Get Off the Couch, Bradenton! 20 Cool Things to Do in May

Are you looking for the best events in Bradenton? Check out our list of the top 20 things to do in the month of May.

It’s hard to believe May is here already! There’s a wide selection of things to do in Bradenton this month, and we couldn’t be more excited. Whether you want to take the whole family on an adventure, have some fun with your furry friend, or shop ’till you drop, you’ll find the perfect activity happening right in your backyard. Take a look below, and if you like what you see, don’t forget to tell a friend!

1. Beach N Food Truck Festival

Holmes Beach City Field – 5801 Marina Drive, Anna Maria Island
Saturday, May 1st from 10 am to 8 pm

Want to get out and enjoy a taste of island life? Head on out to the 5th annual Beach ‘N Food Truck Festival at Holmes Beach City Field on Anna Maria Island. This is one of the island’s biggest events of the year! It’s free to attend and there will be tons of food trucks, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and more.

There’s also a classic car show scheduled from 1 to 3 pm. The Privateers will be offering children’s activities and there will be beer and wine for the adults. Proceeds help benefit the Anna Maria Island Scholarship fund, so come on out and join in on the fun!

2. Customer Appreciation Day at Rustic Flamingo

Rustic Flamingo: 4306 E SR-64, Bradenton, FL 34208
Saturday, May 1st from 1 pm to 3 pm

The Rustic Flamingo DIY Studio is hosting a fun Customer Appreciation Day that you won’t want to miss! They’ll be offering free projects, snacks, and drinks, so come down and say hello!

This unique studio provides training and jobs for uniquely-abled people, so every time you visit, you’re supporting their wonderful cause!

3. Sunday Brunch at Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen

Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen: 6059 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
Every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm

If you’re looking for one of the best brunches in Bradenton, look no further than Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen!

Their incredible brunch menu features items like Stuffed French Toast, Prime Rib Benedict, Cedar Salmon Benedict, and Chicken and Waffles. They also have a selection of classy adult beverages including Elderflower Mimosas and Hibiscus/Lavender Mimosas.

4. Thursday Night Trivia

Table Talk SRQ: 3999 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
Every Thursday at 7 pm

Do you love being the smartest person in the room? Check out Thursday Night Trivia at Table Talk SRQ! It costs just $3 to play and there are cash prizes for the first and second place winners!

The game is open to teams ranging from one to eight people. Your $3 also gives you unlimited game play while you’re there. They have a great menu plus beer and wine, and there’s plenty of room for social distancing.

5. Live Music at Birdrock Taco Shack

Birdrock Taco Shack: 1004 10th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
May 5th, 7th, and 8th

Kick off Cinco De Mayo at Birdrock Taco Shack with Applebutter Express and great food and drink specials. The fun starts on Wednesday, May 5th at 5:30 pm.

Then, get ready for a weekend of fun with the Village of the Arts Art Walk. To celebrate, Birdrock is hosting reggae band Soul Purpose on Friday the 7th at 6:30 pm and Jason Haram Trio on Saturday the 8th at 1 pm. Check out the Discover Bradenton events calendar for more information!

6. Synergy Medical Open House

Synergy Medical Center: 6020 SR-70, Bradenton, FL 34203
Thursday, May 6th from 5 pm to 8 pm

Synergy Medical Center is hosting a fun and informative seminar and open house. There will be a speaker at 7 pm, raffles at 7:30 pm, Icecream sandwiches from Rise Coffee Co. & Nye’s Cream Sandwiches, a BBQ food truck, and blood mobile.

Make sure you stick around for the grand prize drawing, because they’re giving away a free pellet treatment. There will also be exclusive specials for bioidentical hormone pellet therapy, weight loss, and more.

7. Yoga 101: Absolute Beginner Series

Thrive Yoga & Fitness: 8819 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm

Are you curious about yoga, but never had the chance to try it out? Now is your chance! Join Thrive Yoga & Fitness for their 5-week Yoga 101: Absolute Beginners Series.

These classes are appropriate for all ages and ranging from absolute beginners to those who want to reignite their practice. During the classes, you’ll learn a combination of physical poses (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama) while experiencing an amazing journey of self-discovery. The cost is $75 per person for all 5 classes. You can REGISTER HERE.

8. Cheese, Wine, & Chocolate Tasting

The Pineapple Kitchen: 4914 Lena Rd UNIT 104, Bradenton, FL 34211
Saturday, May 8th from 3 pm t o 3:45 pm or from 5 pm to 5:45 pm

Bring your Mom or friend for a fun 45 minute tasting event where you’ll sample artisan cheese, fine chocolate from high-quality cacao beans, and wonderful wines to pair them both with!

This is a great Mother-Daughter or Mother-Son outing to enjoy! The cost is $20.00 per person and space is limited to 10 people. Add an optional special Mother’s Day wine glass for $12.00. Reservations Are Required. Ages 21 & Up only. Book early for this special event! 

9. Kid’s Fishing Tournament

Palmetto Green Bridge: 820 Riverside Drive Palmetto, FL 34221
Saturday, May 8th from 8 am to 11:30 am

Gather up the kids and head out to the 34th Annual Jerry Hill Memorial fishing tournament! This fun, FREE catch-and-release tournament will feature a 2-hour fishing spree followed by lunch and an awards ceremony with prizes.

