It’s hard to believe May is already here! While the temperatures are starting to rise, there are still a ton of fun things to do this month. From Manatee’s 1st Ever Taco Fest to live music, fishing tournaments, poker runs, and more – there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Check out our round-up of 20 Cool Things to Do in Bradenton this month.
1. Maker Space Open House – Downtown Bradenton Library
Wednesday, May 4th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Manatee County Public Library: 1301 Barcarrota Blvd Bradenton, FL 34205
Maker Space lets families of all ages experience hands-on learning including 3D printing, button making, and 3D pen activities. There’s also going to be a fun Rainbow Windsock craft and informational demonstrations featuring Robots that move due to color programming.
This activity is part of Suncoast Remake Learning Days. CLICK HERE to get your free tickets.
2. Beach Market at Coquina Beach
Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm
2650 Gulf Drive S Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Enjoy an afternoon of visiting the beautiful Beach Market at Coquina Beach Park. Relax and stroll around the stunning white sand, overlooking the view of the Gulf, where you can purchase some great food, visit unique vendors, and more!
The Market features everything from fresh produce, jewelry, and arts and crafts, to pottery, beauty items, and much more. If you haven’t visited the Market recently, you truly are missing out!
3. Lilly Pulitzer Luncheon & Fashion Show
Friday, May 6th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Bradenton Country Club: 4646 9th Ave W Bradenton, FL 34209
Show your support for Foundation for Dreams and Dream Oaks Camp by attending their upcoming Lilly Pulitzer Luncheon & Fashion show! Come and mingle while browsing through pop-up shops from local boutiques and businesses.
You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch while watching the fashion show, which will feature some of their campers and counselors. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, a Gift Basket raffle, and much more! Tickets start at $75 and you can purchase them here.
4. May Artwalk #SeenInTheVota
Friday, May 6th from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, May 7th from 11 am to 4 pm
Village of the Arts: 1227 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Start the month off by taking a stroll through the May Artwalk at Bradenton’s Village of the Arts.
This month’s theme is #SeenInTheVota and will offer exciting opportunities to explore the local galleries and shops, enjoy delicious food, live music, and everything VOTA has to offer. This is one of Bradenton’s favorite monthly events! Check out the VOTA Calendar to see who’s open and visit the event’s discussion page for updates.
5. Music in the Park
Friday, May 6th from 6 pm to 8 pm
Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion: 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Due to one event being rained out last month, we’ll have the chance to enjoy one last Music in the Park this season! Catch James Tyrone Band/Soul on May 6 at the Pavilion at Rossi Park on the Bradenton Riverwalk.
Everyone is invited to come to this free event. Bring your own blanket and chairs. Furry companions on leashes are also welcome!
6. Kentucky Derby Party at Mattison’s
Saturday, May 7th
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille: 101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 120, Bradenton, FL 34205
Come out to Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille on Saturday the 7th for a fun and festive Kentucky Derby party! Races will be televised all day, and the main race begins at 6:57 pm
There will be Derby-themed food and drink specials and a hat contest at 6:30 pm with a $50 Mattison’s gift card as the prize. Reservations are recommended, so give them a call at 941-896-9660.
7. Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 7th from 10 am to 4 pm
Descent Into Gaming: 5205 33rd St East Bradenton, FL 34203
Calling all comic book fans! Join Descent Into Gaming in celebrating Free Comic Book Day! They’ll be offering free comics (1 issue per family while supplies last). There will also be giveaways, discounts, and maybe even some cosplays. If you’re into comics, you’ll definitely want to check this out.
8. Manatee’s 1st Ever Taco Fest
Saturday, May 7th from 12 pm to 6 pm
Manatee County Fairgrounds: 1402 14th Avenue West Palmetto, FL 34221
If you love tacos (who doesn’t?!) then Manatee’s 1st Annual Taco Fest is definitely the event for you! This event will showcase over 150 of Tri-State Area’s Best Taco Producers together with a variety of Specialty Cocktails and entertainment.
This is a family-friendly event with inflatables, face painting, and more for everyone to enjoy. General admission is $10 and kids under 10 years old go in for free.
9. 35th Annual Jerry Hill Memorial Kids Fishing Tournament
Saturday, May 7th from 7 am to 11 am
805 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, FL 34221
Bring your kids out to the 35th Annual Jerry Hill Memorial Fishing Kids Fishing Tournament! This catch-and-release tournament is FREE for everyone to join.
There will be free shirts for all registered participants and prizes given to winners of every age group based on the longest fish caught and released. This is always a popular event, with close to 200 participants each year. Registration is required – you can sign up here.
10. Florida Highwaymen Artist Show and Sale
Saturday, May 7th from 10 am to 3 pm
Palmetto Historical Park: 515 10th Ave W Palmetto, FL 34221
The original Florida Highwaymen Artists Art Show and Sale is back at Palmetto Historical Park! It will feature incredible artists including Curtis Arnett, Al Black, Kandie Ingram (showing the work of her mother), Mary Ann Carroll, R.L. Lewis, Doretha Hair Truesdell, Roderick Hair – and more!
