Summer is here, the kids are done with school, and there are a ton of fun Bradenton events to check out this month! From baseball games and bingo to car shows and candle classes, there truly is something for everyone. Check out our round-up of 20 cool things to do in June.
1. Kid’s Art Camps at ArtCenter Manatee
Various Dates Throughout the Month of June
ArtCenter Manatee: 209 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
ArtCenter Manatee is hosting a huge selection of Kid’s Art Camps all month long! This includes once-a-week classes for kids in the 4-6 and 6-10 age groups and week-long camps for kids aged 6-10, and 11-15. Some class options include paper mache, play with clay, and more.
Scholarships are also available. Check out their Kid’s Camp page for more information!
2. Summer Happy Hours at Painting with a Twist
Various Dates Throughout the Month of June
Painting with a Twist: 5917 Manatee Ave W #209, Bradenton, FL 34209
Are you looking for a fun date night or girls’ night out? Painting with a Twist is now offering happy hour and late-night parties! Come have a blast creating your own work of art and socializing with friends. You can bring your own snacks and adult beverages.
Book a private party or join one of their public events. The first public happy hour is scheduled for Friday, June 4th at 5:30 pm and costs just $28! Check out their event calendar to learn more about upcoming events and sign up.
3. Soul Purpose Reggae / June Art Walk
Friday, June 4th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Birdrock Taco Shack: 1004 10th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
The monthly Art Walks in the Village of the Arts are always a great time. This month, Birdrock Taco Shack is hosting amazing local recording artists Soul Purpose. If you love reggae music, you definitely won’t want to miss this!
Come chill on Birdrock’s legendary front porch, enjoy amazing music, and get yourself some of the absolute best tacos in Bradenton!
If you don’t get enough, you can also come back on Saturday to enjoy the sounds of amazing local guitarist Scott Stevenson. He’ll start playing on the patio at 1 pm.
4. FREE Bingo Games with Prizes
Every Friday at 8 pm
Table Talk Board Game Cafe: 3999 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
Plan to come hungry so you can enjoy a meal or snack. They have a great menu with items like flatbread pizzas and tacos as well as snacks like a bowl of M&Ms or Goldfish crackers. They also sell beer, wine, and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages.
Want to have even more fun? Plan to come early and play some games! Table Talk also has a huge collection of over 550 board games and unlimited play for just $5.
5. Whodunit Murder Mystery Dinner
Friday, June 4th, Saturday, June 12th, Wednesday, June 23rd – 6 pm to 9 pm
Pineapple Kitchen: 4914 Lena Rd UNIT 104, Bradenton, FL 34211
During this fun dinner at Pineapple Kitchen, you’ll enjoy an interactive murder mystery party where everyone is a suspect.
This two and half hour evening will include a first-class, 3-course dinner created by their Executive Chef, plus drinks and a keepsake Pineapple Kitchen Murder Mystery token.
Costumes are encouraged but not required. A prize will be awarded to the sleuth who solves the mystery. Reserve your spot online or give them a call at 941-254-1763.
6. Thrive Community Health Fair
Saturday, June 5th from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Thrive Yoga & Fitness: 8819 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
You won’t want to miss this fun, free event hosted by Thrive Yoga & Fitness! They’ll have tons of information and vendors to help you explore various holistic approaches to maintaining a healthy body and mind.
This event also includes a Biochemical Tissue Salts explanation and analysis, yoga and martial arts demos, raffle prizes, and more!
7. Kava Social Club’s One-Year Anniversary
Saturday, June 5th from 12 pm to 4 am
Kava Social Club: 540 13th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Kava Social Club is celebrating their one-year anniversary in a big way! During their 16-hour celebration, they’ll have live music ALL day and night, games, and giveaways every hour.
The event will also feature a Giant Pong Tournament, Cornhole Tournament, Pinball Tournament, Glass Blowing Booth with instruction, Food Trucks, Vendors, and delicious beverages!
8. General Knowledge Trivia at RJ Gators
Monday Nights at 7 pm
RJ Gator’s: 6100 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
Join Steve O Entertainment at RJ Gators for a fun night of general knowledge trivia. Gather up your smartest friends and create a team, then compete for prizes! It’s free to play, just remember to support the restaurant by ordering something and remembering to tip your server.
RJ Gators is known for unique and delicious Florida-style foods like Florida Gator Tail, Conch Fritters, Havana Banana Chicken, and more! Make sure you come hungry — you’ll be glad you did.
9. Gemstone Mining at Mystic Mines
Monday thru Friday 12:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m. / Saturday – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mystic Mines: 1017 12th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Now that the kids are out of school, many parents are looking for fun ways to entertain them. How about an afternoon of gemstone mining? Mystic Mines, located in the Village of the Arts, offers an awesome experience your kids won’t soon forget!
They’ll love becoming a prospector as they mine for crystals, gemstones, shark’s teeth, and fossils from around the world.
Choose from one of their three bucket sizes, then wash away the dirt at their 40′ Gem Mining Sluice to uncover all the treasures. Each bucket is unique and one of a kind! Follow Mystic Mines on Facebook to learn more.
