Get Off The Couch, Bradenton! 20 Cool Things to Do in July

Summer continues to bring fun and exciting things to do in Bradenton. From a variety of 4th of July celebrations to dance nights, festivals, and more - there truly is something for everyone. Check out our round-up of 20 cool things to do in July.

1. Red, White and Blueberry Celebration

Saturday, July 2nd from 11 am to 6 pm
Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard: 4250 Waterbury Road Bradenton, FL 34211

Celebrate a fun-filled weekend with delicious food, locally crafted wine, and a signature Blueberry Sangria at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard.

This gorgeous location is both dog-friendly and kid-friendly. They even have an awesome playground for the kids to have fun so the whole family can enjoy the afternoon. There will also be live music by Santiago’s Solo Sounds from 1-5 pm

Wine tastings are held every hour, and you can book your spot ahead of time directly on their website.


2. Fireworks at the Sandbar

Saturday, July 2nd at 9 pm
The Sandbar Restaurant: 100 Spring Ave Anna Maria, FL 34216

Kickstart your 4th of July celebrations in Bradenton by watching the largest fireworks display at The Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island. The fireworks will be visible along the Anna Maria beach and watching them is FREE!

Just head out to the beach behind The Sandbar Restaurant around 9 pm.


3. Marauders 4th of July Celebration

Sunday, July 3rd at 6:30 pm
LECOM Park, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Join the Bradenton Marauders as they celebrate with an Independence Day Celebration EXTRAVAGANZA at LECOM Park! The first 1, 500 fans to come through the gates will get free t-shirts. They will also auction off Bradenton Marauder’s patriotic-themed jerseys, with the proceeds of the auction benefitting a chosen local organization.

Tickets are for $10 – $ 14. Get your tickets before they sell out, and be sure to stick around and watch the post-game fireworks!


4. Palmetto 4th of July Festival

Monday, July 4th from 5 pm to 9 pm
Sutton Park: 1036 6th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221

If you’re looking for 4th of July fireworks in Bradenton, you’ll want to head over to Sutton Park in Palmetto. Not only will there be an amazing fireworks show, but there will also be live music, with Lazy Bonez opening at 5 PM and Neal McCoy gracing this year’s festival at 7 PM.

Local food and beverage vendors will be available, too – so come hungry! No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the park.


5. 4th of July Parade and Water Fight

Monday, July 4th at 10 am
Anna Maria Island

Here’s another great way to celebrate the 4th of July in Bradenton! The Anna Maria Island Privateers will be hosting its annual 4th of July Parade and Water Fight.

For those who want to participate in the water fights, spectators can “attack” the parade floats, and the floats can “attack” back using safe water toys, like a modern-day pirate ship battle. For those who don’t want to get wet, there will be a “no splash section” at the end of the parade.


6. Drag Queen Bingo

Tuesday, July 5th at 7 pm
Kava Social Club: 540 13th street west Bradenton, FL 34205

It’s always fun to experience Drag Queen Bingo at Kava Social Club!

This popular event is held on the first Tuesday of every month. Doors open at 7 pm and Bingo starts at 8. There will be Kratom cocktails, Bula shots, prizes, and more! Seats fill up early, so be sure to get there early.


7. Make it, Take it at Ag Museum

Tuesday, July 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th at 9:30 am or 11:30 am
1015 6th Street West, Bradenton, FL, 34205

“Make it, Take it” is back at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum! Every Tuesday enjoy parent/self-guided learning activities for children to experience hands-on fun, complete projects, and learn new things.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for children to learn more about agriculture and spend some quality time with their parents.

These 1.5-hour experiences will be held every Tuesday in July, and you can choose a 9:30 am or 11:30 am spot. The program is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited so don’t wait!


8. Kid’s Painting Events – All Month Long!

Painting with a Twist: 5917 Manatee Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34209

If you’re looking for a fun way to keep cool with the kids this summer, then check Painting with a Twist in Bradenton. They are hosting kid-friendly painting events all month long!

There are tons of fun projects for you to choose from – “Paint Your Pet” (for kids) to Rainbow Ostriches, Xmas in July, Llama Party, and more.

Check out their events page to check out your options and make your reservation.


9. Free Sidewalk Science – 4-Year Anniversary

Friday, July 15th from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Bradenton Riverwalk: 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Join the Sidewalk Science Center as they celebrate 4 years of free science outreach!

Don’t miss out on their special session of science experiments – something old and something new – and a telescope viewing program at their Bradenton Riverwalk.

You’ll also have the chance to enter their raffle for one of three Astronomy Science Kits.


10. Matilda the Musical Jr. Show

Friday, July 15th from 7 pm to 8 pm
Manatee Performing Arts Center: 502 Third Avenue W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Musical fans – you don’t want to miss out on this Broadway Junior adaption of the Award-winning hit, Matilda the Musical at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

Filled with high-energy dances and catchy songs, this show is sure to grab the attention of audiences, both children and adults alike. Watch and be delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. Get your tickets soon, because they’ll sell out fast!


11. Weekend in New England

July 15th through 17th
Mean Deans Local Kitchen, 6059 26th St W Bradenton, FL 34207

When you visit Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen from July 15th to 17th, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported up to New England! Get ready to enjoy authentic New England staples, such as Lobster Rolls, Clam Chowder, Whole Belly Clams, and more.

