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Public Programs

Manatee Village presents several public programs throughout the year, including lectures, craft workshops, and interactive family-friendly activities. The best way to keep informed about what is happening is to visit our website or Facebook page frequently, or sign up for our Cabbage Head Gazette newsletter on our Home Page.

Current Program Offerings


Hands-on History Hours

Start Date:7/2/2019 10:00 AM
End Date:7/30/2019 11:00 AM
Sign-up for Tuesday, July 16 using this link. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. We will have limited seating and supplies. 

Hands-on History Hour is offered each Tuesday in July at 10am at Manatee Village. Parents and their children will be led by Manatee Village staff in fun, historically-based hands-on activities, some of which will include take-home items. Each session will be unique and will focus on a different aspect of Florida history.

This program is free, but registration is required. You must register for each session independently. Registration for each session will open one week before that session.

Sign-up for the e-mail listserv to receive the links to register by emailing Melissa Porter.

Registration links will also be posted in this event on our website, and on our social media (@manateevillage on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). 

The registration link for Tuesday, July 16 is now available: All slots are currently filled; however, Sign-up Genius does allow participants to cancel their slots if they can't come, so feel free to check back to see if anything has opened up.

Hands-on History on July 16 will be Blacksmith Day. Learn about the art of blacksmithing and the importance of blacksmiths in pioneer communities. Participants will take home a metal work craft.


Making Vegan Cheese

Start Date:8/23/2019 2:00 PM
End Date:8/24/2019 4:00 PM

Tickets: $25. Register here: 

Foodie, health nut, dairy-free, vegan, or just adventurous in the kitchen, learn to make raw, vegan cheese that is full of beneficial bacteria and nutrients. 

You will learn the process from start to finish.  Combine nuts and seeds, starter cultures, your own unique flavorings, and  successfully form and age beautiful, artisan cheese. 

Come ready to taste, ask questions, get involved, and take home a starter of your own cheese. 

This class is led by Ashley of the Fermented Vegan. Ashley has been fermenting food for almost ten years and transitioned to a plant-based diet in 2017. 

She says: "We have so much to learn and appreciate in this life, and it is my pleasure to educate, support and inspire people on their own, exciting journey!"

Manatee Village is hosting two identical sessions: Friday, August 23 at 2:00pm OR Saturday August 24 at 2:00pm.


Fermentation 101

Start Date:8/24/2019 10:00 AM
End Date:8/24/2019 12:00 PM

Learn the ancient technique of fermentation that preserves your food, transforms flavors, and provides essential bacteria and nutrients to create a healthy gut. 

In this workshop we will focus on sauerkraut, and you will learn the simple fermentation process, the Do’s and Don’ts, get to snack on some fermented veggies, and get all of your burning questions answered. You will go home a master fermenter! 

This class is offered by Ashley Ciferno of the Fermented Vegan. Ashley has nearly a decade of experience fermenting foods.   

Tickets are $25 on sale here:

Group Tour Information

Group tours are provided for groups of 10 people or more.* The cost is $3.00 per person. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance by calling (941) 749-7165. 

*Group tours may be provided for groups of 10 or fewer people, but the minimum cost of $30.00 will still apply.

Download our group tour application here: MVHP Group Tour Reservation Request rev. 1-30-12.pdf

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Village Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Closures: Thursday, July 4; Monday, September 2

Upcoming Saturday openings: July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24, September 14, September 28

Phone: (941) 749-7165

E-mail addresses are public records under Florida law and are not exempt from public-records requirements. If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to being released pursuant to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact by phone at the phone numbers above, or contact us in writing, via the United States Postal Service, at this address- Manatee County Historical Commission 1404 Manatee Ave. E, Bradenton, Fl 34208.

Location Map:



1404 Manatee Avenue East 
(SR 64)
Bradenton, FL. 34208



Village Hours

Monday – Friday and 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month

9:00am – 4:00pm

Closed holidays and their corresponding weekends.