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Village of the Arts

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Address: Between 9th St. West and 14th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34205
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+1 941-747-8056
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11:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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The Village of the Arts is a vibrant art community home to galleries,...

The Village of the Arts is a vibrant art community home to galleries, studios, restaurants and specialty shops housed in colorfully restored 1920s bungalows. Located five blocks from downtown Bradenton, the Village offers an eclectic mix of art, fashion, jewelry, music, wellness, gourmet cuisine and literature, making it a unique destination for both tourists and locals alike.

Businesses in the Village of the Arts are open 7 days a week year-round, but the number of businesses and the hours of operation vary daily. Check the Day Planner guide on our website for updated lists of businesses open each day of the week. Special events in the Village include monthly Artwalks held on the first Friday (6-9:30pm) and following Saturday (11am-4pm) of every month.

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Quaint area ... Very good artists

The Village is a few streets with old Florida houses and interesting art studios. On the first Friday there is an art tour and a party environment in the village. A fun place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Rhonablxxx
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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99 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Village is a few streets with old Florida houses and interesting art studios. On the first Friday there is an art tour and a party environment in the village. A fun place. Check out the new mural of the village founder, Herbie Rose on 8th Ave and 12th Street.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great little hidden gem of brightly colored houses with eclectic art of all kinds. Supposedly 4 blocks of houses - we did not get a chance to see them all. Not open on Sundays. It's too bad they are not open during tourist season for the 7 days as we did not find out about this place until it was... More 

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VOTA V, PR and Marketing Team at Village of the Arts, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Village and sharing that experience with a 5 star review! We truly appreciate your perspective of the Village. The Village of the Arts is actually larger than 4 blocks! Boundaries span from 9th St W to 14th St W on the east/west edges, and from 9th Ave W to 17th Ave W on... More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quirky stores with unusual art of all kinds. Lots to browse, but check to see which are open before you visit.

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VOTA V, PR and Marketing Team at Village of the Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Village of the Arts and sharing your experience! We appreciate your feedback and 4-star review. Love your description of "quirky stores with unusual art"! And we agree that others should check to see who is open before they visit. Our website makes that easy with a Day Planner that lists who is open each day... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I expected a much bigger place, there were only a few shops and most of them were closed. I won't be back.

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VOTA V, PR and Marketing Team at Village of the Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Village of the Arts and for sharing your experience! We truly value your feedback. We are sorry that your visit was disappointing. Our eclectic mix of artists, artisans, specialty shops, healing arts businesses and restaurants are open on varying days of the week. We hear your concerns about visiting when many shops were closed, and... More 

Holmes Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Interesting neighborhood of whimsical houses and art shops. Has great potential. HOWEVER the artists individually decide their hours and days of operation. Maps with days/hours are in constant flux. Too bad, if the artists had "business" sense this would be a great place to stroll, shop and eat.

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VOTA V, PR and Marketing Team at Village of the Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Village of the Arts and for sharing your thoughts! We truly value your feedback. We are sorry that your visit was disappointing in some ways. You are right - the Village does have great potential! Thank you for saying that. It is a unique live/work neighborhood, and artists have the freedom to design their businesses... More 

Deerfield, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

A somewhat seedy area with only a few shops of interest. It was not a good beach day so we drove here and we were disappointed. Many nicer areas in Sarasota and Bradenton.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed the scenery driving through this colorful village. Only a few shops were open, so it wasn't very walkable in December. However it was worth the drive, and I can see how this could be a great destination on one of the Friday open house events.

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Bradenton, Florida
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66 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Most of the shops are not open during the week and it is mostly the same merchandise for the past 4 years which is mostly arts and crafts not Art. The only reason to ever go is to dine at Arts & Eats!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have given Village of the Arts many visits and same results. Arts & Eats is the... More 

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Winter Haven, Florida
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115 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Went on the first Saturday of December, when the area is advertised as open. The overwhelming majority of shops were closed. At one shop with multiple signs in the yard advertising the wares the owner came out into the yard when we opened the gate to tell us "we don't do that anymore, we just need to take down our... More 

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Portage, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

I love this art area! Lovely homes recreated as artistic homes with shops in the front. Many different focuses with art can be found among the streets. My only complaint is that of the three times I have have visited, not many of the shops are open. Their hours SAY they should be open but they are not. If this... More 

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