Springtime is officially here and there are a TON of ways to enjoy the gorgeous weather in Bradenton! This month, you’ll find lots of outdoor events, live music, and more. Here are 25 of the best things to do in Bradenton this March.
1. Sunday Soul Sessions
Sunday, March 1st from 4 pm until 7 pm
Ortygia: 1418 13th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205 (Village of the Arts)
Head down to the Village of the Arts for this month’s Sunday Soul Sessions. David Julia will be performing blues, rock, R&B, funk, and more!
Sunday Soul Sessions are held on the first Sunday of every month through June. Seating is limited to approximately 80 tickets, so you’ll want to grab them right away. You can buy them here.
2. An Evening with International Guitar Sensation Richard Smith
Sunday, March 1st from 6 pm until 9 pm
The Dude & Mary’s Art of Life and Music: 1414 11th St. W, Bradenton, Florida 34205
Join The Dude & Mary’s Art of Life and Music in the Village of the Arts for a special evening with Richard Smith. Straight from Nashville, Richard is a finger-picking virtuoso known for his complex arrangements of classical and contemporary music.
As music legend Chet Atkins says “The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better.”
Suggested donation $15 – Light refreshments but BYOB if you’d like something a little harder. Meet and greet 6 – 7 music 7 – 9.
3. Hurricane Preparedness Expo
Thursday, March 5th from 3 pm until 8 pm
Bradenton Area Convention Center: 1 Haben Blvd. Palmetto, FL 34221
Make sure you’re ready for this year’s hurricane season by heading over to the first annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo! This fun and free event is the perfect place for the whole family to learn exactly how to prepare.
There will also be vendors, food tasting, an emergency vehicle showcase, door prizes, and giveaways. Guest speakers include FPL, Boyd Insurance, Spectrum Bay News 9, and The National Weather Service.
4. Set Up Your Social to Succeed
Thursday, March 5th at 11 am and at 6 pm
Connect! Bradenton: 1201 6th Ave W #100, Bradenton, FL 34205
Attention all business owners!
Brittany Rohr with Rohring Results is hosting a Social Media Marketing Workshop that you won’t want to miss! Receive a strategy workbook, learn everything you need to know, and leave with a clear plan to implement your strategy.
5. Sidewalk Science
Friday, March 6th from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm (And every Friday and Saturday)
Bradenton Riverwalk Splash Pad: 101 Waterfront Drive, Bradenton, Florida 34205
Each Friday and Saturday evening, come out to the Bradenton Riverwalk to enjoy hands-on science experiments during the weekly Sidewalk Science Center. This is perfect for kids, teens, and adults.
As long as skies are clear, their large 8-inch telescope will also be available for you to catch views of Venus and some star clusters. These events are free and they do accept donations.
6. Loaded Cannon’s Grand Opening & Spirit Release Party
Friday, March 6th from 4 pm to 8 pm and Saturday, March 7th from 12 pm to 8 pm
Loaded Cannon Distillery: 3115 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Suite 110, Bradenton, FL
You definitely won’t want to miss Loaded Cannon Distillery’s Grand Opening and Spirit Release Party! During this two-day event, you’ll enjoy live music, food trucks, vendors, ax-throwing, a rock climbing wall and more. There will also be free samples of their new spirits, raffles, and giveaways.
While you’re there, plan to head inside for five-sample tasting or a tour that includes a tasting of ALL their new releases. Learn more here.
Saturday, March 7th from 9 am until 4 pm
Downtown Bradenton (Old Main St.)
Join Realize Bradenton for their annual ArtSlam event showcasing our creative community. Watch as artists take their work out of the studios, theaters, and classrooms and onto the streets of downtown Bradenton. Artists, students, and performers will engage the public while creating unique works of temporary public art. This event is FREE to the public!
8. Paws in Motion Walk-a-Thon
Saturday, March 7th Starting at 8 am
Caddys: 801 Riverside Drive E. Bradenton, FL
Grab your furry friend and come on out to the Paws in Motion Walk-a-Thon benefitting the Humane Society of Manatee County. This is both a fundraiser and a vendor festival, all to support shelter pets.
