The Coconut Grove Arts FestivalÂ® celebrates 50 years of culture and tradition this Presidentâ€™s Day weekend by enticing and satisfying Miamiâ€™s imagination and appetite for visual, culinary and performing arts. The 50th anniversary three-day event brings the most talented and creative artists from all over the world to Coconut Grove on February 16-18, 2013.
Monty Trainer, President of the Arts Festival
â€œOur festival is truly a celebration of the all forms of the arts, introducing masters in all mediums and genres,â€ said Monty Trainer, president of the Arts Festival. Â â€œLocals and visiting guests alike will appreciate the internationally celebrated visual, musical and culinary collections.â€
Artist Romero Britto, the Official Poster
In honor of the festivalâ€™s half-century milestone, the festival committee has selected world-renowned Brazilian artist Romero Britto to create the official poster for the 2013 festival. â€œCoconut Grove was home to my very first studio in Miami, and I am truly humbled to be a part of the 50 year celebration of one of Miamiâ€™s oldest tradition in the arts,â€ said Britto. One of the most famous pop artists known today, Britto has been embraced and celebrated in Miami for decades. As a resident of Miami Beach, he has deep ties to Miamiâ€™s culture, which has made his colorful artwork an icon of the city.
380 Artists, Musical PerformancesÂ & Renowned Chefs
The Arts Festival will host more than 380 international artists, all exhibiting their finest work. In addition to world-class art, entertainment will include live musical performances by pop sensation Cris Cab and culinary demonstrations by local chef favorites such as Giorgio Rapicavoli of Miamiâ€™s Eating House.
Charlie Cinnamon, the Founder
In 1963, theater press maven Charlie Cinnamon organized an intimate â€œclothes lineâ€ art show featuring a handful of artists and a few thousand onlookers as part of a promotion for the Coconut Grove Playhouseâ€™s production of Irma la Douce. Better known today as The Coconut Grove Arts FestivalÂ®, Charlieâ€™s vision has transformed into one of South Floridaâ€™s most successful cultural events, attracting an estimated 120,000 people to the winding streets of Coconut Grove during Presidentsâ€™ Day weekend.
The Arts Festivalâ€™s colorful mile-long path begins on McFarlane Road and runs down South Bayshore Drive offering picturesque views of Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida.
Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18, 10 to 6, daily.
Admission is $10 per person.Â
Free for children 12 and under, Metrorail Golden Passport and Patriot Passport holders.