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Weekend Adventures in Bradenton: Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2013


BRADENTON – The weekend after Thanksgiving is often one of the more quiet on the social calendar, but that doesn't mean you can't get out and walk off some of that turkey. The world-renowned DaVinci Machines Exhibition is currently on display at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, and the Beach Market is back on Anna Maria Island. Get over to Ace's and you can catch a little bit of rock history, as Gregg Allman's son brings his band to the same stage where his father and uncle played on their way to becoming rock royalty.


Take in some education and culture this weekend in downtown Bradenton. The DaVinci Machines Exhibition, which has been featured in St. Louis and Denver, is currently on exhibit at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium on the Bradenton riverfront, adjacent to City Hall.

The DaVinci Machines Exhibition is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, and is one of just three such exhibits traveling the world. It contains over 60 hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500 year old designs and represents the life work of three generations of Florentine artisans, who have painstakingly brought to life the creations and concepts of the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist.

With over 60 machines (many of which are interactive), the collection includes replicas of the most amazing inventions of the original Renaissance Man, Leonardo DaVinci, including the DaVinci bicycle, hang glider, and air screw, the precursor to the modern-day helicopter. Also, on display are two of Leonardo’s revolutionary robotic inventions, the life-size robot drummer and for the first time ever, the secrets behind Leonardo’s legendary mechanical lion.

The DaVinci Machines Exhibition
Bradenton Municipal Auditorium
1005 1st Ave West
Click here for pricing and hours


Michael Allman, the oldest son of Southern Rock Legend Gregg Allman, brings his band to Ace's Friday night in what is sure to be a sweet slice of history, as he plays the same stage that his father helped make famous. Born in Daytona Beach, he led  throughout most of the 1990's before he traded it in for the serenity of domestic life.

It was during this period that he faced his greatest obstacle, testicular cancer in 2002. After a full recovery, Michael decided to give music another attempt and in mid 2007 began singing and writing again. In 2008, he started recording his debut CD, while making over 100 guest appearances with different bands and musicians from coast to coast.

In the Fall of 2009, he completed and released “Michael Allman’s Hard Labor Creek” on his own All-Skinn Music Group label and in late 2012 Michael met Mark Shane and formed the current incarnation of The Michael Allman Band. With his world-weary voice, the sheer power of the music and songs like “Circus Full of Clowns”, “If Dreams Were Money” and the unique “Mule Named Whiskey”, southern rock fans don't want to miss this show.

The Michael Allman Band
9 p.m.
4343 Palma Sola Blvd
Tickets:$7 adv / $10 door
Non-Smoking Show


Want to get out to the island this weekend? Come and stroll the “world famous” Beach Market at Coquina Beach where you will find fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and more. 

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach, relax on the beautiful new deck overlooking the Gulf and get some great food and beverages at the Coquina Cafe.

The Beach Market is at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach at the trolley stop, concession stand area from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible.

Beach Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
2650 Gulf Drive S.
Bradenton Beach


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