The one-mile walk starts at 9 am. After, there will be great music, delicious food, and shopping at the Vendor Village. Participants will also receive amazing goodie bags and have a chance to win fun prizes.
Want to walk in the event and help with fundraising? Register here!
9. Bradenton Chic Decor & Artisan Market
Sunday, March 8th from 10 am to 4 pm
Bradenton Area Convention Center: 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, Florida 34221
Shop your way through hundreds of unique artisans local to Manatee and Sarasota County. Choose from multiple decor styles such as seasonal Spring decor, nautical, coastal chic, Florida-chic, shabby chic, vintage, and antiques to style your home.
Or find something for yourself from one of the many unique artisans that sell hand-poured candles, upcycled art, flowers/plants, garden art, essential oils, and more. More activities to enjoy include creation stations, craft workshops, and live entertainment. This event is FREE but you’ll need to register online (CLICK HERE)
10. Hip Hop Yoga
Friday, March 13th from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm
Thrive Yoga and Fitness: 8819 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, Florida 34210
This isn’t your typical yoga class! If you’re ready for a FUN workout, this playful hip-hop spin on the classic Vinyasa flow will get your booty workin!
Get ready to down-dog to the sounds of Snoop D-O-double-G and maybe even join in on an impromptu dance party! This is a donation-based class with 50% of the proceeds benefitting their Parkinson’s Yoga Class. Get your tickets here!
11. GYPSY BLUE REVUE w/J.P Soars, Jason Ricci & Anne Harris
Friday, March 13th from 9 pm until 12 am
Birdrock Taco Shack: 1004 10th Ave W, Bradenton, Florida 34205
Don’t miss this huge Friday the 13th party at Birdrock Taco Shack in the Village of the Arts.
This show is going to be a once in a lifetime experience with an ALL-STAR lineup. Steve Arvey will open and host.
Owner Dave Shiplett has been working on this show for 3 years and is excited to be bringing this to the VOTA.
Seating is very limited, so get your tickets soon!
Call 941-545-9966 for tickets – $35.00 per person
12. Music in the Park
Friday, March 13th from 6 pm until 8 pm – CANCELED — (And every Friday through April 24th)
Bradenton Riverwalk: 606 3rd Ave. West Bradenton
Join Realize Bradenton every Friday from March 13th until April 24th for an evening filled with live music, good times, food vendors, and gorgeous sunsets!
CANCELED – March 13th – The Divebombers
March 20th – Kettle of Fish
March 27th – Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones
These events are FREE to the public!
13. Taste of Mixons
Saturday, March 14th from 11 am until 3 pm
Mixons Fruit Farm: 2525 27th St E, Bradenton, FL 34208
The Taste of Mixons is a fun event that is held twice a year on the farm. Guests are given passports as they enter the store, which are stamped at different stations around the store when you sample/taste a variety of their food products.
Samples may include cookies, cheese, kettle korn, wine, fudge, ice cream, and more. Completed passports are placed into a drawing box for a chance to win prizes. The drawing will be held at 3 pm. Southeast High Orchestra will also be on-site entertaining during this free event.
14. CANCELED – Main Street Live St. Patrick’s Day Party
Saturday, March 14th from 5 pm until midnight
Downtown Bradenton (Old Main St.)
This promises to be one of the best Main Street Live block parties yet! This month’s party features Ajeva (ah-JAY-vuh,) a Progressive Funk, six-piece powerhouse hailing from St. Petersburg, FL. and The Reality, a Funk/Jamtronic/Rock band from Tampa.
As always, there will also be food trucks, vendors, and more!
15. CANCELED – Bradenton Street Fair
Saturday, March 14th from 10 am until 4 pm
Come downtown to celebrate Bradenton’s FIRST Plant-Based festival. Enjoy 40+ Plant-Based vendors, live music, a kids corner, free yoga and more!
This is a FREE, family-friendly event.
16. CANCELED – 7th Annual Manatee Pride Festival
Saturday, March 21st from 12 pm until 5 pm
Manatee Riverwalk: 3rd Ave. W. Bradenton
Come out for a day of fun, food, music, and community that’s perfect for the whole family. There will be live bands, drag queens, food, cold beer, health checks, and more than 50 local vendors.