Vintage works by Alfred Hair, the Newton Brothers, Livingston Roberts, John Maynor, Robert Butler, and more will be available for viewing and purchase. In addition, the Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum will be open for visitors.
11. Starry Night Astronomy
Saturday, May 7th from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Robinson Preserve Expansion: 10299 9th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, FL 34209
Enjoy a night of gazing at the stars at the Robinson Preserve Expansion! This will be an astronomical extravaganza with local astronomers ready with telescopes.
Learn how to identify these heavenly bodies, so you can stargaze at home too. This free event is suitable for attendees of all ages.
12. “FROM Bits & Pieces” Workshop
Blessed & Distressed Vintage: 615 59th St W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Tuesday, May 10th from 6 pm to 8 pm
Join Blessed and Distressed Vintage for an evening of fun and take home your own one-of-a-kind concrete creation. There will be snacks and wine samples with opportunities for ordering.
There are only 10 seats available so don’t wait! Reserve your spot by calling 941-896-8800 or stopping by the store.
13. Corks & Forks Winemaker’s Dinner
Friday, May 13th at 7:30 pm
Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen: 6059 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
Join Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen for a Corks & Forks Winemaker’s Dinner, sponsored by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. The dinner will feature guest Gerald L. “Jerry” Baxter from Alexander Valley Vineyards.
You won’t want to miss this delicious 5-course prix fixe menu with each course paired with a wine from Alexander Valley. This approximately 2-2.5 hour event is $130/per person. Spots are limited, so please contact 941-251-5435 for more information or stop by the restaurant to reserve your spot.
14. Succulent Sunday
Sunday, May 15th from 3 pm to 5 pm
Paddywagon Cortez: 6690 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
Come on out to Paddywagon on Cortez Rd. W. for a different kind of Sunday Funday! Purchase a drink, and you’ll receive two succulents, a pot, and decorating tools so you can make your own succulent arrangement! There will also be free pool, drink specials, and 20% off for those in the service industry.
15. AMI Pivateers Shiprek Poker Run
Sunday, May 15th from 9 am to 5 pm
Everyone is welcome to join Anna Maria Island Privateers for their Shiprek Poker Run! Bring your bike, jeep, bus, corvette, or any personal vehicle and experience the fun.
Registration will start at 9 AM at Peggy’s Corral. The cost is $20 for the 1st hand and $10 for additional hands. Stops include the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2756, Compass @ Margaritaville, Tarpon Bay Grill & Tiki Bar, and the Palmetto Moose #2117.
There will be awesome prizes, so don’t miss out! You can learn more and register here.
16. Discover Bradenton Networking Event
Thursday, May 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm
Bamboozer Island Bar: 313 Old Main St, Bradenton, FL 34205
Check out this month’s Discover Bradenton Networking Event at Bamboozer Island Bar! We’re hosting a casual happy hour where you can connect with other business owners, make new friends, and more importantly, have fun. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards! There will be lite bites, door prizes, and a cash bar.
This event is free for Discover Bradenton members and $10 for future members. You can register here.
17. 6th Annual Adopt-A-Palooza and Pet Expo
Saturday, May 21st from 10 am to 4 pm
Bradenton Area Convention Center: 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto, FL 34221
The annual Adopt-A-Palooza & Pet Expo is back! The Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FOMCAS) will be hosting the largest one-day adoption and expo-style event in Manatee County. There will be over 100 adoptable puppies, dogs, cats, and kittens from Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS), local shelters, and animal rescues – all under one roof.
The family-friendly event will include over 25 retail vendors selling a variety of pet products. There will also be a free pet vaccine and microchip clinic from 11 am to 2 pm (first come, first served).
18. Big Brothers and Big Sisters Movie Knight at Knight’s Towing
Wednesday, May 25th
Knight’s Towing: 1410 18th Ave Dr E, Palmetto, FL 34221
19. Sip n Wick Candle Making
Friday, May 27th from 6 pm to 8 pm
Gypsea Soul, 615 15th Street West, FL 34205
We are excited to introduce to you the newest SipNWick Candle Class at Gypsea Soul Studios! This is a fun, instructor-led class where you get to “SIP” while you “WICK” and make your own one-of-a-kind candle.
The class lasts about two hours and your candle will be ready to bring home with you that night. Learn more and get your tickets here!
20. AMI Privateers Snooks Adams Kids Day
Saturday, May 28th from 10 am to 2 pm
Holmes Beach City Field: 5801 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL
Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Bring them out to Holmes Beach where they can enjoy free hot dogs, pizza, drinks, games and prizes, and a treasure hunt and costume contest along with pictures of pirates!
This event is sure to be a good time for both kids and kids at heart!