February 4, 2017 @ Manatee River

About the Bradenton Area River Regatta
 
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About:
Bradenton Area River Regatta
February 4, 2017

One GIANT Splash of FREE Family Fun!
The Bradenton Area River Regatta has it all—Speed, Stars, Showmanship—in a FREE family spectacle that will have you holding your breath through every heart pounding moment. As Manatee County’s largest spectator event, the action is riveting, the thrills nonstop as world-class performers on and off the river showcase their awe-gasping athleticism and see-it-to-believe-it championship skills.

Fueling the energy and excitement are the fastest inland boats on water—Powerboat Superleague Racing at speeds over 120/mph...and the most electrifying and agile jets skiers in the world—Hydro-Xross Racing...both spewing edge-of-your-seat drama all day long.

If it's music that rocks your boat, we guarantee to ignite the inner dance within you with headline artists ZBTB, the nation’s #1 Zac Brown Tribute Band and Nashville Yacht Club Band starring Cody Belew from NBC’s “The Voice." Plus, see the jaw-dropping stunts of extreme sports superstars XPOGO and BMX rider Chris Clark along with the Frisbee® flying, trick-dog antics of Disc Connected K9’s, kool kids zones, a 5-K run and food that will satisfy appetites large and small.

And, the after dark delights are spectacular, too, as the pyro artistry of the nation’s “First Family of Fireworks,” Zambelli Internationale, illuminates the skies to end the day in one rousing blast of kaleidoscopic beauty.

The all FREE, third annual Bradenton Area River Regatta, Saturday, February 4, 2017. Be there!

 

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau
For more information about the Bradenton area please visit the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau website HERE. Learn more about Bradenton, Palmetto, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lakewood Ranch and the Surrounding areas. Explore the history, arts and culture, beaches, sports, and parks lodging and food. From there you’ll be able to download the official Bradenton Area App written for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

 

 

The Family Fun Zone

Family Fun Zones
10:00 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Bradenton & Palmetto

Lots of Kool Things and Capers and for All the Kids!
Regatta’s Family Fun Zones, in Bradenton and Palmetto, give tykes, teens and parents too…an all-day docket full of great giveaways and old-fashioned fun activities destined to dazzle their day.

Enjoy an interactive sea life conservation area from the South Florida Museum, colorful fun at the Art Center Manatee, interactive Wii games with the Early Learning Coalition Mobile Outreach Resource Vehicle, 9-hole put-put area, Frisbee® Dogs, BMX stunt shows, Preventive Crime Unit and friendly canine at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office tent and an interactive pitching machine and corn hole at the Pittsburgh Pirates/Bradenton Marauders tent…and more!

With such an assortment, enjoying family and fun has never been easier and more positively entertaining.


BRADENTON FAMILY FUN ZONE ACTIVITIES

  • South Florida Museum
    - Kids activity and sea life conservation promotion
    - Snooty (the Manatee) scientific and hands on activities
  • Bradenton Herald
    - Bradenton.com River Regatta Coloring & Design Contest Winners display and coloring activity
  • Art Center Manatee
    - Fun, Family art activity located at the art center
  • IMG Academy
    - Interactive sports activities
  • Face Painters

PALMETTO FAMILY FUN ZONE ACTIVITIES

  • Early Learning Coalition Mobile Outreach Resource Vehicle
    - Interactive Wii games & ELC outreach
  • Little Anglers Fishing Tournament
    - Fishing Poles and tackle will be provided and The De Soto Queen and Princess will be on hand to pass out awards.
  • YMCA – Family Fun Activities
    - Interactive soccer obstacle course
  • Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
    - Preventive Crime Unit and friendly canine dog
  • Pittsburgh Pirates/Marauders
    - Interactive pitching machine and corn hole
  • Face Painters

 

Schedule of Events

Schedule by Time

08:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Saint Stephen's Falcon 5K River Run - Main Street and Barcarrota Ave. (Front of Pier 22), Bradenton

08:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Desoto "Little Anglers" Fishing - Palmetto Pier

10:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. - Family Fun Zones - Bradenton & Palmetto

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Formula 2 Powerboat Qualifying - Manatee River

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Del Couch Music Education Students - Bradenton Main Stage

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Formula 2 Powerboat Div. 2 Races - Manatee River

11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Soul R Coaster Concert - Palmetto Main Stage

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Crystal Eyes Concert - Bradenton Main Stage

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - HydroXross Qualifying Mayor's Cup - Manatee River

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Under the Moon Concert - Bradenton Main Stage

1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. - Zebron and James Concert - Palmetto Main Stage

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Matt Walden Concert - Bradenton Main Stage

2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Powerboat Div. 1 Races - Manatee River

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Andy Pursell Band Concert - Bradenton Main Stage

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Paige Merriman Concert - Bradenton Main Stage

4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Soul Circus Cowboys Concert - Palmetto Main Stage

4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Sam Woolf Concert - Bradenton Main Stage

5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - ZBTB-Zac Brown Tribute Band Concert - Palmetto Main Stage

5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - Nashville Yacht Club Band Concert - Bradenton Main Stage

6:45 p.m. to END - Zambelli Fireworks Spectacular - Manatee River

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Main Street Bradenton Awards - Front of O'bricks, 427 12th Street W., Bradenton

Continuous shows all day. - Disc-Connected K9's - Manatee Riverwalk Great Lawn

Continuous shows all day. - XPOGO Stunt Show - Palmetto-West Side Green Bridge

Continuous shows all day. - BMX Stunt Show - Manatee Riverwalk Amphitheater

Schedule by Event

Andy Pursell Band Concert - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Bradenton Main Stage

BMX Stunt Show - Continuous shows all day. - Manatee Riverwalk Amphitheater

Crystal Eyes Concert - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Bradenton Main Stage

Del Couch Music Education Students - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Bradenton Main Stage

Desoto "Little Anglers" Fishing - 08:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Palmetto Pier

Disc-Connected K9's - Continuous shows all day. - Manatee Riverwalk Great Lawn

Family Fun Zones - 10:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. - Bradenton & Palmetto

Formula 2 Powerboat Div. 2 Races - 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Manatee River

Formula 2 Powerboat Qualifying - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Manatee River

HydroXross Qualifying Mayor's Cup - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Manatee River

Main Street Bradenton Awards - 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Front of O'bricks, 427 12th Street W., Bradenton

Matt Walden Concert - 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Bradenton Main Stage

Nashville Yacht Club Band Concert - 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - Bradenton Main Stage

Paige Merriman Concert - 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Bradenton Main Stage

Powerboat Div. 1 Races - 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Manatee River

Saint Stephen's Falcon 5K River Run - 08:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Main Street and Barcarrota Ave. (Front of Pier 22), Bradenton

Sam Woolf Concert - 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Bradenton Main Stage

Soul Circus Cowboys Concert - 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Palmetto Main Stage

Soul R Coaster Concert - 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Palmetto Main Stage

Under the Moon Concert - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Bradenton Main Stage

XPOGO Stunt Show - Continuous shows all day. - Palmetto-West Side Green Bridge

ZBTB-Zac Brown Tribute Band Concert - 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - Palmetto Main Stage

Zambelli Fireworks Spectacular - 6:45 p.m. to END - Manatee River

Zebron and James Concert - 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. - Palmetto Main Stage

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FAQ

Go Ahead, Ask Us!

Check out our list of most Frequently Asked Questions about the Regatta, answered here to help make your time at the event carefree and enjoyable. Can’t find the answer you’re looking for…visit and LIKE our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RiverwalkRegatta and post your question there . . . we’re always looking to update the list with useful tips and info!

Q: Is there an admission fee?

A: Absolutely not. It’s all FREE. There is no admission fee and no charge for any of our events or acts.

Q: Where is the best place to park?

