Get Off The Couch, Bradenton! 20 Cool Things To Do In July

July kicks off with some super exciting Independence Day events - but the fun doesn't stop there!

Check out our round-up of 20 cool things to do in July
Mark your calendars and start making those plans!

1. Red, White and Blueberry Celebration

Saturday, July 1st from 6 PM to 10 PM
Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard: 4250 Waterbury Road, Bradenton, FL

Celebrate America’s birth month with locally crafted wine, tasty foods, and live music at the Red, White and Blueberry Festival.

Head on out to Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, where there’s fun for the whole family! Enjoy delicious food trucks, special drinks, craft vendors, pony rides, and live music by Santiago’s Solo Sounds.
The fireworks will start betwteen 9:30-9:45 pm

This event is FREE, so everyone can come and join in on the celebrations. Visit their website to learn more and get your tickets.

2. Independence Night at Bradenton Marauders

Monday, July 3rd at 5 pm
LECOM Park: 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

The Marauders are excited to celebrate Independence Day on July 3rd, 2023!! Join in on the fun as the
Bradenton Marauders take on the Clearwater Threshers at 6:30 PM at LECOM Park.

There will also be an incredible fireworks spectacular following the conclusion of the game!

The cost of admission will be $12 for the game and will include a Bradenton Marauders hat and a Pepsi drink voucher for the concession stand. Get your tickets here.

3. Red, White and Boom!

Tuesday, July 4th from 5 PM to 10 PM
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature: 201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL

Looking for a great spot to watch the 4th of July fireworks? Head on over to Red, White, and BOOM! at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature!

Grab a seat or bring your own blanket to their Riverside Plaza to get a front-row view of the fantastic fireworks display over the Manatee River. Willy-Yums will be selling delicious bites and you can also get a sweet treat from Kona Ice. There will also be a cash/card bar for adult beverages, soda, and water.

Tickets are just $25 and children under 4 get in for free. Get your tickets here.

4. Make it, Take It

Every Thursday in July from 9:30 AM to 11 AM and 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Manatee County Agricultural Museum: 1015 6th Street West, Palmetto, FL 34221

Grab the kids and head out to a fun arts & crafts educational day at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum! “Make It, Take It” is an entertaining way for children to discover new things, have hands-on fun, join parent/self-guided learning activities, and complete projects. All sorts of crafts and activity stations will be placed around the entire Museum.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity for your kids to learn more about agriculture and spend quality time with them. This 1 – 1/2 hour experience will be held every Thursday, at 9:30 AM or 11:30 AM. The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so get your tickets now!

5. Mermaid Artwalk

Friday, July 7th from 6 PM to 9:30 PM and Saturday, July 8th from 11 AM to 4 PM
The Village of the Arts – 9th Avenue West – 17th Avenue West

Monthly Art Walks are one of Bradenton’s most popular events. July’s theme is “The Magical World of Mermaids.”

Immerse yourself in a celebration of creativity and community, as you stroll through the vibrant Village of the Arts! Explore the art galleries and specialty shops, indulge in delicious treats, enjoy the live music and pop-up vendors, and more. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or simply seeking a fun weekend experience, the Village of the Arts ArtWalk Weekend is an event not to be missed.

6. 13th and 13th Art Market

Friday, July 7th and Saturday, July 8th from 6 pm to 10 pm
Corner of 13th Ave W and 13th St. W in Bradenton

Looking for a fun way to #SupportLocal? Check out the 13th and 13th Art Market in the Village of the Arts.

Catch tons of vendors selling a variety of things like paintings, pottery, jewelry, crystals, and more. Also, Adobe Graffiti Lounge will be serving up some botanical teas Kava & Kratom 🌼🌸 and Birdrock Taco Shack will be there for craft tacos all night!

7. Sip n Sharp Objects Glass Class

Multiple Dates
Witchgrass Studio: 917 12th Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205

If you’re looking for a great experience, you won’t want to miss these fun “Sip n Sharp Objects” Glass Classes at Witchgrass Studio!

