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Events Overview



For small, informal events (composed of 25 or less participants and which do not require electrical access, sound amplification, and/or are not using any special amenities like large tents, etc.,) such as children’s birthday parties, brief wedding ceremonies, family picnics or reunions, etc., city facilities can be used on a first-come, first-served basis. (Exception: Street closures MUST be approved by City Council.)

Please remember that for first-come, first-served gatherings, there may be other scheduled events which have been reserved for the time and space in which you are interested. These reserved events will take precedent, and you may be asked to move. Please check the event calendar for a listing of approved events.


For larger events, both public and private, which require more services and for which you would like to reserve a date, time, and space, fees will vary. Also, depending upon the size of your event and the type of activities at your event, an additional damage deposit will be required which is refundable upon determination of no damage. Learn more about our Fees and Deposits.

For officially permitted events which have followed the event application process, grilling, cooking, reheating of food, food trucks, or food vendors can be allowed, but adherence to cooking policies must be maintained. All grounds must be properly protected and grease disposed of under controlled conditions. See Event Approval Standards for specific details regarding the grease policy.

* Per City of Bradenton Code of Ordinances for governing regulations. Especially, but not limited to, Chapters 1, 6, 10, 14, 38, 50, 54, 58, 62, and 70.



An event includes any use of a public facility by a group which could limit the normal access and use of such facility by the general public. An event may include but is not limited to:


Event where a group desires exclusive use of a facility and activities are open to the general public such as festivals, tournaments, races, parades, boat shows, concerts, arts and/ or craft shows, etc.


Event where a group desires exclusive use of a facility and activities are not open to the general public such as weddings, company picnics, family gatherings, private parties, etc. Because private events prohibit the general public from accessing a public space, a separate set of fees have been established. Private events also may require a minimum of one (1) Bradenton Police Officer to ensure the reserved space remains private.


Large, high impact event requiring City Council approval. Events are considered “A” events when one or more of the following are true:


Small, low impact event requiring Event Review Committee (ERC) approval only. Events are considered “B” events when all of the following are true:


Public spaces are reserved on a “First‐Come, First‐Served” basis, however, the City of Bradenton has the discretion to cancel, reschedule, or change the venue for any event, in the event of an emergency. All annual events will be provided the opportunity to reserve the same dates and/or weekends of the same month for their annual event(s) up to one (1) year in advance with deposit amount determined by the Event Review Committee (ERC). If, for some reason the event cancels future event dates, cancellation must be received a minimum of six months prior to the reserved date or the reservation fee is forfeited. Information on Riverwalk venues and capacities.

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