Downtown Bradenton, a riverfront destination with a unique mix of arts, culture, heritage, and sports, offers something for everyone—Farmers’ Market, free films, cultural history museum, performing arts center, planetarium, historic Main Street, Riverwalk park, marina, baseball, and a lively Village of the Arts.
Enjoy a variety of events and attractions from our walkable River District community, every day.
Life on the River
The Manatee River is an excellent place for water enthusiastis. There is excellent fishing both in the river and on the flats of the river. There is direct access from the river to the beautiful beaches on Anna Maria, the Interecoastal in Sarasota and the ocean.
There are so many different places to explore both up river and down river. Just a short boat ride and there is an abundance of islands and sandbars to enjoy.
The river offers excellent sailing and there are tons of sail boats both big and small on the river everyday. Manatee County has a sailing race almost every week and there is a huge sailing community in the area.
Skiing, paddle boarding, windsurfing or just watching the sunset on the river offers a place where you can enjoy the water and still be close to home.
Life on Land
Village Of The Arts
Just a short walk south of downtown. The Village of the Arts. This is a vibrant community of artists living and working in Bradenton, Florida. The Village is Florida’s largest art community and over 30 businesses call the Village home. Galleries, studios, cafes, healing arts, jewelry, fashion and books can all be found as you wander the streets of this charming area of restored 1920's and 30's cottages.
Down Town Farmers Market
Bradenton Farmers’ Market is a place where the community meets each week to enjoy fresh produce, local art, upbeat music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities. Parking is free on weekends, and dogs on leashes are welcome.
Every Saturday, 9AM-2PM, October 5 - May 31
From our River District community you can walk miles of the Manatee River shoreline all the way to Bradenton Riverwalk.
The redeveloped park opened October 18, 2012. The Riverwalk has plenty of events; concerts, festivals, art talks, movies, food, volleyball, educational events, yoga, skateboarding, fishing, crafts, youth theater, living history, boating, art making, exercise, and many community connecting activities.
All within a healthy walk from the River District.