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.Read more
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.Read more
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!
In the past few years, the idea of attending an art class to not only tap into your creative side, but also relax with friends and have a drink or two along the way has become very popular. The majority of these studios focus only on painting. That is why, when ArtCenter Manatee (formerly known as The Art League) joined in on this popular idea in 2012 they added their own twist.Read more
The only thing better than a trendy local brewery, is a trendy local brewery with a very locally-focused mindset. That is exactly what can be found at Darwin Brewing Company. For Darwin’s it is not enough to simply exist in the downtown Bradenton community, they want to be a part of the community and work with other locals to provide the best product and service possible.Read more
If you have spent any time downtown recently, you may have noticed that the Central Library now adorns vibrant blue accents on the exterior of the building. This change is only a small portion of the efforts made in the revitalization of the library.Read more
When most people think of the beautiful South Florida Museum in downtown Bradenton, they naturally think of the beloved Snooty, the manatee. I’m sure Snooty is on everyone’s minds due to his recent induction into the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s oldest manatee in captivity”. True Snooty fans also know that the manatee has a birthday coming up on July 21st. Snooty will be 67 years old.Read more
“Take me out to the ball game” is not a phrase that I have used often in my life, but it may become more frequent after my visit to McKechnie Field!
McKechnie Field is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the Spring Training season and the Bradenton Marauders, during the summer months. The recently-renovated facility not only has more seats following the renovation during the off-season of 2013, it also has more to offer fans. The stadium went from having 6,500 seats to 7,500 seats, as well as 1,500 standing room capacity. There are also exclusive seating options for large, private parties, including the LaPensee Plumbing and Pools party deck.Read more
My visit to the Manatee Performing Art Center was the first time I had stepped inside their beautiful new Riverwalk location. I had been to the downtown Bradenton location countless times over the years. While I was obviously expecting to see an updated and more sophisticated facility, I was not really sure what else I would learn about the “new” Manatee Players. Fortunately for me, I was able to talk with Janene Amick, executive director of the Manatee Performing Art Center (MPAC). Janene was able to give me some insight on both new and emerging aspects of MPAC.Read more
I did not realize how much of a hidden treasure the ghost tours of the Paranormal Society of Bradenton were until I saw all of the enthusiastic reactions to my Instagram takeover Saturday night. Since I am just recently back in Bradenton for the summer, I was pleasantly surprised when I learned of the new ghost tour that is led through downtown Bradenton on the weekends.Read more
The first hot spot I was able to hit was none other than a Realize Bradenton event itself. It was a hot, sun-filled day on the Riverwalk Pavillon, but that did not stop waves of hundreds of people from enjoying downtown and the Pickin' Picnic on Saturday, May 23. From the time the event started at 2 p.m., people began steadily filtering in to enjoy all the event had to offer.Read more
Hi everyone! My name is Kara Inglis. I am a born-and-raised Bradenton native who traded in the small town life for the big city for my college years. I attend Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia where I just finished my junior year. My major is communication and have a double minor in business and Spanish. I always love coming home to Bradenton for my family and of course, the beach, but also to see how much has changed.Read more
It felt something akin to stepping onto Platform Nine and Three-quarters, destination: Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, or through the enchanted armoire portal to Narnia, when I found myself “lost” in my hometown. I was standing in a side alley in downtown Bradenton at ArtSlam 2015, soaking in the magic and vibrant potential of an unexpected and unfamiliar space: A space transformed by the power of art and intention.Read more
Things to do this year: Transform Bradenton -- or insert your city -- into a vibrant area, attract and engage the millennial generation, connect the area's physical and cultural assets, and the list goes on.Read more
Thank you to the 15,000 people who attended ArtSlam, and the 175 artists, 10 bands, 100 volunteers, and sponsors who made the event possible – Presenting Sponsor BMO | Harris Bank, Women’s Exchange Inc., Tropical Cadillac, Sarasota Magazine, and the Downtown Development Authority.Read more