Festival of the Skeletons

Nov 02
Description

Festival of the Skeletons
a Dia de los Muertos celebration of life
held during our November First Friday Artwalk
Friday, November 2, 5:30-11:00pm
Saturday, November 3, 11:00am-4:00pm

The Village of the Arts presents our most popular Artwalk weekend of the year - the 14th Annual Festival of the Skeletons. This year’s Festival will be held on Friday, November 2 from 5:30-11pm and Saturday, November 3 from 11am-4pm.

Festival of the Skeletons is a celebration of life as we remember our departed loved ones in the tradition of Dia de los Muertos. Each year the Artists Guild of Manatee in the Village of the Arts dedicates a community shrine during the festival to an iconic artist or other public figure. This year the Village is expanding the focus of the shrine to honor the massive loss of wildlife in the Florida Gulf Coast region as a result of red tide.


Download Event Map

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General Information

Admission is free. Limited seating will be available for viewing the performance stages on Friday night. Festival attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs on Friday.

Village restaurants will be open on Friday and Saturday. Additional food and beverage trucks will be set up in designated vendor areas on Friday night. Coolers are not permitted.


Press Release

Click here to view the press release with information about the community shrine, the student sugar skull sculpture and more.

 

Location of Performance Areas and Community Shrine Zone

13th Avenue Stage

Intersection of 12th St W and 13th Ave W


11th Avenue Stage

Village Veranda Studios at 1001 11th Ave W


10th Avenue Stage

The Dancing Crane Gallery at 1019 10th Ave W


Community Shrine Zone

Intersection of 12th St W and 11th Ave W

 


Friday Schedule

5:30 pm

Festival begins.
Community Shrine, Memory Wall, and Sugar Skull Sculpture open for viewing in the Community Shrine Zone. Additional shrines available to view throughout Village.

6:00

13th Avenue Stage: Best of Show winners announced for Student Sugar Skull Sculpture

 

7:00 - 9:00 pm

13th Avenue Stage: Koko Ray and the Keepers
10th Avenue Stage: SCF Jazz Band
10th Avenue Street Performance: Fire Dancing by Alexander FireLion
Drum Circle near the 13th Avenue Stage at East West Health Center, map #84

9:00 - 11:00 pm

13th Avenue Stage: Wild Root


Saturday Schedule

11:00 am

Festival resumes.
Community Shrine, Memory Wall, and Sugar Skull Sculpture open for viewing in the Community Shrine Zone.  Additional shrines available to view throughout Village.

Noon-3pm

Performances by Wilson's Dance Club International at The Village Veranda.

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Live music by Paul Fournier in the Community Shrine Zone

1:00 - 4:00 pm

"Blues to Blackstreet", live music by June Eysel Volpicella at Copamoca, map #121

3:00 pm

Winner of School Spirit award for the Student Sugar Skull Sculpture announced in the Community Shrine Zone.

Attractions

Community Shrine

This year's community shrine honors the massive loss of wildlife in the Florida Gulf Coast region as a result of red tide. The community shrine will be located in the Community Shrine Zone at the intersection of 12th St W and 11th Ave W.

Memory Wall

An interactive memory wall will be available for festival attendees to write messages to honor their loved ones. The memory wall will be located in the Community Shrine Zone at the intersection of 12th St W and 11th Ave W.

Student Sugar Skull Sculpture

A new attraction this year features a collaborative student sugar skull sculpture, created with input from 400 students at Lee Middle School, Sugg Middle School and Ballard Elementary School. The sugar skull sculpture will be located next to the community shrine at the intersection of 12th St W and 11th Ave W

Shrines and Altars throughout the Village

In addition to the community shrine, individual businesses and residents throughout the Village of the Arts will create and display their own shrines at their homes, galleries, studios, shops, healing arts centers, restaurants and businesses.


Parking

Street parking is available throughout the Village of the Arts and is indicated on the Village map which can be downloaded at villageofthearts.com. A temporary parking lot will be available on a grass lot in the south side of the Village at the intersection of 13th Street W and 14th Avenue W. A public parking garage is available north of the Village at the intersection of 12th Street W and 8th Avenue W.


Road Closures

The following roads will be closed for festival activities from 5-11pm on Friday, November 2:

  • 13th Avenue W between 11th Street W and 13th Street W
  • 12th Street W between 13th Avenue W and 12th Avenue W


Sponsors

The 2018 Festival of the Skeletons is sponsored by the Artists Guild of Manatee, Nature’s Design Landscaping, and Gold Coast Eagle Distributors. The artwork used for this year’s Festival of the Skeletons was created by Joan Peters, owner of Joan Peters Gallery in the Village of the Arts.


Festival of the Skeletons Map

 

Start Time

Friday November 2nd 2018 @5:30 PM

End Time

Saturday November 3rd 2018 @4:00 PM