Get Off the Couch, Bradenton! 25 Cool Things to Do in August

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We’re still in the middle of a hot, rainy summer and it’s not surprising that many of us are starting to get a little bit stir-crazy! If you’re feeling like there’s nothing to do lately, you’re in the right place. Check out this list of 25 awesome things to do in Bradenton this month.

1. Girl’s Day Out at The Unique Boutique

Thursday, August 1st, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Unique Boutique: 417 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205 (Jennings Arcade)

Are you looking for high-end, gently used clothes and accessories at prices that are absolutely ridiculous? Want to support an amazing charitable organization while you’re doing it? Do you like turning your shopping trips into a fun girl’s adventure? If you’re nodding your head, then you won’t want to miss Girls Day Out at the Unique Boutique of the Women’s Resource Center.

On the first Thursday of every month, the boutique offers 50% off almost all of their already super-reasonable prices. Stop by and check it out, you’ll be amazed by what you’ll find there!

2. August Artwalk

Friday, August 2nd 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday, August 3rd 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Village of the Arts: 1227 12th St. W. Bradenton, FL

This month’s theme for the Village of the Arts’ Monthly Art Walk — “Hot Summer, Cool Art” – -couldn’t be more appropriate! Talk a walk down to the village on Friday night or Saturday afternoon to check out the great studios, unique galleries, and specialty shops. You’ll also love the live music and great options for grabbing a quick snack or a full meal.

3. Adopt-a-Palooza

Saturday, August 3rd 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Bradenton Area Convention Center: 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, Florida 34221

The 5th annual Adopt-a-Palooza is the area’s largest adoption event and pet expo. Here you’ll find over 100 adoptable puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats as well as plenty of retail vendors, information booths, demonstrations, and an auction and silent raffle. All proceeds from the event will go to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS).

4. Hotcakes & Classics Free Car Show

Saturday, August 3rd 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Skyway Classics: 1800 14th Ave E, Palmetto, Florida 34221

Whether you have your own classic car or you love checking them out, you won’t want to miss the Hotcakes & Classics FREE  Car Show. Not only will you get to see tons of really cool cars, but the hosts and Skyway Classics are also providing a delicious hotcake breakfast. That’s what we call a win-win! Can’t make it this month, don’t worry, the car show happens on the first Saturday of every month.

5. Team Trivia at Truman’s Tap and Grill

Tuesday, August 6th at 7 p.m.
Truman’s Tap and Grill: 11161 SR 70 E #100 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

If you missed our recent article about the many different trivia nights hosted by Steve-O Entertainment, you’ll want to stop what you’re doing and check it out here! When you’re done, mark your calendar for Tuesday nights so you can enjoy the games at Truman’s Tap and Grill. This is the perfect opportunity for you to show off your trivia prowess and spend some time with friends while competing for free beer and prizes. There’s no cost to play, and it’s a ton of fun!

Whether you’ve been to Truman’s before or not, you won’t be disappointed. That’s because the restaurant is now under new management and has a bunch of excellent new menu items! Check it out, and if you talk to Steve-O, be sure to tell him that you heard about the game on Discover Bradenton!

6. Adult Open Gym at EVO Athletics

Wednesday, August 7th 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
EVO Athletics: 7188 East 15th Street, Unit 2 Sarasota, FL 34243

Although technically located in Sarasota, EVO Athletics is well worth the drive! Every Wednesday night, they host an adults-only open gym night where you can play like a kid on their trampolines, foam pits, spring/rod floors, beams, ninja warrior course, gymnastics bars, vault, and volleyball court. During the month of August, mention Discover Bradenton and get $5 off!

7. Wine Wednesday at Riverhouse

Wednesday, August 7th 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Riverhouse Reef & Grill: 995 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, Florida 34221

Are the hump-day blues bringing you down? There’s no better way to relax and unwind than heading over to Wine Wednesday at Riverhouse Reef and Grill. The only thing better than the absolutely gorgeous view and to-die-for menu items are the $9 bottles of wine offered every Wednesday night after 5 p.m.! Can’t finish a whole bottle of wine? No problem! They’ll pack up what’s left and let you take it home with you!

8. The Manatee Players Present: West Side Story

Thursday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Manatee Players Theater: 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

Join The Manatee Players as they kick off their 2019-2020 season with their production of West Side Story. Affectionately called “the world’s greatest love story,” audience members of all ages are sure to love this performance. Shows run Wednesdays through Sundays until August 25th. Don’t miss your chance to catch this show!

