July is finally here, and there are a TON of fun things to do in Bradenton this month! We kick off the weekend with a huge array of Independence Day celebrations, then continue with plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining, fitness, and more. It’s time to Get Off the Couch, Bradenton!
1. Red White and Booze Bash with Pitbull Toddler
Wednesday, July 3rd 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Joyland: 5520 14th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34207
Kick off your Independence Day celebrations right with Joyland’s Red White and Booze Bash featuring well-known rock band Pitbull Toddler. Live music goes on at 10 p.m. and there will be a DJ playing before and after. Enjoy drink specials all night and brace yourself for a rockin’ good time!
2. Independence Day Buffet & Fireworks on the Manatee River
Thursday, July 4th
Pier 22: 1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, Florida 34205
Pier 22 is one of the best locations to catch the city’s fireworks, and they’re making the celebrations even better with a pig roast and buffet! The cost to attend the Independence Day Buffet & Fireworks is $69.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids eight and under. If you’re over 21, you can also add an open-bar wristband for an extra $30.
This is a very popular event and reservations are required. Make your reservations by calling 941.748.8087 or reserving your spot online.
3. 4th of July at Andersen RacePark
Thursday, July 4th 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Anderson RacePark: 10101 US Highway 41 N, Palmetto, Florida 34221
Satisfy your need for speed and try something different this Independence Day by celebrating at Anderson RacePark. The park will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and they’re offering N-35 Kart sessions for just $17.76!
4. Independence Day at Peggy’s Coral
Thursday, July 4th 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Peggy’s Coral: 4511 US Highway 41 N, Palmetto, Florida 34221
What better way to spend your Independence day that at everybody’s favorite biker bar! Peggy’s Coral is throwing an Independence Day Celebration featuring Live Music by J Allen, a “patriotic contest” with prizes for the best-dressed bike and person, and free hot dogs!
5. 4 Days of July 4! Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th
Caddy’s at the Pointe: 801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton, Florida 34208
Caddy’s on the Pointe is taking advantage of their gorgeous location with a four-day 4th of July celebration! It’s the perfect spot to watch the fireworks on Thursday night while enjoying music by American rock band The Torpedoes.
On Friday the 5th starting at 6 p.m., enjoy southern rock and blues with The Paul Anthony Band. Saturday the 6th features entertainment from the high-energy Chello Hollyday Band starting at 6 p.m. Then, wrap up the weekend on Sunday at 2 p.m. with acoustical performer Daniel Rodriguez.
6. 4th of July Cause for Paws
Thursday, July 4th 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Humane Society of Manatee County: 2515 14th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205
If you want to do something different this year and really make a difference in the lives of our furry friend, consider booking yourself a spot at the Manatee County Humane Society’s July 4th Shelter Angels event. While the fireworks are going off, many of the shelter dogs start to panic. Join the Humane Society staff in comforting the animals by playing an instrument, singing, or reading them a book.
There will also be a fun BBQ cookout and lots of give-a-ways. Space is limited, and as of this writing, there were only 6 spots left. Reserve your spot by calling 941-747-8808 x331 or emailing Shannen@HumaneSocietyManatee.org.
7. Wacky Mega Hot Dog Fest
Thursday, July 4th 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Astro Skate: 3611 3rd St W, Bradenton, Florida 34205
If you’re feeling adventurous this 4th of July weekend, stop by Astro Skate to enjoy all-you-can-eat hot dogs with a crazy topping bar at their Wacky Mega Hot Dog Fest. Have you ever had hot dogs topped with chocolate syrup or strawberries? Now is your chance! The cost is just $6 (not including skate rental) so grab the kids and check it out!
8. Connect Bradenton: A New Gallery, a New Beginning
Friday, July 5th 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Connect Bradenton: 1201 6th Avenue West, Suite 100, Bradenton, Florida 34205
On Friday the 5th, Connect Bradenton is turning their space into an art gallery featuring artwork from Big Bolt Media. The event, called A New Gallery, A New Beginning, will feature a collective of amateur and professional adventure photographic prints — mostly storms and sunsets — some of which will be available for purchase. Stop by and check out the artwork and enjoy a snack and drink provided by Connect Bradenton’s neighbors, Tellers.
