Get Off The Couch, Bradenton! 25 Cool Things To Do In September

If you're looking for the best things to do in Bradenton this month - you're in the right place!

It’s hard to believe it’s September already! While some of us are getting ready to enjoy pumpkin-spice everything, others are still trying to avoid the 90-degree weather. No matter which camp you fall into, there are plenty of fun ways for you to enjoy our local community. Check out our round-up of the top 25 cool things to do in Bradenton this month!


1. Birdrock’s Epic 7th Anniversary

Saturday, September 3rd at 1 pm
Birdrock Taco Shack: 1213 13th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

It’s Art Walk weekend in the Village of the Arts, and this one is extra special because it’s also Birdrock Taco Shack‘s 7th anniversary. Come on out and help them celebrate! This lively event will feature epic live music and (of course) lots of tacos. The festivities start at 1 pm.


2. Fiorelli Winery Labor Day Event

Saturday, September 3rd from 11 am to 7 pm
Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard: 4250 Waterbury Road Bradenton, FL 34211

Head on out to Fiorelli Winery and Vineyard and celebrate their Re-Opening and Labor Day Celebration!

There will be a special visit from Meredith Michaels for the Unveiling and Sampling of Merfoot Wine, as well as craft vendors, delicious food, locally crafted wine, wine sorbet, lawn games & a playground. Come on out and enjoy family-friendly fun and live music by Santiago’s Solo Sounds. Be sure to RSVP before you head out!


3. The Light of Aubrien Foundation Night at LECOM Park

Saturday, September 3rd at 6 pm
LECOM Park: 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Join the Bradenton Marauders as they celebrate Marauders Fan Appreciation Night with The Light of Aubrien at LECOM Park.

There will be a special pre-game ceremony in honor of Aubrien and this event will also help kickoff the Light of Aubrien Foundation.

There will also be post-game fireworks, a face painter, a balloon artist, and other family activities throughout the game. 50% of all ticket proceeds will go directly to The Light of Aubrien Foundation. There’s a special process for purchasing advance tickets. You can learn more here.


4. Celebrate Fall at Gypsea Soul

Multiple Dates
Gypsea Soul, 615 15th Street West Bradenton, FL 34205

Ready to get into the Fall Spirit? Head over to Gypsea Soul studio in downtown Bradenton to take a fun fall-themed class. From coastal pumpkins and resin art to fall-themed candlemaking and seashell Christmas trees, there are plenty of options to choose from!

All classes are BYOB-friendly and a ton of fun! Check out their event page to learn more.


5. 2nd Annual BubbaQue’s Dinner Benefit for the American Cancer Society

Thursday, September 8th at 7:30 pm
BubbaQue’s BBQ Bradenton: 6581 E SR 70 Bradenton, FL 34203

Come out to BubbaQue’s restaurant to enjoy dinner, drinks, music, and a whiskey tasting – all for a great cause! Tickets are just $65 and you can get yours here. There will also be raffles for tons of great prizes. You can check them out and get your raffle tickets now by heading over to their raffle page.


6. Taste of Fall at Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen

Thursday, September 8th through Sunday, September 11th
Mean Deans Local Kitchen, 6059 26th St W Bradenton, FL 34207

Ready to celebrate the autumn season in style? Head out to Mean Deans Local Kitchen and check out their Flavors of Fall dinner event!

Taste their delicious fall-themed dishes loaded with flavors of squash, pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, and much more. Check out the full menu here and book your reservation online or give them a call at 941-251-5435.


7. TEDxBradenton

Friday, September 9th from 9 am to 4:30 pm
The Bishop Museum: 201 10th Street West, Bradenton, 34205

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. 

At this TEDxBradenton event, TED Talks, video, and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 

This promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking event. You can learn more and get your tickets here.


8. Tailgate Party & FREE Tasting Event

Saturday, September 10th from 10 am to 4 pm
Pineapple Kitchen: 4914 Lena Road, Unit 104 Bradenton, FL 34211

Nothing says “Football” quite like a table full of tasty snacks! Get ready for the season by stopping by Pineapple Kitchen‘s FREE tasting event.

They’ll have great party food and recipe ideas, samples of their all-natural condiments, complimentary adult beverage sampling, drawings for tickets to Pineapple Kitchen special events and gift certificates, and more!

15% of all food sales will go to the Sisterhood for Good Grants Program. Wear your favorite team spirit apparel or swag for an extra chance to Win Prizes!


