Coconut Grove Arts Festival

If planning an alternative to espying watercrafts, the Coconut Grove Art Festival brings the bohemian to the Boat Shows yacht dreamy-ing. While the event eventually will name the musicians (Emily Estafan) who will perform at various times, the showstoppers will always be the art that speaks without a larynx or an amp.

Many have asked why the Festival always runs concurrently with the Boat Show; why wouldn’t it own an alternative weekend and the garner the entire attention of South Floridians and their visitors year round? There is no shortage of hotels to accommodate two major events and the Festival gives their artists up to three days to show their works to the public lucky enough to enjoy an extra reprieve to observe Columbus Day. Past years have proven that there is not a lack of attendance for either event as they breaking records for attendance or revenue (usually both) every year.

The county fair food while viewing the arts contrasts the wine sipping dreaming about luxury liners or drowning the pain of an empty bank account. With many visitors spending the entire month of February in South Florida, they may save their yearning to taste food for the SoBe Wine and Food Festival two weeks later.

The location of these two events becomes much closer and could cause congestion of vehicles and ideas of which to attend. Uber, more than ever, becomes the tourist’s best friend for the locals knowledge of the area and alleviating the stress for visitors and said locals to get around (and to park).

The Miami downtown area hotels will take center stage, with the Mandarin Oriental offering Five Star, Four Diamond service and the Marriott Marquis offering everything else (with the JW Marriott the immediate second choice if the Marquis, in fact, does not have availability). To avoid the Boat Show traffic heading toward Key Biscayne, the Biltmore in Coral Gables is a great option to stay. 

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival happens February 13 through 15. Daily general admission is $12.00 per person with free entry for children 12 and under. For more information about the Festival, visit