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Love This City Bradenton

Reconnect | Reimagine
Rediscover | Redevelop

Through Love This City Bradenton, Realize Bradenton will provide opportunities for the community to rediscover and reimagine Downtown Bradenton. By promoting these actions, we hope to increase awareness for local businesses and cultural assets, encourage entrepreneurs to start new businesses, and promote economic growth in Downtown Bradenton.

Quirky Snapshots of Bradenton’s Past

In honor of Bradenton’s 119th birthday, a fun history reading was performed at the Downtown Bradenton Public Market. Cast and Crew: Mayor Gene Brown, Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey, Ethan Bedell, Aaron Empsall, Simone Peterson, Marjorie and Bud Martini.

“Our Fair City” by Have Gun, Will Travel

Bradenton-based band Have Gun, Will Travel (HGWT) has written a song as part of Realize Bradenton’s Love This City Bradenton campaign. The new song, “Our Fair City,” takes the listener on a journey through Bradenton and what makes it a vibrant place to live, work, and play. 

Our Community Quilt

Local community members were given a small canvas and the prompt, “Why do you love this city?” These visual representations of love have been combined to create our community quilt.

Love Poem to Bradenton

During the fall of 2021, as a part of the Love This City Bradenton campaign, Realize Bradenton gathered input from a wide spectrum of people who live, work, and play in our City. With pages of your responses, poet Joanna Fox wove together a love poem to Bradenton. “To Realize Bradenton” was read live by Joanna Fox, Gloria Ferrer, and Travis Ray at the Downtown Bradenton Public Market on February 5, 2022.

Reasons Why We Love This City

The following videos share a few of the many reasons why we Love This City Bradenton! More videos coming soon!

Love This City Gift Guide

The Love This City Gift Guide will help you share your love of Bradenton all year long! When you shop local, you are not only showing your love to the person receiving the gift, but you are also supporting a local entrepreneur and the City of Bradenton. Click on the cover for the electronic version.

Love This City Events

Love This City Bradenton Kick Off Event
Saturday, November 13
9 am – 2 pm
Downtown Bradenton Public Market
Old Main Street

Valentine’s Celebration
Saturday, February 5
9 am – 2 pm
Downtown Bradenton Public Market
Old Main Street

Bradentown Birthday Bash
Saturday, May 21
9 am – 2 pm
Performance at 10:30 am
Downtown Bradenton Public Market
Old Main Street

Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that brings people together to build a vibrant, healthy, and strong community!

Love This City is made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Knight Donor Advised Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation and event support from the City of Bradenton Community Redevelopment Agency. 

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