9. Riverwalk East Park Grand Opening

Saturday, September 10th from 11 am to 2 pm
1312 2nd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208

You’re invited to come out and celebrate the opening of the City of Bradenton’s new Bradenton Riverwalk Park! This park is the first phase of the Riverwalk expansion project.

The event will start with an announcement from the City of Bradenton at 11 am and will continue with music, activities, and fun for everyone. Parking will be available at the Manatee LIFE Church.


10. Blacksmith Demo Days

Saturday, September 10th from 10 am to 12 pm
Manatee Village Historical Park: 1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208

Did you know that the blacksmith shop at Manatee Village Historical Park is a working smithy?

Head on over for this FREE special event where you can check out blacksmith demonstrations and observe the skill and hard work needed to turn ordinary iron into useful things needed for farming, ranching, building houses, barns, boats, and much more. 



11. Greg LaPensee Bowling Tournament

Saturday, September 10th at 5 pm
Bowlaroo: 4208 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton, FL 34210

What’s better than an evening of bowling with your friends? Doing it for a great cause! Come on out and show our support for The Center of AMI.

Tickets are just $50 and include 3 games, shoe rental, and pizza or wings.

There will also be a kid’s lane available, prizes for highest score, raffles available, and a team costume contest. Learn more and get your tickets here.


12. Yoga Body Art

Sunday, September 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm
Thrive Yoga & Fitness: 8819 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

This is a ladies-only event! Join Thrive Yoga & Fitness for an evening to connect with other women and embrace your body! Using body paint, be a living work of art where you have the option of expressing yourself at the level of dress you’re comfortable with.

This is a 2-hour event including a 45-minute, beginner-friendly yoga flow. They will have a professional, male photographer present to capture the event. Each participant receives two photos afterwards. Cell phone photos are also encouraged! Light refreshments and paint will be provided. Get your tickets here.


13. Think + Drink Science: Exploring Nature’s Light

Tuesday, September 13th from 6:30 to 8:30
The Bishop Museum of Science & Nature: 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Enjoy a fun and informative evening with Michelle Schuman, who will discuss how the light we produce disrupts natural experiences of light on Earth. Michelle will incorporate the sky-revealing powers of The Bishop’s digital Planetarium to help share the beauty of unfettered natural light.

These quarterly think + drink / science programs transform The Planetarium into a forum for learning, conversation, and connection with thought-provoking science and inspiring speakers. You can also enjoy conversation over drinks on the patio before and after the program. Get your tickets here.


14. Business Lunch Bunch Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, September 14th from 12 pm to 1 pm
Terra Ceia Bay Country Club: 2802 Terra Ceia Bay Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221

If you have a business in Bradenton or the Palmetto/Ellenton/Parish area, you won’t want to miss out on your chance to join one of the area’s newest networking groups – Business Lunch Bunch!

Join them for their Kickoff Meeting where you’ll have a chance to learn more about the group, meet other members, and decide whether you want to join. This group meets twice a month and there is no cost to join (other than buying your own lunch). Get your ticket here.


15. RENT at Manatee Performing Art Center

September 14th through October 2nd
Manatee Performing Art Center: 502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate, and joyous. Get your tickets today!


16. Discover Bradenton Networking Event

Thursday, September 15th from 5 pm to 7 pm
Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen: 6059 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207

Join us for a casual happy hour networking event where you can connect with other business owners, have some fun, and make new friends. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards!

RSVPs are requested. This event is FREE for Discover Bradenton members and $10 for future members. There will be lite bites, door prizes, and a cash bar! Get your tickets here.


17. Oscura Movie Night: Apollo 13

Thursday, September 15th, at 7 pm
Oscura: 816 Manatee Ave. E. Bradenton, FL 34208

Gather your family and friends friends and head over to Oscura, where they’ll be having a screening of the seminal 90’s movie, Apollo 13 featuring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton in all their glory.

Doors open at 7, feature starts at 8. Food and drink specials will be available. Get your tickets now!


18. Smithsonian Day — Free Admission to The Bishop!

Saturday, September 17th from 10 am to 5 pm
The Bishop Museum of Science & Nature: 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

In celebration of Smithsonian Day, hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will offer FREE ADMISSION on Saturday, September 17!

This may sell out quickly, so head over and download your free ticket today.


