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2020
This Week’s Music In The Park And Bradenton Farmers’ Market Are Canceled

Realize Bradenton strives to keep our community healthy and happy. Following Governor DeSantis’ request that cities and counties postpone or cancel mass gatherings, Realize Bradenton has canceled the first concert of Music in the Park, scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020; and the upcoming Bradenton Farmers’ Market, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020.

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Dominique LeClezio elected to serve on the Realize Bradenton Board of Directors

Realize Bradenton Announces Feld Entertainment VP of Creative and Marketing Services,
Dominique LeClezio, to serve a three-year term on Board of Directors.

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2019
Step Back in Time

Did you know The Professional Building, formerly known as the Bradenton Bank and Trust building officially opened its doors in 1926? The building is located between Manatee Ave West & 11th Street West and still had an elevator operator until very recently.

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Riverwalk Expansion

The Bradenton Riverwalk is expanding east, which means more walking and biking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. The current Riverwalk was constructed in 2012 and is nestled in the heart of downtown.

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Realize Bradenton Announces New Board Members

Brad Laudicina, Cathy Palmer, and Tom Seguin to serve a three-year term on Realize Bradenton’s Board of Directors.

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The Magic River Mosaic Mural To Be Installed In Downtown Bradenton

Downtown Bradenton has a diverse, high quality collection of over 60 pieces of public art. The new City Centre Garage will soon be home to a mosaic mural titled, The Magic River.

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The Village Of The Arts Now Home To Three New ‘Postcards From The Friendly City’

Currently there are 14 public art postcards along the Riverwalk and at Manatee Performing Arts Center, The Bishop Museum, the Manatee County Courthouse and O’Bricks Irish Pub and Martini Bar.

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Realize Bradenton And The City Of Bradenton Receive Future Of The Region Award

Awarded by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council in recognition of the joint effort benefiting the local and regional community.

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Children’s Book Fair and Family Fun Day Return to the Bradenton Farmers’ Market

The fifth annual, free event includes book signings with local children’s book authors, live storytelling, and other family activities.

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2018
Howl’ween Pet Costume Contest & Parade Returns To The Bradenton Farmers’ Market On Oct. 27

The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is hosting Howl’ween, an annual pet costume contest and parade on Old Main Street, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Dress your pet in their best Halloween costume and participate in a fun-filled parade in Downtown Bradenton.

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Carrie Price
Carrie Price Joins Realize Bradenton Board Of Directors

Price to serve a three-year term on Realize Bradenton’s board of directors. BRADENTON, Fla. — Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit organization that brings people together, selected Carrie Price to serve on their Board of Directors for a three-year term. The Board of Directors promote redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming public places and […]

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Together Manatee Art And History Trail Brings New Public Art, Encourages Walking

The trail will encourage purposeful walking and highlight new and existing public art, historical sites.

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Realize Bradenton Announces New Board Member

Jeff Watson to serve a three-year term on Realize Bradenton’s board of directors.

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Children’s Book Fair And Family Fun Day At The Bradenton Farmers’ Market

The free event includes book signings with a dozen local children’s book authors, live storytelling, hands-on lessons on how food grows, and other family activities.

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Beats @ Healthy Street Health Fair At The Bradenton Farmers’ Market

A health fair with free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, games, and prizes in downtown Bradenton, April 7, 2018.

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Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend Returns To Downtown Bradenton

The Bradenton Blues Festival weekend returns to Bradenton, Nov. 30–Dec. 2, 2018.

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Amber Grace
Realize Bradenton Announces New Board Member

Amber Grace to serve a three-year term on Realize Bradenton’s board of directors.

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Realize Bradenton Recognized For Creative Work

The local chapter of the American Advertising Federation awarded Realize Bradenton four ADDY Awards for WalkBradenton.com and the Bradenton Blues Festival.

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Music In The Park Returns To The Bradenton Riverwalk

Realize Bradenton’s free, eight-part concert series brings live music to the Mosaic Amphitheater on the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.

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Artslam Brings Interactive Art To Downtown Bradenton

Twenty-eight teams of Manatee County students and professionals bring engaging art installations and experiences to downtown Bradenton on March 3, 2018.

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2017
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Howl’ween Pet Costume Contest Returns To The Bradenton Farmers’ Market

Howl’ween is a costume contest for pets in celebration of the fostering, adopting, and loving of animals.

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Realize Bradenton Awarded $100,000 Grant To Engage Community On Riverwalk Expansion

The grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation to allow for community input regarding physical, public art, and programmatic opportunities for the Riverwalk expansion.

