Festival of the Skeletons

Nov 01

Festival of the Skeletons
a Dia de los Muertos celebration of life
held during our November First Friday Artwalk
Friday, November 1, 6:00-9:30pm
Saturday, November 2, 11:00am-4:00pm

The Village of the Arts presents our most popular Artwalk weekend of the year - the 15th Annual Festival of the Skeletons. This year’s Festival will be held on Friday, November 1 from 6-9:30pm and Saturday, November 2 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 honoring one of the Village founders Herbie Rose along with other friends and loved ones who have called the Village of the Arts home.

This page will be updated with information as it is received from Village artists and businesses in the days leading up to the Festival of the Skeletons.

Download Event Map

Know before you go! We will be publishing an event map about one week prior to the Festival. A download link will be available here when it is ready!


Admission is free.



Birdrock Taco Shack
Arte Caffe
Ortygia Restaurant

Food Trucks Available at the Following Galleries

Art Junkies
J'Oasis Italian Granita and Island Shave Ice

Monark Custom Framing and Art Gallery
The Schnitzel Trailer (traditional German food)


Community Shrine

This year's community shrine honors former friends and neighbors in the Village of the Arts who have helped build the artists community since its inception in 1999, including founder and honorary Village "Mayor" Herbie Rose who passed away in 2017. 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.

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.

Live Music

The following galleries and businesses will host live music at the time indicated.

Birdrock Taco Shack

Friday, 8pm-midnight
The Divebombers (opening)
The Red Elvises (headlining)

Saturday, 3-6pm
The Jason Haram Group

The Dancing Crane Gallery

Friday, 6-8pm
SCF Jazz Band

Art Junkies

Friday, 7pm
Koko Ray

Jerk Dog Records

Friday, 7pm
Ugly Couple
Reservoir Dawgs

Monark Custom Framing and Art Gallery

Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
The Brothers Gabriel


Monark Custom Framing and Art Gallery
Village-wide scavenger hunt starts and ends at Monark Custom Framing and Art Gallery. Visitors who complete the scavenger hunt are entered into a raffle drawing for prizes.

Special Art Exhibits and Shrines

Joan Peters Gallery
Shrine to lost artists souls, including Dali, Georgia O'Keefe, Frida Khalo, and Jean Michel Basquiat plus Day of the Dead artwork for sale.

Art Junkies
Find original works by Mark Burrow plus a variety of other local vendors and artists on the Art Junkies festival grounds. Vendors include: Myakka's Gold Apiary, Driftheory Art inspired by Nature, Corinna's Kefi, Playin' with Dead Things, Karma T's, I Made It Jewelry & Clay Creations and Frumple Factory and Originals by Liz.

The Baobab Tree Gallery and Studio
Authentic Day of the Dead works from artists in Oaxaco, Mexico.

Divine Excess Folk Art Gallery
Shrine dedicated to Frida Kahlo with life-size Frida Kahlo skeleton; Day of the Dead art pieces by gallery artists, Liz D' Aste, Natty Moss Bond,  Hugo Pacarro, Cheryl Kinderknecht, Mr Eddie, and Zoe Von Averkamp; gourmet Mexican snacks and old style Mexican music.

Fun Girl Art
Works by Jean G. Farmer including her most recent bottle cap mosaic titled "Lori's Hibiscus".

Firestone Gallery
Special exhibit and shrine honoring Frida Kahlo.

Monark Custom Framing and Art Gallery
Custom essential oil blends by Monark by the Bay, guest artist Evan Gatscher and Surgem Creations by Laura Smith.

One One Eleven Arts
Shrine dedicated to The Great Horismoku also known as Sailor Jerry, the grandfather of American traditional tattooing. Discounts will be offered on his tattoo flash designs.

Village Voices
Face painting on Friday from 5-8pm, shrine dedicated to personal friends and family, sale on apothecary cabinet items and selected books.

Former Arts & Eats Restaurant
Donna Slawsky will be back with a collection of her mosaic works on Friday evening.


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 public parking garage is available north of the Village at the intersection of 12th Street W and 8th Avenue W.


The 2019 Festival of the Skeletons is sponsored by the Artists Guild of Manatee.  The artwork used for this year’s Festival of the Skeletons was created by Raw Burt, owner of One One Eleven Arts in the Village of the Arts.


Start Time

Friday November 1st 2019 @6:00 PM

End Time

Saturday November 2nd 2019 @4:00 PM