19. Play for a Purpose Cornhole Tournament

Saturday, September 17th at 11 am
Motorworks Brewing: 1014 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Head over to Motorworks Brewing to enjoy a fun cornhole tournament and support a great cause! All proceeds will support the purchase of volleyball equipment for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County.

There will be beginner, intermediate, and expert divisions and the event will include a 50/50 raffle, music, door prizes and more.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase with special drink prices on all beverages for participants. The cost is just $15 per person or $25 per team. Sign up here!


20. The Lost Boys Rock Motorworks

Saturday, September 17th at 7 pm
Motorworks Brewing:
1014 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

The Lost Boys is one of Bradenton’s favorite classic rock/hard rock cover bands.

During this much-anticipated performance, they’ll finally be rockin’ out at Motorworks!! This is an event you won’t want to miss!


21. Paint Your Pet

Sunday, September 18th from 3 pm to 5 pm
Painting with a Twist: 5917 Manatee Ave. W. Suite 209 Bradenton, FL 34209

During this “Painting with a Purpose” event at Painting with a Twist, you’ll have a chance to create a one-of-a-kind portrait of your pet. Once you registser, you’ll send them a photo of your pet and they’ll prepare your outline for you. Then, you’ll enjoy a 3-hour experience where you’ll learn how to turn it into your own unique masterpiece.

These events are BYOB and you’re also welcome to bring snacks. 50% of the proceeds from this event will go to the Dogtopia Foundation to provide service dogs to Veterans!


22. Kid-cuterie Fall-Themed Workshop

Thursday, September 20th from 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Pineapple Kitchen: 4914 Lena Rd UNIT 104, Bradenton, FL 34211

Does your child enjoy being creative with food and helping make appetizers?  This workshop will give hands-on instruction to create a festive themed charcuterie board the students will feel proud to have made and be excited to take home.  

This class is for kids aged 6 to 16, and the cost includes  a Keepsake Board and Completed Charcuterie to bring home. This event will sell out, so don’t wait! Get your tickets here.


23. Salsa Dancing in the Courtyard

Thursday, September 22nd from 6 pm to 9 pm
The Bishop Museum of Science & Nature: 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

If you’ve ever wanted to try Salsa dancing, this is your chance! During this month’s Bishop After Dark (BAD) event, you’ll get to experience Salsa instruction by Jae Philips Dance Studio.

There will be food from the Taco Junkie, a welcome Horchata cocktail, and one drink ticket with your registration. Themed specialty cocktails will also be featured along with beer, wine, & seltzers. Get your tickets here.


24. 80’s Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Friday, September 23rd at 6 pm
Table Talk Bistro: 3999 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

This is a dinner show like no other! Join Table Talk Bistro for a night of Mystery, Mayhem, and Murder! This evening’s theme is “I Love the 80s to Death!” Guests are encouraged to dress for the theme – neon collors, leg warmers, jean or leather jackets, big or colored hairdos, headbands and more!

Tickets include the show, dinner, and one complementary beverage. Give them a call at 941-567-4045 or email info@tabletalkbistro.com to reserve your spot.


25. Main Street Open – A Putt N’ Crawl Classic

Saturday, September 24th at 12 pm
Cork’s Cigar Bar: 424 Old Main St, Bradenton, FL 34205

If you enjoy having a great time and supporting a great cause, you’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for the Hernande De Soto Historical Society‘s Main Street Open Putt-Putt Pub Crawl sponsored by Progressive Cabinetry.

There will be 9 Putt Putt holes, one at each of the following establishments. Corks Cigar Bar, Pour Decisions, Loaded Barrel Tavern, The Lost Kangaroo, Paddywagon Main Street, McCabe’s Irish Pub, Bamboozer, Jennings Downtown Previsions, and Favs Italian Cucina.

Registration is at 12 pm at Cork’s and there is a shotgun start at 1 pm. Space is limited! Tickets are $100 per team (4 players). Get your tickets now!


There you have it! Our round-up of 25 fun and exciting things to do in Bradenton this month. We encourage you to get off the couch, get out, and #SupportLocal!

Looking for even more things to do? We update our event calendar daily, so head on over and check it out. Be sure to bookmark it and check back often, so you never miss a thing!

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2 thoughts on “Get Off The Couch, Bradenton! 25 Cool Things To Do In September

  • Pamela Donis 4 weeks ago

    Thank you

  • Michele Jurgensen 3 weeks ago

    Wow! I wish I could participate in all these events! Fantastic offerings – thanks for the listing.

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