Friday Night Concert

Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

The Friday night concert is on Dec. 2, 2022, from 5:00-8:40pm, at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion. Enjoy music by the Gabe Stillman Band, Harper and Midwest Kind, and Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe.

In addition to amazing music, you can purchase local craft beer and wine, delicious food, and cool festival merchandise.

Bradenton Blues Festival

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022

The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend brings musicians of national and regional acclaim to the big stage on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, from 11am–7:30pm, representing a variety of blues styles.

This year’s lineup includes: Lady A, Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations, Nora Jean Wallace, Blood Brothers featuring Albert Castiglia and Mike Zito, and Ana Popovic.

In addition to amazing music, you can purchase local craft beer, imports, domestics, and wine, delicious food, and cool festival merchandise.

This is a Sellout Festival!

Buy your tickets before planning your trip! Tickets to the 2017 and 2018 festival sold out weeks before Thanksgiving and in 2019 before Halloween.

The Bradenton Blues Festival is located at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion at Rossi Park. 

Purchase Blues Festival tickets here. 

Bradenton Blues Brunch

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022

Presented by: Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille

The Bradenton Blues Brunch is Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, from 11am-2pm, at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille featuring Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations. Doors open at 10:30am. A limited number of tickets are available for $90 each (price includes ticketing fees, taxes, and gratuity).

Enjoy a three-course, seated-and-served brunch created by award-winning Chef Paul Mattison.

First course

  • Smoked Salmon Tostada with cream cheese and dill topped with fresh endive, orange supremes, finished with preserved lemon vinaigrette, garnished with fried capers

Second Course

  • Pork belly Croque Madame crispy pork belly, gruyere cheese, corn bread, topped with a poached egg, served on a bed of heirloom tomato butter sauce

Dessert

  • Banana flambe Parfait chocolate chips, toasted granola, cinnamon rum crème fraiche

Bottomless Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, and non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Kindly note: The Bradenton Blues Brunch is offered by Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille; Realize Bradenton is only offering ticket sales for this event.

Purchase tickets to the Blues Brunch here. 

What to Do & Where to Stay in the Bradenton Area

With a unique mix of arts, culture, heritage, and sports, Bradenton offers something for everyone—a public market, community events, cultural history museum, performing arts center, planetarium, historic Main Street, Riverwalk park, marina, aquarium, Major League Baseball, and a lively Village of the Arts.

Looking for a night out on the town? A delicious chef-inspired meal al fresco? A broadway show? Whether you’re staying for the day or a week, here’s a complete list of what you can do in downtown Bradenton during your visit!

We’re proud that Bradenton is ranked No. 2 of the top 25 small cities for the arts by American Style.

Courtyard by Marriott Bradenton Riverfront

Stay with us on the Riverfront, with lush landscaping, Mediterranean-style fountains and a Manatee River backdrop. After the festival, rest in our well-appointed guest rooms and suites with private balconies and modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi, parking, gym, business center, on-site Bistro serving Starbucks coffee, breakfast and dinner.

Stay with us and help to support Realize Bradenton youth, art and music programs that are free to the community.

Call the Courtyard Riverfront and ask for Bradenton Blues Festival rates.

Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District

The award-winning Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown is THE PLACE to stay during the Bradenton Blues Festival. Located in the heart of historic downtown Bradenton—walkable to everything, including the blues festival site. The Hampton Inn & Suites is a seven-story Historic, Mediterranean-style hotel, offering, 119 modern rooms and suites, some with balconies and water views, complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, fitness room, and outdoor heated saltwater pool. Maximize your weekend by staying one-block from Old Main Street, restaurants, nightlife, shops and the Riverwalk. A multi-day stay will maximize your enjoyment of blues-related and cultural activities.

Book your room through their website or by calling 1-800-HAMPTON using group code BBF.

The Londoner Bed & Breakfast

The Londoner Bed & Breakfast has six beautifully-decorated bedrooms named after different areas of London, featuring pillow-top mattresses and quality linens. This 1926 house is in the heart of Historic downtown Bradenton has recently undergone extensive refurbishment. Flat screen TVs, free wi-fi, gourmet breakfasts and delightful afternoon teas await you.

Twin Dolphin Marina

Nestled safely along the beautiful Manatee River, the marina is within walking distance of historic downtown and Old Main Street. The historic Bradenton Pier, centrally located within the marina, is host to the famed Pier 22 restaurant, patio, and ballroom, where you can enjoy fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

SpringHill Suites Bradenton Downtown/Riverfront

Located on the corner of the Riverwalk and historic Old Main Street, discover an all-suite hotel offering stylish space, inspiring design, and a rooftop bar and pool. Connect, work or relax with free Wi-Fi and refreshing spaces that are open and bright. Meet and mingle in inviting lobbies and jump-start your day with a complimentary hot and healthy breakfast, or visit Oak & Stone for wood-fired pizza and craft beer on the rooftop.