DeSoto Heritage Festival
April 25th-28th

Host Hotels

Courtyard by Marriott Bradenton/Sarasota Riverfront – 2019 festival registration
100 Riverfront Drive W
Bradenton, FL 34205

  • Rate - Standard $158, River View $168, Executive $188
  • Group Code: DeSoto Heritage Festival or mention Hernando DeSoto Historical Society
  • Block Expires
  • Reservation Link
  • Phone call-in Reservations: 941-747-3727

We are thrilled that once again, the Courtyard by Marriott ~ Bradenton Riverfront, 100 Riverfront Drive West, Bradenton, Florida 34205 is the official hotel of the Hernando de Soto Heritage Festival. Room availability is VERY limited, and bookings are offered first to our festival dignitaries and guests, who attend the entire weekend and purchase the complete package by MARCH 9, 2018. At that point, the rooms will be released to all Krewe friends who also purchase one of the festival packages. Rooms will be assigned in the order rooming lists are received by the hotel and individual requests cannot be guaranteed due to the size and nature of this event. The Marriott requires a three-night minimum stay and will provide all the information necessary to reserve your organization’s rooms to your designated representative.

One representative from your organization must contact the hotel sales office at 941-747-3727, right away to discuss the block of rooms that has been put on reserve for your group. This year’s rates are: Standard $158. River View $168, Executive $188, all rates are subject to state and local taxes. In addition to the room rate, there is a $15 resort charge for complimentary WIFI, parking, and pool towels. Please use code: DeSoto Heritage Festival.

Event Schedule

Schedule of Events for Hernando DeSoto Historical Society Members, Visiting Krewes and Krewe Guests

Tuesday April 23rd

DeSoto Musical & Fashion Show
Bradenton Area Convention Center
2:30pm (free admission)
6:30pm ($15 General Admission, $25 Reserved Seating)

Wednesday April 24th

DeSoto Queen Selection Banquet,
Bradenton Area Convention Center, 6:00pm

Thursday April 25th

Welcome Reception,
Courtyard by Marriott

DeSoto Dignitary Reception,
Courtyard by Marriot, 5:30pm

Goat Party,
TBA, 9:00pm

Friday April 26th

Old Goats Pub Crawl,
Bradenton, 8:00am

Royal Dinner (invitation only),
Bradenton Area Convention Center, Longboat Key Room, 5:00pm

DeSoto Ball,
Bradenton Area Convention Center, 6:30pm

Saturday April 27th

Breakfast Buffet
Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott Pool, 10:00am

DeSoto Grand Parade,
Manatee High School, 6:00pm

After Parade Party,
Courtyard by Marriott, 9:00pm

Sunday April 28th

Adios My Friends (invitation only),
Courtyard by Marriott, 8:00am

Island Dip,
Jewfish Key, 11:00am


Fostering and facilitating an appreciation of Manatee County’s Spanish - American heritage and cultural alliances through special events, community collaborations and charitable giving Since 1939

6404 Manatee Ave. W. Suite G. 
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 747-1998
Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 5:00 
Sat - Sun: Closed