Bradenton Area Markets
The Bradenton Area offers a delightful array of public markets, each of which celebrate the community’s local culture and unique assets. Held on various days of the week throughout autumn and winter, you’ll find an extensive array of farm-fresh produce, handmade crafts, locally-made art, live music, and more. With markets held on Anna Maria Island, downtown Bradenton, and in Lakewood Ranch, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the vibrancy and flavors of the entire destination.
A Downtown Gem
Located in historic downtown Bradenton on Old Main Street, the Bradenton Public Market is a weekly event that takes place every Saturday, October through May, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This well-organized market brings together over 100 local artisans, farmers, and food vendors, making it a thriving hub of activity. Marketgoers can expect a diverse range of hand-crafted goods, farm-fresh produce, and delicious treats, all within a lively and welcoming atmosphere. The market is set under the shade of lofty oak trees and historic buildings, creating a perfect ambiance to explore, connect with vendors, enjoy live music performances, and participate in family-friendly activities. With a friendly appeal and a wide array of offerings, the Bradenton Public Market truly embodies the spirit of downtown.
The Island’s Charm
Located at City Pier Park and just steps away from the charm of Pine Avenue, the Anna Maria City Farmer’s Market is a small community gathering that takes place every Tuesday, October through May, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This market is known for its Florida-grown produce, gourmet foods, like pastas and relishes, and locally-made artisanal products. With its idyllic location, visitors can experience the unique culture and beachfront attraction of Anna Maria Island. Whether you’re a local seeking fresh foods or a visitor looking for coastal treasures, this market provides a warm and scenic experience for everyone. Don’t forget to take a stroll down the Anna Maria City Pier for a one-of-a-kind view!
True Hidden Treasures
The Friendly City Flea stands out with its notable collection of art, vintage treasures, handmade goods, and more unique finds. Located inside of Oscura, a distinctive coffee house and live-event venue that provides an ideal setting to enjoy a handcrafted coffee while exploring the market. Occurring on Sundays every month, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this market offers an eclectic mix of merchants: from local artisans showcasing their handcrafted wares and art, to food vendors serving delightful dishes and treats. The Friendly City Flea invites visitors to connect with the welcoming sellers, and immerse themselves in the unique character of this diverse community.
Shopping With a View!
The beloved Coquina Beach Market is back! Set against the stunning backdrop of Longboat Pass, this market at the southern end of Coquina Beach is a must-visit. Discover fresh produce, jewelry, souvenirs, and more. Open year-round every Saturday, Wednesday, and Friday, the market’s new beachfront location is easily accessible via the popular beach trail. Don’t miss out on this beachside shopping experience!
The Main Street Market at Lakewood Ranch Main Street is a bustling, pop-up marketplace located in the heart of a well-manicured suburban town. The market returns to Main Street every October on the third Saturday of the month, and features over 70 local vendors lining the boulevard. This family-friendly market showcases local makers, retailers, and delicious prepared foods, making it a splendid stop to shop and savor local flavors. Live music and local performers add to the lively feel, making the market the perfect place to spend your Saturday.
Shopping Under The Stars
The UTC Night Market is a monthly outdoor event featuring live music and a delightful mix of nearly 40 local vendors and makers selling fresh produce, handmade goods, art, and more. Located in the bustling West District of University Town Center on The Green, you can enjoy this family-friendly market every third Thursday of the month, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Plan ample time to explore and shop the market, and don’t forget to experience the kid-friendly events and activities. Extend your evening by dining at one of the dozens of nearby restaurants, all within a leisurely walk of the venue. The UTC Night Market provides an unmatched combination of shopping, entertainment, and dining, making for a memorable evening.