9. Live Music at Oscura Café

Friday, August 9th 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Oscura Café & Bar 540 13th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34205

Oscura Cafe in Downtown Bradenton is making its mark as a collective hub for artists, entrepreneurs, students to gather and enjoy their time together. On Friday, August 9th, they’re hosting a live music event featuring alternative rock band The Spring, DreamThing, and more TBA. This is the perfect way to kick off your weekend while supporting local businesses and entertainers.

10. “That’s What She Said” – The Office Trivia

Friday, August 9th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Arts A Blaze Studio: 8111 Lakewood Main Street Unit 107, Bradenton, Florida 34202

If you’re a super-fan of the hit TV show “The Office” (who isn’t?!) then you won’t want to miss “That’s What She Said” The Office Trivia at Arts a Blaze Studio. Show off your television show knowledge while competing against other teams for Arts a Blaze gift cards. While you’re there, paint your own custom piece of pottery to take home. They have over 400 options to choose from, including a ton of The Office themed pieces. Book your spot ahead of time by clicking here.

11. Paint and Sip Party with the Marauders

Saturday, August 10th 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Bradenton Marauders: 1611 9th Street W., Bradenton, Florida 34205

Join the Bradenton Marauders in the Cool Today Lounge at LECOM Park for a truly unique event! They’re partnering with Painting with a Twist to host a Paint ‘n Sip Party. The cost is $50 per person and includes all of your painting supplies, tickets to the game with seats behind home plate, Truly Spiked Selters, soda, and water. There are only 50 tickets available, and the purchase deadline is August 7th. You can get your tickets by clicking here.

12. Art Blowout Sale at ArtCenter Manatee

Saturday, August 10th 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
ArtCenter Manatee: 209 9th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34205

Does your home need a little refresh? Do you love original art, but aren’t looking to spend an arm and a leg? Check out the Art Blowout Sale at ArtCenter Manatee. They have a ton of original art from over 60 artists in all types of media including paintings, fiber, pottery, and wood — all priced between $10 and $100! All the proceeds from the sale will benefit the individual artist and ArtCenter Manatee.

13. The Funny Business Comedy Showcase

Saturday, August 10th 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Corporate Ladder Brewing Company: 4935 96th Street E, Palmetto, Florida 34221

Get ready to enjoy an evening of great beer and hilarious entertainment at Corporate Ladder Brewing Company’s The Funny Business Comedy Showcase. This FREE event will be headlined by Tampa Bay’s very own Jander Gray, featuring the very funny Jarrett Moore, and hosted by the one and only Rayko Basic!

14. Summer Bradenton Shabby Chic Market

Sunday, August 11th 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Bradenton Area Convention Center: 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, Florida 34221

If you love home decor and art items, you won’t want to miss out on the Summer Bradenton Shabby Chic Market at the Bradenton Convention Center. This is one of the area’s most unique shopping events and always promises to be an excellent time. Here you’ll find a TON of different items including original art, painted furniture, antique & vintage items, boutique clothing, pallet art, and signs.

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the DIY Workshops & paint demos, vendors, and fabulous food items. This event is FREE, but you do need to register by clicking here.

15. 10-Week Trivia Tournament at RJ Gators

Monday, August 12th at 7 p.m.
R.J. Gators: 6100 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton, FL 34210

If you love trivia and are looking for something to do every Monday night, you’re in luck! The next 10-week trivia tournament at RJ Gator’s hosted by Steve-O Entertainment starts on Monday, August 12th! Teams can compete each week while also banking their points for the $200 grand prize! Want to just stop in for a single night? No problem, you can do that too and compete for the smaller weekly prizes.

Either way, you’ll love the fun and challenging questions, Steve’s entertaining style, and, of course, the delicious food! There’s no charge to play, so get off the couch and go check it out!

16. Full Moon Yoga at Riverwalk

Thursday, August 15th at 8 p.m.
Bradenton Riverwalk, Downtown

What’s better than enjoying a yoga class while overlooking the beautiful Manatee River? Join Alicia Stevens for Full Moon Yoga on the day dock along the Riverwalk, next to the Green Bridge (9th St.). This creative flow class will honor the solar and lunar energies while allowing you to enjoy the collective vibrations of your fellow yogis.

Parking available at Rossi Park or along Riverfront near Bradenton Police Department and Twin Dolphin Marina. Pre-registration is required. Click here to sign up.

17. Women’s Self Defense Workshop

Saturday, August 17 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Thrive Yoga & Fitness: 8819 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, Florida 34210

These days, you can never be too careful, or too prepared. Make sure you’re ready for whatever life throws at you by signing up for a 90-minute Women’s Self-Defense Workshop hosted by Matt “Judo” Murphy (Black Belt in Judo and Jiujitsu) and Erin Colleen Geraghty (Black Belt in Karate, Yoga Therapist).

