November Artwalk – Festival of the Skeletons

Nov 03

Festival of the Skeletons
November First Friday Artwalk
Friday, November 3, 6:00-10:00pm
Saturday, November 4, 11:00am-4:00pm

The Gregg Allman Tribute Concert at Village Veranda starts at 7:00pm on Friday, November 3.

For a full list of galleries, shops and restaurants open throughout the Village during First Friday Artwalk, go to our Artwalk Day Planner page.

The Village of the Arts presents our most popular Artwalk weekend of the year - the 13th Annual Festival of the Skeletons!

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 Village of the Arts dedicates a community shrine during the festival to an iconic artist or other public figure. This year the Village will honor two beloved southwest Florida icons, Snooty and Gregg Allman!

Snooty Shrine

Snooty will be honored with a community shrine at the intersection of 12th St. W and 11th Ave. W. Snooty was a resident manatee at the South Florida Museum who hosted other sick or injured manatees as they went through rehab programs as part of Manatee Rehabilitation Network. He was internationally known and loved by all who visited the museum. The shrine will contain Snooty-inspired artwork completed by dozens of students and artists throughout the Bradenton area. Representatives from the South Florida Museum will also be on hand to talk about Snooty's life and legacy. A Memory Wall will be set up outside the shrine where festival visitors can share memories of Snooty and loved ones.

Gregg Allman Tribute Concert

Gregg Allman, founding member of the Allman Brothers and a former Sarasota area resident, will be honored with a tribute concert on Friday evening performed by members of the Allman Brothers Band family and friends. The music begins at 7pm Friday, November 3 at Village Veranda. located on 11th Ave. W. The performing artists include:

Michael Allman - special guest vocalist
(son of Gregg Allman)

RJ Howson - host, guitars and vocals

Mike Kach - keys and vocals
(Dickey Betts & Great Southern)

Berry Duane Oakley - bass, guitar and vocals
(son of original Allman Brothers bassist)

Pedro Arevalo - lap steel, bass and vocals
(Dickey Betts & Great Southern)

Pat McDonald - drums
(Charlie Daniels Band)

A shrine dedicated to Gregg Allman will be located at Firestone Gallery at 1215 12th St. W.  Firestone Gallery will also host a Tom Petty shrine. More shrines and altars will be available to view at individual galleries and shops throughout the Village.

Concert Sponsors

We would like to extend a big thank you to our concert sponsors! The Gregg Allman Tribute concert is sponsored by: Bradenton Herald, Keeton's Office & Art Supply, Motorworks Brewing, Manatee Apparel Graphics, The Village Veranda, Back Street Arts, Acqua Aveda, Rose Bay International, Mark Goodman Photography and Design, REVO, Gulf Coast Wealth Advisors, Bijoux Anew, Jim Hartzell Event Photography, Signs Now, Clean as a Whistle, Arte Caffe, Ortygia, Arts & Eats, Sugar Cubed and the Friends of the Blues.

Concert Seating

The Gregg Allman Tribute Concert on Friday evening will take place at Village Veranda Studios located at 1001 11th Avenue W.

The concert is free. Venue seating is limited. Standing room is available on the property and on 11th Avenue (which will be closed to traffic between 12th St. and 10th St. from 6-10pm on Friday). Lawn chairs are welcome. Concert attendees are encouraged to explore activities around the entire Village where they will find additional bands, shrines and altars, face painting and much more Friday evening.



Street Parking
Limited street parking is available throughout the Village of the Arts. Your best bet for the Festival parking is south of 13th Avenue on 11th St. and 13th St. (Streets north of 13th Ave have limited parking during the event.) Please note the portion of 11th Ave between 12th St. and 10th St. will be closed from 6-10pm on Friday.

Public Parking Garage
A public parking garage is located at the intersection of 8th Avenue W and 12th Street W. Three short blocks north of the Village. Free after 6pm and on weekends.

Food and Beverage

Restaurants throughout the Village will be open during their normal hours on Friday and Saturday.

Food and beverage stands will be available in the concert zone on 11th Ave. W on Friday evening  from 6-10pm. The entry to the concert zone will be located at the intersection of 12th St. W and 11th Ave. W.  A $1-wristband will be required for purchasing food and beverage tickets in this area of the festival. A ticket table will be set up at the entry with festival information, maps, wristband sales and food ticket sales. Proceeds from wristband sales and a portion of the concert zone food sales will benefit the Artists Guild of Manatee.

More food can be found at individual galleries and businesses throughout the Village. See the Activity list below for more info.

Other Festival Activities

Village artists and merchants have been busy getting ready for this big weekend! Check out what else is happening throughout the Village during the Festival of the Skeletons! Merchant numbers correspond to the numbers on our Village Map.

#12, Retrobaked 
Friday: Fall cupcakes and treats, incl. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes! Special vendors onsite with vegan soul food, natural soaps & LuLaRoe clothing.

#17B, Atomic Cat craft ice cream stand
Flavors of the week available Friday and Saturday

#22, The Dancing Crane Gallery 
Ann Howard and Pat Shilling in The Little Garden Gallery
Custom jewelry by Colleen White and Phyllis Behrens Jones

#51, Arts & Eats
Decorate your own Day of the Dead cookies. Creative Percussion Ensemble plays in the backyard garden.  Special Mexican dish prepared by Chef Jim.

#53, Little Swamp Studio and Gallery
Dia de los Muertos inspired art by Liz D'Aste.  An outside alter in memory of  'Bagette and Negritta' by Anna D'Aste.   Sculptures from George Bieber. New fused glass works of Suzanne Wilson.  Photography by Karen Pauline. Pics from Cuba by Cheri Pinkus.

#55, Jerk Dog Records
Live music on Friday night by Alien Tape Recorder

#56, Divine Excess
Shrines honoring Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in the main gallery. Paintings by Gallery artists honoring Frida and Diego. Mexican treats served Friday evening.

#65 Alcover Massage
Alcover Massage will host United Way to talk about their community programming and raise awareness about Hurricane Irma relief.

#70, The Village Mystic and #70B Mystic Mines
Psychic Fair and Day of the Dead Face Painting
Special $15 "Art Walk" Gemstone Mining Bucket

#87, Firestone Gallery
Shrines in memory of Gregg Allman and Tom Petty. Live music from Flip the Bird with songs from both legendary musicians. Original art and prints by Anne E. Whittemore Firestone. Day of the Dead art and gifts.

#164, 14th Avenue West Studio
Saturday: See artist Gene Tenery at work on an outdoor art pieces (weather permitting); Smaller copper art pieces available including Snooty ornaments.

#160, Dude and Mary's
Paint your own Sugar Skull Sip-n-Paint Friday and Saturday.
Tickets $13 in advance $17 at the door. Ticket price includes your pre-drawn canvas (choose from 1 of 3 designs) plenty of paint, brushes and a complimentary pumpkin spice Martini!


Start Time

Friday November 3rd 2017 @6:00 PM

End Time

Saturday November 4th 2017 @4:00 PM