Realize Bradenton strives to keep our community healthy and happy. Following Governor DeSantis’ request that cities and counties postpone or cancel mass gatherings, Realize Bradenton has canceled the first concert of Music in the Park, scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020; and the upcoming Bradenton Farmers’ Market, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020.

ArtSlam Returns to Downtown Bradenton


Downtown Bradenton’s Old Main Street will be transformed into a creative zone during Realize Bradenton’s 8th annual ArtSlam, March 4, 2017, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The free event features live performances, site-specific installations, and interactive art experiences by Manatee County art students and professional local artists.

Bradenton Blues Festival


Realize Bradenton, the Producers of the Bradenton Blues Festival, have once again raised the bar for what has been touted as the Top Blues Festival in the U.S. by Blues411 Radio. This year’s Bradenton Blues Festival is a “Come Early and Stay Late” event and will kick off with a Free Blues Appetizer concert on Friday, Dec. 2nd, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by the main event Saturday, Dec. 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and wrapped up with a Blues Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 4th.


To realize is to: understand, take in, appreciate. For Bradenton, that’s just what Johnette Isham intended when she took her position as executive director of Realize Bradenton in 2009. This non-profit has changed the face of Bradenton in a little over five years, and Johnette is the driving, creative force.