10. DIY Succulent Dish Class
Sunday, June 6th from 1 pm to 4 pm
ArtbyCMac: 7506 17th Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34209
Are you ready to flex your green thumb? Whether you’re a seasoned plant lover or you’re brand new to it, this hands-on class at ArtbyCmac is perfect for you.
Make an apt. for a 1 hr. session to learn about succulents and create your own succulent dish. These classes are appropriate for adults and children accompanied by adults.
You’ll need to pay for the materials and plants you select. The estimated cost is about $10- $15. Each session is limited to 4 people and this is an outdoor activity. Reserve your spot by calling 941-757-7557.
11. Virtual Bingo
Tuesday, June 8th from 7 pm to 8:45 pm
12. Marauders Pride Night
Friday, June 11th at 5 pm
LECOM Park: 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Marauders games are always fun, but this one is extra special. Show your pride (or your support) by coming out to the Bradenton Marauders Pride Night presented by Sarasota Out!
The National Anthem will be performed by Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota. Every Friday night game also features Happy Hour food and drink specials from 5 to 6 pm.
13. 14th Annual Fire Charity Fishing Festival
June 11th at 12 pm to June 13th at 8 pm
Riverside Park, Palmetto
Head out to Palmetto for a weekend full of entertainment, food, arts & crafts, live music, crazy raffles, and one-of-a-kind auction items.
This annual tournament was founded by East Manatee Firefighter Erik Nicholson for the purpose of raising funds for the Children’s Burn Foundation of Florida and other local charitable causes.
Check out the official website to learn more and sign up for the adult’s or kid’s tournaments.
14. Nighttime Photo Walk Downtown Bradenton
Sunday, June 13th at 7:30 pm
Downtown Bradenton: Corner of 4th Ave W and 12th St.
Join Foto Dono for a nighttime photo walk in downtown Bradenton. The event isn’t a class but an opportunity to photograph architecture, night cityscapes, and more. Dono will be there to provide instruction to those who need it.
The group will meet across from The Lost Kangaroo in downtown Bradenton and will walk to the Bradenton Riverwalk. There is no cost to join, and it will be held rain or shine.
15. Outdoor Tent Event at The Cat’s Meow
Saturday, June 19th from 9 am to 4 pm
The Cat’s Meow Vintage Marketplace: 4307 26th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
Do you enjoy searching for treasures that are vintage, quirky, and fun? If so, you won’t want to miss the Outdoor Tent Event held in the parking lot of The Cat’s Meow: A Vintage Marketplace.
Not only will you be able to browse their almost 8,000 square-foot store, but they’ll also have even more vendors outdoors! Stop by and see what kind of unique items you can find.
16. June Yappy Hour at Motorworks Brewing
Sunday, June 20th from 1 pm to 4 pm
Motorworks Brewing: 1014 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Every third Sunday, Animal Network hosts a Yappy Hour event in the 16,000 square-foot artificially turfed beer garden at Motorworks Brewing.
This month, all proceeds from their raffles and silent auction will be donated to Perfect Pup Rescue. There will also be vendors, food trucks, and drink specials.
This is a pet-friendly event. For everyone’s safety, please ensure your dog is leashed and up-to-date on all shots.
17. Italian Wine Dinner at Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen
Wednesday, June 23rd at 7 pm
Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen: 6059 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
Are you ready for a 5-course meal that is sure to blow your mind? Then you won’t want to miss the Italian Wine Dinner at Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen.
Each course is accompanied by a hand-selected wine. The cost for this event is $85 per person and advanced ticket purchases are required. The deadline for purchasing tickets is 6/20, so don’t delay! You can learn more here and purchase your ticket by calling 941-251-5435.
18. Car Show at Joey D’s
Saturday, June 26th from 5 pm to 9 pm
Joey D’s Restaurant: 6401 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34209
Once a month, you can head over to Joey D’s on Manatee Ave. to enjoy a car show hosted by Lance’s Cruizin to the Hop.
There will be great food, gorgeous cars, 50s and 60s music, and tons of fun! This is a free, family-friendly event, so come on out and enjoy.
Joey D’s is known for their incredible pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs, so make sure you come hungry and grab some dinner while you’re there!
19. Mattison’s Blues Brunch
Sunday, June 27th from 11 am to 3 pm
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille: 101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 120, Bradenton, FL 34205
For an incredible meal, gorgeous atmosphere, and amazing blues music, you can’t go wrong with the monthly Blues Brunch at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille.
This month features authentic live blues from Gary Drouin and a delicious chef-crafted brunch menu with bottomless mimosas and signature Bloody Mary’s!
Reservations aren’t required but are encouraged. You can make a reservation by calling 941-896-9660.
20. SipNWick Candle-Making Classes
Sunday, June 27th – Multiple Times Available
The Beach Shop: 11904 Cortez Road Cortez, FL 34215
You may have purchased a SipNWick Upcycled candle from the Bradenton Farmer’s Market, but now that the market is done for the season, they’re going to teach you how to make your own!
During this BYOB candle-making class, you’ll have a chance to experience what it truly feels like to be a candle maker. Start by choosing your vessel, then head to the fragrance wall to choose your scent. They’ll show you how to put it all together yourself and create a unique candle to take home with you.
The cost is $15 for the class, plus the cost of the materials you choose. You can learn more and purchase your tickets here.