Manatee Pride is a fundraiser for Prism Youth Initiative, Manatee County’s only program that provides services to LGBT and questioning youth.
17. Relay Rally
Saturday, March 21st at 6 pm
Motorworks Brewing: 1014 9th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205
Join the American Cancer Society for their last Relay Rally of 2020 at Motorworks Brewing out in the beer garden.
There will be a ton of fun, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and more. This is the organization’s final event before the Relay for Life on April 4th.
18. Flow Into Spring
Saturday, March 21st from 6:45 pm until 7:45 pm
Rose Park: 714 Palma Sola Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34209
19. Pace Ducktail Party Kickoff and Best Dressed Ducks Competition
Friday, March 27 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
The patio at Firkins Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram: 2700 1st St, Bradenton, FL 34208
Join Pace Center for Girls for the kickoff party that marks the beginning of their annual duck race season.
Check out the Best Dressed Duck Competition, Silent Auction, Quacky + Games, BBQ, & Beverages!
Tickets are just $25! You can buy them here.
20. Robinson Preserve Twilight 5k and 10k
Friday, March 27th at 4 pm
Robinson Preserve: 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
If you’re a runner, you won’t want to miss out on one of the most scenic 5k and 10k race courses in Florida.
The race traverses through this beautiful park and finishes to a great sunset and after-party that is second to none. Register here – Your registration fee includes:
*Cash awards to the top finishers in both races
*Race party, beverages and beer (with proper I.D.)
*Strollers & Runners with Dogs are welcome
*Finisher medals for the kids’ races
*Chip timed by the Lake Shore Athletic services (providers to the Chicago Marathon)
*Age group awards 3 deep
*Exclusive moisture-wicking shirts
21. Fantasea Mercrowns Workshop
Saturday, March 28th at 1 pm
Gypsea Soul: 615 15th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34205
Join special guest artist Lynn Dahm for this fun creative workshop where you’ll learn how to make a beautiful one-of-a-kind “mermazing” crown from seashells, pearls, beads, beach glass, and vintage baubles! These are the perfect highlight to any outfit, wedding party , or festival!
All materials are included in the class price and Gypsea will also be serving their signature “mermosas”! All classes at Gypsea are also BYOB friendly. Get your tickets here.
22. Orange Blossom Craft Fair
Saturday, March 28th from 9 am until 5 pm
Mixon Fruit Farms: 2525 27th St E, Bradenton, FL 34208
Join Mixon Fruit Farms for a fun day of entertainment, shopping, and fun for the whole family. This event is FREE and open to the public.
23. Friendly City Flea
Saturday, March 28th from 6 pm until 10 pm
Downtown Bradenton: 540 13th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Head downtown for the Friendly City Flea night market!
You’ll love this curated gathering of makers + musicians + creatives in downtown Bradenton. Located at Oscura Café & Bar, it’s the perfect spot to spend your Saturday.
Grab your friends and come out to support small businesses, artists, and the community.
24. Snatch It art and more for grabs!
Saturday, March 28th from 6 pm until 10 pm
ArtCenter Manatee 209 9th St. West Bradenton, FL 34205
Come check out the Art & More for Grabs event which also includes hors d’oeuvres, top-shelf drinks, and FUN!
Paintings, jewelry, pottery, quilts, trips, wine baskets, boat rides, and weekend getaways are just some of the prizes ready to grab at this hilarious biennial event. Every prize is valued at over $250 and some are valued at over $1000. At $125 per “Snatcher” ticket, it’s a steal! Tickets go FAST! Grab yours now!
25. Tropical Nights: Roaring 20s in 2020
Saturday, March 28th from 6 pm until 10 pm
The Grove Ballroom: 10670 Boardwalk Loop Sarasota, Florida 34202
Join Meals on Wheels PLUS for what promises to be an unforgettable night in support of a great cause! Come dressed as a flapper, gangster, or silent film star — or just come as you are!
The event will feature live and silent auctions, gourmet cuisine, fabulous cocktails, tempting desserts, and dancing! They anticipate a sell-out event, so get your tickets today.