9. July Artwalk Weekend
Friday, July 5th 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 6th 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Village of the Arts: 1227 12th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
The monthly Artwalk Weekend at the Village of the Arts is always a great time, and this month, the theme is “Mermaids!” Stroll through the village exploring new studios and galleries, specialty shops, and healing arts while enjoying live music and food from some of the village’s amazing restaurants.
10. Pride Night w/ the Bradenton Marauders
Saturday, July 6th 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
LECOM Park: 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34205
Join the Bradenton Marauders for a very special Pride Night on Saturday the 6th. The event will kick off with a community fair at 5 p.m. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. The first 500 people to attend will receive a free Pride Night pin, and $5 from all tickets purchased through THIS LINK will go to ALSO Youth and PRISM.
11. July 4th Weekend Tent Sale
Saturday, July 6th 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Scavengers Marketplace: 2100 US 301 North, Palmetto, Florida 34221
Voted “Favorite Thrift Store” in the Bradenton Herald’s 2019 People’s Choice Awards, Scavengers Marketplace in Palmetto always delights its visitors. On Saturday the 6th, they’re hosting a July 4th Weekend Tent Sale where you’ll find tons of cool items in the pop-up tents and lots of deep discounts.
12. BroGa Workshop
Sunday, July 7th 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
High Vibe Studio: 417 12th St. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
If you think yoga is just for chicks, you’re wrong! Guys — this is your opportunity to join the amazing Kat Fetzer at High Vibe Studio for a fun and relaxing BroGa Workshop. Once you experience the awesome benefits of yoga, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner! This workshop is perfect for both absolute beginners and experienced yogis, so check it out!
13. Christmas in July Charity Bartending
Tuesday, July 9th 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Naughty Monk Brewery: 2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, Florida 34211
It’s time to dust off your tackiest holiday attire and join Cheers for Charity (C4C) for a fun Christmas in July Charity Bartending event at the Naughty Monk Brewery in Lakewood Ranch. There will be raffles, a photo booth, live music, and of course, tons of great brews. Money raised will go to support several great organizations including Foundation for Dreams, Realize Bradenton, Healthy Start Coalition, and more!
14. Tour de France Wine Dinner
Wednesday, July 10th 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chateau 13: 535 13th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205
One of downtown Bradenton’s newest upscale restaurants, Chateau 13, is hosting a Tour de France Wine Dinner that promises to be an unforgettable experience. Explore some of the best wine and food from various regions of France during this intimate and exclusive dinner event. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Email email@example.com or call 941-226-0110 for more information and to reserve your spot.
15. 3-Day Storewide Sale at The Blue Flamingo
Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 14th
The Blue Flamingo: 4229 26th Street W, Bradenton, Florida 34205
If you haven’t checked out The Blue Flamingo yet, now is the perfect time to do it. They’re hosting a 3-day Storewide Sale with almost everything in the store marked down 15 to 50%. Whether you’re looking for painted and refinished and “project” furniture, coastal decor, salvage, local arts and crafts, or repurposed items, you’ll find it here!
16. Downdogs and Donuts
Saturday, July 13th 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
A Little Twisted Yoga: 927 10th St E, Palmetto, Florida 34221
Yoga’s always great, but it’s even better when it’s for a good cause! Come out and support A Little Twisted Yoga’s event Downdogs and Donuts.
There will be two classes to choose from, one at 9:00 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. — or double-dip and do both! There will also be fresh donuts from Farmhouse Donuts, free coffee provided by Bowled Life Cafe, and lots of prize giveaways. 100% of the $15 cost goes to support Manatee County Animal Services
17. Bradentucky Bombers vs. Gold Coast Derby Girls
Saturday, July 13th at 5 p.m.
Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex: 5309 29th Street East, Ellenton 34222
Come out and support our own Bradentucky Bombers roller derby team as they take on the Gold Coast Derby Girls. The bout is held at the Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex, and tickets are available at the complex, at Jerk Dog Records (1119 12th St. West, Bradenton) or from your favorite roller derby girl. There are beer stands inside the rink (cash only!) and plenty of bleacher seating. If you want a great view, bring a chair for trackside seating.
