Grove Arts Fest hits streets in February

It’s almost a rite of passage, a tradition, a must as we like to say, to attend the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, held over three days on Presidents Day Weekend. It’s scheduled for Feb. 18-20, 2012.

The once bohemian neighborhood still maintains a bit of the hippie vibe and the artists that attend the festival always evoke that feeling. It’s easy to make a day of it at the festival. With more than 360 artists scheduled at this year’s event, there will be a tremendous variety of pieces available.

Mixed Media 2D and 3D and digital art are some of the funkier pieces available but there’s also printmaking, watercolor, sculpture, claywork, wood, glass, fiber, painting, photography and jewelry and metalwork. It’s the perfect place to find unique gifts and new art pieces for the home or office.

The atmosphere is great too, thanks to the usually fantastic South Florida February weather. It makes for the ideal time to watch the musical performances that take place throughout the weekend. Local legendary acts jazz flutist Nestor Torres and jazz artist Joe Donato are performing as are local sensations Suenalo with their funk, Afro-Cuban, Latin rhythms.

Grab lunch while at the Festival’s Global Food Village in Myers Park along South Bayshore Drive. The view of the yachts and sailboats on the water make the perfect backdrop for a leisurely outdoor snack. It’s an international plethora of Asian, Greek, Latin and Barbecue to name a few of the choices. And speaking of food, the Culinary Pavilion features food demonstrations and tastings by local chefs including Top Chef contestant Chef Ron Duprat, local chef Marc Randazzo, WLRN radio host and former Miami Herald columnist Linda Gassenheimer and agriculture advocate Teena Borek.

Barnacle State Historic Site

It’s also the perfect opportunity to take in the Coconut Grove area and explore the Downtown shopping district which aside from the outdoor mall CocoWalk features various unique boutiques, something the Grove has always been known for. Also, visit the Barnacle Historic State Park, a lovely historic spot right on the bay. The park’s main draw is the house, built in 1891 where visitors can enjoy relaxing on the porch rocking chairs. The surrounding tropical hardwood hammock makes for a great nature walk and the Biscayne Bay view is unbeatable.

There are some fabulous townhouse condos in the Grove area of all different styles, from modern to Spanish influenced. Call one of our agents at 1-877-852-6636 to find out about availability.

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