Fishing 8 am – 10 am / Lunch at 10 am / Ceremony from 10:45 to 11:30
Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. You can REGISTER HERE.

10. Turning Points Empower Hour

Online Via Zoom
Wednesday, May 12th from 12 pm to 12:45 pm

Even if you think you know Turning Points, you will still learn something new during this exciting 45-minute tour of their facility. This short presentation is guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired and proud of the work they’re doing.

Register here in advance to receive the Zoom login information.

11. Brewery Comedy Hour

3 Keys Brewery: 2505 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208
Thursday, May 13th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm

If you like comedy, you won’t want to miss the Brewery Comedy Tour at 3 Keys Brewing! You’ll enjoy a night of hilarious fun featuring two to four top-notch comedians who have been touring the country, stopping at some of the best breweries and wineries.

This stop will feature a lineup whose credits include top festivals, TV and major club appearances, so don’t miss out!

12 Used But Useful Sale

ArtCenter Manatee: 209 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Saturday, May 15th from 9 am to 3 pm

Are you a budding artist, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on supplies? Check out the Used But Useful Sale at ArtCenter Manatee!

They’ll have a selection of  art supplies, frames, easels, paints, brushes, canvases, equipment, and more! (Have items to donate? Call Christina at 941-746-2862)

13. Starlight Movie: Matilda

Saturday, May 15th from 7:30 pm to 10 pm
Manatee Performing Arts Center: 401 7th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205

Gather up the kids and head out for a truly unique experience — an outdoor movie at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. This month, they’re showing Matilda – a fun family film about a child and her adventures. This movie is sure to tickle the funny bones of children (and those who are still kids at heart).

This FREE event is sponsored by Bradenton Kiwanis. The  Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County will also be there to distribute FREE books for the children in attendance and give parents some great tips on encouraging family and summer reading.

14. Space Day at The Bishop

Saturday, May 15th from 10 am to 2 pm
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature: 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is excited to announce their special LIVE star talk at the planetarium. There will also be a scavenger hunt throughout the Museum, a crater-making experiment, and fun space-related activities in the Mosaic Backyard Universe.

You’ll even be able to talk to an expert from Celestron about your telescope questions! Best of all, everything is included with admission!

15. Yappy Hour at Motorworks Brewing

Sunday, May 16th from 1 pm to 4 pm
Motorworks Brewing: 1014 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Grab your furry friend and head over to Motorworks Brewing for their monthly Yappy Hour event. This fun event is held on the third Sunday of every month in the brewery’s 16,000 square-foot artificially-turfed beer garden.

There will be raffle items and silent auctions with proceeds benefiting the featured rescue. You can also enjoy drink specials and tasty eats from local food trucks while browsing unique goods from area vendors.

16. Rare Fruit Tree Sale

Sunday, May 16th from 9 am to 3 pm
Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch: 5895 Post Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

The Manatee Rare Fruit Council’s annual Rare Fruit Tree sale has been moved to a new outdoor location this year! There will be over 20 different vendors there selling tons of rare fruit trees, herbs, vines, and more.

There’s plenty of free parking and the vendors are happy to give free advice to help you care for your new purchases.

17. Brookdale Flea Market

Thursday, May 20th from 9 am to 12 pm
Brookdale Pointe West: 6101 Pointe West Blvd. Bradenton, FL 34209

Brookdale Pointe West has teamed up with lots of great businesses to create a safe, fun, outdoor shopping event!

You’ll have the chance to tour vendor booths, enjoy the sunshine, and support many of our area’s local businesses. Stop by and pay them a visit!

18. Antiques, Art, and Craft Fair

Saturday, May 22nd from 10 am to 3 pm
Mixon Fruit Farms: 2525 27th St. E. Bradenton, FL 34208

The Antiques, Art, and Craft Fair at Mixon Fruit Farms is always a great time! Come on out and #ShopLocal, enjoy some of Mixon’s tasty treats and beverages and tour the farm.

There’s always something exciting to discover here!

19. Back the Blue & New Spirit Launch

Saturday, May 29th from 11 am to 7 pm
Loaded Cannon Distillery: 3115 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Suite 110, Bradenton, FL 34211

You definitely won’t want to miss the upcoming Back the Blue event at Loaded Cannon Distillery! This FREE, all-ages event will be held inside the Gatewood Corporate Complex in front of Loaded Cannon Distillery.  (Donations are encouraged if able)

There will be live music, food trucks, vendors, raffle items, hotel giveaways, mobile ax throwing, rock climbing wall, samples from local breweries, and, of course, free drink samples from Loaded Cannon.

20. Summer Nights Car, Truck & Bike Show

Sunday, May 30th from 12 pm to 8 pm
Oneco Farmer’s Market: 5108 15th Street East, East Bradenton Bradenton, Florida, 34208 

Head out to the Oneco Farmer’s Market for an all-day, family-friendly event. There will be food trucks, a Kids Zone, cool cars, and live performances.

This event is FREE and appropriate for all ages, so don’t miss out!

There you have it! Twenty of the best events in Bradenton for the month of May! There’s truly something for everyone, so make sure you get off the couch and head out to enjoy some time in The Friendly City.

We update the Discover Bradenton Events Calendar every week, so head on over there for even more ideas. Don’t forget to bookmark the page so you can check back often!

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