18. Summer Market
Thursday, July 18th 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
NOTE: This Has Been Rescheduled for Saturday, July 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jenning’s Arcade: 417 12th St. W. (Old Main St.) Bradenton, FL 34205
The Farmer’s Market might be closed for the summer, but you can still shop local at the Jenning’s Arcade Summer Market. Visit local vendors and grab a bite to eat from Jenning’s Provisions or Fav’s Italian Cucina.
19. National Daquiri Day
Friday, July 19th 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Caddy’s on the Pointe: 801 Riverside Drive East, Bradenton, Florida 34208
The work week is finally over, and it just happens to be National Daiquiri Day! Thankfully, Caddy’s is ready to help us celebrate with $4 daiquiris all day and live music starting at 6 p.m.
20.Packing Party for the Troops
Saturday, July 20th 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Manasota Operation Troop Support: 4301 32nd St W, Ste C20, Bradenton, Florida 34205
What better way to kick off your weekend than by stopping by Manasota Operation Troop Support’s Packing Party for the Troops. Why not give up an hour of your time to help pack boxes full of goods to ship off to the men and women who are sacrificing their lives to keep us safe? MOTSFL’s efforts are focused specifically on serving military members and families with ties to Manatee and Sarasota counties!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-782-0748 for more information.
21. A Summers Night in Sicily: A Chef Collaboration Wine Dinner
Monday, July 22nd 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
EnRich Bistro: 5629 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, Florida 34209
If you love food, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to enjoy a collaboration between Chef Gaetano from Ortygia and Chef Rich from enRich and globally recognized wine importer Luis from InQuest. A Summers Night in Sicily Wine Dinner promises to be a magical and unforgettable event. Tickets are just $80 but they’re limited, so call 941-792-0990 soon to reserve your spot!
22. DIY Sign Painting Class
Thursday, July 25th 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Signs 4R Times: 14624 E State Rd 70, Bradenton, Florida 34202
You don’t need any DIY experience to enjoy creating your own wooden pallet sign while sipping on some wine. The cost of the DIY Painting Class includes your pallet, lettering, paint, and brushes. They provide the wine opener and glasses (you bring your own wine), and refreshments will also be available before and after the class. They accept walk-ins if there’s space, but it’s better to reserve your spot ahead of time. Email email@example.com or call 941-722-8888 for more information.
23. Learn to Hula
Thursday, July 25th 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Greyhawk Fitness: 1850 Rye Road, Bradenton, Florida 34212
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to dance the Hula (who hasn’t?!) now is your chance. Grayhawk Fitness is hosting a Learn to Hula class and you won’t want to miss it! This innovative workout will tone and strengthen your core while you dance to the beat of Polynesian drums and Hawaiian music. Advance registration is recommended, and if you reserve your spot before July 4th you can take advantage of Early Bird Pricing. Call 404-0870 for more information.
24. Pup (and Cat) Crawl
Friday, July 26th 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Anna Maria Island
If you love animals, cocktails, and the laid-back island life, you won’t want to miss the first annual Pup (and cat) Crawl on Anna Maria Island. Hop on Siesta Key Trolleys and head out to participating bars including The Seafood Shack, The Sandbar, Gulf Drive Cafe – Kokonut Hut, and The Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar. The cost is just $25 and all proceeds benefit Lost Pet Services, Inc. – Lost and Found Pets 941. There will be two trolleys holding a total of 70 people and there’s a good chance the event could sell out, so get your tickets here today!
25. Antiques, Art, and Crafts Fair
Saturday, July 27th 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Mixon Fruit Farms: 2525 27th St E, Bradenton, Florida 34208
If you love to shop, you’ll love the Antiques, Art, and Crafts Fair at Mixons Fruit Farm. There will be plenty of cool items for sale from local vendors. While you’re there, make sure you set aside some time to check out the rest of the farm’s fun attractions.
Well, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed learning about 25 Awesome Things to Do in Bradenton during the month of July. 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 August edition of “Get of the Couch, Bradenton!”