6 Free Holiday Events Near Bradenton, FL

6 Free Holiday Events Near Bradenton, FL

6 Free Holiday Events Near Bradenton, FL Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

6 Free Holiday Events Near Bradenton, FL

Holiday season is in full swing! From dazzling parades to photo moments with Santa, there’s an abundance of free holiday events that you and your family will not want to miss. All the yuletide fun kicks off this weekend!

Here are six free holiday events near Bradenton, FL!

Jingle Paws Jubilee

Dec. 3, Noon–5 p.m.

Phillippi Estate Park, Sarasota

Even the furry family members get to join in on this holiday season! This Sunday, head to Phillippi Estate Park for the annual Jingle Paws Jubilee. At the jubilee, you can get your holiday shopping done as there are many exciting pet vendors as well as dogs and cats available for adoption! Then, don’t miss the Holiday Costume Parade & Contest, live DJ music, delicious food vendors, raffle prizes, demonstrations and more!

Holidays Around the Ranch

Dec. 8, 6–9 p.m.

Lakewood Main Street

Entering by a horse-drawn carriage, Santa Claus himself will make a grand appearance at Lakewood Main Street for the annual Holidays Around the Ranch. Grab some hot cocoa or eggnog as you peruse the vendors or join the carolers for a round of seasonal favorites. Kids will also enjoy the outdoor snow slide!

Poinsettia Parade and Tree Lighting & Poinsettia Festival

Dec. 9, Parade 5 p.m., Lighting and Festival 6:30–9:30 p.m.

North Port

The Poinsettia Parade is one of the free holiday events that you do not want to miss! Beginning at Sylvania Avenue, decorated vehicles and groups will join in in the Poinsettia Parade, led by North Port Fire Rescue. Of course, what’s a holiday event without St. Nick himself? Santa will of course make an appearance. Once the parade comes to a close as the tree lighting and festival kicks off! With live entertainment by Stone Krow and local school choirs, there will also be family-friendly events including face paintings and a giant slide as well as food and holiday vendors on site. Kids can meet Santa at City Hall, too! 

Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade

Dec. 9, 6–9 p.m.

Manatee River

Bradenton boat lovers will love the annual holiday boat parade! Volunteers from our local community join in every year to deck out their boats and ride along Manatee River for all to see. Spectators can best view the holiday boat parade from the Green Bridge Fishing Pier, Bradenton Riverwalk or Pier 22, where the judging takes place for best decorated boat!

2nd Annual Holiday Classic Movie on the Riverwalk

Dec. 15, 6–9 p.m.

Bradenton Riverwalk

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and don’t miss the beloved Christmas comedy, “Elf,” on Bradenton Riverwalk. Your whole family can join in to enjoy popcorn and other refreshments while you sit back and enjoy this holiday favorite. There will also be face painting fun, photo opportunities and music before the movie begins.

Main Street Live Street Party

Dec. 31, 6 p.m.–midnight

Old Main Street, Bradenton

End 2017 with a bang at the Main Street Live Street Party! Downtown Bradenton’s annual New Year’s Eve block party is back this year with folk-rock band Have Fun, Will Travel headlining the event. The street closes as vendors and local food trucks fill the streets for this fun final night of the year.

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4 Events for Fall Fun in the Palmetto Area

4 Events for Fall Fun in the Palmetto Area

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4 Events for Fall Fun in the Palmetto Area

Now that it’s officially fall, make sure you clear your schedules for all of the fall fun our area has to offer!

From pumpkin festivals to art festivals, you’ll want to make sure you plan accordingly so that you don’t miss out.

2017 World Rowing Championships

When: Through Oct. 1.

Where: Nathan Benderson Park.

Admission: Starting at $10.

There’s still time to check out the World Rowing Championships! Representing more than 60 countries, around 1,700 athletes and coaches have travelled to Sarasota’s own Nathan Benderson Park for a thrilling international regatta! This weekend, you can expect expos on local attractions, boating and fishing and health and wellness. Though the races officially started last Saturday, Sept. 23, there’s still time to catch the closing ceremony as well as special events including Row for the Cure in honor of cancer fighters and survivors on Sunday, Oct. 1.

29th Annual Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival

When: Every weekend in October.

Where: Fruitville Grove.

Admission: Free.

Join in for the annual pumpkin festival held every weekend in October for ultimate fall fun! Once you pick your pumpkin, make sure you stop by the petting zoo, playground, bounce house, game booth and many more fun activities. There will also be live music as well as a rock wall and pony rides available for the little ones. If you visit on a Saturday, come dressed in your best costume for the weekly contest at 1 p.m. 

Ringling International Arts Festival

When: Oct. 18–21.

Where: Throughout The Ringling.

Admission: Varies depending on event.

Prepare for four days of innovative performance art ranging from dance performances to an African singing ensemble. Every year, the line-up includes exciting international performance artists, and this year is no different! This year, artists hail from Germany, Italy and Zimbabwe! The festival kicks off on Oct. 18 with a gala celebration and performance of eVenti Verticale’s WANTED. With performances being held throughout each day, festivalgoers can remain on-site as lunch and dinner are available. The full line-up of events can be found here

Sun Fiesta

When: Oct. 20–Oct. 22.

Where: Centennial Park. 

Admission: Free.

Head to Centennial Park in Venice for an action-packed, family-friendly event. The kids will enjoy crafts, contests, a bounce house and even facing their fears with bungee jumping. Other special events include a Miss Sun Fiesta pageant and a Young Marines Breakfast on Sunday morning. In addition, there will also be live entertainment, a beer and wine tent, a parade, a variety of food vendors and so much more.

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Free Things to Do Near Bradenton in Summer 2017

Free Things to Do Near Bradenton in Summer 2017

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Free Things to Do Near Bradenton in Summer 2017

From gazing at unique artwork to admiring national memorials and parks, there are several free things to do near Bradenton this summer! Whether you’re on a budget or are just searching for some fun things to do to give your wallet a break, the fun never stops near Bradenton!

Visit the Cortez Historic Fishing Village.

Immerse yourself in history as you enter the charming fishing village of Cortez. Traverse through Cortez’s Florida Maritime Museum offering free admission every day! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t miss the latest exhibit, Florida Through the Lens, which displays the work of nature photographer Richard Estabrook. This exhibit continues through July 28. In addition to the museum, you can take a stroll through charming, old fish houses!

Admire the Riverwalk’s public art collection.

Stroll Bradenton’s Riverwalk to view 19 pieces of public art. From acoustic sculptures to the drum yard, the public art is enjoyable for all ages! Kids will especially love cooling down at the Riverwalk’s Splash Pad making this one of the best free things to do near Bradenton when the heat keeps climbing this summer.

Take a nature hike at the De Soto National Memorial.

Get up close and personal with the beautiful nature that our area has to offer. The park at the De Soto National Memorial offers a nature trail, picnic tables and opportunities for bird watching and fishing. The best of all is that the entire experience is free!

Experience island history.  

You can truly spend an entire day when at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., see the museum’s many exhibits and even a historical cottage that uniquely shows you what it was like living on the island. Originally an icehouse, the museum’s exhibits take you through fishing and baseball history with their collection of newspaper archives. Then, stroll through Mangrove Walk to learn about plants that are native to our area.

Go to the beach.

At the end of the day, one of the greatest free activities to take advantage of while near Bradenton is relaxing at the beach! Comb the local beaches for shells, take a tranquil walk, or simply enjoy the relaxing environment of a day spent at the beach.

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