In this class, you will start by creating a small piece, like a pendant or a mini-suncatcher, while learning about how to create art with glass. After your first piece, you will create either a 5″x5″ sun catcher or a 4″x6″ dish of your own design.

Projects are ready for pickup later in the week after they have been fired in the kiln a time or two at temperatures up to 1490F. Class is limited to 8 people each, so pick a date and reserve your spot now!

8. 4th Annual Cornhole and Cocktails Festival 2023

Saturday, July 8th from 3 PM to 7 PM
Palmetto’s Manatee County Fairgrounds: 1402 14th Avenue W Palmetto, FL 34221

Don’t miss out on the 4th Annual Cornhole and Cocktails Festival at the Manatee County Fairgrounds!

You’ll love this fun indoor cornhole tournament with live music, food, drinks, and raffle prizes. Local restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries will be on display serving up samples of their food and cocktails. It’s all included in your ticket price, so enjoy as much as you please! It’s just $40 to attend this 21+ event. Get your tickets here.

9. Jack Hartmann’s Final Concert at Mixons

Saturday, July 8th from 10 AM to 2 PM
Mixon Fruit Farms 2525: 27th Street East Bradenton, FL 34208 

Watch YouTube Sensation, Jack Hartmann at the Final Concert Ever at Mixon Fruit Farms.

Mixon’s doors will open at 10 AM, and the concert will start at 11 AM. The kids will also love to play all day in the amazing “Play Place,” where there will be large bounce houses, a sandbox, a 20ft inflatable slide, and much more. This event might sell fast, so get your tickets here.

10. MPAC Auditions for Fall Musicals

Sunday, July 9th and Monday, July 10th at 7 PM
Manatee Performing Arts Center: 502 Third Avenue W, Bradenton, FL

Are you dreaming of performing on stage? All talented performers are invited to come out and audition for the Fall Musicals at Manatee Performing Arts Center. They have four shows this fall – SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, and SHE LOVES ME, and they want you to join them!

Auditions will begin at 7 PM. Actors will start auditioning in the order they arrive. Prepare a song in your key and get ready for any movement portion that the director may require.

They also accept video auditions! For video submissions – please email them to Rick Kerby at, no later than Friday, July 7th.

11. Shop & Walk Old Manatee

Sunday, July 9th from 10 AM to 3 PM
Old Manatee Historical District (Near 816 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208)

Visit the Old Manatee neighborhood to shop, eat, and play! On this day, you’ll have the chance to experience the area in a unique and exciting way!

-Shop for Vintage, Thrift, and Upcycled items at Segunda Vida
-Check out The Vintage Vine Pop-Up Market & Tea Tasting Party
– Visit the Friendly City Flea Summer Indoor Market
– Go to Bat City Comic Profesionals for a Collage Creation and all-day comic enjoyment!
– Indulge in delicious food at Oscura and Vernona’s Hungarian Restaurant and Deli!

12. Laser Light Nights

Multiple Dates
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature: 201 10th Street West, Bradenton

Catch the spectacular Laser Light Nights show at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature! Rock out to the tunes of some your favorite musical icons every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Whether you’re into The Beatles, Metallica, or Taylor Swift, there’s a show this month for you!

General admission tickets are only $15 and food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Seats will sell out quickly, so get your tickets now.

13. Be Fearless (Wonder Woman Collective)

Thursday, July 13th from 5 PM to 7 PM
SCF Bradenton: 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207

Don’t miss out on this Wonder Woman Collective Event and Workshop at the State College of Florida.

Keynote speaker Kim Richmond will help you discover how to think about yourself and your accomplishments in a different way. This is more than just a workshop, you’ll obtain new insights and tangible techniques that you can use to fight off imposter syndrome and conquer self-doubt.

This workshop is $25 – including food, drinks, and presentations. Get your tickets here.

14. Christmas in July at Mystic Mines

Sunday, July 16th
1017 12th Ave West Bradenton, FL 39205 (Village of the Arts)

It might be hot outside, but you’ll forget all about that while celebrating Christmas in July at Mystic Mines!

For just $35 you can get large bucket to mine. There will also be live music and a Crystal Flat Box sale.

