Bradenton Blues Festival


Bradenton Blues Fest Weekend 2016

The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend kicks off on Friday, December 2, 2016, with our free Blues Appetizer Concert. The main event kicks off on Saturday, December 3, 2016, with an outstanding lineup of talented blues musicians on the big stage. In addition to amazing music, our award-winning annual festival features local craft beer, delicious specialty food vendors, and more. The party continues with blues after-parties happening throughout downtown Saturday evening. The weekend wraps up with a tasty and soulful Gospel Blues Brunch on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Come and experience the blues in Bradenton!

The proceeds from the Bradenton Blues Festival support Realize Bradenton's youth, art, and music programs that are free to the community.


  • Blues Appetizer Concert: Dec. 2, 2016 at 6–9pm
  • Bradenton Blues Festival: Dec. 3, 2016 at 10am–8pm
  • Gospel Blues Brunch: Dec. 4, 2016


Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion
452 3rd Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
United States
Click here for a map

We're More Than A Festival

An Award-Winning Experience

We're honored to receive the '2015 Festival of the Year' award by
We frickin’ love festivals, in case you didn’t notice. We support and work with many and we attend as many as we can. Seeing live music is the best thing in the world... Our winner has done a fabulous job of getting sponsors and artists for their festival. It’s not a long running festival but it has set high standards.The organization behind it (Realize Bradenton) does more than put on blues festivals—it is a community support organization unlike any other. They just missed last year, but this is their shining moment."
- Chef Jimi, Blues 411

Want To Know More?

To learn more (or to buy discounted tickets), visit, or check out our Blues Fest Facebook page. Need something else? Contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

This Year's Lineup

11:00am–12:00pm Slam Allen Band
12:15pm–1:15pm Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
1:30pm–2:30pm Larry McCray
2:45pm–3:45pm Jason Ricci
4:00pm–5:00pm Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots
5:15pm–6:30pm The Golden State-Lone Star Revue
6:45pm–8:00pm Ronnie Baker Brooks
In-between sets Ilana Katz Katz


Buy Your Tickets Early

Don't miss out on a ticket discount—buy your tickets early and save! 

Online ticket sales (end on Friday, Dec 2, 2016, at 5pm):
  • General Admission Adult tickets — $30 each (no ticket price increase in four years!)
  • Reserved Seating, with a padded chair provided, in front of the stage tickets — $75 each
  • Group tickets (10 or more) — $25 each
  • Students, with valid student ID — $20 each
  • Children, ages 5 to 11 — $10 each
  • Children under 4 — Free • Kindly note that there are no refunds, the festival will be rain or shine, and that a convenience fee will be added to each ticket purchased online

Day-of ticket sales at the gate (cash only):

  • General Admission Adult tickets — $45 each
  • Group tickets (10 or more) — $40 each
  • Students, with valid student ID — $25 each
  • Children, ages 5 to 11 — $10 each
  • Kindly note that there are no refunds, and that the festival will be rain or shine 

Purchase your tickets at

Official Hotel Partners

Limited rooms are available for the Bradenton Blues Festival, so reserve early!
The Courtyard Bradenton Riverfront

The Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District

More to See, More To Do

riverwalk.jpgWhether you're a resident or visiting from out of the area, there is plenty to do while you're in downtown Bradenton!

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