There’s so much to do in Manatee! Here’s 12 fun things
Village of the Arts Art Walk
There’s always something new to see in Bradenton’s most creative neighborhood.
The popular monthly Art Walk features open galleries, studios, specialty shops, healing arts, food, music and more.
The theme for June’s Art Walk is “Walk on the Wild Side.”
Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton. Free.
Explore outer space
Young learners can experience the wonders of the universe during KidSpace, a special program offered on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature in downtown Bradenton.
The show utilizes the Bishop Planetarium to explore the sun, planets, moons, galaxies and more.
KidSpace is designed for elementary-age explorers and their parents. Those interested in more advanced space exploration can check out the museum’s Stelliferous Live star talks, held on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
Details: 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Saturday. Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Museum members: $5. Non-members: $8 (or $3 with museum admission).
Marauders at home
The Florida State League’s Bradenton Marauders will host a three-game series with the Dunedin Blue Jays this Friday through Sunday at LECOM Park.
The team will celebrate Hispanic heritage on Friday with a giveaway of a dancing Dominican figurine to the first 1,000 fans, and Saturday is Margaritaville Night featuring a jersey auction for charity and postgame fireworks.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. LECOM Park, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Tickets range from $7-$12.
Music on Main
Contemporary country band One Night Rodeo will perform Friday during Music on Main in Lakewood Ranch, followed by a live DJ.
Food vendors, beer trucks and kids activities will line the street.
The event benefits The Haven, a Sarasota non-profit that aids residents with disabilities.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday. 8100 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch. Free. 941-907-9243. lakewoodranch.com.
NEST Nature Days
On the second and fourth Saturday of every month, visitors are invited to a day of fun at The NEST (that’s Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology) at Robinson Preserve.
There, you can “walk the grounds of the historic Reasoner Tract and observe botanical giants collected from around the world, explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views and make an exciting exit from the building via slide.”
And after you’re done at The NEST, there’s a lot more nature to explore within the preserve.
Details: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Robinson Preserve, 10299 Ninth Ave. NW., Bradenton. Free.
Info: 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. mymanatee.org.
Music on the Porch
Dust off the old guitar, harmonica, gitfiddle or what have you and head over to Florida Maritime Museum for a two-hour open jam session at the historic Burton Store.
If you don’t pick, don’t worry: Listeners are welcome, too.
Details: 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Free. 941-708-6120. floridamaritimemuseum.org.
Sarasota Music Festival
The Sarasota Music Festival brings world class youth chamber music performers to beautiful venues throughout Sarasota.
Highlights this weekend include “Triple Crown,” a concert featuring works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Mendelssohn, on Friday, and a rising stars showcase on Sunday.
Details: Through June 22. $10-$35. 941-953-3434. sarasotaorchestra.org.
Fine dining on the cheap
Savor Sarasota gives diners a chance to try some of Sarasota’s best restaurants for a few dollars less.
This year the event lasts for two weeks. Partake in $16 pre-fixed lunches and $32 pre-fixed dinners at restaurants such as Duval’s Fresh Local Seafood, Blue Rooster, Mattison’s City Grille, Lila and many, many more.
Details: Through June 14. Participating restaurants in Sarasota, Venice, Lakewood Ranch and Longboat Key. $16-$32 per person. visitsarasota.com.