The weather in Bradenton has finally cooled down and it’s time to get outside and celebrate! There are tons of cool things to do here this month – from the annual Festival of the Skeletons in the Village of the Arts to a number of craft festivals and other opportunities to #ShopLocal.
It’s time to get off the couch, Bradenton! Take a look at our round-up for 20 cool things to do in the month of November.
1. Cat’s Meow Shop for a Cause
The Cat’s Meow: 4307 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Tuesday, November 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm
The Cat’s Meow: A Vintage Marketplace will be hosting a special event to support Freedom Drivers 4 Veterans. During the “Shop for a Cause” event, 10% of all sales proceeds will go directly to this wonderful organization, which gives back to Veterans all throughout Florida.
They will also be selling raffle tickets for a drawing on 11/11 to win two tickets to the Bradenton Blues Festival, which will be held on Dec 4 and 5.
2. Empty Bowls
Manatee Performing Art Center: 502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Thursday, November 4th from 11 am to 1 pm
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is proudly celebrating the 21st Anniversary of their annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. During this event, held at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, you’ll have the opportunity to select a beautiful, handcrafted bowl to keep and enjoy soup donated by local restaurants.
Show your support for Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee and help them #FEEDMANATEE! Tickets are just $30 and are worth every penny. Get yours here.
3. Manatee Chamber Expo
LECOM Park: 1611 9th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
Thursday, November 4th from 4 pm to 7:30 pm
Join the Manatee Chamber of Commerce for a fantastic networking event at LECOM Park. There will be complimentary lite bites from area restaurants, entertainment, a Door Prize Depot, a Grand Prize, and the opportunity to make valuable connections & learn more about local businesses so we can all “shop local.”
This event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 in advance. You can get your tickets here.
4. November Artwalk: Festival of the Skeletons
Village of the Arts: Bradenton, FL
Friday, November 5th from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, November 6th from 11 am to 4 pm
Come and experience the largest and most popular annual event held in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts. During the Festival of the Skeletons, you’ll have a chance to explore the Village’s galleries, shops, and restaurants while listening to live music, and enjoying tasty treats.
You’ll also find lots of cool street art, demonstrations, outdoor vendors, revelers in costume, and more! This is an event you definitely won’t want to miss.
5. Red Elvis Dias de los Muertos Celebration
Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen: 1114 12th St. W Bradenton, FL 34205
Friday, November 5th at 9 am
Escape reality and come celebrate Dias de los Muertos at Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen with Igor and The Red Elvises. This is an incredible show that will likely sell out, so don’t wait to get your tickets!
Early reservations are $30.00 and the cost goes up to $40.00 on the day of the show. Call (941) 243-3735 to make your reservation.
6. Dancing Crane Gallery’s Grand Reopening
Dancing Crane Gallery: 1019 10th Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205
Friday, November 5th from 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, November 6th from 11 am to 4 pm
Join the Dancing Crane Gallery for its Grand Reopening just in time for the VOTA’s Festival of the Skeletons November ArtWalk. This is your chance to delight your senses and enhance your life with eclectic creations from the gallery’s returning artists and exciting new artists.
The Dancing Crane Gallery is the best place to shop for any artistic gift for any occasion. If you’re looking for a mix of fine art to funky art, you’re sure to find it here.
7. Taste of Mixons
Mixon Fruit Farm: 2525 27th Street East Bradenton, FL 34208
Friday, November 5th from 11 am to 3 pm
Looking for some unique holiday gifts or something to liven up your next party? Head over to Mixon Fruit Farms for their Taste of Mixons event. You’ll get to shop & sample treats while enjoying live entertainment!
There will also be a cooking competition with the Southeast High School culinary arts students. This is your chance to get all of your holiday shopping done and please everyone on your list.
8. Outdoor Holiday Craft Festival
Christ Presbyterian Church: 515 Upper Manatee River Road Bradenton, FL 34212
Saturday, November 6th from 9 am to 3 pm
Looking for another great opportunity to #ShopLocal? Check out the Outdoor Holiday Craft Festival at Christ Presbyterian Church.
There will be many different craft vendors, Killiks Kitchen Food Truck, Carousels Ice Cream truck & Vidacann. Get your holiday shopping done and enjoy lunch, all while supporting Night With The Stars Prom!
9. Bradenton Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival
Bradenton Riverwalk, Bradenton, FL
Saturday and Sunday, November 6th & 7th from 10 am to 5 pm
Witness the start of a new Bradenton Art Tradition! This November 6 and 7, check out the premiere of the Bradenton Riverwalk Arts and Crafts Festival at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavillon.
Explore fine arts and crafts designed by local artisans from all over Florida and the United States in an outdoor gallery. You can find hand-crafted paintings, jewelry, ceramics, candles, metalwork, and much more.
Admission is FREE and open to everyone.
