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Children’s Book Fair

As part of the Downtown Bradenton Public Market, this event is free to attend, open to all, and features book signings and other activities.

2022 Children’s Book Fair
Saturday, April 30
9 am – 2 pm
Downtown Bradenton Public Market
Old Main Street

The 2022 Children’s Book Fair is part of the Suncoast Remake Learning Days presented by The Patterson Foundation. Find more innovative learning events here.


Children’s book authors from the Bradenton area are invited to this annual event as a way to connect with their readers and inspire youth as the next generation of writers. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, mentors, teachers, and all caring adults discover fabulous local resources to inspire a love of reading in the young children in their lives.

Thank you to our event sponsor,
Manatee Community Foundation.

The annual Children’s Book Fair is a partnership with the Bradenton Public Market and ABC Artisans of Books for Children and Adults. Thank you for the Manatee Community Foundation for grant support.

Please contact Peg Haynes with any questions,


Twenty-three teams of elementary, middle, and high school students develop a business plan to share their collective creativity with the public at an all-day event on Old Main Street.

Blues in the Schools

Musicians from the Bradenton Blues Festival share their stories and a live performance with aspiring young musicians in area schools.
To learn more, watch this video:

Breakfast & Big Ideas

Sponsored by Bank OZK, this monthly breakfast features Bradenton-area Millennial “dreamers and do-ers” who share their story and aspirations via a live interview.

PopUps for a Purpose

Pop-Ups for a Purpose, an experimental series in creating vibrancy in innovative ways. This unique series of pop-up style events temporarily transformed outdoor spaces into places for conversations on local topics in downtown Bradenton.

PopUps for a Purpose aims to accelerate community engagement amongst the 18-34 year old population, commonly referred to as the “Millennial” generation.

To view some of the PopUp events, view:
Long Table
What happens when young people who wouldn’t ordinarily meet sit and have dinner together? An unforgettable experience.

Plaza Cubana
Plaza Cubana in The Bishop Museum courtyard accelerated local community engagement among the nation’s most diverse generation.

Here’s the run-down: Experience the transformation of a historic downtown asset into a social hub to bring young people of all backgrounds together.

PopUps Inside Access

PopUps: Inside Access is the second series of Realize Bradenton popup events that feature behind-the-scenes access to cool places to meet interesting people.

What are PopUps? Events, get-togethers, and projects planned by (and for) Millennials to help shape Bradenton in positive ways.

This series aims to accelerate community engagement among the 19–35-year-old population, commonly referred to as the Millennial generation.

See Me Hear Me

The #SeeMeHearMe public art series showcased 23 Millennials and their ideas for our community’s future.

For two years, their portraits below were displayed at four prominent downtown Bradenton locations.

Want to know everything the Millennials had to say? Check out the complete transcript.

Art Connects

Postcards from the Friendly City are large-scale art panels located along the Riverwalk depicting the history of the Manatee River and Bradenton area.

Art Connects, a project coordinated by Realize Bradenton and the DDA, engaged students and artists in studying the history of our community and conveying their findings through art. Expanding upon students’ research, artists Jean Blackburn and Don Brandes were commissioned to express the rich history of the Manatee River through the postcards, which are placed along the Riverwalk.

Art Connects Partners

The Bishop Museum and the Manatee Historical Village Park.


The Knight Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation, Stranahan Foundation, and Manatee Education Foundation.

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