finalizing the details, so Follow them on Facebook to get updates!
21. Ship Shape Showcase
Thursday, April 22nd from 4 pm to 7 pm
Port Manatee: 1905 Intermodal Circle Palmetto, FL 34221
Don’t miss one of the Manatee Chamber’s most popular events, The Ship Shape Showcase! This year, it will be a 100% outdoor event, held at Port Manatee. This event draws hundreds of attendees and features many Chamber member businesses promoting their products and services with booth displays.
You’ll enjoy an up-close view of Port Manatee through a narrated bus tour, complimentary appetizers provided by member restaurants and caterers, entertainment, cash bar, door prizes, and more.
You DO NOT have to be a chamber member to attend! This event is FREE for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. RSVP is requested so they can get an accurate headcount. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards, because this is an awesome networking opportunity! CLICK HERE to register!
22. I Do! I Do! – Live Performance
April 22-25, 29-30 from 7:30 to 9:15 pm
Manatee Performing Arts Center: 502 3rd Ave. W. Bradenton, FL
Are you ready to enjoy LIVE performances again? Well, you’re about to get your chance! Join the Manatee Performing Arts Center for their performance of I Do! I Do! This heart-touching production follows a couple from their wedding day through 50 years of marriage. The original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations! Check out their Facebook page for more information.
23. Earth Day Neighborhood Revitalization and Celebration
Saturday, April 24th from 9 am until 3 pm
Ward Temple AME 1005 6th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
Join Keep Manatee Beautiful for an Earth Day celebration! From 9 am until 12 pm, help revitalize the neighborhood by cleaning up litter, doing yard work, helping with the pollinator garden and native flowerbeds, or doing small handyman jobs.
Then, the fun begins! Enjoy free food and music as you celebrate the hard work of our community! For more information, call (941) 795-8272 or email email@example.com.
24. 1/2 Way to Good’Toberfest
Saturday, April 24th from 2 pm to 8 pm
The Good Liquid Brewing Company: 4828 14th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34207
Can’t wait for Oktoberfest this year? You don’t have to! Head over to The Good Liquid Brewing Company for their 1/2 Way to Good’Toberfest event! They’ll have delicious food from The Schnitzel Trailer, live entertainment with Petra & Teresa, and German brews.
Don’t miss their German Chocolate Cake Stout beer release! You can also fill up 1-liter Das Boots on select beers. This is going to be a great time, so make sure you mark your calendars!
25. DeSoto Grand Parade
Saturday, April 24th starting at 6:30 pm
Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
The Hernando DeSoto Grand Parade is Back! With over 150 entries, this is one of the largest and oldest parades in Southwest Florida.
The Parade steps off at 6:30 pm from Manatee High School. Then it heads up 9th Ave. West and down Manatee Ave. W. towards downtown. This event typically draws tens of thousands of people, so you’ll want to get there early to reserve your spot.