From live music in small venues to major festivals and everything in between, there are a TON of fun things happening in Bradenton this month. There are also plenty of opportunities for you to embrace your inner artist, sharpen your cooking skills, or relax with a cold craft beer, a bottle of wine, or a gourmet meal from some of the area’s best restaurants.
That’s right, Bradenton, it’s time to GET OFF THE COUCH and start making plans! Start by checking out our roundup of 25 Cool Things to Do this month.
1. Sunday Soul Sessions
Sunday, February 2nd at 4 pm
Village Veranda: 1001 11th Ave. W. Bradenton (Village of the Arts)
Introducing Bradenton’s newest concert series: Sunday Soul Sessions! This month’s event features Kat Riggins and her band Blues Revival performing a high-energy mix of blues and soul.
Soul Sessions will be held on the first Sunday of every month until June 7th and will feature different live musical artists and venues each month.
CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets for this month’s event!
2. Lost Kangaroo’s Chili Cookoff Superbowl Party
Sunday, February 2nd Starting at 4 pm
Lost Kangaroo Pub: 406 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Do you have what it takes to become this year’s Lost Kangaroo Chili Champion? Bust out your crockpot and give it a shot!
To enter, you must have your crockpot full of chili at the ‘Roo by 4 pm on Superbowl Sunday. Judging will take place at 6 pm and the top 3 winners will receive Lost Kangaroo gift cards!
Not a great cook? No problem! Come on down, enjoy the fun, and stick around to watch the big game (or at least the commercials…)
3. Wine Wednesdays at O’Bricks Irish Pub
Wednesday, February 5th from 4 to 10 pm
O’Bricks Irish Pub: 427 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Are you a wine lover? If so, you’ll be glad to know that every Wednesday from 4 pm until 7 pm you can now head over to O’Bricks Irish Pub and enjoy half off all bottles of wine!
Pair a bottle of your choice with some of the restaurant’s delicious appetizers or dinner options and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a great girls night out or romantic date night!
4. Chef Pavel’s Dinner for Two Cooking Class
Saturday, February 8th from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm
Cremesh European Restaurant: 7232 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Sharpen your cooking skills just in time to make a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner! Chef Pavel, owner of Cremesh European Restaurant presents his popular “Dinner for Two” Cooking Class.
The menu will include: Baked Brie with Wine Poached Pears & Balsamic Reduction, Pork Tenderloin in a Garlic Herb Butter with Au Gratin Potatoes & Roasted Vegetables, and Chocolate Orange Soufflé.
The price is just $39 and includes coffee or iced tea, lunch, and a glass of wine or beer. Buy your tickets here!
5. February ArtWalk Weekend: HeartWalk
Friday, February 8th from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, February 9th from 11 am until 4 pm
Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Monthly ArtWalk weekends, held in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts, offer you a chance to discover unique galleries, explore the area’s studios and specialty shops, and enjoy excellent food and music.
During the weekend you’ll also get to experience new shows, and special guests throughout the Village.
6. The Friendly City Flea
Saturday, February 8th from 10 am until 2 pm
Outside of Oscura Cafe: 540 13th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
The Friendly City Flea day market is always a popular event in Bradenton. Come see what’s new during this special Valentine’s Day edition.
This curated gathering of makers, musicians, and creatives is the perfect place to find a great gift for that someone special (or for yourself!)
To learn more about the market and the vendors, check out this article that was recently featured on Discover Bradenton.
7. Bradenton River Regatta
Saturday, February 8th beginning at 10 am
Downtown Bradenton Riverfront
You definitely don’t want to miss the 6th annual Bradenton Area River Regatta. This action-packed day features FAST boats, awesome fireworks, and a full day of FREE family-friendly fun!
You’ll love watching the Formula-2 Powerboat Racing that tops speeds of over 120 MPH. There will also b flyboarding demonstrations, daredevil stunt dogs, and more. You can get all the details here!
8. The Ultimate Helicopter Doors-Off Experience
Saturday, February 8th Starting at 8 am
Departs from Rossi Waterfront Park in Bradenton
Want to experience the River Regatta in a whole new way? How about taking a “doors-off” helicopter ride over the festivities?
Tickets are very limited and this is a one time opportunity. Learn more and get your tickets here.
DISCOUNT ALERT: Use Promo Code: REGATTA to get 10% off!
