2016 Bradenton Blues Festival

The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend kicks off on Friday, December 2, 2016, with a free Blues Appetizer Concert. The main event is on Saturday, December 3, 2016, with an outstanding lineup of talented blues musicians on the big stage. In addition to amazing music, our award-winning annual festival features local craft beer, delicious specialty food vendors, and more. The festivities continue with blues after-parties Saturday evening. The weekend wraps up with a tasty and soulful Blues Brunch on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Come and experience the blues in Bradenton!

Pickin’ Picnic 2016

Music festival? Food festival? Beer festival? Why not all three?! Pickin’ Picnic combines everything into one big, family-friendly celebration. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy your favorite craft beers, food trucks, and local bands. The best part? Admission is FREE!

It’s all going down Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion.

2:00 p.m. — Free Craft-Beer Tasting (Darwin Brewing Company, Motorworks Brewing, Big Top Brewing Company) & Food Truck Battle
3:00 p.m. — Sam Robertson
4:00 p.m. — Michael Snayd Music
5:15 p.m. — Lady and Gentleman
6:30 p.m. — The Western Sons
7:45 p.m. — Dropin Pickup
9:00 p.m. — Good Graeff

Ain’t No Thang
Ammy’s Catering & Concessions
B’s Cool Treats Ice Cream Truck
The Traveling Kitchen Catering

ArtSlam 2016

A Celebration of Creativity!
Watch as teams of students and creatives take art out of the classrooms and studios and onto the streets as ArtSlam joins the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. Engage in the creative process, experience temporary public art, and celebrate the creative youth on Manatee County!

Plaza Cubana Pop-Up

Downtown Bradenton turns up the heat with a tropical rumba celebrating Cuban music, food and culture at the South Florida Museum’s courtyard. Imagine dreamy, twinkling lights overhead, Latin rhythms, Spanish architecture, twirling on the dance floor, dominos clicking, salsa music from a ten-piece brass band, Cuban food, coffee, and frosty beverages with old (and new!) friends… Encantador—enchanting—with a Cuban flair.


  • An event for the 18–34 year-old crowd
  • Free Entry
  • Live Music of Orquesta Los Soneros
  • Food & Drink
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Fun activities like dominos, jumbo Jenga, and more!


PopUps for a Purpose is an experiment in creating vibrancy among Millennials in innovative ways. Nine pop-up style events, from October 2015 through May 2016, will temporarily transform outdoor spaces into event venues designed to spark dialogue and imagination in downtown Bradenton. Events like Plaza Cubana in the South Florida Museum courtyard aim to accelerate local community engagement among the nation’s most diverse generation. Join the party on InstagramFacebook, and Snapchat to stay connected!