Private Event Rentals
Reserve areas of Manatee Village for picnics, parties, reunions, baptisms, and other functions
Manatee Village is a unique setting in which to gather your group, celebrate, reminisce, and make new memories. With a variety of settings, our grounds are versatile enough for every style of celebration. Surrounded by historic structures and picturesque settings, your guests can stroll along brick paths, relax in the gazebo, and get a feel for a by-gone era.
Perfect for anniversaries, baptisms, memorials, birthday parties, family reunions, class reunions, company picnics, bridal/groom showers, baby showers, graduation celebrations, and many other get-togethers!
Changes to our policies during COVID-19
Due to guidelines for COVID-19, we have made the following changes to our private rental policies:
Private events can only be held AFTER July 13, 2020. Let us know what days or dates you want to have your event and we'll check our calendar.
Private events must be held outside of our regular hours. In terms of our new hours during COVID-19, this would be outside of Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 3:30pm. If your event is after Jul 2020, let us know more about your event date and we can assess whether these hours will still apply.
Less than 25 people
We encourage your group to have less than 25 persons as part of our guidelines.
To lessen the spread of COVID-19, only 2 locations are available at this time: The 1887 Church and the Courtyard.
No Equipment Rentals
You might have planned on a sound system or to use a company to rent tables, but unfortunately we are not allowing any equipment rentals. Please ask us about seating arrangements and we can describe our Courtyard tables and pew seating inside the 1887 Church.
Our COVID-19 Guidelines
We reserve the right to cancel/reschedule your event based on our interpretation of COVID-19 guidelines from the state and county. We may operate differently from other museums because we are part of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court.
Payment & Refunds
Full payment for your private rental will be due 60-30 days before your event. No refunds within 30 days of your date. Our refund process takes time, we would need more than 30 days' notice of your cancellation.
Thank you for reading our rules & guidelines! We hope we can assist everyone in staying safe and still have a meaningful get-together!
Download an information packet here: Private Event Rental Information Packet.pdf
*Please note that these policies do not apply to weddings or vow renewals. For wedding rental information, please visit our wedding rental page.
**Manatee Village does not host events on holidays or their corresponding weekends.
Gazebo and Courtyard
Beautiful Old Florida gazebo shaded by oak trees and Spanish moss and picnic tables that can seat up to 60.
Covered area with overhead fans, working sink, and electrical outlets
1887 Old Meeting House Church
Features Old fashioned wall sconces, stained glass windows, Piano, Bluetooth enabled stereo, pulpit and original pews, Bride’s and groom’s rooms, and central air conditioning
Capacity: 125 people
Manatee County’s first courthouse. The oldest building in Manatee Village and the oldest remaining courthouse that was originally intended as a courthouse in the entire state of Florida