This class is suitable for girls age 12 and older and the cost is $25 per person or $40 for two people. Tickets also include a free yoga class for each person. Tickets are limited, so get your tickets now!

18. Jennings Summer Market

Saturday, August 17th 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Jennings Arcade: 417 12th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34205

We still have a couple of months before the Bradenton Farmer’s Market returns, but there are still plenty of opportunities to support Bradenton’s downtown vendors at Jennings Summer Market. Check out the cool clothes and accessories at The Unique Boutique, pick up some local hone from Pure Florida Honey Company, and pick up some clothing, jewelry or other sustainable items from High Vibe Studio.

Want to pamper yourself a bit? Dina Steward Massage Therapy and Shear Faith Hair & Spa will also be open! Before you head out, make sure you grab a bite from Fav’s Italian Cucina or Jennings Downtown Provisions.

19. Lesa Silvermore & Enforme “A Night of Stories & Music”

Saturday, August 17th 7 p.m. until 11 pm
Connect Bradenton: 1201 6th Avenue West, Suite 100, Bradenton, Florida 34205

If you missed last month’s article about Connect Bradenton’ offerings, you’ll want to stop what you’re doing and check it out now! What’s even cooler than all the great services they offer during the day? The fact that they can also turn the space into an awesome event venue in the evenings!

On Saturday the 17th, they’re hosting a unique evening of singing and storytelling with Sarasota indie folk singer/songwriter Lesa Silvermore and her dear friend, musician Enforme. Bring your favorite cozy blankets, pillows, and yoga mats and settle down for a fun and relaxing night. Advanced-sale tickets are $15 and include exclusive merch that is only available that night. Regular tickets are $10 at the door.

20. Oneco Farmer’s Market Grand Opening

Sunday, August 18th at 10 a.m.
Oneco Farmers Market: 5108 15th Street East, Bradenton, Florida 34203

Farmer’s markets are the best place to get your produce and other great artisan items, but dealing with the heat and rain can be a drag. The brand new Oneco Farmer’s Market solves that problem. This indoor market will be open 7-days a week, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. rain or shine. Stop by for their Grand Opening Event and check out the many vendors selling produce, infused vinegars, local raw honey, protein bars, arts, crafts, bath and body products, and more.

21. Fermentation 101

Saturday, August 24th 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Manatee Village Historical Park: 1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, Florida 34208

Hosted by Ashley Ciferno of the Fermented Vegan and held at the Manatee Village Historical Park, this Fermenting 101 Class is the perfect way to learn all about how to make your own fermented foods while snacking on some homemade fermented veggies. The class is $25 and you can get your tickets here.

22. Yoga with Tigers

Saturday, August 24th 8:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.
Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary: 7101 Palmer Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34240

While it is a little ways from Bradenton, it’s hard to think of anything more worth the drive than Yoga with Tigers at Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Join Erika Cain from Pineapple Yoga Studio for a unique experience where you’ll practice nearby big cats held safely in their enclosures and enjoy the sounds of nature in the background.

The cost is $40 and includes the yoga class, light refreshments, and a single-day pass to return to the Sanctuary during normal hours. This event does sell out, so you’ll want to get your tickets right away. You can purchase them here.

Things to do in Bradenton August 2019

23. Hot Dog Eating Contest

Sunday, August 25th at 2 pm
Anna Maria Oyster Bar 200 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Do you think you have what it takes to be the “top dog” by winning the Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s Hot Dog Eating Contest? Registration begins at on Saturday at 2 p.m., and the contest starts at 3.

24. Paws & Meditate

Saturday, August 31st at 1 p.m.
Humane Society of Manatee County: 2515 14th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205

Spend an hour twisting and stretching with some of the adorable, adoptable kitties at the Humane Society of Manatee’s Paws & Meditate event. This hour-long yoga class is led by instructor Diana Hughes and sponsored by Paws Up Apparel. You bring your mat, they have the cats!

There is a $10 donation for this class, and there will be a raffle and door prizes. Spots are limited, so pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot by calling Trisha at 941-747-8808, extension 315 before August 15th.

25. The Friendly City Flea: Bedtime Market

Saturday, August 31st 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Oscura Café & Bar 540 13th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34205

There’s no better way to wrap up the month of August than by spending your Saturday at the Friendly City Flea Bedtime Market. Join makers, musicians, and creatives for an evening of shopping, food truck dining, and live music. This is a great opportunity for you to support local vendors and get to know some of the coolest members of your community!

Well, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed learning about 25 Awesome Things to Do in Bradenton during the month of August. If you liked this post, please share it, and don’t forget to Follow Discover Bradenton on Facebook so you can keep your finger on the pulse of all the cool things happening around town.

Check back later this month for the September edition of “Get of the Couch, Bradenton!” 

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