One of the benefits of hanging out downtown is there is something for everyone. There are many locally owned shops, eateries and a number of activities to choose from for all ages. If you are visiting the area or are new to Bradenton, WalkBradenton.com is a great resource to find and locate where the locals go for food, entertainment and relaxation.
Food and Fun: The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is back in season and takes place every Saturday, 9 a.m.–2p.m., October to May. Locals come here for fresh veggies, locally made items and great local entertainment. The market features cooking demos from local chefs, live performances by local musicians, including Dean Johanesen, Trevor Bystrom Duo, and yours truly. Every third Saturday, be sure to check out Mainly Art, where local artisans offer their artwork for sale.
Theater: The Manatee Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is currently in its 2017–2018 season. Locals enjoy quality plays and musicals by some of the most talented community actors in the area. The Producers, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Peter Pan are just a few classics recently featured.
The theater is conveniently located near Old Main Street, so you can easily eat at one of downtown’s delectable restaurants and be on time for a show within minutes. Find places to EAT AND DRINK on WalkBradenton.com.
To find the MPAC on WalkBradenton.com, click on ATTRACTIONS. Then press the icon that looks like an admission ticket!
Live Music: The Bradenton Blues Festival is one of the most popular live music events of the year. The event occurs along the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton and brings thousands of locals and visitors to watch some of the blues scene’s most renowned players.
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Undine Shorey is a singer/multi-instrumentalist and freelance writer in Manatee and Sarasota County.