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Event Highlight: The Coconut Grove Arts Festival

Event Highlight: The Coconut Grove Arts Festival

February 23, 2024

From Feb. 17 through 19, Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood, with its blend of chic yet bohemian vibes, was buzzing with live music, great food, and an array of cultural events, thanks to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Once future residents settle in, they will effortlessly find themselves amidst the creativity of over a hundred local artists. This transition from their luxurious waterfront sanctuary to a world filled with photography, watercolor, and glass will highlight the seamless blend of comfort and culture unique to their new home.

This was the 60th edition of the festival, started in 1963 by local theater impresario Charlie Cinnamon. One of the key figures in the artistic side of Miami’s history, he helped build Coconut Grove into the hive of creative activity the neighborhood is today. 

All the work on display from the dozens of juried artists participating in the festival was on sale, ready for attendees to make a part of their homes. Vita residents won't need to worry about a lack of wall space for displaying new acquisitions. For those seeking to adorn themselves with unique, handmade pieces, the festival was a treasure trove. A host of textile artists and jewelers will offer wearable works of art, providing ample opportunity to discover something truly special.

A centerpiece of this year’s festival was “The Stacks,” a pyramid of six shipping containers that served as a giant canvas for some of Florida’s top muralists, who painted live throughout the event. Those who attended the festival with young art lovers had no shortage of things to do; there was a full program of multimedia activities and performances for children each day. And, to provide a little extra inspiration for those budding artists, the Young Collectors Club, for children aged 5 to 12, offered more than 100 artworks that could be purchased for only $5 — all generously donated by participating artists.

If your appreciation of art leaned more toward the culinary, there were live cooking demonstrations across the weekend at Flavor of the Grove, where 10 top local restaurants competed to show their prowess in the kitchen. Each prepared a signature dish, and attendees voted for the standout dish of the festival. And anyone in need of refreshment during this action-packed weekend could head over to the Arts & Drafts tent, where they were able to enjoy a fine craft beer while watching artists produce their work.

Despite a rainy Sunday afternoon, which kept some indoors, the festival welcomed tens of thousands of culture and fun seekers to this celebration of art, food, and music. And one of the best parts: Proceeds from the festival go toward funding scholarships for local students in fine arts programs.

Begin your life on this private island oasis at Vita today. Learn more about these Coconut Grove homes for sale, or contact the sales team, by visiting the Vita at Grove Isle website.