Reservations are recommended! Call (941) 251-5435 to make your reservation – and be sure to tell them you heard about it on Discover Bradenton!


12. Stay Cool With an Escape Adventure

Premier Escape Adventures: 7369 52nd Pl E, Bradenton, FL 34203

Keep cool during these hot summer months at Premier Escape Adventures – Florida’s largest escape room! From “Murder on the Manatee” and “The Curse” to “Date Night Disaster” and more – there are TONS of fun ways to have during girls’ night out, on date night, or with the whole family!

Pro Tip – sign our #SupportLocal Pledge and you’ll get a copy of “Where the Locals Go,” which includes over 50 local discounts, including $10 off your escape room adventure!


13. Loaded Cannon 3-Year Anniversary

Saturday, July 16th from 10 am to 8 pm
Loaded Cannon: 115 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Ste. 110 Bradenton, Florida 34211

Help Loaded Cannon Distillery celebrate their three-year anniversary and honor the First Responders who make our lives better, less stressful, and are willing to sacrifice for us!

There will be a variety of food trucks, a Car Show, BBQ Cookoff, booth, music, activities for the kids, and refreshments.


14. Latin Dance Night at Kava Social Club

Saturday, July 16th from 8:30 pm to 12 am
Kava Social Club: 540 13th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Ready to get your groove on? Come on out to Kava Social Club, where they will be hosting a Latin Dance Themed Social with complimentary classes. Get ready to dance the bachata with some salsa and merengue.

This event is FREE as long as you purchase at least one food or drink item. Donations will also be accepted. They are not required but are highly appreciated.


15. Artisan Summer Market & Meow Luau

Saturday, July 16th from 10 am to 3 pm
Bradenton Area Convention Center: 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221

Ready to “shop ’till you drop” while also supporting a very worthy cause? Head down to the Bradenton Area Convention Center for their Artisan Summer Market! There will be over 90 bringing you arts, crafts, services, food, games, face painting, etc. AND – your purchases will help support local nonprofit Kittie Corral!


16. Discover Bradenton’s Networking Event

Thursday, July 21st from 5 pm to 7 pm
Paddywagon Irish Pub Downtown: 320 12th St W., Bradenton, FL, 34205

Want to meet other like-minded business owners and make some great connections? Check out this month’s Discover Bradenton Networking Event at Paddywagon Downtown Bradenton! Make sure to bring a lot of business cards, and be prepared to have some fun!

This is a casual Happy Hour event with lite bites, door prizes, and a cash bar. This event is FREE for Discover Bradenton Members and $10 for future members. RSVP is required, and you can get your tickets here.


17. Christmas in July Fundraiser at The Drift Inn

Saturday, July 23rd from 6 pm to 10 pm
The Drift Inn: 120 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Celebrate Christmas in July with the Anna Maria Island Privateers as they host their annual Fundraiser at Drift Inn. You’ll love eating and drinking with Santa and his Privateer Helpers.

There will also be a Lotto Board, Raffle Baskets, and a Tasty Island Grub Buffet for everyone to enjoy. All proceeds for this event will go directly in support of their mission for the Kids and Community.


18. Jack Hartman Back to School Bash

Saturday, July 30th from 10 am to 3 pm
Mixon Fruit Farms: 2525 27th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34208

Before they have to go back and hit the books again, bring your kids to Mixon Fruit Farms for a fun Back to School Bash with YouTube Sensation, Jack Hartmann.

Doors will open at 10 AM, and the concert will start at 11 AM. The kids will also love playing in Mixon’s large bounce houses, an obstacle course, a 20ft inflatable slide, and much more. This event will likely sell out fast, so reserve your tickets right away!


19. Cornhole & Cocktails

Saturday, July 30th from 3 pm to 7 pm
Manatee County Fairgrounds: 1402 14th Avenue W Palmetto, FL 34221

The Cornhole & Cocktails Festival is back for its 3rd annual year! Enjoy a fun indoor cornhole tournament with music, food, drinks, and raffles. Local restaurants will also be there with samples of their food and cocktails along with breweries, wineries, and distilleries. You are welcome to try everything!

Register early and purchase your tickets here – tickets are for $35 and the event is for attendees aged 21 and above.


20. Beer & Sauce FestPOSTPONED

Saturday, July 30th from 1 pm to 4 pm
Beer Sauce Shop: 419 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34207

Treat yourself to a celebration of the historic culture and flavors of Beer and Sauce at BeerSauce Shop’s Beer and Sauce Fest! Taste unlimited samples of 50+ regional craft beers paired with 50+ BeerSauce Shop’s unique and award-winning sauces and rubs.

You’ll also get to meet the amazing brewers, sauce makers, and fellow flavor fanatics during the event. The event will also feature live music, a commemorative taster glass, a hot sauce endurance contest, live t-shirt printing, and much more. Early bird ticket pricing – $30. Purchase your tickets here.


There you have it! Our round-up of 20 Cool Things to Do in Bradenton during the month of July. When you visit these events, please be sure to tell the hosts you heard about them on Discover Bradenton! This helps us continue to #SupportLocal and #KeepBradentonstrong.

Looking for even more fun things to do? Check out Discover Bradenton’s Event Calendar! We update it every few days, so you never know what you’re going to find.

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