A: A popular question. There are plenty of lots and garages around the event perimeter and downtown. Fees for parking in any private or public lot surrounding the event are controlled by the respective lot owner/manager. Drivers are encouraged to check in advance to determine lot availability and any charges to use them. For Bradenton parking please visit the Manatee County Property Management Parking page HERE For the City of Palmetto please click here: www.palmettofl.org

Q: What are the river restrictions for Regatta?

A: The U.S. Coast Guard mandates all river restrictions for the Bradenton Area River Regatta. For the safety of performers and spectators alike, boaters must adhere to the “Spectator Anchoring Area” no-cross perimeter defined by red buoys in effect during all racing and water activity on the Manatee River. Law enforcement will be patrolling the river at all times to ensure compliance with these restrictions.

Q: What are the river restrictions during fireworks?

A: A spectator/boating safety zone will be in effect during the Regatta’s fireworks show. Again, boaters must adhere to the “Spectator Anchoring Area” no-cross perimeter defined by red buoys in effect during the show. Law enforcement will be patrolling the river at all times to ensure compliance with these restrictions.

Q: Can I bring my pet?

A: Yes, but there are rules to observe if you do. Dogs and other permitted pets must remain leashed at all times while enjoying the festival.

Q: Can I bring a cooler?

A: Yes, coolers are allowed, but are subject to “checks” at the discretion of law enforcement.

Q: Can I bring my own alcohol/beer?

A: No. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed within the event footprint. An approved “beer garden” has been permitted for the event. Spectators can purchase beer here and must consume it within the garden.

Q: Can I bring my own food?

A: You can…but we’ve gone to great lengths to bring you the best foods of the area, featuring the cuisine of top local restaurants in the County…all reasonably priced and loaded with lots of delicious variety. And, concession areas are located on both sides of the Green Bridge to make it easy and convenient to grab a bite and never miss a beat of the action.

Q: How many different venues make up the Regatta?

A: There are several venues primed for viewing:

  1. Bradenton Riverwalk—primary spectator area for great views of all water activities and fireworks. It also features one of the two concert “Main Stages” for the event.
  2. Green Bridge—perhaps the best place for watching races and all water activities.
  3. Palmetto Pier and Riverside Drive—primary spectator area for great views of water activities and fireworks. It also features one of the two concert “Main Stages” for the event.

Q: What do you have for kids to do?

A: Regatta has an outstanding “Kids Zones” in two places: along the Riverwalk in the “Great Lawn” in front of the Day Dock [marked by light poles 2 to 5] and in Palmetto on the Palmetto Pier.

Q: Can I bring my own lawn chair or blanket to the events?

A: Yes, we encourage it.

Q: Is there any seating for the events?

A: Due to the volume of spectators, Regatta does not provide individual seating areas.

Q: Is the area handicap accessible?

A: Yes, viewing areas are handicap accessible.

Q: Where are the restrooms located?

A: Portable restrooms are conveniently situated around all three major venues of the event including:

  • RIVERWALK
    1. Within the parking lot behind the Event Area
    2. Within the Concession Area behind Tower Plaza
  • GREEN BRIDGE
    1. Multiple placements across entire span
  • PALMETTO
    1. At Palmetto Pier

Q: Besides the website, where else can I find more information about this year’s events and acts?

A: Become a fan of the Bradenton Area River Regatta on Facebook by clicking HERE and learn more about this year’s events and acts...and to participate in this year’s contests.

Q: What are the hours of this year’s event?

A: Please check the schedule listed here on our website for the most up-to-date times and locations of all acts and activities.

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To Become a Food/Beverage Sponsor please CLICK HERE or Email Ray Niecestro: ray.niecestro@desotohq.com

 

Our Signature Sponsors:

Manatee Memorial Hospital
Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Budweiser
Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball

 

Our Corporate Sponsors:

Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Heli Aviation
Courtyard Marriott
The Mosaic Company
Pier 22
Regatta Pointe Marina
Riverhouse Reef & Grill
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Synovus Bank
University of South Florida
US Foods
Workforce Business Services

 

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