9. Main Street Live
Saturday, February 8th from 5 pm until 12 am
Downtown Bradenton: Old Main St.
What better way to end a day at the River Regatta than by heading over to Bradenton’s Old Main Street for the city’s best block party — the February edition of Main Street Live.
This month, you’ll enjoy the sounds of well-known Blues singer Lauren Mitchell. There will also be plenty of vendors, food trucks, and more!
10. Live Jazz Brunch
Sunday, February 9th from 11 am until 3 pm
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille: 101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 120, Bradenton, FL 34205
On the second Sunday of every month, Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille hosts a Live Jazz Brunch featuring popular musicians, an incredible menu, Mimosas, Bellinis, and build-your-own Bloody Marys.
Seating is limited, so make sure you call 941-896-9660 to make your reservations ahead of time. You’ll be glad you did!
11. Hillbilly Gospel Brunch (Sweetheart Edition)
Sunday, February 9th at 11 am
Birdrock Taco Shack: 1004 10th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205 (Village of the Arts)
Grab the love of your life (or a friend) and head over to Bird Rock Taco Shack in the Village of the Arts to hear the Brown Bag Brass Band play during the “Sweetheart Edition” of Hilbilly Gospel Brunch.
This New-Orleans-inspired band out of Orlando, FL brings you a collection of “good time party music” including brass band, funk, blues, rock-n-roll, and jazz. Pair this with a delicious brunch featuring chef David Shiplett’s “flavor-forward food” and you’ve got yourself the perfect Sunday.
12. “Swing With Your Sweetie” BOGO at TreeUmph!
February 13th through February 17th
TreeUmph! Adventure Course: 21805 E State Rd 70, Bradenton, FL 34202
Forget the candy and flowers, think outside the box and give your Valentine something you can enjoy together!
From February 13th until the 17th, you can get BOGO tickets to TreeUmph using promo code LOVE20. Buy your tickets here. (Don’t get greedy, though! You can only get 4 tickets at this price and you can’t double-up on offers.)
Want to learn more about this fun adventure? Take a look at Discover Bradenton’s recent review.
13. Yoga at the Market
Saturday, February 15th at 10:45 am
Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market: Old Main Street
Join High Vibe Studio and Trading Company at the Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market on the third Saturday of every month for a 30-minute BEGINNER-FRIENDLY Flow Yoga Class.
The class meets at the south end of the Farmer’s Market. In the case of rain, it will be moved into the studio (located in Jennings Arcade). Although there is no charge for this class, there is a suggested $5 donation. Bring your own mat.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates Pep Rally
Saturday, February 15th from 5 pm until 9 pm
Downtown Bradenton, Old Main St.
If you’re a baseball fan, you definitely won’t want to miss the Pittsburgh Pirates Pep Rally in downtown Bradenton!
This FREE public event will feature live music by Yesterdaze, a photo booth, face painter, and a live autograph session with the players!
15. 38th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Saturday, February 15th from 10 am until 6 pm and Sunday, February 16th from 10 am until 6 pm
Come out to the Cortez fishing village and celebrate the area’s longstanding nautical traditions. During the two day Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival there will be live music, great food, artists, and vendors.
While you’re there, you’ll also have a chance to visit the Florida Maritime Museum and the Cortez Cultural Center. You can also get up-close and personal with the critters on display at the touch tanks on the loading docks at Killer Bait.
16. Valentines Craft Beer and Gourmet Chocolate Pairing
Saturday, February 15th from 3 pm until 5 pm
Craft Growlers To Go & Tasting: 8141 Lakewood Main Street, #N103, Bradenton, Florida 34202
If you’re ready to extend your Valentine’s celebrations by one more day, we suggest heading over to Craft Growlers To Go & Tasting so you can enjoy their Valentine’s Craft Beer and Gourmet Chocolate Pairing.
They’ll be pairing of a flight of 4 seasonal craft beers with 4 pieces of hand-crafted chocolate from Banyan Tree Chocolate and Cafe. You’ll even get a chance to meet Chocolatier, Morag Reid. The cost is $18 per person.
17. Yoga, Paint, and Meditate
Saturday, February 15th from 2 pm until 4 pm
Beyond the Mat Yoga & Holistic Healing: 5315 47th St E, Bradenton, FL 34203
Let all your stress wash away during this fun and unique 2-hour workshop that uses gentle yoga to relax the body and painting and guided meditation to calm the mind.
