There is always something Fun and Interesting happening in Downtown Bradenton. You never know what you may find.

by on March 06, 2017

Pedestrians and motorists will notice a unique and colorful street-applied installation of public art at the intersection of 12th Ave. W and 9th St. W over next week, adding to downtown Bradenton’s growing public art collection.

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by on February 27, 2017

Downtown Bradenton’s Old Main Street will be transformed into a creative zone during Realize Bradenton’s 8th annual ArtSlam, March 4, 2017, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The free event features live performances, site-specific installations, and interactive art experiences by Manatee County art students and professional local artists.

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by on February 07, 2017

Dogs from rescue organizations and shelters around Manatee County will be at the Farmers’ Market and available for adoption on February 11th.

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by on February 07, 2017

The new mural, depicting the qualities unique to Bradenton, is part of six new pieces of public art that will expand the City’s current collection.

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by on November 07, 2016

The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is proud to be the host location for Farm City Week 2016 in Manatee County. In celebration of this year’s theme Youth in Agriculture, local Future Farmers of America students and 4-H Club Members will be demonstrating and displaying various projects focused on agriculture and leadership. The event will take place in conjunction with the Bradenton Farmers’ Market on Nov. 12, 2016, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

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by on November 03, 2016

Now in its fifth year, the Bradenton Blues Festival has put Bradenton on the map as a hub for the blues. Blues musicians, like Doug Deming from Detroit, MI, are moving to the area, Blues Music Magazine is located within walking distance of downtown Bradenton, and live-music blues venues like Ace’s Live and Blue Rooster are at capacity nearly every evening. The International Blues Foundation has taken note and will host their annual board of director’s retreat in downtown Bradenton on Nov. 4–5, 2016.

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by on October 27, 2016


With the Bradenton Blues Festival less than two months away, we are building excitement with the “Blues Bar Buzz” concert series, featuring top blues artists performing live at local music venues. Each “buzz” event will have Bradenton Blues Festival t-shirts available for $20, limited-edition posters for $30, and general admission tickets for $25 ($5 off the advance ticket price of $30). 

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by on September 26, 2016

The Downtown Bradenton’s Farmers’ Market Returns October 1, 2016

Realize Bradenton is pleased to announce the 2016–2017 season of the downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, which opens Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., and continues every Saturday through May 27, 2017. The Market will take place on Old Main Street (12th St. W.), between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd Ave. W. in downtown Bradenton. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are always welcome.

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by on September 09, 2016

What's everybody looking at?

Events that CONNECT  |  Research that INFORMS  |  Public art that INFLUENCES

This month, Realize Bradenton proudly debuted “Talent now seeks place,” an art exhibition on display throughout the month of September in the lobby of the Manatee Performing Arts Center (502 Third Ave, Bradenton, FL 24305).

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by on September 08, 2016

Cook Together Bradenton is a Millennial-driven collaboration that is part of the 2016 Giving Challenge, an online fundraising event benefiting Realize Bradenton and other area nonprofits.

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by on May 18, 2016

bradenton_public_art_millennials_WEB.jpgHow often do really TALK to strangers?  I mean talk in a way that you get to know a person and connect on some level ... I believe that when people connect with each other in new places or in new ways, the social capital of a community grows, vibrancy builds, and lasting economic development goes forward.  Here's how it starts with a conversation.

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by on April 11, 2016

Slide1.jpgWhat if ... What if families from neighborhoods near downtown walked together to shop for fresh, local food?  

What if the solution for a more walkable downtown was something simple, inexpensive, and created from the collective wisdom of Moms?

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by on February 19, 2016

With so many things happening at ArtSlam, I’m commonly asked “What should I not miss?” To be honest, you’ll want to experience as much as possible—all of it, in fact. But if you’re a list kind of person (like me), I’m going to make your day.

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by on October 28, 2015

The breeze in downtown Bradenton felt faintly Caribbean on Friday evening as salsa music drifted from the courtyard of the South Florida Museum and onto the sidewalks along 10th Street. It’s that kind of breeze with the power to pull one from a quiet evening stroll along the water and into another universe. It’s the kind of breeze that makes me fall for Bradenton—hard.

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by on August 06, 2015

For most people, the Village of the Arts (VOTA) is an enclave of downtown Bradenton that they have yet to explore. Everyone knows it is there, but certainly not everyone has gone to visit and see all it has to offer. The best way to take advantage of yet another downtown Bradenton attraction is to attend one of their monthly Artwalks!

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