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

There’s no shortage of fun activities going on in the Bradenton area this month! From fundraisers to flea markets and live music to parades, there’s something for everyone! Check out our round-up of the top 20 Cool Things to Do in Bradenton this month.

1. Take Stock in Children Costume Mystery Gala

Friday, March 1st from 6 PM to 9 PM
IMG Academy Golf Club: 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34210

Start this month’s activities with the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties at the Pineapple Kitchen’s Speakeasy Costume Mystery Gala dinner. Dress in your finest flapper dresses and pinstripe attires for a night of fun and enchantment.

This is more than just a glamorous evening, it’s also about helping make a difference in the lives of the Manatee County Students. All proceeds from this event will support scholarships through the Take Stock in Children Manatee Program.

Mix and mingle with exceptional scholars while enjoying a delicious sit-down dinner with an open bar with beer and wine. There will also be a champagne wall and cocktails available for purchase. Get your tickets or make a donation here!


2. Art Walk and Studio Tour

Friday, March 1st from 6 PM to 9:30 PM and Saturday, March 2nd from 11 AM to 4 PM
Village of the Arts: 9th Ave W to 17th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

 Here’s your chance to take a peek behind all the fabulous art and creativity in Bradenton’s one and only Village of the Arts, where local artists live, work and create in a historic neighborhood full of charming colorful 1920~30 cottages! 

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to see creativity up close. Meet and chat with painters, pottery makers, sculptors, crafters, jewelry designers, and more. View and purchase a one of a kind piece of art made right before your eyes! Stroll thru the village of more then 20 plus galleries, speciality shops and restaurants where you will always fine great art, live music and good food!  And…..Free Parking Too.


3. Kids in the Kitchen at Bradenton Public Market

Saturday, March 2nd from 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Bradenton Public Market: 400 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Head on over to the Bradenton Public Market for a culinary adventure as the Junior League of Manatee County teams up with Realize Bradenton to teach kids healthy eating habits made from simple meals that can be easily found in our community. Through interactive sessions, children will learn to create delicious and nutritious snacks. Ingredients and a recipe will be provided for the children to successfully create their snack!

Due to popular demand, they will now offer TWO sessions this market season. Sign-up starts at 9:30 AM for the 10 AM session and at 10:45 AM for the 11:15 session. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to cook up some fun!


4. Elvis Tribute at 88 Live Piano Bar

Sunday, March 3rd from 5 PM to 8 PM
88Live Piano Bar: 6640 Cortez Rd West, Suite A Bradenton, FL 34210

Get ready to sing and dance to the timeless tunes of the King of Rock ‘N Roll at 88 Live Piano Bar‘s Elvis Tribute night! You won’t want to miss this fun evening of classic hits, swaying hips, and a whole lot of fun.

Looking for even more live music fun? Check out 88Live’s full lineup of performances.


5. Battle Buddy Bash

Monday, March 4th from 12 PM to 2 PM
Battle Buddy Bash: 6640 Cortez Rd West, Suite A Bradenton, FL 34210

SOF Missions invites you to a special fundraising event aimed at placing service dogs, particularly Zelda, with a deserving veteran in our community. These highly trained dogs, facilitated by Top Tier K9 Bradenton under the expert guidance of Miss Julie Madison, offer vital support in helping veterans adapt and reintegrate into society, potentially saving lives in the process.

Come out for a laidback afternoon at 88Live for a casual lunch and raffle and support this amazing cause! Get your tickets or make a donation here.


6. Snatch It

Saturday, March 9th from 6 PM to 10 PM
ArtCenter Manatee: 209 9th St West Bradenton, FL 34205

Get Ready, Get Set, Go! Prepare for a night of exhilarating fun, adventure, and incredible prizes at Snatch It! Art & More for Grabs at ArtCenter Manatee!

Paintings, jewelry, pottery, quilts, trips, wine baskets, boat rides and weekend getaways are just some of the prizes ready to grab at this hilarious biennial event. Every prize is valued at a minimum of $250 and some are valued at over $1,000.

There will be live music, delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, top-shelf drinks, and a whole lot of fun! At $150 per “Snatcher” ticket, it’s a steal! Bring a buddy and have them “Cheer” you on! Cheerer tickets are $50 and include food and beverages. Get your tickets here.


7. Palmetto Heritage Festival

Saturday, March 9th from 10 AM to 3 PM
Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum: 515 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL, 34221

Celebrate local history and heritage at Palmetto’s Heritage Festival, taking place at Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum. This FREE event offers family-friendly activities and an open house at the park.

The 1880 Heritage Station Post Office will be operational for this one-day celebration featuring a unique cancellation designed by local middle school student Kaylee Schauer – so don’t forget to bring your stamped mail. Mouthwatering treats from Word of Mouth BBQ and Frosted Pink Artisan Cookies are also available for purchase on-site.