10. Craft Show and Yard Sale with Food & Music
Bayshore Gardens Community Church: 6228 26th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34207
Saturday, November 6th from 9 am to 2 pm
Head out to Bayshore Gardens Communiy Church where you’ll find a craft fair and small business expo. Some of the things you’ll enjoy there include live music, craft vendors, food trucks, and a yard sale.
Admission is free so come on out and support our community!
11. Discover Bradenton’s Networking Event
Table Talk Board Game Cafe: 3999 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton
Wednesday, November 10th from 5 pm to 7 pm
Join some of Bradenton’s top business owners at this great networking event. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and get ready to have some fun. We’ll have open networking, brief introductions, then a chance to show off your stuff as you play your favorite board games against new and old friends.
Seating will be limited for this event, so please RSVP as early as you can. This event is FREE for all members and just $5 for future members.
12. Weekend Twilights at TreeUmph
TreeUmph! 21805 State Road 70 E, Bradenton, FL 34202
Every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 pm
13. Coquina Beach Market
2650 Gulf Dr S Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Every Sunday in November from 10 am to 4 pm
Don’t miss the Reopening of the Coquina Beach Market! This outdoor weekly market has many unique vendors with something for everyone.
Spend your Sundays wandering around looking for fresh produce, jewelry, arts and crafts, pottery, beauty items, and much more. Relax and stroll around the beautiful white sand while overlooking the Gulf. Make sure you come hungry so you can have some lunch at the Coquina Cafe before you head home.
14. Holiday Art at Painting with a Twist
Painting with a Twist: 5917 Manatee Ave. W, Suite 209 Bradenton, FL 34209
Select dates in November
Create a unique holiday gift or something to decorate your home. At Painting with a Twist, they’re all about creating fun art, not fine art.
Check out their event calendar to see all of the cool projects coming up this month. You can paint on canvas, wood planks, or porch leaners. They also now offer blacklight painting, a whole new experience in itself!
Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend date night, girls night out, or family night, this is a great idea!
15. 1920’s Speakeasy Whodunit Murder Mystery
Pineapple Kitchen: 4914 Lena Rd. Bradenton, FL 34211
Saturday, November 13th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
When you sign up for the Whodnit Murder Myster at Pineapple Kitchen, you will be assigned a character and invited to Mob Boss Bigsby Pineapple’s Speakeasy. Be careful, there were will suspicious characters at the Speakeasy and a murder will be committed!
Sign up to gain the required “Password” to the Speakeasy.The evening will include a 4-course dinner to die for….wine and beer.
16. 9th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival
Swordfish Grill & Tiki : 4628 119th Street Cortez, FL 34215
Saturday and Sunday, November 13th & 14th
One of the biggest events in the Cortez Fishing Village is happening again this year! Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Cortez Stone Crab & Music Festival at the Swordfish Grill & Tiki.
You’ll enjoy delicious foods from a variety of vendors and see local artisans selling their goods, all while listening to live music performed by great local bands.
17. FOMCAS Friendsgiving
Bradenton Elks (B.P.O.E.) 1511, 2511 75th St W Bradenton, FL 34209
Saturday, November 13th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Friends of Manatee County Animal Service (FOMCAS) will be celebrating its 5th year anniversary with a “Friendsgiving Dessert and Wine Auction.” FOMCAS is a non-profit organization that is on a mission to improve the lives of the Manatee County shelter animals.
Celebrate with a night of desserts and wine at the Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511. We hope you will come and join them for a fun evening of food, drinks, and auctions. Admission is free, but advance RSVPs are required. You can save your spot HERE.
18. Made Here Craft Show at the Bradenton Public Market
Bradenton Public Market: 400 Old Main St Bradenton, FL 34205
Saturday, November 13th from 9 am to 2 pm
Downtown Bradenton Public Market will be hosting the Made Here Craft Show at the Corner of Main Street and 4th Avenue West.
This is a unique craft show that will feature locally-made arts and crafts from artisans in Tampa to Sarasota. This will be one of the best places to get your holiday gifts, so don’t miss out!
19. GypseaSoul Market
Gypsea Soul: 615 15th St W Downtown Bradenton
Every third Sunday of November to April from 11 am to 4 pm
Want to find lots of cool treasures? Head over to Gypsea Soul for the monthly Vintage and Artisan Market. You’ll find a wide selection of vintage items, garden items, jewelry, and more. You’ll also enjoy free parking and will have a chance to bring a donation for the All Kitty Korner Food Drive.
Catch it every 3rd Sunday of the month from November to Arpil.
20. East2West Market
Bradenton Area Convention Center: 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221
Saturday, November 20th from 10 am to 5 pm
Join the Parrish Arts Council for its East2West Art Market in the air-conditioned comfort of the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
Take this opportunity to check out a ton of local artists and skilled crafters with beautiful artwork for sale! Admission is free and there will be raffles, demonstrations, and more!
There you have it! A list of all the fun things you can do here in Bradenton in the month of November. Mark your calendars and bookmark this page, so you don’t miss a thing! We are always adding new posts to our Event Calendar, so make sure you check it out to disover even more great Bradenton events!