On November 3rd and 4th, Bradenton’s Village of the Arts is set to transform itself in celebration of Día De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). This year’s 19th Annual Festival of the Skeletons will be bigger and better than ever!
With the unique and vibrant setting of the VOTA as a backdrop, the festival is an exciting tapestry of traditions, memories, and community spirit.
Here’s what you can expect…
Community Shrine & Memory Wall
This year, the Village Community Shrine will pay tribute to the iconic Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Local artists from the Village and the Bradenton community have come together to contribute their artwork, creating a visual homage to her enduring legacy.
In front of the shrine, you’ll find a Memory Wall for Loved Ones. Visitors are invited to share their memories on free paper cutouts, adding them to the collective display, which will remain in the Village throughout the festival.
Live Music & Performances
Multiple venues throughout the Village will host an array of musical performances both Friday night and Saturday. On Saturday, there will also be children from 27 Manatee County schools participating in musical, dance, and other various performances related to Hispanic Heritage. The performances will be held on 12th St. W. between 12th Ave. W. and 11th Ave. W.
Arts & Eats
There will be several taco trucks throughout the Village and plenty of opportunities to shop. Throughout the festival, Village art galleries and shops will showcase special Dia De Los Muertos-themed arts and crafts for sale. Many shops and galleries will also have their own shrines and altars dedicated to loved ones, friends, and cherished pets.
Costumes & Revelry
It’s common to see gallery and shop owners, as well as visitors, dressed up in their best Día de Muertos costumes, so grab your finest garb and join in on the fun!
In addition to all the exciting events happening outdoors, each shop and gallery will be celebrating in its own way, so be sure to venture inside as many as possible. You never know what you’ll find!
Bradenton’s Village of the Arts has always been a hub for creativity and community. With its eclectic blend of historic cottages, art galleries, and eateries, it provides the perfect backdrop for this festival that intertwines remembrance with celebration.
Mark your calendars and don’t miss this exciting and memorable event!! The VOTA’s 2023 Festival of the Skeletons in Bradenton will be held on Friday, Nov. 3rd, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 4th, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.