Highlighting this event is The Original Florida Highwaymen Art Show & Sale featuring great artists like Curtis Arnett, R.L. Lewis, Doretha Hair Truesdell, and Roderick Hair. For more info: Call 941-721-2034 or 941-723-4991


8. Friendly City Flea

Sunday, March 10th from 10 AM to 3 PM
Oscura: 816 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208

Don’t miss out on the Friendly City Flea at Oscura in the Old Manatee Historic District. This curated market brings together a diverse array of makers, musicians, and creatives from the local community.

With over 70 artisan vendors, this FREE event offers something for everyone. Browse for unique handmade goods, taste delicious brunch options, sip on coffee or cocktails, and listen to live music performances throughout the day. This month’s market will celebrate Springtime with a Garden Party!

While you’re there, don’t forget to explore the Old Manatee Neighborhood where you can discover local gems like Segunda Vida, Bat City Comic Professionals, and The Vintage Vine Market.


9. 3rd Annual Coquina Beach Seafood & Music Festival

March 15th-17th: Friday 4-10 pm, Saturday11 am to 10 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm
Coquina Beach, Gulf Drive N. Bradenton

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a weekend of food, music and fun at the 3rd Annual Coquina Beach Seafood & Music Festival.

  • Feast on the freshest seafood from local vendors.
  • Jam to live music from the area’s top performers.
  • Experience authentic Floridian arts and crafts.

Admission is free! Musical performances include Ryane Marie, Damon Fowler, Crossfire Creek Band, Billy Rice Band, Kettle of Fish, Dr. Dave Band, Igor & The Red Elvises, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, Kara Nally Band, Dead Set Florida, and K-Luv & United Funk Foundation.


10. Monthly Cruise-In at Steak-n-Shake

Friday, March 15th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM (Third Friday of every month)
Steak ‘n Shake: 106 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34203

Gear up, rev your engines, and cruise on over to Steak ‘N Shake for an Old School Cruise-In! Mark your calendars every THIRD Friday of the month, and join this event for car enthusiasts of all kinds. There will be no fees, no trophies, and no drama – just a place to come together, enjoy delicious food, talk about cars, and have fun.

All vehicles are welcome, including bikes, so whether you’re into vintage classics or sleek motorcycles, there is something for everyone. Enjoy live music, participate in a 50/50 drawing, eat, and enjoy.


11. Papa’s Pilar Rum Dinner

Friday, March 15th at 7 PM
Pier 22 Ballroom: 1200 1st Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34205

Enjoy an evening of rum exploration at the exclusive Papa’s Pilar Rum Dinner at Pier 22! Prepare to be whisked away on a flavorful journey through five courses paired with handcrafted cocktails and a selection of Papa’s Pilar Rum expressions.

Pier 22’s skilled chefs have curated a menu to perfectly complement the unique characteristics of these exceptional rums, transporting you to a tropical paradise with every bite. The event kicks off at 7 PM with introductions of savory hors d’oeuvres, followed by a grand feast.

Secure your place now for an amazing evening of culinary delight. Cheers to good food, great company, and the finest rum around!


12. Paws in Motion Walk-a-Thon

Saturday, March 16th from 8 AM to 12 PM
Rossi Park at the Riverwalk: 452 3rd Ave. W  Bradenton, FL 34205

Get ready to have a tail-wagging good time at the Paws in Motion Walk-a-thon & Festival, hosted by the Humane Society of Manatee County at Rossi Park on the Bradenton Riverwalk. This paw-some event is back and packed with fun for the whole family. Bring your furry friends to enjoy a leisurely one-mile walk along the beautiful Manatee River. There will also be exciting activities like a dog lure course, games, raffle prizes, and live music. Plus, you’ll get to meet adorable and adoptable dogs who are seeking their fur-ever homes.

This is more than just a cute event for our pets, you can also get involved and make a difference by joining as an individual fundraiser or forming a team. Pre-register now and secure your spot to start fundraising for a great cause. The fundraiser who collects the most donations will have the honor of their pet becoming the Spokespet for Paws in Motion 2025.

You can also register on the day of the event at 8 AM, with event activities kicking off immediately. Your registration fee of $35 – $25 for children, and free for those under 5 years old – includes a goody bag filled with goodies and a Paws in Motion 2024 t-shirt. Extra t-shirts will be available onsite for $15.

Come together, support a worthy cause, and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities with your fur babies. Let’s make a PAWsitive impact!


13. Comic Creation Workshop

Saturday, March 16th from 11:30 AM to 1 PM and 3:30 PM to 5 PM
Bat City Comic Professionals: 915 Manatee Ave E. Bradenton, FL 34208

Calling all kids for an adventure into the comic book world! Visit Bat City Comics for an exciting opportunity to make your very own comic book. Let your imagination soar as you will learn step-by-step how to create your stories while hanging out in a comic book store.