Mystic Mines is the area’s largest Gemstone Mining Attraction! Come down and have some fun MINING for rough stones, clusters polished and tumbled stones, fossils, and crystals of all kinds. You never know what’s hidden in that bucket just waiting for YOU! Kids of all ages LOVE to Gemstone Mine.

Every Friday throughout the summer, you can also enjoy the fun with $5 off large buckets.

15. Discover Bradenton’s Networking Event

Thursday, July 20th from 5 PM to 7 PM
Oscura: 816 Manatee Avenue East Bradenton, FL 34208

Join us for a casual networking happy hour at Oscura. There will be lite bites, door prizes, and more!

Be sure to bring lots of business cards, because you will be making incredible connections, growing your business, and maybe meeting new friends along the way.

The event is free for Discover Bradenton members and $10 for visitors. Last month’s event sold out, so don’t wait. Get your tickets here!

16. Summer Senior Concert & Senior Wellness Expo

Thursday, July 20th from 10 AM to 1 PM
2015 32nd Ave West Bradenton, FL 34205

If you’ve got a special senior in your life, you’ll want to make sure they know about this fun concert and wellness expo at Water’s Edge of Bradenton.

The event will feature “A tribute to Frank Sinatra” performed by John Rinell. It’s completely free for seniors, including free valet parking, free lunch, door prizes, and more.  There will also be a variety of professional vendors representing a range of industries, including Housing, Finance, Medicare, Elder Law, Medical, Vision, Home Health & Therapy. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To RSVP, call Senior Life 941-251-7057. 

17. Radiant Glow Retreat

Friday to Sunday, July 21st to July 23rd from 9 AM to 5 PM
Thrive Yoga & Fitness Studio

Join Ashley Burns and Erin Colleen Geraghty for a 3-Day Radiant Glow Retreat to Cleanse, Restore, and Heal your body, mind, and spirit.

It includes everything fom IV Therapy to Life Coaching, Paddleboard Yoga to Healing Sound Baths, and of course Ashley’s Organic Cold Pressed Juices (3 per day). This retreat is a comprehensive dive into holistic healing and achieving wellness, inside and out. The event will be held at Thrive Yoga & Fitness. It may sell out, so reserve your space now!

18. Resin Classes & More at Gypsea Soul

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

Looking for a fun way to beat the heat this summer? Check out the huge range of Classes at Gypsea Soul Studios. They offer a variety of workshops including candle making, resin arts, acrylic paintings, fluid arts, and more!

Classes are open for beginners, so you don’t have to worry about feeling like you’re in over your head. Plus, all the materials needed are included in the class tuition. It is also BYOB-friendly! Click here to check out the classes and RSVP.

19. Edible Gardening Festival

Saturday, July 22nd from 8 AM to 12 PM
410 6th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208-1928

Held at the “Manatee Square Garden” (outside the Department of Health building in Downtown Bradenton), the first Manatee County Edible Gardening Festival is sure to be a ton of fun.

Learn how to incorporate edible gardening into your landscape, participate in a seed swap, enjoy a mango tasting, check out the herb gardening demonstration, learn about composting, and more! Stop by any time between 8 am and 12 pm for this free event.

20. Bradenton Public Market – Summer Edition

Saturday, July 29th from 9 AM to 2 PM
Old Main Street: 400 Old Main St, Bradenton, FL

For the first time, The Bradenton Public Market is continuing during the summer months. On the last Saturday in July and August, you’ll have the chance to stroll around downtown Bradenton and enjoy the summer vibes while you check out their display of fresh produce, local artisans, and deliciously prepared foods.

⏱Same Market Time, 9am – 2pm
📍Same Market Place, Old Main Street

There you have it! Our round-up of 20 Cool Things to Do in Bradenton during the month of July. When you visit these events, please be sure to tell the hosts you heard about them on Discover Bradenton! This helps us continue to #SupportLocal and #KeepBradentonstrong.

Looking for even more fun things to do? Check out Discover Bradenton’s Event Calendar! We update it every few days, so you never know what you’re going to find.

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