For most people, the Village of the Arts (VOTA) is an enclave of downtown Bradenton that they have yet to explore. Everyone knows it is there, but certainly not everyone has gone to visit and see all it has to offer. The best way to take advantage of yet another downtown Bradenton attraction is to attend one of their monthly Artwalks!
The first Friday and Saturday of every month, the VOTA hosts an Artwalk from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. During this time, participating galleries and eateries in the village stay open to advertise what they have to offer!
I attended the Artwalk in July with a friend of mine who was visiting from out of town. After dinner at Pier 22, she and I made our way over to VOTA and walked around. I was instantly surprised at how much growth the village had seen since the last time I visited a few years ago for their holiday season Artwalk. There were new galleries and businesses thriving on every street! Some I had heard of along the way, such as Sugar Cubed Bakery, but others like Jerk Dog Records were a mystery to me until I happened upon them! It was really great to see such a variety of places to visit in the village. For a community that thrives off of eclectic notions, I think uniqueness in the types of businesses present in the village is really important.
Even though the VOTA lies just outside the urban core of downtown Bradenton, it is still surrounded by other great community standouts. During my time in the Village there were a lot of people in the area enjoying their Friday night. Just short walking distance from the VOTA are local breweries Motorworks Brewing and Darwin Brewing Company as well as McKechnie Field; home of the Bradenton Marauders during the summer months and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the spring. While I was busy enjoying the Village, there were plenty of other community members enjoying these nearby attractions! From where I was, I could see some people sitting out on the deck at Motorworks, listening to live music and playing corn hole, and others parking in lots near the Village to attend the Bradenton Marauders game across the street at McKechnie Field. There were even a few Marauders fans dressed in team apparel making their way through the Village to enjoy some artwork before the game began.
If it has been years since you have explored the Village, or maybe your first trip has yet to come, please take advantage of the next Artwalk! You don’t even have to wait long because the next Artwalk is this week! It will take place at the same times as mentioned above this Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8. For more information regarding the Artwalk or the Village in general please visit their recently renovated website!
As a special promotion for our blog readers, we have partnered with Chef Dana at Sugar Cubed to provide you with a discount! This Friday and Saturday during Artwalk, all blog readers will receive 15% off their purchase of up to $20 when they mention this blog post! Please take advantage of this offer and the Artwalk!
Continue to follow me this summer through my many adventures in downtown Bradenton!