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La Villita Historic Arts Village

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Address: 418 Villita, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: 210 207 8614
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was one of...
Located on the south bank of the San Antonio River, La Villita was one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods. In 1939, as ground broke on the San Antonio River Walk development, city official led by Mayor Maury Maverick acted to preserve this colorful part of San Antonio’s history. Today La Villita is a thriving arts community that stands as a monument to San Antonio’s past. La Villita is on the National Registry of Historic Districts. A historic arts village since 1939, the galleries and shops found in just one square block offer unique art by local and regional artists featuring oil paintings, sculptures, watercolors, metal art, rock art, textiles, copper wares, pottery, jewelry, stained glass and regional folk art.Please check out the many Shops at La Villita, which are open 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, many on Sundays. In addition to the shops, restaurants and cafe, La Villita also has a number of beautiful outdoor venues, including the Arneson River Theatre, available for rent for weddings, receptions, birthday parties, concerts, dance performances, and much more.For a complete list of events at La Villita, please find us on Facebook.
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It's a nice area that use to have nice shops. A lot of them are empty now. I did hear one of the shop owners who has been there for years, saying they are being pushed out. So sad.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It's a nice area that use to have nice shops. A lot of them are empty now. I did hear one of the shop owners who has been there for years, saying they are being pushed out. So sad.

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hendersonville, NC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went to the village on Friday, but several shops were closed. However, we saw vendors setting up for Starving Artist show on Saturday. We returned on Saturday, had a great time at the show, saw a wide variety of art, jewelry and crafts for sale. The Starving Artist show is the first Sat. of the month.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Not only did I visit the La Villita Historic Arts Village, I was a local artist who participated in their annual Starving Artists Show. Nearby hotels in downtown need to promote this event, as well as the organizers, since part of the artists' proceeds are donated to the Little Church of La Villita. It's always the 1st Weekend of April... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Not an overly friendly area, and mostly likely a place that you don't bring your kids. The shops had an ecclectic array of goods and artistic pieces. The place kind of comes off a little dreary.

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Letchworth Garden City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

There wasn't much to see when we went in early April. Some of the shops were empty and others just looked tired. Of this is meant to be a craft village it needs some more life injecting into it.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We expecting to find a nice variety of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Instead, we found many closed shops, virtually no shoppers, and a "dead" atmosphere. The highlight of our visit was the small church in the village. It was a very pleasant experience.

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Keller, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We love visiting La Villita. There are little historical plaques on the houses and it's fun to imagine how San Antonio used to look. The galleries are great, the owners are friendly and the selection is good! We love to step into the Little Church for some peace and quiet.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

La Villita has a few art galleries, restaurants, cafes and a very beautiful amphitheater. I wasn't that impressed with the art galleries, however there was a copper gallery was was amazing! The owner hand-works copper and his art is incredible. Overall, La Villita is very small but worth seeing because it's a short walk down the riverwalk.

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

La Vallita is just off of the River Walk. It's free and wondering through the art galleries and shops is a fun way to kill an hour or so. Many of the galleries have works by local artists. You never know what you'll find there.

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NW Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We explored the village while wandering around the Riverwalk. There are several small restaurants and craft shops along with historic buildings and beautiful landscaping.

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