During the class, you’ll create one of a kind piece of art to take home using acrylic paint on canvas. No experience is required in yoga or painting. The cost is $35, or $40 on the day of the class. Learn more here.
18. Glam Glass Resin Class
Wednesday, February 19th from 6 pm until 8 pm
Gypsea Soul Boutique: 615 15th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Embrace your inner artist and learn how to make a beautiful, one-of-a-kind resin creation. You and your girlfriends will have a blast sorting through piles of fossils, shells, gems, beads, and more to include in your masterpiece.
All the materials you need are included, but you’re also encouraged to bring your own items to personalize your piece. This 2-hour class is $65 and is BYOB friendly! Learn more and register here.
19. Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County
Saturday, February 22nd from 9 am until 5 pm and Sunday, February 23rd from 9 am until 4 pm
Downtown Bradenton on the Riverwalk
If you’re an art lover, you’ll definitely want to head down to the Bradenton Riverwalk for ArtCenter Manatee’s two-day outdoor juried art festival. Here you’ll find work by local, regional, and national award-winning artists, artist demos, shopping, music, food vendors, and more.
Admission and parking for this event are both free.
20. “The Child” at Painting With a Twist
Saturday, February 22nd from 3 pm until 5 pm
Painting with a Twist Bradenton: 5917 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 209, Bradenton, Florida 34209
Are your kids (or you?!) obsessed with “The Child”? Then you’ll definitely want to sign up for Family Day at Painting With a Twist.
This particular piece of artwork is recommended for kids age 10 and up. You’re also welcome to BYOB and bring snacks. Learn more and sign up here! (PS – check out Discover Bradenton’s home page for your 10% off discount code before you book!)
21. Live Blues Brunch
Sunday, February 23rd 11 am until 3 pm
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille: 101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 120, Bradenton, FL 34205
On the fourth Saturday of every month, Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille hosts their live Blues Brunch. They bring in top-notch artists that you won’t want to miss!
Check out their Brunch Menu and don’t forget to indulge in one of their awesome build-your-own Bloody Marys! This regularly sells out, so make sure you call 941-896-9660 to reserve your table!
22. Wine Dinner at Tiramisu Ristorante Italiano
Thursday, February 27th at 7 pm
Tiramisu Ristorante Italiano: 5215 14th St. W. Bradenton, Florida
Enjoy a delicious five-course meal paired with five different Italian wines at Bradenton’s most authentic Italian restaurant, Tiramisu.
The price is just $69 per person. Seats are limited, so reservations are recommended. Reserve your spot by calling 941-753-2800.
23. DeSoto Food and Music Festival
Friday, Feb. 28th 6:30 to 8 pm, Saturday, Feb. 29th from 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday, March 1st from 11 am to 6 pm
Nathan Benderson Park: 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle Sarasota, FL 34235
This year, the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society has renamed and relocated their popular festival. The all-new DeSoto Food & Music Festival will now be held at Nathan Benderson Park.
In addition to three days of live bands, there will also be a ton of delicious food, vendors, local artists, a kid’s zone, and more! This year’s entry cost is $10 per day. You can check out the artist lineup here!
24. Cornhole and Cocktails Festival
Saturday, February 29th from 3 pm until 7 pm
Manatee County Fairgrounds, Veterans Hall: 1303 17th St. W. Palmetto, 34221
Cornhole, cocktails, AND supporting a great cause?! What’s not to love?! Join Kiwanis Against Hunger for their first annual fundraiser.
Your $50 ticket gets you entry into the event, cocktails, wine and beer tastings, and food tastings. There will also be raffles, door prize giveaways, and live music by local talent and Nashville recording star Eric Von. Snatch up your tickets here!
25. Family Fun Day at Maker’s Market
Saturday, February 29th at 10 am to 12 on and 1 pm to 3 pm
Maker’s Market: 6650 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
We all know just how much fun DIY classes are for a “girls night out” — but wait until you see what a blast it is when you get the whole family involved!
On Saturday the 29th, Makers Market hosts two “Family Fun Classes” appropriate for kids age 5 and up. There are a ton of fun projects to choose from (take a look at their gallery) and you don’t need ANY experience to create something you’ll love!
Best of all, this day also comes with special pricing! The cost is just $35 for adults and $25 for kids ages 5 to 17! Click here to learn more and register.