The Bradenton Community hosts great events for everyone to enjoy all throughout the year. My family enjoys many of them including the Grand Parade, Art Slam, 4th of July fireworks on the Manatee River, the Manatee County Fair, Entre Nous and others. If you are considering visiting or moving to the Bradenton Area, you want to make sure that your schedule will include some, if not all of these annual events.
Bradenton's Annual Events
DeSoto Heritage Festival.
A month long series of events to celebrate the landing of Hernando DeSoto. A seafood festival, children's parade, the DeSoto Ball, the Queen's Court Musical and Fashion Show, bottle boat regatta and the Grand Parade as the conclusion.
Grand Parade. Known as one of the best parades in the south and one that rivals Tampa's Gasparilla, the grand parade has been an annual event since 1939. Locals look forward to every April where Conquistadors, Pirates and a multitude of beads converge on Manatee for a great time for friends and family. I am fortunate enough to live a block from the parade route and it is our family tradition to hold a pre-parade party where all of our friends park at the house, enjoy food and beverage, and experience the parade the most enjoyable way imaginable.
4th of July Celebration. The countries best day and Bradenton does not hold back. Music and fireworks occur over the Manatee River near the Green Bridge and there are plenty of great locations to take in the show. Floating in a boat is one of the best ways to experience the extensive fireworks show.
Manatee County Fair. A local attraction held every January held right across the river in Palmetto. Fair food, rides, shows and entertainment will satisfy even the pickiest of fair goers.
Blues Festival. Held at the downtown Riverwalk in December, a full line up of top blues artists lead the event with live music while food, drink, art and vendors enhance the experience. A fun experience for the entire family.
Entres Nous Holiday Tour of Homes. Entre Nous is a long standing woman's organization whose mission is to make a difference in the Manatee County community. Every December they promote a tour of homes where host properties decorate for the season and allow all ticket holders to come and view the spectacle.
Bradenton Art Slam. The Bradenton Art Slam is an annual event where main street becomes an art party. Live music is played throughout the event. There are food and drink vendors. There are tents and areas set up along the street with art activities for young and old to participate in. Chalk artists create their works right on the street. There are contests and street performers and all your neighbors checking out the scene. Keep your eyes open for my girls. They love this event.