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The Downtown Bradenton’s Farmers’ Market Returns To Old Main Street Oct. 7, 2017

New Additions to the Market include Kids in the Kitchen, Crafty Kids, and other special events

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Realize Bradenton Announces New Board Member

Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit organization that brings people together, selected Ben Bakker to serve on their Board of Directors for a second three-year term. The Board of Directors promote redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming places, engaging people, and realizing possibilities.

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Bradenton Chefs, Locally Inspired Cuisine, And Public Art Highlighted At Bradenton’s Longest Table

Long Table at the Station is a first-ever event featuring a 260-foot long table that spans an entire city block in a unique, outdoor urban setting surrounded by public art.

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Knight Foundation Fund Of The Manatee Community Foundation Awards Grant To Realize Bradenton

The $59,000 grant allows Realize Bradenton to continue to attract and retain young talent to the Bradenton area.

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Ann Breitinger
Realize Bradenton Board Of Directors Elect New Officers

New Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer elected to serve three-year terms on Realize Bradenton’s Board of Directors.

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3Nd Annual Children’s Book Fair And Family Fun Day At The Bradenton Farmers’ Market

The free event includes book signings with a dozen local children’s book authors, live storytelling, hands-on lessons on how food grows, and other family activities.

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Walkbradenton.Com Encourages On-Foot Exploration Of Downtown Bradenton To Build Local Business

The website encourages residents and visitors to explore local history, public art, and to find authentic places to eat, shop, see, stay, and play in downtown Bradenton.

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Pickin’ Picnic Returns To The Bradenton Riverwalk

The Bradenton Riverwalk comes alive on May 6, 2017, with a free, family-friendly event featuring live music, free craft beer tasting, food trucks, and local artisan vendors.

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Beats @ Healthy Street Health Fair At The Bradenton Farmers’ Market

A health fair with free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, games, prizes, mini yoga and Zumba classes in downtown Bradenton, April 8, 2017.

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Music And Paws In The Park Returns To The Bradenton Riverwalk

Realize Bradenton’s free outdoor concert series is back with live music and adoptable pets at the Mosaic Amphitheater on the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.

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Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend Returns To Downtown

The 6th Annual Bradenton Blues Festival Returns to Downtown with a Weekend Full of Events and Top Blues Musicians, Dec. 1–3, 2017.

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New “Road Art” To Connect Old Main Street In Downtown Bradenton To The Village Of The Arts

The new street-applied artwork will create a visual connection between Downtown Bradenton’s Old Main Street and the Village of the Arts

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Artslam Returns To Downtown Bradenton

Twenty-three Teams of Manatee County Students and Creatives Bring Interactive Art and Experiences to Downtown Bradenton on Mar. 4, 2017

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New Mural Coming To City Of Bradenton Parking Garage

The new mural, depicting the qualities unique to Bradenton, is part of six new pieces of public art that will expand the City’s current collection

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2016
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“Blues In The Schools” To Inspire Students Before The 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival

Singer, Songwriter, and Fiddler Ilana Katz will visit Manatee High School as part of Realize Bradenton’s “Blues in the Schools” educational initiative.

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Celebrate Farm City Week At The Bradenton Farmer’s Market

Local Students to Showcase Agricultural Leadership Projects Nov. 12, 2016.

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Blues Bar Buzz Events To Launch 2016 Bradenton Blues Festival

Kenny Neal, Holey Miss Moley, and Joe Louis Walker participate in the three-part “Blues Bar Buzz” music series at Ace’s Live and Blue Rooster.

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Friendly Food Fight Between Local Chefs To Kick Off Eat Local Week At The Bradenton Farmers’ Market

Chefs compete in a friendly cook-off competition to create the tastiest dish using ingredients from the Bradenton Farmers’ Market.

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The Downtown Bradenton’s Farmers’ Market Returns To Old Main Street October 1, 2016

New Additions to the Market include SNAP Bonus Bucks, Kids’ Corner, and Rainbow Kitchen.

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Cook Together Bradenton

This Millennial-driven collaboration is part of the 2016 Giving Challenge, an online fundraising event benefiting Realize Bradenton and other area nonprofits.

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Realize Bradenton Wins Nonprofit Of The Year

Realize Bradenton, a nonprofit organization that brings people together to create a more vibrant, attractive, and prosperous Bradenton area, was named 2016 Manatee Nonprofit Organization of the Year by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

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“See Me, Hear Me” Celebrates Bradenton’s Millennials

The exhibition, part of Realize Bradenton’s “PopUps for a Purpose” program, showcases 23 Bradenton-area Millennials. The large-scale, black and white portraits are exhibited in four spaces in downtown Bradenton.

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