This event is FREE for kids ages 8 – 16. No need to sign up in advance – just show up and get creative. Sessions run from 11:30 AM to 1 PM and 3:30 PM to 5 PM. Pick a time that works for you, unleash your creativity, and get ready to have loads of fun!


14. Anna Maria Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday, March 17th from 4 PM to 6 PM
5801 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217-1561

Bring the luck o’ the Irish with you to the Anna Maria Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Starting at Holmes Beach City Hall, the parade will make its way through the island’s streets, featuring a lively procession of floats, marching bands, and more.

The parade’s route will take you along 58th St, Marina Dr, Palm Dr, Gulf Dr, Pine Ave, Tarpon St, and Magnolia Ave, ending at The Center of Anna Maria Island. Wear your best green outfit and have fun celebrating the Irish culture and community spirit.


15. Networking at the De Soto Float Barn!

Wednesday, March 20th from 5 PM to 7 PM
Hernando De Soto Historical Society: 605 17th Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

Don’t miss one of the biggest networking events of the year! Join Discover Bradenton at the Hernando De Soto Float Barn for a casual happy hour where you can enjoy lite bites, complimentary beer and wine, and exciting door prizes.

This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other business owners while helping the De Soto Crew get ready to kick off their festival season. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards. This is a great way to expand your network.

This event is FREE for Discover Bradenton members, and visitors can join in on the fun for $12. Get your tickets here.


16. Music in the Park

Friday, March 22nd and March 29th from 6 PM to 8 PM
Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion: 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Gather your family and friends, grab your comfy chairs and blankets, bring some snacks, and head on over to Rossi Park for music on the Riverwalk.

This month, don’t miss out on two great performances by Eric Von Band (Country) on March 22nd and Truality (Gospel) on March 29th.

This FREE event is a wonderful way to enjoy an evening outdoors.


17. Tropical Nights 2024: A Pirate’s Life

Saturday, March 23rd at 6 PM
Grove Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch: 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Ahoy there matey! Prepare to set sail at the 30th Annual Tropical Nights: A Pirate’s Life event, all in support of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. All hands on deck at the Grove Ballroom for a night of adventure and giving.

Dress in your best pirate attire or an elegant cocktail outfit as you mingle and dance to the lively tunes of the Tropical Ave Band.

Spaces are limited, so buy your tickets now. Can’t make it but want to support this great cause? You can also make a donation online.


18. Cortez Nautical Flea Market

Saturday, March 23rd from 9 AM to 1 PM
Florida Maritime Museum: 4415 119th St W Cortez, FL 34215

Attention all boat lovers and sea enthusiasts! If you have a passion for all things maritime, then you don’t want to miss out on the annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market.

This FREE family-friendly event is a great place to get your hands on all types of fishing gear, marine equipment, coastal arts & crafts, and all things nautical. Food will also be available to purchase onsite. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just love the ocean breeze, there’s something for everyone at this exciting market.


19. 2024 North Manatee Kiwanis Beast Feast

Saturday, March 23rd from 6 PM to 11 PM
Manatee County Fairgrounds: 1402 14th Avenue West, Palmetto, FL 34221

Calling all food enthusiasts and music lovers – come and join a night of grand meals and entertainment at the 2024 Beast Feast, brought to you by the Kiwanis Club of North Manatee.

Feast on all-you-can-eat southern favorites like frog legs, swamp cabbages, hog, buffalo, gator, fish, shrimp & grits, and more, while listening to the tunes of local recording artist, Eric Von. Beer & wine is also available, with 2 drinks included in the $50 admission cost. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, and a 50/50 drawing.

Proceeds help North Manatee Kiwanis provide scholarships and support their various sponsored Youth organizations in North Manatee Schools.  Purchase your tickets now.


20. Children’s Parade & Party in the Park

Friday, March 29th at 10 AM
Sutton Park: 1036 6th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221

One of the most adorable and heart-warming events you’ll ever see, this parade puts the kids in charge.  It’s pure and wholesome fun as floats engineered and built in schoolrooms and at home parade along the historic avenues of Palmetto, from the Manatee County Fairgrounds, south on 10th Avenue West and then along Fifth Street West to Lamb Park.

Food, fun and many activities for children, including games after the parade ends at the “Party in the Park” in Sutton and Lamb Parks. A day full of excitement and big smiles not to be missed!


There you have it – our Top 20 Cool Things to Do in Bradenton this March! Mark your calendars and bookmark this page, so you don’t miss a thing. Looking for even more? We update our Event Calendar every day, so bookmark the page and visit often!

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  • Joe Tinaglia 4 weeks ago

    thanks

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